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This Is It

February 26, 2007 @ 17:10

Yes, this is the new FreddieP.ca and I hope you like it.

As I mentioned in earlier postings I was reluctant to change but I pretty well had to.

The new FreddieP.ca has all the bells and whistles that give me the chance to reach the largest audience. And I want your feedback.

Click on the "discuss" button below and tell me what your think of the new look. As a matter of fact I want you to click on the "discuss" button as much as possible. I want your reaction to all my comments.

It will be interesting. Change is good.

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Oscar Gore

February 26, 2007 @ 07:12

I'm embarrassed to say it but it wasn't until yesterday that I finally saw Al Gore's Oscar winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. It's fabulous, and way beyond anything I can argue with except for one thing.

I know Global Warming is a problem, and I know the issue has to be dealt with, but I maintain Kyoto is not the way to do it. Gore seems to think it is.

Last Sunday Lorrie Goldstein of the Sun wrote an article that pretty well sums up how I feel.

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Mike Boon

February 26, 2007 @ 07:11

Now I know what it's like to be featured in one of those decorating magazines. On Saturday morning Mike Boon came over to my house to engineer the launch of the new FreddieP.ca.

Before he left I showed him my rec room and out came the camera. Go here for the results.

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Ghost

February 25, 2007 @ 08:57

Here's something special for those who have an interest in Toronto history. The city has an unused subway station and because of construction over the next six weeks you'll be able to see it.

Trains on the Bloor-Danforth line will bypass the Bay station and run on a rarely-used track through an unused TTC station below the Bay station. Trains won't be stopping at the abandoned station.

Called Yorkville, the "ghost" station is rented out for movie shoots and to train TTC subway drivers. Regular Bloor-Danforth service will resume in April.

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New Film

February 21, 2007 @ 07:14

This is cool. It's a short home movie of the Kennedy motorcade on the day the President was assassinated. It doesn't show the assassination, but it does show a clear picture of the President and Jackie Kennedy just 90 seconds before his brains became a hood ornament. It was donated by some old bastard who's been hanging on to the film for 40 years.

After I watched the film I asked this question. If it was taken "before" the President was shot, why does the film end with a shot of the School Book Depository? Check it out.

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A Great Afternoon

February 20, 2007 @ 10:16

Yesterday I attended a wealth management seminar at the King Edward Hotel. It was arranged by my financial advisor who thinks it's a good idea for anyone within ten years of retirement age to stop down and think about a few things.

The seminar was conducted by a guy named Barry LaValley and he didn't talk so much about money as he did mind set. Not only do you have to be prepared for retirement financially, but you also have to be ready emotionally.

Over-all it was a positive experience and it also allowed me to meet two fantastic women who have recently lost their husbands - men I admired very much.

Sitting at the table with me were Teri Ann Marsden and Bernie Wadsworth. Teri Ann was married to legendary Toronto sportscaster Pat Marsden, and Bernie was married to Mike Wadsworth who accomplished so much in his 60 short years it's almost too hard to comprehend.

Pat Marsden is a man I only met a couple of times and never really got to know, but like most people my age Pat Marsden was in my living room every night while I was growing up. He was sports director at CFTO for many years before getting fired, going to CFRB, retiring, then coming out of retirement and working at the Fan.

He died last year of lung cancer and he's sorely missed by Teri Ann and his children, but they can hold on to the image of a man who was larger than life and loved by everyone who knew him.

Bernie Wadsworth lost her husband Mike to bone cancer in the spring of 2004. In his short life Wadsworth attended the University of Notre Dame where he got his law degree, he played pro football with the Argonauts and then became one the best radio and television football analysts in Canada. If that wasn't enough, he became Canada's ambassador to Ireland before heading back to Notre Dame to become athletic director. And shortly before he died the way was cleared for him to become a judge. How's that for a resume?

Nobody was looking for sympathy yesterday but I have to be honest, I felt sorry for both women.
There they were at the seminar planning the rest of their lives alone because the men they loved had been scooped up by a cruel disease long before their time.

But I'll tell you, if it's possible for the deceased to look down upon their families both Pat Marsden and Mike Wadsworth feel pretty good today because both their wives are immensely proud of their legacies and that was beautifully conveyed yesterday.

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Tuscany

February 20, 2007 @ 09:08

I got to thank Dan Duran for turning me on to something. Actually it was about five or six years ago that Dan introduced me to a coffee called Tuscany which he buys at the Coffee Tree near Jane and Bloor.

For years I drank this coffee with cream while ignoring Dan's opinion that coffee of such quality should be consumed black.

Well about three weeks ago I brewed a pot of Tuscany and when I opened the fridge I was horrified to find no cream, so I drank it black and I haven't looked back. Talk about flavour.

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Bubble Wrap

February 19, 2007 @ 07:02

If you caught Coaches Corner on Saturday you saw another emotional closing by Don Cherry. It's become the norm these days.

This time Cherry showed a picture of the ten year old kid in Guelph who was killed on the hockey pond. Nicholas Lambden was leaning over to pick up a puck just as another older kid blasted a slap shot in another game, and it caught Nicholas behind the ear.

He was airlifted to Sick Kids and died the next day, without a doubt a sad and sickening story and the nightmare of any parent.

As you might expect, this has opened a new debate on weather kids should be forced to wear helmets while playing pond hockey and to tell you the truth, I can't make up my mind.

During his bit on Coaches Corner Cherry conveyed the words of Nicholas' mother who is pleading with everyone to make their kids wear the helmets, and what else would you expect? Yet at the same time I wonder about what we're doing to our kids by trying to protect them at every turn and should we go as far as to legislate this stuff.

It was only a few weeks ago that another child was killed while tobogganing and we heard the same cries - all kids should have to wear helmets when sliding down hills.

I can see an evolution here that's quickly gaining speed. When I was a kid we wore next to nothing - now I get the feeling there are parents out there who don't want their kids to leave the house without wearing a helmet because there's danger around every corner.

It's done with the best of intentions to protect a kid physically, but I can't help but think this "bubble wrap" generation might be hurting our kids psychologically.

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Culture Club

February 19, 2007 @ 06:53

The shit hit the fan at Ryerson last week. There were students who wanted to start a White Culture Club and the student union didn't think that was a very good idea.

"What is white culture" was the question being asked around the University, and nobody could come up with an answer. And I agree with that. What is white culture?

Then again, what is black culture or Asian culture or any other type of racial culture?

To me culture isn't a question of race; it's a question of lifestyles or nationalities.
Look at it this way, a black person from Jamaica can experience, enjoy and then adopt Canadian culture and vise versa.

So I agree, there really is no room for a White Culture Club or Black Culture Club or any other racial culture club.

There is however room for a Jamaican Culture Club, a Chinese Culture Club and yes, even a Canadian Culture Club. There is a Canadian Culture you know - but that's for another time.

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Decisions

February 19, 2007 @ 06:24

I have to be at King Edward Hotel this afternoon for a seminar. It's been highly recommended by my financial advisor Steve Moffatt and it's got something to do with wealth management.

When it comes to stuff my eyes glaze over and I want to tell Steve to go ahead and do whatever he needs to do because I trust his judgment but apparently I can't in his case.

I'm 50 years old which means my portfolio needs more of my attention as I approach the opportunity for early retirement - I have to make some decisions.

I don't know what sucks more, having to make decisions or having the word "retirement" on the horizon. I've had a lot of down time over the past year and to tell you the truth, I don't think I ever want to retire. Too many fart jokes remain untold.

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