NASCAR Streak to the Finish: The Mopps 2013 Final Standings 
For the first time in a few years, the Toronto contingent has taken the win!! While Jakob dominated most of the season, a late season surge by Bruce, Paige, and myself put his lead in jeopardy and eventually relegated him to second place. Paige and I tied for the final podium spot, followed by the field of backmarkers. :)

It's worth noting that this is only the 2nd time we've managed to have TWO of our top teams in the top 1000 overall. Very stiff competition this year!

Rank  Overall    Name            Longest Streak  Bonus   Total 
1 373 brewsan 9 860 1816
2 942 Jakob 10 690 1596
3 1232 hockeygirl 6 520 1533
3 1232 Wild Weasel 7 600 1533
5 3607 Sunraven 7 470 1256
6 4782 tilly 4 270 1162
7 7826 Trini-man 4 200 969
8 8952 ibuildcars 3 160 895
9 10142 snowbird 6 220 819
10 12154 Mrs Snowbird 2 80 671



For the first time this year, we also took a crack at the NASCAR Fantasy Live game, where Tanya absolutely crushed us in both the regular season and Chase standings. It would appear that this game is meant to have far more than 5 participants in order to make it interesting.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth 
The short version: Don't bother with it.

After really enjoying 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, I went for some more Jules Verne and just finished with Journey to the Center of the Earth. I'm betting it was far more intriguing back when it was written, and I tried to keep that in context while reading it, but I just couldn't get there.

Even trying to imagine knowing nothing at all about how the Earth is made up and so leaving it to the book to carry me along on the adventure, there was just too much of it that had me asking questions to try and explain away much of the ridiculousness of the whole thing.

In the end, it was just too much.

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Gah!! It's IN MY HEAD!!! 
This is a picture of my favourite tooth. I've spent a lot over the years to try to keep it in my head, but sadly, it would appear to be not long for this world. :(

I haven't yet made an appointment to figure out what needs to be done with it, but it's only a matter of time. Meanwhile... here's the tooth version of a horrible sports injury.



Poor tooth. I'm gonna miss it when it's gone.

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Will Blackface be Okay Soon? 
Ok... I know what you're thinking...



But bear with me for a moment. This morning I saw a story on CP24 about a vice-principal in Peel Region dressing up as Mr. T for Halloween, blackface and all. Now he's facing disciplinary hearings and all that.

Because, you know, blackface is wrong.

But here's the thing... I'm not sure whether everyone's completely lost track of WHY blackface is wrong and whether ALL instances of using makeup to become a coloured person (Robert Downey Jr. notwithstanding) is, by definition, wrong.

In an interview with one of the high school students, the reaction was, to paraphrase "Well... as a costume it wasn't bad but I think it's wrong to paint your face to be a different race".

The poor kid seemed to know it was WRONG but didn't seem to actually be offended by it or have any idea WHY it might be wrong. It just was.

In his eyes, dressing up as a different race is just wrong, but that's not right. I can dress up as Cheech Marin for Halloween and nobody is going to reprimand me for pretending to be Latino. Asians aren't gonna be pissed if I dress up as Bruce Lee.

So what's so wrong about dressing up as Mr. T?? Mr. T is badass. Mr. T is a good role model. Mr. T is not a negative black stereotype. So what's wrong with dressing up like Mr. T?

My argument is that NOTHING is wrong with dressing up like Mr. T. Does this mean that I condone blackface? No. I just think people have lost track of what the heck "blackface" really is.

If you paint your face black to perpetuate negative stereotypes like a travelling minstrel show, then THAT'S RACIST!!

But Mr. T? This is not the same thing!!! So what's it gonna take to get society to understand this?

People should learn some history.


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I Guess the Rob Ford Love-In is Over 
It looks like this is the end of the line for our lovable crackhead mayor.

It's just over a year ago now that I tried to pass on some sage advice. It would appear that he either didn't read it, or chose to ignore it, and HOOOWEE!!! What a year it's been!!

All I can hope for now is that some suitable replacement will step up to the plate. I mean... looking back... I honestly can't think of any ways he's screwed us over the way David Miller repeatedly did.

At least he got rid of the plastic bag tax. Revisiting my closing statement from a year ago...

So then... are there any other fiscally responsible people out there willing to run?


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