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Back to Toronto

• December 18, 2013 • Comments (0)

Why is it, when pilots land in Toronto in the winter, they turn the heat in the cabin up to 90 degrees, for a good 15-20 minutes?  It’s like re-entry in the space capsule.  If you’re having a hot flash at the same time, not good.

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Lobster!

• July 10, 2013 • Comments (0)

50 years on the planet, and I just learned that soft shell lobster, between one and a quarter and one and a half pounds, can actually be cooked so it doesn’t taste like an old shoe.   Thanks, Graham and Mary Hallward!

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Stuff Gracie says

• June 28, 2013 • Comments (0)

Gracie (5) says the funniest things, starting right as I wake her up (which is, of course, when she starts talking).   This morning: “I’m a nine year-old, trapped in a 5 year old’s body!!”  

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Turns out it was a beaver

• June 27, 2013 • Comments (0)

That huge nasty dead animal in front of my house turned out to be a beaver.   Yesterday at 2:00, more than 24 hours after I had filed my 311 request with the City of Toronto (they promise service in 5 hours), I decided not to risk my kids getting some nasty disease from the [...]

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City of Toronto water meters – fail

• June 26, 2013 • Comments (0)

My email to MPP Jaye Robinson (just slightly paraphrased, as at least one of my kids reads my blog) says:  ”The fact that the city of Toronto’s water meter installer cannot find their (rear end) with both hands and a flashlight is not my issue.”   See, I got a letter from the City of [...]

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Giving up on the muskrat

• June 26, 2013 • Comments (0)

Gave up on City of Toronto removing the dead muskrat from the street and called a private company to come get it – $285.   My tax dollars at work.  Oh, wait, those are after tax dollars.  

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Muskrat watch

• June 25, 2013 • Comments (1)

Hey, Rob (Ford).  I’ve got a giant dead muskrat in the middle of Suncrest Drive (311 reference number 2153840).  (It might be a beaver, I’m not too up on my Canadian flora and fauna).  The 311 guys promised they’d get rid of it within 5 hours (that was at noon today), and here it is [...]

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A hammock for Emily’s House

• June 24, 2013 • Comments (0)

Emily’s House is Toronto’s first and only children’s palliative care hospice.  It opens this Friday, and I was privileged to be able to attend the “pre-opening” party on Saturday.  It is a very peaceful place, and has 10 beds for seriously ill children.  In addition to providing full-time live-in care for these children to the [...]

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Another restaurant for quiet voices

• June 20, 2013 • Comments (0)

Gotta add George to the quiet restaurants list (111C Queen Street East, just east of  St. Michael’s Hospital).  I was there recently with my friend Mary Hallward, a brilliant analyst and money manager, and a straightforward, lovable curmudgeon if there ever was one.   Mary’s “just” my age, but has probably been a curmudgeon since [...]

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Blood test to detect oral cancer

• June 20, 2013 • Comments (0)

More from the Globe and Mail regarding a blood test to detect HPV 16-linked oral cancer.  A new study indicates that a simple blood test, for HPV 16 antibodies, can help doctors detect the disease years before symptoms appear.  The study also highlights that oral cancers are more common in men than women, making a [...]

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