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Less Druggie Stoner Posts

A great percentage of this site was written while under the influence of various things, but this page has blocked out those posts and presents posts related to other things beyond my personal struggles. It is not 100% foolproof.

Tuesday Transit Talk

I didn't blog from my subway ride for a couple of trips because my timing was off and the ride was busy. Toronto transit is great but it's better when you're not riding at the same time as all the other passengers. School rush hour is earlier than business rush hour...

Short sleeve Tuesday

Today is the first day I've taken the bus where most people have ditched their spring coats or sweaters. Last time I was one of the only riders in short sleeves. But today only the foreigners and homeless are wearing costs. I can see naked arms everywhere and somehow...

North is Right

I've always been good at directions and navigation with a few notable exceptions. When I was visiting Chicago, I continuously got confused about Eastbound and Westbound highway exits because the lake was in the North, whereas the Toronto lake is in the south More...

Work Monday

Monday was the night of the big switchover on the stressful work contract I've been using to face my mental health and return into life as a productive employable worjer. The weeks preceding have been a strange mixtures of highs and lows emotionally as I continue to...

Rainy Wednesday

Today is a day that will test my new skills. It's a depressing cold, gray Wednesday. It's 10am and I've already experienced a few low points and terrifying moments of failure already. The kind of things that stand up and remind me the good streak I've been riding is...

Fake Monday blog

I've been blogging on my bus and subway rides as a good way to work out my feelings and mindset in between therapy.  It's helpful, and I recommend it, even if you don't really tell anybody about the blogs. They can still be therapeutic. It's the new socially...

Charlie’s Message

[Written in 2003 and just found recently] E: Tell me again Uncle Charly.  I am just not getting it.   No, of course you’re not, and there-in lies the problem on so many levels.  You’re not getting it.  I’m not sure if you will ever understand it.  And that’s...

WATER – Frequently Asked Questions

I used to read articles in the newsgroups before the Internet really took off.  Many were informative but many were for fun. This one... you can decide for yourself.  This is not my work. It was just shared with me recently from my old collection of text files....

The transit life

As I age, and my referral clients dwindle, I find my disposable income also gets smaller. Over the past 10 years I've had to give up several luxury items year by year. First, moving out of my luxury condo and giving up a dishwasher and a view. Eventually, I'd given up...

The New Air Raid Siren for 2019

I grew up in a small town and always asked; What's the funny thing in the center of town. I later learned it was an air raid siren. I never heard it and at some point in my youth, it vanished. It's 2019 now and we all carry a personal device with us. In my new home...

I’m obsessive, but I don’t have OCD

I use it as a joke line now and then, but it's actually the truth. A friend of mine started pointing out to me that I had OCD, and I used to always answer; I'm obsessive, but I don't have OCD. One day I asked myself, do I always answer that way? Do I have to answer...

I had a lot of conclusions. Bam that's the word. That's the gosub return concept I've been searching for.   Conclusions, because a close bracket is a smile.            

The Honest Liar

   Yet another beautiful woman requesting to friend me on Facebook, despite actually being an African with a stolen picture.  

This blog is created using my voice

It's not perfect, however with a little bit of experimentation, I suspect it might actually do some good. I will compare it to the Microsoft speech recognition which is also a part of Windows 10 operating system and we'll see whether or not it's better or worse. I am...

Trying Something New

I I am testing a new keyboard that has a silent spacebar for when I'm blogging late at night. The previous spacebars were apparently to loud for her, although they wayI type has alwaysa been particularly gard on the spacebar, all the way back to the Commodore...

The wait

As I sit in the waiting room on the fifth floor of the hospital I am trying my best not to think sbiit today's session with the doctor. It's week two and we have some extra time. Last week we doesn't some if it in silence while I tried to figure out how to feel...

Shrink Week 1

When I have no Internet, the Microsoft Mail program included with Windows 10 still does the spellcheck, so it's a pretty good editor for blogging. Today I realized it can actually be used to send directly to the Wordpress Blog.  I used a Star Trek reference to my...

I had a great hospital meeting with a friend today. A better friend today than he was yesterday. He not only allowed me to do virtually all of thentalking, but he seemed to relish in it and at thend end, comment he felt it was a rewarding experience. I used my...

Weekend Update

It's been a while since I've written and all of a sudden I decided now was a good time. I sat at my desk staring at my screen knowing I have several tasks to do. Not really too many for an average worker, but tasks with a deadline and priority are always a bit...

It has to start somewhere.

There is an old saying; if you have to start somewhere, it might as well be here. It wasn't referring to blogging. In my case, more sickness and poor health may be on the way, or so goes the path of my imagination at the slightest sign. On day 10 of my hospital...

Don’t choose a company. Find good people.

Recently, while spending some time in the hospital with an oxygen tube in my nose, I changed a few perspectives. Near death experiences tend to do that. I maintained my customer satisfaction because I was able to continue respeonding to support requests and emails....

My TO DO List solution – sharing.

A few years ago when I was deciding on all the life changes for the second part of my life, after having found myself living alone for the first time ever, one of my favourite discoveries was how much the simple act of sharing a TO-DO list changed everything. Each...

Ami is the Anti-Me

My click or clash theory has --  Wow.  I'm at a loss for words. I've retyped the opening line of this post several times and I stop, delete and try again. It's such an unusual thing for me, to be so uncomfortable with another person in a way I am finsing it hard to...

Working to please

The psychiatrists are often made fun of, because they too often seem to blame the mother or father. I grew up with a mental illness condition before even the term mental illness was coined, and long before people knew A.D.D wasn't just a kid being irritating on...

My $130 phone bill could be $40 but —

Not a single company offers a 6gig deal anymore. Now that all celluar is blue, red, green or orange in Canada and we know They also control all TV and content delivery, we seem stuck with plans all over $100 for data. Canadian monoplies that collude are as bad as no...

The Loup: Pilot Episode

My first time trying distraction-free writing in Wordpress. I am surprised it's not full screen... it's a popup that is actually quite distracting because of the DIVI interface behind shows in the corners with blue and green and purp[le squares....

The Loup – Survivor Pausenblog

I don't know if it is the greatest or dumbest idea, but Why so extreme? Can't it just be ok. You mean meh? I've never used meh. That Emoji Movie has me thinking of meh. I even posted a long birthday message about hearing meh from a ffriend who's birthday today happens...

The evolution of the blog of the evolution of Jeff

I've been doing much thinking trying to decide the best format for my blog which includes video segments and type of segments. Today's experiment is actually the Google Voice keyboard. This entire blog with the exception of some minor Corrections was entered was...

A March 1 Plan

I imagine a blog where I do my orange Shirt nightly bloggin, and alongside, the Google Videos. I may decide YouTube is better suited, but that'll require me to read a YouTube policy page. Blog should be DAY based as projects. You can still read in either direction,...

We’ll catch the next one

I opened the blogging portion just now, knowing full  well that I'd already forgotten the thought that was important enought to write.... because it could be 20 years before I have gained enough fame to have a fan find these, review them and then start a business and...

and then there was a knock.

Written in the first person as Orange Jeff, living in the alternate Universe of Second Life. I was sitting there for, oh I don't know how long. Sometimes I just stare off into... well, at that wall there actually, but in my mind, I can daydream....

Unsent Letter to S.

Today was a bit of a rough day on my brain. One of my very best friends is in distress, and not only can't I do anything to help... I may have done things to hinder. This pretty much my life's worst scenario. I live to make people smile, and am wounded when I cause...

Fiction: My pet project story.

Jeffrey Banon's doorbell rang at 7am but nobody remembers because that didn't leave enough time, so 16 minutes later, it rang an hour earlier at 6am. One ding. After a suitable pause, old Mr Tyson began to doubt his ding. Maybe the doorbell doesn't work. I'm not sure...

2B or not 2B

The following video is not one of my own, nor is it anything I am related to in any way, except that I loved it and always forget where it is or how to find it, so I posted it here for reference when I want to show it to somebody else. It is not only a...

Sundaying

I like the idea if Sunday, even if it isn't actually Sunday. I often post on my Facebook wall that "I am Sundaying"  as an expression of laziness. Perhaps laziness isn't the right word. When done right,  a Sunday isn't about being lazy so much as just setting aside a...

Life Changes

I'm losing my morning person abilities.  The winter and spring of 2017... I'm not waking up energized and dtsrting my work day anymore. I've even lost my proide in being a morning person.  I hate it. I have not gained the late person powers. I still want to go to bed...

The story of now

I've been writing more about the concept of now, or a universal now. The single moment if time, that we exist in the aftermath of, and the stories. All of our existence is in the stories were told. Or the stories we tell. Our reaction to now. Our realizations. Now is...

The first thing I hate…

Before I even start, I'm about to complain. This is a poor representation of me, and of the orange shirt blogs. I am not a complainer. If anything, I am at the far other side of a complainer. I have lost hundreds, no, probably thousands in my lifetime because I don't...

Avatar Crimes

I felt dirty tonight. I was breaking one of the only laws in existance in my second life. My night time playground where High Jeff is open, stoned, and living his fantasy. I socialize in a fantasy world online. An alternate universe that allows an avatar I create,...

The TV I watch 2016

We're a few months into the 2016 seson, and a few shows have already been cancelled. It's time to list the shows I still watch weekly.   In no particular order The Daily Show with Trevor noah Full Frontal with Samantha Bee @Midnight (occasional) TMZ (occasional)...

America: 30 seconds at a time

I've always been fascinated with people watching.  Seeing smiles on faces energizes me like sunlight energizes Superman. I especially like seeing different cultures and how the react tio the same things, and observing different towns and communities and noticing the...

Police must be pissed at TV murder shows

One of my favourite genres of Television for the past few years, is the murder show. The hour long dramas that come on at 9 or 10pm and start with a discovery of the body scene. I've blogged before about those scenes, and I still wonder if they are written and sold...

Blipverts for 2016. Fast Forward Marketing

In the 1987 TV series Max Headroom, which apparently took place 20 minutes into the future, a lot of technology was displayed. One of the neat idea that stucjk with me over the years was the "Blipverts".  These were a new format TV commercial on Network 23 that...

A new Monday

It's a new day in my life after having quit the nasty drug Crystal Meth again.  The last binge of Tina was a drastic one,  lasting almost one full week,  high every day.  It was time.  I find a very small amount of pride in myself for recognizing it and quitting...

5:00pm the next day.  FAILED

Today was a confusing day.  It's Thursday,  and it was to be my first day without Tina.  It was,  until it wasn't. Crystal Meth is one of the drugs most people consider "one of the bad ones"  The drugs even drug users tell you to say away from.  Meth and Heroin....

The Invention of feeling old

Fashion. Its purpose is to date decades and always provide a way to spot classes by the man-made skin. It invented in and out They say a generation is 7 years. You can tell time by clothes, music, cars. Everything changes so we don't end up liking what our parents...

Age 52: Status Update

At age 50, I ran out of places to live. All my friends and room mates had full lives and I found myself out alone for the first time in my life. I could no longer find a basement to live in, or a spare room. I was, for the first time in my life - alone. I found a one...

Accept Disappointment Naturally

I think it's quite likely that the reason I am who I am because I accept disappointment naturally. When someone else fails me , it doesn't disappoint me the way the others do. I accept the failure and move on without emotional drama. I think this is what people may...

The Emergency Room

There are a few places in life people need to wait. Some lines you can avoid, or do without. Some lines you can schedule and return at less busy times. It's hard to avoid the waiting room at a hospital. I suppose the rich can pay for better treatment in some cases,...

SNL Live Hillary speech

It's Monday, and that's a bit later than usual for me to watch this past weekend'd Saturday Night Live. It's been a pretty consistent Sunday morning ritual, but toady I was a day late.  The first thing I noticed when they said Big Dick and it really looked like he...

The 2015 Global TV Fall Preview Show

I just finished watching the ABC Fall Preview and writing a blog review elsewhere. I find my PVR has also recorded the Global TV Fall Preview too, and since I'm in the writing mood, I decide to check it out. In Canada, Global TV is one of the big networks but it buys...

The ABC 2015 Fall Preview Show

It's the weekend before all the new shows of the fall start to appear on the TV schedule, and so I decided to sit down and watch the ABC Fall Preview episode. Since I started my medication Tom lessen my obsessive tendencies, I watch a lot less TV than I used to. I...

Fame Adjacent

I have a very social relationship with many of my clients, having served them often for over 20 years now. One client of mine that I consider a friend, has a 19 year old son with amazing talent, and has recently started down the path of a singing career.As is the...

Agents of Shield – Birdkillers

I was watching this week's episode of Agents of Shield and an evil genius has rounded up a bunch of criminally insane super Villains,  like so many comic books plots from history. An ugly man takes off his BAIN type face mask and yells a loud screen in the middle of a...

Pauseandblog : I Zombie

iZombie is a new show on The CW. I like the comic book style credits they use to do scene transitions and some effects that would be too costly to work out. It's a great idea.  It makes me believe this may be based on a comic.  I didn't bother to look up whether it is...

Wahlburgers Toronto

My review. http://wahlburgers.ca/  This is basically a hamburger place where you sit and order from menus. It's downtown in the trendy Entertainment district across from Wayne Gretskys 99 Blue Jays way. This is the restaurant based on the reality TV show Wahlburgers,...

SNL Layers

I just finished watching this week's 2014 Christmas edition of Saturday Night Live. It's odd to feel cheated that hardly any celebrities showed up this year. The only cameos were three former SNL Characters - so far anyway. The demographically perfect boy band One...

The Artist Thirds

I go to a lot of places where artists show their work. Not so much official art galleries, but smaller marketplaces and shows. Festivals and public displays where artists rent small booths and try to sell their paintings or jewelry or other hand made work. I enjoy...

Your next new phone.

Apple does a few things really well, but one of the biggest impacts on the cell phone world, is the way they've managed to make getting the newest iPhone an obligation of your status. Of course, not every iPhone user lines up to be first, and many don't even bother...

My Mother

Today is October 27th. A day some sons would remember, if it was the day their mother died, but I'll probably forget in time. I don't remember the date that my father died. I didn't really mourn their deaths. It's different situation when you say goodbye to family...

Holy Crap science

It's Thanksgiving Monday as I write this, and I've taken it as a day off from work, so I am treating it like a Sunday. Typically Sunday has been the day if the week I watch some TV. I try my best to keep a balanced diet of television variety, which includes hour long...

Prime Time Crime School

One of the things I noticed about the CSI series of TV shows, was how they like to use situations from the news, and mix their murder mysteries into new and creative stories. Quite frequently, I find myself wondering how this effects the real crime world. They've...

The Gift of No Gifts

One of the issues I've had as an obsessive mind that overthinks every scenario of life, is regarding the idea of receiving gifts. I have very few memories of receiving gifts, where I enjoyed the process. That is one serious imaginary memory deficit. I'm not saying I...

Two Minute Warning

Your soup is ready... but it's not. The microwave Macaroni and Cheese you can smell just beeped - but wait. I am blogging about this exact situation while I am forced to wait that extra two minutes after my food has taunted me. It's beeped the ready warning bell, but...

Infinity +2

I am about to watch the third episode of Forever. Before I start with the traditional dead body reveal scene, I wanted to acknowledge the overall change I'm witnessing in the new series television dramas this year.  At least in the few I've watched so far, they seem...

The Scorpion and the Frogstar.

I watched the series premier of Scorpion last week, and blogged about how I was concerned that the time may have passed for the nerd drama> Too much of the audience knows the tech is fake these days, and it spoils their enjoyment of the show when they do silly...

The ABCS of Me

One of the popular things that happens on Facebook from time to time, is your friends start posting lists and forwarding them. They also try to force you to do the same.  I have a policy to not do anything on Facebook that a status post dared me or even asked me to...

Memories of Dad

Every once in awhile when I'm watching a television show, and my mind thinks ahead and figures out how it's going to end, it makes me remember my dad. My memories of him have pride attached. Like a good son, I looked up to him, and respected how smart he was, and how...

Who Done Whodunnit?

I found myself watching another episode of an old show I'm not proud to admit to; Whodunnit. As is often the case, I find myself thinking about TV on two or more different levels. I can enjoy a show for it's plot, or acting, or other ideas. I often explain my...

This Blog is Gluten Free

I went to my favourite Toronto burger place for lunch today, and got a surprise.  Their fabulous Big Guy 7oz juicy burger was now being advertised as Gluten Free. You'd have to be living under a rock these days not to know the term.  "Gluten Free" seems to be the big...

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