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Jan 4, 2022 – #BlackBerry – the end of an era

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Jan 4 will always be a special and important day for me as it is my son’s birthday. However, this jan 4th 2022 will forever be embedded in my mind for a different reason…the end of an era..a sad day for #BlackBerry. The OG and classic OS is being decommissioned and will no longer be supported. For us loyal blackberrians it is truly a sad day.
My first phone was a motorola razr but once I set my eyes on a BlackBerry that was it. No other phone could match it for many reasons but for me it was that physical keyboard. Wow.
I have a shrine to all the phones I have had over the years.. All with the physical keyboard.
I absolutely love BB10. It was incredibly frustrating to me that it was never given a chance. I recall when it first hit the streets how it was mocked for being gesture based.. And now years later both iOS and Android are gesture based. *cough*Hypocrites *cough*
It was ahead of its time.

The only silver lining…as I write this on my BlackBerry KEY2, is that BlackBerry lives on with android, all be it an inferior OS to BB10.

I hope that in the new year onwardmobility gets their act together and puts out the BlackBerry phone we were promised in 2021.

I am gobsmacked addicted to #hallmark Christmas movies

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…there I said it… or in this case wrote it. I cannot believe I am actually writing about this.
It started innocently enough last year when I watched a couple. But this holiday season? Boy oh boy.. I have lost count how many I have watched.
What’s funny is that for the most part the formula is the same. And my god there is so much cheese being served and of course you know how it will end but I cannot stop watching!
What I did notice though… again, for the most part, is that the man in the story has the tragedy or difficult past… and is the selfless one etc etc… again for the most part. And you know what i find completely shocking? How in the hell has the cancel culture club not come after these movies? A Christmas miracle. 😋

Dear -fill in the blank-, do better.

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Ok, so when I first drafted this post I called out the organization in question but then I felt guilty because of what they represent and do.. I also realized these practices are not exclusive to them… so here’s my rant to the anonymous entity….

Dear <fill in the blank>,
If you want people to jump on the money train you need to be better.

– when you call, leave a message. Not leaving one comes across as shady.. Especially when you call 5-6x per day. I don’t answer numbers I don’t recognize but eventually I had to answer because I was losing my shit
– I know there are pressures for reps to get contributions but allow for compromise.
– also allow someone to actually complete a sentence… you know that expression… ‘did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?’

Many moons ago my wife made monthly contributions to your organization.
My wife, and only she and God know the answer, used my personal information but her email address..so I did not know about this until now because she stopped contributing a few years back.

– I was willing to conference my wife in on the call so we could get this sorted out. No.

– I was willing to have my wife call back to change up the personal information. No.

The answer to everything was ‘we’re not allowed to.’


Ok then.

Frankie doesn’t go to Hollywood just down a rabbit hole.

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A former local radio personality who found his own little rabbit hole uses #instagram very strategically..  His posts are about ‘respecting opinions’ or ‘not tearing each other apart’.. While his stories conveniently are about shading and mocking. He predicted a blue minority not even an hour into the election results 🤦‍♂️. Then he poo poo’d the $ spent. This election wasn’t necessary… lowest voter turnout ever. But those who chose to exercise their privileged right to vote, voted in the same minority govt. That’s democracy.

I am sure had blue pulled it off even as a minority govt his tune would be different. Would a minority conservative govt be any different? In any case, how interesting that leading up to the election O’toole (or his peeps) was very active on social media.. Tweeting up a storm.. Not a peep since the results. Licking his wounds, I guess. That’s the guy folks wanted in as leader. Knee jerk reaction voting is the worse. And u ever notice how folks on the right are always angry?

And you might be asking yourself ‘how would you know all this? Unless you are following him?’ You would be correct. I do follow him on Instagram. He’s my indulgence…I took immense pleasure that he was wrong and ended off his night by putting out a story poo pooing the result and that ‘he’s done’. I may not be for much longer though.. Just like that other one, Priscilla.. It’s getting tiring listening to their Debbie downer mentality. Anyway just stick to your drive by.

Speaking of Frank… It was great to see Frank ‘let me shit and criticise the liberal govt during the peak of the pandemic while in florida’ Cavallaro get throttled in his riding.

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#Ita v. #Aut: my hot take

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Okkkkaaayyyy…. What a match it was. It took  some time yesterday after the match to bring myself down to a calm state.
Some felt italy had not been tested during the group stage. Was that test yesterday? It certainly looked like it.

It was a game of halves…or I guess quarters… Italy was the better team in the first half and the first extra time.. Austria rattled Italy in the 2nd half and were the better team and I will say had the edge in the 2nd extra time.

The lack of physical size in some of the key players reared its ugly head yesterday. Play makers like Verratti seemed to be sprawled all over the pitch far too often. I understand he’s a playmaker but he hung on to the ball far too long. The ball movement had to be a lot quicker and it wasn’t. Italy needs to get back to that type of game.
Except for the woodwork he hit, Immobile was a non factor, ineffective all game long. Was this due to good defending?I don’t know. Maybe. But on many occasions he seemed hesitant as to what to do next.
Spinazzola continues to shine in this tournament on that left side. The two goals were nice but he is the reason the goals even happened. Brilliant. In the 2nd half, Austria seemed to have neutralized that side.
The substitutions couldn’t have come at a better time. They offered a bigger presence on the pitch and are the big reason Italy has moved on.
I gave the edge to Austria in the 2nd extra time but overall, Italy could have put the game to bed with all the squandered chances they had in the extra time.

Yesterdays match certainly put a scare into Italy. Some pundits are already changing their tune about the team. Some are making silly comments like the screen grab below.
I didn’t watch the video because my time is precious but it’s a really dumb comment but to each his own. It certainly wasn’t their best match but to say Italy gave very little? come on.

Nowadays when you put out something to the internet you risk the ‘that didn’t age well’ reply… and it almost happened for one of the tweets I put out…Neville thinks Italy doesn’t have enough to go all the way and he was almost proven right yesterday and can still be proven right.

I say that sometimes when a team has it too easy that they need a good slap to the back of the head and a wake up call. I think and hope that came yesterday in the form of Austria. Italy will regroup and will be better for it moving forward. Like Mancini, I still believe overall they were the better team and deserved advancing to the next stage. But a high five to Austria for their performance. Grit and determination.

Last Man Standing series finale

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It’s always super sad when a series ends. Political views aside I have always been a fan of Tim Allen. I loved Home Improvement. I will say that although early on I did not miss any episodes of last man standing at one point I lost touch with it… but eventually I returned to watching it.
Most series, unless abruptly terminated, end with closure. I am not exactly sure what to make of Last Man Standing’s series finale. Essentially a truck Tim worked on for 10 years gets stolen. So in some way the truck represented the show… ~10 years of hard work by Tim…during their mourning the truck scene u can clearly see that they’re really talking about the show.
Anyway I just found this series ending, let’s just say, different.
During his last vlog Tim makes reference to ‘stealing’…I hope that considering his political views that he didn’t go there. It would not be surprising though since over the years he’s gone there plenty of times during the shows run.
As an avid BlackBerry enthusiast myself the one thing I appreciated enormously was Tim Allen’s appreciation for the BlackBerry brand and the fact he showcased plenty BlackBerry phones constantly over the years. His love for the brand seemed to have rubbed off on others in the cast as Hector and Jonathan too sported the KEY series during the last season. Good on you Tim. Good on you. 👍

Rocking the stylish and sexy BlackBerry KEY2


… and btw what the hell ever happened to Boyd? Here’s what…

Weird though that he couldn’t be in the finale.

I’ll be there for you…

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I watched the #friends reunion and it gave me all sorts of feels…good and sad…atleast no bad feelings though.

Before I get into it I have to state that the funniest on the show was Ross hands down.. Followed closely by Phoebe and Joey…then Monica, Rachel and finally Chandler. Over the years they all had their moments so it’s really difficult to rank them but I think for me this is it.

I wish they had made the reunion longer. There should have been more surprises in the mix but I do understand that covid made things difficult. I am not sure either about some of the guest choices… was it just that they were available due to the circumstances? Anyway I digress.

I don’t get the hate toward Corden hosting but people gotta hate on everything to feel good about themselves.
I loved how easily they got back into character… Lisa ‘my eyes’ Kudrow is just too awesome.
Their reminiscing was amazing, touching and with some added surprising revelations.

The reunion also made me sad for a couple of reasons… we are getting old. I am in their age bracket and when they flashed back to the early years and seeing them now I couldn’t help but feel old. It’s crazy. 51 isn’t that old but still I feel bothered.
I also felt for Matthew Perry. Nevermind his last minute emergency procedure.. He just seemed sad. Down. Not out of place but certainly looked at times like he wasn’t really into it. It could have been related to his procedure but still… Of all of them it’s fair to say that Matthew has a harder time of things and it shows… I almost feel bad ranking him least funny but atleast for me his character was more annoying than funny… could I be any more wrong? In this case, I’m afraid the answer is no.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing: what would you like on your pizza?

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Well well well… looks like there is some pizza parlor confusion going on here.

Leading up to the U.S. elections among many many narratives, there were two things I took notice of.
1) social media influencers, who clearly are trump supporters, telling their followers to do their own ‘research’ and not be influenced by what they saw/heard on the news. How rich is this? Influencers whose main raison d’etre is to influence and dupe people on the daily telling these same followers not to be influenced. 🤦‍♂️
2) the pizza parlors: it seemed like every time the right was losing ground or losing an argument they always circled back to the same point. Accusing the left of being pervs. Child trafficking.. Pizza parlors blah blah blah…it was ridiculous..the main argument for everything was ‘What about these poor children being trafficked?’ I could care less what side of the fence ur on. What religion u practice. Where in the world you live. Who you root for. There is no place for any kind of abuse and especially against defenseless children.. No matter the age. None. Full stop.

Enter stage right… Gaetz.

The Republicans and Qanon working overtime here… spin, spin, spin.

He keeps doubling down that he’s done nothing wrong… he sure doesn’t Gaetz it.

On a side note.. As I was writing up this post this lovely gem showed up on the internet…

http://www.justjared.com/2021/04/17/passion-of-the-christ-actor-jim-caviezel-is-pushing-a-false-qanon-conspiracy/

I loved him in person of interest … but … this. Is. INSANE!!! I wonder which rich people he’s referring to.. I assume it could only be the ones on the left.

What really grinds my gears: migraines

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I am a migraine sufferer. Ever since I can remember. I have met other sufferers who have it worse but regardless the level, migraines SUCK!

Another thing that sucks is my memory but I do believe I recall the innocent but infamous youth moment that put me on this path of migraines.

Picture this, Montreal,1975 or possibly later… my memory sucks. I was a yoot 😋 that much I know. A buddy and I were at a local park .. Unsupervised.. A couple of adult characters were passing a soccer ball around and either they invited us to join or we asked. I don’t recall. My memory sucks. Either way it was probably a stupid thing to do given our parents weren’t around. But alas.

Anyway, here we are tossing the ball around and at one point one of the adults sent the ball up in the air and as I was getting ready to head the ball he yelled out at the top of his voice ‘Noooooooo’. It was too late. I can’t remember what I did yesterday but I can remember the pain I felt. Like a ton of bricks hit my forehead.. I think nowadays they call that a concussion. Anyway I truly believe that moment in time forever changed things for me in the migraine department.

It’s really nonsensical:

  • I can go to bed feeling great and wake up with a migraine.
  • I can go weeks without a migraine and then I can have migraines for days.
  • More often than not if the migraine isn’t triggered while I am working out, it happens in the hours after I am done.

Case in point. Yesterday after basically 1 year off the gym due to covid… the restrictions in our area were lifted so with all the excitement in the world I went off to the gym. Smartly, I knew I had to pace myself and I did. A one hour workout.. In any case, that is the limit. I worked out during my lunch hour. By 7pm.. I started to sense a migraine was brewing. By 10pm as a preemptive move I took a Tylenol. At 430am… I was awoken by a massive migraine. Serenity now.

I have read tons of literature and quite frankly it doesn’t come across as promising. These products that offer relief from migraines have a list of possible side effects. So help with one thing, introduce a list of other pblms? I’ll pass.