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A Book To Help You Reevaluate Your Crappy Job

20 Jan

Not everybody is lucky enough to have a job they enjoy as much as I enjoy mine.  Yes, in addition to my responsibilities as Prince of the Internet, I extend my considerable talents into multiple fields: I also operate as a freelance writer and editor-for-hire, a sometime roadie and a moonlighting musician.  It’s not so glamorous as it sounds, but I do know a lot of you, dear readers, would probably skin somebody alive for the chance to pursue the things you love to do, so many of you would count me blessed to do what I love every day.

My question to you is this: why aren’t you doing the same thing?

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Oddly Enough in June: Miley’s Brazilian, Insane Germans and the G20

25 Jun

Well cripes and begorrah, friends, hasn’t it been an interesting few days? I’d say it has, and frankly I’ve got a lot to nail down here, so bear with me. Of all the months for which I’ve done an “oddly enough” post this month has to take the proverbial cake. Got some doozies for you courtesy of the Strangest June in History.

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Olympic Recap From A Guy Who Doesn’t Care About The Olympics

1 Mar

Hm. So for another four years we in Canada will be blissfully devoid of saccharine super-patriotic television commercials, and as Alan Cross noted on his Twitter feed this morning, with any luck we won’t have to hear that awful “I Believe” song ever again. But now that the hype is already dying down in my home city of Toronto, I feel it would be prudent for me to comment on the phenomenon that is the Olympic Games.

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Transit Lullabye: TTC Blames Customers For Sleeping Employee

22 Jan

I’m not usually one to beat a dead horse, but this one just got up and kicked the people of this city in the collective junk, so I’m pulling out the Louisville Slugger to finish this fucker off once and for all.

This morning, a photo taken by TTC customer Jason Wieler (who has since become a personal hero of mine) went viral the world over.  In case you haven’t already seen it, here’s the picture:

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Alcoholics Aberdeen: Scots To Impose New Booze Tax To Curb Drinking

18 Jan

It took me some consideration to decide to talk about this, partly because it’s the first day of a new work week and I don’t want to be a downer, and partly because it’s a touchy issue that offends some people.

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Another Toronto Transit Fail: Discount Metropasses Not Worth The Trouble

13 Jan

Believe it or not, my friends, the real-life Alex James differs in some fundamental ways from the Alex James you’ve come to know and love here at State of Affairs. Specifically, I’m not nearly as angry as I might make myself out to be on this blog. Oh sure, I care about the things I write – no doubt about it. But I like to think of my persona on SoA, if you can call it that, as “me with the volume cranked to eleven”. That is to say, it comes off to people who know me that I’m over-exaggerating my fury about certain issues on the page as opposed to how I might deal with them in person. And those people wouldn’t be wrong. Let’s face it – nobody wants to read a bland, middle-of-the-road take on a social issue, least of all me, so I try to crank the angst when it’s appropriate.

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TTC, The Costly Way: Fare Hike Expected for 2010

11 Nov

You know something? I’ve lived in this fair city on and off for the last twenty-five years, and let me tell you what – I love it. I love every inch of it from the Beaches to Chinatown to the Lakeshore to North York where I grew up. I’ve been to a lot of places in my life, and as cliche as it sounds, there’s just no place like Toronto. Best city in the world, if you ask me.

toronto skyline


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