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Today With Craig And Matt

January 27, 2010 @ 12:41

Hotels and Hockey.













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Today With Jeff McArthur

January 25, 2010 @ 09:50

Americans won't stand for Canadian athem and other Florida stuff.







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Humble Birthday

January 24, 2010 @ 08:32

Wow. Where does the time go?

Today my friend and former radio partner Humble Howard turns 50 and it is milestones like this that make your head spin. How could Howie be 50 already?

I first met Humble Howard in July of 1989, he was 29 and I had just turned 33.

Danny Kingsbury was Program Director of CFNY at the time and it was he who thought we'd work well together. So one day Danny and I flew to Montreal and I met Howard and it marked the beginning of a 16 year association that ended professionally in 2005.

Thanks Gary??

But this post isn't so much about Humble and Fred as it is about time.

When you're 29 and 33, turning 50 seems like an eternity away, but its amazing how quickly it catches up to you. The years clip by and then one day you wake up and you're 50. And the scary thing is, 40 to 50 goes a lot faster than 30 to 40, so I imagine it will be far too soon before I'm writing about turning 60.

I think of all the things that Howard and I went through in radio and it leaves my head spinning, him getting married, both of us buying new homes, watching our kids grow up and amazing highs and lows that very few will ever experience.

If I'm left with anything, it's that we all tend to take so much for granted and its not until it's gone that you realize how much you had. It always makes me think one of the many profound lines that John Lennon wrote.

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans"

But there's an encouraging aspect to this. The older you get, the more you tend to focus on what really matters and that's good. The older you get the more you realize you're not invincible and your stay on this planet isn't indefinite.

It's great for perspective and it's a point that Humble makes in a little piece he wrote about turning 50.

Let's be doing it.

"I have been thinking a lot about age lately, mainly because it's not everyday you turn half a century old and it seems like a big deal, at least to other people. For me it's just a number. When I hit 30 or 40 those numbers didn't vex me and I'm not too freaked out by this milestone... it beats the alternative of "not turning 50!"
I will say that 50 seems a lot younger than it used to. My Dad's 50 was way older than mine. I was 12 when he was this age and I thought he was super old. I don't think it's the same for my kids, I'm far too active and immature and I'm guessing they think of my 50 as younger than my father's.
We all think that as we age the age we used to think was ancient gets older and older. 60 year olds are old but I guarantee you that when I'm 59 I'll think 60 is the new 45.
Getting older is just a way of marking time and time marching on is what is scary to all of us. I'm not going to lie. I've been keeping track of celebrity deaths that are close to my age and going, "He was only 59? That's only 9 years older than me!" That's' the really scary part of getting older-getting older is when people die. Yes they do. And that's the real reason we all want to stall the number of candles on the cake. Fun huh?
So I'm viewing this as an opportunity for adventure and to find new forms of life on the other side of my half-century. And I'll look at it this way- tomorrow I won't be a year older, I'll just be one day older than 49."

Humble.

Happy Birthday Howard. See you in a couple of weeks for Humble and Fred's Olympic Podcast of Bronze.

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Today With Craig And Matt

January 20, 2010 @ 08:38

Tripadvisor, Haiti and Matt's surgery.













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Today With Jeff McArthur

January 18, 2010 @ 09:23

More God talk.







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Today With Neil Morrison

January 15, 2010 @ 17:31

Olympics and God.







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Today With Craig And Matt

January 13, 2010 @ 08:50

U.S./Canada justice systems, Mark McGuire and NBC.













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Today With Bruce Barker

January 12, 2010 @ 08:55

Torch run, Ron Wilson and blue cheese on burgers.







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Today With Jeff McArthur

January 11, 2010 @ 09:50

Liberal attack ads.







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Today With Neil Morrison

January 8, 2010 @ 17:16

Lots of stuff.







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