Back to the grindstone!

14 07 2013

I have just spent the most awesome two weeks vacation ever! One week spent at home, with the wife,  enjoying the pool, running errands that were overdue, but most of all, relaxing! The second week, spending some quality time in Jamaica, where we just had a ball!

Now don’t get me wrong! I love my job. I’m one of those fortunate ones who love their jobs, and I’m not just saying that. I truly believe it. But it still is a demanding and stressful job,  and the two weeks off were a welcome break fro  the beautiful madness that is my job.

But now, after some well deserved time off, I ended it with a fine glass of Johnny Walker Double Black, and a nice relaxing Cubana cigar, sitting on the back porch. A perfect end to a perfect vacation!

And now the batteries are fully charged, and I’m ready to get back to work. Bring it on!


The NHL just won big!

24 06 2013

So the Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions for the second time in four years. Many bloggers will be discussing and analyzing tonight’s game and the entire playoffs, so I’ll steer clear of that.

I will say this, however. With the ending we got tonight, with 2 goals in the last minute, and the best dawn hockey we’ve seen all season played during the last two weeks, the NHL just made a huge step in establishing a fan base in the US. NBC made record numbers during these playoffs, and the games are getting more and more coverage in news outlets (and, for once, for reasons other than a vicious cheap shot or a brawl).

It’s a good thing because let’s face it : if the NHL is to thrive (and no matter was people on Québec City think), they need Americans. Or I should say,  they need American money!

5 years of pure happiness!

14 06 2013

Exactly 5 years ago, today, I took what society likes to call “the big plunge”. To me,  it never was, really, I wanted to get married. I had been with Nancy for a while, and I knew that she was the one.

Well, that was 5 years ago, and we still love each other like day 1. We bought a house almost 3 years ago,  and we are working very hard towards the next steps of our life together.  It has its disappointments, it’s ups and downs, but in the end,  I know I can count on her, and she can count on me.  We’ve had it rough these last couple of months or years, but I know that whatever happens, we’ll get through this together, and our dreams will come through!

Nancy, thank you so much for being in my life. You’re everything I ever wanted in a wife, and I will love you forever!

My take on the QSF turban ban

5 06 2013

I’ve been a soccer referee for 11 years. Players wearing religious symbols is nothing new, and has always been a grey area. The Quebec Soccer Federation has finally made up its mind. Are they right, are they wrong, isn’t really the point.

The problem is that the reason for the ban, which is player safety, is ludicrous. No one will get injured because of a turban, it’s just common sense! Why did QSF come up with such nonsense? My feeling is that they were afraid of people saying it would give players wearing a turban would give them an unfair advantage (bear with me, here). Have you ever tried a header in soccer? It can hurt if you don’t do it properly. Or, alternately, they were afraid that some people would come up and, out of pure jealousy, say “Hey, if he’s allowed to wear that rag on his head, why can’t I wear my baseball cap?”. And if you think that such complaints are farfetched, you most likely have never been involved in amateur sports in your life.

Or perhaps safety really is a concern? Remember some years back, when kirpan in school caused a huge uproar? Defenders of the kirpan said that it was a peaceful symbol, that no one would dare use it as a weapon. Few months later, one bad apple of a sikh used his kirpan to threaten a schoolmate. Is the Quebec Soccer Federation afraid that someone would load his turban with a brick or with a sockfull of nickels?

In the end, the Quebec Soccer Federation took the decision to point to player safety to justify their decision to ban the turban, which sound a lot better than “Quebecers are a bunch of jealous bigots”. But in the end, they could’ve just grown the balls to actually accept the turban like the rest of the country does.

Oh, but wait, this is PQ territory, right?

Oh, right, that kayak guy!

27 11 2012

I’m coming out of my far too long break to say something about what happen friday. Adam Van Koeverden wrote shit on Twitter about hating University Laval. Of course, here in the Belle Province, we immediately crucified him, probably because, as always, we’re so insecure about ourselves that we immediately consider that francophobe bullshit.

Three things come to mind. One, if Van Koeverden had said the same about McGill or Concordia, would we have reacted the same way? Two, has it occured to anyone that we have said way worst shit about other universities, and no one gave a fuck?

And three, many others have tweeted way worst shit about UL! So why single out Van Koeverden? Cuz he’s a public figure? Bitch please! When the London games ended, everyone forgot about him! Everytime I tell someone about this story, the first response I get is “Van Koewhat?” And when I explain that he’s the Kayak guy (or was it canoe? Even I don’t remember!), people go “Oh yeah, him! What a jerk!”

Every olympics, when the closing ceremony end, the athletes fall back into total obscurity. It’s not fair to bring him back into the spotlight just because it serves your insecure ass’ purpose!

Besides, it wasn’t even about the city or the province… It was about the football team! About sports! The guy went to McMaster, he’s allowed to root for his team and talk shit about the adversary! That’s sports! Deal with it! People have said way worst things than that!

Students, listen to this song NOW!

27 04 2012

CHOM could not have picked a better moment to play this song yesterday. “Revolution” by the Beatles.

I invite all the students currently boycotting their classes to download and listen to the song, and pay extremely close attention to the lyrics! Hopefully, you’ll get the message!

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
All right, all right

You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We’re doing what we can
But when you want money
For people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
All right, all right

Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah…

You say you’ll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well, you know
You better free you mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
All right, all right
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right, all right

I seriously can’t help but smile when I read this!

Goodbye Kid

16 02 2012

It’s always sad when such a great personality passes away. But Gary Carter’s passing is not only sad, but the way he left us, the speed at which his health went south, and the legacy he left to baseball and the Expos make it a real tragedy.

I have to admit that I never really saw Carter when he was with the Expos. I was only 5 when he got traded to the Mets. But i have admired him in those days, and during his last season as well. Regardless, he left such a legacy that I didn’t need to see his early years to know what a great player he was!

May you rest in peace, Kid!