100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

After 100 days of being dissatisfied last year, I am starting off a 2016 edition, so if you unfollow me, please be sure to re-follow in September.

Day 1 of 100 days of dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Got a promotion YAY! Got my first pay check, and according to our new Phoenix system (all you public servants know what this is..and it has been in the news), I got demoted, BOO!

Day 2 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Wifey made my FAVORITE cupcakes (lemon). I was looking forward to the four left for me when I left for work today. When I go home, there were just two.


Day 3 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

So, I was craving poutine for some reason today.

I went out to discover the place closest to my office serving poutine just closed down. Bit of a shame, it was a Portuguese restaurant, and it had great spicy fries and chicken. The next closest place that sells poutine is a Greek restaurant. Another option is a nearby Italian one. A third is a Lebanese one. I work in Gatineau. Do you think there would be French Canadian one, like La Belle Province, near my office???

Day 4 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

In my hometown of TMR (Montreal) today, saw a real cool BMW M6. I do not know much about BMWs, but I do know a 100K+ car when I see one. I pulled alongside it, and saw a teenage boy texting in it while running through a stop sign turning left.

Question, if you owned a car like that, would you let your teen drive it? Also, if you have that kind of money, why not buy your son his own car to wreck, and maybe in the Volkswagon family?


Day 4 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Why on earth on Mother’s Day is Axl Rose the top trend on Facebook? Ya, I get he performed for the first time with ACDC, but at the very least FB, trend something that a mother would be proud of!!!


Day 5 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

You all know about my passion for grocery shopping, these young ladies in the distance wearing white paper hats and blue shirts were really making a lot of noise, disturbing my peaceful bliss.

I quickly understood what all the excitement was about. The man on the left was a butcher talking about the fine art of butchery. I felt sad for the future of these young girls if this is exciting for them.


Day 6 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition.

I like interesting and unique beers and how they are packaged. But having Tom Green on any label would kill anyone’s desire to live, let alone the desire to slake one’s thirst with a pint of ale.


Day 7 of 100 days of dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition.

Woke up at 145 this morning, so went to the gym early. That is OK, going to the gym early is a good thing. But gentlemen, two things. Bowel movements should be done at home before leaving and not for the locker room. Also, showers are not the place to blow your nose and hork. The gym is a public facility, not a kennel.

Day 8 of 100 days of dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

About to embark on a three day weekend! Could not ask for a better spring day today! Weekend weather forecast? Rain!

Day 9 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Getting the house ready for painting next week, and forgot how many cool LPs we had hidden away in a bureau! Lots of Rush, Beatles, Floyd! Really cool and maybe worth something now that they are coming back in vogue…then I went through the pile to discover some “hidden treasures”. What the ….???

Day 10 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Ever been at a Comicon with the hoards of people swarming around to buy trinkets and shirts from many fun TV programs? I never felt so confused in my life! I did not get why so many people want to spend a lot of money to stand in line all day (and Ottawans do odd things!)…and yet I left with some pretty fun memories!

Day 11 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Quiet Sunday morning reflecting a bit about what I saw at Comicon yesterday. One of the hilites was to sit in on a Q&A session with Billy Dee Williams. He defined “cool” in the 70s and 80s. That was where my memories were of him. When I saw him come on stage as an 80 year old, heavier, and slowed by age, sobering reality of time flying in life kicked in. He was great, btw, but clearly had the effects of age and lack of recall (could not remember his own web site,billydeewilliams.com). On an additional note, the other panelists I saw, John De Lancie (68), Rene Auberjonois (75…though he always looked 75), and john rhys-davies, who I will see today (72) have also aged. Life does go by fast, but the Cons do give these actors something to do in retirement.


Day 12 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

The say socks disappear mysteriously. Well not only socks disappear for me, but I have been plagued by my rebellious slippers who decide to walk away from me and hide all the time! They only started doing this to me a couple of months ago….and today, I cannot find them at all!

Day 13 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition
I am a huge Tarantino fan. I have not yet seen the Hateful Eight and am hoping to take it out from the library. Our library is really good. You can normally place a hold on an item on the internet, and when it becomes available, you get notified and you can pick it up. Unfortunately, for this movie there are no holds available. Basically it is first come first server. I saw as I was leaving my home to do an errand that it was available at the library, so I zoomed to try to pick it up, only to find out it was taken out three minutes prior to my arrival!!


Day 14 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction -2016 Edition
Grateful to Rogers for forcing me to learn a new way to count to five and simplifying their on demand service


Day 15 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Found this…LCC classmates should remember these IDs. All I have to say is Really? #tbt

Day 16 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Spring is in the air!! And, like 90% of Ottawa, I decided to take the day off to get a head start on everyone in the garden. Very grateful to Home Hardware that they had an express checkout!


Day 17 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

In the early 90s, Jurassic Park was one if the scariest (and fun) movies I saw up to that time. Tonight I saw Jurassic World. Meh…Barney is more interesting


Day 18 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Love how stores dumb things down for the consumer. I never once have seen a “Mr. Prickly” attack my grass, nor see the need to do anything to ward off a sock puppet attack on my lawn.


Day 19 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

One sure fire sign of spring, cars start to migrate from the driveways to the streets. Makes for better pedestrian experience and gives kids options to play on the driveway/streets instead of the park which is unused and is just around the block.


Day 20 of 200 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016

I have always liked Pink Floyd, but embarrassed to admit that I have never listened to anything they had written prior to their album Meddle.

I listened to the first four and stopped after Ummagumma, and have to say, this is not the Pink Floyd I knew and was quite confused. Ummagumma allowed each band member to write one song each, which is a cool idea. David Gilmour said of his song that he just “bullsh**ted his way through it”, and it sounds like it, then you get Roger Waters’ contribution. Glad to say that drugs had nothing to do with the recording of this song:

Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict (but it blended well with the denizen of the suburbs!)

Day 21 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Turned on Netflix and saw that someone hacked my account…

Day 22 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

After hearing a bunch of yappy children, was relieved to find that the perfect clubhouse was on sale at the Home Hardware. Comes with exterior padlock.


Day 23 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Solicitors and canvassers who ring my doorbell when I am trying to unwind at the end of a long day is a nuisance, especially when I have a sign that clearly says no solicitors. I wonder if a more explicit sign is in order.


Day 24 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Went to the gym twice today. First time, this morning, when I left I said goodbye to the girl behind the counter, she said ‘have a nice day’ in a dismissive way with fake smike and resumed her discussion with her friends, which is in line with @goodlife policy as most of their staff are like that. This afternoon, I walked in and said hello to a different girl behind the desk. Instead of saying hello back, she said abruptly “we close in an hour”. After my workout I weighed myself. And I gained a pound. I love fitness!!

Day 25 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Lawn mowing seems a lot faster than it used to. Either I am getting faster and better, or I simply don’t care. The fact that the grass is brown and I can’t tell what is cut or not does not help.


Day 26 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Heard this morning that a remake of Roots starts to air tonight on A&E. I was too young to appreciate the original, but knew it had a huge buzz and am interested in the story. I tried to program my PVR, and thanks to some unknown technical issue, it took nearly a half hour to program all 4 episodes. Did not realize that Roger’s PVRs required a reboot after setting each episode. Nice feature.

Day 27 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Do not click on unknown YouTube links sent by mischievous friends first thing in the morning. Can cause ill effects for your whole day

Day 28 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Looking to do competitive bike racing? Look no further!!

The city of Gatineau ran their annual “Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau” road race today starting at 5 pm. Perfectly timed to promote the sport during a Thursday rush hour, so all the public servants who are going to and from home can stare at the bikers for half hour while they sit on their buses (which cannot move because the police are blocking the streets).


Day 29 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

So, I watched American Horror Story Season 2 – Asylum a few weeks ago (and the asylum was run by nuns). It was pretty intense, but what is freaking me out the most is not the horror, but the song (Dominique nic nic) that was played throughout the series for the patients. WORLD’S WORST EAR WORM EVER!!! When I think it is out my system, I would have to meet with an “Anik” or “Dominic” Nic Nic. I am going Nic Nic crazy! I caught my self singing Nic NIc in the office on a few occasions, and when I did, a French colleague (from France), almost dropped dead. She said, “Do you realize what you are singing”, I said “No”. She explained it to me. In France, “nic” is the equivalent of a very crass word for fornicate. Who knew a song sung by nuns could be so crass.


Day 30 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

If I was not already disillusioned with religion, watching 3 preliminary UFC fights tonight did not help. Two victors gave “glory to God”. Maybe I am ignorant, but I did not realize that Jesus blesses some folk to kick the crap out of people, or I don’t understand how giving someone a concussion would be honouring to a loving God…


Day 31 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

I am increasingly amazed that whenever I see a show, there will always be 1 or 2 British actors on them that seem to be anywhere, like Jim Broadbent. Well, Jim was not on Game of Thrones tonight (or ever, but there are still two seasons), but tonight, I saw Percy from the Black Adder. It did not have the same “zing” without the Lord Flashheart

Day 32 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 edition

Based on the anchors, looks like a news show for children. And announced one day after canceling Canada AM. Can’t imagine Ben as a news personality. Partially cause he has none. As always, well done Bell! The “Your Morning” team…



Day 33 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Worked through lunch to leave work earlier today. Left work early, but busses schedule determined by a spin of a wheel. Got home later than normal


Day 34 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

As always, OCTranspo continues to improve ways to confuse ridership. Bus fares will be the same for everyone, and getting around town will be obfuscated by “colour” choices. I will have to come up with rhymes like “if the bus lines are blue, the suburbs are for you”.

My future ride will likely change from bus – bus to bus-bus-train-bus! Yay. Visions for a future over 3-hour commute!


Day 35 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Ever have those days where you look for a bit of peace and sanctuary after work? I was sort of hoping to get that on my way home. I cranked the first Iron Maiden album almost full blast to go to my happy place. Listened to the first few bars of the first song, then the music was replaced by woman talking very loudly on a cell phone ALL THE WAY HOME. Peace ruined. Now sulking in the basement


Day 36 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

I had to stand up on the bus today. Everyone who was sitting around me seemed completely oblivious as they stared fixated at their zombie-making cellular devices. I try to ignore this daily ritual, but could not help but notice a sharply dressed man (in a suit) in his late 50s texting “I will be home soon muffin”….awe, very cute. When I got off a bus, a young teenaged girl ran to a young teenaged boy saying “HEY F#@$face”, and proceeded to give him a hug. Times have changed.

Day 37 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

I am all for supporting small businesses. My heart breaks when I see the small guy trying to make a living get crunched by a big corporation. I usually pay with Visa, mostly for convenience and point collecting. When a small business requests we pay with cash, I will honour that as I know they have to pay surcharge and lose a bit on the profit (which for small business, does have impact).

Walmart, however, today announced it will no longer accept Visa, purely as a financial decision – despite Visa giving them the lowest possible rates. Visa is the largest credit card in Canada, and not everyone can pay with cash all the time.

When this comes in to effect after July 18, I plan to continue shopping at Walmart, ensuring my cart is filled with hundreds of “dollar store” valued items from different sections of the store, and when asked to pay cash, say, sorry, cant do it, and leave my cart at the cashier.

Any joiners?

Walmart to stop accepting Visa cards in Canada

Day 38 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

We have a new voyeur in the neighbourhood, who lives across the road (we also have BBQ family who sit and stare at our home all summer in our backyard). We call him “Sir Woofsalot”. Every time I step out of the house, I see him spying on us through the window (do a close up of the image, he is to the right)….then he starts to bark non stop. He is a cute dog, but wow, he complains a lot

Day 39 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Bus service randomly skipping buses this day. Took 1.5 hours to get to my doctor’s office from work, only to find out that the nurse “forgot” to tell me last week that my weekly shots have been changed to every two weeks. Also asked if I could come earlier than normal next week…

Day 40 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

I am all for smart use of guns. Military and police officers need them. Hunting. Farmers, etc. In the USA, I can list off many mass killings, but I am struggling to remember one being averted by a responsible, law abiding, gun-owning citizen. The answer is simple.USA should give guns to all its citizens in order to change that.

Day 41 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Dropped off my car at the dealership for servicing. I proceeded to walk away to hit the gym. Few blocks down, out of the corner of my eye I saw a technician whizzing around in my car like he’s going for a joyride and zooms right by me, then speeds around a corner. Then I got the bill later…

Day 42 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

I really like children, especially with a bit of ketchup and mustard. I am amazed how one small toddler requires 2 to 3 seats on a crowded bus. I am even more amazed that we have such strict laws for car seats for older children, and nothing equivalent for buses where kids stand on seats, do pirouette, and jump on a bus that is normally very difficult to safely stand on for adults

Day 43 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition (for yesterday)

I am not an aggressive driver, but I don’t like being slowed down and will cruise the left lane on highways to pass people or to go to point A to point B faster.

If you own a Vespa, NEVER ride the left lane on any highway or roadway, you will always get in the way. Vespa claims these bikes can go up to 59 MPH, but no sane person would ride them that fast, and frankly, 40 KMH likely their top speed in optimal conditions. I don’t get their appeal…you never see James Bond riding a Vespa.

To the Vespa driver who cruised the 417 in the left lane yesterday, THANK YOU for ensuring the safety of your fellow commuters by slowing traffic down to a crawl.

Day 44 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition (again for yesterday)

I said this before, I collect President’s Choice points. Each week, I get an email promoting the special offers telling me which foods I can buy to get points for.

If you get a lot of points, you get free groceries. Simple.. The offers, though, are typically received a day after I buy huge quantities of those products, making the offer useless to me as the offer expires each week.

Yesterday, I finally got an offer I can use – for peanut butter. I went to the store and they were sold out. At this rate, I will have enough points to claim a 20$ discount by the time I retire.

Day 45 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Tornado warning in Kanata…but we live in Narnia, where we get a bit of lightning, lots of sunshine, and no rain

Day 46 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

I appreciate working dogs. While waiting for a bus, listening to my tunes, a seeing eye dog brushed by my leg accompanied by a blind man with a white cane. The man did not seem to realize that his dog came in contact with me, and he smiled as he continued to walk to the front of the bus line. I noticed as he walked by that he was wearing wireless bluetooth headphones.

My first thought, isn’t that dangerous for a blind man to remove his ability to hear around him?

Day 47 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Had an offsite 3 hour marathon meeting this afternoon, and, because I was in meetings all morning, I did not have a single cup of coffee, so I got one during a break in the afternoon.

Ever get confronted with a snack in the cafeteria that you remember having as a kid, then suddenly, out of a burst of nostalgia, you start to crave it. Today, it was Fig Newtons, and I bought a pack of 4. The first bite took me to a state of nostalgic bliss. The second made me think, “Who eats this crap”?

Day 48 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Working in a Linux shop the last few years has given me a solid appreciation for the operating system. Buying a Mac a couple of years ago gave me an appreciation for a nice, simple to use, a family computer that is a great user experience.

Not being an uber Mac user, doing a simple task of finding files embedded in the OS and copying them to a flash drive is not too straightforward. Windows allows me to drag and drop files from one Window to another

What do I do? On my mac, I open a terminal session and use Linux commands to do what would have taken me less time in Windows.

Day 49 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

BestBuy sends out emails for specials they are offering. Today announced the arrival of a product I actually have been waiting for a long time. Wireless Bose noise cancelling headphones.

Bose noise cancelling headphones really are superior technology, and if anyone has ever taken a ride on OCTranspo would know, you cannot hear your music with Apple ear buds, even when cranked full blast. In fact, while you are unable to hear your songs, because of the volume, the passenger sitting next to you gets to enjoy the music exactly the way you do, that of digital gobbledygook. Misery loves company!

My criticism with Bose noise canceling headphones is the cost and the 10 feet of cord they give you with it. Cord management is a challenge on a crowded bus. Today, finally, BestBuy announce Bose WIRELESS noise canceling headphones. AND on special! I have been waiting for this! I am stoked!


Great “special”. No way. I would lose them in a week, or they’d be stolen. Back to listening to gibberish

Bose Quietcomfort QC35 Headphones Overview – Best Buy Canada

Day 50 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Due to some wackiness of Facebook, I think I discovered why I am talking to the air! I wasn’t posting to my “friends”, it seems that I was posting to a very small subset (like 15) people. Who knows how long this has been going on for!

What is odd is that no one seemed to notice!

Day 51 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

CFL kicked off for Ottawa last night. It was one of those “games of a century” featuring a Redblacks 55 yard field goal to tie the game on the last play of the fourth quarter, and featured new Redblacks QB, Trevor Harris, who completed a 71 yard bomb in his first pass of the game and was near perfect while leading team to victory in OT (if you saw Harris’ stats last year with Toronto, you wonder why he is not starting).

I forgot the game was on and was watching YouTube videos of cats before going to bed.

Day 52 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Thank you OCTranspo for giving me a tour of Western Kanata, though I did not really see anything new as I have lived here for 17 years and I reside (and you were suppose to go to) SOUTHERN Kanata

Day 53 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

That moment when you think “retail therapy” is joining the dollar shave club

Day 54 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Very upset about the Subban for Weber deal. One of the worst deals the Habs have ever made (and they have made a lot, and yes, Weber is talented).

Very upset that the Oilers traded Taylor Hall in an incredibly one-sided deal. I know they need a defenceman, but that is a huge price.

Proof again why pro hockey franchises do not do well in Canada.

Why the P.K. Subban trade may be the worst in Canadiens history

Day 55 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Skateboarding is cool. Lots of cool stunts you can do. If you skateboard, please don’t do it on a busy sidewalk that is laced with pedestrians – especially if you are in your forties. You may run into a few people, and you end up moving slower than the walkers.

Day 56 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 edition

It is 8am, isn’t it a little early to have the music cranking for Canada Day? The only event listed in my neighbourhood at this time is a senior’s breakfast at the nearby retirement home. I did not realize they like to shovel pancakes in their mouths with the cadence of a bass drum at a steady 120 beats per minute.

Day 57 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

I see big headlines for the NHL free agency frenzy. Over 600 million dollars paid for 100 players. Sounds like a bargain (not)! Especially as there are no Gretzky’s or Lemieux’s in this mix.

I don’t get it. Ottawa did not get any free agent deals, and Edmonton got rid of one of their young talents. Montreal is rolling the dice on a Russian player who has had attitude problems (the “reason” for dumping their star Subban). Seems like a lot of teams are spending too much money, or bringing players through a revolving door, and are not really doing anything to improve their situations.

NHL will continue to be boring.

Day 58 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

There is a bit of running gag in my family that I cannot complete reading any Edward Rutherfurd book. I have started Sarum three times, but never completed it. It is not that I did not like the book (what I read was really good!), but it just seemed to take me too long to get through that I put it down and forgot about it.I am determined to finish reading at some point in my lifetime, and this morning was looking at the cost for this older book on Kobo (and Amazon). Seems like the eBook version is more expensive than the paperback version!! It seems this is common for a lot of books!!How is this possible? e-books are cheaper to produce and have a wider reach than paper-based equivalents? Guess will have to go “old school” on this one!Footnote and coincidentally: Looks like I was reflecting on another ebook issue a few years ago!

Day 59 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Survived Canada Day! Yay! But it seems like everyone at the office has spontaneously evaporated! Where on earth is everyone, and why am I not there???

Day 60 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

This is a good one. I went to the doctor to follow up on some regular blood work this morning. He asked how were things, and I mentioned my ears were itchy. He poked around my ear and saw there was a wax blockage, so he suggested we remove the blockage via his magical water syringe. I have had this done before, and was hoping to get relief. Left ear done. No problem. Right ear a fight. Now my ear is totally blocked and I can’t hear out of it. Have to go back to do more syringe work on Friday.

Day 61 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

For Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, Netflix is showing all Star Trek series for first time on Netflix Canada. Be nice to see some of the ones I have missed. That must mean nearly 600 hours of TV to watch. What are the odds I will watch all before Netflix takes them off the air?


Day 62 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction 2016 Edition

Ever get to that stage in the office where the microwaves get so dirty that no one dares even goes into the kitchen? Ours did, and a brave soul posted some signs to express displeasure (yack)



Day 63 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

That moment you crave ribs from a special restaurant that you enjoy going to for lunch…and you arrive to discover that they have new summer hours and do not open until dinner. Then you realize your only restaurant option is vegetarian…

Day 64 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

New rule: If you are going to pay be credit card at the grocery store, do not cash in your PC points. Credit card will fail.

Day 65 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

It started with one, then two, now dozens of miniature condoms litter my desk. Who knew they reproduced!


Day 66 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Twitter is my social media platform of choice. I use a Blackberry. The Twitter app for Blackberry has not been upgraded in three years! What is frustrating is that I like to express my dissatisfaction by retweeting a story and make a snide remark.

Twitter for the Blackberry does not let me do that. For that matter, it does not tell me when other people retweet and comment on my tweets.

Come on Blackberry! Get in the NOW! (Don’t get me started on the Facebook app!)

Day 67 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

New neighbour moves in in May. Rogers technician connected our home to theirs in order for them to have internet access. Nice having an above ground cable wire connecting the homes that can double as a skipping rope. They came back to properly feed the wire underground to their house.

Now I no longer have internet or telephone in our home. Oddly enough, cable works.

Day 68 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

I have been pledging myself to go the gym daily when I get up first thing in the morning for over a year and half now. At what point should I just give up? I have never been a morning person, never will. Can’t even do the gym late at night, my only other option. (I am now able to go once or twice on weekdays).

Day 69 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Does anyone know what planet Youppi is from? Or what species or sex it is? Hard to believe this is a Montreal icon and Youppi gets free entrance to Habs and Expos games. I guess as it was the original Expos mascot, youppi may have been the offspring of “La Grande Orange” ( Expos great Rusty Staub). Not sure if Rusty was that furry. Only “logical” conclusion I can think of.


Day 70 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Freaking Pokemon!! got run over by a Pokemoner in the stairwell at work…then someone else found one in my office

Day 71 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

I applaud this person’s effort remind fellow parking lot users to be sure to park between the lines. This parking lot is at a grocery store that shares the lot with a local church. As most offenders usually drive newer or more expensive cars, which per capita seems to represent church parkers, I wonder if this was written this Sunday morning. After all, the car that was currently parked there was parked perfectly, it was afternoon, and I saw the owner come out of the store.


Day 72 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

American logic sometimes confuses every value I was raised on. Senator Cotton at the Republican Convention said “we don’t go to war because we HATE our enemies, we go to war because we LOVE our country”. I wonder if I can apply that statement in my daily life. For example, “I burned down my neighbours fence not because I HATE it, it is ugly, and is leaning dangerously into my property, but because I LOVE my property, and so should everyone else.

Day 73 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Watching a few minutes of the convention cause I need some help falling asleep. Does anyone else find it ironic that Melania is saying that Donald has “loyalty and perseverance”? SHE IS HIS THIRD WIFE!!!

Day 74 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

This what Rogers calls “power outage in your area”


Day 75 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Some prankster thought it was a funny joke to put a mirror behind my monitors in my office as I was in meetings for most of the day. Made me jump out of my skin…but does make for an interesting selfie shot…especially cause my ugly head is not in it.


Day 76 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

I get my allergy shots bi-weekly at my Doctor’s office. I usually go Monday nights after work.

This Monday, I went and saw a sign saying the office was closed for summer hours. Noted that the summer hours has the office open late on Tuesday until 8 pm

On Tuesday, I wen to the Doctor’s office at 6 pm. I was told that the nurse who gives the shots leaves at 5 pm, so I should arrive around before 5 pm. Noted that the summer hours has the office open until 5 pm Wednesday.

On Wednesday, I went to the Doctor’s office at 4:30 pm. The WHOLE OFFICE WAS CLOSED. Noted that the summer hours has the office open from 8:30am – 8:00pm on Thursday.

On Thursday, I went to the Doctor’s office at 830 am. I was greeted by a sign that said that there was no doctor’s available, so shots could not be given until 1 pm and sorry for the inconvenience, but we are open. I was going to blow a gasket, so I went in to the waiting area, and no lights were on and there was another sign that said that there was a staff meeting, and the office was going to be open at 9:30 am. Missed my last bus, had to drive to work, had to leave work early, to finally get my shot at 4 pm yesterday.

I noted the nurse left after giving me the shot at 4:05 pm. I would have  missed her if I showed up at 5..

Day 77 of 100 Days if Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Watched Deadpool on Apple TV a while back. Figured I would see what Apple would suggest I watch tonight. I think there is a problem with their algorithm. based on these recommendations! They probably would recommend I watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarves because I watched The Hateful Eight too!


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Day 79 of 100 – Days of Dissatisfaction

Checked out the updates on my Blackberry today. Facebook and Twitter were two apps being updated, both of which were ready for some serious upgrade. Installed both. Twitter functions identically as before. Facebook now launches a Web browser which loads the Facebook home page….

Day 80 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Looking to start getting back into guitar, Facebook recommends this for me…


Day 81 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Zellers exists in Ottawa, it seems. But this Zellers is not the one I remember. You know, the one that would give Value Village some good competition. No, this one is a “high end” Zellers. It sells Ralph Loren, Tommy Hilfinger, and stinky stuff to make you smell pretty. Makes me wonder where you can buy quality low-cost clothing.

I have nothing against Value Village, but find it ironic that a thrift store is one of the most popular stores in our well-to-do suburb.

Day 82 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 edition

All the denizen were out shopping at 830 tonight. The StupidStore was packed! In the line up a woman wearing what looked like pyjamas (the ponies on the pants gives it away) broke open a box of Cheerios, and started to grab large handfuls and shoveled them in her mouth, before paying for them. I know she was dressed for breakfast, but wouldn’t the cereal taste better with milk?

Day 83 of 100 Days of Datisfaction

Have you ever worked on a project that seems to have no end, no planning, changing direction, fixed deadlines, and the whole thing may be canned in the near future? This seems to be a recurring theme in my professional life. Lucky for me, I am flexible. I am sure all those that have worked with me (either professionally, socially, or voluntarily) in the past can vouch for that! And no, I don’t mean flexible as in yoga. I have the suppleness of a telephone pole. : )

Day 84 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Raised in Montreal, there was lots to be proud about in that city. The Habs, great venue for fashion and culture, restaurants, Expos, shows, cool buildings and overall style. Things seem to be drifting a bit since I left. Habs, suck. Expos, gone. And now this is the best thing that has come out of the city in near a decade. Who knew this is an art form AND a sport.

Quebec’s Jazzy Alix wins elite North American Pole Dance Championship

Day 85 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition.
No matter where we go, we are blitzed with advertising. Impossible to hide from, but isn’t anything sacred anymore? Found a new place (at Landmark Theatres watching Star Trek Beyond) to insert an add. If anything, it helps my aim. (Side note: wonder how much it would cost to line the inside of their toilet bowls with a quick promo for dissatisfiedbruce.com)



Day 86 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Helping a neighbour on the corner of the street as they have been trying to give away their carpets free for a week now. THIS IS A GREAT OFFER! If you are interested, help yourself! Sadly, the free pizza was not a strong enough draw.

Come soon, it will only be around for another week, as that is when the garbage men will come to pick it up.


Day 87 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction -2016 Edition

Taking the city bus from the armpit of Kanata to Gatineau that run on Sunday schedules on Monday. Why does Quebec have to be so different?

Day 88 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Sadly reminded today that this disaster is 18 years old this month

Day 88.5 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Who watches this nonsense? Come on networks, if you want real ratings, drop #BachelorInParadise and start the series #MILFIsland (execs need to listen to Tina Fey of #30rock)

Day 89 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction- 2016 Edition

Shutting three lanes down to 1 and a flashing red traffic light to support construction just out of my office is really improving the infrastructure Gatineau. I get in the bus at the blue dot and take it to Terasse Dr la Chaidiere towards the top of the map. The red lines are showing stand still traffic. The bus ride usually takes 5 minutes for a 2 km ride. Today, a half hour, which is slightly worse than the 20 minutes Monday and Tuesday. Note photo this pm. About the same as this am. Glad I am not driving. Photo credit Paul-Emile Gaudet Note that apart from Queensway, all is fluid…



Day 90 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

HHHHOTTTT! and no, I am not talking my looks. In fact, I think I sweated more in my office than I did outside! There was absolutely no air flow!

Day 91 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

(for yesterday) Construction continues in Gatineau.. Bus stop had to be moved from outside my office. Not knowing where the temporary stop was, I walked to the the previous stop (about a 1km walk, so no real big deal). I got on the bus to find that the temporary stop was in fact just across the road from my office, with the signage on the BACK of the construction sign. I guess everyone is suffering from budget cuts, but duct tape and paper quite innovative.

Day 92 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Another garbage day on a Saturday. A great to enjoy the warm air, smell the fresh rotting meat, and inhale some flies. I happen to live on a circular street, and people drive on it like a NASCAR oval. We have friendly neighbourhood junk collectors who drive slowly up and down the streets looking at other people’s crap. I heard a large bang outside my front door and heard glass shatter. It seems like a Dale Ernhardt crashed into junk collector who decoded to stop to look at the curb. Blocked my driveway for a half hour.p photo credit#voyeurbruce


Day 93 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

First day of new exercise routine and I overslept, and only exercised for 5 minutes. Read the ‘perfect’ songs to wake up to list, by psych. PhD candidate David Greenberg. Cant say I agree. I would turn these songs off and trash my music player, then go back to bed.



Day 94 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

If you ever want to understand fully what it is like to drive in the city of Ottawa, go grocery shopping. Everyone in the centre of the lane moving very slowly with no room to pass.

Day 95 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition


Please people, coat hooks are not meant for toilet paper. People can get hurt reaching that high.

Day 96 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Proof positive that the American elections are just too long…when a comment comes back as a Facebook memory a year later


Day 97 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Why isn’t the Octagon an Olympic sport? They have BMX biking and golf. I mean, what next? Pantomime horse racing?


Day 98 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition

Was talking to Cait about books and am still amazed how digital editions of books are more expensive than paper. They are also harder to share with friends as security is injected in the electronic copy. Great purchase for people who don’t like to share.

Day 99 of 100 Days of Dissatisfaction – 2016 Edition
Went to a store. Since when does colouring books cost $30? No wonder parents are bankrupt! BTW they are free on Internet




To most of your chagrin, another year has come to an end! With so much to be dissatisfied for, this year was in fact easier than last year.

The last day is going to be hard to be dissatisfied, it is Wifey’s birthday (Cait Gordon), so drop her a line and send her some warm fuzzies! Love ya bunches babe and have a great day of doing Cait-like things.

With this years coming to an end, I have to say, if I am dissatisfied with is it the amount of time I spend on social media posting dissatisfied posts! The point of the posts is a reminder to the time when social media was a sharing of what is going on in one’s life, and not simply a meme generator.

So, instead, I will bring all these posts together, and stick them on the dissatisfiedbruce.com web site so you can enjoy for all time to come. From there, you will see postings of things that irk me (as well as here on facebook too)

Thanks for reading!

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