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Pan American Games 2015, a few observations

Observations July 2015

(July 27, 2015)

Pan American Games 2015, a few observations.

I haven’t done the observational thing for a while. Feels like it is about time I did so again. Strange doing it on a Monday as I usually reserve my random rambling and musing for weekends.

The Games finished up their two week run here yesterday. From where I sit and live there was much ado about nothing as far as the logistics were concerned. Mind you the extent of my activity as far as the games were concerned was girl noticing. Firstly, someone has to do it and I’m good at it. I said noticing not ogling. Kindly remove your minds from the gutter among other places. Secondly I didn’t see more than a couple male athletes in total.

Let’s get something really creepy and flat out disgusting out of the way first. This is for you the keepers of Toronto The Good. One of my coffee spots is on Front St near St. Lawrence Market. On the day of both the opening and closing ceremonies that part of Front St. was a travel path for busses carrying games participants. On both days the parking cops went along the street mid afternoon posting signs for no parking. At the time of day the no parking was posted there were already vehicles parked. On both days I saw vehicles towed away.

This is the creepy and flat out disgusting part. Neither the day of or the day prior to the parking being taken away did I see postings notifying the public that the parking space would be unavailable. I did see a couple vehicles towed each day and wonder how justifiably irate the owners of those vehicles were. Oh yeah, there were parking cops on the route after the no parking signs and the meters were bagged to stop people from parking. This is just the stuff I saw so maybe there was a memo sent out to the world by osmosis. I didn’t get the memo either.

Our Canuck Girls Softball team. Yes our girls as I said to an artist buddy of mine. Not in the first person personal as I had to explain to him but hey lonely artists think differently. Those of you that are not creatives may freely substitute, “weirdly” for “differently”. In fact we’d appreciate it if you do substitute. Weird gets you left the hell alone, different not so much! We’d also appreciate it if the non-creatives sense of humour was somewhat expanded. Work on it.

I was running errands one afternoon and saw a couple of our girls in the same store I was. One of them had a bruise the size of a grapefruit on her leg closer to the hamstring than the calf. We hit the cash at the same time. I turned to out bruised warrior with a smile and said, “I just have to ask, Softball?”. The young lady said such was true. I told her enthusiastically, “how to take one for the team!”. She smiled and told me, “THANKS!”. Hockey, Lacrosse, Softball, Male, Female, we Canucks are all the same, we can take it and laugh it off.

Canada’s entire Team was in coffee spot a couple of times. It was girls being girls as well as exemplary ambassadors and young ladies.

The Softball Girls from the U.S. of A. Were also in the vicinity. A couple would visit alternative coffee spot in the mornings. Friendly and outgoing with the staff. Not quite so gregarious around the other people enjoying the coffee spot. The American girls would light up charmingly if you smiled first.

I did see a young woman sporting a USA Field hockey t-shirt this morning. She had a bit of a hitch in her giddy up. Here is hoping it isn’t too serious and that hitched giddy up came against our Canadian Girls in the Semi Final which America won. Field, ice, pavement, if it has hockey in the name of the game, y’all have been warned, repeatedly!

I did see a group of four from Mexico come in to the Front St. Coffee Spot the evening before the games officially began. Before I could tell them where to go, they were gone. They appeared to be looking for something to eat for dinner and I know a couple great spots in Kensington Market to get great Mexican. One where the Green Sauce is reported as better than SOCAL! In fact I was told of that establishment, the taco chips are simply a delivery mechanism for the Green Sauce!

All said and done, for those of us that live in the core of this great city, except for those two parking incidents I noted, getting around wasn’t bad at all!

Almost forgot, Women’s Softball Final, it was Canada 4 and the U.S.A. 2. That’ll teach you to mess with Canada in anything hockey related!

G.R. Hambley – all rights reserved

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Bridge To Nowhere

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

Where are you going? Nowhere far!

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Niagara Falls, NY

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One Night

ONE NIGHT

This piece requires a description in to the mindset of me your presenter and an existing double standard. I’m a proponent of equality. Applying among other things, standards equally to both men and women.

I’ve had these. I wasn’t alone when I had them. The standard that is applied to me the man is different than what is applied to my companion, the woman. That to my mind is wrong.

I am neither condoning or condemning the act. The act happens and whether you partake or not in such is personal choice, for both men and women. I can’t comment on the mindset of this encounter in those that are same sex oriented because I just don’t know how the action is viewed.

Recently one morning a woman come in to one of my favourite coffee spots. She was getting her coffee among other things. She looked at me and knew I knew. I knew what the look on her face was saying.

We all know how when spoken of, the act is applied to a man. We don’t need to drag out the descriptions here.

The act has been described as applied to a woman as, “The Walk Of Shame”. I do not like that. I also see that description as a form of emotional control and I like that even less!

This happened. It is real. If it went as I write in the first stanza, don’t know. It did go as I write in the second stanza.

One Night

Slipping out, stepping in to last night’s silk
Tussled hair, sleepless eyes in a makeup mirror
Reaching in for lipstick, pulling out yesterday’s lace
Ankle straps hung like a gunslingers belt
Passing view, wondering when you’ll see you
Pausing, blowing a kiss from the closing door

You can see on the way in, a night of that she won’t tell
The rings go on, earrings go in, chain in knots
Happy and not, wondering where the right went wrong
Insides go to turning cartwheels from butterfly wings
No, just can’t be seen this way by the sound of the sigh
Glow in surprise, discovered, no taint, just another man’s smile

G.R. Hambley ©
June 12, 2015

GPS “N”, new technology

New GPS “N” Technology Announced

GPS “N” Canada LLC announced today that their new device has been thoroughly tested and is ready for release to the public. GPS “N”, with the ”N” representing Nachos . This device will lead hungry consumers in all 10 provinces and 3 territories to their favourite Nacho locations.

GPS Nacho 01

The device is programmable to allow for coast to coast trips without once ever having to stop at the place with the Arches. The device can route your trip so you don’t even ever have to pass an Arches location. Early reports show that parents are ecstatic with this option.

GPS Nacho 02

GPS “N” Canada C.E.O. Hal Payneyo stated that future models of the device will have breathalyser functionality. The device will auto enable at 2:00 am local time. The full details of operation are to be worked out but the aim is to prevent those under the influence from being able to find nachos and to just stay home or have the delectable delivered.

The GPS “N” C.E.O. did express regret the device would not be available to our friends and neighbours in the U.S. of A. Mr. Payneyo stated that importing such a device in to America had been vetoed by President McChucky with absolutely no explanation given. Mr Payneyo sincerely wished that a certain small fire incident would someday finally be gotten over by our friends below the 49th parallel and we could have a true free trade relationship.

In related news, The “GPS (get poutine sooner) Coalition” has set up pickets and has demanded the device be reconfigured to include Canada’s favourite heart attack in a box treat. Leaders of the Coalition have threatened to escalate the matter with the use of force if the demand is not met.

  

This reporter was unable to learn from the leaders of the “Get Poutine Sooner Coalition” if they were referring to a large Pacific fish or a hockey stick. This reporter was also unable to determine where the GPS Coalition planned to put those Cohos or KOHOs.

G.R. Hambley – June 15, 2015
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Mario Koho – ebay.com/itm/MARIO-LEMIEUX-PITTSBURGH-PENGUINS-SIGNED-KOHO-REVOLUTION-HOCKEY-STICK-JSA-NICE-/151438602375?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item234271b087

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Random Angel Musings #1

Random Angel Musings #1

I went out and had a run through some of the online tests. I made some interesting discoveries and I thought I’d share them. We should all share our knowledge and in doing so show others that we are sentient feeling creatures.

We all need a little enlightenment and some fun. You can find some of each in these little tests. Especially so if you save off your results and then take a little time to break the returns down.

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I did “what is your spiritual gift” test. They say I’m a lighthouse. Gee, ya think? The poetry is in acrostic so it reads down as well as across. First letter of each line.
Vision Quest

Your Spiritual Gift

You have the gift of wisdom! You’ve always felt a bit like an old soul and a bit out of place with those your own age (Being older than dirt, there is no one my own age). You’re often dismayed with what you see happening in the world, and at times you feel a deep nostalgia for a world that you can’t really remember (I only had a semi misspent youth, I remember just fine). Let’s face it, you’re just on a higher level than rest of us (yesm I am): you have the gift of wisdom (yesm I do)! You’ve learned all the lessons before and you’re here this time around to share your deepest insights with us (This is true and if people would just kindly get with the program!). Your gift is like a lighthouse on a dark, stormy night. Use your gift to enlighten those around you, because we all know how much we need it (no, you all don’t)!

And in the “Ruh Roh Raggy” (my best Scooby Doo impression) category, I took the “who is your guardian angel” test.

My Guardian Angel…

You got Lucifer! Now don’t take this as an insult. You have a rebel personality and you are independent. You prefer to fight with your fists. You always stick to your beliefs. You are not that close with your family.

In some ways I’m very pleased Lucifer is my guardian angel. My angel was the Head of the Ministry Of Music in Heaven before his fall from grace. Where would be without that Godless Rock & Roll? I don’t even wanna know!

Lucifer is also an Archangel and The Bringer of Light. Those are a couple things I’m very fond of and have personal experience with.

If you take the test and somehow the test returns “Beary”. Do the test again because I know with all my wisdom it just aint so as “Beary” is spoken for and is also an Archangel.

http://www.playbuzz.com/natalia10/who-is-your-guardian-angel

What Kind Of Angel Are You

As a Loving Angel, you hold everyone and everything close to your heart (maybe). You make and keep friends easily, and care deeply about every one of them (busted). You go out of your way to help the community in any way you can, and often take your loyal, loving family along with you.

DUALITY or what!
You just flippin’ said I’m not close to my family!

http://www.playbuzz.com/gwendolynm11/what-kind-of-angel-are-you

What Kind Of Mythological Wings Do You Have

You have Seraph Wings! Since you hold the 6 wings (not just two!) of this magical creature, you suggest a wide support system of watchfulness and security. You feel as if your main responsibility is to enlighten others (well it needs done and someone has to do it) with your vast knowledge of preferred interest, teaching them new things and proving we always have more to explore or uncover (Sometimes there are things we have to cover over too. Best you don’t know.) in the mystery of life. You motivate and inspire not just other people but yourself as well, to do the best they can in a quest for a spiritual lifestyle. You also hold the highest level of authority (you were previously told now you’re warned, get with the program) in this realm of enlightenment, making you the go-to-person for advice and wisdom, with true concern and care for the outcome of others endeavours.

I tell you with “Veracity”, I am not adding to the art work! Those other four wings were supposed to be a secret and I am not pleased with the public disclosure!

http://www.playbuzz.com/stephanies15/what-kind-of-wings-do-you-have

Synopsis

aka, the “Temet Nosce” know thyself.

So, I got Seraph Wings, that’s 6 of them but I’m not that certain. They say I’m a loving angel yet Lucifer is my guardian angel.

I have described myself in all honesty as sublime dream and malevolent nightmare. I have also stated I am Bear and Teddy Bear. I know, understand and use the light and the night. I much prefer the light side.

With all my wisdom I tell you the bottom line is this. I am someone you want on your side. but if you mess with me, you are so screwed, but lovingly!

Should you require enlightenment or an alibi (see above, covering things up) from me, the only acceptable payment, giant size chocolate chunk cookies!

Now if you’ll excuse me, one of those theme songs we all need is making my wings twitch while my heels and toes keep time.
Foo Fighters, Learn To Fly

G.R. Hambley – June 07, 2015
all crazy rights reserved (you can have the sane ones … maybe)