Thursday, September 21, 2006

Long Walk

While I was doing laundry, I missed the season 3 start of "The Office" on NBC. I'm not really upset by this, because I've decided to give up television. Again.

Television is my "cigarettes". I've given it up before. Sometimes for months at a time.....but then i'll have a couple drinks with friends, and before you know it - i'm watching "Friends" on TBS and drooling as I wait for reruns of "The Family Guy" to come on. Then it turns out that it's not "Family Guy" night, it's "Everybody Loves Ramond" night - and well, I just never liked Raymond that much.

Now i've given up television again - but there's a problem. "LOST" starts in two weeks. I'll say to myself "It's ok Alex - just one show won't hurt. You deserve it - you've had a hard day at the office developing mobile applications for the direct store delivery market..."

You get the will just sneak up on me like a tiger. Rarrrrr. Khansella is pissing himself laughing at that right now.

So i'm checking out iTunes, looking for some good songs, and somehow I end up browsing through someone's playlist of freestyle classics. Freestyle is a musical genre that developed out of Miami in the early 80's and still is on the radio is most major markets - including Toronto. Two odd stories - I actually saw TKA live in a club in Fort Lauderdale once....but I have no idea what songs are theirs.

The better story is this....

I was in Bozeman, Montana on a gig a couple years back. The customer was an Anheuser-Busch and Miller distributor. Now this is strange, because typically, AB distributors only distribute AB products. Sometimes they'll distribute partner brands, or in the old days Corona or Heineken - but never products of another big 3 brewer. So the gig is going well, and on the last days of live training, the drivers invite me out to a the Crystal Bar for some well deserved after work beverages.

We're on the rooftop patio and the drivers in the AB uniforms are drinking Miller Lite and the drivers in the Miller uniforms are drinking Bud Light. In my business, you drink what the customer makes - so in this situation, I was already confused. Confused, and scared because I had no idea what to order - I never want to offend anyone. I settled on switching between the two, and the night went a lot smoother after that.

Eventually, the patio became more and more crowded as the kids from Montana State came trickling in. A group sat at the table next to (more like on) us, and we struck up a conversation. There were two girls, both brunettes, and four or five guys. I asked one girl her name....

"Lisa..." she answered. One of the drivers asked the other girl her name and girl #2 also answered " name is Lisa too."

Now here is where I thought I was witty....

(to the group of guys at their table) "...and who are you, the Cult Jam and Full Force?"


Apparently, they had never heard of the 1980's latin freestyle group "Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam". They hadn't even heard of Full Force, who stared in a couple films with Kid N'Play for crying out loud. Who hasn't seen "House Party" at least once?

Friday, September 15, 2006

A dance was $5 dollars, a beer was $7

I've been in Toronto all week at a conference....and tonight was the end of conference party at The Guvernment House featuring a performance by Rick Springfield.

I don't know what else to write about that. Here are some photos of the evening that hopefully are worth a thousand words.

Livy, Allison, and Krissy were nice enough to let me crash at their apartment for the week - and in return, Livy came along to see Rick Springfield. Yes, seriously - Rick Springfield. He smashed a guitar on stage. Just look at the photos.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Hurry up and wait

Got to Toronto.

Had drinks at the Royal York. No celebrity sightings.

Walked around Queen Street West. No celebrity sightings.

Had dinner at Xacutti. No celebrity sightings. Delicious food. Let's just call it even so far.

My Blackberry has died and i've forgotten my charger so i'm trying to download the Blackberry desktop software so I can use my laptop to charge it. Of course that would require getting my laptop on the internet, which isn't going so well. Now i'm running around trying to get the software downloaded on someone else's PC and then use my digital camera to move the file over. I'm like McGyver, but without explosions or suspense or a mullet.

It's raining outside, which is weak, because I have to walk ten blocks to the Royal York and I have no umbrella. Hopefully it'll let up. Anyway - off to charge the Berry.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Bad Ideas

I like to believe you can learn a lesson everyday. Yesterday, I learned that putting a block of knives on the bottom shelf of a kitchen island is not a good idea when there are three children under the age of 3 running around your kitchen. Thankfully, a smart parent pointed that out to me and I quickly moved the block of knives up to the top of the island.

Lesson learned.

We hosted the Fighting Pints year end BBQ at our house - damn good turnout if I do say so myself....and thankfully most of the food was eaten. There was a considerably large surplus left over from our team fees, so we were able to buy enough food to feed a small militia. I also managed not to burn anything (a lesson learned from New Year's Eve Eve) and no one left with any injuries - all in all, a successful BBQ - Fighting Pints style.


Sunday, September 10, 2006


I'm not the biggest sports fan on Earth - not by a long shot. I'm not the biggest sports player either, but I do like college football - mainly because I was brainwashed into liking it during the four years I spent at Florida State.

With that being said, let's review where my three favourite teams stand after yesterday.

Florida State vs. Troy - FSU comes back and wins 24 to 17. Not bad, not bad - and two wins makes a winning streak, so we're off to a good season so far.

Arizona State vs. LSU - The Sun Devils lost 45 - 3. That looks like a Cardinals score.

Wisconsin vs. Western Illinois - The Badgers win, 34 - 10. I wish the Badgers played Syracuse (the nearest university to me), so I could go watch a game. I also wish they would bring some brats and cheese curds with them.

OK, enough of my excellent, in-depth sports reporting.

Today is the Fighting Pints BBQ. I have to mow the lawn, but I have absolutely no motivation to do it. It's 9:30 on a Sunday morning. I'm not even sure why I'm up this early. This is insanity.

I've found that as the weather gets colder, I start going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. This past week, I've been getting to work at 7am. It's nice to be there when it's quiet and get some work done, but all the same - I'd rather sleep in a little later. I wonder if my body thinks it needs to hibernate at night, but then in the morning - it realizes that it's not a bear, it's a human and humans don't hibernate - so it wakes itself up. That is kind of existential, isn't it?

Happy 27th Birthday to my brother Khansella too!!! He has birthday picks posted at his site.

Friday, September 08, 2006

I've got my eye on you

All I have to say is "..You get to keep the sheets as souvenir..."

...and they said the American entrepreneurial spirit was dead.

I keep on having these dreams where i'm either on an airplane or in an airport and i'm going somewhere. Where I'm going, that I have no idea. Also, I continually think in the dream that i'm late. This is really fucked, because according to Moli Moli, you have no sense of time or numbers when dreaming. Apparently, if you can put yourself into a lucid dream state and try to do algebra, well - then you'd be screwed, because nothing would add up.

So i'm travelling, and worrying, and that's pretty much the entire dream. I'm not sure what that means. I'd like to imagine that it means my diet is lacking in tacos - but that's not it. I wish, but that's not it.

It's go time. See you Monday.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Last cereal post for a while

Ok, this is it - Cereal Mashup. I'm done with cereal writing for a while, as is the guy who posts to Cereal Mashup. He also has another site, The Impulsive Buy, which is a damn good read.

I'll leave you with this....

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

What the What the Lady Like?

It is September. This is cliche, but damn - where did the summer go? It seems like it was just yesterday when we were getting back from Boston (where I didn't fall asleep driving the entire trip) and getting ready for the May 2-4. The May 2-4 is Queen Victoria day. There's a giant statue of her in Victoria Park (go figure), and it really gives me the creeps. That and the fact that you'd probably get mugged walking through that park at night.

That's neither here nor there.....we're in September. The wedding season is over, once a month three day weekends (thank you Canadian Federal Government) are over, hell - the leaves are already changing colour!

What could cheer us up? I know. How about a nice bowl of "Chocolatey Peanut Butter Cruch"? Yes children, you heard correctly. Those barn-raisers over at Quaker Oats have messed with the ultimate peanut butter cereal (Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch, for those of you who are uninitiated) by adding chocolate flavour to the mix. What's the verdict? It's very reminiscent of "Coco Puffs" - but much thicker and it doesn't turn your milk into witch piss chocolate milk. Sure, sure - there are cereal purists out there who say that Michael Jackson-esque chocolate milk is the best part. Well, they're entitled to their opinons - even if they're wrong. Someone very near to my heart once said to a girl during an argument, "...I have to respect your right to have opinons, I don't have to respect the opinions themselves - especially since they're stupid..."

This past weekend, we went to Ethel's on King where I noticed this sign advertising a "5 for $15" special on Coronitas. Coronitas are the little 8oz Coronas. Many people ask me why anyone would want a small beer like that. One word - golfers. The beers stay cold long enough for the golfer to consume them. You can get 8oz cans of Budweiser and Michelob too. A couple guys from one distributor in Wisconsin took me to a bar where they had a "7 for $7" special on Coronitas - which even a calculator user like myself can see is a much better deal. That's taxes for you. Anyway - what interested me about the sign was that it was not a Coronita sign, but a Corona sign with the letters "ita" written in blue been. Also, someone had changed the price to $14 dollars for 5 Coronitas - i'm not sure if that was some form of graffiti or an actual price markdown. Usually, the same four brands go on sale at the beer store. It rotates between Coors, Canadian, Bud/Bud Light, and Alexander Keith's (Happy 211th Birthday!)

This weekend, we're watching all of "LOST" season 2. Every episode, back to back, in order to get ready for the season 3 premiere in October. Some would call that obsessive, but I just love a good mystery - televised or in a book (preferably in a book) - and "LOST" fills the void until my next shipment from gets here.

I know it is not a mystery book by any stretch, but my copy of "Chuck Klosterman IV : A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas" gets here next week. Every book so far has been a day read at best - I can't put them down. Come on UPS, get your ass in gear.