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na na na na na na na na na…

June 29, 2005 Leave a comment
i just saw the batman movie. i love liam neeson. i want to be liam neeson. he’s so cool.
 
and i was the only one in the movie theatre – and i was so chatty i had to tell myself to shhhh several times. i finally had to call the usher in to kick me out.
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Wounded…. Betrayed… Understaffed…

June 28, 2005 2 comments
Today, one of my analysts resigned. Thankfully, she isn’t leaving right away. She’s going to stay until mid-July and finish up some important projects before she leaves. And she volunteered to help out if we are short – well ‘volunteered’ isn’t the appropriate word, she expects to be paid… I think… I should ask.
 
Apparently her new job offers more money, more vacation days, more advancement potential and is only a 10 minute walk from her home. How can I compete with that? All I have to offer is a company t-shirt (size medium) and snacks for cost in the lunchroom.
 
This is very sad. She is part of a hand-selected, highly-trained, genetically-superior team of engineers. It’s like taking Mr T out of the A-Team. The remaining team is still great, but who would wear the bling?
 
Now I have to post for a new analyst. Reading a hundred (not exaggerating) engineering resumes in this heat is going to put me into a coma.
 
Sigh.
 
P.S. The women in my life don’t stick around long, do they? Duong, I’m hiring a guy! Perhaps I should start dating them again too…
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Pride Weekend

June 26, 2005 Leave a comment

This Friday, I attended the "Wet & Wild Women’s Cruise". My straight, male co-worker was quite intrigued by that event title. He wanted to come. And although it was very fun (the view of downtown Toronto from Lake Ontario alone was worth the price of admission), it wasn’t anywhere near the straight male fantasy expectation. Oddly, this was also true of the "Lesbian Hot Tub Party" I attended in California. Are lesbians sexually overrated by the str8 male population? I think yes. And sometimes I think I overrate them as well (in general, that is – sexually, they seem fine)…

Yesterday, I hung out in downtown Toronto for most of the day to partake in the Pride atmosphere. Some good experiences and some average, typical of any event.

The heat was extraordinary, but I found an excellent, non-oily sunscreen. It was SPF15 and I only applied once, but I came away from the event burn-free. Even the little redhead with the sensitive, porcelain skin only got a ruddy nose. I did sympathize with the drag queens. They were in full costume in 31 deg heat (felt like 41 deg). Yikes. That’s dedication.

The crowds were painful in spots. It never ceases to amaze me how some people can’t keep track of their personal space and how it overlaps into other people’s space. Even riding the TTC was an experience in urban culture. Give me clean, quiet suburbia any day!

The drag show stage was disappointing. The drag queens were fine and performed as expected, but the king shows were surprisingly not drag shows. Women dressed up as women is not drag. It may be performance art, at best, but not drag.

The dyke march was fairly good and fast. If you’ve ever been to a Toronto Dyke March, you’ll know it’s not so much a ‘march’ as it is an ‘amble’. And it moves like traffic on the 401 at rush hour – moves for 5 feet, stops for 10 minutes, moves for 5 feet, stops for 10 minutes. Lather, rinse, repeat. This year, we only stopped once and when we were moving, holy, we were moving. The entire thing lasted less than an hour. And much thanks to the dykes who gunned me down with water pistols. That was much appreciated.

Finally, the highlight of the day: gay boy bbq. Friends of friends had a bbq in their (absolutely GORGEOUS) townhouse on Jarvis and we were generously invited to attend. The food, music, company and cats were beyond compare. I love gay boys. I want some.

And thanks to Trish for the lemon water! (And a small request: please hide Connor from your animal-cidal gf. 😉

 

Categories: LGBT

Toilet paper advice.

June 22, 2005 Leave a comment

I have always bought nice toilet paper – not top of the line, but not bargain basement 1-ply stuff. I had nothing against the cheap stuff, but my mother never bought it, so I didn’t either.

The other day, I bought cheap stuff. It was on super sale or had air miles attached or some other kind of incentive that worked.

I had always thought that your hand may know the difference between the good stuff and the cheap stuff, but your butt wouldn’t. I was wrong.

Buy the good stuff.

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Woo Hoo!

June 22, 2005 2 comments

Remember my blog about how bored I am? (Hopefully, you do as it was the one before this …)

My boss finally agrees. He said that I was too much in my "comfort zone" and felt I needed more responsibility. So now he’s added:

  • Creating a safety programme for the company (office and inspections).
  • Creating an SOP for the leak detection technology (which means actually learning it) so that we can offer a certification programme for authorized operators.
  • Acting as the liaison between our company and our partner in the U.K. for additional products and services offered together.

This is going to be a HUGE undertaking. I only attended meetings about what I was responsible for and I’ve already put in 1.5 hrs of OT. I haven’t even started the job. AND they say there will be more travel involved. I have to go get a frequent flyer plan.

This is so exciting. I’ll either be a superstar or be in a stress-induced coma by the end of the year.

Yay!

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Excitement needed. Apply within.

June 21, 2005 Leave a comment

Ok. Does this happen to anyone else?

I just realised that I’m terribly bored. Just generally unexcited.

And don’t get me wrong – it’s not like I’m not doing anything. I’m actually very busy. I have been doing many things and have lots of things planned. If any of those things fall through, I have more things that I could be doing instead. No worries filling my calendar. I don’t need more activity. Maybe I just need more fulfilling activity.

Anyone know any good fulfilling activities I can do with no budget?

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Is it an election year already?

June 19, 2005 Leave a comment

A gentleman from Enbridge showed up on my doorstep today to install some free goodies from the government.

He put "foam pipe insulation" on my hot water pipes, installed an energy efficient massage shower head in my guest bathroom, and gave me an aerator for my kitchen sink and another for my bathroom sink to install on my own. (Apparently, he knew I re-installed my toilet fill valve this afternoon and, therefore, had the plumbing expertise.)

According to the flyer that came with all this free stuff, I can save up to 13.4 % in natural gas water heating costs and accumulate up to $50 a year in water savings. The CO2 reductions alone are equivalent to planting 28 mature trees!

I am an environmental hero.

Now that I see the government can make free changes that affect my life in a single house call, I’m waiting for the agent who is going to come to my home with my same sex marriage application. I’m sure that’s next on their to-do list…

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