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Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Good Disability Lawyers

I hope you or your family never need a disability lawyer, but if you do there are two in the Toronto area that could help you out. The first one is David Share Associates and the second one is Aaron Lang. David specializes in insurance company disability claims and Aaron specializes in accident claims and CPP disability.

Both of these lawyers have a great deal of experience in the areas they specialize in. They have helped a few friends settle their claims.

CPP disability, especially, can be a mine field for most people because you have to get pass "The OCRT Tribunal" and "The Pension Appeals Board".

I would only promote someone on my blog who I felt was exceptional at what they did.

I also want to point out that the above lawyers take a 30% commission on any lump sum payment. Part of this fee is tax deductible.


Posted by qualteam at 9:39 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 16 November 2010 9:43 PM EST
Thursday, 11 November 2010
We Will Remember Them


Remembrance Day touches more Canadians than ever because of the war in Afghanistan.

Since 2002, every Canadian war casualty has made front page news. Their coffins were followed from Afghanistan to "The Highway of Heroes" in Ontario. This has happened 152 times. Death and scarifice doesn't just effect the dead soldiers' friends and family, but the whole country. Tonight on CBC television, there is a documentary on the fallen in Afghanistan. It's called "We Will Remember Them".

Remembrance Day is called Veterans Day in United States. The Poppy is a symbol of this day because of the poem "In Flanders Fields". 

In the second World War, over 100 million people died on both sides. In today's battles a lot fewer people die, but it still hurts.

Discoverying our common humanity is one way to bring peace into the world. Do you remember the World War One Christmas miracle? Check out the song "Christmas in Trenches".

Posted by qualteam at 9:19 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:01 PM EST
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
The Problem With Zombie Movies

It may come as a suprise to you but the first two episodes of "The Walking Dead" draw more than 10 million viewers. 

From what I've read on the internet, the reviews for this TV series have been very good.

Zombies seem to touch a sensitive part of our subconscious. There's something very evil and mysterious about this phenomena, but we can't get to the bottom of it. It's like a recurring nightmare that haunts many of us. We want it to go away, but it just keeps coming back like the zombies themselves.

I've watched both episodes and the emphasis was on shock and gore rather than story-line and zombie mysteries.

I have many questions about how the zombie apocalpse got started and why the government or military didn't crush it at the beginning. Was there a conspiracy of silence on this threat? Did the military fail in their counter attack against the zombies? Were the zombies created by supernatural means or by super science gone wrong? Who did it? Aliens? Mad scientists? The Devil?

Are the zombies real or are the human survivors' brains plugged into a virtual-reality zombie game? (Something like the Matrix)

In developing the story-line of "The Walking Dead", surely some of the living characters would be interested in what makes zombies tick and what evil lies behind them.

I'd like to see how this plays out.

Another person's view on the top ten zombie movies of all time.

Top Ten Things To Do After You're Dead.


Posted by qualteam at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 9 November 2010 12:24 AM EST
Monday, 1 November 2010
Our Vacation In Nashville

This was our first time to Nashville. It was a real treat to take in "The Grand Ole Opry", "The Ryman Auditorium" and other historical spots like "The Jackson Hermitage" and "The Parthenon".

We managed to see one Grand Ole Opry show which featured "Connie Smith" and "Little Jimmy Dickens". Little Jimmy may be 89 years old, but he still has a quick wit which is reflected in his dry "over the hill humor". Without a doubt,  he was the real star of this show.

We were also entertained at the Texas Troubador Theatre
by a fantastic Elvis imitator, John Beardsley, who did Elvis songs from the years 1953 to 1977. His energy was incredible.  

We went on several tours where we took many pictures, the best of which can be found on my facebook page.

I'd give this vacation a four star rating.

Posted by qualteam at 11:19 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 1 November 2010 11:29 PM EDT
Saturday, 23 October 2010
We're Going To Nashville For A Week


One of the staples in country music is nostagia. "The Grand Ole Opry" has been playing for almost 90 years and it shows no signs of disappearing.

There have been so many good singers that have sung country, Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Johnny Horton, Mary Robbins, Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash etc. etc. Most died relatively young, but others passed away at a ripe old age.

I remember those entertainers not because they were country singers or part of the Grand Ole Opry, but because they were artists and songwriters that told stories that related to the human condition.

George Jones can communicate it much better than I can communicate it in a blog entry.

Posted by qualteam at 12:42 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 23 October 2010 12:48 AM EDT
Monday, 18 October 2010
The Susan Boyle Story


It's refreshing to discover that a woman can be successful at musical entertainment without being young, sexy or scantily clad.

I saw "The Susan Boyle Story" for the first time tonight and I was impressed and moved to tears several times. "Cry Me A River" did just that to me. It was an old standard from the 1940s, but it seemed like it was was written with Susan in mind.

I find it great that someone could express themselves with superb music rather than formula MTV rock songs of the 21st century. Susan's first album went platinum faster than any other first album without the help of a"Big Sexy MTV Music Video".

Susan Boyle's story shows that artisic and personal success can come at any time or any age if a person follows his/her dreams.

In some ways, she is similar to Canada's Rita MacNeil.

Both Rita and Susan put their life into their music. This is not only inspirational for me but for millions of others around the world.

Posted by qualteam at 11:24 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 18 October 2010 11:26 PM EDT
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Internet Comic Of The Year: Ray William Johnson


Sooner or later the internet would create stars of its own. This has happened with Ray William Johnson who gets million of hits on his podcasts.

The above podcast is probably, the best of his many entries which can be found on Facebook and Youtube. "The Sony D and Rum Video" is really a celebration of creative uploading and mixing. I found it both compelling and very funny.

Other podcasts that were entertaining included a singing communist with a leer, two black guys doing bad rap/dancing, a DJ cat, and some bloopers from TV shows.

Please be advised that Ray's humor is mature and risqué and some may find it offensive. Three Stars.

I checked out another internet spoof show: Websoup and it doesn't cut it. Two thumbs down.


Posted by qualteam at 10:38 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 13 October 2010 11:04 PM EDT
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Goodbye To The Uplander: Hello To The Santa Fe

There comes a time in every driver's life when you don't want to put any more money into the old wheels. This is certainly true about about the 2005 Uplander that I had for five years. Sure it looked good with a remote starter and a DVD player, but the reliability record left something to be desired. I wished I'd read a few comsumer reviews before I bought it.

I looked into other vehicles and I was impress by the 2010 Hyundai Santa's price, warranty (five years bumper to bumper) and reviews. While not at the top of its class, it did rate at 8.2 with Car Connection.

I was impressed by different things. To begin with, this new auto was $26.00 cheaper a month to insure than my old Chevy. The safety rating for the 2010 Santa Fe was and still is 9.9. 

The heat and air conditioning was far superior than my Uplander. It heated up fast and cooled down fast.

The ride and ease of handling was definitely better than the Chev.

There's an MP3 player and USB port for an Ipod/Flashdrive with thousand of songs. That's a terrific upgrade over something in 2005.

The mileage is an improvement over the Uplander.

All dealerships should have a sweetheart deal for its customers beyond what is advertised. We got winter tires on rims with our package.

We're not going to set any speed records with this four cylinder vehicle, but we should enjoy the next five years worry free.

Posted by qualteam at 2:57 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 5 October 2010 2:59 PM EDT
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Our Algonquin Park Mini Vacation

We took a three day vacation to Algonquin Park. It's been five years since we were last there and it was good to see my wife's brother, Joe and his wife, Lawrie. We stayed with them in their fifthwheel RV.

I published some pictures of our trip on Facebook. They can be easily accessed by clicking on the link in the last sentence.

The highlight of the trip was big thunderstorm on Tuesday evening. It was a real thrill to dry dishes outside while lightening flashed and thunder rolled. Storms in Northern Ontario are usually more powerful than those in the cities.

All in all, it was great to discover the beauty and serenity of the great Canadian wilderness again. 

Please enjoy some "getting away music" by Christopher Cross.


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Posted by qualteam at 9:53 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 26 September 2010 11:04 PM EDT
Friday, 10 September 2010
Movie Reviews From Newfoundland


I managed to catch up on some movies that I hadn't seen in Ontario(except for Momma Mia). I must tell you that I saw these films on a couple of primitive TV sets of the 1980s. The screen wasn't very big and the color was a little on the darkside. Obviously, a movie would have to be very good to impress me under those circumstances.

  1. Review 135: "The Blind Side" This is by far the best Sandra Bullock movie that I've ever seen. This heartwarming tail is based on a true story of how a poor black lad was adopted by a white family and went on to become a football star. Four stars!!
  2. Review 136: "Hairspray" John Travolta was laugh as the big white mother in this picture. The songs and dances were also well done and indicative of that period of time. All in all, it was lots of fun for people of any weight, gender or race. Three and half stars.
  3. Review 137: "Momma Mia" I enjoyed this picture more on the second viewing than on the first. Meryl Streep's singing emphasized the dramatic situations in the story. While too long in the telling, some scenes were very exciting and moving. Three and half stars.
  4. Review 138: "Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince" This episode is more of murder mystery than the others. Harry becomes like Sherlock Holmes trying to track down Voltmort by putting together all the clues. It was too slow moving for my liking. Three stars.
  5. Review 139: "Click" To begin with, some scenes were just hilarious, but the same jokes were used over and over again and then it got too serious for too long. Two and a half stars.
  6. Review 140: "No Country For Old Men" The story starts well as a drug deal gone wrong. The bad guy chases the good guy who has the drug money to the Mexican border, but the film comes off the rails when the story degenerates into senseless killings of just about everybody. With no strong hero to out smart or out shoot the bad guy, the storyline peeters out with no climax. Two stars.
  7. Review 141: "Angel and Demons" The story should have been about some Illuminati conspiracy to "Control the World" or kill "The Roman Catholic Hierarchy". However, it was about neither. It ended up as "A Man Who Would Be Pope" story. Not real, not good. One and half stars.

We saw most of the movies in one week.



Posted by qualteam at 9:48 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 10 September 2010 10:47 PM EDT

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