As I have done every year since 1989, one “lucky” winner will be picked as this year’s George McFly Award recipient. The “awards” that began with my sister and I picking the biggest loser of the year has grown to become a world wide phenomenon.
Okay, I might be lying about that. But for the past 20 years, I have always found some time each year to single out the person (or people) most deserving of the award.
And if you’ve seen the Back to the Future movies or are familiar with my style, then you probably already know that the George McFly Award is truly one award you don’t want to win.
Just want to give a head’s up that the awards will be “presented” right here on Zoey’s World during the last week of December. Some time around my annual take on the ol’ In/Out list and my opinion of what should be banned in 2010.
Today, as luck would have it, is my 35th birthday. It’s also the first birthday I have spent without my best friend along side of me. Not that my annual celebrations are noteworthy — after all, one year he took me to see 8 Mile — but for the most part, my birthdays have always been fun.
And this being a milestone of sorts, it would have been nice to have him here to celebrate. But like most things in life, sometimes our lives and choices take us down different paths. I myself wouldn’t be in Canada had I not decided to follow one path — and who knows how things would have turned out for me had I gone back home to Jersey when my campus life was done.
I always like to reflect a little when my birthday rolls ’round. Not a glum and grumpy type of reflection. More of a ‘greatest hits’ montage of all the things I have done and how my life has turned out so far. I’m very fortunate when I think about everything I have. There are many out there who aren’t so lucky.
So while my friend can’t be with me this year, here’s hoping there are more times in the future when we can hang out, just as I look forward to future birthdays and seeing what my chosen path has in store for me.
As a journalist and a freelance writer, I try to stay non-partisan when it comes to certain things. But with all this talk about next year’s mayoral race in Toronto, I just have to say something.
As we all know, current Toronto Mayor David Miller thankfully will not be running next year — which is probably the smartest move he’s made in the last few years. That of course opens the flood gates for anyone with the ambition (and the money) to run for office.
It would seem that Adam Giambrone, the Chairman of the Toronto Transit Commission, thinks he might make a good mayor.
And I think it would be a bad idea. A very bad idea.
Normally I would just laugh this off. I would hope that the people of this city would think twice about electing someone like Giambrone to be mayor of Toronto. Sure, by comparison anyone would do a better job than the mess the city is in because of David Miller. But sometimes “anyone” is not the answer.
Just look at the TTC these days. Look at all the problems we have had in this city with transit over the last few years — or better yet, since Adam Giambrone has been chairman. Problem after problem. Labor disputes, service interruptions, countless dollars being wasted, fare hikes… the list goes on and on. In my honest opinion, he is not qualified to be the Chairman of the TTC and he is CERTAINLY not qualified to be mayor of Toronto.
As a human being, I can’t say what kind of person Adam Giambrone is. I’m sure he’s a really nice guy. But as a Chairman of the largest transit company in the country and one of the most important departments of this city, he’s not the man for the job.