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Toronto Drivers August 6, 2009

Posted by huymix in Random.
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Toronto is a big city and its hard to say that my experiences driving in this city are solely from Torontonians. However, some of my worst driving experiences have occurred due to Torontonians. I can’t really say how Toronto drivers stack up against other cities or anything objective like that. If you’re reading this post, you should know that almost everything written is 100% subjective anyways. Given the above caveats, Toronto drivers are an F- because:

  • Angry when they are breaking the law. One of the worst behaviours I’ve observed drivers here do is flip off a driver when they try something illegal and it is either blocked off or something. An example, on the 401, a driver tried to pass using the shoulder and had to come back because of a pillar. That same driver chose to cut off the another driver on the right and get all upset. I’m sorry, but I was going the same speed as the guy just in front of me and I will not be bullied.
  • Cannot handle different driving conditions.  You would think growing up Canadian you would be able to handle different weather conditions. Unfortunately, even light rain grinds traffic to a halt. Obviously, you should slow down, but really, light rain should not send traffic to a full stop and turn 10 minutes of driving into 45.
  • Toronto drivers get worse the easier the roads are set up. Here’s what I mean. There is a stretch of the 401 from Keele to Jane that has the worst record of the entire 401 highway (its a very long highway too). This part of the 401 is not at all twisty or narrow but rather straight and wide. The problem is, Toronto drivers are like kids in a candy shop when they get straighaways and cannot control their enthusiasm and drive even worse.

I’ve always heard of how bad LA or NY traffic is and I have no doubts that traffic there is a huge pain, probably ” F-able”. But if you find yourself in Toronto please do yourself a favour and take the train or get someone else to drive. Driving in Toronto is only an exercise of your patience.


Dany Heatley July 31, 2009

Posted by huymix in Sports.
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Dany HeatleyfminusHeatleyMake no mistake, Dany Heatley can score. He is still one of the NHL’s top scorers and should be an F +. However, he’s an F -. Just a caution, he’s an F – for almost entirely personal reasons, so please do not comment back by just parroting back stats because he’s an F- in spite of his stats. Dany Heatley is an F – because:

  • He is screwing over the Ottawa Senators. The Sens are my team and this fact alone is enough for me to put him in the F – category. If Heater is going to demand a trade, and then a trade is on the table, but is vetoed by Heatley, how badly does he really want out? He’s preventing the Sens from getting maximum value in a trade.
  • To keep him is expensive. He gets about $10 M a year on his current contract. The Sens signed on the very talented Alex Kovalev who would in theory, be his replacement and score goals in bunches. The problem is, Kovalev is not cheap and neither is Heatley. So what you have are 2 expensive players and you can’t get rid of the one who wants to leave. That means the Sens can’t use that money to sign other players.
  • He relies a lot on Jason Spezza. Without Jason, his numbers would not be as high. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to acknowledge Jason’s contribution to his stats and overall success (he didn’t even show up to the guy’s wedding).

People talk about how Dany Heatley, if he stays this season with the Sens, will play well on the basis he’ll want to be on Team Canada for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. I do not think it’ll play out that way since an unmotivated player is not so easily swayed. Also, even if that were true, what happens if he doesn’t make the team? Dany Heatley is going to be a drag. My advice is to ship him off to the L.A. Kings and hope he languishes there for the rest of his career.