Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

It’s Always Sunny On Dundas

2009 April 30

A little bar recently opened up around the corner from my house called Opera Bob’s Public House.  This is definitely going to be my new local for the summer.

Drinks are cheap, there’s a tight little pub grub menu, and the bartender/owner we had was both interesting and funny (and it was his first shift ever bartending!)  When asked by my roommate what the patrons have been like, the guy told us that it’s neither the Ossington hipsters nor the Dundas crazies.  Sounds good to me!

They play sports on the tvs, which will include UFC once they get the go-ahead from the pay-per-view people.  The front window rolls up like a garage door, and it’s nearly directly across the street from Trinity Bellwoods Park, so it’ll be a great place to get a BEvERage following an intense tennis match or a lazy day in the sun.

This place kind of reminds me of the bar from the FX tv show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, mostly because it’s owned by 4 dudes and the one serving us was pretty hilarious.  If you haven’t seen this show yet, here’s a clip.  For some reason, embedding of these previews has been disabled, so you’ll have to click on the url . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=donmqQgum7I

Opera Bob’s Public House is located at 1112 Dundas Street West.  It’s open daily, from 5pm – 2am.

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Goodbye L.C. Hello Photoshop?

2009 March 3

Any of you who have taken a ride on the TTC in the last few months have obviously seen this advertisement plastered all over the subway cars:

Is it just me or does this chick have a wonky-eye? 

I imagine she doesn’t really, considering she’s the star of an MTV spinoff reality show (okay, that might not be that great.)  But don’t you think the marketers could have chosen a better pic of Whitney Port, or at least put it through the retoucher machine?

Superbanal

2009 February 28

As I sometimes like to mention, I work in a fancy restaurant that various celebrities, from A to Z-list, sporadically frequent.  Tonight, I played host to one Michael Cera – star of acclaimed television show (and future feature film) Arrested Development, as well as movies Juno, Superbad and Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist.

The Brampton native, with his friends and family, was pretty underwhelming.  He showed up in much-too-short skinnypants, and talked about things such as how he thought Slumdog Millionaire was cheesy, and (at length) how to correctly calculate a tip.

Seeing celebrities up close kind of ruins the magic for me.

The Corsage Contest

2009 February 11

My friend Emily and I have this contest every year to see who can get the ugliest most amazing corsage/boutonniere for one another, to wear to our formal banquet for the team we coach together.  Last year I was so pleased with the corsage I had made at the Pink Twig floral boutique that I went back there again this time.  The girl, either Tanya or Amy, jumped at the challenge both times and came up with some pretty (pun intended) spectacular creations.  Below are my entries for last year – w/peacock feather – and this year – w/ phallic pink fern.

Also of interest: these girls do the flowers for Canada AM and they’re going to be on the show this Friday, February 13!

TV Worth Watching

2009 February 2

I saw this poster in the subway car today, and I learned something new!  It’s actually advertisement for the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, at the University of Toronto.

Get Up When a Lady Comes In!

2008 November 29

As I’ve mentioned before, I work in a sort of posh restaurant downtown and we get a regular slew of celebrities passing through, from A list to Z list.  Last night I served Miss Kim Woodburn from the TV show How Clean Is Your House?

Kim’s the one on the left (with the fancy hair.)  She was truly fabulous last night, complete with sunglasses at night and a draft of perfume that could be smelled within an area about the size of a football field.  I had never even heard of this woman, but a lot of people were pretty excited that she was there. Apparently the show is  amazing, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Below is a clip from the show.  “You know what I think you are?  Dirty!”

Not Fair! (verdict is still out on the Balance)

2008 November 5

I do not have cable or satellite television; however, I do have a pretty substantial antenna.  You would THINK that living in the middle of North America’s 4th (or maybe 5th) largest city, I would be able to watch one of the most important events of recent years (the American Presidential election) on more than one channel.  On the contrary: out of the 14 channels that are watchable with my antenna, only one (1) is reporting on the election.  And that channel???

FOX NEWS!

Just to clarify, this is a joke video.

UPDATE: At 10 pm, election coverage on Fox ended, giving way to a rerun of Seinfeld.  Perfect.

Paging Dr. Wembley

2008 June 5

I was browsing around Kensington Market this afternoon. As I walked into Exile (20 Kensington Avenue), the lovely salesgirl looked at me and giggled. When I asked what it was, she said that after the last time I had come in the store (3 weeks ago, I was looking for some surgical scrubs for my medical party) she and her co-workers had decided that I was a soap opera star. I thought she meant that I resembled an actor on General Hospital or something, but when I queried as to who it was she said, “No – we created a fake persona for you.” Apparently they called me Dr. Kendall Wembley, and then made up a brief but detailed backstory for my character. As it goes, I am currently in a coma, and my twin brother has just arrived on the scene (also played by me) who may or may not actually be my twin sister. Whew!

I wasn’t sure whether to be flattered or frightened.

“It’s not fair!”

2008 April 17

Starting Monday morning at 4am, Toronto may be faced with a transit strike.  As somebody who has taken the worst transit system in the world TTC a lot over the course of the last 6 months, this is something of a conundrum of principles in my mind. 

TTC

On one hand, I think the Toronto Transit Commission really needs a freshening up.  I’ve heard that the system receives less than 1/3 the amount of money per capita than do other major cities that have excellent-functioning transportation operations, such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen.  I believe that given that about one sixth of Canada’s entire population lives in the GTA and probably closer to 1/3 comes to the city on a regular basis, all levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal) should pony-up some more cash and give this city a world-class transit system.  However, I’ve also heard somewhere that something like 25% of the City of Toronto’s budget goes towards the TTC.  How is this possible given that the service is so crappy, yet the fare is still so expensive?

On the other hand, after watching the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113‘s press conference this morning on CityTV, I can’t help but NOT feel sympathetic towards the workers.  It appeared that Bob Kinnear, the union’s President and spokesperson, used the phrase “not fair” about 10 000 times.  “We want to give him [Mayor David Miller] some time to step into this situation and do what is fair,” said Kinnear in his press appeal.

NEWSFLASH: life’s not fair.

Mr. Kinnear repeatedly compared TTC workers with both other city workers and transit workers in other areas of the Greater Toronto Area.  “Driving a street car on Queen Street in Toronto takes a lot more skill than driving a bus on Queen Street in Brampton.”  Ummm, I’m not sure if I agree with this or even understand what he means.  No offense to the streetcar drivers, but they don’t even have to steer.  The vehicles are on tracks; all they have to do other than hit the gas and the brake is open the doors and push the button so that the automated voice says “please move back.”  Forgetting about comparisons, and just thinking about this situation from a general perspective, what it comes down to is that, while this is an important service for the city, these jobs involve little skill and no education.  Is it fair for me to ask why these workers feel they deserve even greater benefits than they’re already getting – so much so that they are willing to derail (pardon the pun) an entire city, for who knows how long?

If you know me, or even if you’ve just read any of my blog posts here on TZero, you know that I am a huge proponent of public transportation.  However, I also complain a lot about the TTC because, for lack of a better term, it sucks.  The service is infrequent and sporatic, many of the drivers are unenthusiastic if not unfriendly, and a city with Toronto’s stature should have a sophisticated metro system, not these crappy streetcars.

To quote Bob Kinnear, I say “it’s not fair” that we’re stuck with the TTC.

The Cashman Dance

2008 March 6

This is perhaps the best commerial of all time.

I’ve been watching advertisements made by this pawnbroker crazy since I was a kid. I’ve never actually been to Oliver Jewellery, but now that I live in Toronto I may just stop by and see if I can get some CA$H!  The weirdest thing on the website is the fact that Russel Oliver will buy your gold teeth . . . .