Saturday, September 30, 2017

(True) Story: TTC Tales - Two interviews in one day!

          Thursday Sept 28th

           I had two interview to attend.

      1st   Airport Road (across the airport) at 10:00am
      2nd   Arrow Road and Sheppard at 1:00pm

  I started my journey at Christe Station at 8:30am and headed west to Kipling Station. I took an express bus to Jetliner road and Airport and arrived at 9:35am. Then I walked/ ran for 15 minutes north (there were sidewalks) to my interview. Had time to relax catch my breath and prepare.

 The interview went very well (will find out Monday Oct 2).

  It was 11:00am and headed back to catch the bus south back to Kipling station to got back to the subway. The plan was to back east across the bloor line to St.George then get off at St. George and go North to Sheppard West Station (formerly Downsview)

   The first bus that came to the bus at Jetliner and Airport said Lawrence West station. So I got on for the long ride there. It was very busy with lots of pit stops of people getting on and off wth strollers, wheelcharis.

  We finally reaching Lawrence Station and it was 5 minute wait for the short subway ride to Sheppard West Station.. I reached the station at 12:00pm. The normal bus that I have taken in the past was not in service until later in the day. So I took a bus to Jane and Sheppart (took a transfer) then the 99 Bus from Jane that went up to Arrow Road. I got the front steps of the building at 12:35Pm

 Had time to prepare and get ready

    The interview came just after 1:00pm. We were done in less the half an hour.

    While I was waiting for the bus to go south back to Sheppard Ave. Two ladies mention that the bus doesn't come down until later. So I walked about 20 minutes south to Sheppard ave and took the bus across to Sheppard to Sheppard West station and subway across west to Christie

  I got back at 2:30pm

    It was long day with a few logistics challenges but the TTC came through.  The better way as the best way today!  Thank you!



Tv Review: Marvels - Inhumans

                 Friday Sept 29th

                 Jim Pagiamtzis review:
                 " Great introduction of Marvel's Inhumans. Insights on the character was well done and the storyline plays out little slowly by the second hour the action begins and the Inhumans show who they are. Let the battle begin on earth!"

            The Inhumans are led by their king, Black Bolt, and his Royal Family, consisting of Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Triton, Crystal, Maximus the Mad, and the canine Lockjaw. ... His role as king of the Inhumans has been tumultuous.

Special Sports Review: Invictus Games - Sledge Hockey

        Friday Sept 29th at Mastercard Centre (200 Kipling Avenue)

       It was amazing afternoon to watch sledge hockey at the Mastercard Centre in Etobicoke

        Friendly game between Gold and black turned into a competitve game before it was done

        Gold took an early 2-0 lead in the first period, then black stormed back in the third period to tie at 3-3.  There were lots of great passes, hit and spills throughout the game.

         Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Ricke Vaive and Tom Kurver served as coaches for the teams.

         It was has been a successful week for the Invictus Games in Toronto.

        Next years games take place in Sydney, Australia

Leafs Alumni Rick Vaive and Tom Kurvers honorary face off

         Images from Facebook. courtesey of Invictus Games


Friday, September 29, 2017

Special event online: Brain-a-thon (Saturday Oct 7th

         Saturday Oct 7th

      Special online event

         Learn more


Journey to meeting Director/ Author Guillermo Del Toro

              Wednesday Sept 27th

              It was going to be great moment to meet Guillermo Del Toro again!

            Quick back story.

            In October 2016 I had the great experience to be on set of Shape of Water in Hamilton and Scarborough playing at 1960's Ad man. It was great to see iconic director in action for two days!

           Fast forward to Sept 2017

          Shape of Water premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in Sept 7-17 and will be released in theatres in December 2017

             The Art Gallery of Ontario had a book signing for Guillermo Del Toro new book at home with Monster and new exhibit.

              I lined up at 3:30pm and patiently waited to meet him. I didnt get in until 8:00pm!

            Huge thanks to John who I met in line for the great conversation and get me some water :)

            John was retired and did work in the music industry. He had worked for the Obama administarion for 7 years in Washington,DC in the education sector.

                   I finally  go the moment to meet Guillermo Del Toro and hi brought few pictures of  dressed in 1960's man

              He said "oh yeah that was in Hamilton!"

            I said" yes it was and it was great experience to see you in action for two days on set!. Would you sign them please?"

              He said "of course!"

          With that the cricle was complete. Being in the movie and getting a picture with him!



Jim Pagiamzis and John


Journey to having awesome conversaiton with Journeyman (Patrick Bizindavyi)

            Wednesday Sept 27th

               It was a beautiful day in Toronto and I had the exciting experience to connect with Patrcik Bizindayvi  Speaker, Author, Blogger. He has joined me in my journey of evolving speaker and author since 2011.

     We were part of an amazing mastermind group in 2011 with  Courtney Carrol, Justin McMakin, Chris Van der hoff and Jean Guy Francouer

         Have stayed connected since then and both our journey's have grown and evolved since them.

         We do have something in common that we make effort at least one a year to do

          Ice Cappucionos at Tim Horton's!

        Check out the Journeymans blog Learn more      

Rogers Centre and CN Tower

Jim Pagiamtzis and Patrick Bizindavyi

Journey to learning about Junior Acheivement Company Program

     Monday Sept 25th

    It was first information in Downtown Toronto to learn more about Company Program by Junior Achievement

     It was run from end of October until April 2018

   Students will build a real business!

      Look forward to sharing more details on the awesome project




Movie Review: Mad Max - Fury Road (2015)


              Jim Pagiamtzis review;
                 "Thrill ride of movie with the most amazing car chases I have every seen! Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy's performances take a while to appreciate, by the time movie end you wil be cheering for them!"

                Movie Plot:
                Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows. Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) stars in the title role in “Mad Max: Fury Road”—the fourth in the franchise’s history. Oscar winner Charlize Theron (“Monster,” “Prometheus”) stars as the Imperator, Furiosa. The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as Nux; Hugh Keays-Byrne (“Mad Max,” “Sleeping Beauty”) as Immortan Joe; and Nathan Jones (“Conan the Barbarian”) as Rictus Erectus. Collectively known as The Wives, ZoĆ« Kravitz (“Divergent”) plays Toast, Riley Keough (“Magic Mike”) is Capable, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) is Splendid, and supermodel Abbey Lee is The Dag, and Courtney Eaton is Fragile. Also featured in the movie are Josh Helman as Slit, Jennifer Hagan as Miss Giddy, and singer/songwriter/performer iOTA as Coma-Doof Warrior.


Monday, September 25, 2017

TV Show Review: Star Trek Discovery (2017)


        Jim Pagiamtzis Review:

    It has been excited to learn that Star Trek Discovery was being filmed at Pinewood Studios in Toronto. since last year.

      The sad part was watching the 2 hour show and feeling extremely disappointed at the storyline, bad acting and premise of the film.

       They rush right in the action with very little backstory and when they did explain it very poorly done. Nothing against having 2 female leads, in this situate it didn't work!  It was like watching a  stupid cat fight.  Even during the second hour it got worse trying to explain the villains reasons was still very sketchy.

        Gene Rodenberry wouldn't be happy.

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           TV Show plot: Star Trek Discovery takes place 10 years before James T Kirk crew go their voyage



Journey to Jays Game on Friday night

               Friday Sept 22,2013

               It was great night to watch a baseball game. Huge thanks to Jon Guathier for the amazing ticket that was really close to the action!

                It was Jose Bautista last homestand as Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre and everyone was excited to see a great game.

               In the third inning Jose Baustista made a great leaping catch in right field and then through the ball back to the infield to Ryan Goins. What happened next was very weird (see video below)

      Because we don't have play by play we found out later that Ryan Goins had done the hidden ball trick and tagged out the runner at second base!

            Things got even more interesting later in the evening when I found out that I was caught on TV serenading Jose Bautista in the 3rd inning after he had made the catch.





Jim Pagiamtzis at Roger Centre

CN Tower

Jays taking the field

Aaron Judge waiting for pitch from Marco Estrada

Panorama of Rogers Centre

Ace having fun with fans

Jose Bautista in the batters box waitng for pitch

Event Review: Invictus Games in Toronto (September 2017)

               Invictus Games have come to Toronto.

          Nathan Phillisp Square has been transformed as the centreal hub for sporting activities and evening entertainment.

  I check out the fun on Sunday Sept 24th with Wheelchair Tennis on display and lots of cars to check out from Land Rover!

Jim Pagiamtzis and I AM

Wheel chair tennis Australia vs USA

Wheelchair tennis brackets

City Hall , Toronto sign and I AM

Jim Pagiamtzis and Official languages

Invictus bag

                 Opening Ceremonies at Air Canada Centre on Saturday Sept 23rd