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2018/10/22

Well today is Municipal Election day in Ontario and I finally for the first time voted in a Municipal Election. Usually I just vote in the Provincial or Federal Elections. Now that I’m a senior and live in subsidized housing I have taken an interest in what is happening in the town and region. Another thing that made me start taking interest is the fact that my son-in-law works for the region. So, shortly after the polls close at 8:00pm the results will start coming in. I voted for all new people except one. I noticed that the ballots were not the old paper fold up type but a paper sheet on which you marked your choices and handed them to a person standing behind some kind of electronic device that pulled the sheet inside it. I assume it automatically tabulates the ballot.

2018/10/23
The results are in and Burlington has a new mayor Marianne Mead Ward and best of all Duffus Dennison councillor for Ward 4 got booted out and replaced by Shawna Stolte and Gary Carr remains Halton Region Chairman. All in all, damn good results. I met Dennison last year at a meeting to discuss speed bumps on our street because it is a 500 metre drag strip and after a few seconds I realized that he was, to put it mildly, a DUFFUS who had to go.
Just got in from my appointment with my Cardiologist. I’m going to live for awhile longer which is nice to know. She was quite pleased with my test results. When I heard my heart beating it reminded me of the old plunger type washing machine my Mom had, WHOOOS, WHOOOS, weird.
2018/10/24
Found out this morning that the woman tenant, who has been my nemesis for five years over where I park my Scooter, is moving out in 9 days. No more being blocked in or having to argue with her to get her to move her med-chair.
2018/10/25

It is now 2:30 Thursday afternoon and this day is shot. I haven’t done a damn thing except tidy up and sorting through a bunch of junk to get rid off. Most boring. Hope tomorrow bodes well as the start of cabin fever season is still over a month away. Tomorrow is food bank day in the building, hope they have some decent stuff for a change as lately what they have been handing out is mostly “Rabbit Food” (veggies).
2018/10/26

I went down to the food bank and the only things that appealed to me were the potatoes and I got halt a pineapple. I love pineapple. Well that it for this mundane ramble. Let’s hope I can find something exciting for the next one.

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MY RETURN

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2018/10/4
It has been some time since I have written anything under this heading. Mainly because I went through a period of which I felt myself somewhat superior to my fellow residence and couldn’t be bothered to get involved in what I considered petty and mundane gripes and complaints. I found myself not suffering fools gladly for I believed them and their ideas to be stupid. It wasn’t until I had an argument with an acquaintance that I realized what had happened and thankfully snap myself out of that attitude. So with the dumping of that extraneous baggage I have returned in an attempt to getting more involved in the happenings around our little community of Longmoor.
Today at 1:30pm there was a meeting with representatives from Halton Housing in the Common Room which I attended. It is the first meeting with our new Tenant Services Advisor (Property Manager) who I will refer to as A. “A” isn’t exactly new as he was property manager shortly after I moved in. He left to run for the N.D.P. in Burlington. He lost so now he is back at his old job. The meeting lasted 2 hours and it was very informative and thought provoking. It was a relief to have someone who is in charge, in charge. A gave the impress that he was a straight talking no nonsenses person who was going to do his damndest to get things done within the confines of his authority. Like all civil servants he has higher authorities he must answer to. Our last TSA (see above) P. was a nice enough chap but seemed to lack the fire that is sometimes needed in that type of position. He and his assistant An. Have moved on to another building in Oakville. I forgot to mention that A. has an assistant Also, N. who seemed to be a nice young woman.
As I said the meeting was very informative and above all didn’t turn into the proverbial “Bitch Session” although there is always one who seems to think they know more than those in charge. Ours is named J. who is the epitome of everything that is bad when one thinks of “Blue Collar Workers”. About three quarters of the way through the meeting he started harping on a subject that had been discussed about 10 mins. before and when A suggested that id he had a complaint put it in writing. With that, J. got into a huff and left which by the way was appreciated by some of the people in attendance including yours truly.
The next meeting will be held just before Christmas and hopefully there will be some progress to be reported. In the mean while I will pay closer attention as to the happenings around the building and if of interest will write about them. Before I close I must admit that I was tempted to turn this into a personal bitch about a disagreement with H.C.H.C. and how I was treated but this is not the time nor the place.

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2018/09/4
On Friday the 31st of August I reserved the Common Room for a group of us to have a pot luck dinner on Labour Day from 4:00 to 8:00pm. It was an enjoyable get together but for the intrusion of an uninvited individual who twice tried to barge in. This tenant should not be in our building, which is independent living, but in a place where there is staff to look after her as she has mental problems. From day one, a month ago, she has been a problem with knocking on other tenants’ doors asking for food or coffee. She has argued with bus drivers and even stood in the middle of the road stopping traffic to ask for a ride.
The doors to the Common Room use to lock but for some reason the locks were removed. Now it’s a worry if the room is booked for a private occasion.
2018/09/5
I love the Pipes and today for the first time I listened to a song by Isla St. Clair, entitled “When The Pipers Play” well if you’re a true Scotsman like I am it will bring a tear to your eye. The “Flowers of Scotland” and now “When Pipers Play” both tug at my heart strings as they are songs of Scotland’s Freedom which was stolen from us in 1707 with the “Act of Union”.
2018/09/06
Two of my friends and I go out to dinner every now and then and last evening we went to “Eastside Mario’s” and we shan’t be going back as it was not very good. “D” had spaghetti and meatballs and said that the meatballs tasted like they had been frozen and then undercooked. “B” and myself had lemon shrimp on spaghettini with a Bolognese sauce which might have been tastier if everything hadn’t been smothered in olive oil.
Just had a phone call from Halton Housing approving my request to transfer down to the first floor. I am hoping that I get a certain apartment which has an extended patio that I can keep my scooter on. Now comes the hard part packing everything up, moving two floors down and unpacking and setting up. If I get 104 there will be no more arguments with a certain tenant over the concrete pad that was allocated as my parking spot and no more contractors blocking me in. Which will be a big relief.
2018/09/07
I listened to Obama’s mid-term speech at the U. of Illinois today. It is a shame that the Americans limit the number of terms a person can run for President. If Obama had been allowed a 3rd term the world wouldn’t have to listen to or look at the Orange-hair Troglodyte that occupies the White House now. If one ever needed evidence of American political corruption and malfeasance one need look no further than Trump the whiner.
2018/09/09
Here it is Sunday already and the start of another week and what’s in store is your guess as well as mine. I think the 3 of us are going on a site seeing tour around Hamilton Harbour but I don’t know what day. More than likely Wednesday, but who knows as minds are changed all the time.

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2018/08/19
Seventy- Six years ago today 19 August 1942 the Dieppe Raid took place. Four thousand nine hundred and sixty-three Canadians took part in the assault on the French Fishing Port of Dieppe. The raid was a disaster from which two thousand eight hundred and fifty-three Canadians returned. Nine hundred and seven were killed, two thousand four hundred and sixty wounded and one thousand nine hundred and forty-six captured. Of the four thousand nine hundred and sixty- three, two thousand eight hundred and fifty- three returned. The raid was botched from the time of its’ conception being cancelled once and then hastily revived. Dieppe is the greatest disaster in Canadian Military History. To-day at the Dieppe Veterans Memorial Park on Beach Road in Hamilton there will be a Remembrance Ceremony. There is only one participant in the raid left and he lives in British Columbia. He won’t be at the ceremony as his health is failing. He is 92 years old. LEST WE FORGET.

2018/08/20

I am at present in a dispute with the Landlord over their refusal to let me transfer from the top floor to the 1st floor where the hallways are much cooler. I have a few medical problems and on days where the Humidex is in the plus thirties I have difficulty breathing as I walk to the elevator. I keep the temperature in my apartment at 70 degrees and I find it quite comfortable, mainly though I can breathe. I sent in the request for transfer accompanied by letters from my family doctor and my Lung Specialist, stating my medical problems and they didn’t seem to work. I am now in the process of getting a, letter from my Cardiologist to add to the request and see if that makes a difference. I was informed by the Landlord that they did not allow in-building transfers but in the 5 years I have lived here I know of 5 such transfers being allowed. The letter I received stated that my request was refused and that the decision was FINAL. Don’t say that to me as the only thing that is final is Death. If I am refused again I am quite will to take this all the way to the Regional Chairman and beyond. I’ve been feeling bored of late now I have something to occupy me.
2018/08/21
Three of us went out to dinner yesterday. We went to a small restaurant in a strip plaza just off Brant street. This restaurant makes the best Liver & Onions in town, perhaps the province. I don’t know how the cook does it but the liver is cooked to absolute perfection and the service is excellent. Stopped at Tim Hortons to get a donut for desert. Sugar count went through the roof but it is not often that I have donuts or desert for that matter. In all it was a good evening with good friends and a break from Fish and Chips.

2018/08/22

Things are kinda hoppin’ in Yankee land. Two of Trumps former cohorts are in deep doodoo with one convicted on eights counts of fraud and evading taxes and the other striking a plea bargain by pleading guilty to violating voter financing laws amongst other charges. Trumps’ former lawyer Michael Cohen implicated him in that Cohen stated that he was directed and coordinated by an individual running for a high Federal office. Is this the beginning of the end for the orange-haired troglodyte? (Let’s hope so).

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2018/08/10

Fridays have become a sort of ritual with our excursions for Fish and Chips. Last night we were off to Hamilton to a place we had been to before, (no Names). The Haddock was excellent but the chips were not the best. They also serve deep fried breaded mushrooms which were alright but no as good as the ones we have at another restaurant. The service was great and our server was courteous and cheerful. This was our third trip to this restaurant and this time it seemed that it had slid a bit downhill. As usual on the way home we stopped at our favourite ice cream place and it was two Butterscotch and Black Cherry cups. What this place calls a single scoop is about three scoops anywhere else. It is excellent ice cream.

2018/08 /12
This afternoon at 2:00 there is entertainment being put on in the Common Room. This time it is, believe it or not, our mailman who seemingly plays the guitar and sings. I’ll go and check it out but the first sound of Country and Western and I’m out of there. Can’t stand C & W. Anyway I’ll continue this when I come back.
I’m back. The entertainment started at 2:00 and ran through until 4:00. An intermission was called at 3:00 and I left. The singer was not that good and most of the songs he sung, myself and others had never heard. I think he wrote them himself. Any how as I said he wasn’t that good and I left. Waste of $5.00 as far as I am concerned. A few of my friends will have some caustic remarks that I left but I was not enjoying it and that is all there is to it. We have had other entertainment in the building and they have been really terrific but I’m afraid our Mailman wasn’t in their league.
2018/08/13
The more I watch or read the news the more my disgust, contempt and distrust of the Americans, especially their political system, rises. Trumps tweets and statements are so riddled with lies that I doubt that anyone in the White House or the Republican Party can distinguish what is true anymore. Trumps’ habitual lying seems to have become contagious as all who work with him have fallen into the quagmire that perpetually surrounds him. I get the feeling that Trump is desperately trying to prove Pres. Lincoln wrong. You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln, (attributed)
16th president of US (1809 – 1865)
He is attempting to “fool all of the people all of the time”. He is definitely fooling some of, them people all, of the time with the aid of his cohorts at Fox News. They seem to be applying the axiom “Divide and Conquer” and the lower stratus of American society is swallowing it “hook, line, and sinker”.

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IS TRUMP THE PRECURSOR TO BIG BROTHER?

IS TRUMP THE PRECURSOR TO BIG
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2018/08/04

Is it possible that George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” is slowly becoming a reality? A few days ago in “Ramblings 2018 (13) I spoke of Trump setting up his own “Ministry of Truth” and introducing “Newspeak”. This was my conclusion after reading that at a rally in Kansas City he told the audience “Stick with us. Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news. … What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” This is about as close to Orwellian as you can get.
It is almost incomprehensible how Trump praises the dictators of the world and reviles his friends and allies. That is until you look at it from the point that Trump is enthralled by so called strong leaders, men who subjugate and terrorize their own people. Mayhaps it is the bully within screaming to get out and run wild. Trump lacks humanity or empathy, people mean nothing to him.
His latest proclamation is his threat to shut the government down if he doesn’t get the money to build his version of the “Berlin Wall” across the border with Mexico. This is not a president it is a spoiled brat who, when he cannot get his way resorts to childish threats.
Donald J. Trump is a master of the chaotic he seems to thrive on creating dissention and ambiguity with the right hand not knowing what the left is doing. It is established that he tries to run the country like one of his businesses where he allows no disagreement and considers himself to be the greatest deal maker ever created. His Hubris knows no bounds.
Because Trumps’ supporters think that he and only he speaks the truth they are harassing and threatening media reporters at his rallies the Ministry of Truth is slowly gaining ground. Trump is laying the ground work and “1984” might be “2024” or sooner. It is well established that Trump is an invertebrate liar who has difficulty distinguishing fake from real. His rampage against the “News Media” is indicative of a would be pompous “Tin Pot Dictator” who cannot accept criticism in any form what so ever. He is the little boy who when things don’t go his way picks up his marbles and goes home.

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2018/07/23
Woke up this morning to the news of a mass shooting in Toronto, 3 dead including a 10-year- old girl and 13 injured. The dead include the shooter who died from gun shot wounds and the S.I.U. (Special Investigating Unit) is investigating to see if there was any Police wrong doing. Why? The shooter got what he deserved. This latest shooting happened at Logan and Danforth in Toronto’s Greek Town. Roughly 20 years ago my youngest daughter lived on the Danforth just east of Logan and it was and is a great place to live in Toronto. Don’t know what is happening in the country as gun violence is escalating and it looks like we are trying to emulate our gun happy cousins to the south where most of the hand guns used in shootings are smuggled in from. The shooter has been identified as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain who according to a statement put out by his family suffered from severe mental problems.

2018/07/24
Had a very interesting lunch today. I was invited to lunch at the Mandarin by a Chinese chap named Sen who lives in the building. He is from Shanghai and came to Canada in 1986. He plays the accordion and though I have not heard him I am told he is very good. We had some interesting conversations about places we have been. He would like to go to Scandinavia and I would like to go to China. He is a most interesting man.
2018/07/25
I read in the Huffington Post this morning that the “Orange-Haired Troglodyte” told an audience at a rally in Kansas basically “that every thing the see and hear or read is a lie”, to me that really smells “Orwellian 1984”. It is almost as if the Trog is trying to set up his own: Ministry of Truth” and introduce “Newspeak” where the truth is a lie and a lie is the truth.
The Mayor of Toronto has come forward with the sensible request of both the Provincial and Federal Governments that all Handguns be banned if not in the country at least in the city after the latest shooting spree on the Danforth. Kudos to Mayor Tory. There is absolutely no need for citizens to own handgun. We are not living in the late 19th century and this is not the U.S.

2018/07/26

This being Thursday my P.S.W. (Personal Support Worker) comes to help clean my apartment and other odd jobs around here. This morning we took my old bed apart and carried out to the recycling bin. After that we put my new bed together and rearranged my bedroom. I have a great deal more room as I downsized to a single from a double. Going to need a roadmap to get around now. Seriously it looks a lot better and more importantly I now have a decent mattress for my back. Yeah along with having a bad heart, C.O.P.D., Diabetes, I have a bad back. I’m a walking catastrophe waiting to happen. My friends here in the building along with my daughters are all ways telling me to slow down and take it easy. BORING. Tomorrow is the best day of the month as we GET PAID. That means Fish and Chip and deep fried mushrooms night. Exciting, Eh What.

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