Sometimes a truth is mistakenly spoken. Such was the case the other day. I cannot stand the driving at this time of year. Last night I was almost hit twice, by the same driver within 1.5 minutes because he thought there was his very own special road that had to be shared with NO ONE on a four lane city road. Parking lots are insane. BTW, our shopping has been long finished. I am on reduced hours at work for December as this is our slow time. I am enjoying it so far. I’ll miss the full pay but the time of for recharging the batteries is welcome. Have a good one.


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Angel Boligán

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  1. Denis December 7, 2017 at 6:45 am #

    I just found out in Ottawa there is a bylaw banning the playing of bagpipes outside unless it’s at a special function.

    • Mikemenn December 7, 2017 at 8:00 am #

      a good law for any city not in Scotland, I say.

  2. Gonzo1955 December 7, 2017 at 7:31 am #

    I for one, being of good Ukrainian, Mongolian, Irish descent like the bagpipes. Probably the Irish in me. (Yes, the Irish had/have bagpipes too)
    And…. oh noooo, I have OCD too. No kids, but the wife just doesn’t seem to understand that you can’t put 2 red ornaments together. Had to ban the tin foil icicles, drove me nuts if they wern’t vertical.
    As for driving, crossing Toronto on the 401 twice a day gives me sincere appreciation for the term “defensive driving”, People need to get a little Odd and chill.

    • ODDMAN December 7, 2017 at 7:37 am #

      I’ve regularly driven the 401 from Oakville/Guelph/Cambridge to Ottawa for 40 years. It’s just crazy. I don’t believe that there is anything new to see in bad driving, and the results of bad driving, left. It is a horror strip of asphalt and concrete.

  3. Scarecrow December 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    Interstate 4-from Tampa to Orlando has highest rate of deaths in the US Interstate Highways. 165 deaths between 2011 & 2015. I live in Mt. Dora, quaint town about 25-30 miles from Orlando. Nicer here, but still lotta idiots. Defensive driving is a MUST.
    Like the ladies decorating the Xmas tree, looks like it came from an old Playboy.
    No, hanging mistletoe this year could cause a bit of a prob.

  4. Deacon December 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

    Traffic? Hummmmmm All I can say on the subject is……About 17 years ago I’m in Detroit and in the car of a brother of a guy I knew. This guy (the brother) worked for IT&T and he had previously been an navy seal. He’s a nice guy, we’re driving in a new Lincoln, he’s wearing a good three piece suit, his briefcase is on the seat and he is your stereotypical suburban respectable businessman. This guy is the epitome of the American dream.
    So we’re downtown Detroit and we get cut off by a taxi. Then we get cut off again by the same taxi. Now the guy I’m with who was very chatty suddenly goes very quiet. Next I notice him following the taxi and squeezing into an opening so that he came right up on the passenger side of the cab. He honks and indicates to the taxi driver to roll down his passenger window…..which he does. Then the guy I’m with….he reaches under his seat and pulls out a 357 magnum handgun and points it at the cab driver and says “don’t cut me off again”. Now the guy driving the cab I don’t know his heritage but he had slightly darker skin….not that that matters in any way shape or form, but I only mention it because he turned about 5 shades of white. Then Mr IT&T simply puts the gun back under the seat and we go along our merry way and he returns to being happy and chatty and nothing is mentioned about the incident. That was probably the shortest lesson in driver education that I have ever seen and I’m guessing the cab driver is probably the best Detroit cabbie to this day, although he probably had to have his upholstery cleaned.

    – Burning Man…..One day I would like to go there. Maybe I should stop saying ‘one day’.
    – The pin up Christmas art was done by Bill Randall. He was very prolific around the 1950’s. He was the artist on staff for Esquire magazine where that Christmas art may have ended up. I can’t find anything where he had his art in Playboy which seemed to promote Vargas art specifically.
    – Cousin Eddie…..ahhhh yes…..Randy Quaid. I don’t know what to say except he always was….’different’. He’s had a strange history as of late and people who have talked to him say he sounds absolutely sane, but he does some weird things! Now he just wants to live in Vermont and away from the Hollywood ‘whackers’ and just commune with nature. Maybe he needs that Winnebago back.
    – Bagpipes…..I like them. I don’t know if I could deal with a 2 hour concert but they’re ok. They’re part of my heritage so in a sense I kinda grew up with them on special occasions. But the bottom line is, I’d listen to bagpipes all day rather than a half hour of ‘rap’. Then again…..what if we combined bagpipes and rap? No I guess not….WMD’s are illegal.

    And I shall leave you now with this little ditty….


  5. sharpiepen December 7, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

    Traffic sucks period! Just pick a freeway in Los Angeles county and you win traffic. If you want you can get one these: It’s a beautiful thing. 🙂

    Yeah, I have been doing my Christmas shopping online and it saves my nervous and dealing with stupid people..^_-

    Oh may, my mom would have us kids put the ornaments on the tree, and she would look at after we were done and fix about half of them. Due to two being on the same branch, one just barely hanging there..good times. lol Once my little brother, put all of the ornaments (the ones he could reach) to one side of the tree. LOL

    My mom wants an army tank. One time at an air show, my siblings and I tired to convince the army soldiers to give her one. They politely told us

    Have a good one,


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