Archive for April, 2009

I am a Superhero

April 25, 2009 Leave a comment
For those of you on RY’s facebook, you’re probably wondering why she thinks I’m a superhero. Here is the blog you’ve all been waiting for: The License Plate Blog.

About a month ago, I had to fly to Dallas on a Sunday for work. I’ve already blogged about how that Sunday flight was cancelled and I ended up going really early Monday morning. RY being the trouper that she is still gave me a ride to the airport even though it meant getting up at 3:30 am. She also likes to go in early sometimes to catch her night shift staff doing naughty things so it’s win-win.

Unfortunately, 3:30 am proved too early and she decided to drive home and take a nap. This meant that when she drove into work (over an hour commute) she was really surly and out of sorts. Surly and out of sorts is not good to be when you’re pulled over the Toronto Police.

The officer pulled her over because her rear plate is almost illegible (the paint faded on the letters). After telling RY why he pulled her over, RY told him that her birthday was this month and she was going to replace the plate when she renewed her registration. He said that she should take a picture of the new plates to court and they will throw out the ticket. Instead of replying "thank you officer" like a normal person, my surly and out of sorts feminist fight the power girlfriend said, "then why are you wasting my time and the tax payers’ money?"

Oh no.

Then he noticed she didn’t have a new sticker on the back of her registration papers. He went back to his car. By the time he returned, RY remembered the reason why she didn’t have a sticker (she just moved and they don’t give you a new one until your next birthday) and told him. He said it was a good reason but was too late as he’d already written the ticket. She then said something equally ill-advised and moved on.

About a week later, when I was back from Dallas and at work, I got a phone call from RY who was at the Ministry of Transportation office trying to:
1. pay her ticket (but without the ticket as she ‘lost’ it – we later found it in her purse)
2. renew her driver’s license
3. get new plates and register her car

Apparently, you cannot pay your tickets there and technically, if you have an outstanding ticket, they can’t renew your license (but they did!).

Additionally, to get a new plate, you must give them your old plate. As RY hadn’t removed her plate, the clerk handed her a bucket of old tools and told her to select the one she thought she’d need. RY took a few and wandered out to the parking lot to remove her old plates. To ensure she didn’t take off, they kept her license.

That’s when I got the call. She couldn’t get the plates off because the screws were ‘rusted’ on. So she called me to come and help. I went into the shop at work
 and got a couple tools and drove to the MTO office (a block from our house).

I got out of my car, took one of my screwdrivers, and removed the plates. RY watched in awe. Apparently, she was using the wrong screwdriver. I was using a phillips head and she was using pliers.

She continued her registration process and I went back to work.


Another quickie

April 23, 2009 Leave a comment
So it’s Saturday night and I’m trying to take a nap because we’re scheduled to attend a Stag & Doe, which will go into the wee hours of the morning.
I awake to sound of RY downstairs in the kitchen screaming in pure femme panic "Zeke’s got a mouse! Zeke’s got a mouse! SOOOOOOOOOONYAAAAAAAA" and so on.
I go downstairs and find, yes indeed, Zeke has got a mouse – the little toy mouse belonging to the cat that lived here before.

A quickie

April 23, 2009 1 comment
Note: This is not the blog I’ve been promising since last week, but it will come (AND I have another one to blog too so there’s an embarassment of blog riches coming your way). This is a quickie because I’m on a work break:
I have always thought of myself as a young, hip boss. If you google me, you’ll actually find that I am one of’s "best bosses" (although that was back in 2005 and my staff were just trying to suck up…)
Regardless: young and hip.
Yesterday I discovered that one of my latest hires has the same birthday as I do. EXCEPT MINE IS 17 YEARS EARLIER!!!!!!!!!  I just hired someone who is an entire generation younger than I am!  I could be his mother!
Categories: Work

I know, I know…

April 9, 2009 Leave a comment
It’s been over four months since I blogged. Several reasons:
1. Busy. In fact, I’m writing this one during my lunch break at work while eating. I have taken maybe 10 lunch breaks at work in the last four months.
2. I’m not sure how to add photos anymore. I added some for the Mexico pics and I can see them on my blog, but no one else can. I’m not sure why. Consequently, I’ve been adding photos to facebook instead. If you really want to see the photos, go to facebook and add me as a friend or email me and I’ll send you a link. Although if you don’t want to be my friend on facebook, why I’d go through the trouble of sending you a link is beyond me… (exception noted for people who don’t have a facebook account).
3. Very busy. Did I mention I’m busy? Don’t even ask me when the last time I called my dear, sweet mother was… (Mom – I’m calling you this weekend!!!)
Something recently happened that I have to blog but it’s a little too long for me to do during my lunch break here. I’ll add it on the weekend. In the meantime, let me hold you over with the following mini-blog:
Last week I was scheduled to fly to Dallas for a one week business trip (interviewing techs for the Dallas office). RY was not looking forward to me being gone for a week because she loves me so much and because we just got brand new kittens, which are quite the handful. So reluctantly, she drove me to the airport and we said our good-byes.
When I went to check in, they told me they cancelled my flight and re-booked me for a 6am flight the next day. I called RY to turn around and pick me up.
In the car she turned to me and smuggly said, "See – I always get what I want."
Apparently my femme has the power to change United Airway schedules.
I hope I never do anything to piss her off…
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