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cm -

It's pouring rain here and there's no hot water. Well, you asked.

Mike -

It's going to be interesting to watch all the brinksmanship/gamesmanship/conventionmanship. A friend who follows it all much more closely than I was telling me all the permutations of so-and-so's people declaring for such-and-such for the first ballot so that such-and-such sticks around for later ballots to try to ensure that you-know-who won't be around for the final ballot. One backroom genius' plans shall come to fruition this weekend, the other backroom genii's plans will lost because you-know-who's people didn't do what they were supposed to.

gr -

Most good, Alan. A nice and varied selection of oddments to chew on up there.
I disagree with the link's assertion that Canada can field two great teams. Sure, Quebec vs. Canada and the world is a fun and amusing idea, but you know that the Russians are perking up and sharpening their sticks. Little Czechs and Finns and Swedes figure they have a better chance to shine when they grow up, and states like Michigan hold fundraisers so the wee tykes can get more ice time.
'Dino bbq, not just for breakfast anymore', and that means the Hot Habenero too.

Douglas -

It wasnae fitba, because fitba is playit on a pitch, no a gairden. Jings crivvens.

Ben (The Tiger) -

Again with your entourage...

Anyway, re logos, I liked the old one much more.

Oh, and about the Liberals -- when I care about my country's future, I cheer for Dion. When I care about my party's future, I cheer for Ignatieff. When I care about the Liberals' future (do I ever?), I might spare a thought for Rae.

Flea -

I am glad I am not the only one who immediately thought of a "sietch"...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seiche

Flea -

I have never met the man but I strongly suspect Bob Rae is a jerk.

Chris Taylor -

Flea - is that because of the "right-wing ideologies beholden to nasty little theories" performance on <i>RMR</i>? I had a generally bland but benign impression of Bob Rae right up to that moment.

Glad to see that clan Taylor is slowly but surely taking over Lancashire, Derbyshire and, explicably, Worcestershire. I will now launch a diabolical plan to eject the import Germans from the throne, nominate a new Plantagenet to launch the conquest of France, and declare worcestershire sauce as the National Condiment. Even for desserts.

Gordo -

The Campbells are coming. Hurrah, hurrah!

I also preferred the old logo. Where is it written that a logo, especially one to do with emergency prearedness, must be "friendly"?

I have talked to Bob on the phone. He struck me as a very nice, earnest fellow.

cm -

It would appear that all those who share my last name left Britain within the last 100 years.

gorthos -

I am pretty out of touch for a couple of days thanks to the bedamned convention. I am deleting flak comments left and right (seems to have died down now) from persons railing on me because of my support of tactical ballot spoiling.. To them I say well sooooooooooory.. Why do we even have a first ballot if all the votes are locked in.. Its stupid. Its archaic. I say, act anyway you can if you do not like the person, whoever that may be, that you signed on to be a delegate for. !! w00T

ry -

Wish me luck. I now have to try out my conversational skills in meat world instead of the blogosphere. If you hear of either a group murdering one individual or one individual murdering many in Indiana you'll know it was me. Sigh.

Alan -

Ah, the Christmas parties begin. We are off to one this evening as well. Where is my red 1990 tie?

Alan -

More on the seich:<blockquote class="smalltext">...LAKESHORE FLOOD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM EST SATURDAY...

THE LAKESHORE FLOOD WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM EST
SATURDAY.

A DEEPENING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER NORTHERN OHIO THIS AFTERNOON WILL
TRACK NORTHEAST INTO SOUTHERN ONTARIO BY THIS EVENING. STRONG
SOUTHWESTERLY SUSTAINED WINDS OVER 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60
MPH...ARE EXPECTED ON THE BACK SIDE OF THIS LOW AND ASSOCIATED
COLD FRONT.

THESE WINDS WILL CAUSE A SHARP RISE IN WATER LEVEL ALONG THE
EASTERN LAKE ONTARIO SHORELINE AND HEADWATERS OF THE ST LAWRENCE
RIVER AS FAR DOWNSTREAM AS ALEXANDRIA BAY THIS EVENING AND
PEAKING NEAR MIDNIGHT.

A RISE OF A FEW FEET IS EXPECTED THIS EVENING...WHICH COULD
RESULT IN FLOODING OF THE SHORELINE FROM HENDERSON BAY TO
ALEXANDRIA BAY. IN PARTICULAR...SHORELINE AREAS IN THE TOWN OF
CLAYTON COULD SEE FLOODING.

IN ADDITION...WAVES WILL INCREASE TO NEAR 18 FEET TONIGHT...CAUSING
SPILLOVER AND FLOODING OF LAKESHORE ROUTES. BEACH EROSION IS ALSO
POSSIBLE DUE TO THE HIGH WAVES ALONG THE ENTIRE STRETCH OF
JEFFERSON COUNTY.

A LAKESHORE FLOOD WARNING MEANS LAKESHORE FLOODING IS OCCURRING...
IS IMMINENT... OR IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR WITHIN THE NEXT 12 HOURS.
PEOPLE IN THE WARNING AREA SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO
PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. LISTEN TO LOCAL RADIO...TELEVISION...
OR NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.</blockquote>I love how the weather forecasters use the repetition at the beginning and how we are supposed to understand what "...television..." means, which we do. That being said, the Big Lake is a cruel mistress to those who ply the cottage trade upon her shores.

Flea -

The Blogstravganza arrives in Toronto next Friday!

Bob Tarantino has the details...

http://bobtarantino.blogs.com/blog/2006/11/50_bloggers_2_w.html

Gordo -

Ugh. I'm soooo glad I'm not on Simcoe Island tonight.

Jay Currie -

What do you think the deal is with the Liberals "vote while the candidates are speaking" concept? I realize that few minds will change but surely the pretense is worth maintaining.

Now that they know about it, my children will be attempting a seitch (or seiche or seich)in the bathtub tonight. Flooding is, as it is every night, a near certainty.

Flea -

I am here looking for convention live-blogging... blog! blog! blog!

Flea -

I wish to officially withdraw my objections to Belinda Stronach's change of hair-colour. She is looking fine. <i>Damn</i> fine.

Flea -

Stephane Dion <strike>is the bomb</strike> bombed. Boo! Next!

Seriously, what was I thinking? The "environment"? Ha ha ha!

David -

I shall be at the Blogstravganza, unless my Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night activities take me out of commission.

Flea -

Cool!

Meanwhile, on the convention floor:

Justin Trudeau confirms it is a Kennedy himbo ticket.
Dos... Clinton fist with thumb hand gesture.
Don'ts... Wear a suit that is two-sizes too big.
Dos... Use hockey metaphors.
Don'ts... Speak a few lines of memorized Phrench.

Next!

Hey, Bob Rae, your video suxxxorz!

Also, I don't know how many people are going to get the Hillel references. Gawd is he still rambling on?

Next!

Flea -

Ahh... le windbag de soir.

He has written many books and has a large brain. Also, a large face.

Flea -

Yet somehow I had never noticed Ignatieff is a Kindred Primogen of Clan Ventrue. I think someone slipped a hypnotic into his feast of <i>vitae</i>; his celerity isn't working.

Alan -

Wow - just back from the office Christmas dinner and a live-blog has broken out. This is good use of the technology.<p>Iggy has been twinned my favorite translator - excellent.

Alan -

"You and I are going to stop him" - not a bad line.

Alan -

Where can you get the best cheese in a spray can?<p>CANADA!!!

Flea -

"You and I are going to stop him!" I admit that was a great line. The bilingual call-and-response thing worked v. well too.

Flea -

Where can you get outstanding achievement in the field of excellence?

CANADA!!!

Alan -

"You and I are going to stop bad cheese in spray cans!!!"<p>I just caught the end. What did Volpe do?

Alan -

Interesting that [VICTORY!] the two guys slugging it [VICTORY!] out have no baggage in the Liberal [VICTORY!] Party.

VICTORY! VICTORY!!

Flea -

He supposedly crossed the floor to Camp Rae; I assume as some sort of performance art. Perhaps he is working on a Canada Council grant application.

Flea -

Yes, "baggage". The Pompey schtick just never gets old.

ALan -

Woot. Off to a mandolin party now. Make sure you get to a party yourself.<p>Hey! Jean is on the TV right now. I think the future is Iggtastic. He just needs one of those green cowboy hats and he'll sweep Alberta. And is Volpe the first person to cross the floor before the first ballot?

gorthos -

Yet somehow I had never noticed Ignatieff is a Kindred Primogen of Clan Ventrue. I think someone slipped a hypnotic into his feast of vitae; his celerity isn't working.

!!

I am impressed Flea. I thought I was the only one left who recognized the game..

Jay Currie -

Where is the only nation in which you can get Clamato....Canada; but now available to les Quebecois worldwide.

gorthos -

I love clamato.. Even without the vodka

ALan -

Never order a Clamato based drink in Maine. You receive tomato juice and the fluid from a can of clams. That being said, it is an excellent source of clam and works wonders on a certain type of morning - not that I am having one of them - with Labatt 50. <p>And Clamato is one of the cornerstone of the law of breach of confidence, one of the most interesting breaches of legal relationship there is.