Thursday, September 28, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen - Thirteen thoughts of the day for Speakeasy / UrbanDaddy

1. Why does the guy beside me at the office wear cycling gloves indoors? Does he think he looks cool? When I asked him in the summer he told me it was because he burned the back of his hands?!? WTF?

2. My periformus is still quite tight but that didn't stop me from going for a run this morning. 20 minutes this time. And again I had to stop because I had to get ready for work, and not because I was sore or tired. It just take me so friggin long and hurts so much to stretch it out in the am. I'll know it's doing something for me when UrbanMummy says so. Right now she often wonders why she lost all her baby weight from the Happy Boy, but I didn't.

3. With 2 weeks plus a day until baby arrives, why are we still running around like crazy people??? Shouldn't we be more focused on getting everything ready like we did with child #1??

4. My colleagues Mom sent pears for me. Generally I don't like pears, but so far I have had on a day. Odd.

5. In my CD player at the office is some FANTASTIC jazz from the Clayton/Scott Group. This is some great Canadian jazz and I listen to the darn thing at least 4 times during the day. My colleague's come by to listen too because, as they put it, this music would be heard in a cafe at night. As well, the Scott in the band is my neighbour, their son is my son's best friend, and he is a real cool cat too. As a metalhead, I endorse their CD's, and strongly encourage my 4 readers (lol) to find their CD's and pick them up - support Canadian music!!! You wont be disappointed.

6. Some stupid fucking re-upholstery company located in the middle of the mall, not in a store mind you, but in the middle of the mall, with no business cards, no phone number and no clue, managed to convince me to stop and look at their wares. Stupidly, I gave them my phone number and in return they promised to call in December. Yeah, right. Next day, they called 3 times and were really rude after UrbanMummy told them to never call again. Then they called me at the office. So I stormed out of the office to the mall and ripped them a new one. When I find their name I'm going to publish it here. These guys are not legit. Assholes.

7. Tonight UrbanMummy and I are taking a first Aid course at the Happy Boy's school. It's been a while since I was certified.

8. Working on orders for baseball shirts, bowling shirts and denim shirts. Slowly but Surely building up this business. If anyone knows a business who needs products customized with their logo, or slogan on it, forward them on to me. That's what I do.

9. Martha Stewart likes listening to Eminem... Yikes. I used to.

10. The more I run, the more I think I need to learn more about nutrition and proper stretching and hydration and running in the winter... Then a good tailor for all the new clothes I'll need when I get my sorry ass in shape.

11. This morning when my son was eating breakfast, his mother jumped into the shower and my son said, "garage door open?" I replied, no it's mummy in the shower. "Mummy shower?" he questioned. I nodded yes. "Garage door open??" he questioned... No, I said. Mummy shower. "Mummy shower??" he said. Yes I replied. Then he said "garage door open... Rex". Rex, you see if the handyman who is painting the Happy Boy's big boy room where his big boy bed resides. "Rex, paint. Big boy bed", he replied.
He wants Rex to finish his room so he can sleep in his big boy bed. CUTIE!!!

12. For those of you who know my wife, the ultra-sexy UrbanMummy, you would understand my following comment - a thought that has not escaped my mind for days. If you turn her sideways and manage to block her obviously pregnant belly, you would have NO idea that she was in her 38th week. She looks friggin awesome. She had her hair done the other day and now she looks even better. A true Yummy Mummy if I've ever seen one.

13. Why does the band name "Supertramp" all of the sudden seem so darn funny??

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Tuesday Newsday #3

1. Right off the top, in the news today... I jogged this morning. Whew. 2nd time. 15 minutes this time (ok, 14 minutes). Progress.

2. Belindomi - Is that what it is called??? Tie (Tahir) Domi and Belinda (sorry boyfriend Peter McKay - the Liberals offered me a cabinet post and I'm taking it and running) Stronach. Who knew!??! I thought Tie was just a goon (err, enforcer). As for Belinda, well she had tremendous potential for a career in politics, as a member of the Conservative party. Then she whored herself out to the Liberals and now this scandal, and she's destined for Liberal greatness. That party likes their members to be, shall we say, different. And to think Domi also slept with Tia Carrera. No wonder he was too tired to fight some games. Why, Tie, why? All this came to light in his retirement speech when a reported asked him about it. Interestingly, this has been going on for years but was never mentioned because of the fear that the player of team would backlash and ban either the paper or the reporter from accessing the team. So it was kept quiet... Until he retired. Brutal.

3. Osama bin Jackass (Laden) - Dead, Alive, Dead, Alive. Who knows. Who cares. This son of a billionaire is already famous for being one of the world's biggest hate mongers. This dude is so hated, he has to run from cave to cave in friggin Afghanistan to avoid having a bomb dropped on his head. I hope he's still alive and gets captured. I can't wait to see the line-up of people who's lives he has made worse, come by and smack his face with a piece of ham (the ultimate insult disallowing martyrdom). And to think people can justify his actions. Inhumane.

As if he's not pathetic enough, his niece, CNN news is reporting, in an exclusive interview, singer-songwriter Wafa Dufor, is demanding his CIA pension. Whatever! She came to the US to be rich and famous. He's trying to destroy the US and the confidence everyday people like you and I have about our places of residence. For that, I'd tell him to his face, he is a scumbag.

4. John Madden's football video game has claimed yet another victim - Add Shaun Alexander to the list of athletes injured the year they appear on the cover of the popular "Madden" football video game, as what began as a coincidence has come to be characterized as a curse. Alexander is the sixth consecutive athlete featured on the cover to suffer an injury that forced him to miss at least one game.
Please, please do NOT put me on the cover is what these athletes should be saying. LOL. Soon they'll have to start putting mascots on the cover.

5. Joe Volpe - Federal Liberal leadership candidate Joe Volpe, and the MP in our riding, is once again reeling from a scandal related to his campaign. A few months ago, he circumvented a policy forbidding donations from some group by accepting the same donations from their children, aged 2 and under. Once caught, he apologized and continued in the race. A few days ago, Mr. Volpe was accused of having his staff sign up members for the Liberal party in Quebec who did not pay the necessary $10.00 membership fee, or who were unaware or even dead. When brought to his attention, Mr. Volpe blamed the current leader, Michael Ignatief's campaign as being a smear campaign against him.

Seriously, Joe. May I call you Joe... You've been the MP in our riding for the 6 years we've lived there and the only time your name comes up is when you need our vote - which I have never given you and never will. Try showing up in the riding sometimes. Try pretending that you work for the pay you get. I'm sorry but based on your record in my riding... I'd rather vote for Belinda Stronach, and that says a lot. Geez, I'd rather vote for Tie Domi!!!

6. Mel (go to hell) Gibson - That Mel Gibson's a tenacious bugger, isn't he? The majority of other people - had they been arrested for drink driving, then slagged off all the fucking Jews, threatened to anally rape the arresting officer, claimed ownership of Malibu and then called a female officer "Sugar Tits" - would have just quietly snuck into rehab, apologized profusely and then gone to live a quiet reclusive life living off all the millions of hard-earned Jesus dollars. But not Mel. He has a new film, he compares it to the war in Iraq then publicly disses the US for being involved in that war. Dude... If it's Jewish people and the US you hate, I'm sure they'll give you a nice home in Iran. You are just as fucked up as their President.
Please Mel. Go away. Forever.

Friday, September 22, 2006

L'Shana Tova

If you know what this means, then it is meant for you!

Happy New Year to all.

May this year bring you health, happiness, prosperity and may you be written into the book of life.

That didn't hurt now did it???

New Year, new beginnings...

This morning, instead of getting up at my normal 6:30, I got up 1/2 hour earlier, spent 20 minutes trying to stretch out my aching periformus (look it up) and then went for a run. Yup. A run. It was only 10 minutes of actual jogging but it was 10 minutes more than I had been doing before and I wanted to see how my back and leg felt afterword.

Something I have been talking about doing for oh, about 5 years now. No longer can I complain about not losing any of my baby weight. I actually felt great today - and even more perky than normal - which is usually quite perky. I'm afraid of scaring some co-workers. LOL.

Now if I could only add some free wgights and sit-ups. :)

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Wonders of the World from site that UrbanDaddy has visited

1. Roman Colloseum
2. St. Peter's Bassilica
3. Sistine Chapel
4. Louvre Museum
5. Canals of Venice
6. Pompeii
7. St. Mark's Basilica and Campanile
8. Uffizi Gallery
9. Mont St. Michel
10. Yellowstone National Park
11. Eiffel Tower
12. Niagara Falls
13. Chambord Chateau

Note: Mont St. Michel was the most incredible site I have ever seen,

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The time is near....

With the October 13th arrival date coming closer and closer, I think panic is beginning to set in at the UrbanDaddy household. Not having to give birth to the child, of course, is one less thing to worry about, but, geez, there is SO much more to have to contend with, especially since UrbanMummy needs to focus all her energies on her health and the Happy Boy.

Just a few hours ago, I re-assembled the bassinette, that our newborn will be sleeping in for naps. To be honest, having it back together really cuts down on the space on my side of the bed, but I really felt that I needed to have it ready, just in case, although UrbanMummy is going full term, as she did with the HappyBoy.

Today we have an appointment with our mid-wife, at our home, no less, and I'm sure she is going to run through our place and make sure it is properly set up for the birth. GULP. I guess from this day forth, the UrbanDaddy household will be set up at birth central.

I have my home birth list and I'll be picking up some stuff before the weekend and I want to make sure that once the weekend ends, we are baby-ready.

Monday, September 18, 2006

New Way of doing things...

One day at a time, I guess.

As of today I will drink at least 1.5 litres of water.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things I'd like to do, if I had time

1. Lose weight
2. Learn to play guitar
3. Get moving on my promotional business... Time is money
4. Complete an inventory for our Craft business and get moving on the new business with our colleague
5. fix my computer or Ipod once and for all so I can listen to good music and not the same tunes over and over again for 6 months as I've been doing.
6. Find a way to strengthen the bond I share with UrbanMummy so she knows without a shadow of doubt that I'm her rock.
7. Take cooking classes
8. Get a "Big Boy" job, one where all my hard work, communication and insight are actually listened to and used to make the business more successful.
9. Take up a sport that wont kill me, like running, or ball-hockey again
10. Improve and upgrade my friends. I have some ok ones, but most of them, quite frankly bore me. Although I have 2 good friends that I have recently began hanging out with that I find very interesting and don't bring baggage.
11. Find an activity that UrbanMummy and I can really get into together and do for fun, like a craft, or sport or something along that vein.
12. Get our house all sorted out, organized, painted, and quite frankly looking like a house that adults live in, not renters with children and cats.
13. Get a short term promotion, or pass a competition at work to show all the clowns I work for that I actually do know more then they do, by dong an awesome job... Then leave for another job in the private sector.

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Happy Boy

Some Happy Boy musings...

In the past few days he has taken to pointing at my stomach and saying, with great enthusiasm; "BIG Daddy". The more we laugh, the more he tries to stress "BIG" in that phrase.

I like to reply with; "Little Happy Boy".

He loves it.

Months and months ago UrbanMummy bought almond butter at, like $17.99, for the Happy Boy. He didn't like it. I think he got a piece of toast with a very tiny dab on it and he did not like it... So we used almost the rest of the jar in a very yummy dish. Well be damned, the other day he pointed at my sandwich and said "Happyboy, Eat", so I gave him another bite, then a piece.

Sure enough he ate the rest of the piece in the bathtub and even asked for more. Too bad we all but finished the jar.

More musings to come. :)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Tuesday Newsday #2

For Tuesday September 12th, according to SpeakEasy!

1. Goalie DiPietro gets 15-year deal with Islanders - my thoughts??? What the Fuck?????
This is a 15 year guaranteed contact regardless of whether he is playing, or dead. This contract could sink the entire Islanders organization. It is as dumb as the $10 million they gave to Alexi Yashin. He has been floating ever since signing that one. I believe they call him the enigmatic one.

But, WOW, let's hope for the Islanders sake, that he doesn't get hurt and that he doesn't decide that since he's set for life, that he doesn't stop giving 100% effort in every game - unless it's against the Leafs. Then he can suck!

2. Britney Spears - This terrible role model and white-trash wannabe was supposedly going to be having the baby very soon and it is going to be a girl.
On Wednesday she had a boy. Sigh. Kids having kids. How is she going to drive with 2 kids on her lap?

3. Michael Schumacher - Formula One race car driver, and multiple time champion and bad boy, says he'll retire at the end of the Formula One season. I guess driving a car at fast speeds in circles over and over again is a "sport" and apparently one that he was good at, although he has been called the most unsportmanlike driver in history of F1.

4. Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin and the murderer stingray - Conservationists in Australia believe fans of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin have embarked on a revenge campaign against the stingray that killed him. Clearly these weirdos were able to locate the correct stingray and after trying to get it to explain why is did such an evil (yet natural) thing and after a tough talking to, they have set out and decided to seek revenge. Guys... It's not going to bring him back!!! If you want revenge, start eating them and make them extinct. No?

5. Toronto Stabbing - The two Swiss nationals and a German man found stabbed to death in the bloodsoaked 19th floor of a downtown hotel were traveling and staying together, Toronto Police said yesterday. Rumours at this time seem to indicate that a murder-suicide might have occurred and that they were all staying together in the same room. Hmmmm.

6. West Nile - A man in his 90s from Downstate Sangamon County has died from West Nile virus, marking the fifth fatal human case of the disease in the state this year. What a great Al Queda plot... The Nile is in Egypt. Egypt is in the Middle East. Iraq is in the Middle East. Iraq has those evil Al Queda people killing everyone they can find. Therefore... (boy my math professor would be proud of this proof) Al Queda are the reason that this 90 year old man died from a mosquito bite.
Can you say lawsuit?!?

7. Hamas and Fatah - Are set to form a coalition government and recognize Israel's existence. I mean really, guys... No coalition needed... Just look at a fucking map. They are there. Saw it with my own eyes.

But really... It's time to get their acts together, recognize each other, give a hug and fucking get along already! No more bombs, no more suicide bombings. Stop playing like children, and start being accountable for your own actions. Grow up and help your community to thrive.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Thoughts on this September 11th.


5 years.

Five long years since the most cowardly act in recent history, if not in all of history. An act that goes against the teachings of the Quran, which states you must give your enemy "warning" before taking actions. Thanks for the warnings guys.

I guess, if their intention was to "out" Muslim people and give all those racists yet another group to "hate", then mission accomplished. I guess in every religion there are the fanatics, they usually are described as being "extreme", and usually are on the "right wing", and somehow that gives legitimacy to these actions.

I mean lets face it... Take away all this religion bullshit and look at it from a global point of view. We all live on the planet earth. We are all humans. We all walk and talk and just want the opportunity to make something out of our lives without trouble. Would that not make us, members of the human race, and therefore all members of the same race???

I mean, really, toss aside your Quran, Bible, Torah, etc., look at the person next to you and realize that we are all in this together. Just like I don't want to be forced to practice your "religion", I wont do the same to you. If I wanted to be whatever you are, I would do it. I would learn about it and study it.

Maybe we need to just look at this whole 9/11 tragedy differently. We value life, and these people who thought up this evil act don't. We understand that once your gone, your gone, yet some people don't. I think these "martyrs" need to have a reality check, and as a result, I am proposing that any individual who kills themselves and takes an innocent person with them shall be denied the 72 virgins and be forced to have to listen to country music 24 hours a day for the rest of their lives.

I shudder at that thought.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Another Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Questions Speakeasy Wants to Know About His Wife

1. Whom are you named after? What was she or he like?

2. What did you want to be when you grew up? Why? What options seemed open or closed to you?

3. What did you do for fun as a teenager? As a young adult?

4. What volunteer or paid work have you done? How has it been important to you?

5. What has been important to you as a daughter? A life partner? A mother? As a friend? As a member of a community?

6. Who have been your role models? What about them do you admire?

7. What words of wisdom did your mother/grandmothers/aunts share with you?

8. Who are your favorite cultural heroines? What appeals to you about them?

9. What world and national events have significantly influenced your life?

10. What in your life has brought or given you the greatest satisfaction or fulfillment? Looking back, what would you have done differently? What would you do again?

11. What achievement in my life would bring you greatest joy?

12. What attribute would you like me to help you develop in yourself?

13. What mutual goal would you like us to accomplish?

Whew. Those are some serious questions. Please take a moment to answer some of them for yourself. Try them on your spouse. Try one, all or none. Get to know your spouse better.

I read a wonderful post in Penelope & Bumblebee (see the link on the right) about how she communicates with her husband and I immediately thought of our UrbanFamily.

May the Force be with you!

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

A dilemma

A "good" friend of mine called me last night to let me know that him and his wife had a baby. In his voicemail message he left for me, he indicated that they had the baby and he wanted to call to "catch up". I wondered, seeing as they had a boy, if there was a bris (Jewish ritual circumcision ceremony) and asked him about it when I called him back. He was very casual about it and said something to the effect of, "sure, come to it. It's Friday morning at 8am". I really didn't get that warm, fuzzy feeling that I was invited, but rather that I had invited myself, wife and son, and he wasn't going to say no.

Granted, they did just have a baby 5 days ago. I remember those days. No sleep, mass confusion, denial, etc. Am I reading too much into it?

A little background. I met this guy and his wife in our marriage class back in 2001. There were 5 couple and we all made plans to go out and keep in touch. This couple in particular seemed to be the most interesting as his wife had an interest in hockey (I play), and he loves Chemistry and Physics and all that stuff that the UrbanMummy teaches so well. Added to that, was the fact that they lived in the townhouses right behind the condo complex we lived in.

From what I understood of this group dynamic, there were 3 couples who all moved up north from the city, and were all quite younger than the other couples, and they all REALLY wanted to get working on those kiddies. It just didn't seem like we had a whole lot to talk about. Our neighbour and his wife also found the dynamic to be off, and came to the conclusion that hanging out with us would be preferable since we live right near them, share interests, and are of the same age.

The marriage group continued to meet, but we no longer got invited (I think we backed out of a few of them and something was said) but my neighbour kept going to his wife's dismay. He's a pleaser.

Then, the bunch of them joined my hockey team, and gave it a whirl, only my neighbour plays on it to this day. It was (until I got injured) the only time we'd see each other.

This is where it was weird...

I used to pick him up on my way to the rink, and sometimes he'd be playing poker with his "buddies" or having a BBQ, or something like that, but never included me. He would sit in my car on his cell phone making plans with his buddies, but never include me. He would even look for a 5th for their poker game, wondering out loud where they could find someone to play, but never asked me. I started asking him to not coordinate his life in the few minutes we got to chat before games and he graciously agreed. Before the game, during and after it we hung out, chatted, and had fun. He's a cool guy. We have stuff in common.

When we moved from the condo 3 blocks east to a house we invited them over, and they came. The invite to their place??? Came much later and only once. For as much as they told us how they like to hang out with us, it was difficult to explain why there was zero effort on their part. We've been in our new house for 8 months, and while we have discussed getting together, it has not happened. They actually put their townhouse up for sale and moved... How did I find out? I walk by it to go and come from the subway. Just down the street from the Cheaty Monkey's abode. While they have not yet moved into their new house (renovations), my "friend" said last night that once they move in, we are "for sure" going to get invited over.

I'm not holding my breath.

I do know when I'm healthy enough to play hockey again, I'll play on his (my) team,and it'll be like nothing even happened. But am I over-reacting about the bris?

Should we go?


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Tuesday Newsday #1

Items in the news according to, and other important places, like my brain and my immagination:

1. Trish Stratus - retiring from the WWE this month - for real. Apparently she is getting married at the end of this month. For those of you who do not know who she is (UrbanMummy?!?) she is a Toronto born, former fitness model, turned professional wrestler, who was very successful in what she accomplished. She was a multiple time womans champion and often-injured as a result. She carried the womans division for years.

We'll miss you Trish!

2. US Sprinter Marion Jones second test for banned substances came back negative. Her first one was positive and like all cheating athletes, she had "no idea how banned substance wound up in her body". Yeah, right. My belief... Once a cheat, always a cheat.

3. Paris Hilton - NO NO NO! Your 15 minutes of fame are UP. You ARE the weakest link. GOOD-BYE!

4. Lindsy Lohan - sigh. Really friggin hot... well that was until she became (unexplicably) thin, in Nicole Ritchie proportions, died her hair black and started going out in public without underwear. For fucks sake, girlie... Do us all a favour. Leak the porn video and begone. See Item 3.

5. Me. With all this political talk heating up due to Municipal and Provincial elections and the Liberal Party leadership search, I have decided to slowly unveil my campaign promises as I prepare for my destiny to one day be the Prime Minister of Canada. Todays issue: Grafitti. The way I would deal with grafitti is to find out who is defacing (they call it "tagging") public property, and have the authorities do the same to their house and all their prized possessions. Don't like it much do you?!?

6. George Bush has secret CIA prisons. Really? Can we be sure? He's not the brightest bulb in the lamp. If they do exist, who is really there? "terrorists"? and if so, and I really HATE terrorists, should these people not have the right to actually be held for something. If it is purely speculation, let them go, but watch them like hawks.

7. Israel said it lifted its nearly two-month-long air blockade of Lebanon but kept its naval blockade in place until international forces can take over. Please, I beg the leadership in Lebanon, do whatever you can to keep Hezbollah and Syrai out of your country. You deserve to live in peace too. Try it, you might like it.

8. Just what the world was waiting for... The first multimedia BlackBerry (called the Pearl) plays music, takes photos, and still handles e-mail with aplomb. I give it 2 months and the UrbanMummy will be wanting one. She is a technology junkie.

More next week.

Friday, September 01, 2006

The news according to speakeasy


In the news:

(tough one today - I should do a Tuesday - Newsday regular segment. Hmmmm)

Ching Cheong - Any relation to Cheech and Chong? Couldn't tell you.
(Actual: China yesterday sentenced Ching Cheong, the Hong Kong-based reporter for The Straits Times, to five years in jail on charges of spying for Taiwan). Great... Now they have a reason to yank out his toenails and torture him. Sigh.

West Ham - English soccer team in the news for... winning? losing? scoring goals?
(Actual: West Ham have had "exploratory discussions" about a possible takeover of the club - but insist talks are at an early stage and would not confirm who they have been pursued by). And this is news???

Sydney FC - Another soccer club. No guesses. :)
(Actual: Sydney FC has been fined $89,000 by Football Federation Australia for breaches of A-League player contract regulations last season). A lot of stupid sports news... Ae there no wars, hurricanes, or murders to write about.

Electronic Arts - I heard about this... I believe they are adding commercials to their video games. Sure, why not! $80.00 for the video game that you beat in 3 weeks AND commercials too. That is why the Happy Boy will not play video games until he is 20.

Roy Keane - Former UK soccer captain accused of fixing games. I think. No idea why he's back in the news.
(actual: NEW Sunderland manager Roy Keane showed he meant business yesterday when he brought in six new players). And who really cares???

David Wells - Boston Red sox pitcher traded to his hometown, San Diego Padres yesterday.

Glamis Gold - sounds like the name of a rap star. LOL. It's probably a gold company... I have no idea, really.
(Actual: Goldcorp Inc has agreed to acquire Glamis Gold Ltd for approximately US$8.6 billion in stock). Whew. Talk about being worth your weight in gold.

Tony Blair - British PM in the news possibly because of that new UK film showing the assisination of George Bush. Brits loved it. Americans were appalled. I am puzzled.
(Actual: The current Miss England, Hammasa Kohistani has blamed Tony Blair for spawning a generation of British born terrorists). Oh great, this is what the world has come to. Miss England has an opinion and it doesn't related to hair, make-up or plastic surgery. Give me a break! Hey missy, I'll give you some advice. Let Blair stick to politics and you to... well... smiling, waxing and waving. Role reversals usually never work out.

Ryder Cup - Some (yawn) golf tournament. Must be coming up.
(Actual: Europe's Ryder Cup team moved closer to being clarified on Friday as a result of yet another stupid boring match when some guy won, and a lot of guys lost).

Katie Couric - I think is in the news because a picture of her promoting whatever news show she is now on, cropped her and made her look slimmer. Of course everyone involved is denying knowledge of the incident and "demanding" she be re-promoted (if that's a word) in her actual size.