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The Trailer - Week Eighteen- September 4-8

September 8, 2008 @ 07:45

To say this was a weird weekend would be a gross understatement - and it had nothing to do with the leaves that are already changing.

Thursday night I packed up the car with a lot more clothes than usual, because this time I wasn't coming home.

All weekend long, the same thought kept pumping through my mind. I have to work on Monday, but I don't have to go home. For years and years a weekend at the trailer in September meant an early departure on Sunday afternoon, early to bed on Sunday night, and then up at three-thirty to go to work.

Even during my forced sabbatical, I always went home on Sunday nights in September, because that's what everybody else did.

Yesterday was especially freaky. The weather sucked so me and my darlin' decided to head into Peterborough to kill some time. But we both took our own cars and after browsing around, and the having a light meal at "Hot Bellie Mama's" in Peterborough, we went our separate ways.

It was quite emotional. (not really)

We embraced on George St, and just before kissing her full on the lips, a looked into Delyse's eyes and said. "And so it begins."

This was reference to the fact that for the next several months I'll be staying in Peterborough, while my sweet stays in Brampton. It's not going to be easy, but what the hell, you've got to do what you've got to do and that's what we're gonna do. Ya buggers.

I looked Delyse in the eye, told I loved her, and then watched as her silver Volvo pulled out into traffic and disappeared in the distance.

I got into my car and headed the other way, back to the tin palace, which will be my primary residence for the next week or so until I find something more permanent in downtown Peterborough.

Getting up this morning was very peculiar. I got up, had a quick shower, did my radio bit with McArthur in London, and then ironed some clothes before jumping into my car and heading down Hwy. 28 for work.

Yea, I went to work, and it felt bloody good.

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The Ultimate Raft Party

September 4, 2008 @ 10:15

On Tuesday I wrote about the ultimate raft party and promised some pictures.

Well here they are, and please note, this is a 23 minute drive from my new office.

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The Trailer - Week Seventeen - Labour Day

September 2, 2008 @ 11:01

What a fantastic weekend. The weather was perfect, and the tin palace was full of my favourite people.

It's not too often I can get both my kids in the same place at the same time these days, but it all came together this weekend as Delyse and I enjoyed having Melanie and Danny and their mates for a great weekend.

Melanie and her boyfriend Josh arrived on Saturday morning, while Danny and his girlfriend Shawna arrived Saturday night.

It was Shawna's first visit to paradise and she left with the same mind-set that everyone else does. She wants to come back. Good food, good times and good people, it works every time - especially when the weather is near perfect.

On Sunday afternoon we organized the biggest and best raft party of all time.

My buddy Brian Collins has a raft that measures maybe ten by ten, but after you hook up three pontoon boats to the son of a bitch, all of a sudden you have a enough room for about thirty people.

Unfortunately, I don't have a picture to show you, because I was out of the raft and didn't have my camera in my bathing suit, and yesterday I forget to download some pictures from other people. Maybe I'll post some later in the week.

Put it this way. It was good. Very good.

We also enjoyed a new family member. Melanie and Josh got a new dog a couple of months ago, and he's a beauty.

"Bones" got his name because when he arrived at a shelter near Guelph back in the spring, he was nothing but skin and "bones." Melanie saw him on one of those "petfinder" websites and fell in love.

We're not completely sure how old he is, but he's a wonderful little guy. He's docile, obedient for the most part and extremely affectionate.

We're convinced that during his "Littlest Hobo" time he experienced some that things that have made him a little skittish, but everyday he's just gets better and better.

This weekend he was pleasure to have at the trailer, and we can't wait till he comes back.

The little guy has stolen all our hearts.


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The Trailer - Week Sixteen - August 22-24

August 25, 2008 @ 10:49

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The Trailer - Week Fifteen - August 14-16

August 18, 2008 @ 08:55

I was home for most of the week but headed for the tin palace alone on Thursday afternoon.

Of course when I arrived it had just rained, but it cleared long enough around the supper hour to sit with a few friends and talk about all the lost moments this year because of the bizarre weather.

After dinner on Thursday night it rained again, stopped again, and then rained for most of the night.

On Friday morning there was a patch of blue to the west of us, so a couple of my buddies and their wives decided a boat trip from our lake to Bobcaygeon would be a idea.

They asked me if I wanted to go, and not having anything else to do because my "friends" Mike and Brian decided to go golfing with their wives instead of me, I accepted.

It was weird. I can never remember the weather patterns and skies that we've had this year. Although we enjoyed sunshine most of the way, there were swirling black clouds all around us and we could see several rain storms in the distance.

The trip was uneventful until we were just entering Bobcaygeon. I was driving in a boat with my buddy Glen and he was just in front of my buddy Jason.

Glen has an 18 foot boat with a 90 Mercury on it, while Jason has a 21 foot monster SeaDoo boat.

As we approached Bobcaygoen, Glen pulled back on his throttle and for a split second, Jason who was fast approaching didn't notice. All of a sudden he was too close and his natural reaction was to pull back on the throttle.

Unfortunately SeaDoo boats don't respond very well without thrust and the boat was momentarily out of control and broke the wake literally inches away from Glen's boat. It lifted the boat out of the water.

My buddy Dan Bonchek screamed at Glen to "hit it" so we could pull away from the huge hull of the SeaDoo boat that appeared ready to crash down on the back of our boat.

At first I didn't realize what was happening in the confusion, so by the time I turned around all I could see was the bottom of a huge boat coming towards me. But at that split second it was the turning point of the near tragedy. As the big boat lunged towards us, we barely pulled out of its path.

It was that close.

Where I was sitting would have taken the full brunt, which means if it didn't kill me I would have probably been shitting into a bag for the rest of my life.

It took everybody a little while to wind down because to be honest, it wasn't pretty and no exaggeration. With another second the wrong way, it could have been ugly.

It shows you how quickly accidents can happen, and explains some of those inexplicable things you hear on the news some time and wonder how the hell they can happen.

Well they can. And there was absolutely no alcohol involved and Jason wasn't being careless because his boat was full of little kids.

It was just one of those things.

After having a bite to eat in Bobcaygeon we headed home, a race against the usual impending rain and the locks closing in Buckhorn. We beat them both, but not long after arriving home, the rain had its way and lasted most of the evening.

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The Trailer - Week Fourteen - August 8-10

August 11, 2008 @ 09:05

I gave up on Saturday. I packed up the car and headed home because I was sick of the rain and the dampness and I was lonesome for my wife, who, after working all week, decided she wasn't going to drive for two hours to sit inside a tin box.

Good call.

We hung out on Saturday afternoon watching golf and the Olympics and then yesterday we enjoyed a great day with out kids and their mates.

Melanie and Josh, and Danny and Shawna had dinner with us and then we all decided to hop in the car last night and catch the 10:35 showing of "Step Brothers."

Not being a huge Will Ferrell fan I was reluctant at first, but I didn't want to waste an opportunity to go out with the kids.

The movie turned out to be OK. Very funny at the beginning, stupid in the middle and then amusing at the end.

Meanwhile, there's not a lot I can grab and send as far as trailer highlights go. The week basically stunk weather wise and if affected the mood of everybody and everything.

Including my buddy Dan Boncheck who found something wrong with the Tiki Bar.

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The Trailer - Week Thirteen - August 1-4

August 5, 2008 @ 10:20

Delyse and I left the tin palace on Thursday night and returned home for her brother's 30th anniversary party in Cambridge. It took place on Saturday, and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Being home on a long weekend isn't my favourite thing to do, but like anything else it all comes back to attitude. We have a swimming pool and a Tiki Bar at home, so there are a lot worse places we could be on a Saturday in the GTA.

On Sunday Delyse turned to me and said, "I'm sort of glad we came home, I'm enjoying this." Then she took a sip of her sangria, which was remarkable in itself because this woman rarely drinks.

We went for a long walk yesterday and then went for a swim, and then later on in the afternoon I vacuumed the pool. It was during this time that I was took a stroll down memory lane thanks to my Starchoice Satellite system and music channel 909 which is called Flashback 70's.

While removing some lint and crap from the bottom of the pool the song "Alone Again" (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan came on.

I hadn't heard it in a long time and it's a good thing because I was quickly reminded of how aggravating this song is. Although it has a catchy tune, the words are downright depressing and I've often wondered what Gilbert was thinking when he wrote it.

I can understand being bummed out about being "alone" all the time, and I can understand writing a song about your hard luck, but the "naturally" part always struck me because it's so negative and self defeating. The guy expects the worst to happen.

The ending kills me as well. Sad stories often have good endings or optimistic messages attached. Not this one.

The song starts with him threatening to kill himself.

In a little while from now
If I'm not feeling any less sour
I promise myself to treat myself
And visit a nearby tower
And climbing to the top will throw myself off
In an effort to make it clear to who
ever what it's like when you're shattered

And it ends with his mother and father dying.

I remember I cried when my father died
Never wishing to hide the tears
And at sixty-five years old
My mother, God rest her soul,
Couldn't understand why the only man
She had ever loved had been taken
Leaving her to start with a heart so badly broken
Despite encouragement from me
No words were ever spoken
And when she passed away
I cried and cried all day
Alone again, naturally
Alone again, naturally

It really is one of those songs that you'd like to ram a pitchfork through your speakers when it's playing. It's every bit as bad as James Blunts, "You're Beautiful."

And how was your weekend?


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The Trailer - Week Twelve - July 25-27

July 28, 2008 @ 10:16

The unsettled weather continued to blow through the Kawarthas, but it was still a good weekend.

A lot of my weekend buddies started holidays this week, so there was a certain air of levity to the world, and that was enhanced by the buzz created by the creation of Tyrania.

It was great the way all the (adults?) at the park bought into what the kids had come up with and carried it right through the weekend. Some of the guys have vowed to take control of Tyrania through any means necessary.

It could get interesting as the week unfolds.

Something else I should mention. I did another boneless leg of lamb the old fashioned way. Not on my gas barbeque, but on my traditional barbeque that doubles as a fire pit and I cooked it over charcoal.

This time I made no mistakes, I nursed I through the 70 minutes it stayed on the grill and took it off at precisely the right time before letting it rest for about twenty minutes.

It was rare. Very rare, just the way we like it.

This week I’m going to post a few pictures for you. Good friends had family members visit this weekend and we all gathered by the Tiki Bar on Saturday night to watch the sunset. (The above picture is my buddy Dan Bonchek and his son Josh)

This is my friend Jackie and her parents Dave and Ann.

This is my friend Darren with his mom Helen and his sister Kendra.

This is Darren with his nephew Tyler.

This is Tyler's dad Tony.

And this is my sweet.


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The Trailer - Week Eleven - July 18-21

July 21, 2008 @ 10:32

Delyse and I didn't arrive until late Saturday afternoon because we wanted to do a bunch of stuff around the house before settling in paradise for the better part of the next two weeks.

Saturday afternoon was glorious weather wise and Saturday night was just as good as we sat by a fire in front of the Tiki Bar and listened to some great music.

On Sunday, the focus of the day was the fifth wedding anniversary of our good friends Darren and Lori Wasylyk. (picture)

They got married on the lake and its hard to believe five years has gone by since then. They said their vows on a dock by the beautiful lodge that's right beside us, and then we had a party that started in the lodge and ended by a campfire in front of their trailer.

It was a fabulous time and a fine example of how a wedding should be. Nothing but your best and closest friends, in a location you love. It's way better than the archaic church and formal reception expense and bother that more and more people seem to be getting away from.

Yesterday, to mark Darren and Lori's fifth anniversary we went for dinner at a cool restaurant just down the road. It's called The Old Bridge Inn at Young's Point, and the food is fabulous.

Meanwhile, the two pictures below are a couple of shots taken by Dan Duran, who've I've explained is a magician with a camera.

The first shot is a picture of me and my sweet in front of the Tiki Bar, and the second shot features my feet in front of an empty scotch bottle. Bells Scotch, ya buggers.

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The Trailer - Week Ten - July 11-13

July 14, 2008 @ 09:40

A low key weekend.

Me and my sweet didn't arrive until after eleven o'clock on Friday, so it was unpack and to bed for Delyse and a quick beer for me by the fire with good friend Danny Bonchek.

On Saturday I fell into a drink-fest.

A stroll down to the Kimbe's turned into the sampling of several summer drinks, or as I call them, "broad drinks" (even though Delyse hates it when I use the word broad) Very fruity and sweet. I just take little sips because sugary drinks give me headaches like someone is taking a Mikita with a three/eighths drill bit to my head.

Instead I indulged in a few beers - a couple of Caribs, a Stella and a Sleeman Clear, all courtesy of my good buddy Peter Grove.

After a few hours of talking and laughing and saying stupid shit, we decided we'll all eat together that night, so we pooled our resources and had a big smorgasbord at the Kimbers.

I had a hunk of steak, a hamburger, some lovely asparagus wrapped in bacon and some sweet potato fries.

After that, it was back into the booze but once again I backed off the sweet shit and opted for Scotch, something that never gives me a hang-over.

My buddy Mike Kimber cracked a 26er of Bells, and by two a.m., me, Kimber and Dan Duran had drained the some of a bitch. But there was no yelling, arguing or punches thrown. We just laughed our bags off while saying suggestive things to our wives.

All in all, a very enjoyable night which was highlighted by Dan Duran snapping away with his digital camera.

I've mentioned before on this blog that Duran has a wonderful eye with a camera, and sees things that most of us don't. He has an amazing talent, and later on in the week I'll publish some of the pictures he took on Saturday night.

He also took some video of me saying a speech. Or declaring something. Or making a bizarre point of some sort. Hopefully I can post that later in the week as well.

And speaking of pictures, the shot I posted above is a picture of my wife Delyse and two of her trailer friends Karen Collins and Pam Kimber.

It's just another by-product of whats been so good about heading north every weekend. The friendships we've made will last a lifetime.

Delyse, Karen and Pam have been close "buds" for 17 years. They've shared a lot. Raising kids, handling husbands and enjoying each others company.

They've laughed together, cried together and sipped many cups of tea together.

No doubt about it, they're real solid broads.

Sorry Dol.

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