Kitty gets another haircut

This video shows Amanda's talking cat, Kitty, going for a shave in Dartmouth. The raw footage was shot nearly a year ago, but I just got around to cutting it up.



In other news, Amanda's Kitty is sick right now. She has an affinity for eating my cat's weight-loss food, then barfing it up.

Problem is, she's part persian and has a smooshed-up face, and this time I think she puked into her sinuses and irritated herself to the point of infection. We're all pulling through for a quick recovery.

We're also pulling for Scott's Kitty to shut the hell up and quit eating so much weight-loss food that she's puffing up like a frickin' raccoon.

I did something else athletic (x2)

Hot on the heels of taking part in the 5k run/walk at the Blue Nose Marathon ...

Amanda and I joined the company baseball team. The Rogers Rebels opened the media league's slob-ball season with a valiant effort in a 24-2 loss versus Team XXXtreme, then lost 17-3 against CTV. What the hell -- it's our first season as a team. I'm proud to say I actually hit the ball once. Someone caught it, but it's still a victory in my eyes. Baseball runs Sunday mornings at 9am in Dartmouth. Yes, that is early.

Then on Monday I had my first belt test at taekwondo. I passed! I'm now a yellow stripe. I had to demonstrate three kinds of kicks, two kinds of punches, two blocks, count to ten in Korean, and do some other stuff. Aside from the medal I got for simply finishing the run/walk, this is the first athletic honour I've earned.

And for those who've been waiting on the video to accompany my X-Weighted tribute series, Big Ass Superstar: Un-Weighted, the wait shouldn't be much longer. I have a draft edit finished, and I'm waiting on some outside work on the before/after photos so I can do a proper version of the dramatic morph at the end. I really wish I'd shot more footage throughout the process, as the show really boils down to me being fat and measured, me walking a few places, and me morphing. Ah well, it was a neat idea.

Mission Accomplished: Bodygroom arrives in Canada

After a year of campaigning on this blog and pleading on customer service phone lines, results are in. Philips has listened. One of their PR-folk has emailed me the following release:


LOOK BETTER NAKED
PHILIPS LAUNCHES BODYGROOM -- OFFERING CANADIAN MEN A MORE CONVENIENT WAY TO TRIM AND SHAVE BELOW THE NECK

TORONTO (Ontario) -- May 22, 2007 -- To help Canadian men maintain a cleaner look and feel, Philips introduces its latest innovation in male grooming complete with an online how-to guide at http://www.philips.ca/c/body-groomers/294285/cat/en/ to help men tend their woolly coats. Just in time for Spring, guys can trim their fur line with the Philips Bodygroom -- an all-in-one body hair groomer for hair removal everywhere below the chin...including those sensitive spots below the belt.

This ultimate manscaping tool offers a better solution than current methods -- Philips Bodygroom is less painful and less expensive over time than waxing; and more precise with fewer nicks and cuts than scissors or blades. With a product this easy and convenient to use, men no longer have an excuse not to look better naked and feel their absolute best.

"Men are becoming increasingly conscious of their body image and until now have resorted to painful or inconvenient hair removal methods to maintain their appearance," says John Nicholls, Marketing Manager of Domestic Appliances and Personal Care, Philips Canada. "With Philips Bodygroom, there is finally an affordable all-in-one solution for Canadian guys to trim and shave unwanted body hair in the comfort of their home."

With warmer months ahead, Philips Bodygroom is an ideal tool for shearing overgrown pelts to show off hard-earned pecs for a beach-ready body and an asset to men who play sports where body hair slows down their game. While keeping a well-groomed body is aesthetically pleasing, it is also essential for hygiene and comfort. Trimming or shaving body hair removes trapped bacteria causing body odour and allows deodorants and sprays to come into direct contact with the skin, leaving the body looking good and feeling fresh. Philips Bodygroom is safe for all body zones including the chest and stomach, back and shoulders, underarms and groin area.

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Philips Bodygroom is an easy-to-use body hair groomer designed specifically for men,that effortlessly removes unwanted body hair with the following features:
  • three interchangeable attachment combs allow easy trimming
    of various hair lengths
  • hypoallergenic shaving foil prevents irritation on sensitive skin
    and delicate body parts
  • ergonomic shape also allows easy access to hard-to-reach areas and
    can safely remove hair in all directions
  • 100 per cent waterproof making it safe for use in the shower or even the bathtub
To help educate men on the benefits of a well-groomed body, Philips has launched http://www.philips.ca/c/body-groomers/294285/cat/en/. Log on for a virtual product demonstration and other useful male grooming tips. Beginning in May 2007, Philips Bodygroom is available nationwide at retailers in-store and online for a suggested retail price of $59.99. Please visit www.shaveeverywhere.ca for information on where to buy.
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Thanks to everyone who called Philips at the numbers provided in earlier blog posts. And thanks to Shannon for getting me one of these dealies for Christmas. It works great.

To the spoiled under-30 crowd

Thanks to Sandra for forwarding this little ha-ha. I've found a few other versions circulating on the net since early 2003. I've added bits from those in italics, and my own comments [in brackets].


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THE SPOILED UNDER-30 CROWD!!!


If you are 30 or older you will think this is hilarious!!!!


When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; whatwith walking twenty-five miles to school every morning ... uphill BOTH ways through year 'round blizzards carrying their younger siblings on their backs to their one-room schoolhouse where they maintained a straight-A average despite their full-time after-school job at the local textile mill where they worked for 35 cents an hour just to help keep their family from starving to death.


And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it! But now that... I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!


And I hate to say it but you kids today you don't know how good you've got it! I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have The Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!


There was no email! ! We had to actually write somebody a letter ...with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!


There were no MP3's or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and shoplift it yourself! Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ'd usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!

We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it! And we didn't have fancy Caller ID Boxes either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, a collections agent, you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister! [And there was only one phone in the house -- and it was in the kitchen, wired to the wall. And you had to dial by putting your fingertip in a hole and rotating a wheel, leading to blisters and pain any time you wanted to win tickets from a radio station contest.]


We didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like"Space Invaders" and "asteroids" and the graphics sucked ass! Your guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen forever! They didn't have any "How to Win at ..." books -- if they did, "How to Win at Space Invaders" would be one line long -- "Don't get shot." And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!


When you went to the movie theater there no such thing as stadium seating! All the seats were the same height! If a tall guy or some old broad with a hat sat in front of you and you couldn't see, you were just screwed!


Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 15 channels and there was no onscreen menu and no remote control! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! And 98% of us still had to use one of those God-awful, frustrating antennas that you would bend and twist into every conceivable configuration AND wrap the ends with aluminum foil and still not get a clear picture! And UHF!!! Need I say more?!?!?! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel and there was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-bastards!


And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up we had to use the stove or go build a frigging fire ... imagine that! If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid Jiffy Pop thing and shake it over the stove forever like an idiot. [To be honest, we did have microwaves -- but they were huge and unpredictable, and microwave-ready food tasted uniformly like heated cardboard.]


That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled. You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980!


Regards, The over 30 Crowd


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This piece could use some updating with complaints of PVRs vs. DVD vs. VCRs, cell phones and text messaging, digital cameras vs. film, and probably more.

I did something athletic


I've never won a medal, award, or trophy for doing anything athletic. But I got one this weekend at the end of the 5k run/walk at the Blue Nose International Marathon.

I got up early on Sunday morning to run/walk in the drizzle/rain. And I surprised myself with how well I did. I figured I'd be walking the whole thing, with maybe a little sprint at the end. But I ended up running a lot more than I thought I was capable of.

And, aside from some muscle pain, I feel just fine afterward.

Many thanks to Amanda for coming out to support me and cheer me on. I think I even surprised her!

Stats-wise, I finished 397th out of 548 participants, with a time of 38:55.9.

10k next year?

Vintage CFTR video

Posted by Craig M. Smith at SOWNY via Steve Gregory through Google Video ... three videos from Toronto's 680 CFTR-AM in the 1980s. This is the station I grew up listening to and emulating with my tape recorder as a kid. Eventually, I worked there, after the station became All News Radio 680News.

What a trip to see the first place I worked, looking not much different from the time I started working there. What a thrill to see the people I grew up listening to! What a hoot to see how much can be accomplished by talented people enjoying their work. What an joy to see that a bank of old-school cart decks and some microphones can make such wonderful radio.

Video of Mike Cooper, Tom Rivers and Steve Gregory brodcasting:
Steve: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHfKHftCed0&feature=gv&hl=en-CA
Mike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7_kL46c6Yk&feature=gv&hl=en-CA
Tom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBazDpptQYA&feature=gv

Today was my last day at work, and I'm okay with that

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