Friday, December 30, 2005

What I Got For Christmas

Tidings to all! hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and didn't eat to much that they can't work off. Here's a run down of some of the stuff I received from people who actually like(I hear some might even feel affection for me!!).

Probably my most anticipated gift was the DVD movie Serenity, from my sister and brother-in-law. They knew I was going to buy it myself as soon as it came out, but told me to wait untill Christmas. I wanted to see it in the theatre, but it was released the weekend of our wedding, and by the time we got back from the honeymoon, there was too much stuff to do that we never ended up seeing it. Now anyone who knows me, knows I'm a huge Joss Whedon fan because of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. So of course I fell in love with the show Angel. Then along came Firefly. To say this show was groundbreaking and sooo different than what was(and may have ever been) on T.V. is and understatement. It was a space western. Yeah, I had the same reaction when I first heard the concept, but once I started watching the show, believe me, it makes more sense than you can possibly believe. Long story short, Fox cancelled the show(grrr, arghh!) but fan demand, prompted them to release all the episodes on DVD. DVD sales were amazing(got mine the day it came out) so Universal Studios got behind Joss in making a movie to continue the story. Now it had to be written to make the fans of the show happy, but being a major motion picture, bring in a fresh audience without having them feel lost(and also to make sure they make their money back!). Now I can speak only as a hardcore fan, but the movie was freaking awesome! My wife who is pretty hard to impress, even loved the story. What can I say? See this movie. Better yet, watch the 13 episodes on DVD then see the movie to really appreicate how great a story it really is.

Let's see what else? I got The Who Tommy/Quadrophenia Live Performances DVD set. Fantastic!! The Who Tommy CD(even I can't believe I didn't already own it). The Rush DVD set R30. Also got The Tragically Hip, Hipepyonomous set. Both sets were just what I wanted and I was probably going to purchase for myself at some point. And my beautiful wife got me The Ramones Box set, Weird Tales Of The Ramones. It comes with a special collectors comic book and 3D glasses!! How cool!

Also we went to see a really good rock show on Dec 27. The Pursuit of Happiness reformed for a few gigs in Ontario, and they were at The Underground in Hamilton. They were as good as they ever were. Moe Berg can still rock about sexual frustration and unrequited love better than anyone!!

All in all a pretty good Christmas. We're going to spend our New Year's with my wife's sisters family, which should be fun with 2 toddlers!! Have a safe New Year everyone!! Cheers!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Tis The Season

Well I guess, I like everyone else this time of year, I am running around trying to get everything done for Christmas(and my wife's birthday which is on the 22...no combining gifts, she won't let me!). I don't know about you , but I've had my fill of crappy mall Christmas music! They say it's supposed to put you in the mood to shop. Then why do I feel the opposite effect?
I'm pretty much done all my shopping but I was thinking for entertainment, I'd go to the mall Christmas Eve, grab a coffee, and sit down and watch all the last minute shoppers scurry around desparetly! Now that's entertainment!

Anyway, this is my last post untill after Christmas(too busy between now and then) so to everyone, a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone else who celebrate other celebrations this time of year. Cheers!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Election Ramblings & Predictions

So the election is in full swing and I feel so underwhelmed at the choices. Tony Valeri is the M.P. in my riding so a vote for him makes strategic sense since this keeps this riding on Ottawa's radar. He also has helped bring some money to our troubled city regarding infrastucture through the GST and Gas Tax rebate programs for municipalities. But look at the Liberal party as a whole. There is not much substance there, never mind the Ad-scam scandal. But then again our economy has done relatively pretty good under their reign. Yes there are Healthcare issues and post secondary funding, but this is not just a Liberal problem. Regardless who is in power, it will always be a battle between the provinces and the federal government, unless someone wants to re-write the constitution regarding jurisdiction. Ottawa can give the provinces all the money they want and tell them to spend it on healthcare or education, but they has no legal power to make the provinces do so. It's like someone demanding you must give them money for something, but you can't tell me how to spend it. This is not to excuse the Liberals, who have cut , then re-instated healthcare money since they took over in '93, but to just highlight that this problem is beyond party politics.

The Conservatives. What can you say? The gentleman running under the Conservatives is a member of the parish we got married in, Frank Rukavina. He seems like a nice enough guy but he's with the wrong party as far as I'm concerened. I read in the Spec today how Stephen Harper understands the issues middle class families deal with since he and his wife go through the same things because he is not a shipping tycoon like Paul Martin. Is he kidding? As leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Oppostion he earns $213,500 a year. If that's middle class then I'm working poor!! He's offering nothing but carrots(but then again so are the Liberals) like the GST cut(woohoo a whole 2%) and $1200 a year for each child under 6 to help with daycare(that barely covers 2 months worth). How about some more substance than that!

Now for the NDP. Wayne Marston is the candidate for the NDP in our riding. Now philosphically they are a little more in line with my views of the world regarding social issues, but he is the President of the Hamilton and District Labour Council..read union man. That in itself isn't a problem per se, but the way unions in general behave nowadays I find it hard to support most of their beefs. Now I respect workers rights but I also see the other side of it too. A business shouldn't be hamstrung by unions and at the same time business' must respect and value their most valuable commodity...labour! Unions have brought the average worker(unionized or not) lots of benefits throughout their history, but now alot of them seem as corrupt or overbearing as the employers they fight.

Now who do I vote for? Well you already can tell from my tone it won't be Conservative. So it's down to th Liberals or NDP. I guess I'll have to wade through these next couple weeks of campaigning to decide.

Here's a prediction. Another Liberal minority, Stephen Harper will tender his resignation soon after the election and a Conservative leadership convention in March with Peter McKay as the leader, should he run. Paul Martin will resign as Prime Minister and Liberal leader within 18 months. You heard it here first!!