I am still not a crook. More of a banker, really.

Posted on July 29th, 2009 6 great comments. Room for one more!

After five weeks off the job and finally managing to walk away with the bank, you’d think the unions would be eager to get back to work, wouldn’t you? I would too. But we’d both be wrong. Now they’re fussing over how they should return to work.

Have you ever done that thing where you rub the palm of your hand into your forehead in an agitated, twisting motion? Yeah.

Do you wanna know what I think happened? I think that City Hall saw Caribana looming and figured it couldn’t afford to lose it. Perhaps because of money. Perhaps reputation. Perhaps both. The negotiators blinked and, as a result, Miller has offered our collective anuses up for all sorts of wanton abuse. I can’t believe I used to call him General.

Oh well, at least it’ll be settled soon and we can all get back to doing whatever it is we do. Which is actually pretty much the same thing we’ve been doing all this time. How exciting.

Sarcasm, you say? Moi?! The impropriety!

Just hit the streets if you require evidence of various, excitingly subversive a-goings-ons:

JaMaCo Unite!

Now who feels like an impudent little monkey?

Unfortunately, these people are so underground, I have no idea who they are or what this is all about. It’s clear they’re fucking with the post office, I  just can’t fathom why. Until they make themselves known, I guess we’ll just have to call them the Jacket Mailers Collective, or JaMaCo for short.

I know, right? That would make a good song. JaMaCo, down in Key Largo, blah blah blah blah, on the go, etc. Already half written! Unfortunately, JaMaCo is going to need a kick-ass stage show because someone already beat them to the headlines:

talkin' to the wrong guy, pal

Pleasehelpusmrsnixon.com, a domain whose brilliance is bested only by torontocitylife.com

The nifty people behind this campaign are targeting one Janet Nixon, wife of Gordon Nixon, president and CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada. RBC is one of the few remaining bank conglomerates in Canada and I believe Gordon can have people legally “disappeared”. He’s that powerful. The bank invested in a, let’s say, controversial project called the tar sands. It’s a messy way to get oil out of tar-covered sand patches.

The group has been trying to stop the project’s source of funding, which is RBC, but Gordon doesn’t much care for their company. What to do?

Of course; talk to the guy’s wife!

The website features a fireside chat addressing, in a casual and friendly manner, Mrs. Nixon, asking for her assistance in helping her husband see some reason. “Thank you, Janet. Thank you very much.”

So nice.

In keeping with the sentiment, I’m so glad you could join me and share a moment of your time. That’s right, I’m pointing directly at you. Thank you.

Now, unfortunately, I have other duties to attend to, so I’ll have to bid you adieu. I’m sure you understand that I would never eschew you for something if it wasn’t critically important.

speaking of tar sands :D

6 Comments on “ I am still not a crook. More of a banker, really. ”

  • Tammy
    July 30th, 2009 7:16 am

    I have no idea what any of what you have written is about, but you caught my interest. Now, I am going to have to follow you to figure out what your talking about. I love the way you ended it. LOL!

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  • Patrick
    July 30th, 2009 7:36 am

    Understandable, Tammy. I'm not really sure what I'm writing about most of the time either. If you cover one eye and try not to read between any of the lines, it *kind* of makes sense. Thanks for the follow and, hopefully, my excessive drug use will subside in the near future.

  • Sandy
    July 30th, 2009 9:26 am

    Popping in to say thanks for placing the ad, it's appreciated.


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  • Patrick
    July 30th, 2009 9:35 am

    Aw shucks, Sandy … it's a privilege to be able to advertise a fine blog such as yours.

  • Inge'
    August 6th, 2009 7:13 pm

    I am so happy for your city! To have finally settled this strike must be a relief to many.

    I read the first paragraph and had to comment on our fine garbage men here in Elvisland. Apparently with the rain we had last week, they decided that it was in their contract that they do not have to work when it rains. What it actually says is if we have potentially dangerous weather they are not required to work. Less than an inch of rain does not fall under that criteria in my opinion.

    The local news had a real fun time with this one. Wonder what they will come up with in August when temps rise to high 90s low 100s with a heat index of about 115 everyday? Can't wait to see.

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  • Patrick
    August 7th, 2009 3:05 pm

    Thanks, Inge. Everyone here is relieved, but not everyone's happy with the final outcome.

    What is it with garbage collectors? Are they angry that they have to do that job? That's the only explanation I can come up with.

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