a day in the life of...

a gardner...chronicles of the random adventures, boredom,chaos and drama that happens in London, Ontario

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a disillusioned londoner, who is now in new zealand, hoping to corrupt young minds once ive finished with teacher's college

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

laziness has gotten the better of me


ok truth be told, im incredibly lazy...and have done nothing the past couple of days (or ten, since my last post) ...so i felt it was time for a new post, however i'm tired, and i cant decide what i want to talk about since so many things have happened in london the past week or so...
...wonderland gardens burned down....im glad i didnt go to springbank park that day....pit bulls have been banned...city council meeting was only an hour....all major events in london i'd say...oh and school is starting next week....on that note, the cafeteria in city hall allows students from central to come and have lunch there....but the students are pigs and leave huge messes etc etc....so the cafeteria staff has decided to leave a huge chalk board up for the students indicating the rules....slight problem with that though...the cafeteria staff apparently doesn't know how to spell cafeteria....they spelled it cafertia...the best part is the correct spelling is right beside the chalkboard...oh city hall you've done it again

Saturday, August 20, 2005

What does your office say about you?



i have to say this has been quite the week in london, and for myself. sorry for the lack of posting this week, there was just so much to write about i couldn't decide. anyway the free press has done a lot of coverage on what they have deemed newsworthy this week, so i feel like all that has been reported on, has been done to such an extent it would be pointless for me to comment. so instead i will focus on the happenings of my summer job. ah working at city hall has some benefits....i am able to see the mismangement first hand...oh the joy, and meeting our fine council members...this is just a side note, roger caranci, the mullet look....it's really not a good idea, nor style...

as well i get to experience the hatred from my boss. on a purely professional level he has no reason to hate me, however on a personal level apparently just being around does it for him. anyway he seems to take his personal hatred out on me on a professional level...giving me ridiculous tasks to complete, constantly checking and rechecking my work looking for the slightiest error....its actually gotten on the ridiculous side, but i'll allow him to be a bitter old man, im done in two weeks. so back to the point of this blog..... while at work i've been noticing people's office space....and i began to wonder, what does it say about them?


i'm only going to analyse three offices.... the first office i see has a scooter by the door, and an exercise ball as a chair. i envision that they use the scooter to go to their meetings, zip down the corridors of city hall and maybe race to the elevators to get to the free food faster....but this could only be my imagination. now the excercise ball as a chair is interesting....especially since its not the huge excersie balls you see at the gym, but the crappy small ones....i'm going to hazard a guess and say this person doesn't spend a lot of time in the office doing work....you have a scooter and an exercise ball as a chair, lets be honest...the work you're doing has to be minimal and you can't be there for long periods of time that requires indepth work at your desk. moving on is the office with mounds and mounds of paper....there is not one free spot on the desk, i kid you not, i believe this is a fire hazard waiting to happen. as well it begs the question, have they not heard of a filing cabinet? perhaps a garbage....apparently the desk is a good spot for every piece of paper you could possibly have(also there is no computer, but it is someones office, not just storage like i originally thought). as well how can one do work when there isn't any space to do it in? (seeing a pattern?)

i believe i've saved the best for last, when i entered this office, i thought perhaps i was in an 80's den (all that was missing was the faux wood panelling, but i guess that could just be taken from the mayor's office). let's see there was the neon beer sign, the fake fire place, complete with excess brick), record on the wall, soccer picture...and of course, the red phone on the wall. so i wondered what kind of person is this? they seem to be a liberal (with pics with past liberal PMs), or it could mean they like absolute power and are on some level corrupt (the pics were with chretien and martin), but i'll let you draw your own conclusions on that one....but what interests me the most is the red phone...i wonder is this the direct line to god? the mayor? or perhaps it's the adam west style bat phone....perhaps someone has a secret identity?

but i have to say you can tell a lot by a person's office...and what ive seen....definately scares me a little bit

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Victory lap?



So today I was checking out some of my friends blogs (sorry, nothing is going on today, so this is what I'm commenting on) and I came across Chuck's (401blog.blogspot.com), which if you're conservative you'd probably like. Now he checked out my blog, and commented on the fact that I'm taking a victory lap with school, and that I don't use capitals. I'm going to address the latter first. I don't use capitals because I'm lazy, I am quite capable of using them, as this post demonstrates, but this will be the last time, and it's just for you Chuck. Now the reason I'm taking a "victory lap" so to speak is that my lovely Political Science degree is basically getting me nothing. Apparently I am over qualified for jobs or not qualified enough. So I thought maybe I would try my hand at teaching, but since I did take politics, I'm lacking teachables, thus the extra courses. So I would say, not victory lap, but improving my degree :) As well I live in London, and there's not much to do to fill my time, so at least I always have something interesting to do. But I'm going to cut this short since I have to head over to City Hall and work tonight. Maybe I'll come across something of interest and give a real inside look on the happenings at City Hall...wait who am I kidding, nothing of interest happens at City Hall.

Cheers

Sunday, August 14, 2005

oh oil...you've done it again



so it would appear that gas prices have increased, yet again. yesterday on the drive home at oxford and wonderland, it was a 1.04...how depressing. now there was a semi interesting article in the london free press about the little gas price crisis that is going on...it made the comparison between water and gas, and that we don't complain that bottled water is 2.49L at the gas station, but we complain that it is 1.04L for gas. well perhaps if gas came out of taps at home, we wouldn't complain, but unfortunately we dont all have oil pumps in our back yard and cant have our own gas, like water. next time, perhaps the london free press should make a better comparison - maybe about something that we dont have ready access to ...what comparison are they planning on making next?

anyway im not going to comment too much about the gas prices...yah it sucks, but what are we really going to do about it as canadian citizens? nothing. we're going to continue to fill up our cars, and admit defeat. and im sure those emails that were sent around last year about how we shouldn't get gas from particular stations are going to crop up...and again, they do nothing. so yah we can bitch and complain all we want, but really what is that going to accomplish? this oil problem is not going to be fixed...its a finite resource - what canadians should be doing is focusing more on alternative sources for fuel - but alas, i guess its just easier to bitch about the price of gas and fill up the suv then to take the time to consider alternative choices that would benefit us.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Breakfast Nightmare




While reading the london free press this morning, on the front page, they announce that our mayor anne marie decicco isn't going to run for the empty liberal seat in the London-Fanshawe riding, instead she is going to run for mayor...again. i'm not sure what is worse, the idea that she was acutally considering running for the liberal seat, or that she is actually running for mayor again. decicco was quoted as saying she hs no ambition for higher office. but mayor, she'll do mayor again, because that doesn't require any real work. although this very well could be a rumour spread to increase deccico's visibility for third mayor campagian...it is a very scary thought, considering that a Liberal official was quoted as saying" Deccicco would 'easily win' federal seat and present Londoners well". she doesn't even represent londoners well now, how could she possibly represent us well on a national scale. i'm not even sure if she would be able understand federal politics. they speculate that her family ties are holding her back from actually running for the seat, which is understandable, her being 40 and all, its scary moving away from home.
well needless to say i didnt finish my breakfast this morning. i have to wonder if the liberals are just getting desperate....honestly, anne marie? she couldn't even get the shriners to come here and build a hospital...she hasn't done anything remotely worthy of being a representation for london (even if it is a shithole)....thankfully she's not going to run, but the idea itself almost makes me want to vote conservative ...almost.
she is going to run for mayor again....i have to ask though...my god why? this whole article was a double edge sword...yah she's not going to be in federal politics, but ah! she's running for mayor again.
anne marie...perhaps its time to hang up your jump suit, and do us all a favour and just quit politics. please.

Why you should always think before you speak



currently i am taking a summer course, ive already graduated from western, but what can i say i can't get enough of school :) anyway i've noticed that people in my class have a tendency not to think before asking a question. there is one student who constantly asks questions, but i don't think she really thinks them through....because everyday she comes up with another retarded question. you might think i'm being mean, but i'm simply asking for her to think through her questions, and not just open up her mouth and expect something coherent to come out. i'll give you an example...i think this one is one of my favourites. we had just finished a 10 minute presentation on Hobbes' Leviathan....the presenter had just explained what it is, asks if there are any questions.....girl: " what is a leviathan?"

honestly? is she serious? afraid so....so i would just like to say thank you, thank you for wasting the time of the class, and making everyone else that much dumber for being around you

you might be thinking that i may be harsh...however i have had to endure this for the past 6 weeks...tomorrow is the final day of class, and my presentation....i don't even want to imagine what her questions will be like...i'll leave you with some more of her questions:

"why do people in the 16th century have long curly hair?" ...and to follow that up..."they wore wigs in the 17th century?? but why? so that's not their real hair? "...."so how are they related?" response: "that's his mother, and she was his son"..."i still don't understand"

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Tubing 101



so this past weekend i headed up north for some good old fashion boating and tubing, and drinking....as well i was free from london for the weekend...which is always a plus. i just wanted to share some of the wisdom that i learned about tubing this past weekend:

1. don't wear a two piece bathing suit...if you get thrown off, it will too

2. hang on tight, even if you feel as if you're arms are being pulled out from their sockets

3. if you do fall, the water does hurt

4. you will be sore the next day, with bruises and cuts

5. if you're left in the middle of the lake, they'll come back for you...because they'll want the tube back

those were my lessons learned...hopefully they will be some use to you. who would have thought water could cause such bruises and scrapes?

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Well this weekend was a shitshow




Well considering that my blog has yet to really take off, i feel as if i have no one really to apologize to for taking my time in posting again. so no apology will be given, ive been fighting a massive hang over all weekend since this weekend consisted of mass amounts of drinking and fighting unbearable traffic through out london (obviously not at the same time) and creepy cab drivers...just because a person calls a cab at 8am the morning, still obviously dressed in their clothes from the night before does not warrant a cab driver the right to ask if you've been naughty...gross, especially if they're old and creepy....not that i have anything against senior citizens, but i don't want someone asking me if ive been naughty who resembles my grandfather. anyway we headed to barney's patio this weekend, where i've determined that if you want a table you really have to get there early. needless to say with all the drinking that i did some of my comments are bound to end up on http://overheardatwestern.blogspot.com. Which i have to say is vastly amusing, especially the post on which disney character is the hottest...oh western students ...
now currently i am at work, getting paid tax payer's dollars, and "borrowing" internet to post this blog. now i want to comment on something that happened earlier this evening....it seems that an elderly man, with Alzheimer's wondered away from home. the london police were called and began the search for him. he lived on queens street, so apparently city hall was the place to conduct the search for the man. so one would think they would send one or two officers to search here, although there was a slim chance that he would be here considering the building is locked, so the police sent about 5 officers here...good job boys...they preceded to tell me that they were looking really hard for him (well i would hope so), but where can they find some food and pop/water....ahhh london's finest....not to worry though, the man was found, on southdale...