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Layin Low

December 31, 2006 @ 12:10

Yes Delyse and I have thrown I the New Years towel.

It took about 30 years for us to realize that New Years eve is the most over-rated night of the year, so tonight we'll do what most middle aged couples do. Nothing.

We made a vow a couple of weeks ago. No matter what happens, no matter what offer comes our way, we won't do anything tonight. We're going to stay home.

We might go out for dinner early in the evening, but not to some high priced, pre-set menu rip-off thing that seems to be the norm on New Years Eve - we'll go to a local spot and then come back to the house and take our positions.

Probably in our bed in front of the television watching whatever cheesy countdown shows that might be on.

That's providing we stay awake that long. Something tells me this might be the first time in close to 40 years that I haven't seen the stroke midnight on the 31st of December, and that's just fine by me.

In recent years my favourite New Years eve's have been at our friends place up in Bethany. We made a huge bonfire and cranked the tunes into his beautiful backyard and welcomed the New Year with a quick hug and a kiss.

A couple of times the weather has been so mild we've been able to play bocce under the lights at midnight.

Unfortunately that option is not available this year and we've quickly rejected all other offers for stiff house parties, boring dances and gatherings that involve big crowds.

Ma and Pa Patterson are hangin' out at home. It's a new beginning.

If I can offer one interesting thing you might do at home, it's following New Years Eve celebrations on inter-net radio stations.

Just before seven o'clock I tune in stations from England and Scotland and listen to them welcome the New Year.

If you're really ambitious you can listen to New Years celebrations all day. As I write this it's already 2007 in Australia.

Category: Family


Live On TV You Can Watch Him Die

December 30, 2006 @ 11:23

Well not quite live, but the images of Saddam Hussien's execution that have been made available to news agencies are still somewhat disturbing.

It's on a day like this that I'm proud of our way of life in North America. Granted, there are still pockets in the States that allow executions but having seen Saddam walk to the gallows really makes you wonder about the whole process.

It's barbaric and cruel and tough to watch and raises the question of what really constitutes justice. To be honest, I'm not totally "against" capital punishment because like a lot of people I get sucked up in the "eye for an eye" mentality.

Yet at the same time I think making somebody like Paul Bernardo sit in a jail cell for the rest of his life is a lot worse punishment than killing him. Death would be too easy for that bastard.

So I come away from watching the Saddam execution video with an uneasy feeling - he was a monster who killed far too many people - yet I wonder if killing him sends the wrong message.

Shouldn't we be better than Saddan Hussien?

Category: Television

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The Sewing Machine

December 29, 2006 @ 09:24

I had an interesting chat with my friend Dan Duran yesterday. He's up in Thunder Bay enjoying the holidays with his in-laws.

During our conversation I asked him how his son Colton was doing. Colton is fine little fella whose company I enjoy during the summer. He's burgeoning trailerite who enjoys everything about the great outdoors - and he also enjoys machines.

When I asked Dan if Colton had received more gifts while he was up in T-Bay, Dan said he had and he was enjoying them very much, so much in fact that he had gotten over the disappointment of not receiving a sewing machine.

That's right, a sewing machine. Colton had placed a sewing machine on the top of his Christmas wish list.

However before you jump to any conclusions and assume Dan may have a challenge on his hands let me explain. Colton wanted a sewing machine because it's a machine with moving parts that interest him. His mom Jackie does a lot of sewing and whenever she uses the machine it fascinates young Colton.

Believe me, he's not a suck or a sissy or confused with his orientation. Not that there's anything wrong with that. He's a young fella with an active mind and I can totally relate to this.
You see, when I was kid about Colton's age, I wanted a doll house. But not because I played with dolls, nothing could have been farther from the truth. I wanted a doll house because it would be the perfect accessory for my toy cars or my dinky toys.

I had tons of them and as a kid whenever I'd see a girl with a doll house I used to think how cool it would be to have one of my cars drive up to a house. Not a "doll" house necessarily, but a house that fit the scale of my cars.

So as you can see I can relate to Colton's request for a sewing machine and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it.

There is however one difference between his story and mine. I never asked for the doll house.

Category: Friends

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The Sweet Sound of Romy

December 27, 2006 @ 10:13

It I really enjoyed my 36 inch SONY yesterday. I watched the Leafs beat Minnesota 4-3 last night, and yesterday afternoon I watched Team Canada beat Sweden at the World Juniors.

Like million of other Canadians, the World Juniors have become a Holiday Season staple for me. It's the perfect time to have a tournament that means so much.

If the World Juniors lack anything, they lack Paul Romanuk. It's been several years now since Romanuk made a Humble and Fred style decision and left TSN, but I still miss the guy.

There was something about those games and Paul's voice. I'd like to say "take nothing away from Gord Miller" who's replaced Romanuk, but I can't.

Compared to Romanuk, Miller is a play-by-play weakling. Sorry, but those are the facts.
Yesterday was almost bitter sweet. While I was watching the Junior game, I was thinking about Romanuk - and immediately after the game was over, I flipped over to Sportsnet and guess who was there.

Paul Romanuk was doing freelance duty at the Spengler Cup in Switzerland. It was nice to hear Paul, but let's be honest, nobody cares about the Spengler Cup.

It got my mind to thinking - wouldn't it be nice if just once a year TSN could forgive Romy for leaving and assign him to the World Juniors. Let Miller do the Spengler.

Category: Television


Holding On

December 25, 2006 @ 10:53

It's approximately 8:25 and I'm still sitting here waiting for my kids to get out of bed. My how times have changed.

Melanie is 24 and Danny is 21 but my wife Delyse still puts on a Christmas morning like they're eight and five. There are just as many presents, piled just as high, and me and Delyse still have the same anticipation of watching them open their gifts, but there's one significant change - the kids anticipation has worn off a bit.

It used to be they'd come into our room at 4:30 or 5:00 in the morning saying they couldn't sleep and they wanted to go downstairs. A couple of times we had to send them back to bed for awhile.

But this morning it's pushing nine o'clock and there's no movement at all. I think we actually have to go in and wake Danny up. He didn't roll in till about three o'clock this morning and considering his sleep schedule it might be tomorrow before he's ready to open his gifts.

Melanie's a little bit different - she didn't go out last night and she's usually the one who kick-starts the whole process, but even she's still conked out. Mel's a career woman now so I guess the grown up schedule and long hours have taken their toll. Sleeping in takes priority over presents at this stage of her life, and after all, the presents will still be here when they get up so what's the hurry.

I just put on a big pot of "Tuscany," it's a lovely blend of coffee from a place called the "Coffee Tree" on Bloor St - a gift from Dan Duran. I'll munch on a couple of shortbread cookies, take the dog out and maybe have a shower.

Who knows, it could be noon before we're sitting down to our traditional ham and eggs before getting ready for a trip to my in-laws But no sweat, I'm just happy that all four of us are in the same house on Christmas morning - it won't be this way much longer.

Category: Family

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After The Awakening

December 25, 2006 @ 10:52

Quote of Christmas 2006 goes to my daughter Melanie.

After opening a new bra from Le Senza she said…"I can't believe Santa knows my tit size!"

Category: Family

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Jen and Me

December 24, 2006 @ 11:40

When I was in Cleveland a few weeks ago with my buddy Bruce we were looking at a display of "Rolling Stone" magazine covers.

On the cover of one, the date escapes me, was Jennifer Aniston. It's the one where she's naked and lying on her tummy - the focal point of the picture is her absolutely perfect bottom.

I stood there for a few moments taking it all in and finally Bruce came over to me and said "you really like her don't you pal?"

I responded in the affirmative while Bruce put his arm around my shoulder and gazed upon the beauty of Jen along with me.

What a pleasant surprise yesterday when I opened a gift from Bruce and his lovely wife Lisa. It was a back issue of GQ Magazine from December of last year. The one you can see attached to this posting. Sweet little Jenny is on the front cover

It was the perfect gift for a fella such as I, yet at the same time it's frustrating. It's frustrating that I'm in Brampton while Jen's in Los Angeles hurting from being dumped by Brad Pitt and screwed around by Vince Vaughn.

It's frustrating to know that with just a little help from Mr. Fate, Jennifer and I could be brought together and once united I could become the man she so desperately desires.

The man who would treat her properly and not dump her for next beauty that comes along. The man who would consider and appreciate her traits, her habits and her nuances while devoting every waking moment to her needs. Yes indeed it's frustrating.

It's frustrating that she is there and I am here and with just a few minor adjustments, like me leaving my wife and kids, losing 60 pounds, having major head reconstruction, and finding a large cage she'll be comfortable in, we could be together forever.

We could be one.

Category: Stuff

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Attack Of The Stairs

December 20, 2006 @ 11:57

I'm looking forward to having both my kids home for Christmas. Melanie will head back to the boonies from her "groovy" pad in the city, while Danny is home from school, but we hardly see him because he re-unites with his vast amount of friends.

Things will be a little different this year. My mom and dad, Junie and Dickie, usually come to my house on Christmas Eve and stay over. They get up with the kids in the morning and have breakfast before we spread out for Christmas dinner
They've only missed one or two Christmas's since the kids were born, but it appears the tradition is over. All because of stairs.

My house has a lot of stairs and the old buggers don't think they can handle going up and down this year. So they'll stay at their new place in Mississauga and we'll go there for a visit.

On Christmas day I'll pick them up and we'll all head out to Cambridge to my in-laws where we'll dive into the usual smorgasbord of worldly delights.

My mother-in-law Joan makes the best curry on earth. It's a blend of curries that comes from South Africa. It's crazy. A nice chicken curry with a side of her potato salad to cool things off is Freddie P's meal of choice.

True man true.

Category: Family

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After Christmas Carroll

December 16, 2006 @ 13:06

Congratulations to Bill Carroll at CFRB. He becomes the morning man on Monday, January 8th.

Even though CFRB isn't nearly the powerhouse it once was, this is still a significant job in Toronto because it carries a lot of history and heritage.

Growing up our house was a 1050 CHUM house, but CFRB's Wally Crouter was the ruler of the radio world in those days. As a Toronto boy Carroll has quite the feather in his cap.

It's a big job… I know I'd give my left nut to have it.

Category: Radio

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Jimberly Checks In

December 15, 2006 @ 13:31

Another guy who checked in with some kind words this week was Jim Richards .

He does the evening show at CFRB. Have you heard it? If you're one of those people who thinks you're too young for ‘RB, think again. Listen to CFRB after 8pm.

Jim does a show that's very un-CFRB. Very funny, very irreverent. As a matter of fact, Jim's show would fit nicely into am drive on an FM station.

Not in Canada of course. In Canada we're somewhat behind the times, but in the States most morning shows, regardless of the format, don't play music in the morning. They've come to the conclusion that people don't really need their radios for music any more so they let their talent talk.

Jim Richards would be perfect for such a format.

Have you got a green card Jim?

Category: Endorsements | Radio

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