June 2013

Patio Friday Happens Today at Remy’s!

by Joey deVilla on June 21, 2013

patio friday

Patio Friday is an Accordion City institution, but Lee Dale, its spiritual leader, is out of the country all summer. I think he’s gone off to buy a cowboy hat:

In the meantime, Lady Miss “Lake Louise” Verna has taken the reins, and Patio Friday continues in Lee’s absence. It’s happening today, and it’s happening on the rooftop at Remy’s in Yorkville (115 Yorkville Avenue, about a block east of Avenue Road)! Drop by after work — we’ll all be there!


Poor Steve is Having a Case of the Mondays

by Joey deVilla on June 20, 2013

Steve’s attempt to be funny in front of his Facebook friends backfired completely:

knock knock joke


Tickets Acquired!

by Joey deVilla on June 19, 2013


Got some decent seats to Rush, with no rows in front of us, right by the aisle:


…and I didn’t have to kidnap Alex Lifeson, either:


I’ve talked about Caroline’s Kickstarter campaign before, and she’s so close to her goal that I think it’s worth mentioning again. She’s starting a blog called Taste Bluebook, and she needs a little funding to get it off the ground.

Is there anything Caroline hasn’t done? She went to Vanderbilt, where she did a double major with honours, joined the Peace Corps and volunteered in Niger and Madagascar, went into the publishing business in Austin and is now pursuing a JD-MBA in Denver. This sort of ambition means that she’s always figuring out how to match professional goals and personal life. “I’ll be damned if I can’t have my (homemade, of course) cake and eat it too”, she writes, and she’d like to help other professional women do the same.

Time to let Caroline do the talking:

I have long been a firm believer that you CAN have what you want, you can DO what you want, if you just make smart choices and are educated about the necessary skills. You can kill it at the office and throw a great dinner party. You can know how to fix that excel formula and know how to make jam. You can discuss hot-button legal issues and the basics of investing and this season’s fashion trends. You can pursue the path to partner and out-bake your (future) mother-in-law.

There are plenty of fashion blogs out there. There are plenty of finance blogs out there. There are plenty of DIY blogs out there. But the fashion blogs fail to provide much content that can be adopted by readers who work in conservative offices or favor sandals with their shorts instead of heels. The finance blogs can feel daunting and intimidating to dive into for those who just want to learn SOMETHING about investing. The DIY blogs are full of amazing projects, but those renting apartments can’t squeeze that cleverly converted palette garden on their patio, or take up knitting just to have that cute coffee cozy.

Taste Bluebook is the answer. It will offer a a little bit of everything for the young women who are interested in a little bit of everything. With posts ranging from style and cooking, to health and finance, Taste Bluebook will provide ideas and advice for tackling just about any project. The content will be as practical as it is entertaining.

Caroline is soooo close to her goal: she’s raised $820 out of $1000 (and yes, I chipped in), and as of this writing, there are 10 days left to go in her Kickstarter campaign. If you’d like to help Caroline create a useful resource for women who are “leaning in”, could you throw a little money — even five or ten bucks will help — her way?


rob ford trivia night

Tonight’s the night! If you’ve been following what the maggots have been saying about His Worship the Mayor of Toronto, this is your chance to put all those things those LIEberals have been filling your head with to good use. It’s Rob Ford Trivia Night at The Ossington (61 Ossington, two blocks north of Queen), and it starts at 7:30. The event’s organizers say this on the event’s Facebook page:

Come early to grab a seat, and feel free to bring along your buckets of KFC or sandwiches from Subway Subway Subway (my way of saying the bar allows outside food).

I’ll be there. Who’s with me?


How the US Postal Service Should Promote Itself

by Joey deVilla on June 18, 2013

a message from the post office


hubert alyea

Click the photo to see it at full size.

I love this photo — it’s a 1953 picture of Princeton prof Hubert Alyea doing a demonstration during a talk about the chemistry of the atomic bomb. There’s nothing like a professor who throws in a little pyrotechnics to liven up a lecture.

Thanks to Jason Rhode for the find!