Early Morning Musings and My Latest NiagaraHub Post.

It’s early as I write this and while the hotel is quiet – though certainly not for long – my mind is a whirling torrent of random thoughts, unrealized dreams, useless pop culture trivia and the occasional streak of quickly forgotten brilliance.

But mostly useless pop culture trivia.

I love pop culture. You can learn a lot about a society by examining their obsessions with celebrities. I can only imagine what future generations will say about a culture that gave Kim Kardashian’s progenitor her own talk show solely on the basis of the fact her vagina produced some of the most useless human beings to ever make sex tapes or operate motorized vehicles while intoxicated. 

Or what about a society that celebrates the mental deterioration of a young actress whose meltdown plays out in the social media universe?

And let’s not forget the Canadian twerp with the lesbian haircut who appears to be driven to derail his career with one ridiculous stunt after another, including abandoning a poor monkey to the Germans. Does Bieber have any idea how fat that monkey is going to get on a steady diet of strudel and bratwurst?

Let’s talk about something a little closer to home; the elevator strike is finally over, friends! I’ve tried to articulate my feelings about this particular crisis for a while now and wouldn’t you know it? As soon as I finished writing, the strike ended!

Nevertheless, you can read all about my musings on this mess on The NiagaraHub by clicking the link below:

The Ups and Downs of an Elevator Strike

elevatorWell, I’ve got to go, friends, duty calls. I have a bus of fiesty tourists waiting to have their “luggages” picked up, and those bags aren’t going to move themselves through the No Man’s Land that the front of the hotel has become since our renovations began lo those many months ago.

Be well and enjoy your Tuesday.



About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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51 Responses to Early Morning Musings and My Latest NiagaraHub Post.

  1. I for one would love to hear more about your musings on pop culture/celebritydom, it really is fascinating, but for now, could you help me with my bag please?

  2. Katie says:

    I’d rather have a mind full of pop culture references than the Disney songs that I have, instead.

  3. mairedubhtx says:

    Glad to hear the elevator strike is over.

  4. Do you think other civilizations mused over their (what can you call it?) “situation/issues/irrational fascination with destructive social trends”. Did not enough wonder about it – do something about it?
    Oh, here’s the elevator and you’ve got to get back on…at least it’s going up
    Wait! In moments of calm, do you wonder if there are ghosts or visitors’ emotions lingering floating looking for recognition and understanding?
    Oh, the door shut and you’re off handling the baggage of others.
    At least there’s a good man doing that.

  5. Pop culture does have its usefulness. I don’t know about you but the Kardashians, the Lindsey Lohans and the Beibers of the world actually make me feel good about being poor and untalented. You can have everything in the world you could possibly want at your fingertips and still be a complete moron.
    I’m glad the strike is over if for no other reason than it will make your life a little less stressful. I also believe in the principle upon which unions were originally founded. I don’t believe that is true today. This was a terrible way to start the summer season for the hotel industry. Hopefully, things will only improve from here.

    • The Hook says:

      I hope so, but our numbers are waaay down this week, so we’ll see….

      • That’s too bad. The construction can’t be helping either. I saw some photos of the crowds on Clifton Hill over the weekend and we were all commenting about how good it was to see it so busy again. I guess that didn’t transfer into overnights.

  6. The Cutter says:

    Sometimes I feel all my knowledge is useless pop culture trivia. And then I enter a trivia contest, and suddenly it doesn’t seem so bad.

  7. You enjoy your Tuesday too, Hook. Go see Les Miz!

  8. Glad the strike is over..hope the summer goes smoothly (and busily) from here on……….

  9. TBM says:

    Woohoo! The strike is over. And I’m a little ashamed, I know about Justin Bieber and his latest antics. Does that mean I’m an officially an old, cranky broad?

  10. G says:

    I totally agree about the Bieb! Sheesh dude! And I love what you have to say about pop culture, keep it flowing my friend!

  11. Rohan 7 Things says:

    Lol “luggages”. Yeah, pop culture scares me, I stick to video game culture. Much safer 🙂


  12. Kayjai says:

    Good that the elevator strike is over…hope the touristy season that is upon you isn’t too dire. My trivia knowledge is scary, however, very handy when at drunken parties with peeps who know nothing. THEN, I rock. As a team, we could rule the drunken-party circuit…just sayin’….

  13. iRuniBreathe says:

    That poor monkey. Did the Biebs not have any sense? He should have left him at Ikea!

  14. Jennifer says:

    Hmm, pop culture now vs the future version. I’m thinking it might get worse before it gets better. Or not change at all that much.
    And did I see it was Canada Day recently? Hope it was a good one 🙂

  15. munchow says:

    I think for the very idiosyncratic reasons you point to here, I have long time ago stop following today’s useless pop culture and more so the brain damaged celebrity culture. Good luck with fiesta tourists and their truckload.

  16. Cayman Thorn says:

    I completely agree when it comes to this pop culture fix our society is in constant need of. My biggest fear is that it becomes to invasive as to lead to the eventuality of ……President Kardashian. Hopefully not.

  17. Daile says:

    Pop culture from the 90’s is my specialty. I’m just waiting for the Kardashians to go away like Paris Hilton eventually did.

  18. How exactly does an elevator go on strike? Or negotiate?

  19. What happened to the monkey?

  20. List of X says:

    I probably have the worst kind of the pop culture reference knowledge: I get the references about Bieber, Kardashian and Lohan, but not about any good stuff – Seinfeld, Star Trek… and… and it’s hard for me even to complete the list. But in my defense, I only think of the LoKarBie when I’m trying to make a joke about something.

  21. Sunshine says:

    what keeps the world entertained and preoccupied…pop culture. it’s better than dealing with our own demons. ☺

  22. Great first sentence, Hook (well, the rest was fine also, of course). “The occasional streak of quickly forgotten brilliance”–we should all carry tape recorders around with us to write down those flashes of thought which sound like a great insight or great writing at least, because they fly away like, um, something flying away in a strong wind, and may come back days or years later, or maybe never.

  23. I wouldn’t worry about future generations, aren’t they going to be mostly Kardashians and cockroaches anyway?

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