Saturday, January 31, 2009

Just Call Me Bong Hit Mike

14-times Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps caught with cannabis pipe.
Here is an exclusive photo of Michael Phelps, who won a record EIGHT gold medals for swimming at the Beijing games last summer, smoking weed from a bong.
Glass pipes are generally used to smoke cannabis.
Really?!? You don't say...
And after sporting chiefs announced laws which mean four-year bans for drug-taking, Phelps’ dreams of adding to his overall 14 gold medal tally at the 2012 games in London could already be OVER.
Say it isn't so! Why Micheal, why?!? (Sorry Nancy Kerrigan, for stealing your line).

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Things That Make You Wonder

Do you think the person who parked their nice new car under all those icicles thought about what they were doing? Do you?!Or, how about this person. Do you think they realized they lost their rear licence plate? Or how about the entire rear bumper? Do you think that by leaving this behind, this rocket scientist thought they were getting away with something? I wonder what the cops will have to say once they trace the licence plate back to the owner, by iPhone

Monday, January 26, 2009

Jersey Boys

It was definitely a weekend of culture for the wife and I. First it was the AGO on Saturday (see post below), and then on Sunday, it was a matinee performance of Jersey Boys.And before you start laughing, I got to tell you, I really enjoyed the show. Jersey Boys is the story of four guys from the wrong side of the tracks --Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi (The Four Seasons) -- who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. It is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a group who wrote their own songs and sold 175 million records worldwide -- all before the age of 30.
I thought I knew all of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' hits, but I was wrong. This show takes your from the start of their musical journey to present day and the number one hits that this group had throughout their career was nothing short of unbelievable.
I highly recommend it.
And what would an afternoon at the theatre be without some pictures. Here is a shot of the wife and I waiting to go in.
Some shots from inside the theatre.


The wife and I decided to check out the new and improved Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this weekend. The AGO has recently undergone a major renovation and has just recently re-opened to the public.The architecture was pretty impressive.And because this was an art gallery, it was kind of tough to take any pictures of the actual art work...
... I tried. Believe me, I tried....
... and then security came by to say hi.
So it was back to regular boring shots.
You know, those shots that security don't seem to mind ....:)
But I am happy to say, I did manage to get a shot of the wife viewing her favourite piece of art at the AGO.We had a pretty good chuckle over this one.

Picture of the Day

This picture was taken the other day while out walking the dogs. Nice to see there is still humour in this world...picture by iPhone

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pilar Goes To Saskatoon

My wife went to Saskatoon recently for work. The network she works for was covering the Figure Skating Championship and this was her first trip. She graciously gave me permission to let me post some of her pictures from her trip.
This is a shot she took on a walk around Saskatoon. Notice the steam coming off the river.
It was minus 25 here in Toronto last week. She claims it was colder then that in Saskatoon. I don't think she was exaggerating.
This was the view of downtown Saskatoon at night, from her hotel room.A shot of the host's desk with the rink in the background.
Pilar's edit station, set up in a room behind the scenes.
Interview set.
Rink side camera.
Another set for the host.
The famous kiss and cry set, where the skaters sit with their coach and await their marks.The broadcast truck.
Inside, all ready to start the show.
Headed home. This was the plane she took from Saskatoon to Calgary.
All pictures courtesy of my wife.

Racing Chatter

Latest rumours at Newman Haas Lanigan (NHL) racing...

"...if you pay attention to what Mike Lanigan from Newman/Haas/Lanigan recently said, it certainly sounds like that team is going to go to three cars. It looks like Graham Rahal...this is a guy who's gonna have some company on that team. It looks like Robert Doornbos is probably going to wind up on part of that team, and it looks like Sebastien probably going to be back in the fold there as well."

This is an interview with Sebastien Bourdais after losing the 2006 Champ car race in Mont-Tremblant. Listen to the crowd in the background boo everything Bourdais has to say. I am proud to say, I am standing just out of camera shot in the stands and that booing started because of me. No word of a lie. I had happened to be at that race with the wife and was standing with a vocal bunch of Robert Doornbos supporters. When Bourdais began whining about being blocked I started booing and everyone else began as well. And every time he tried to say something we just kept booing him. Listen for the Whaaaa when he says we are not supposed to block... Yup that's my big mouth! It will be nice to have Bourdais back in North America. He was a very easy race driver to hate.

The only way this could get any better would be if Paul Tracy was the third driver for this team, which we all know would never happen.

First race of the season is April 5th, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

courtesy of

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Happy Birthday!

The Adventures of Mad Mal and Hobbes (and Calvin too!!) turned 2 the other day. I know, I know, hard to believe, but true. I have been blogging away happily for over 2 years now and surprise, surprise, I still haven't lost interest. And a large part of that goes to you, my regular readers. It always surprises me to hear friends, family and even people I really don't know, reference something from this blog in conversation with me and I have to stop and think, how do you know that? Oh, right, I posted it on this blog. So thank you, because without you, this wouldn't be half as much fun. It's nice to know that I'm not just talking to myself.

What No Border Collie?!?

New York- If there was any doubt, the Labrador retriever is the people's choice among purebred pooches for the 18th straight year.
The American Kennel Club says more than twice as many Labs were registered in the U.S. in 2008 as Yorkshire terriers - the No. 2 dog on the list.
The other top 10 canines are German shepherd, golden retriever, beagle, boxer, dachshund, bulldog, poodle and shih tzu.
It's a good thing the American Kennel Club doesn't recognize the border collie as a purebred, because they would kick the labs ass!
And then heard them home...
courtesy of today's Toronto Sun.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A New Day Begins...

Can you feel it?
Change is in the air in Washington D.C. and even here at The Adventures of Mad Mal and Hobbes (and Calvin too!!!).
I have been having a little fun with OBAMAICON.ME where you can upload a picture and get your own Obama Hope poster created by Shepard Fairey. Click on it and give it a spin. Now if you''ll excuse me, the 44th President of the United States of America is about to be sworn in.
site courtesy of

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Blame Canada!

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It looks like the bird strike that caused the US Airways jet to crash in the Hudson river earlier this week may of been caused by Canada geese. Apparently they are just as disliked down in the states as they are up here in Canada. The New York Post is even calling for these pests to be rounded up and killed, (something which is not allowed in Canada).
Check the full story at: Personally I couldn't agree more.
Meanwhile Investigators are still working out the logistics of removing the jet.

Unbelievable, that everyone survived. Wow -- amazing!
pictures courtesy of

The Long Good-Bye

And just like that, it was time to say good-bye. After a whirl wind three and a half weeks of family fun, sight seeing and visits up the ying-yang, it was time to pack up the family, say good-bye and head home, putting an end to the extended Thomas family Christmas. And I gotta tell you, there was not a dry eye at the airport when the time finally came to say good-bye. It was great to see my brother again, meet his girlfriend and my new nephew. It made this holiday season extra special. And yes it was sad to see them go, but my liver can finally breathe a sigh of relief, until the next time we meet again... Safe journey home. pictures by iPhone.