Goodbye Curtis, Kittens


What an interesting last week and  a bit.

Between Curtis, the appointed Tenant Services Worker from Fred Victor leaving for a better position working with TCHC as a Health Promotion Officer down in CHU 7: Etobicoke/Lakeshore (see map), a Safety Committee meeting that is showing the rapid loss of faith that anything here is going to change, and kittens running amok (soon to be a FOX reality show).

These kittens are suspected to have been the property of a couple on the eleventh floor, rumoured not to be completely all there.
Our guess is that rather than deal with the complexities of having to dial ten numbers on a phone to request the Toronto Humane Society take the extra mouths off the couples hands, it was just easier to hope that by releasing the kittens out into the hallways to roam, that some kind hearted sucker (this being Doreen and myself) would find and take care of them.

The "Goodbye Curtis" party was supposed to be a nice and simple affair, until it was decided that it was going to be more of a celebration.
Who decided this, you might ask? Wasn’t me. Nope, I was all for the nice and simple format.
The basis for this change in format was that Curtis, more so than any other TSW had done a lot for this building. I can’t disagree with that, nosirree Bob!
So, despite some minor wrangling between all parties involved, everything will be finalized tomorrow, four days before the intended date of this party.
Again, not decided by me. The rationale:  Curtis will need time to clean his desk out. His desk is communal, has no drawers, and everything he personally does is on his laptop. Sheesh, LOL!!!!

Still, these are the people who have pulled these type of affairs off in the past, so I’m not concerned in the least. It will be fun regardless.

The Zen Of Sarcasm

1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the heck alone.
2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
3. Its always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.
4. Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
5. Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.
6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
7. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
9. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is probably not for you.
10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.
12. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

13. Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.
14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
17. Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
19. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.
20. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

An abrupt halt, rescue on the Bluffs, Corky and the Vet

August 10th, 2007

"Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible."
  – Stanislaw Lem

Drew couldn’t have moved any quicker to check out the TTC website, when I informed him, via Windows Live Messenger, that the Bloor / Danforth Line had been closed east of Ossington Station due to an injury of some nature. I had learned about this on the CBC News hourly podcast that I have started making part of my regular routine.


Speculation (and silent betting) is that it was a jumper, but nothing so far to confirm or deny that as of yet, and since CTV Toronto’s lead story was about 2 teenage girls having to be rescued from by the Scarborough Bluffs Rescue Force, I’m going to assume that it was just that; an injury.



Corky’s been different all week. He’s yelping for no apparent reason, and Drew and I cannot fathom why. He’s eating fine, pooping and piddling, but he’s distant, scared, and moody at different times of the day.It’s nerve wracking.

I finally had enough and called Laura to see if she would be willing to take him to see a vet. Fortunately, she was home this afternoon, and despite all the traffic problems arising from the Taste of the Danforth 2007, drove all the way over to take us to the Blue Cross Animal Hospital.

Taste of the Danforth

It was a pretty fast examination. The doctor probed him, checked his spine, glands, and neck, and handed me some pain killers. She thinks he might have slipped a disk, and that it is pressing on a nerve. However, if in 5 days things haven’t been resolved, then we’ll go back at the same time as Colby get’s his pre-spaying exam, to have x-rays done.

August 11th, 2007

Wind: W at 6 km/h
Humidity: 69%

"If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going."
  – Professor Irwin Corey

Seems that the Ketoprofen is doing the trick. In the last 24 hours Corky’s general behaviour and attitude has improved remarkably. Thank you doctor who’s name I have no clue of, since you never actually deigned me worthy of introduction.

Let the chips fall where they may

"We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people"
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)

The ripples of the current fiscal crisis drowning our fair city are beginning to impact of the shores of the regular citizens, and tomorrow it will all come to a head
How does one "trim" $10 million dollars from a police budget, without endangering the general public? Don’t tell me that all the employees were due to be phased out with early retirement plans, etc…(OK. According to the article, which I had not read in full, it isn’t.)
Trimming, in my line of thinking (and apparently Chief Blair) means that detectives, who put in a lot of overtime billing due to the severity and demands of the cases they’re working on, will be asked in the nonce, to either hurry up and finish whatever it is they’re working on, or to only do so within regular hours, meaning less resolved cases, or ones where the work was shoddy, and loopholes may be opened to allow the offender off when it reaches court.
Thirteen libraries will also close their doors to the public on Sundays. I had not even been aware that they were open that day to begin with, and an order for 14,000 books and periodicals has been shelved, which means I’m going to be waiting a bit longer to find out what happens in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


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