February 9, 2011

Running Around Like an Idiot...

Back from Ajax. BMW has been kind enough to loan Marcia, the lady I wrote about back in November, a gorgeous 7 Series Hybrid. We went to pick it up. Thank you, BMW. You have done a good thing for a very deserving lady.

Been readingreadingreading this in the New Yorker. You'll need some time, but it's the Paul Haggis story about Scientology. Haggis, Canadian writer of Crash and stuff, was a 34 year member of Scientology. He publicly broke up with them last year over Prop 8 in California, because Scientologists don't like gay people. Which is cool, cuz neither do John Travolta or Tom Cruise. Right?

Anyhoo. Terrific read. But a long one. But be glad that there are no keys needed to get to it, like the piece I sent you to last week.

Vanity Fair put Justin Beiber on the cover this month. Sigh. I'm sure he's a lovely boy, and I'm glad he's making buckets of money while keeping his clothes on, but please, Vanity Fair, your target demographic is not 16. Not even close. Stop going all Tiger Beat on me, and stick to grownups. There is an interesting article about Arianna Huffington in the same issue. Couldn't you have just ironed her face and used her for the cover? Actually, the Huffington article is a hoot. Two guys are arguing, a la Facebook, that they invented the Huffington Post, and she didn't properly credit them. Or shower them with money. The funny? They waited 6 years to draw this to her attention. 6 years. Sure. Let me know how that turns out.

You've probably read that Amazon.com did a poll and named Guelph, Ontario as the most romantic city in Ontario. I think they used dodgy stats - they counted how many relationship books, romance novels and Michael Buble CDs were sold. All this tells me is how many women are all moony-faced in Guelph. And I'm not judging - my own city came in at number ten. But seriously? Men do not buy relationship books. They do not buy romance novels. And nobody has ever seen a man buy a Michael Buble CD, unless it's hidden under his Glee CD. So, nice try, Amazon, but you'd probably find a closer correlation between romance and purchases if you go to a Shopper's Drug Mart that sells flowers in cellophane beside the condom section.

I keep hearing ads for 'Valentine's Weekend'. Huh? The 14th is Monday. Valentine's is a stupid hose-the-fool holiday. And they're trying to stretch it out? I'll be in Parry Sound with my frozen arse on a snowmobile. That's plenty romantic enough for me. Though I guess I should be heading to Guelph, instead.

The next couple of weeks are crazy. Snowmobile, auto show, Quebec City...though tomorrow, I finally get to see True Grit! Commenter jmd and I will report back with our review!

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Anonymous jmd said...

Where did Dunnville rank on the Romantic City list?

February 09, 2011 2:48 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...


Sorry. I just have to clean up my keyboard...

February 09, 2011 2:49 PM  
Anonymous jmd said...

Hey, I resent that!

A typical romantic evening in Dunnville would be: parking at the sewage plant to watch the sunset glint off the drainage ditch, a trip to Tim's to share a coffee with two straws, and then off to the downtown core to watch the Giant Tiger truck unload.

I challenge anyone to top that!

February 09, 2011 3:06 PM  
Anonymous PJ said...

Hey! I like Michael Buble. Just because I purchased mine from Amazon and it came to the house in a plain brown wrapper doesn't mean I was trying to hide it. Most of the stuff I buy on the internet arrives here in a plain brown wrapper.....oh wait I just realize how that sounds. Ummm....carry on

btb my word is colspo. It sounds like cold spot which really describes the weather here the last couple of days. Be thankful you're not in Parry Hoot right now. Should be better by the weekend.

February 09, 2011 4:06 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

I went to U of Moo in Guelph for three years. It's super romantic...if you're a cow.Otherwise, meh. I'd love to know how Scientology keeps bagging these people. Black mail I can understand once you're foolish enough to fill in those audit reports but that first step in the door? Sorry I sense Darwinism in action there.Have fun in Parry Sound.

February 09, 2011 7:48 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Dunnville must be very high on the romance scale. When the movie's over you just yank the sheet off the barn and POOF!! insta-bed. A movie and a shnog. Doesn't get much more romantic than that.

We used to own a flower shop and believe me if they extended Valentine's to a weekend I would be dead. Right now. Like Keith Richard's face.


February 10, 2011 8:57 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Heartfelt prayers for Marcia. And bless you for making one day a bit better for her.

February 10, 2011 9:02 AM  
Blogger Lucywestie said...

Saw True Grit in Vegas over Christmas. It is a great movie. I know its a remake of the book and not the John Wayne Movie, but I watched the original movie the other day and its still just a damn fine movie. Anyway, you may initially have problems understanding what the hell Jeff Bridges is saying in this remake, I think his dentures get in the way. But its what I call a great "talkie", a little bit of action but no special effects needed keep you watching.
As for romantic towns, here in Port Hope we just "glow" with romance, that could be the Cameco Uranium treatment plant doing that though. Damn that Dr. Helen Caldicott, when is the national media going to do a rebuttal piece about Port Hope and all the studies that prove we arent all going to drop dead from cancer in a week.
Justin Bieber and his head of thick wavy hair can kiss my balding as...i mean..head..
Im in between night shifts today so Im cranky, its cold and the bottom of my driveway is getting narrower and narrower from lack of places to put the snow.
But trust me, you will really enjoy True Grit.

February 10, 2011 3:21 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

Thing 1 lives in Guelph now.

Worried here.


hey, my word is pacer, the lemon AMC replaced the Javelin with. Grrr.

February 11, 2011 6:47 AM  
Blogger marcelleqb said...

"Stop going all Tiger Beat on me"


February 11, 2011 12:28 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

Dunville has a GT Boutique?

Must add a visit ther to my bucket list.


February 16, 2011 12:49 PM  

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