The Stanley Cup Playoffs and Random Thoughts

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For we hockey lovers the orgy of hockey that is the first couple of rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has begun, and we can watch as much hockey as we want, whenever we want. My favorite team isn’t in the playoffs (no, not the Blue Team, but Les Habitants), but that won’t stop me from watching as many games as I can possibly see.

In the world of finances, your taxes are due fairly soon (very soon if you are in the United States), and have you got your Taxes done? The longer you wait, the longer your rebate might take (of course if you owe money, then you should be waiting until the last-minute to submit).  I am using Turbotax again this year, and I do owe the kind folks who gave me a copy to review, an actual review of the product (here is a hint, I like it).

In Ottawa the Civil Service cuts continue to pile up with many folks being told last week and this week, and still more will be told their fate next week (and still others may only hear near the end of the year). Looks like the job hunting services are going to be doing a roaring business over the next few months. Interesting that the Ottawa area elects a fair number of Tory MP’s, does seem a little ironic.

Weekly Recap

Some diverse post Easter topics this week:

And thanks to those who added me on Twitter I am now over 1050 folks who follow me, holy cow!  If you join my “Twitter Posse”, you might notice I am also re-Tweeting some posts from the French Media as well (hell, if I am learning the language, shouldn’t we all?). I don’t think I am at the level of being officially bilingual in the eyes of the Federal Government, but I am getting close.

Check out my facebook page as well (but no I won’t be buying Facebook stock because of this either). The page includes many different posts, not just my own (kind of like this Friday post, but all week-long).

Links for the Week

The week after Easter can be a time for restarting or renewing, but unfortunately on the markets it was a wild and wooly roller coaster ride as well:

Other Bookkeeping

Lord Stanley’s Pride

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Budgetary Quotes for 2012

“Goaltending is a normal job, sure.  How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.”

– Jacques Plante (the man who popularized the goalie mask)

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  • My Own Advisor April 15, 2012, 3:23 PM

    Agreed, I really hope they give Bob Cole a package. Great career, but your time is done Bob.

    Thanks for the mention!

  • Joe April 13, 2012, 8:09 PM

    Thanks for the mention and excellent quote. Austerity is fail; Cdns will never be happy until they have civil servants paid like Realtors or Tim Horton’s workers. Instead of generally well-educated, intelligent, committed, non-corrupt federal public servants, they’ll get what they pay for. Although I must say I’m delighted to see the CBC get what it deserves.

    • bigcajunman April 14, 2012, 6:43 AM

      If the CBC could get rid of Bob Cole, then Ottawa folks might be happy too! 🙂

  • Jeremy @ Modest Money April 13, 2012, 11:15 AM

    I’d say the firing everyone approach is much better than the sad apology. At least it shows that they are willing to shake things up to try to do better.

    On the bright side, it’s been some really good hockey so far. I just hope my Canucks can wake up a bit and even up the series tonight.

    • bigcajunman April 13, 2012, 12:04 PM

      The one thread that will bind Canadians is hockey and the weather!

  • The Blunt Bean Counter April 13, 2012, 7:35 AM

    Very hollow apologies. However, what is best, insincere apologies or a team that hires based on language and not the best possible candidate- probably the two most dysfunctional teams in hockey, very sad.

    • bigcajunman April 13, 2012, 7:46 AM

      I note the Canadiens did not apologize, and they really stunk this year too… but they also fired everyone too, so that is a kind of apology.


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