Last Day for Tony Blair

27 06 2007

Today is the last day in office Tony Blair. He was the British Prime Minister for 10 years.

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Capital!

26 05 2007

You Really Know Your State Capitols


You Got 20 State Capitols Correct
You’re either a geography buff… or you have an excellent memory.

Do You Know Your State Capitols?

I’ve gotten to know my American capitals during my current job talking on the phone all day to Americans. I got ALL the questions right, many of them I already knew beforehand though, but still, I wonder how many Americans would get the Provincial Capitals of Canada Correct????

Here is a list of the Canadian Provinces and Territories, and the Capitals. . . . I’ve also included Canada, which has its own National capital. Can anyone match them up correctly??

Provinces & Territories

  1. Alberta
  2. British Columbia
  3. Manitoba
  4. New Brunswick
  5. Newfoundland (and Labrador)
  6. Nova Scotia
  7. Ontario
  8. Prince Edward Island
  9. Quebec
  10. Saskatchewan
  11. Northwest Territories
  12. Nunavut
  13. Yukon Territory
  14. Canada

Capitals

  • a) Iqaluit
  • b) Fredericton
  • c) Victoria
  • d) Winnipeg
  • e) Whitehorse
  • f) Charlottetown
  • g) St. John’s
  • h) Ottawa
  • i) Yellowknife
  • j) Toronto
  • k) Edmonton
  • l) Quebec City
  • m) Halifax
  • n) Regina




NYC Yellow Taxis to Go Green by 2012

22 05 2007

The New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg, plans on having all yellow taxis replaced with hybrid cars by 2012.  He released his plans today, and I must say I’m well impressed and hope other large cities take note.

The plan is to replace 1000 yellow cabs by 2008, with the rest (13 000 in total) being phased out by 2012.  NYC already has over 300 on the streets now, more than any other metropolitian city in the USA. New York City law states that all commerical taxi cabs must be replaced every 5 years at max.

There are numerous and obvious benifits to this plan, but the negatives include cabs that are still not accessible to wheelchair and other handicaped riders and this scheme will also not govern call-for-hire cars (which moreso work in Brooklyn and Queens, opposed to the yellow cabs of Manhatten).

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8 Year Old Finds a bag of Marijuana in McDonald’s Happy Meal

19 05 2007

At the end of April I found a story about a child finding a condom in a McDonald’s Happy Meal (thankfully not used). . . . now another child, this time an 8 year old from Illinois, has found a small bag of marijuana (with various drug paraphernalia) in their happy meal.

Even though no one was hurt, in true American style, the family who received the ‘special meal’ will probably sue McDonald’s.  This is even after the true ‘owner’ of the drugs was fired and arrested for drug possession.

Story below.

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A Salute to a Brave & Modest Nation : CANADA

23 04 2007

Today I was invited to a FaceBook group called “The Amazing Race:Canada” – the idea of this facebook group was to get as many Canadians to join, there are similar groups for Britian and the USA.  The goal was to reach X amount of people in the group by a certain date, and ahead of the other countries participating.

On the ‘wall’ of the group, there was a link to the story below.  It is ‘thank you’ to Canada, who is always a thankless participant in many of the world’s conflicts.  Please take a moment to read it.  Thank you.

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Virgina Tech ::: Thoughts and Prayers as the Victims are Named

17 04 2007

Things will never be the same.

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Our poor Engrish Lanuage

9 04 2007

This is going to be ranty, so if you’d like to avoid all the rantiness – the moral of this story is, Please. . . .

. . . SPEAK CLEARLY and SPEAK AUDIBLY 

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I spend my day talking on the phone, from CEOs and Senior Purchasing Directors for large paintball companies, to stores and fields, to teams, to end users.

Everyone basically.

Let me start off this little rant by saying, I love talking on the phone and conversing with our customers.  I get a lot of complements and positivefeedback from various people about my phone manner.

One of the large segments of phone calls I receive right now is for Sponsorship.  Young, up-and-coming paintball teams seeking assistance.  I wrote earlier about steps a team should take when trying to obtain Sponsorship.  This was written to help teams out, and was not written as a surefire way to get sponsorship.   Its also a bit of a rant in itself.

Anyways. . . .

When I speak to these teams, I go through my spiel, letting the team know their options – and how to get the team’s details to our Sponsorship Department etc.  I’m always polite, courteous and give as much information and assistance that I can.  I do it with a gritted smile and grinding teeth. 

I do not understand how such a proud nation of patriots can spawn children who can’t even speak English as a FIRST language.

I’m not talking about immigrants, or people who speak English as a second or third language – these people have the right to be less than perfect in their verbal skills

 . . . . I’m talking about the 12 year olds from some thick accented state, who speak in “shizzle speak” or “ebonics” slurring and mumbling their words while speaking very quietly in a crowed room or playground, saying “uhhhh” or “yoooo” between every word.

I DON’T UNDERSTAND YOU.

Don’t be angry at me when I ask you to repeat yourself.  I don’t understand what you are saying.

No need to be rude when I ask you to say that again.  I don’t understand the words you are speaking

I don’t advise yelling at me.  Your the one speaking in some bastard English, that people can’t be expected to understand
At time poor English can be funny, the written word in my opinion.  Think of the website www.engrish.com, (but again we are talking about people who don’t speak English as a first language. . . .  )  The way these kids speak is no laughing matter,  its downright appauling.

 Who teaches kids to speak like this? Surely it can’t be allowed in the classroom.  Or is it???  I can just see it now:

Teacher : “Yo, De Von, is Shizzle like uhhh a verb, or izzzz it a noun, aiiiiight?

I remember when I taught dancing and the little kids (I generally taught 4-6 year olds) would tell me a story, and they would say

“me and my friend. . . .” .  I would correct them, “My Friend and I. . . . ”

I wouldn’t let them continue until they corrected themselves.  By the end of the year, I could have semi-adult conversations with the six year olds.  Why talk down to them?

I will be the first to admit my spelling and grammar are sh*t and my vocabulary is definatly not Ivy League – but people do not question or have trouble understanding me.

When I took my first job when I lived in England, I re-learned how to say words, and how to fully pronounce words out so that the people I talked to on the phone everyday understood what the heck I was saying.  It was only fair and just that I did that.

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How did our kids end up speaking like this?  How can we change it or is the damage done.

Is there a dictionary, or translator I can use so I can understand what the heck these kids are saying to me?