Sunday, May 18, 2008

Fights on the Train & Apartment Hunting Part 2

I have seen a few very ugly incidents on the train recently. There wasn't a full blown fist fight but it was pretty ugly none the less. It always starts off small. Somebody bumps into someone else and pretty soon the two people are screaming at each other. In one case it was between a middle aged guy and a guy who looked like to be in his mid teens. The older guy asked the younger guy to move and the younger guy thought he should ask him more politely. The next thing you know the younger guy is dropping f-bombs left and right in front of every one on the train (including young kids). In the end the older guy shook his head and said he felt sorry of the other guy.

The second case was between a man and a woman. The woman felt that the man bumped her and she started to yell. I didn't see the initial bump so I am not sure if he bumped her or not. Either way it got ugly quick and ended with the woman telling the man he should go home and have a drink.

The next and final case involved a guy who I assume was homeless. He was basically going around and asking different people on the train for change. Which is fine. The problem is 1) he had a dog with him. 2) He started to get a little more aggressive than was comfortable. He didn't collect much change to say the least. Also everyone, breathed a sigh of relief when he eventually got off the train.

I have heard that GO transit is a much more pleasant experience than the TTC. However, for me right now taking the TTC is substantially cheaper (At least 40 per month or more). Since the price difference is what it is I am going to be sticking with the TTC for now but I may explore other options in the future.

Apartment Hunting Part 2

So we went apartment hunting again yesterday. It didn't go too well. We went to between 10-15 places. Almost all of them were completely unsuitable. I just don't know how some people can live like that. The ones that were cheap were truly horrifying on the inside. We went to one place and as soon as I saw the teeth of the superintendent I knew I wasn't going to be living there. I know that sounds terrible and I don't give a shit! We have been focusing our search on low rise buildings. However, as we have become more desperate we have also looked into high rises. We saw one that was nice inside but the price was really high. Also, we are concerned with bugs that might be present in a building of this size.

So far the most likely scenario is that we will go with the very first building we saw that was actually on the same street that she already lives on. We have a few more places to see but we want to get this worked out soon.

That's it for this week.

There will be no post for next week because I am going to Michigan for my cousin's wedding.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Apartment Hunting

In a little over 3 months I will be a married man. And since I have zero interest in having my wife move in here with my parents, we have begun the search for a new apartment. I am really not too interested in buying a place right now. I know that in general owning is better than renting but there are other factors at play. I think that there are enough things that can go wrong in the first years of a marriage without adding the stress of home ownership. I worked with a woman at Ford who said she was married, bought a house, had a kid, and divorced in under two years. I want to just spend the first few years with us getting used to living together with no other distractions. She has given notice are her current place and we hope to find a place for her to move into by July 1st. She has a one bedroom place right now and I think it would be a little too small for the two of us so we are looking for a two bedroom.

We went to a few places that are actually located on the same street as where she lives right now. I think it would be a good spot for us because it is close to public transport and shopping centers that we already go to. I work down town right now and take the bus everyday. It really helps to limit the miles I put on my car. Which is good because I would really like to keep it for another 2 years at least if possible. We saw 3 places on Saturday. None of them really met all of our criteria.

I think the things we are looking for that are deal makers/breakers:
-double sink in kitchen
-indoor parking for both our cars
-2 equal sized bedrooms
-fast water pressure in the bathroom
-no roaches, rats, mice, ants - I am afraid of all of these.
-not located on the first floor

One nice to have thing: no pets.

If think if we find a place with all of those things then we are good to go. If we had to give up something it would be the double sink but I would really prefer to have everything else.

That's it for this week ...

Next week ... Fights on the Bus.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Iron Man

When I first heard about the concept of and Iron Man movie I said this is a terrible idea. I am a huge comic fan and I didn't think it would be possible to do a proper translation of the comic to the big screen. I thought it would just turn into a really cheesy new version of Robocop. I was completely wrong. The movie is great and it is a fantastic way to start off the summer movie season. The suit is perfect and a very faithful rendering of the source material. My wife liked it too and she is not a comic fan by any means so I would recommend this movie to anyone.

Here it is ...

At first my plan for this week was to do long drawn out parody of a crazy weekend I had. In this weekend I would have kept bumping into an old friend named "RJ" who was actually Rick James. Then i would describe something from my life and intergrate it into Charlie Murphy's true Hollywood story. I was about two thirds finished when I decided that the whole thing was stupid. Instead I offer up the below video of Rick and Eddie being involved in one of the worst videos to EVER come out of the 1980's.

Enjoy ...