2017-08-09 Wed

Toronto Blue Jays

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Toronto’s beloved baseball team has at long last been arrested in its long slide to the bottom of the table for the East Division of the American League.

They can’t get any lower than this.

Toronto – in a Class of its own

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Here we are in Toronto, a city that sucks up to anyone who will tell us that we are a World-Class City.

The little inspection plate posed a tripping hazard, so a traditional orange cone was placed over the inspection plate to await the work crew who guarantee to stop by sometime in the next twelve months or so.

Some drunken yobbo on foot, or perhaps a delivery truck in a hurry, knocks over the orange cone.

So a different the work crew comes by, drills holes and so help me BOLTS the orange cone into the pavement. Well, they don’t bolt the orange cone as much as bolt the plinth in and on which it stands.

Some drunken yobbo on foot, or perhaps a delivery truck in a hurry, knocks over AND STEALS the orange cone.

So a different the work crew comes by and so help me, paints around the plinth with the traditional Day-Glo paint.

We are left with a bigger hazard to tripping than was presented by the damaged inspection cover.

The good news is that unemployment is down again.

Home Turf

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It took the work crew twelve months to re-face our building with sheets of something. About seven of the twelve months were spent curled up by the fire eating roast chestnuts and playing old records. Not me. THEM!

So they came back, after the cherry blossoms had fallen, and finished the job.

Sort of.

In the traditional Toronto Worker style they removed all the scaffolding except the bottom part which can be left in place to aggravate pedestrians.

And both of our outdoor patio areas are filled with construction debris.

I figure that the management of this building is as bad as Toronto City Council.

Hire the contractor, pay them in full up front, and then be left without a leg to stand on when they leave the job before it is completed.

Whatever happened to the Good Old Principle of retaining fifteen percent of the fee until the building management is happy? Regular firms would not object to that, because they’d get the job done promptly.

Shady firms get awarded dodgy contracts.