Monthly Archives: April 2010

Swaping Crazy Bus Stories

Last night I joined my husband and a friend of his at the Royal Oak.  After discussing various topics, we started to share some of our more outrageous tales of riding on the OC Transpo, since three of us are regular bus patrons. His friend-I’ll call him Ed-Since he is from Edmonton,  Alberta, had some interesting tales of his experiences with Ottawa’s  only method of public transit.  Here are some exerpts from the conversation*:

Ed: “I was on the number 2 bus, which is usually..interesting, when this woman got on with a stroller. She sat at the front of the bus and her baby started to cry. She tried to calm him down but he kept screaming non-stop. Everyone else on the bus is trying to ignore the noise and not give the woman a hard time. But there is this guy sitting near her who keeps glaring at the screaming baby. ”

Me: “O.k.”

Ed: “Finally, he gets up and says to her: ‘Ma’am, I think your baby is possessed by the Devil and I must exorcise him’.

Me: “Seriously?”

Ed: “Yes, so he puts his hands on the baby’s forehead and starts chanting and demanding the demon leave this poor child. Meanwhile the woman is pulling the exit cord, like ‘ding, ding, ding. let me off NOW!’

Me: “Hahah, that’s awesome”

Ed: “It was the craziest thing I have ever witnessed on that bus”

Me: “Somebody once told me that two women got into fisticuffs on the 95 or something over a bus seat. One of them had her bag on the seat next to her, so no-one could sit down. The other woman got annoyed at this and said: ‘Did you bag pay to ride the bus too?’

Ed: “Ooooo”

Me: “Well this caused the woman sitting down to fly into a rage and they got into a huge brawl, while everyone else ran to the back to get away from them. One of the women, pulled the others sweater over her head, like they do in hockey games. These were middle-aged, yuppies who live in the suburbs.”

Ed: “You never expect women like that to get into that kind of confrontation.”

Me: “Nope, but it looks like they do” (Or at least when it comes to life and death stuff like a bus seat. LOL).

Hubby: “I once saw a woman get on the bus and she asked for a transfer even though she had a bus pass. Well she took the bus pass, licked it and stuck in this binder that had hundreds of other passes. ”

Ed and me thinking ‘WTH?’

Me: “There’s this guy who rides on the 101 with me. He has these oversized headphones on and his music literally blares from them, so everyone can hear. The worst part is he listens to shitty music like Nickleback, so its 45-minutes of crap that no one can tune out.  I also listen to music, but I keep it nowhere near that loud, but when he sits next to me, everyone keeps turning around and giving me dirty looks, like I’m too blame for the cheesy cock rock. Nobody says anything to him though because he looks like a football player-He’s bald, with huge muscles and is 6’5 or something.”

Ed: “Man! I can’t wait until I get a car”

Me: *Laughs* “Yeah at least with a car you don’t have to sit next to the jerks and weirdos, you just hear them honk their horns”

How about you guys? Any crazy bus stories you would like to share?

*Ed gave his permission to be quoted on this site, as did Hubby*

Picture: http://metrodeviation.com/2009/02/03/oc-perks-kinda-ironic/

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“Starry Starry Night”…

Last weekend I watched the 1956 movie “Lust for Life” and loved it! This  film is about the life and work of the artist Vincent Van Gogh (played by Kirk Douglas) and his many struggles. There aren’t too many movies that I connect with on a deeply personal level, but I felt a deep kinship with Van Gogh’s passion for immersing oneself in painting and drawing.  I also admired his sheer dedication, which was reflected in the film-He sat outside and painted all the time, rain or shine and even attempted to paint during the terrible gales that would send his materials flying! Van Gogh was plagued by anxiety, depression and severe self doubt and was considered strange by others, but he followed his heart and to me, that made him a very courageous and beautiful person.

If you still haven’t seen this movie, rent it! You won’t regret it! Now for some of my favorite Van Gogh paintings:

Starry Night (naturally!)

Blossoming Almond Tree

Skull with Burning Cigarette:

All pictures from: Vincent Van Gogh Gallery-http://www.vggallery.com/

Final Words on Sex Ed Program…with some Comedy!

So the fundamentalist Christians and Muslims got their way and McGinty backed down and Ontario is going back to the tired old sex ed program that teaches kids NADA!! How do I know it teaches squat? Well, I was a student of that program and I spent that time staring at medical drawings and watching “Degrassi Junior High” kids interview 80s Toronto teens on “What they think of sex”.

Pathetic, I know. I didn’t learn about condoms, birth control, clinics, menstruation, different orientations, nothing that could be remotely useful. 

And they’re going back to that! Congrats jerks, you have done a great disservice to children all over Ontario!

To make one last point on the subject, I am posting a video of then comic-genius, Bill Hicks. The video is a bit dated and he is talking about the States, but it pretty much still holds true nowadays and in many countries. (Sadly)

Replace “pornography” with “sex education” (though there are idiots out there who confuse the two) and he sums up many of the points in my last post brilliantly, as well as makes another point which wasn’t included. (Just turn it down a notch if you’re at work):

Better Sex Education Shot Down!

There is a controversy over the new sexual education program in Ontario,  Canada. Apparently, honesty and reality “offends” certain people (ie. People with their heads up their asses) Religious and conservative people are planning to boycott the changes to the curriculum by pulling their kids out of school on May 10.

According to one article: “The revised curriculum, which will be implemented in Ontario schools beginning in the fall, will see Grade 3 students being taught about gender identity and sexual orientation. This is the first time this topic has been specified in the sex education curriculum.”

Further: “Students in Grade 6 will learn about masturbation and wet dreams while those in Grade 7 will be taught about oral and anal sex.  Further, the curriculum covers a variety of topics, including emotional and physical health, along with a focus on “the uniqueness of the individual.”

Pardon my language, but are you fucking kidding me? In the age of AIDS, teen pregnancy, STDS and Maury Pauvich, some idiots are seriously are going to try and prevent their kids from learning about sex? Hard to believe in this country and in this day and age, this kind of asshatery still exists!

Here are some newsflashes I’d like to make to these morons:

-If kids aren’t provided with a frank discussion on sexuality, they’re going to ‘experiment’ and go to their friends for “advice”. Trust me, honesty is better! Oh and to that idiot Rev.Malcolm who complains that we should wait until high school to teach them about the birds and bees-Kids are developing at a younger age and need to know the truth as soon as their bodies start to mature. I knew girls in grade 7 and 8 who were in sexual relationships. Scary? Yes! Gross? Abso-frickin’-lutely! But that’s reality!

-There are different sexual orientations, whether you like it or not-There are and will continue to be: Men who love men, women who love women, people who love both and individuals who feel trapped in the wrong body. Also-Don’t confuse your “God” as hating gays, when its clearly you’re the one who feels threatened by difference.

-Condoms and birth control pills need to be readily available and explained to children 12-18, because they are having sex. (again whether you like it or not!)

-Oh and the whole “But if they know about sex, they’re going to go off and screw like bunnies immediately afterwards” argument really pisses me off! Sex is everywhere-Movies, music, videogames, magazines. We are constantly inundated! The only thing an honest sex education will do, is hopefully is lead children to make better choices!

-Girls and boys need to learn that the ‘changes’ they’re experiencing are normal. Plus-Girls need to learn about maxi pads and tampons, to avoid any possible accidents!

-Furthermore, girls need to be taught self confidence and self defense, so that they are educated on sex and their bodies, but also have the right to say no to actually having sex until they are ready!

Grow up and smarten up people! We live in a secular society (Thankfully!) and just because you don’t want your kids learning the truth, it doesn’t mean others also want to hide their childrens eyes!

Picture: http://ablogofourown.wordpress.com/2009/05/01/abstinence-only-sex-ed-is-not-the-answer/

Blog award

Meanie has nominated me for a blogger award. Yay! Thanks Meanie!:) Here are the “official” rules: “So, because we are adults, the award comes with rules. These are cool rules though because it is to encourage us bloggers to continue spreading the smiles and to get to know each other better in the process. Here they are:

1. You must thank the person who has given you the award.

2. Copy the award logo and place it on your blog.

3. Link the person who has nominated you for the award.

4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.

5. Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.

6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.

7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated.”

Admittedly, it’s difficult for me to pick only seven bloggers, because there are so many great writers out there, but here it goes:

1-Marie’s Blog Café : Marie writes about coffee,  feminist issues, traveling and her family. Despite the serious political discussions, Marie also has a great sense of humor and writes about lighter fare as well.

2-Punch it In-Adventurous Kate dishes on her personal experiences from the point of view of a young, woman living in the ‘burbs of Chicago. It constantly amazes me how much I have in common with Kate and can relate to her feelings and experiences.

3-Quack Attack-World according to one cool Vancouverite who used to live in Ottawa. I met her last summer and she gave us a mini-tour of one section of Vancouver.

4-Pinklea-Another cool Vancouver chick. (Who I also met in person!)  Pinklea writes about her experiences being a school teacher and various other subjects, like home reno and getting back into shape. (She’s doing a hell of a lot better than I am! LOL)

And from a more ‘male’ point of view…

5-Funny in Shadows-Humorous musings from one of my favorite blogger misanthropes (The author also has an excellent creative writing blog-Dissassemble the Universe)

6-Art, Movies and Whatnot-One of my new favs. Artman is a very talented artist, who also appreciates classic movies.

7-Blurt-Omawarisan satirizes the best (and worst) of today’s society.

Honorable mentions include: ), Life is not a Movie, Hella Stella, XUP, Get off my Lawn, Live it Love it, A Jersey Kid….O.k. I’ll stop! (See how hard it is for me to just pick seven!)

7 Things about Me:

1. I love animals and the environment and try and do my part to respect and preserve both. 🙂

2. I keep having this dream where I am enrolled in two university science courses and its exam time and I have yet to study. Why? Anyone else have this dream?

3. There are a lot of “female” things that I hate/don’t understand-ie. Panty hose, chick flicks (If I see one more crapfest involving two people who initially hate each other but then fall in luuuv, I am going to scream!) most musicals (No one should be that happy), trend-watching, the obsession with certain cardboard/pretty boy male actors (McSteamy? Really? Meh!) Oprah, soap operas, babies and all baby-related merchandise, etc.

4. I’m a vegetarian but get tired of the somewhat limited food options and unprovoked criticism from certain hypocritical idiotic carnivores. Makes me wonder: I haven’t said anything to them about eating meat, so why are they criticizing me for not eating it? Don’t they always bitch about obnoxious extreme animal rights activists telling us how to live and yet they turn around and do the same thing? I don’t care what people eat, as long as they don’t plan on eating endangered species or serving me with a nice Chianti!

5. I used to do Jujutsu and it was the hardest thing (physically and mentally) that I’ve ever done. Serious torture on some days. But oddly enough, sometimes I miss it terribly and wish I could get my black belt. (Farthest I got was blue belt with two stripes)

6. I am not, nor will I ever be, a morning person. Need coffee to act human!

7. I am very curious and slightly morbid, with a fairly dry sense of humor and I can only stand to talk about boring bullsquat for so long.  I love talking about all sorts of weird and crazy topics!

New painting!

After much tweaking and worrying, I finished this latest painting (Click to enlarge):

It didn’t photograph very well, but its basically a full moon over a lake.  The trees are skinny and the sky isn’t perfect, but I’ve been working on this for too long and want to start on something else. So there you have it. 🙂


Happy Weekend!

I haven’t slept much this week. I’ve been going to bed too late and waking up too early. I hope that I can get more sleep this weekend. But if not, then I am determined to still be constructive and make further headway on creative projects. (As well as less fun stuff like changing my tires, cleaning the house and finally doing my taxes)  Its so freakin’ cold and rainy out right now, though, which makes it hard to want to do much of anything. Spring-Where the hell are you?

Anyways, here is a video that’s creatively inspiring. I’m not the biggest Incubus fan, but I love the video and the song is very positive and catchy! (Plus, you gotta love the “FOXY GRANDMA” shirt he’s wearing, well during those scenes where he’s actually wearing a shirt.)

 Happy weekend!