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Have A Good One

December 31, 2008 @ 10:11

I can hardly believe it. I can hardly believe that this is the last day of the final year of the first decade of the new millennium.

At least I think it is.

Will 2009 be the final year of the first decade of the new millennium, or was 2000 the final year of the 1900's? If it was, then 2009 will be the second last year of the first decade of the new millennium.

Regardless, I think you get my drift. Where does the time go?

It seems almost impossible that nine years ago tonight I was in my buddy Darren's basement as we all stood around and wondered whether the lights would stay on.

Remember that load of bullroar that was fed to us in the late 90's. It was called Y2K and there were quite a few people who made a lot of money off throwing fear into society by planting the seed that computers would not function once the date flipped from "1999 to 2000."

To be honest, I didn't believe it and at one point it actually caused a little stress between me and Humble Howard.

Howie was totally in to Y2K while I was a bit of a skeptic and one day after we had Y2K booster Peter de Jager on the show we had a heated debate..

de Jager was a big benefactor of the Y2K scare writing books and giving speeches on the horrible things that were about to come upon us.

To me, it never made sense. I couldn't believe that we could be so vulnerable to something so simple and as it turned out, we weren't.

Midnight came and went and we all survived without a hitch - and the funniest part was, there were actually some people who were disappointed after all the build up.

Howard wasn't one of them. On the contrary, after emerging from his cold cellar where his wife Randi had stocked several pounds of dry goods and gallons of fresh water, he could be heard screaming like a Banshee through most of Oakville.

Anyway, we close out 2008 and what a year it was.

It's hard to pick a "big story".

The economy has been a world wide kick in the gazooni's, but on the upside the USA elected a black president. Going into year, I don't think anyone, anywhere, predicted either.

In Canada we had another election, an attempted over-throw and two car companies that teetered on the brink of disaster.

We also had a provincial election that was John Tory's to lose, and he did.

The country also lost far too many soldiers in Afghanistan.

On a personal note like most people experience, there was good and bad.

I became one of those people who lost a parent but I got back into the work force landing a great job in Peterborough.

As a matter of fact I can't wait to get 2009 started on Monday morning. Peterborough is a great town, blessed with two great radio stations and they're both full of great people.

Happy New Year everyone!

Category: Stuff

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Stop Winning

December 31, 2008 @ 10:10

Another thing I look forward to in 2009 is watching the Toronto Maple Leafs.

(save all the insults and hear me out)

There's no getting around it, this is a fun team to watch and they're actually changing my attitude.

As the season began I vowed to pretty much ignore the Maple Leafs this season.

Prospects were poor. They had a rag tag lineup with a new coach and an interim general manager. The Leafs were out of the playoffs before the season started.

But something crazy happened along the way. This team is far from great, in fact they can't even be classed as good, but what they are is entertaining.

I'm watching them more and more.

What I love about this Leaf team is that they never give up. Even in some of the games where they've gotten their doors blown off, they still skate hard till the bitter end.

It's a weird situation. Any Leaf fans knows that the best thing that could happen to his franchise would be to lose every game, it's really the only way to turn things around over the long term.

But while you're watching this group of pluggers you can't help but let die-hard fan in you emerge and hope they win. It's like a guilty pleasure.

You know its wrong, but it feels oh so good.

And now we find ourselves in a familiar position that's done nothing for Leaf fans in the past.

It's two months before the trade deadline and the Leafs actually have a shot at making the playoffs. But really, what good will that do?

If they make the playoffs they won't last long, and if they "just" miss the playoffs they'll be drafting in the middle of the pack again.

Yes, as hard as it is to accept, the best thing possible for the Toronto Maple Leafs is to stop winning at the pace they are and go totally into the tank, and then at the trade deadline unload as many vets as possible.

It's the only way.

Category: Sports

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You're Damn Right It's A Farce

December 30, 2008 @ 08:50

Let me preface this entry by saying that I realize taste is subjective and one man's love is another man's misery.

And to take it one step further, for many years I was part of a comedy based morning show but that doesn't mean everyone found it funny. I'm sure there were many people who found the Humble and Fred Show to be downright stupid.

Now that that's out of the way I feel a little more comfortable giving my opinion on the Royal Canadian Air Farce.

It will come to an end tomorrow night on the CBC with New Years Special. Counting the years it was on radio, it marks the end of a 38 year run that began on television in the early 90's with a two hundred thousand dollar government grant.

Listen, you can't argue with success and apparently over its 16 year TV run it averaged over a million viewers a week, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. On the contrary, I can't stand it.

Sometimes when I'm flipping around the channels I'll land upon a re-run of the Air Farce and take it all in. I get this aggravating feeling in the pit of my stomach and they wonder who anyone could watch it and how it could garner enough ratings to survive as long as it did.

Maybe that was the key. It was like a train wreck and Canadians from coast to coast did what I did. They watched it while basking in the disbelief of how utterly horrible it was.

Sorry folks, you may have noticed I'm a political junkie and I love satire just as much as the next guy, but this show was badly written and the so-called comedic acting was even worse.

Roger Abbott and Don Ferguson aren't very good at the best of times, but the forced and amateurish offerings of Luba Goy is what always bothered me most about my tax dollars going to support this waste of time.

It's one of those inexplicable things. You sit there and watch it and you wonder how the hell it ever got to this point.

Who ever told these people they were funny?

Who thought it would be a good idea to give them a radio show?

Whose bright idea was it to put them on television?

But most of all, who are the people watching this crap in numbers large enough to let it continue?

To tell you the truth, if I get the chance I may actually carve out some time tomorrow night to watch the last show along with a million other people, but only for the same reason that people slow to down to check out a head on collision.

There's something weird within us all that attracts us to disasters.

It's the only explanation I can come up with.

Category: Television

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Today With Bruce Barker

December 30, 2008 @ 08:50

Long time Toronto broadcaster Bruce Barker is now the morning man at Q13 in Southern Alberta, smack dab between Calgary and Medicine Hat. I join him every Tuesday morning to talk about stuff. Today - World Juniors, 2008 and The Air Farce.

Category: Radio

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Creepy Or Clever

December 29, 2008 @ 17:45

"In what is perhaps the strangest tech news of the last week or so, John Lennon has been digitally brought back from the grave in order to star in a video advert for the One Laptop Per Child initiative." (more)

Category: Show Biz

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December 29, 2008 @ 09:25

I paid a visit to Toronto Mike this morning and I noticed he offered a movie revue.

He went to see "Slumdog Millionaire" and loved it. It's one of five films I want to see over the holidays, and so far I've only seen one.

On Boxing Day night I went to see "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" starring Brad Pitt and Kate Blanchett.

It was too long but still a great film. I start to fidget in my seat as soon as I've been sitting in a theatre beyond two hours, but the extra 47 minutes to this movie were worth it.

Two hours and twenty minutes would have been perfect, but hey, what the hell.

As a rule I try to avoid anything Brad Pitt because the guy really pisses me off. Long before he hooked up with Jennifer Aniston, I considered her and Angelina Jolie my two favourite fantasy chicks.

And what does Pitts do, he tangles with both of them.

He's also fabulously rich and very good looking which adds to the distaste, but I have to admit the guy makes a good movie, even with all those horseshoes stuffed up his butt.

Anyway, I highly recommend this film which has a peculiar story line about a guy who's born old and then gets progressively younger.

I mentioned off the top there were five films I wanted to see over the holidays. The other three are "Gran Torino" with Clint Eastwood, "Valykrie" with Tom Kruz and Nixon/Frost.

There are two other films on the fringe that can probably wait till they're released on DVD.

"Yes Man" with Jim Carrey and "Marley and Me" with the aforementioned Jennifer Aniston.

Category: Show Biz

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Comments We Like - David Frum

December 27, 2008 @ 11:34

"Harper's senatorial appointments do seem to have met the single most important qualification for the job: They have all agreed to serve a fixed term and to co-operate when the time comes for reform."

Canada's Senate -- unredeemed and unreformed.

Category: Politics

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Another First

December 24, 2008 @ 17:58

Last year at this time we were putting the finishing touches on Christmas at our place in Brampton.

Delyse and I decided to invite my entire side of the family to Brampton because I had a feeling. I had a feeling it would be my dad's last Christmas.

Unfortunately, I was correct.

Dickie struggled through the fall of 2007 and even though he had good days, the bad days were bad. The frustration of being connected to an oxygen tank 24/7 took a lot out of him and despite crankin' up the air flow as the weeks went by, Dickie's condition and spirit seemed to decline.

By the time December rolled around and Christmas plans became a priority there was little question what we going to do.

Dickie and Junie were surrounded by their three kids and their spouses, seven grand kids and their mates, and six great grandchildren. I believe there were 25 of us in total.

It was a great day. The food was great, the company was fabulous and it's something we'll always be able to point to. Dickie's last Christmas was memorable.

There is a flip side of course.

Dickie's last Christmas means this Christmas will be our first without him and it will be tough on us all, but especially my mom.

Junie's been a trooper over the past few months. She has her good days and her bad days as you might expect. The good days involve memories that bring a smile to her face, and the bad days involve memories that make her heart ache with loneliness.

While the rest of us go about our busy lives preoccupied with other things, Junie spends a lot of time wondering where the hell the time went while trying to come to grips with the finality of it all.

It won't be an easy Christmas, but it will be a good one.

I'll pick my mom up today and she'll spend the night with us like she and my Dickie did many times over the years.

Tomorrow morning we'll get up and not having my dad there will be hard, but its one of those things you can't change so you fight off the tears with great memories.

And believe me, there are thousands of those.

Merry Christmas Dickie.

Category: Family

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A Marsden Christmas

December 24, 2008 @ 17:57

Maybe I shouldn't do this because I work for Corus Entertainment, while David Marsden works for a competing broadcast company.

But what the hell, it's Christmas and I feel like giving. Giving you the heads up.

David will perform his annual Christmas Show on the 94.9 The Rock at 7pm

Marsden started doing these Christmas shows on CFNY back in the late 70's, and if you've never caught one, do yourself a favour and catch one tonight.

A great mix of Christmas music, regular music and classic Marsbar.

94.9 The Rock

Category: Radio

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Today With Bruce Barker

December 23, 2008 @ 08:55

Long time Toronto broadcaster Bruce Barker is now the morning man at Q13 in Southern Alberta, smack dab between Calgary and Medicine Hat. I join him every Tuesday morning to talk about stuff. Today - The weather, Christmas cards and turkeys.

Category: Radio


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