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I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around the Pudge Rodrigueq trade since last night. I don’t fully understand it (I keep waiting for the announcement that we’re getting a prospect or two in addition to Kyle Farnsworth) but, more than anything, my heart is a little sad to see Pudge go. Having watched the Tigers play so poorly through most of the 1990s and the early 2000s he provided some hope that maybe things would get better (they did) and that maybe the team could make a run for the playoffs (they did – even making it to the World Series). I knew he wouldn’t be a Tiger forever, but in no way did I expect him to be traded right now.

One of my favourite Tigers websites posted this YouTube video and I thought like sharing it here (on a personal note – the last clip in the video – the walk-off home run against Cleveland was at a game that Katie & I were at – it was AWESOME!!)


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July 31, 2008 at 11:19 am

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When movies come to life

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I’m sure there are many of you who remember this scene from Monty Python’s “The Meaning of LIfe”

[Mr Brown answers the door of his home to find two men dressed in white labcoats.]
Labcoat #1: Hello. Uh… can we have your liver?
Mr Brown: What?
Labcoat #1: Your liver. It’s a large, uh… glandular organ in your abdomen.
[Mr Brown just stares at the labcoated men.]
Labcoat #1: You know, it’s, uh… it’s reddish-brown; it’s sort of, uh…
Mr Brown: Yeah, y-yeah, I know what it is, but… I’m using it! I…
[The labcoated men push into the house. The second man holds Mr Brown against the wall.]
Labcoat #2: Go on, sir! Don’t muck us up, now!
[The first labcoated man searches him and pulls out a card.]
Labcoat #1: Hel-lo! What’s this, then?
Mr Brown: A liver donor’s card.
Labcoat #1: Need we say more?
Labcoat #2: No!
Mr Brown: Listen! I can’t give it to you now. It says, ‘in the event of death’. Uh. Oh! Ah. Ah. Eh.
Labcoat #1: No one who has ever had their liver taken out by us has survived.
Mr Brown: Agh.
Labcoat #2: Just lie there, sir. It won’t take a minute.
[The Labcoats remove and break Mr Brown’s liver.]
Mr. Brown: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!
Labcoat #1: Zip it up.

Well, if Peter Kormos (a member of Ontario’s provincial legislature) has his way, events like that may just happen in Ontario. Why’s that, you ask? Well, this article in the Toronto Star explains it much better than I possibly could. Thankfully, private members bills (that is, bills not introduced by the government) RARELY pass.

If this legislation passes I want Kormos’ organs to go right to the top of the list – he’ll still be able to annoy the piss out of me with half a liver, one lung and one kidney.

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July 30, 2008 at 11:48 am

One-Word Meme

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Courtesy The Clam Rampant (who extends courtesies to Mulier Fortis)

1. Where is your cell phone? Dresser

2. Your significant other? Katie

3. Your hair? Gone

4. Your mother? Good

5. Your father? Missed

6. Your favorite things? Coltrane {get it?]

7. Your dream last night? Forgotten

8. Your favorite drink? Coffee

9. Your dream/goal? Quiet

10. The room you’re in? Stuffy

11. Your church? Catholic

12. Your fear? Failure

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Alive

14. Where were you last night? Bed

15. What you’re not? Perfect

16. Muffins? Meh

17. One of your wish list items? Books!

18. Where you grew up? Canuckistan

19. The last thing you did? Yawned

20. What are you wearing? Clothes

21. Your TV? Functional

22. Your pets? Part-time

23. Your computer? iMac

24. Your life? Progressing

25. Your mood? Meh

26. Missing someone? Yep

27. Your car? Nonexistant

28. Something you’re not wearing? Fur

29. Favorite store? Amazon

30. Your summer? Hot

31. Like (love) someone? Yep

32. Your favorite color? Blue

33. Last time you laughed? Recently

34. Last time you cried? Unsure

35. Who will re-post this? Dunno

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July 29, 2008 at 4:41 pm

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Courtesty chow.com:

Most of us of a certain age can recall the famous Grey Poupon commercial wherein one luxury car owner answers another’s mustard-related query (“Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?”) with a courteous “But of course” before handing the stuff over.

Yeah, it turns out that not everyone finds it funny in real life. The Smoking Gun tells the story of a Grey Poupon prank gone bad:

After gesturing to the 22-year-old [Vitaly] Kovtun to roll down his window, passenger Stephen Cox asked, ‘Excuse me, sir, do you have any Grey Poupon?’ Kovtun responded, police charge, by pulling a handgun from his glove compartment, cocking the weapon, and leveling it at the prankster’s auto. ‘Here’s your Grey Poupon, roll your f*ing windows up,’ Kovtun said, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Points for style all around on this one.

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July 24, 2008 at 10:39 am

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Maybe the giant spider is heading for city hall

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I stumbled across a Google Maps mashup with Detroit-area webcams earlier this morning. I clicked on the “downtown as seen from Windsor” and this is what I saw:

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July 19, 2008 at 10:21 am

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I don’t even live in Detroit (yet) and I’m embarrassed by this …

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I was just going through some RSS feeds and noticed that in just the past few hours there have been articles about the various political scandals that are brewing in Detroit right now

Grand jury supboenas councilwoman

Kilpatrick aide ordered out as Detroit council stops tunnel deal

Armor sale delayed after anonymous letter surfaces about mayor’s father

If I were a resident of Detroit (or even the Metro Detroit area), I would be both embarrassed and angry about this. It seems that the politicans in Detroit can’t make a cup of coffee without doing something illegal and/or unethical. I don’t know why more residents aren’t beating down the doors of the  State Legislature asking them to step in and take over the whole operation.

What’s even more depressing and embarrassing is that, come election time, most of these people will probably be re-elected.

UPDATE: It just keeps getting better …

Judge throws out lawsuit seeking Kilpatrick’s repayment of millions

“Taxes haven’t gone up one penny as a result of this,” said James Thomas, another of Kilpatrick’s lawyers in court Friday.

I could be wrong, but could the reason that taxes haven’t gone up be because there hasn’t been a new budget since the crap hit the fan about the settlement and therefore no opporunity to raise taxes?

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July 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Rush on The Colbert Report

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July 17, 2008 at 11:40 am

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