Ex NHL Player Rick Tocchet Charged In Bahamas

From: The Nassau Guardian

A retired Canadian professional ice hockey player had almost $US20,000 forfeited to the Crown after he pleaded guilty to failing to declare the cash.

Richard Tocchet, 47, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Los Angeles Kings, the Boston Bruins, the Washington Capitals and the Phoenix Coyotes, was arrested at the Lynden Pindling International Airport on December 23 after he told a U.S. Customs border officer that he was not traveling with more than $10,000.

Tocchet was searched and found to have $18,752. He pleaded guilty to charges of making a false declaration and failing to declare when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez.

Gomez let Tocchet off with a warning and ordered the cash seized. Attorney Jomo Campbell represented Tocchet.

In 2006, New Jersey prosecutors charged Tocchet with promoting gambling, money laundering and conspiracy after they accused him of financing a nationwide sports gambling ring based in New Jersey, in which several current NHL players wagered.

On May 25, 2007, Tocchet pleaded guilty to conspiracy and promoting gambling. On August 17 of that year, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram announced that Tocchet was sentenced to two years probation in exchange for his plea.


Just dropping in to say hello to the fans of my neglected blog. I will be posting more frequently once the crunch is over for my time.

In the meanwhile, best wishes for the season, and drop me a line to say hello. Cheers.

Don't Put Your Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melon Seeds in The Garbage

Instead of throwing the seeds from a honeydew melon and cantaloupe in the garbage, I threw them on the lawn to see if the birds would eat them. They don't but the squirrels sure love them. Better than the seeds going to landfill. They need the boost at this early stage in the winter.

What Recession???

This was Cabbage Beach in the Bahamas yesterday. Where is the recession, I ask? The crowds were out in full. It's not even high season for tourists and the beach is crowded.

Fall Weather

It's here. Fall is here! The colors aren't as bright as last year, but that doesn't stop the leaves from falling.

Karla Homolka October 2011

This Karla Homolka thing never dies. Where is serial killer Karla Homolka in 2011 ?? I don't know, but I just got a communication saying that Karla is now school teacher in the Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe.

Specifically: She's a teacher Public Preschool Grand Bois Le Gosier Public institution
110 students Grand Bois 97190 Le Gosier , Guadeloupe

If you are in the Caribbean in Guadeloupe, check it out.

She apparently runs this internet business as well:

(The photo above of Karla was computer aged slightly. It is the last public one of her a couple of years ago.)

Nature Wood Carving by Gerald Hiles

Above are wood carvings of nature scenes done by Gerald Hiles, an 80 year old retiree. He carves mostly out of basswood and butternut. This is his hobby and he does it for pleasure.

Product Review -- Seafoam Trans Tune

This is a product review for Seafoam Trans Tune. Gotta say, I give this two thumbs up and 5 stars.

We had a guest visiting us, with a 10 year old Buick. (2001 Buick Century). He drove about two and half hours to our place, and when he got here, the transmission was shifting hard to the point that he thought that it would tear itself apart. He had a major transmission repair a couple of years ago, and he thought that it had gone again.

After Googling and reading a couple of automotive forums, I came up with a post that said to try SeaFoam (or Sea Foam) Trans Tune. I went to the automotive supply shop and bought a can of it for around $14. After adding about a cup of the stuff (half a pint), the transmission was instantly cured and shifted as smoothly as a powdered baby's bum in a velvet diaper.

I recommend this product wholeheartedly.

Rugby Love

Here is some genuine Rugby love. This skirmish occurred between Bath Rugby and Leicester Tigers last season when Leicester had their way with Bath keeping them to single digits.

Incredible Music Machine

This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick Deere Industries and Irrigation Equipment of Bancroft, Iowa . In other words, farm equipment! It took the team a combined 13,029 hours of set-up, alignment, calibration, and tuning before filming this video, but as you can see, it was well worth the effort. It is now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.

Just so you are a little prepared, balls (hundreds. if not thousands. during the performance) come out of a tube, hit an object (remember รข€“ farm equipment!) -and sometimes multiple objects - before going back into another tube. Of the all the balls you will see, NOT ONE hits the floor!!

Video Guaranteed to Make you Pee

Can't go with the flow? Toilet Training your child? Wrestling with a balky bladder? Want to make someone pee? Playing this video gets the urge up to relieve yourself. Come on. You know that you want to pee. Try it.

The Caboose - Vintage Railway Car

You rarely see a caboose any more on trains. They have been replaced with an electronic box called an ETU or End of Train Unit. Observers used to ride in the caboose and monitor the train. It is now done with electronic sensors. This new railway is not the railway of yore.

Awesome Photos of the Submarine Racing World Championships 2011

I just got back from the Submarine Racing World Championships 2011 held in Newfoundland Canada. I have posted 9 pictures that I took of this exciting event. Enjoy.

Continuing Series -- Vintage Railway Cars

I am not sure what this car was used for. It seems to have a shed mounted on a flat car. There is no stove pipe coming from it, so it must be a utility shed or a tool shed. That is probably what it is, since it is connected to a crane car.

Vintage Railway Utility Car - Crane

Here is another pic of a vintage railway car. This one is a crane mounted on a swivel The plaque on the car says that the crane is good for lifting 100 tons at 16 feet boom length. This car is in the railway museum in Hillsborough.

Joe Pessimism

I gotta say that my new favorite character is Joe Pessimism. You can find him on Twitter:

Here are a few of my favorite Joe sayings:

  • A leader, before elected is a dealer in hope, but has only a huge inventory of despair once in office.
  • People always vote for persons who are more than them - more corrupt, more lacivious, more stupid, more crazy .....
  • Forgiveness is looking past the darkness to see the Light so you can see the bastard that got you and then get some revenge.
  • I am on the road to failure. Life is not a destination but a journey full of dead ends.
  • What's the use of going to college? An asteroid is going to hit the earth, wipe us out & all that hard work will be for dick.
  • It's never too early in the morning to feel bad. Everyone is happy except me.
  • What's the use. I'm going to die any way. Sigh ....
  • Today is the first day of the rest of the misery in your life.
  • Losing is a positive outcome for me. Losing & striking out is the usual scenario.
  • Most people get a case of beer for Saturday night. I got a case of bad breath.
  • I think that this pimple on my ass is skin cancer. I look real stupid trying to examine it.
  • Encounter of the year - leg humped by a dog. Most action that I will be getting.
  • At most, the best that you can hope for, is to break even.
  • Hemorrhoids are inevitable.
  • Failure is the most accurate prediction of any human endeavor.
  • Pessimism is a virtue. It helps me deal with the fact that I ain't gonna get any prettier.
  • I am Joe, and I am a Pessimist.
Follow on Twitter for more gems.

Hunting in the Bahamas

I got this flyer in my email box notifying me of a meeting to discuss hunting in the Bahamas. Before I saw the poster (pictured above) I wondered what hunters could actually shoot, since there are no large animals in the archipelago of the Bahamas.

Of course, the only possible venue for hunting, is shotgunnery for pigeons. Pictured above, is the tropical species of pigeons that hunters go after. I have never eaten wild pigeon, but one would assume that they would taste like turpentine.

Speaking of tasting like turpentine, an acquaintance of mine goes hunting for raccoons on New Providence Island where Nassau is located. In the native village of Fox Hill on the eastern end of the islands, there are some raccoons living in the wild that have hitched a ride from Florida. They are the mangiest, scrawniest looking raccoons that one would ever want to see, and yet they end up in the cooking pot.

All of my hunting in the Bahamas is underwater.

Another Vintage Railway Snow Plow / Grader / Banker

Here is another vintage railway car. It is a utility vehicle that doubles as a snow plow, a grader, and a banker to reduce high banks around the tracks. The plaque on the side of it reads:

Number 409
of Jordan Co
Bank Builder
Snow Plow

East Chicago

It doesn't give the year of manufacture.

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Vintage Railway Snow Plow

I was totally captivated by this vintage railway snow plow. The curves and lines on it are complex and beautiful. This railway vehicle is totall symmetrically and works the same backwards and forwards. It was made to operate at high speeds, and the real neat thing about it, is that there is a cabin in the interior for an observer.

This car was made to carve a path in remote regions where the snow would be several feet deep, and then fling that snow as far away from the tracks as possible. To me it is a work of art.

Bahamas Hires Handicapped Police Officer

Bahamas must be a forwarding-looking place. Look, they have hired a handicapped police officer. And the good news is that he gets to park in a handicapped parking zone.

Come to think of it, if the cop has a motorized wheel chair, then he would be quite efficient at running down criminals -- but only if they ran in a straight line down the sidewalk and didn't go over any fences.

However, this cop may not be physically handicapped. He may be mentally handicapped. If so, does he deserve to park in a spot where disabled people need to park?

Startling Photo of Ghost Trapped in Tree

This is a photo of a ghost trapped in a tree. Although it's expression is one of fear, it is very wooden. Because the ghost is trapped, it can't branch out. It is packed in the trunk. It must be a real sap to get stuck like that. It is perhaps a dog ghost, because it has bark. Shoot, it should just migrate up the tree until it leaves.

From the Department of Redundancy Department

Daily Laugh!!

Man, this piece of graffiti comes from the Department of Redundancy Department. The fact that this is painted on the side of a Christian school adds to the irony of it.

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Highway Signs Needed -- What Every Driver Needs To Learn

(click on photo for a larger image)

Man, you could reduce the amount of road rage if we had highway signs like this and every driver obeyed them.

I am totally amazed at how some people have the brain power to get dressed, go to work, be productive citizens, yet are totally unable of grasping the simple driving concepts outlined in these signs.

A Field of Poison Ivy

Man you wouldn't want to roll around naked in this. This is a whole field of poison ivy. This would cause some severe itching, pain, rashes and a whole lot of discomfort here.

According to WikiPedia: Toxicodendron radicans, better known as poison ivy (older synonyms are Rhus toxicodendron and Rhus radicans), is a poisonous North American plant that is well known for its production of urushiol, a clear liquid compound found within the sap of the plant that causes an itching rash in most people who touch it. The plant is not a true ivy (Hedera).

When I looked up urushiol, I found the following:

Urushiol is an oily organic allergen found in plants of the family Anacardiaceae, especially Toxicodendron spp. (e.g., poison oak, poison ivy, poison sumac). It causes an allergic skin rash on contact, known as urushiol-induced contact dermatitis. The name comes from the Japanese word urushi, which denotes a lacquer produced in East Asia from the sap of the Toxicodendron vernicifluum (Lacquer Tree). The oxidation and polymerization of urushiol in the tree's sap in the presence of moisture allows it to form a hard lacquer, which is used to produce traditional Chinese and Japanese lacquerwares.

I am sure that you would get quite lacquered if you romped in the nude in the pictured field.

Bahamas Newspaper Photo of Corpse in Open Casket

Only in the Bahamas would the newspaper print a photograph of a corpse in an open coffin. Most continental North American newspapers would think that it would be insensitive and maybe a little disturbing to family and friends of the deceased. Not in the Bahamas.

In this picture, a political party worker has died, and the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, and the Deputy Prime Minister are shown at the corpse's open coffin. Weird.

Paul Seguin and his Petroglyph

I don't know who Paul Seguin is, but in 1970 he painted this petroglyph on rock cut near the railway tracks in Chelsea, Quebec Canada.

I am hoping that Paul would Google his name, or somebody will Google "Paul Seguin Chelsea Quebec" and see this.

I would like him to know that I got pleasure out of his painting on the rock and it is still in good shape 41 years later.

Video of Deer Decimating Foliage in the Woods

I was walking through the woods, and I saw this deer ravenously munching on foliage in the woods. Showing almost no fear of humans, it grazed away like a machine, eating the succulent leaves. For those of you that are wondering, this is a buck.


The Latest Scam in my Email box -- Nigerians and Mongolians Again

Email Spam Scams from my email account. First up, is a clever one that is taking advantage of the turmoil in Libya to try and get you to send your identity particulars:

Good Day.

I am William Ali, a diplomat who was working at our embassy Saudi-Arabia and was redeployed by Col. Mummar Ghadaffi to our embassy in London at the middle of the uprising that gave birth to the recent conflict engulfing the country.
From: WILLIAM ALI (cptanthony15@skymail.mn)

Presently ,am in Libya because i was recalled at the height of the conflict. I have an urgent business proposition which entails the investment of a huge sum of money in your country's economy on long term basis.Thus I am seeking your co-operation/Partnership to achieve an objective of mutual interest provided you can be trusted.The fund $50m with reference SFC 0X1/24D/2212/11, was placed in an investors Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) with Safeway Trust Funds escrow Account.

The money was deposited in the security company as personal effects because the British Government all the money lodged into the bank on the name of the Libyan Government or its officials.You have to confirm your area of business interest for consideration on possible cooperation/investment.Let me have full names address & telephone numbers upon response.

Its vital that we meet to discuss and agree on the investment and the management of the funds. Note, that i am a top Government official and i want everything confidentially handled as such if you are not, you should quietly delete this message.Looking forward to a swift response
Mr. William Ali
Tripoli - Libya

It's not very smart though, because the return email address doesn't match the name, and it comes from Mongolia.

And the Nigerians are still at it, with one claiming to be a barrister.

Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2011 09:50:00 -0400
Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2600.0000

Barrister Segun Williams. Legal Practitioner, Solicitors & Notaries Property & Civil Law 33 Bode Thomas street, Surulere, Lagos.

My name is Barrister Segun Williams, a legal attorney with great vision, I apologize for this unsolicited nature of my email, this was due to the desperation in me as I have good news for you in regards to the current development of my deceased client Mr. Richard, whose last name is same as yours and a native of your country, he died in the January 27th Bomb blast here in my country, Nigeria, I happen to be his private and most trusted attorney.

However, my client was a wealthy business tycoon formerly working with the Nigerian airways for over 20 years till this date before his sudden death in the January 27th 2002 Bomb blast that rocked his residence in Steven Toba street, G.R.A Ikeja, here in my country. On the 27th of January 2002, my client and his family here in Nigeria {Lady Lydia, Sharon, Charles and Christiana} were involved in a terrible bomb blast that took the lives of innocent souls and unfortunately over 1000 people lost their lives, my client and his family were part of these people.

my client left behind a sum of fifteen million eight hundred thousand {US$15.8 M } United States of American dollars precisely here in the First Bank of Nigeria Plc, which is the main reason why I have to contact you. I have made so many attempts to locate any of my clients relative but all attempts have proved unsuccessful, and since I have been unsuccessful in locating any living relative of my client for over 9 years now, I seek your prompt consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased because you bare the same surname with him so that the proceeds of his account valued at {USD15.8M } dollars can be transferred into your account and then you and I can share the money according to any agreed ratio as this fund is almost maturing to confiscation.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us to see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law in your country and here as well. Please provide your full names and your phone numbers in your response and be rest assured that as you comply with my directives, this transaction will be backed up with official documents endorsed by the supreme court of Nigeria to legalize the claim of this transaction.

Finally , I crave your indulgence to present you as the surviving next of kin to the deceased so that we can reap from the fruit of this old mans labour before some group of bad and corrupt leaders in my country get hold of this money for their own selfish interest instead of either donating it to the less privilege or have the fund go its legal way, I guess the best way is for the both of us to take advantage of this opportunity to the betterment of our lives and the lives of those around us including the homeless and less privileged.

I am awaiting your urgent response on this my private email address:

n.schwartzmans@hotmail.com TEL;+234-8079578798

Best regards, Barrister Segun Williams.

I publicize these in the hope that no one falls for them.

World Exclusive -- Actual Photo of Derek Bieber

World Exclusive picture of Derek Bieber, the brother of Justin Bieber, in his natural habitat.

The 45 Lessons of Life

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer News, Cleveland, Ohio.
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Men In The Kitchen 3

This is the third video in the series of 'Men in the Kitchen' whose central theme is that men are complete idiots when it comes to meals, dishes and kitchens. Madison Avenue ad execs seem to get a lot of mileage out of exploiting the concept.

In this video, the theme of testosterone-driven showing off is explored in the kitchen.

Men In the Kitchen Part 2

Continuing on the theme that men are total klutzes in the kitchen, this video is actually a very clever television ad for IKEA.

There is a bit of nudity in the ad although it is tastefully done and nothing of import really shows.

Although as a man, I could take offense to the media portrayal of men being totally inept in the kitchen, this video actually has a twist and is quite humorous.


Men In the Kitchen Video Part 1

This video is part one of the media's portrayal of Men in The Kitchen -- generally men are depicted as klutzes in the kitchen.

This one is a television ad for the Sunday Times Herald newspaper, giving away a St. John's Ambulance First Aid Kit with every new subscription. Apparently men don't know how to behave in the kitchen because being in the kitchen is a woman's job.

Enjoy. The humor is worth it.

Book Review -- "The Thank You Economy" by Gary Vaynerchuk

The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk is a book about marketing and how a company can succeed in business by caring for its customers, using social media.

I found that the book was not very engaging from the word go, and it spoke in motherhood statements with historical examples that may or may not translate into helpful strategies.

The focus to me is retail, because that is what the author knows, yet I suppose that the argument could be made that it applies to everything that requires a human being to purchase something.

However, the book is a so-so read, and a colleague of mine rated it the same way. It spoke in generalities (despite saying in the liner notes that it didn't) and didn't have a central plan that broke through the layer of abstraction that the book is. It didn't give helpful hints on the practicalities implementing what it recommended.

I would pass on this book for two reasons. First it is not very engaging and secondly it doesn't translate past the abstract into the practical.

Photo of UFO over Marseilles, France

First of all, let me explain that I don't believe in alien life forms visiting earth. I do not believe in spaceships populated by higher beings visiting earth. I do not believe that inter-galactic travel is possible.

However, I did see a glowing white flying disk over the French city of Marseilles on the Mediterranean Sea. It was not an airplane, and although it was moving, it was not moving very fast. It eventually disappeared. This is a photo of it. You can the white disk near the top of the mountain to the left of center. I have no idea what it is -- the true definition of an unidentified flying object.

Retro Fudge-mobile -- 1947 Ford Panel Van

This retro panel van is used to sell Penny's Fudge in Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario Canada. It looks like a 1947 Ford panel van, but I could be wrong. Comments are invited.

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Paris From the Air and Airport

As you fly into Paris, the city is laid out for you. In the middle of the picture, you can see the Eiffel Tower -- the most famous landmark in Paris.

The arrival and departure lounges at Charles de Gaulle airport are airy and bright. I think that the architecture is beautiful.

The walkways also have the steel and glass airiness to them:

The French sense of style and art is apparent in this departure lounge building:

Paris is the City of Light, the Eternal City and it is my favorite city in the world.

How Is Your Day Going ???

So how is your day going??

Where is the moment we needed the most ?

You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost

You tell me your blue skies fade to grey

You tell me your passion's gone away and I don't need no carryin' on

You stand in the line just to hit a new low

You're faking a smile with the coffee to go

You tell me your life's been way off line

You're falling to pieces everytime and I don't need no carryin' on

Because you had a bad day, you're taking one down

You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know, you tell me don't lie

You work at a smile and you go for a ride

You had a bad day, the camera don't lie

You're coming back down and you really don't mind

You had a bad day

you had a bad day !

In retrospect, my day is going pretty well!