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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

3 Bears – A Truth

3 Bears – A Truth

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CTB baby bear tigger free badge finiSZG.R. Hambley June 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.

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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.

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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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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)

Worlds, New And Old

Worlds, New And Old

Art, Poetry and Relationship

This was to be 150th post but I needed to get another I’d written up ahead of this one.

I wanted something special for that 150th occasion. Special is bringing something of all that I do to this posting.

The art piece is a very special one. Been around a long time. It appears in a book of art and poetry I wrote a number of years ago. There are 6 or 7 prints of the art piece around the world. Not your 8 x 10 print. These prints are 24” x 20” on photographic paper.

An individual placed the well being of the book I wrote in to the hands of someone else for return to me. This made for the real possibility the book would never be returned. I said so in poetry. Two poems actually and is posted here, “Engaged“. The other is called “Stolen” and went up a very short time ago.

I stated this is also about relationship. At the time I wrote the two poems, with all the things on my mind, I’d actually forgotten I had started one. I started another and that is why there are two. Finished both poems. Both were posted in a different place.

It was brought with great delight to my attention along with something else that no one deserves that a certain individual was lamenting what I wrote. I’m not going to include the other thing here. That other thing is for elsewhere.

The lamenting of the individual made it possible for those things to be dropped on me. The fact is also this, had I ever said anything libelous action would have been taken. The lamenting and inability to keep quiet created a singular view. There was no other voice to be heard as that voice was a very long way away.

What you read on the piece are the chorus lines. After each stanza of the poetry. I cannot recreate the poetry. It just isn’t possible. “New World Beginning” is one of the pieces specifically noted in angst. Another piece specifically noted is “Delight”.

It was believed by me that my book among other things had been simply confined to a dump and that is what I wrote in “Stolen”. Some of those other things included portfolios of art work, photographs, slides and pieces I was working on.

The individual entrusted to take care of the return by another never did it. This same individual didn’t just destroy the items and it was discovered. We are not talking about anger and spite anymore. We now have escalation to a wilful and malicious criminal act.

Terrible way to find out that you’d been lied to and deceived for two people. Terrible way for two people to discover that the angry hurtful things that happened after the supposed disappearance of the items on send should never have happened. Never would of happened had the task actually been completed as charged. That task wouldn’t of have even needed done had one person been allowed to take care of matters some time prior as they stated they would.

Most people prefer beauty to ugliness. I’m the same.

I so very much prefer conducting myself like a “Teddy Bear” than a Bear.

I like to consider myself a “Romantic Poet” and this is an example of creating beauty while in turmoil. Part of what I attempt to get others to accept and find is a way to something pleasant from the turmoil they are in. While dealing with having ongoing garbage to clean out I found my way to a very pleasant memory of that time in my life and wrote, “For Lucky”. That poem is another truth. It isn’t difficult to establish what that object was for and yet it was openly denied and I was told about it.

People being what they are, some take great pleasure in others displeasure. They take pleasure in their sick twisted little minds by being the harbinger of news that will inflict pain. Some just want to gossip and take great delight in letting you they know of things that they believe will cause you pain. They love to tell you that one of those people (who really should have just kept quiet) talked about things that had been done before the two people in the relationship were done.

The thing is, these others being of small mind, don’t take in to consideration is that by doing what they perceive as dumping on you with glee doesn’t accomplish what they hope. At a certain point it isn’t possible to cause pain in another. It only accomplishes something far, far different that is far from pleasant for all concerned. It accomplishes a renewed hatred and resolve that had been put to rest.

When relationship ends just get everything that needs done, over and done.
Make allowance for the other person’s anger if that emotion is there.
Be cautious and considerate, and above all, do not incite!

I wrote in my “Rules of Life” you never invalidate someone’s feelings. I’m not sure I can hold that up as irrefutable anymore. That disturbs me. When the feelings invalidate a truth and someone has gone to great lengths to invalidate that truth with the expression of feelings perhaps you have the right and duty to refute, invalidate and remove the illusions. I do not know!

Some things are built to keep you out. Some things are built to keep you in. I’m out of what kept me in.

The old world ends, the new world begins and such is the nature of the beast. To my mind, if you’re smart, you don’t raise up the “Bella Memoria” of the beast.

G.R. Hambley
May 29, 2015
All rights reserved.

 

New World Beginning

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God’s Patent, Satan’s Spawn, spirits of heaven, demons of hell, a new world has begun
God’s Patent, Satan’s Spawn, hands of life, claws of chaos, a new world has form
God’s Patent, Satan’s Spawn, day of truth, night of evil, a new world has life

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Surfing Lake Ontario In February

Surfing Lake Ontario In February

G.R. Hambley ©

Surf Forest Surf

shot from my balcony
it is snowing not grain

click on the image for larger

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G.R. Hambley ©

Teddy Bear Quotations

Teddy Bear Quotations

Start with a couple of my own.
The only ones I have expectations of are myself and my Teddy Bear.
G.R. Hambley

There are some that can’t look at Teddy Bears.
There are some that Teddy Bears won’t look at.
Both have good reason.

G.R. Hambley

My persona online and off for a long time has been and is Cool Teddy Bear and Bear. That most wonderful thing about Tigger also applies to the Cool Teddy Bear, I’m the only one. That sort of makes me my own Teddy Bear. Not a bad thing.

The Little Bear, CTB, has gone through a few evolutions. Hung on the cover of the book I wrote to begin with. Then turned in a different art that I hung (not showing you my tattoo) on my body. That is correct, a tattoo. What you see here is the finished. Yes I use him with different things he’s eaten or encountered as art and poignant pieces. But, this is it, as he sits on my desktop without the dialogue bubble and he is keeping schtum.

Teddy Bears, you can tell them anything and they don’t talk. Bears, not so much.

I do wonder what kind of mind it takes to think that waking up a Bear is a good thing to do. That whole let sleeping dogs lie thing applies exponentially don’tcha know!

First Dear Reader, the art, and then a collection of Teddy Bear quotations I’ve collected.

As he appears on the cover of the book I wrote

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As he appears now with some titches for public display

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An older selfie (before selfies were even known) of your resident Bear

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And now all those great teddy bear quotes!

“It is astonishing, really, how many thoroughly mature, well-adjusted grown-ups harbor a Teddy bear – which is perhaps why they are thoroughly mature and well-adjusted.”
– Joseph Lempa

“The world is divided into two nations: those with Teddy bears, those without. Each thinks the other is odd.”
– Jenny De Vries

“There’s just something about a Teddy bear that’s impossible to explain. When you hold one in your arms, you get a feeling of love, comfort and security. It’s almost supernatural.”
– James Ownby

“My Teddy was there when I had no friends to play with, no one to talk to, no one to share my little woes or my big joys. He looked constant and was constant. He never aged, no matter how tattered he became. His smell was the smell of my years as a boy, and he alone knew everything. Now, when I see him on the shelf, he is like my flesh and my soul – older, worn, but still full of happiness.”
– Robert Kunciov

“Long before I grew up, my Teddy bear taught me what love really meant: being there when you’re needed.”
– Jim Nelson

“A Teddy bear’s virtue is that he cannot love himself… only others.”
– Ted Menten

“A bear knows all your secrets – and keeps them.”
– Rosanne Brown

“A bedroom without a Teddy is like a face without a smile.”
– Gil Davies

“A Teddy bear does not depend upon mechanics to give him the semblance of life. He is loved – and therefore he lives.”
– Pat Brown

“You really don’t have to be young to find a friend in a Teddy bear.”
– Rachel Newman

“Anyone who has looked a Teddy bear in the face will recognize the friendly twinkle in his knowing look.”
– Harold Nadolny

“Whoever said “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” would retract that statement after seeing the sparkle in a Teddy’s eyes.”
– Lana T. Zeis

“A bear grows more alive with age. No one with an ounce of sensitivity could ever consign a bear to the dustbin.”
– Johnnie Hague

“There’s no bear like an old bear.”
– Samantha Armstrong

“Bears are just about the only toy that can lose just about everything and still maintain their dignity and worth.”
– Samantha Armstrong

“A Teddy bear is your childhood wrapped up in faded yellow fur, and as such, he commands affection long after he is outgrown.”
– Pat Brown

“All bears merit a dignified old age.”
– Peter Gray

“Once a bear has been loved by a human being, its expression is forever marked.”
– Jama Kim Rattigan

“Now that I’m all grown up, I can buy any old Teddy bear I want – except the old Teddy bear I want.”
– William Sternman

“One never quite gets over a lost bear.”
– Jane Swan

Shakespeare pre-dated the Teddy bear, but he captured the companionship and bond we share with our bears when he wrote:
“He was my friend, faithful, and just to me….”
– William Shakespeare

“Bears need people. People need bears.”
-Pam Brown

“In a world where everyone seems to be larger and louder than yourself, it is very comforting to have a small, quiet companion.”
-Peter Gray

“Age simply doesn’t enter into it! The older the friend, the more he is valued, particularly when he shows so visibly the characteristics that we all look for in friends. You have only to look at a genuine teddy’s face to see at once the loyalty, common sense, and above all, dependability behind it.”
-Peter Bull

“A bear teaches us that if the heart is true, it doesn’t matter much if an ear drops off.”
-Helen Exley

“Everything in life I share, except of course my teddy bear!”
-Unknown

“It is most offensive to the kindly bears who’ve adopted us when we thoughtlessly blurt out some comment about “real” bears, or “alive” bears, as if our very real and lively bear friends weren’t.”
-Alla Bozarth-Campbell

“Love me Love my Teddy Bear.”
-Samantha Armstrong

“In a world gone bad, a bear – even a bear standing on its head – is a comforting, uncomplicated, dependable hunk of sanity.”
-Pam Brown

“Anyone who has looked a teddy bear in the face will recognize the friendly twinkle in his knowing look.”
-Harold Nadolny

“Baths may be lovely for people – adult people that is, but bears are not that keen. When did you last see or hear of a bear taking a bath, willingly?”
-Ted Menton

“There is probably nothing that a bear so dislikes as a good wash.”
-Marion C. Garretty

“There are few sadder sights than a wet bear hanging from a clothesline by its ears. Its says a lot for them that they never complain.”
-Pam Brown

“Remember when I said Teddy can’t sleep without me? Well, truth is, I can’t sleep without Teddy.”
-Webster Papadopolis

“Wake in the deepest dark of night and hear the driving rain. Reach out a hand and take a paw and go to sleep again.”
-Charlotte Gray

“Bears sleep by day. At night they stay awake to chase away bad dreams.”
-Jesse O’Neil

“A teddy bear does not depend upon mechanics to give him the semblance of life. He is loved – and therefore he lives.”
-Pam Brown

“It’s hard to visualize the toys you had fifty years ago – all save bear. He’s as clear as if he were sitting on the desk in front of you…of course…he probably is.”
-Pam Brown

“Once a bear has been loved by a human being, its expression is forever marked.”
-Jama Kim Rattigan

“A bear remains a bear – even when most of him has fallen off or worn away.”
– Charlotte Gray

“One never quite gets over a lost bear.”
-Jane Swan

“Bears being sent through the mail should never be squashed up to make them fit. It gives them indigestion.”
-Pam Brown

“It’s pleasant for a bear to come home to the warmth of a fire, take a dollop of honey, talk to a friend, read the Daily Bear News, and finally creep under the quilt and sleep soundly all night.”
-Barbara Werkmaster.

“You really don’t have to be young to find a friend in a teddy bear.”
-Rachel Newman

“Teddy bears like to go on morning picnics in the summertime, so they can enjoy the sunshine before it it too hot for their furry selves.”
-Abigail Darling

“A teddy bear is your childhood wrapped up in faded yellow fur, and as such, he commands affection long after he is out grown.”
Pam Brown

“Bears are just about the only toy that can lose just about everything and still maintain their dignity and worth.”
-Samantha Armstrong

“There’s no bear like an old bear.”
-Samantha Armstrong

“A bear grows more alive with age. No one with one ounce of sensitivity could ever consign a bear to the dustbin.”
-Johnnie Hague

“When everyone else has let you down, there’s always Ted.”
-Clara Ortega

“To a child, Teddy is a bridge between a human and an animal. He doesn’t mind being dressed in ridiculous hats, or even being read to. You can blame him for anything, and he won’t deny it. His marvellous face expresses anything a child wants to feel or hear.”
-Peter Bull

“Now that I’m all grown up, I can buy any old Teddy Bear I want – except the old Teddy Bear I want.”
-William Sternman

“At sales every other toy looks simply worn, dilapidated, grubby. A bear looks lost and abandoned and desperately in need of a loving home.”
-Helen Thomson

“Teddy bears don’t need hearts as they are already stuffed with love.”
-Unknown

“How many children, do you suppose, have carried a lifelong resentment of parents responsible for the surreptitious removal of their Teddy Bears?”
-John Ziff

“There’s just something about a Teddy Bear that’s impossible to explain. When you hold one in your arms, you get a feeling of love, comfort and security. It’s almost supernatural.”
-James Ownby

“An experienced Teddy Bear brings with him a lifetime of knowledge and experience; the wisdom of silence and the stillness in moments of great turmoil. The long-suffering patience that is learned when belonging to a child who is coming of age, and coping with the bewilderment that this period of time can bring, is what he does best. The experienced bear has seen life through the heart and eyes of a child grown to adulthood and perhaps even accompanied that adult all the way to the end of the road.”
-Ted Menton

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Cattitude #6 Featuring Linus

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Cattitude Number 6 featuring Linus

Cattitude #5

Cattittude #5 Featuring Dennis

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Cattitude #4

Cattitude #4 featuring Scarlett Suzanne Sugarbaker O’Hara
(yup this one is a Diva)

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