marciadanielle: (Roger/Rafa)
I'm a bit disgusted with the Canadian media at the moment. They do not give recognition where recognition is due. It's annoying, and sad. Daniel Nestor (with his partner Nenad Zimonjic) won the Men's Doubles at Wimbledon this year. They won last year too. I only got to see some of the match (stupid work) but what I saw was good! I saw more of their semi-final match, where they fought back from being down two sets to love and went on to win the match in five sets. Amazing! Daniel Nestor is Canadian (he grew up in Toronto). He's been the world number one (in doubles), he's currently number two (although, maybe he'll be no.1 again on Monday?? I'll have to check), he's won all the Slams, and yet TSN (Canada's sports channel) doesn't even bother showing the match. The papers barely make mention of him. And while there are some articles today, it took winning Wimbledon for them to mention him. He's Canada's greatest tennis player ffs!!! Give him more credit!Are we so enamoured with love for the Americans that we forget about our own???

Anyways, moving is the Men's final at Wimbledon!!! Federer vs. Roddick. This will be the third time Roddick has faced Federer in the final at Wimbledon. The previous times being in 2004 and 2005, both of which Federer won. Federer is 18-2 against Roddick. So I'm not too worried. Although Roddick has been amazing these past two weeks. So I hope Federer isn't feeling too cocky or confidant, but I doubt he is. He's too much of a gentleman to be cocky. I'm sure he's preparing to just play his best. Which will (knock on wood) win him his 6th Wimbledon final, and 15th Grand Slam, making him the absolute best ever in Men's tennis. Even my mother (who is one of those enamoured for the Americans - she's a wannabee) roots for Roger. And she likes Roddick. But she loves Roger more. The fact that's he's completely fluent in English and speaks with only the slightest accent helps (for her). Yeah, she's prejudiced. But she's my mother and I love her. Anyways, I will of course be rooting for Roger today. I have wine chilling in the fridge, and I'm going to go to Tesco's soon to pick up some snacks. And possibly a donut. Because even though it's not Tims, it's tradition, and I can't break with tradition!!

It's funny, but when Nadal dropped out of Wimbledon I thought there would be a huge gap missing these past two weeks. And while I've missed watching him for sure, I haven't felt like I've missed out. If that makes sense. There's been some amazing tennis these past two weeks. Wimbledon has always been my favourite of the Grand Slams, and it's been just as great as ever.

In other news I've spent the morning downloading music. The website I normally download from is letting people download all of Michael Jackson's music for free as a tribute. Which is amazing on two parts. Because one, awww, that's sweet. And two, free music!! Lots of free music! So I downloaded it all. Then I wanted some more Canadian content on my mp3 player so (the original reason for me going to the download site to begin with) I downloaded some Amanda Marshall and Stabilo (I own the cds, but they're in Canada and I want to listen to them now!) The site actually didn't have anything by Stabilo (though I would have been surprised if they did) and very little by Amanda Marshall, so I found some torrents. Amanda Marshall is funny to listen to these days. Because her music sounds very 90s (mainly because it is) and not like the music you hear today. It sounds very pop. I still enjoy it though. Stabilo has held up better imo. I still love them. I wish both of them would come with new material. I want more!! Aw man, I just found out that Amanda Marshall performed in Brampton on Canada Day! I so would have gone to that, despite it being Brampton, lol!


Jun. 29th, 2009 09:59 pm
marciadanielle: (Default)
So apparently I was supposed to email my aunt to say sorry Michael Jackson died, guess we really won't be going to see him. Thanks for wanting to take me with.

WTF?? Seriously?? Why do I need to email you that?? First of all, I had already thanked you a gazillion times for offering to buy me a ticket. Second of all, I already knew, and had communicated to you that we probably weren't going to an MJ concert (due to the first four shows being postponed to March 2010, and we had tickets to show number four), so I had already resigned myself to not going. And like hello??? Why do I need to tell you sorry??? He's not a relative. He's not your bff. He's not your son, brother, father, or even a distant cousin. HE WAS A POPSTAR. Get over it, and just remember Michael Jackson for the wonderful music he created.

(And that rant is for my aunt, but also for all the crazies out there. I have to work with a bunch of them. One guy called in sick to work on Friday because he claimed there was a death in the family. Then on Saturday he came in, saw the memorial thing Madame Tussauds came up with and started crying. COME ON PEOPLE!! GET A LIFE!!!)

(And yes, I was shocked and saddened by the news. But death happens. And it's not like I knew Michael Jackson. And I'll still like his music. That hasn't died with him.)
marciadanielle: (Kirk/Spock)
In light of [ profile] scattydove's post the other week (it might have been a couple of weeks ago, I can't remember, and clearly can't be bothered to go check) I thought I would reiterate in mine. There's not a specific reason, just that it pisses me off to no end. Okay, pisses me off might be too harsh, but definitely annoys me to no end would be accurate.

This is taken from a friend's facebook. Not mine and I am not friends with this person, but here you go:

dnt lie ystrdy at wrk bre peeps wer sayin dey got paid alredy!fank god i neva dun ma online shoppin spree last nyt!lol yeh im on goin weneva!organize it n il b der!

Are you fucking kidding me??????????? That's the worst butchering of the English language EVER. Bar none. Holy SHIT!!!

Here is an example that while it makes me shudder, it does not make me implode like the example above:

I know..... its so long... how are u darling?? M good. M currently working with DELL. so any plans of coming down to india?? wat are you doing these days??

The latter is clearly from a different person. It borders on acceptable. Not quite, but almost. Most importantly, it doesn't make me want to rip my eyes out of my head with a spoon.

Both people (as is my friend who I stole these examples from) are Asian. Why oh why does every single Asian person need to type like that??? Why? Because I've noticed they're the majority of the offenders. They are quite capable of typing normally, they speak normally, they don't speak in shortform or acronyms, so why must they type like that?? Why I ask you??? WHY???



Thanks for listening!!
marciadanielle: (Absent friends (made by sarah531))
Sometimes I really hate being in the UK. Well, not hate, but I feel disgruntled. It's mainly when I'm trying to watch some Canadian content and either Youtube, or, or tell me the video I'm trying to watch is not available in my region. Grrr! But I want to catch up on Rick Mercer and So You Think You Can Dance Canada! Thank goodness most of Youtube is not region-censored.

And I've come to the conclusion that British people (at least those in London, I'm hoping in other areas people aren't like this) are very very rude. No one is helpful, polite, or respectful as my fellow Canadians are. If you're in Canada and you see someone coming through a door with a pile of stuff, you will either go hold the door open for them, or at the very least GET OUT OF THE FUCKING WAY. In London? Not so much. At work, I was trying to bring out some shopping carts from the back to the front of the store. Many customers continued to stand in my way and did not move an inch until I said excuse me out loud. Even though they clearly saw me coming. One woman saw me coming and purposefully got in my way. Wtf?? Even work colleagues don't bother to help. They don't hold doors open, they barely move out of the way, they don't bother to assist with anything. It's driving me INSANE. It's common courtesy people! If someone is about to drop a box or something, and you're walking next to them, and you work with said person, pick up the goddamn box! It's not rocket science, it's called being polite and respectful.

And to continue on with my rant. Want to know how much my work sucks?? Cause it truly does. Yesterday I was 5 minutes late for work. I'm never late, I pride myself on not being late, but shit happens and I was late yesterday. Mainly because there were long queues at the bank and in England they don't allow you to deposit money any other way except through a teller (which is foreign to me, because in Canada you can do it through a cashpoint). So I was rushing up the stairs when my manager is walking down them. He looks at me. Looks at his watch. Looks at me again, raises his eyebrows, makes a look of discontent and continues on. He doesn't bother asking me why I'm late or whatever. Which really pissed me off. Fucking ask me, I could have been stuck in traffic for all he knows. Argh. And then around 6:30pm I tell Jose (one of my colleagues who I directly work with) I'm not feeling well and I want to go home. He tells me I need to speak to Pat, who's the manager on duty, fair enough. I go to the information desk, Pat's not there, but Diana (who's a supervisor) is. I ask her where Pat is, apparently she's in a meeting. I tell her I'm not well and want to go home. She says she can't send me home, because she's not a manager. She tells me that Andrew (my manager, the one who raised his eyebrows at me) is still there and I should go talk to him. So I go find him, he tells me he can't help me because he's going home and I have to find Pat. For fucks sake! He's such an asshole. So I go back down, find Diana, tell her, at this point this guy Adnan (who I work with in ops - he's an asshole too) is there too. Their solution, since they can't send me home? Go to the canteen and sit there until Pat's meeting is finished. Wtf? Suppose I was really ill (I wasn't, I was just fed up with working there), all I wanted to do was go home. So I go sit up in the canteen for 20 minutes. Diana comes up, says Pat is back on the floor and I can go home. So I go home. I also called in sick today. I really really can't stand this job. It's time to actively start searching for a new job. Starting now. I need to go get dressed and then hit every single Starbucks near me. I feel working for a Starbucks will be a hell of a lot better than working for M&S.

Okay, so it was like 20 questions to call sick into work. Omg, I just hate this place more and more. I don't understand how people stay there for so long. Maybe they're not used to anything better?? Maybe retail in the UK is always worse than retail is in Canada. Or maybe I've just been lucky. But I don't think so. I really think it's the UK.
marciadanielle: (Evil thinks (made by antijudas))
[ profile] scattydove just posted about keeping her journal positive and not using it to whine or rant. Which makes me feel a little bit bad about this post...but only a bit, because it's my journal, used for what I want. I like it as an outpost for my emotions. Anyways, feel free to skip over this post because it's full of rants!!

First off, argh! There are a ton of bad drivers out there. This probably nothing new, but I it really really bugs me! Especially when they're in the passing lane going 105km/hr (and the speed limit is 100km) and the middle lane is completely empty (or there's room anyways) and they don't move over! And what really bugs me is when I'm coming down the road, there's a car I can see wanting to turn right, they SEE me coming, but decide to turn anyways. Causing me to SLAM on my breaks to avoid hitting them!! Argh! It really pisses me off! And yes, this happened to me on my way home from my sister's today. I'm coming along Erin Mills Parkway, I'm in the right turn lane, a car is sitting in the driveway of Petro Canada waiting to turn, I know they see me (because you'd have to be blind not to - there was nothing blocking their view - and if they are blind then they should obviously not be driving, but I digress) and then they decide to turn, while I'm coming. There's a red light at the corner and they don't fit all the way into the lane next to me. Ugh! I slam on my breaks, lean on my horn (hopefully I scared them, because they scared me!), they edge forward, I can get by, I glare at them and gesture angrily, mumble for a bit to myself, and then I'm home. But argh!!! People like that PISS ME OFF.

Okay, moving on. I hear on the radio today (on my way to my sister's) about some vandalism that happened in mid-Toronto. People supporting the Liberal candidate in that riding had vandalism done to their house (apparently people spray-painted their house) and graffitied the Liberal lawn signs and knocked them over. Which is bad enough. However, some people also found their brake-lines cut in their car. Yeah, like someone severed the brakes in people's cars because they didn't agree with their political affiliation. I don't think there was any accidents because of that (thank goodness!) and it's been in the news and apparently anyone who had a lawn sign for that candidate was being notified, so they could check for any damage. But, oh my god!! Could you imagine having a relatively new car, not thinking anything could possibly be wrong, get in your car, get to the stop sign at the end of your street and not being able to stop?!?!?! Going right through the stop sign into oncoming traffic?!?! It's CRAZY!!! And not to mention the monetary loss that would be. I don't know how much it would cost to fix the brakes, but I imagine it's not cheap.

And my last one. So the other day I was saying how Suzie expects rides from me, and how much I resented that. But I realized last night, it's not that she expects rides, it's that she's not afraid to ask for one. What also bugs me, is she never ever offers gas money. I can't remember a time when she has. She may have before, but I can tell you right now it's been a loooong time if she has. Oh she has. When we went to Niagara, but I also asked for it. Not sure if she would have willingly. Hopefully she would have. Everyone else I've driven places offers me gas money. It's honestly more the gesture...I don't take the money (unless I've driven far - like Buffalo) but it's nice to offer. I'm sure I've complained about this before. But I was lying in bed last night, thinking about this, and it was bothering me. The good: I pick up Philina on the way to Erin's or something (and Phil's totally on the way) and she tried to offer me gas money. Amanda always tries to give me money. As did Erin before she got her car. The annoying: When Suzie came back from Australia I offered to pick her up from the airport, so she could tell me about her trip, we could catch up, it would save her the taxi fare, etc. So I did. The flight was late (which is no fault of hers) and I was parked at the (expensive!) airport for two hours. She finally arrives, we make our way to my car. She does NOT offer to pay for the parking (or part of the parking), we maek our way to her place in mid-Toronto (which, being at the airport already isn't as big of a deal as it is from my place), I drop her off. We stand chatting for quite some time. It's crazy late and I'm exhausted and I have to work the next morning, so I say goodbye and come home. She does NOT offer any gas money. Even though I went out of my way for her, she couldn't even offer me $10. I saved her $50 in taxi fare, but apparently she just took that as I'm loaded, I don't need money. Which is so not true. And I understand she just came from from being away for 5 weeks, she doesn't have a lot of money, but it was her decision to travel, it was for pleasure, it's not like she was working somewhere far to make more money or something. And maybe she didn't have any Canadian cash on her, but then shew could have stuck her credit card into the parking machine thing to pay for the parking. It was something like $14. I think that's a pretty good bargain rather than $50. It really bothered me then, and it still bothers me now to think about it. Maybe I could have asked her for something, but I'm not bold enough to do that. So argh! It bugs me! However it's not like I brood about this everyday. I do have better things to think about it! Like London!!

Okay, aaaaannnnnd, end rant!


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