Loonie for the Loonie!

21 09 2007


Wednesday saw the Canadian Loonie briefly reach the 99-cent US mark in the overseas trading markets – inching closer to parity with the US dollar.
The Loonie drifted down 0.14 cent to close at 98.5 cents US on Wednesday making the 99-cent rise short-lived. But SWEET none the less! The release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Canada Wednesday morning slowed the dollar’s ascent, forcing the minor drop before close of market.

This is the first time in almost 30 years that the Canadian dollar has been on-par with the US dollar. That means the first time in MY LIFETIME that the Canadian dollar has been so strong.


This rise may be not be totally attributed to a strong Canadian economy, The U.S. currency also plummeted to a new low Thursday against the 13-nation Euro, which traded above $1.40 for the first time since it was introduced in 1999.This is a great time for Canadians to spend their money in the US, with internet shopping sites like Ebay very affordable on the very best deals around. There has also been a sharp increase in Canadian holidaymakers booking trips because of how much you can get with the Canadian dollar.

After reading several American based websites, there are a lot of Americans (espeically those so close to the border) who are disappointed their money will not get them the deals they are more accustomed to receiving driving north. This decline in the US greenback, will also affect the number of American holidaymakers. With their currency not providing them with the big-bang-for-the-buck, as well as concerns for value will drive people to stay home.

The biggest economic concern is in the manufacturing sector, which may see loss in jobs when companies will have to outsource to keep costs low and keep competitive in markets.

Canada (specifically Montreal) was again seeing a rise of Hollywood movies looking to shoot in the historic Quebec city, with the rise of the Canadian dollar many of these movies may look elsewhere to shoot to conserve their movie budgets.

Even with the scary economic concerns, I’m proud of the Loonie – the little dollar that could. . .



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Mark’s Doing It, So Am I

5 08 2007



I got my usual email from www.blogitude.com today, (I subscribe via email to their blog)

And the devilishly handsome Mr Steel posted about a $2500 contest, I went to take a gander.


The rules are simple!

cut and paste the following, and link back to the contest page. Thats it. Could be the easiest $2500 in your PayPal account ever!

As Mr Steel said : Seriously … No memes, no tagging, no ridiculousness … I figured, “Hey, why not?” Since Mark is doing it, so am I.

Ashwin’s Blog Extravaganza!! Win $2500

Over at Ashwin’s blog, you will find one crazy blog owner!! You can win $2500!! To enter just copy this text and paste it in your blog!! But hurry, this competition will not last long! So get posting!

(Contest ends August 20th, 2007 – Prize awarded via PayPal)

Wish me luck! 😉

When to Tip?

1 08 2007

Earlier this week when I was on http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com they posted a entry about tipping that can be found here. Take a read of how passionate people got with their replies! Even I entered a reply!

This is what I wrote. . . .


its called a GRATUITY. I think in this instance it has two meanings – GRATIS – or free, you as the customer give FREE MONEY to a wait staff. As the server it mean GRATEFUL, you provide good service and then you get said FREE MONEY.

I give tips based on service. I don’t think I should ever have to freely part with my HARD EARNED money if the recipient themselves hasn’t worked hard to earn it.

I work on phones, and no matter how shitty MY day is, it is never the fault of the person on the other end of the phone. And I treat people with utmost respect at all times. Its my job to do it, even if I have to do it through gritted teeth.

I been known to leave without giving a tip – and I never frequent places again that treat me poorly. I also TELL others about poor experiences, in hopes they don’t go there either!

But – when I am happy with services – I’m the type of tipper you DREAM of!!!!

Just two weeks ago, I gave a 150% tip. Yup, more than TWICE the cost of the bill.

She was wonderful, and deserved to be compensated for being polite, courteous, knowledgeable and efficient . . . .

Anyways, I’m getting distracted. . . . I went to our local sushi place tonight, and when I left the woman behind the counter asked me “Why you no tip?”. I told her simply that I didn’t think I needed to. . . .

I need to know what everyone else thinks, should I have tipped? When do you tip? How much do you Tip?


  • I walked in, and I ordered take away
  • I waited 30 minutes
  • None of the wait staff or kitchen staff talked to me, beside to ask me not to sit at the table for “real customers”. I had to stand for the full 30 minutes.
  • I had to ask for chop sticks, soy sauce and napkins.

Besides that, when is the last time you walked into your local McDonalds, Dominos or KFC and had to tip to get take-away??? Am I a horrible person?


This Money NEEDS to be Laundred!

17 07 2007

In Japan a unknown philanthropist (of sorts) has been putting envelopes filled with money in public toilets, with a small handwritten note telling people the money is for “self enrichment”

Hummm, what kind of wack job puts money IN a toilet, and who pulls anything OUT of a toilet?

I certainly hope these people washed their hands afterwards!

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How to Get Your Team Sponsored. . .or Laughed At.

30 04 2007

 A list of valuable helpful tips to help your team get sponsorship and support from businesses. Centered around paintball sporting.read more | digg story

I am ‘reposting’ this entry.  I wanted it nice and ‘fresh’ as its ‘that time of the year’ when all the little paintball teams call up all the various companies with their hands out screaming ‘gimme gimme gimme’

I think its important to support the young and upcoming althletes in any sport, but for all you said young and upcoming althletes you need to know how to approach requesting sponsorship.

Please note that these steps are here to HELP you, but they do not ensure guaranteed sponsorship.

They are centered around Paintball Sports, but can be applied to any sport.

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