Sunday, March 22, 2009

House Hunting

So my wife and i have been going house shopping the last few weeks. It has been fun and stressful at the same time. We have been all over the place with regards to where we want to go. At first my thought was move out to Ajax. Most of my office doesn't live in Toronto. They live outside (Brampton, Ajax, Whitby, Oakville, and Mississauga) and take the go train. Because of that I thought that I might do that too. Then I started to calculate the cost of taking the go train plus the fact that property taxes are higher in Ajax and and i got worried and figured maybe i better stick with Toronto. So on Saturday my wife and I went to look at a few properties in Toronto. The results were very depressing. We went to see 4 houses. They were all unappealing. The first one was the only where it looked like the owners took the the time to stage the house. The rest were pure Shit.

House 2

Going into it I had high hopes for this home. It was the only one in our price range that had a 2 car garage. It was located just south of steeles near McCowan. I have always said that in Scarborough if you are going to live east McCowan you have to live north of Finch. So this was an area I was satisfied in. However, soon after we arrived at the house I quickly became unsatisfied. The house had some of the ugliest pink carpets I have ever seen. The kitchen was also much smaller than it looked in the pictures. It didn't have a dishwasher and there was no room to put one if we wanted to later. However, these are issues I felt i could live with for a while. What I could not live with was upstairs. There was no master ensuite. I want a bathroom in the master bedroom. This is something that I am not willing to compromise on. 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom for the entire house is not enough.

House 3

Very Bad!

House 4

Even worse.

Something happened in this house that i will remember for as long as I am alive. We were walking through the upstairs when I peaked in the bathroom. What i saw was a toilet with a load of SHIT floating in PISS. Needless to say I was completely appalled. I mean as a seller if you know you have potential buyers coming to look at your house don't you want to take the time to at least flush the damn toilets and clean the place up a bit.

Anyways after this fiasco we have decided to give Ajax another shot. We have a meeting on Saturday with our Realtor and he is going to show us some homes.

Just for comparison sake see below

And just so you know the houses are approximately the same price. WOW!

Next week ... Issues at work.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tyler Perry Movies

So a few weeks a go I saw the movie Meet the Browns. It is a Tyler Perry movie.

I have never been a big fan of this guys movies. I am happy to see a black producer be a success because quite frankly there are not that many of them. That being some of his stuff is just plain stupid. Consider this clip below.

What the hell is funny about this. This show allowed him to secure $200 million contract with TBS. On the one hand I say good for him. On the other hand this show is a piece of shit. I sat through a few episodes of this show but I couldn't take any more. Now I don't want to be too harsh on this. I mean it's not as bad as this ...

Anyways... That's it for this week ...

Next Week ... House Hunting.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Software Developers at work

So i have been having some issues with the IT guys at work. I don't write software or even work in IT anymore but I still have a lot of interactions with them. Basically when we put together a program at work I act as the project manager and work with the Business Analyst and the software developers to get the job done. In the past few weeks one of the projects that I have been managing has under gone extreme delays. One of the requirements changed recently (my fault) and the Dev team has said this will add an extra five days to the delivery date. I know that they are padding that. There is no way that this should take five days. Basically we are asking them to add an extra field to the table and exclude certain records. In simple terms this is what i am asking.


SELECT a,b,c
FROM table


SELECT a,b,c,d
FROM table
WHERE a not in (x,y,z)

It is a little more complicated than that but not much. I am very unhappy about this situation. Since I was a developer for a number of years I have some allegiance to them but I don't like that they are padding the estimate this much. I know they are dealing with a lot of red tape down there. I also know that the QA process takes a long time but this is just silly. Part of me just wants to say give me a desk and I'll write the damn thing myself but that would open a can of worms I don't want to get into.

Next week ... Tyler Perry Movies

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Color Purple

On Saturday night my wife and I went to go see the color purple the musical. I haven't been to a play since I was in elementary school. And i don't think I have ever been to a musical before. I thought it was a really good performance. I have never read the book or seen the movie so this play was my first time viewing the material. I found it to be a little depressing at times. Quite frankly any book, movie, or play set in that time frame (early 1900s) is going to be pretty depressing. However, the singing was really amazing. I was assured that they were not lip syncing but it really just sounded to good to believe. I think just about every person in the play should get a record deal.

Overall it was a nice night out. The tickets were not too expensive ($40 each) so we were able to have a good time without breaking the bank. We like to try to get out and do something fun every so often. I am clearly at a point in my life where saving needs to be a priority but I think it is important to remember that life is meant to be lived and that it is necessary to get out of the house and do something fun just for yourself sometimes.

That's it for this week.

Next Week... Developers at work.