Saturday, May 02, 2009

You'll never guess what this is an ad for...

This is just weird...

(The fire's started by the older gentleman throwing aside his cigarette. I didn't notice that the first time I saw it and thought it was the pee that started the fire. Anyway... watch the rest of it.)

Friday, May 01, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

American Idol: Idol Chatter for Thursday, April 30, 2009

Last night's American Idol show went as planned in one way: Matt Giraud was eliminated, as was the prediction of practically every single reviewer in Idol-land, including me.

The big shocker was that Adam Lambert - the favourite to win - was dealt a major blow by finding himself in the bottom two. Kris Allen rounded out the bottom three and was the first declared safe.

That Adam found himself in the bottom three this week was a complete shock. It's what makes American Idol popular. Sometimes, things just happen that are completely unpredictable. As much as I like Adam and hope he'll win, I love the fact that these surprise results pop up from time to time to keep us on our toes.

If you think Adam was over the top as a front-runner, I can't wait to see what he's going to do next week for the rock-and-roll theme. This is right up his alley. Allison and Danny will also do well next week. Next up for elimination, I think it may be Kris. He's just not a rock-and-roll kinda guy.

Of course, we'll have to see the performances before we write off Kris, so tune in to Fox next Tuesday at 9 p.m. Atlantic / 8 p.m. Eastern to watch all the fun!

Is Adam now damaged goods or is he stronger than ever now that his fans have been dealt a jolt of reality that they can't take his popularity for granted? Is Danny Gokey the new favourite to win? Click here to read my Idol Chatter column in today's Monctom Times & Transcript.

Considering the idea of actually travelling

Hump Day
By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Editorial Page

For the first time in my life, I have a passport. The world is now my oyster. Sure, I could have always travelled to the U.S. before without one, but as of this year, even that wasn't an option for me without a valid passport. I've never been big on travel, but receiving the passport has ignited a spark in me that has left me shaking my head in wonder and surprise.

You see, I've caught the travel bug -- and it's the first time in my life that I've felt this way. It's a very odd feeling for someone who's always been happy to spend holidays at home doing nothing.

Sure, I'd do day trips here and there, but I've never really had the urge to travel anywhere substantial, such as Europe or anywhere like that. If it wasn't a day's drive away, it wasn't an option. Sure, I've flown a few times on a couple of business trips and service club conventions, but they technically weren't vacations. As far as taking a real honest-to-goodness vacation, it's not something I've ever been interested in doing.

Before the passport arrived, I would have much rather spent my money on a new electronic gadget or something similar. Why invest several hundred dollars in airline tickets when you could buy something shiny with lights on it that goes "beep beep beep"? I would much rather do that.

And by the way, I have drawers full of shiny things with lights on them that go "beep beep beep." Instead of hoarding electronics that I'll never fully use, might as well start investing in life experiences, huh?

I have friends who love to travel. They are addicted to it, in fact. They've experienced many continents, lots of different cultures and can relate to more things than I can (at least at this point) because they've seen so much in person. Meanwhile, I'm left to wonder what these places are like.

Just "wondering" what these places were like was satisfying before, but I've started to want to personally experience them myself. What's more valuable? A real-life experience or another bauble hidden away in a drawer?

Now, the big question is where in the world will I go? As someone who's admittedly not a seasoned traveller, should I stick close to home at first to "get my feet wet" or should I just dive in full steam ahead and wake up one morning somewhere in a hut in Mongolia with a hot plate of boodog in front of me for lunch? (Boodog is a marmot or goat cooked with hot stones in the stomach. I Googled "Mongolian food" and that was the weirdest thing I found.)

There's a part of me that wants to do something like that, such as going somewhere that most people haven't. I have zero desire to fly to the Dominican Republic or Cuba to sit on a beach. We have plenty of nice beaches around here that I can sit on in the summer if I want to.

In fact, I just don't like the heat to begin with, so flying somewhere where you can fry an egg on a sidewalk probably isn't in the cards. I'm not pretty when I sweat. And I whine a lot when I'm overheated, too -- even more than usual.

Like I said, I'd rather go somewhere exotic and unique, but within a reasonable budget. Does that even exist? I'm not sure if I'm being realistic.

I thought about a guided bus tour but I think I'm a bit young for that. I also thought of one of those guided tours for younger people, but those are usually people in their 20s who are looking to pickle themselves with liquor. Hey, if I wanted to forget where I am, I'm sure as heck not going to spend $2,000 on airline tickets and then forget where I even went. If I'm going to fork out some serious dough, I fully intend on having the entire experience tattooed on my eyeballs for future reference.

I'm the kind of person who'd probably want to get my money's worth so badly that I'd steal something out of a museum and try to smuggle it home with me. "They won't miss it. It'll take them 10 years to even figure out it's gone."

Either that, or "Is that an Egyptian pyramid in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"

Then I'd be forced to reply, "Actually, it's a pyramid."

The pyramids would be cool, but only if they have air conditioning. And then there's my complete aversion to public bathrooms. I hate them. I would rather bleed out of my eyes before I use a public bathroom.

That is a problem when you travel, and I'm not quite at the stage yet when I'm going to willingly start wearing diapers. Well, at least I'd have the seat on the bus tour all to myself, eh?

I've been contemplating visiting New York City. A person can easily drive there or fly directly without too much hassle.

I could combine my celebrity addiction with this newfound travel bug by spending the week in the Big Apple checking out Broadway musicals and trying to get into the live audiences of various New York-based talk shows, such as Live with Regis and Kelly, Martha Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Rachael Ray, Maury Povich, Tyra Banks, The View and Saturday Night Live!

Talk shows, museums and tourist attractions during the day, Broadway and other entertainment venues at night. Hmm... that would be a great trip.

And hopefully Martha Stewart won't mind letting me use her private bathroom while I'm there.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Breathable gin

American Idol: Idol Chatter for Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The top five Idols performed standards from the Rat Pack era last night. Four of the five did really well, while one was not that great, in my opinion, despite getting unexpected raves from Simon, who I definitely think was up to his old "reverse psychology" tricks this week. Who do I think is going home tonight? Click here to read my Idol Chatter column in today's edition of the Moncton Times & Transcript.

This week's Hump Day column...

... is all about my newfound urge to travel now that I've received my first passport. Check out today's column on the editorial page of today's Moncton Times & Transcript or check back here tomorrow when it will be posted online.

Remember... If it's Wednesday, it's Hump Day!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Celebrity Apprentice meltdown

The Rivers girls (mom Joan and daughter Melissa) had volcanic meltdowns on Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday evening when Melissa was fired by Donald Trump. Watch the fun:

Monday, April 27, 2009

Moncton's Kay Arena / Crossman Community Centre receives approval from City Council

Moncton City Council approved funding of $1.17 million for the Kay Arena / Crossman Community Centre this evening. The vote passed 6-2 after about 45 minutes of debate that began at 5 p.m.

Thanks to Councillors Thériault, Boyce, Boudreau, Barnes, Hoar and Landry for supporting this very worthwhile project at tonight's meeting! Councillors Bourgeois and Hicks voted against the motion, while Councillors Henderson and Pellerin were not able to attend. Mayor LeBlanc also spoke out enthusiastically in favour of the motion. (It should be noted that Councillor Pellerin voted in favour of the project at the Finance Committee meeting last week.)

As a citizen of Ward One and a citizen of Moncton, I would like to offer my own personally thanks to everyone on Council who made this project possible. This is an excellent project worthy of completion.

Tonight's decision means that matching funds from the provincial and federal governments will be sought for completion of the second and final phase that was delayed because of cost concerns.
The Mayor of Lewisville is surely smiling tonight.

CLARIFICATION - April 28, 2009:

I received an e-mail from Councillor Bourgeois requesting clarification on a couple of issues. Essentially, these clarifications are:

1) The motion brought forward to Council was not the same motion approved at the Finance Committee. In fact, the Finance Committee approved $1 million (not $1.17 million), with savings being found from work being cancelled / delayed in the City of Moncton overall ($750,000) and Ward One projects ($250,000). Councillor Bourgeois has advised that he would have supported the Finance Committee motion had it reached Council, but the motion changed by the time it reached Council for a vote, therefore he could not support it because he wanted to respect the Finance Committee's decision.

2) Councillor Pellerin did vote in favour of the Finance Committee motion, however the motion he supported was not the motion brought to Council and he was not in attendance at Council last night, therefore it should not be inferred that he would have voted for the motion that eventually was passed by Council.

Swine flu public service announcements (PSAs) from the 1970s

Portrait of Fredericton blogger Charles LeBlanc

Click here for Charles's blog.

Sunday, April 26, 2009