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Decorations, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

Another part of the decor in the Winter City lodge/club at Nathan Philips square.

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February 27, 2009 at 4:26 am

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It's the first time I've bought drink tickets from senior citizens at a club...
Snowflake, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

This was part of the decor at the Winter City Lodge at Nathan Phillips Square.

They made the lodge into a dance club complete with bouncers with a velvet rope. They made us line up for a while outside even though there’s plenty of room inside. Too funny.

Also funny is this list of creation science friendly science fair topics.

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February 26, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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Fake Pleather

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Wearing fake pleather makes you an instant rock star...
Fake Pleather, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

A shot of Tonya’s fake pleather jacket. More things should be made out of fake pleather.

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February 25, 2009 at 2:44 pm

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Detroit Eatery

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I don't really like hockey...but this place was still worth the visit.
Detroit Eatery, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

In our quest to discover new and wonderful breakfast spots, Tonya found the Detroit Eatery on the Danforth. A restaurant covered with Redwings paraphernalia. It was good but not as good a People’s Foods.

You can see our reflection in the door if you look closely.

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February 24, 2009 at 4:49 pm

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It’s been a month since Obama was sworn in. The hype seems to be holding steady.


What are the chances the store rearranged their shelf so that they could be next to each other?

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February 21, 2009 at 12:45 am

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Poor Bike

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Poor Bike, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

This makes me sad. This bike looks unloved.

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February 20, 2009 at 2:54 pm

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Ugly Handel (sic.)

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Ugly Handel (sic.), originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

Like I said…the entertainment value at Active Surplus is half the fun.

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February 19, 2009 at 3:48 pm

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Gottago, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

Active Surplus. Go there. The entertainment value alone makes the trip worthwhile. Not to mention the portable disposable toilets for 99 cents! How can you beat that?!.

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February 18, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Posted in Active Surplus, toilet

Woolwich is Hockeyville

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While in St. Jacobs over this past weekend for Tonya’s Grandma’s 83rd birthday, we discovered that Woolwich is running for the title of Hockeyville 2009 (St. Jacobs is part of Woolwich township). It turns out that they’ve made it into the top 5!

The list of known contenders to date are:

Spot 1: Terrace, BC
Spot 2: Harbour Grace, NFLD
Spot 3: Woolwich, ON
Spot 4: Humboldt, SK
Spot 5: Announced February 21, during Hockey Night in Canada

See for an intro to each finalist town.

The best display

In support of their town, many residents have put up hockey-related displays in their yards. This was one of the best in my opinion.

In 11 days, (Feb 28th I think) voting begins for Hockeyville 2009.

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February 18, 2009 at 1:02 am

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Packed Car, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

An excellent example of carbage. Found on St. George street near Dupont. I’m not sure if you get a full sense of it, but there’s barely enough room in the car for the driver to sit.

I wonder if the driver has plans for valentine’s day. S/he’d better clean up that passenger seat quickly if so.

Tonya and I are against this upcoming artificial industry created holiday. However, it’s turning out to be hard to ignore. It’s obviously difficult to hang out with couples as most have their own plans. But singles are having their own parties where we don’t fit either. Stupid holiday.

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February 13, 2009 at 6:59 pm

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Bike Tricks

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Bike Tricks, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

There were three bikers at Nathan Philips Square last weekend demonstrating bike tricks. We didn’t notice they don’t have seats on their bikes until they mentioned it.

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February 13, 2009 at 1:53 pm

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Food Challenge

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Sushi Timelapse (x4), originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

Dale takes on a food challenge. He is to eat the same amount of sushi as Tonya and I eat combined. Dale weighs ~120lbs soaking wet.

The plate closest to the camera is Dale’s…Tonya and I are eating off the far plate. Here is a timelapse of the fateful meal.

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February 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Posted in food, Sushi

Happy New Year

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Better late than never…

I have a camera taking a picture every 15 minutes from Tonya’s apartment. This is the series of pictures from New Year’s Day 2009 from midnight to midnight (96 pictures). This is my first attempt at stitching them all together.

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February 11, 2009 at 12:06 am

Cheap Seats

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Kevin Smith invites some of the audience in the cheap seats to come sit on stage. Kevin Smith and Jason Mews (Jay and Silent Bob) put on a great show on Friday. Coincidentally, we ran into Jason Mews and his wife at Young and Dundas square on Saturday. We were big nerds and decided to go up to them to thank them for the great performance. I love how Kevin and Jason are the opposite of their Jay and Silent Bob characters. Kevin does most of the talking and Jason is the quiet one.

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February 10, 2009 at 3:02 pm

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CN Tower on the WSIB building, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

I dropped off our WSIB grant proposal 40 minutes before the deadline earlier today. I noticed the CN Tower was reflected on the WSIB building at 200 Front Street West.

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February 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm

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Willie and I, originally uploaded by tilak.dutta.

We love you even though you gave us more winter.

Photo by T. Martin

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February 2, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Posted in Groundhog Day