What happened today that neither pissed you off nor made you happy but is nevertheless noteworthy?

There are some decent blue collar taquerias in the neighbourhood and a five minute drive to the new hipster gentrified eateries where it is all over-priced BBQ, poke and gourmet burgers. Sadly all the good pho and banh mi is on the other side of town.


Any hookers in the area?
 
Any hookers in the area?
I’d probably be the last person to know, but I’d guess not a lot. It was a solid blue collar Hispanic family inner-city neighborhood that is now being over-run with twenty something hipster professionals who want to live close to downtown and the light rail system.

Drugs and gang violence (and presumably hookers) are mostly on the south and north side.
 
I’d probably be the last person to know, but I’d guess not a lot. It was a solid blue collar Hispanic family inner-city neighborhood that is now being over-run with twenty something hipster professionals who want to live close to downtown and the light rail system.

Drugs and gang violence (and presumably hookers) are mostly on the south and north side.


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I have a work colleague who died suddenly over a year ago. This morning a got a notification in the app that he just joined Telegram.
 
Isnt Telegram mostly for Trump, cookers and white Proud Boys?
That’s Truth Social and maybe Discord.

Telegram is one of the more secure apps for 1x1 or group chatting, and is popular with drug cartels. But these days it’s more popular as a Twitter alternative. I follow a few music and news-related feeds focused on the Ukraine war. It’s also used a lot by Russians right now, since they have been booted by most other platforms. It’s still kinda fringey with some dark corners, but there’s also a lot of normie content on there.
 
I joined Telegram for Persians. It is least blocked for Iranians compared to WhatsApp, Tiktok and Instagram. Or Facebook if any senior citizens are still using that.
 
Saw this on Reddit.....
"Would you feed your pet before yourself?

Would you feed your pet before your child?"

Why would you feed your pet before yourself? Who is the breadwinner here?
 
Saw this on Reddit.....
"Would you feed your pet before yourself?

Would you feed your pet before your child?"

Why would you feed your pet before yourself? Who is the breadwinner here?
I came from a farm - the rule is always "Feed Your animals Before You feed Yourself" - they cant
 
I get to organise the first meal at an indoor restaurant with my brother's family since March 2020 + our parents + our aunt. Food allergies, table preferences, and free parking arrangements for the driver.
 
I spent an hour at HSBC headquarters today. It's a brand new building across the street from where I live.

We are now stuck waiting for an activation code by e-mail or sms. Confirmed my identity by driver's licence 3x. Signature comparison 3x. Social insurance 1x. Job work title 1x. Address 4x. Prior address 1x.

The only good thing is they have some really young and nice looking girls working the retail section.
 
^^^HSBC is a terrible bank. I have banked with them for over two decades now and they are the worst in ways too many to enumerate. Everything is slow...

Why do I still bank with them? Well, they were useful when I lived in China and was chortling back and forth. Also, I use two other banks BUT I should really get to closing my account with them.
 
^^^HSBC is a terrible bank. I have banked with them for over two decades now and they are the worst in ways too many to enumerate. Everything is slow...

Why do I still bank with them? Well, they were useful when I lived in China and was chortling back and forth. Also, I use two other banks BUT I should really get to closing my account with them.

I still have this investment account but I closed my chequing awhile ago. It was handy when I worked in London and had an account across the pond. My parents were the ones who introduced me to it because it was easy for them to shuttle money from one current/former British territory to another.

Here the target demographic is 55 plus especially amongst ex pats. I did a sales presentation to them once and they were struggling to figure out how to break out of that.
 
I was at a dinner followed by a speaker last night. The speaker was part of a diplomatic mission to the Soviet Union in the 1970s. It is interesting how people asking questions and the former diplomat himself would freely interchange the word Soviet and Russian.
 
Going to brunch with my aunt and I have a tickle in my throat. I hope it isn’t coronavirus.
 
I went and grabbed bombolini for my brother's kid and bumped into the aunt of an industry friend in this busy financial district cafe. This industry will never leave me...or maybe I'm not making a big enough effort to leave it.
 
I have been cooking with speck all day and no matter how much cologne I use I feel like I smell like pork.
 
I'm invited to a birthday party this Saturday. Last year I showed up to his wedding with an ethnically appropriate date. Somehow that stuck in his wife's brain so they expect me to bring a date. The girl is long gone by now but they said there will be couples activities. They're also around ~30 or the wife is late 20s.

I'm also slightly peeved because it's Easter weekend and usually I do more family oriented things.
 
I'm invited to a birthday party this Saturday. Last year I showed up to his wedding with an ethnically appropriate date. Somehow that stuck in his wife's brain so they expect me to bring a date. The girl is long gone by now but they said there will be couples activities. They're also around ~30 or the wife is late 20s.

I'm also slightly peeved because it's Easter weekend and usually I do more family oriented things.

Please elaborate on this. Are we to assume that the date was not age appropriate?
 
Please elaborate on this. Are we to assume that the date was not age appropriate?

Oh she was. Mid to late 20s. Late 20s this year. All of us got coronavirus but people who came from London like her had super resistance.

It was a Punjabi wedding. I was told out of the few hundred people invited there would be exactly one white guy and me. The ceremony and music would all be in Punjabi. She's Pakistani. She said she didn't understand the language or lyrics but the tunes were the same and she got me through the dance part I was supposed to participate in for the groom's side.

There was a reason why I was supposed to be at that twice delayed wedding but I don't particularly know why I need to be at the birthday as I've never been to any of his birthdays.
 
I really really really really want to see Tosca next month.
 
What happens when someone tells you they lost out on a bid for real estate? Everything happens for reason? Better luck next time? I'm sure something will turn up?
 
Yesterday was the first time I ever heard anyone say wagwan in real life.
 
A man pushing his baby opposite of me today made a remark that I looked sharp.

I'm not sure what I wore today would even prompt that.
 
There's a woman here with one of those deep voices. She's on a call where she only says "mm", "mmm", "mmm" and occasionally "Ohh..."

I feel like I have porn on behind me.
 
I had a lot of time to read yesterday including my cigarette box.

"Warning: This product can expose you to chemicals including acetaldehyde, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and carbon monoxide, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Tobacco free cigarettes are dangerous to your health. They produce tar and carbon monoxide. Tobacco free does not mean safer."
 
Came back late from the footy game last night.

6am 45 minute cardio session.
1 hour hitting balls at the driving range.
7km round trip walk to the port lands.

Time to crush some bottles of wine.
 
I read and hear every day how people use AI to find answers or write documents for them.

I was at an alumni event yesterday and after the speaker finished there was a Q&A period where someone said he didn't know what to ask so he asked ChatGPT to think of a question for him to ask after the presentation.
 
Went down to the gym this morning to see a security guard pull up a woman who must have passed out or been wasted from a night of partying. Good looking girl. Still had her makeup on. Very nice floral dress with a knee length raincoat. Not sure I could deal with the throw up/morning breath.
 

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