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June, 2008:

Mr. George Carlin

First ran across Mr. Carlin in 1979 when, during a freakin’ crazy weekend in Toronto, I heard Indecent Exposure for the first time.

I laughed until my gut hurt. and then I laughed some more.

I laughed when, in the line for the Canada World Music Festival in 1980, some buds did Teenage Masturbation – and most excellently.

I killed my abs when I heard Modern Man for the first time.

He pissed off the establishment and he snorted at this. And, I’ll regret having passed up seeing him at the NAC a few years back when he passed through Ottawa.

In short, outside my kids, no one has made me laugh more.

Hope to hear your new routine someday, Mr. Modern Man.


New photos

I have finally uploaded some new images to my Photobucket album.


Talking globs of grease

Just when you thought that the Harperites have done everything possible to portray themselves as a group of Abbott and Costello clones (my apologies to Abbott and Costello), they off and do or say something even more laughable than before.

According to the G&M, the Harperites’ plans to run yet another attack ad campaign is at risk because the advertiser hired to run the ads is balking. A number of gas stations have installed video screens on which one can watch mundane things like weather forecasts and sports and biz updates while gassing up your SUV. I have personally never seen one of these screens, but do understand the need to divert the attention away from the amount of $$$’s one is pumping into said motor vehicle.

But the company in charge of these systems is saying that it reserves the right to withhold ads that may be political in nature. There is a practical business side to a decision like this: what fuel distributor in their right mind would want to risk alienating a significant sector of the driving public by associating themselves – intentionally or otherwise – with a political party???

Anyways – you can see that this will of course end up in court as the Harperites say that “a contract is a contract” and litigation is by far the favourite dispute resolution mechanism of this government.


Those small joys

There are times when being a parent is an Everest-type challenge that tries our patience, our judgement and our humour.

And then there are the times when being a parent is the greatest damned job on the planet.

Take this morning, for instance. My little Addy (who is 4) has what was at first glance, scribbled in pen all over her right forearm (she is left-handed). Just as I was about to launch into a 6:30 am lecture about how ink can seep through your pores and turn you into an ogre or something, I looked at the “scribbles” more closely. There were about 5 letters of the alphabet.

Asking what these were, I got the following response:

“They are the letters that start the names of my friends that I love.”

There was a “B” for Brianna. A “J” for James. And so on.

There was no lecture.


The McGuinty and Charest tag team

Now isn’t this interesting… our two largest provinces teaming up to take the initiative on a cap and trade system – effectively snubbing their noses at the Harperites.

Both Premiers know that there is a general feeling amongst their voters that the nation as a whole hasn’t shown the leadership on this file that was expected. The Harperites have done little in the way of new initiatives (The tax credit for a buss pass? Gimme a break!) and some of the provinces like Alberta (Inc.) have actually “de“-volved in this area. Good ol‘ B.C. can always be counted on but we really did need some leadership from the central provinces.

Kudos to both Charest and McGuinty for this – whether you agree with it or not, at least someone is showing initiative.

It will be interesting to see how the PMO reacts to this but the initial signs are predictable. Bull-dog Baird has sniffed and said that it’s “political posturing”. But if the citizens of the provinces agree with the proposal and the Harperites do a poll and find that this is so, they may try to back pedal a bit.

Don’t forget that these folks are the champs in the realm of politics of cynicism!