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Jimmy Lang Loves Elvis

June 27, 2007 @ 08:20

Yesterday afternoon while sitting with Neighbour John trying to get past the taste of a Lakeport Light, we heard my buddy Jim Lang of Sportsnet do a segment on the Fan.

He was talking about the CFL, but that's not what grabbed my interest. It was his intro.

Mike Toth also of Sportsnet is filling in for Bob McCown this week and he introduced Lang as one of the world's greatest Elvis fans, and it brought back a lot of memories from our days at MOJO.

Jim did sports on the Humble and Fred Show and on more than one occasion I recall engaging him in an Elvis/Beatles debate.

Jim loves Elvis and doesn't care much for the Beatles. I love the Beatles but have never gotten the Elvis thing.

Jim would tell me how great Elvis was and how he influenced the Beatles and how he was a ground breaker and a trend setter. I would counter than I have never been able to take Elvis seriously. His movies, his songs and all that hip action were nothing more to me than some live action cartoon character.

I don't own any Elvis music, in fact I've never bothered to steal any Elvis music. There's not one Elvis song on my ipod. To me, Elvis was more an attraction than he was a talent.

- and he turned into a big bloated bastard who died on the toilet while pushing too hard on a turd.

This summer I'm doing a little through the Southern States which will make me through Atlanta, Nashville and then Memphis. Whenever I tell anyone I'm going to Memphis, the first thing they mention is Graceland, assuming I'll be going there, and they're probably right, I will go.

But not with the same interest and emotion that I had when I walked past the Dakota in New York City. Or the same feeling I had when visiting Strawberry Fields.

When I visit Graceland it will be more like visiting a fun house on the Midway, or some historical site that I don't really care about. I'll go because its there.

And I'll go for Jimmy. Jimmy Lang.

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The Price Is Right

June 27, 2007 @ 08:19

To me it's a natural. Freelance actor and voice man Dan Duran should be Bob Barker's replacement on the Price is Right.

Forget the repulsive Rosie O'Donnell and the leather skinned George Hamilton, CBS should look north for the next host and there would be none better than our boy Dan.

Dan is very Bob Barkeresque. He's got the look and he's definitely got the demeanor and he's still relatively young. He's not even 50 yet.

Over the years I've always been impressed with the way women are attracted to Dan Duran and that would play nicely in Hollywood.

Most of the whacked out contestants on "The Price" are females, and having a Bob Barker clone such as Dan take the reigns would be a natural and sensible transition.

I'm very excited about this, yet at the same time somewhat disappointed.

I remember when it was first announced that Bob Barker was stepping down I phoned Dan and told him to get his agent on it. Contact the people at CBS and let them know that there's a hidden gem in Canada.

Let them know that Bob Barker Jr. is wasting his time in Toronto looking for bit parts in crappy Canadian productions while banging his head on anything that hangs lower than 6' 10".

But I don't think Dan pursued it. I think Dan took the attitude that it was too much, too fast and too far away and that makes me way too pissed off.

I want Dan in Hollywood. I want Dan on "The Price is Right" - granted I might eventually have to write every word he utters and make sure his clothes match, but I'm willing to do that.

For friendship, and ten percent of his gross.

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Dogs - Why They Make Us Better

June 21, 2007 @ 09:20

I've received many kind notes from many people over the past couple of days regarding the death of my dog Billie and its much appreciated.

My buddy Paul Romanuk who now lives in London, England has a couple of dogs of his own, and my situation prompted him to write this piece on his blog.

Take the time to give it a read.

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Real Juicy

May 17, 2007 @ 09:03

This is my friend Jackie DeKnock - she's actually the wife of my friend Dan Duran but she kept her own name rather than take Dan's which really isn't Duran. It's a long story.

Anyway, Jackie has a business called Gourmet Safari which offers fabulous world tours for people who like to cook.

Needless to say Jackie likes to cook herself and from time to time she shares some great food and recipes with my family.

This past weekend Jackie made some outstanding mini lamb burgers with a dipping sauce that was absolutely amazing. I loved them and I told Jackie I had to have the recipe.

She's a darlin' so she wasted no time in getting it to me. So here it is, for all to enjoy.

Small Moroccan Barbequed Lamb Burgers

2 lbs (pounds) ground lamb
½ tsp ground coriander seed
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
Few pinches of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves of minced garlic

How to make it:
1) Mix all ingredients well (by hand is the best method).
2) Use an ice cream scoop to form balls, and then work into small lamb burger patties.
3) Grill lamb burgers on the barbeque - grill for a few minutes either side (be careful not too over-cook, otherwise lamb burgers will become dry).
4) Serve lamb burgers on top of brioche bread (or regular burger buns). Slice the bread or the bun and ‘punch out' rounds of bread with a glass.
5) Blend a tangy yogurt to serve with the burgers - mix 2 cups yogurt, lemon zest, juice of one lemon (the equivalent of ½ a cup), sea salt and 10 grinds of freshly ground pepper. Place burger on top of bread, add a dallop of yogurt, lettuce and thinly sliced tomatoes and serve.

Bon Appetit!

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Shiny Duran

April 23, 2007 @ 09:15

Leading up to Christmas my sweet wife Delyse wanted to buy a special gift for the son of our good friends Dan Duran and his wife Jackie.

His name is Colton, he's four years old and I've written about him before. He's nice little guy, very intelligent and sensitive and a pleasure to be around.

Given his intelligence and advanced maturity Delyse thought it might be a good idea to buy him his first pet, with the approval of his parents of course, so she went out and bought him a gold fish and all that goes with it.

It was a joyous evening of December 22nd when we arrived at the Duran house and presented Colton with his present. He was fascinated and was wide eyed as he watched the gold fish swim around its bowl.

Within seconds Colton noticed that his new pet had a shiny underside so it didn't take long for the Duran's newest family member to receive a name.

What else? The fish would be called "Shiny" and Colton would have his first taste of responsibility for another living creature.

Fast forward to Sunday, April 22, the call came about 9:07 am. Delyse picked up the phone and there was a crying distraught little boy on the other end.

"Dol" (that's my wifes nickname) cried Colton, "I've got something to tell you."
"What" said Dol.
"Shiney died"
"Oh Colton, I'm sorry to hear that, what happened?"
"I just came down today and he was dead."
"That's OK" said Dol. "He'll go to heaven."
"My cousins had a fish that died too"
"Well there you go" offered Dol who was now dropping tears herself. "Shiny will have friends in heaven."
"He will?"
"Yes, but first you have to have a funeral."
"What's a funeral?" asked Colton.

Delyse quickly changed the subject wanting to leave the explanation of a funeral to the boy's father. She was emotionally spent at this point caught up in the combination of Colton's sorrow and lovability.

She asked Colton to say a prayer for "Shiney" before he went to bed and the conversation was over.

Meanwhile, I can report that Colton now knows what a funeral is. "Shiny Duran" was laid to rest in the backyard of a home in Bloor West Village yesterday.

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Fred Ball Checks In

April 6, 2007 @ 08:11

Here's a contribution from my good friend Fred Ball. He's a big time businessman who wears a suit to work every day.

Like myself, Fred is 50.

Just came across this exercise suggested for the over 50's to build muscle strength in the arms and shoulders. It seems so easy I thought that I'd pass it on to some of my friends. The article suggested doing it three days a week.

1. Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax

2. Each day, you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10lb potato bag.

Then 25lb potato bag and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 50lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute (I'm at this level).

3. After you feel confident at this level, the next step is to start putting a couple of potatoes in each of the bags.

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Stafford And Me

March 28, 2007 @ 10:03

I'm a little late posting today because I turned the clock back about 25 years yesterday and I didn't get out of bed until 8:30.

Back in the old days at CFNY when Mike Stafford and I did the news and sports on the Pete Geets Show we'd often spend beautiful spring days suckin' back a few beers and shootin' the shit.

The station was in Brampton, we lived in Brampton and we were a couple of young guys always looking for something to do with the remaining hours of the day.

Mike is on holidays this week and I was thrilled when he called me and asked if I wanted to hook up for lunch. His fabulous girlfriend Linda lives in Brampton and he was going to be in the area.

We ended up at the Keltic Rock in Heart Lake, it was the only bar I could find that had their patio open yesterday and that was vital for Mikes smoking habit. Turns out the patio is a little fenced off area in the back, where the dumpsters are, but that didn't matter.

We got there about 2:30 and we didn't leave until well into the first period of the hockey game. And believe it or, we really didn't drink that much. We had lunch and nursed a few beers, and then we did something I've never done before, we had a dinner at the same place - lunch and dinner without moving.

But why would we? It had to be 23 degrees yesterday and the sun was like a magic medicine penetrating our bodies and all the other Brampton Bob's around us. It was a great afternoon and early evening.

There's nothing like a beautiful day to put the world in a good mood - and it didn't hurt that the Leafs capped things off by blasting the Hurricanes 6-1.

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Last Laugh

March 8, 2007 @ 08:38

It's been quite the week for my friend Dan Duran who went head to head with several readers over a political issue from last week.

I wrote a posting called "Security Breach" and Dan responded to it, and following that I invited readers to respond to Dan and the results speak for themselves.

To be fair, Dan's been a good sport through it all, and regardless of what the rest of us think of his position on the issue, at the end of the day Dan has something that most of us don't.

Category: Friends | Politics


Kevin and Ivar

January 8, 2007 @ 11:08

I spent a very enjoyable afternoon yesterday. My son Danny and I had lunch with two old CFNY buddies at Wayne Gretzky's.

Several weeks ago I wrote about Kevin O'Leary who used to produce the Pete and Geets Show back in the 80's. Kevin is heavily involved with Amp'd Mobile, an exciting new cell phone company that's coming to Canada in the next couple of months. Amp'd Mobile is building new facilities in the old Indian Motorcycle building at King and Peter.

Also at the table yesterday was Ivar Hamilton. Ivar "was" the music department at CFNY is the golden era and eventually left to join Universal records. It was a good move, because now he's a vice-president. He's also a myspace guy.

I mention this get together because a lot of old CFNY people have started to visit on a frequent basis. It's just to let you know that both guys are doing very well.

As a matter of fact Kevin just got engaged to his girlfriend Rene, and for those of you who know Kevin this is comparable to hell freezing over. But he's very happy and admits this could actually lead to marriage.

And one further note. Kevin just returned from a vacation in Nicaragua where he was stung by a stingray on a secluded beach. It got him on the heel and he endured a few tense hours before some Nicaraguan natives held his foot over hot coals in order to get the venom out. It's a fascinating story with a much better ending than the Steve Irwin tragedy.

Anyway, both boys are doing well and the attached picture is a Christmas card they sent me when they were Brampton room-mates way back in the early 80s.

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Dan Duran

January 4, 2007 @ 11:17

Yesterday the attached picture was my banner picture. When I first saw it, it reminded of my good friend Dan Duran.

You may or may not know that Dan and I summer together in the Kawartha's and a few years ago I caught Dan in a similar situation to the man sitting on the right.

Dan was doing something at his trailer wearing a pair of loose shorts. At point he went down on one knee and something hung out of his cargos. Seems he wasn't wearing briefs.

I'll tell you for several seconds I ran the gamut of emotions. I was shocked, disgusted and repulsed - but most of all, I was impressed.

To say that Dan got more than his share of manhood is an understatement. Dan is blessed, and I'm surprised he doesn't need a blood transfusion whenever he becomes aroused.

At the time it happened I chastised Dan for exposing me to such a sight, and he quickly tucked things away. But that image never left my mind. Part of me wondered if I actually saw what I thought I saw.

And then it was confirmed again this summer on a quiet day in the trailer park. The only people in the park were Dan's family and me.

Needing to borrow a tool from Dan I wandered down to his place and upon rounding the corner I had a replay of those emotions from a few years before.

Only this time he was completely unclothed, standing on his deck with something extremely disproportionate banging against his knee while he dried his hair with a towel.

"What are you doing" I exclaimed.

"Drying my hair" he replied.

"But your not wearing anything" I gasped.
I like to be this way when nobodies around" he said.

"Well I'm around" I argued. "Put some clothes on." And he did.

I then went into Dans shed and grabbed a wrench - and as I wandered back to my place I became insanely jealous of Dan's selection of tools.

Especially one in particular.

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