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Like two peas in a pod…

As a collective, the summer students at Cassels have grown immensely close over the past 3 months. But the reality of being a summer student on Bay is that it is common to share an office with a  colleague. And to be honest, it’s kinda sweet (even the Chosen Ones are a little jealous). The formula Leigh-Ann uses to choose partners is a mystery – some say it is a complex mathematical algorithm, others claim she hires Maggie the Monkey for an afternoon  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTB7pagq2wg). In any event, her matchmaking prowess is undeniable. Take a look at the answers to the brief quiz I circulated below, you’ll agree.

At the Toronto office, there are three categories: The Peas in a Pod (share an officemate), the Chosen Ones (do not share an officemate but are blessed with a window) and the Harry Potters (all alone with no window).

Peas in a Pod (BFFLs):

  1. My name:  Jacquie Richards
  2. My officemate: Amanda Metallo
  3. Floor: 19
  4. Nickname I gave ­­her:  CUTEST OFFICE MATE EVER WHO ALWAYS ACCUSES ME OF BEING A BULLY BUT IT ISN’T FAIR IT JUST ISN’T.
  5. Favourite thing about her:  Her sparkly clean desk, healthy breakfasts and infectious laugh that echoes softly through the halls of the business law floor, reminding its inhabitants that there is hope for lawyerkind yet.
  6. My pet peeve about her: She gets more views than me on LinkedIn.
  7. Her pet peeve about me:  Even though she’d never say it,  I don’t think she likes the office palm tree I selected for us, and that hurts.
  8. Fun fact: Amanda is absolutely terrible at looking after plants.
  9. If she was a celeb:  50 Cent.
  10. Her themesong: “Genie in a Bottle”
  11. Her in a hashtag: #downwithamanda
  12. What I will miss the most about her:  the constant back and forth chatter, bizarre health kicks followed by gummy bears and having someone trapped in a room with me who is forced to listen to my beautiful singing voice for weeks on end.
  1. My name: Amanda Metallo
  2. My officemate: Jacquie Richards
  3. Floor: 19
  4. Nickname I gave ­­her: Jacquie ‘the Klutz’ Richards (since she cannot go more than a day without spilling her food all over herself)
  5. Favourite thing about her: She understands the beauty in quietly enjoying a morning coffee. We have fallen into the perfect routine of not speaking during our first hour of work, followed by constant chatter all day long.
  6. My pet peeve about her: Her artistic abilities outshine mine. While most lawyers who notice our paintings comment that they are both well done (in an attempt to make me feel better), Jacquie insists that we position our paintings side by side to highlight the stark differences.
  7. Her pet peeve about me: My higher rank in LinkedIn views
  8. Fun fact: Jacquie is abnormally obsessed with planes and helicopters. She constantly tells me to look out the window at the “cool” flying objects.
  9. If she was a celeb: Erin Brockovich (additional fun fact: Jacquie’s law school personal statement expressed her desire to practice environmental law)
  10. Her themesong: Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera
  11. Her in a hashtag: #alwaysbroken (she has ripped/destroyed multiple work outfits this summer)
  12. What I will miss the most about her: Our office supports the “another set of eyes” editing approach. I will miss Jacquie’s editing skills and her willingness to act as my personal thesaurus.

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  1. My name: Michael Garbuz
  2. My officemate: David Kelman   
  3. Floor: 19
  4. Nickname I gave ­­him: The Comb
  5. Favourite thing about him: Love of Wendy’s
  6. My pet peeve about him: Too likeable
  7. His pet peeve about me: Organizing documents too loudly
  8. Fun fact: David is going on exchange in Singapore next semester!
  9. If he was a celeb: Brett Lawrie
  10. His themesong: Miley Cyrus- Wrecking Ball
  11. Him in a hashtag: #indemand
  12. What I will miss the most about him: When he asks me for style / outfit tips
  1. My name: David Kelman
  2. My officemate: Michael Garbuz
  3. Floor: 19
  4. Nickname I gave ­­him: Ricky
  5. Favourite thing about him: Knowledge of fashion and always down for breakfast
  6. My pet peeve about him: When he lurks behind my chair breathing heavily
  7. His pet peeve about me: I cast a pretty big shadow…
  8. Fun fact: We played hockey in the same league and went to the same camp for a few years but did not know each other.
  9. If he was a celeb: Ricky Martin
  10. His themesong: Livin’ La Vida Loca
  11. Him in a hashtag: #creepysmile #blankstare
  12. What I will miss the most about him: General chills in the office.

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  1. My name: Mike Mahoney
  2. My officemate: Robyn Blumberg
  3. Floor: 18
  4. Nickname I gave ­­her: Robbot
  5. Favourite thing about her: Robyn is always in a good mood even though she takes on the most work. It really helps me through my day. Nobody puts in as late nights and then comes back like nothing happened. If I didn’t have her as a great example, I wouldn’t be as productive as I am.
  6. My pet peeve about her: She steals all of my office supplies. I once had a stapler. And file folders. These are all gone.
  7. Her pet peeve about me: I distract her throughout the day with inane comments and I absentmindedly make noises that drive her crazy. I also push calories at her like nobody’s business. I’m also really deaf – I repeatedly ask, “What’d you say?” and make her repeat everything she asks me.
  8. Fun fact: Robbot’s outer shell is made of a fleshy, skin-like substance. Also, chocolate milk makes Robyn tick.
  9. If she was a celeb: Joe Biden
  10. Her theme song: Turn Down for What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
  11. Her in a hashtag: #robbobprobs
  12. What I will miss the most about her: We fell into a friendship right away and I was fortunate to have a patient and funny person whose company I could enjoy day in, day out. Even if I had the option I wouldn’t trade our shared, dimly lit, little room for my own office. It’s such a great, goofy time we have. God bless her robot heart.
  1. My name: Robyn Blumberg
  2. My officemate: Michael Mahoney
  3. Floor: 18
  4. Nickname I gave ­­him: Marcel (‘the turtle’)
  5. Favourite thing about himr: His thoughtfulness. Whether he asks how my day is going, how he can help (he has photocopied something for me before and responded to my incessant phone calls while away at court), or brings me one of my favourite snacks (Nestea, Swedish Berries). He also knows when to be serious and when to take a moment to have fun (which usually entails making fun of me in some capacity).
  6. My pet peeve about him: Repetitive fidgeting (tapping his pen against his desk, moving a cup back and forth over and over and over again). He also knows exactly what pushes my buttons and uses this to make fun of me.
  7. His pet peeve about me: My continual muttering under my breath – he thinks I’m talking to him, but really I’m talking to myself. He always asks me to provide an explanation (and this is then a pet peeve of mine).
  8. Fun fact:
  • I try to beat Marcel into the office only so that I can record my voicemail message in peace. Otherwise, he does anything in his power to keep me from recording properly. I laugh too easily!
  • I keep replacing all of my broken supplies with his perfectly good ones. Thanks for the stapler Marcel!
  • Marcel once spent a good 45 minutes teaching himself how to sew a button back onto his suit. He had a ‘how to’ step-by-step guide up on his computer and was successful in his mission!
  1. If he was a celeb: Hippie Orlando Bloom
  2. His themesong: Star Wars Empire Theme Song
  3. Him in a hashtag: #wannagoforsnack
  4. What I will miss the most about him: His friendliness and support. He puts up with so much (my singing, loud typing, questions, story time), but yet he is so gracious. Couldn’t have asked for a better office mate! The boys on 18 have become my summer brothers – I will miss their daily visits over the year!

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  1. My name: Andrew Chan
  2. My officemate: Chad Podolsky
  3. Floor: 20
  4. Nickname I gave ­­him: Chaddy Chad Chad
  5. Favourite thing about him: Post weekend stories
  6. My pet peeve about him: Nervous energy results in Chad raising his voice to monstrous volumes when he’s on the phone (note: he has improved in this department since his first day)
  7. His pet peeve about me: My tough love and leadership that has moulded him into the man he is today. He will one day love me for it.
  8. Fun fact: Chad likes to clean his glasses twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Once I hear the spraying noise behind me I know what’s going on.
  9. If he was a celeb: Bill Nye the Science Guy
  10. His themesong: Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison
  11. Him  in a hashtag: #wildchad
  12. What I will miss the most about him: Laughing about random things in the office and singing songs together
  1. My name: Chad Podolsky
  2. My officemate: Andrew Chan
  3. Floor: 20
  4. Nickname I gave ­­him: Chanimal, Chan-man, Andrew Chanstein, Chan Podolsky
  5. Favourite thing about him: Proofreads my emails, prooflistens to my voicemails
  6. My pet peeve about him: Doesn’t care about my Blue Jays updates
  7. His pet peeve about me: When I give him Blue Jays updates
  8. Fun fact: Looks like the 15-year-old golfing phenom, Guan Tianlang
  9. If he was a celeb: James Rodriquez
  10. His/her themesong: Nana nana nana nana nana nana nana nana… CHAN-MAN!
  11. Him in a hashtag: #dontaskmeaboutduedilligence
  12. What I will miss the most about him: Our PCFO’s

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  1. My name: Xi Chen    
  2. My officemate: Lauren Grossman
  3. Floor: 19
  4. Nickname I gave ­­her: Laur (‘lore’)
  5. Favourite thing about her: Generally lovely person; super considerate and always asks for permission before getting on the phone
  6. My pet peeve about her: N/A
  7. Her pet peeve about me: opens the door without knocking
  8. Fun fact: Jewish weddings never happen on a Friday night
  9. If she was a celeb: An Olsen
  10. Her themesong: Survivor theme song
  11. Her in a hashtag: #highprofile
  12. What I will miss the most about her: Constant supply of mints …and her little bag of green pills …
  1. My name: Lauren Grossman
  2. My officemate: Xi Chen
  3. Floor: 19
  4. Nickname I gave ­­her: Xi Chan
  5. Favourite thing about her: when she tells off Matt Gold
  6. My pet peeve about her: She dresses better than me
  7. Her pet peeve about me: I often talk to myself, I presume it might piss her off a little bit
  8. Fun fact: She has a burning desire to learn about Judaism and Matt Gold’s heritage
  9. If she was a celeb: Lucy Lu
  10. Her themesong: Candle in the Wind by Elton John
  11. Her in a hashtag: #XICHEN
  12. What I will miss the most about him/her: everything!

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  1. My name: Alexandra Elizabeth Frances Murphy
  2. My officemate: James William Lyle
  3. Floor: 20
  4. Nickname I gave him: Lyle, #Broboy, J. Lyle
  5. Favourite thing about him: Sense of humour and chill vibe
  6. My pet peeve about him: HIS EATING & COUGHING NOISES. I SWEAR TO GOD IF YOU CLEAR YOUR THROAT ONE MORE TIME!!!!!!!
  7. His pet peeve about me: The huge difference between “Stressed Murph” and “Relieved Murph”
  8. Fun fact: J. Lyle will be the first to tell you that he has a condo in Yorkville.
  9. If he was a celeb: Kris Humphries. Lolzers.
  10. His themesong: Graduation by Vitamin C. He serenades me with this every time we part for the evening
  11. Him in a hashtag: #Lolzers #KCBO #Litgirl
  12. What I will miss most about him: Urrryting. You’re my boy, Blue!
  1. My name: James William Lyle
  2. My officemate: Alexandra Elizabeth Frances Murphy
  3. Floor: 20
  4. Nickname I gave ­­her: #LITGURL, ‘Xandra
  5. Favourite thing about her: Her aggressive/sassy side.
  6. My pet peeve about her: She plays this little game with me that leaves her laughing hysterically every time, and it goes something like this: She will dial out to another one of the summer students very gently so that I cannot hear the keystrokes, and they when the person picks up she asks something coy like, “Can I ask you a question?”. I mistakenly think she is talking to me and respond nicely with “Yes, of course Alex”. She then yells to the person on the other line “HAHAHA LYLE THINKS I’M TALKING TO HIM!!!”
  7. Her pet peeve about me: I’ll admit I’ve had a bit of a frog in my throat this summer.
  8. Fun fact: Despite her heavily Irish name, Alex attended a French high school.
  9. If she was a celeb: Iggy Azalea
  10. Her theme song: “0 to 100” by Drake. Her approach to Lit files and life in general.
  11. Her in a hashtag: #Yeaaaaaa,aboutthatttt.
  12. What I will miss the most about her: Having a good cry with her in our office every Wednesday  at 4 pm (in the Cry Corner, of course).

 

The Chosen Ones (no officemate, solo window-gazing, sun-bathing):

  1. My name: Kwaku Tabi
  2. Floor: 18
  3. My office faces (N,E,S,W): West
  4. Favourite part about my view: My view of the National Club’s patio. Hearing the lovely sounds of a violin and witnessing a wedding. Looks so beautiful on a sunny day.
  5. Least favourite part about my view: The insanely close view of another building. My only regret is not attempting to start a romance with someone in the other building by leaving notes on my window.
  6. If I could trade my view for someone else’s, it would be: I wouldn’t trade my view. I’m happy I’m not stuck looking at the eye-sore of construction, or close to the noise. And the sunshine is lovely coming through my window.
  1. My name: Matthew Gold
  2. Floor: 19
  3. My office faces (N,E,S,W): East
  4. Favourite part about my view:  The tiny sliver of the lake I can see over top of the buildings.
  5. Least favourite part about my view:  The sun hits the window pretty hard in the morning, and when your supposed friends turn up the thermostat to 30 Celsius, it can get a bit uncomfortable..
  6. If I could trade my view for someone else’s, it would be:  Chan/Chad’s office
  1. My name: Stephanie Provato
  2. Floor: 19
  3. My office faces (N,E,S,W): West
  4. Favourite part about my view: spying on the patio guests at The National Club
  5. Least favourite part about my view: it only gets sunlight after 5:00pm
  6. If I could trade my view for someone else’s, it would be: Lauren’s & Xi’s – to be able to wave at the construction workers working on the neighbouring building

 

The Harry Potters (no officemate, no windows, only-child):

  1. My name: Ben Goodis
  2. My long-lost officemate, separated at birth is: Noah Leszcz
  3. If we magically became officemates, the first thing I would say to him is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqlaRZOUwn4
  1. My name: Noah Samuel Leszcz
  2. My long-lost officemate, separated at birth is: Ben Goodis
  3. If we magically became officemates, the first thing I would say to him is: “Finally our desks can be as close to each other as you are to my heart”

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Channelling our inner Warhol

On Wednesday night, the Cassels crew hit the Danforth for a student event that brought us back to our younger years. Pappas Grill was the venue. Painting was the activity. The entertainment? Being reminded why none of us pursued a career in art – or maybe that was just me.

After chowing down on some lovely Greek food we made our way to an easel and pallet to get down to business. Our teacher, Erin, announced that we would be recreating a nightly Toronto skyline. The prominent landmarks, Rogers Centre and the CN Tower, made even the most creative renditions recognizable (cough, Jacquie Richards, cough). Deborah Glatter reminded us not to forget Scotia Plaza.

Erin did a wonderful job guiding us step-by-step through the process. She doubled as DJ and it was obvious that this was not her first rodeo; she knew how to get the creative juices flowing (Promiscuous Girl by Nelly Furtado was a crowd favourite). Kwaku melted hearts with some high notes.

All in all it was another great student event. But as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words:

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Winning! Finning!

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Noah the Philosopher.

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Robyn + Wine  = Fab.

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Lauren being Lauren.

Jacquie definitely being Jacquie.

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Tah-dah!

 

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Fashion Fridays: Cassels Sock!

In the words of Lil’ Jon: Socks, socks, socks, socks, socks, socks… EVERYBODY!

Though this is only the summer’s second Fashion Friday, the CBB boys felt it necessary to hijack the segment for a moment. Lauren and Amanda will be taking backseat to allow me, James L., to draw attention to a subject so manly, so macho, that not even the cleverest Chuck Norris joke could do it justice. No, I am not referring to the annual thanks-Mom-you’re-the-best-I-love-you-so-much thick white cotton holiday gift, but the hottest accessory in men’s fashion today – trendy dress socks.

There is no doubting that trendy socks have gone viral. Along with the tie bar and pocket square, socks are an accessory that allow a man to personalize the centuries-old practice of putting on a two-piece suit every morning. Properly worn, they signal a man is refined, confident, and aware of his appearance. At the same time, there are tragic mistakes that befall sock-wearers every day. Never fear, the Fashion Friday team has helpful hints to avoid disaster.

1. Socks are not tropical islands.

Socks do not exist in isolation. They are but one element that partners with others to complete the suit. Bros, be cognizant that drawing attention to your socks means that others will be checking out other parts of your ensemble as well. If you are wearing beat up shoes with frayed laces and a worn out heel, your socks are meaningless. If you are wearing an overly baggy suit, your socks are meaningless. If you are wearing a tie that Rob Ford would wear, your socks are meaningless. To analogize, do not put 26 inch rims on a ’92 Honda Civic. Make sure the rest of your getup is crisp and clean before getting into the sock game. Don’t get it twisted though – it is certainly not about having the most expensive suit in the office. Good tailoring and tie/shirt/suit simplicity tee up colourful socks perfectly.

2. Know your wardrobe, know your audience.

Before purchasing any trendy sock be sure to recite the following: “What can I wear with these?” A common pitfall is to march down to the nearest men’s shop and splurge on a pair of $22 socks without considering your current wardrobe. Unless the plan is to go to the office in your birthday suit, they need to work with the colours and patterns you already have. This leads to the problem from above and can result in awkward combinations. Furthermore, it is important to know your audience. I would caution against busting out the flashiest socks in your collection for a first interview. It could be distracting for the interviewer. However, I do concede that it might lead to interesting conversation, which is a plus. High risk, high reward I suppose. I erred on the side of caution.

3. Don’t become ‘Sock Guy’.

Sock Guy is like the dude who tries too hard in pick-up softball. Simply put, do not overdo it. Wearing trendy socks is a nice touch but being extravagant every single day can be a bit much. Do not become the person around the office that everyone knows for his crazy socks. It takes away the cache and becomes damn pricey. That last thing you want is people thinking, “How many times is this guy going to wear Marvel Comic superhero socks this week?” It’s weird. Maintain a nice balance between modest socks that match your suit and colourful ones that make your suit.

So go ahead, bros, spice up your wardrobe with some trendy socks. Just beware the common pitfalls!

Check out the CBB boys’ style:

James L. & Michael G.

James socks        michael g sock

Kwaku T. & Noah L.

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Justin D.

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