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Mt Washington to Reopen for Skiing Over Canada Day Weekend‎

Published December 30, 2010 - 0 Comments

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Bruno Mars – Grenade

Published December 29, 2010 - 18 Comments

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a music video, and I know that some people (Jan) are probably missing them…

I’d heard this new song from Bruno Mars on the radio a few times, but never really listened to the words… that’s the difference between hearing something, and listening… I remember that from the pre-marriage counseling thing that I went to years ago.  That might be the only thing that I remember from that wonderful event.

I like the lyrics.

Blogs on the Move: December ’10

Published December 25, 2010 - 4 Comments

At the start of the month, I changed the links under my Interesting Stuff section to include some of the blogs/websites that I take a look at on a regular basis.  I wanted to highlight them because I feel that it’s important to talk about what other people are doing.  Part of blogging is the conversation… and each of these sites are adding to that conversation in their own unique way.

  • 123LinkIt isn’t a big surprise.  I love this company.  If you’re serious about blogging, then you should love them too…  unless you want to sign up for a bunch of different affiliate marketing networks, and sift through thousands of products to decide what to write about.  123Linkit acts as your affiliate account manager and automatically matches keywords from your blog to their ever expanding list of advertisers.  Then if someone clicks one of your links and purchases a product, you get a commission for that sale.  It’s as simple as that.  Plus, Yasmine (founder and CEO) is super-nice…  You can read more on their blog here.
  • The Canadian Disability Resources Database is a site started by my sister to gather as much information in one location as possible for families looking for disability resources.  Jennifer has discovered first-hand how difficult it can be to locate resources, and how different programs can be from province to province.  This database is constantly evolving as more resources are added.  Check it out here, and don’t be afraid to pass it along to someone who could benefit from this information. 
  • Darren Rowley’s blog is a personal blog, with a mixture of family, fun, and Apple topics.  As I’m a brand new Mac user, I find Darren’s posts very helpful in easing my transition from Windows to Mac.  He has reviewed several software programs that I’ve adopted for my own use.  I found Darren on twitter when I sent a message asking for help finding an RSS reader.  Twitter isn’t just a waste of time.  Finding someone like Darren has been extremely helpful. 
  • Fumbling for Perfection is a personal blog maintained by a really great young woman, Cuddles.  I had the pleasure of meeting Cuddles in the spring, so I have a little more insight into her blog than most people would if they just stumbled onto it… but I think that everyone can get something out of it… especially if they’ve had any sort of breakup.  She normally keeps the blog pretty up-to-date, but I haven’t seen any new posts there in a couple of weeks.  I’m hoping that it’s just that time of year, and that she’s been busy with Christmas stuff.  Still, her blog has been around for a couple of years, so there’s plenty of reading there.  And what a great name for a blog!
  • Jazzalicious85is another personal blog that I check out from time to time.  It’s updated less frequently than mine, but that’s ok.  She’s in Australia, so she’s on a different schedule than I am.  Actually, it was the fact that she IS on a different schedule that brought us together.  I was looking on Twitter for someone in Australia to chat with because my nightshifts coincide perfectly with their day time schedule.  Jazzytook the bait, and we’ve been keeping each other amused ever since!  Now if only I could get her to change her Gravatar, and comment on my blog.
  • Whatever’s In My Head is yet another personal blog from a Twitter-friend.  Erinand I started talking after I commented on her tweet about the #DoubleDown sandwich from KFC.  To those people who think that I have a disproportionate number of female twitter friends, Erin is a perfect example of what I call “Guys Don’t Talk!”… I sent essentially the same message to Erin as I did to a male Twitter user who had also mentioned the #DoubleDown.  She replied to my tweet.  He did not.  Then she replied to my reply.  Now we’re tweeps  🙂   Her blog is an introspective look into her life… It’s fairly new, but I hope that she continues with it.

Those are just some of the blogs that I like to check out from time to time.  I can’t keep up with everything, as I’m sure that very few people follow every word of this blog.  But I like to catch up as best as I can when I have a little time.  I certainly appreciate everything these people do, wish all of them the best of luck!

Oh and if there’s a site that you think I, or the other readers, would be interested in… just leave me a comment!  I’d love to know what other people are reading in their spare time!

My Christmas Wish for 2010

Published December 25, 2010 - 2 Comments

I would like to thank all my readers for allowing me to share a little with you over this past year.  I realize that everyone leads busy lives, and when you spare a few moments to tune into this blog, you are making a decision to tear yourself away from other things you could be doing. 

From me and my family, to you and yours… I would like to extend the very warmest wishes for the Holidays, and all the best for 2011.

Merry Christmas,


All I Want For Christmas Is… A Stanley Cup for The Leafs

Published December 24, 2010 - 2 Comments

Dear Santa,

Of everything on my list, I realize that this may be the one thing that you can not deliver.  The holy grail of Christmas wishes…

But Santa… please…  1967 is a long time.  I’m a patient man, but that’s even before my time.  I continue to say “This is our year”… and I believe it… year after year… yet by the end of each NHL hockey season, I’m left sitting there feeling empty.  And I’m not alone!  The entire Leaf Nation…  our collective wish is this:

A Stanley Cup.

I think we’ve paid our dues.

All I Want For Christmas Is… My Lexus

Published December 22, 2010 - 0 Comments

Going to work in style!

Dear Santa,

I’ve given this list a lot of thought.  So far I’ve concentrated only on the bare necessities of life… things like a chair.. and socks…  yes, even Scarlett Johansson fills a need.  I’m not sure where on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs she lands… but I guarantee you, it’s very high.

But Life isn’t all about work, work, and more work… sometimes we need to play! And Santa, that’s where this latest gift idea comes in…

I love my Kia… sure, I complain about her when she strands me on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere… but I have CAA now, so I’m covered!  But Santa, she’s no spring chicken anymore.  She’s weathered.  She’s hanging low. While once she purred… now she whines.  She’s not a pretty sight…

I think that it’s time to trade up to a newer model.  Look at this beautiful Lexus luxury sedan.  So sleek, and curvy.  Imagine me behind the wheel of this thing of beauty.  It’s a pretty picture, isn’t it?  Oh yes…  Santa, I’d be the envy of all the other mid-life crisis friends I have.  Please… what’s it going to take to get me behind the wheel of this beautiful automobile, with Scarlett in the passenger seat?  I’d offer you my soul, but I’ve kinda promised that to someone else…  Is there anything else that we can do?

Was 2010 Really Such a Horrible Year?

Published December 22, 2010 - 1 Comment

It’s funny the number of people who have mentioned in passing about how horrible 2010 was… and how everyone they talk to thinks the same thing.  I’ve heard that at least 3 times in the last week alone!  They can’t wait for the year to end. And it didn’t even matter whether those people were here… or on a different continent.  2010 couldn’t end quick enough.

I’m not so sure.

I’ve already started thinking about my year in review post… I’ll probably do the same thing I did last year.  I’ll write one for my thoughts of what the year was supposed to have been like, and what it really ended up like.  I’ll write one for the top music of the year.  I’ll definitely have one for the most interesting search terms that brought people to the blog.  So I’ve already started thinking of some of the things I want to write about… but then having 3 people mention separately that 2010 was such a horrible year… it made me stop and think.  What about my 2010?

Well, without going into a big post about the year, I will say this in general.  It wasn’t as good as I would have liked (is it ever?), but it certainly wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been!  I had a very personal milestone roll by in the spring, which was a huge relief to many people.  I’ve met some really great people through the year, both in person and online.  My circle of friends has expanded more in 2010 than in any year in recent memory.  It’s definitely given me something to think about as I try to plan out that series of posts.

But I’ve still got to get through Christmas, so there’s plenty of time left for things to go in any direction!

Missed Lunar Eclipse

Published December 21, 2010 - 0 Comments
This is what it might have looked like…

372 years.  That’s how long it’s been since a lunar eclipse graced our skies at the same time as the winter solstice.  372 years!  I know this because Mum and Dad were there.  (kidding, Mum…)  Actually, I know this because all day the newspeople have been telling us that this was going to be worth watching.  Everything was going to be lined up perfectly, with the Milky Way positioned behind the moon.  It was going to be quite a sight.  Don’t miss it!  It doesn’t happen very often!  Yeah.. there was the little problem of it happening around 4am, but that’s fine… I had to work anyway.  I’d simply take my break and go out onto the roof.  I watched another lunar eclipse from there a few years ago, but it was nothing compared to what this one would be like!  (Actually, the other one was quite neat to see!)

Just one little problem…
It’s quite yucky out there tonight.  Yes folks, that is a technical term.  Yucky.  It means “an abundance of yuck”.  Don’t bother to look it up.  Trust me.  Would I lie to you?  Don’t answer that. 
I put my winter coat on, and unlocked the door to the roof… only to have that door get caught in an amazing gust of wind, and nearly take my arm with it.  It’s insane!  I managed to step outside and not blow away… but it was pointless.  There’s not a single bright spot in the sky anywhere to be seen.  Needless to say, I was more than a little disappointed.  When I told the doctor that I was going to make some changes, and maybe add a few more years to my life, I really wasn’t thinking of 372 more… that seems a little excessive to me. 
So now I’m just going to have to watch it on the evening news when I wake up.  Surely somewhere in the world they can see it better than I can here. 
372 years!

All I Want For Christmas Is… A Brain

Published December 20, 2010 - 0 Comments
All I Want is a Brain

Dear Santa,

I realize that it’s getting closer and closer to the big day, and maybe this is something that I should have asked for well before now…  but if you could put a rush order on this, that would be great.  I’ve accepted the fact that I’m unlikely to receive Scarlett Johansson under my tree… so maybe this is the next best request.
All I want for Christmas is a Brain.  I think I’ve got the whole Heart thing in abundance.  As for Courage… well, I can work on that for next year.  But let’s start with a Brain this year.  I figure that it might come in handy for certain things.  You know what I mean, Santa.  You’re a smart guy.  See?  You’ve got a brain!
PS:  What kind of cookies do you want left out this year?  I have a box of those chocolate-covered ones you finished off last year…  Anything to increase my chances this year…
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