I'm STILL a self confessing, self professing know-it-all, or so I think!

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Don’t know what you’re expecting of me

I’m tired of being what you want me to be
Feeling so faithless lost under the surface

Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes

I\’ve become so numb I can\’t feel you there

And become so tired so much more aware
I’m becoming this all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you

And I know I may end up failing too
But I know you were just like me
With someone disappointed in you

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Grado Labs

This is one fucking great company!! Manufacturers of the best headphones in the world!! This is the letter I wrote a few years back explaining my situation:

I wisely cropped my personal information, wouldn’t want any-of-yous beating a path to my door, lol. Oh, and I did remember her name, still do … Kim (just was uncertain, wasn’t 100% sure at the time of writing, so thought I’d err on the side of caution). I told her my headphones looked like a lawnmower ran over them … more than once, lol!! And admittedly that most of the damage was caused by me trying to fix them, lol. They were chewed up so badly that if Grado didn’t offer to help me, I’d have had no choice but to buy a new pair. I still can’t believe they repaired them for me, AND at a nominal fee, AND that John Grado the owner of the company went to the Post Office personally and mailed the repaired headphones back to me. Which brings me to today … I called wanting to inquire about upgrading to the new SR 325is model (still priced same as the SR 325i) at $295, and hopefully circumventing paying taxes and duties … PLUS obtaining $100 credit!! Christ, I would have been all over that like white on rice!! To put it into perspective, here in Canada they sell for $400+tax=$452) … and with the Canadian Dollar trading at $1.02 for the American Greenback, thought it was an ideal time. Sadly all good things must come to an end … they eliminated the upgrade program, too many hassles I was told. I understood completely. Frankly, I couldn’t believe they ever offered it in the first place. Honestly, mine are now in perfect working condition having been restored to their former glory (almost) … oh and my SR 125’s have the superior ear-cup, no longer available on today’s model, having been substituted with cheaper materials … a cost cutting measure permitting Grado to keep any price hike in check, so all is not lost. Will patiently bide my time!!

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Auto Show!!

This used to be the greatest day, at least one of them on my calendar year … going to the Auto Show. Now, it’s so crowded, takes some of the fun out of it … who’s kidding who … a shitload of fun. I remember previously swearing never to go on Family Day ever again. I lied. Now I really really swear, NEVER again!! Here’s some pics from today … I’m not an auto-blogger, so I’ll just post a few. My favourite vehicle (if there’s such a thing)? Once again I remain partial to the Mercedes E-Class … the top of the line, no holds barred E63 AMG specifically … what a sweet sedan!!

Notice the theme going on here? White cars!! Why? No reason really … just ’cause I felt like it motherfuckers, lol!!


For the record: I ADMIRE and APPRECIATE all cars. Hyundai, Kia … Ferrari, Porsche!! I don’t discriminate, I don’t judge. It’s not me. I didn’t easily and conveniently pick the Lambhorghini as my fave pick … Goddamn, love that Grand Cherokee too, lol!! Sweet Jeep!!

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one of these days I’m gonna change my evil ways

but I ain’t too young to worry
nah I ain’t too old to cry

and I ain’t too old to hurry
’cause I ain’t too old to die

but I sure am hard to beat

but I ain’t too young to realize
that I ain’t too old to try
try to get back to the start

ain’t too young to admit it
no I’m not too old to lie
I’m just another empty head

one of these days
one of these days

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Now … that’s a sandwich!!

Coming home last night, I had a craving for this so I popped into my trusty Italian deli!! Spent $35 on everything, could have saved time and money buying a $5 footlong from Subway (blah, yuck) … but those who know me, know I don’t eat like that. And they also know I spare no expense when it comes to buying good food. It’s loaded with 5 meats: sweet genoa salami, mortadella, prosciutto salami, sopressa italian salami, and oven baked capicollo … 2 cheeses: provolone, and creamy havarti … sliced roma tomatoes, and plenty of giardiniera too served on a crusty sandwich roll, with a heaping side of quartered Mrs. Whyte’s kosher dill pickles!! Good?? Pshaw!!

It was a motherfucking two fisted, lip smacking, Gina Lollobrigida influenced panino of epic proportions, lol!!

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Mama they try and break me

Don’t want your aid
But the fist I’ve made
For years, can’t hold or feel
No I’m not all me
So please excuse me
While I tend to how I feel

Still they try and break me

But now the dreams and waking screams
That everlast the night
So build a wall
Behind it crawl
And hide until it’s light
Can’t you hear your baby’s crying now?

Still the window burns
Time so slowly turns
And someone there is sighing
Keepers of the flames
Can’t you feel your names?
Can’t you hear your baby’s crying?

But now the dreams and waking screams
That everlast the night
So build a wall
Behind it crawl
And hide until it’s light
Can’t you hear your baby’s crying now?

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Solar Flare X2.2

This occurred on Tuesday (yesterday) and was the most powerful solar flare in years. The rating system measures the strength of solar flares … X designated for being the most potent. We may experience communications disruption as a result, nothing to be alarmed at though.To put the enormity of it into perspective … you can line up almost eight Earths side by side in the solar sunspot!! Imagine that?

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My sweet Lady Jane!!

I just got off the phone with a customer service rep from my cell phone carrier. Oh, before I go any further, please excuse my digression, I need to vent (thanks, lol) … I’ve been reading a lot of shit from bloated praire heifers exalting such wonderful CS incidents they’ve been experiencing lately, slapping themselves on their fat backs (Look at me everybody, I praised one of the minion subordinates) … meanwhile these are the same two-faced fucks to publicly bash same CS reps when they need a human punching-bag to make themselves feel better and superior. You skanky cows, you can’t have it both ways!! You are a miserable mooing motherfucking ungrateful herd 95% of the time, then when your meds take effect, temporarily calming the storm, are such sweet angels the remaining measly 5%?? If you treated people with respect and kindness 100% of the time, you wouldn’t have any problems!! While chewing your cud, chew on this … in the succinct, yet blatantly eyeopening wisdom of one of your recently departed cohorts … and I quote, “GO FUCK YOURSELVES”!! Whew, that felt good, lol!! Ok, back to my call with the CS rep (Jane). I ALWAYS ask ANYONE I phone how they are, how they’re doing (first thing I do when calling CS reps is ask for their name … it’s just common courtesy), no matter if they are my friend, or a stranger, if I’m in a great mood, or in not such a good mood, or if heaven forbid even in a shitty mood … I don’t even begin to get into the details of my phone call till later, I treat people same as I’d like to be treated. Jane tells me she has a headache, but doing OK. I wish her Happy Valentine’s Day, adding it’s not much, but hope it helps… she laughs. I ask, “you in Toronto?” She tell me no, the Philippines, I’m not surprised, not in the least, I know everybody … these companies, these corporations outsource their call centres. I can hear American drawls a million miles away no matter how slight they may appear … her accent though gave nothing away. My given name is Daniel, but she asks me if she can call me Dan … I fucking laugh and say “of course” (everybody calls me that btw, very, very few people call me Daniel). She kept asking me questions verifying my account … then she asked for my birthdate. I said knowlingly, “you don’t fucking have that” She laughed, and confirmed she didn’t. BUSTED!! She made the necessary changes to my account that I requested, and we were done … but we wouldn’t get off the phone … both of us didn’t want to end the call. I asked her what time it was there (13 hours ahead of Toronto). I tell her she’s well on her Tuesday, I’m still working on my Monday. It was kinda flirtatious, we kept wishing Happy Valentine’s Day back and forth to each other … It was almost like … no you hang up, no you hang up, no you first, no you  … lol!! Finally we did, I felt all warm and fuzzy afterwards, get your minds outta the Goddamn gutter … JESUS CHRIST, it wasn’t as if I was gonna drop my drawers and start diddling myself right then and there … I mean, people were milling about and could see me, lol!!

Thanks Jane for injecting some fun into my day, hope I did the same for you!!

… yeah, yeah, yeah … Happy Valentine’s Day to the rest of you too … equally to all the dudes and bitches, lol!!

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Kitchen stuff!!

I’ve been watching a few presentations of various kitchen appliances, gadgets on TV lately. I love watching these shows. Some are gimmicky, some are practical, but all I keep thinking is that I don’t need any of them. Ideally, I would love a couple more burners on my stove, and a bigger oven … that’s what I really need. I love buying pots and pans too, I can never seem to have enough of those. The ones that I covet though are so bloody expensive. The Bay had Le Creuset pots for five fucking hundred dollars!! Hello … and goodbye!! Fuck that shit!! Mucho dinero to say the least. The other day I bought a magazine with recipes from all the Food Network stars, it was an Italian edition (my favourite, lol). And there was different meatball recipes. I fucking love meatballs, and I make many variations. Funny thing about all of these is that they all included fennel seeds. Feeling inspired, I went and bought the ingredients and followed the recipe explicitly … most times I would vary procedures, this time I didn’t. Toasting the fennel seeds filled my house which such aromatic bliss. Call me Johnny Fennelseed … sorry, couldn’t resist, lol. The next step called for grinding the seeds into a powder … and not having a grinder, or a mortal and pestle, I pounded them between my towel and cutting board with my kitchen mallet. The results were “ok”  but not close to being quick, efficient, or perfect. So, my next purchase, my next kitchen want … is a dedicated spice/nut grinder!! I already researched many, but they are so pricey, and since this item is highly specialized … I mean I’m not about to be grinding spices on a daily fucking basis, I want to get one for a cheap price, I’m not about to dole out forty-fifty bucks for the Goddamn thing. Patience is definitely on my side!! Oh, they turned out fucking great, and I served them with crusty bread and caciocavallo cheese pictured below!!

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Tiffany & Co. … & Valentines Day!!

Here I thought it would be an in and out type of thing today. It’s Sunday, got there early, or so I thought and still they were busy. Guess a lot of guys are thinking the same … maybe a lot of the guy’s wives (girlfriends) have us thinking this way, lol.  Hey, it wasn’t so bad, and I love how they have all your information on file from previous purchases!! They have a great way of numbing your fiscal senses, you almost feel anesthetized handing over your credit card, spending money … it’s very, very, painless!!

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Swatow Restaurant

Went here for lunch today, located smack dab in the heart of Chinatown at Spadina and Dundas!! I love this fucking place … brings back such good memories, I remember coming here in the wee hours after a fun filled night of carousing!! Ahhh, the good old days, lol. I used to be very chummy with the owner at the time too … Peter (I think?). Honestly, in-my-humble-motherfucking-opinion … best fucking Chinese food joint around … bar none!! Best part is chowing down at the communal tables, eating with complete strangers. Hey … if we all did this, would we have world peace? Just a thought, lol!!

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Get your Groupon

Everybody I know loves Groupon!! It’s great, a new deal everyday offering huge discounts on a variety of services and products. I purchased a few already, but this one I’m really excited about … The Homebake Pizza Company!! It’s a $25 value, that was being offered for $12, plus I had a $10 voucher, so I’m only paying two bucks for my pie. It’s a take and bake pizza shop, I’m excited about trying that. It’s located on Roncesvalles Avenue, so it’s very convenient for me to pop in on my way home … and I won’t have to worry about it getting cold, since it’s not even cooked yet. Check out some combos (oui oui brie, saloomi … love those names, lol) and ingredients … very cool!!