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Winnipeg, MB

Nightclub cover charges

(Part 2- continued from main postng) Then there are the clubs that make you empty your pockets first before you even know what the cover charge is, never mind pay it. If you expect the cover charge to be $5.00, and find that it is $10.00, and you turn around and walk out, wasn't that a waste of time for the security guys to make you empty your pockets first? If there was a sign on the door stating what the cover charge is, people who didn't want to pay wouldn't try to enter in the first place, and the security guys' time would be saved. I actually deliberately went through that a few times, as opposed to asking security what the cover charge was before I emptied my pockets, because I just wanted to show them how stupid it was and how much it was wasting their time that I empty my pockets when all I was going to do after that was turn around and walk out after hearing the cover charge was $10.00 and not $5.00. Now, as the amount of clubs charging $10.00 increases, that doesn't necessarily mean I will never go to the ones that do charge $10.00. I just won't go to them as much. That leads to the reason I am writing this anonymously. I don't want any hassles with clubs barring me because of this letter. Because I do have plans to send copies of this letter to journalists at our Winnipeg newspapers to create interest among them in doing a story on this neglected issue. I am also posting this letter on the Topix Winnipeg Forum website. While those journalists are writing about this, they might even want to pursue why, in this increasingly cashless society we're living in, bar cover charges continue to be payable only in cash and not via debit or credit. So to be clear, here is the legislation I am proposing: 1) Bars and nightclubs would not be allowed to increase the price of the cover charge past a certain percentage point. Kind of like rent controls. To go from $5.00 to $8.00 is a 60% increase; that sounds like a good maximum. 2) Bars and nightclubs must put a sign on the outside of the door stating what the cover charge is. 3) Bars and nightclubs must, in posters advertising the goings-on at a club on any given night, as well as on their website, state that night's cover charge. These suggestions will allow potential patrons the entitled opportunity to plan their evening, and their spending, in a more effective manner. I certainly hope these suggestions will be taken seriously. Thank you.  (Tuesday Dec 2 | post #2)

Winnipeg, MB

Original U.S. network affiliates

Does anyone know when Winnipeg first started to receive our original affiliates from CBS, NBC, and ABC, which would be the all-North Dakota ones? That would be, of course, KXJB (CBS) on ch. 4, KTHI (ABC, later NBC) on ch. 11, and WDAZ (NBC, later ABC) on ch. 8, as we had them in the early '70s. All I know is that my apartment building started to get them in September 1972 when I was a little kid. And I was so excited! The Saturday morning lineup! But what about Winnipeg as a whole? When did the city start to get them?  (Oct 19, 2014 | post #1)

Winnipeg, MB

Opera shooting vs. The Cheer last summer

With all the coverage regarding the Opera shooting as it may or may not relate to the 2:30 a.m. police shift change, it begs a comparison to the situation last summer at The Cheer (now Jekyll & Hyde's) where I saw the most amount of police cars I had EVER seen in one place at one time, certainly at any bar. One clarification: This was a night where the bars closed at 3:00 a.m. due to one of the festivals. I don't remember if I saw this scene just before 3:00 a.m. or just after, as I walked past the scene. I saw at least 9 or 10 police cars littered in front of The Cheer and on Stradbrook between Osborne and The Cheer's entrance. I saw no fight, no people, no cops, and the bar appeared to be closed. I think it might have been 2:50 a.m. but I can't remember any more. Everything was quiet and eerie. Unless the cops decided to all park their cars there and get on a school bus and go on a field trip or something. Because if there was that serious an incident, maybe involving a gun or a fatal accident, that required that many cop cars, why was there nothing in the media about it in subsequent days? Yes, Marty Gold on City Circus says the media only goes by press releases, but why didn't the police issue a press release about this incident? If I knew there would be nothing in the media about this, I would have called the "news tip" lines myself. Have you ever heard of incidents involving something fatal where a press release is not issued and the incident does not make it into the papers? So I will acknowledge that this was after 2:30 a.m., after the shift change, so it would have been easier to send more cars. But if it was THAT many, either it was a slow Friday and no cars were needed elsewhere, or they were taken away from other crime calls, who then may have experienced the same thing Opera experienced on this more recent night, or maybe some cars that were scheduled to go off the road at 2:30 a.m. stayed on the job for overtime to go to The Cheer. Whatever the case, it sure would be interesting to compare what happened in front of Opera with whatever happened at The Cheer, if anybody ever knew.  (Aug 30, 2014 | post #1)

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg: Canada's worst city!!!

Ultimately, it's because getting things done is not a priority in Winnipeg. The priority here is family and friends. You can't have both. Why isn't road construction done on the weekend and overnight? Because it would inconvenience the brother-in-law or cousin or friend of a decision maker. Which means it inconveniences his children. And you don't want to have that. A Winnipegger will say about stuff like this in other cities, "They don't fucking care about family and friends over there!"  (Aug 19, 2014 | post #2316)

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg weather girl wardrobe

So I saw the ice bucket challenge with Colleen Bready - looked like she was wearing corduroys or something. Previously, at the Yellow Dog she was wearing a business suit. A business suit at the Yellow Dog? Really? And she can't even wear jeans when pouring a bucket of ice over her head? Does she even own a pair of jeans? Now, I've noticed that on Global, whenever the female reporters do reports in studio, they might be wearing jeans. Hip and happening! Good stuff. Robin Meade on HLN wears jeans sometimes. So does Lauren McNabb whe she hosts Global's Focus Manitoba. CITV has always allowed their girls like Jenna Khan to wear jeans. I even saw Terri Apostle wear jeans in a promo for the next CTV Morning Live. But it's these weather girls doing the weather in this boring business attire that bugs me. It's not like they're station management or anything. Why dress like it? Unlike men, they'll look alluring and edgy in those jeans. I admit, men might look like slobs in jeans unless it's a young hipster dude with facial hair. Part of the problem is that CTV has RW & Co. supplying clothes for the women to wear. CTV, you can cut costs by cutting that out, or at least having them wear that stuff only half the time. Media, you may even win more of the public's trust by letting the ladies wear jeans. Think about it.  (Aug 18, 2014 | post #4)

North-Hollywood, CA

Drinking Age - North-Hollywood, CA

Well, that happens here in Winnipeg, too, but it's the 16- and 17-year olds who are underage. I was at dozens of drinking parties when I was 18 and 19 when all the below-18s had to get someone over 18 to buy beer for them. I can't remember if I ever did that. Maybe once or twice. No one thought much about it because almost none of them were driving. You can drive with a learner's permit with an adult at 16, but no one owns a car that young. It was mostly someone 18 or 19 driving a car/van full of people around to parties in some form.  (Jan 3, 2013 | post #8)

North-Hollywood, CA

Drinking Age - North-Hollywood, CA

It is the most ridiculous thing in the world to have a drinking age that is 3 years higher than the age at which you become a legal adult. It's been 21 in the U.S. for so long now that some people are starting to believe that you don't become fully legal until you are 21. NO! You're an adult, booze or no booze, at 18. (Would parents want to be legally responsible for their children until they're 21?) Now, here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the drinking age has been 18 since 1970, so there are NO police resources being wasted on raiding college parties and busting legal adults between 18-21 for the "offense " of drinking alcohol. Here, you're an adult at age 18, PERIOD. No problems whatsoever - the vast majority of car crashes and deaths due to alcohol here are caused by people over 21. And here, some people get boozing and partying out of their system by the time they're 20, or 21, or 22, so there are no 21- or 22- or 23-year old teenagers here. And certainly, adults between 18-21 come up here from North Dakota/Minnesota all the time to go clubbing. It's so painful to watch the Campus PD show and see adults busted for something that is, to us Manitobans, perfectly legal, and has been forever. Also to watch Haley's current storyline in Modern Family. Thank God all those CW shows like Gossip Girl and 90210 ignore the U.S. drinking age of 21. (i.e., those characters are all 19 or 20 and have no problem getting served anywhere.) Everyone reading this come up here and observe our culture, then do what it takes to get your law changed. Ronald Reagan made the drinking age national, and raised it to 21. He's dead now.  (Jan 3, 2013 | post #6)

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg weather girl wardrobe

Okay, so I walk past Osborne Village boutiques like Shout and Hush and Luxe Charm all the time. I see their mannequins in their windows dressed in hot, sexy, microminidresses. And I see the hot chicks in the clubs and on the street wearing those same minidresses with black high heels. And I see those same hot chicks, when they're not wearing those dresses, wearing jeans with their black high heels. For many years now, I might add. Nothing new so far, right? In fact, I love the message those boutiques are sending out with those mannequins: All dresses and skirts are short now, people. Deal with it. Not to mention all the hot chicks on TV. Reality shows, music shows, dating shows, dramas, sitcoms, all shows, really. All dressed in the same ways I've mentioned. Well, maybe with one exception. Then I turn on the 6:00 news and I see all these weather girls in dress pants or - shudder - skirts that go below the knee?!?!?! Did they have to raid their grandmother's closet for those? Do they even still MAKE skirts that long anymore? Holy shit - why are these weather girls so overdressed? This ain't a funeral - Why can't they wear the same old minidresses and jeans that every other girl wears everywhere? Everyone on The Score wears jeans. You see jeans a decent amount of time on the female KTLA Morning News anchors. Anyone can wear jeans on the CITY-TV newscasts and morning shows. All the females on CTV's ETalk wear the sexiest minidresses seen anywhere. Actually, even on Global here in Winnipeg, on their weekend Focus Manitoba program, you see mostly jeans on the girls. So why not on the 6:00 weather girls? Why do they have to dress so matronly? Even the WPIX newswomen are wearing dresses that at least are knee-length or slightly above the knee. And who could forget the Sun News Network's "right to bare arms" issue? You know what would be awesome? Female anchors and weather girls wearing painted-on, faded, ripped and distressed jeans with black high heels and a sexy office-type blouse, perhaps with a pinstripe blazer, the kind Heather Steele wears all the time. Yummy. Hip. Happening. And the alluring contrast of the office-type attire above the waist mixed with the distressed jeans below the waist. And heck, black high heels could represent both the offfice and "da club" in 2012. Another aspect to this awesome and awestruck scenerio is this: if a female was seen dressed like that on air, if anyone in the audience then starts forming misleading and unfair opinions in their minds, well, then they listen to what she's actually saying and realize that she can still be a professional broadcaster, perhaps with a degree, who knows her stuff. It brings us into 2012! Who says you can't be a professional and dress really hip and street at the same time? Times have changed, people. It ain't 1971 anymore. Are you listening, news directors?  (Aug 13, 2012 | post #1)

Winnipeg, MB

More time to shop on Sundays

Doesn't affect me much because I'm busy on Sunday morning (laundry) and Sunday evening (napping). However, if the current Sunday shopping laws were cancelled, that would allow the 24-hour Wal-Marts to also go 24 hours on Sunday (and Saturday) nights, too. Sunday (and Saturday) overnight shopping at Wal-Mart after the bars close? YEAH! Now THAT would be convenient! That would be fucking awesome. Can hardly wait.  (May 7, 2012 | post #84)

Entertainment

Make this song an American hit!

This song was a hit in Canada already. Spread the word on it, people, and let's make it a U.S. hit as well. I've tweeted Rolling Stone, MTV, and Ryan Seacrest this link, and also via Twitter, suggested to David Guetta he could try to do a slammin' 2011 remix of it. Maybe if someone reading this knows a music director for a network TV drama they can e-mail him/her the link. Get creative, people! Let's satisfy ourselves and bring this song into mainstream American conciousness! Besides, who DOESN'T love a song about a hot chick who secretly shakes under the hot lights at night? Song is "Snow White" by Streetheart. Here's the link (not me putting it on You Tube, I just found it there): http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=OpMdJ wt12bk  (Jul 9, 2011 | post #1)