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Pekazza’s! My latest culinary invention/adventure
Pekazza's! My latest culinary invention/adventure

I’m not sure if this happens to other folks but every-so-often I just get tired of eating the usual stuff we make. It’s not like there’s a small repertoire cooking-wise, but sometimes I just grow tired of what we have and we tend to opt for take out when we get into that situation. But […]

Legacies and Folklore

Last night a good friend of mine died of a massive heart attack. He was 56. He was found with the phone in his hand, obviously trying to call 911. His wife found him that way when she got home from work. It makes you wonder what your life is really about, what you’ve done, […]

Stinky the Chinchilla
Stinky the Chinchilla

A few years ago our kids, wanting a pet but being allergic to cats and dogs, so wanted a pet they begged us to buy them a chinchilla. So, being the big sucks we are we caved and bought them one. Now, I’d have preferred not have a chinchilla at all, or any pet for […]

Idiots confound me

I read this article re: Warner Bros. bemoaning the $0.99 rental price Apple wants to charge customers per episode. Perhaps I’m dense, but at 24 episodes per season that works out to approximately $24 to simply rent it. Not own it. Rent it! For a few extra bucks you can actually buy it on DVD. […]

The Fattening of America
The Fattening of America

I recently finished The End of Overeating by Dr. David Kessler, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. It was primarily of interest to me because, like many people, I’ve struggled with weight gain. And following the so-called “Food Pyramid” has only exacerbated the condition. So it was eye opening to read Dr. […]

Of 120 Page Phone Bills

I’m here to tell you of an event in our household that I thought I’d never see: a 120 page telephone bill. You read that right. 120 pages. And, yes, I’m talking 8 1/2 x 11 inch pages. Now, it’s not the horror story it might appear, although if delivered via Canada Post it surely […]

Things Kids Don’t Get These Days

I always find it interesting when one of my kids asks me about the lyrics to one of the songs I listen to. Two of late came up. Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio by the Ramones and Panama by Van Halen. The lyric “Do you remember lyin’ in bed / with the covers […]

Julie & Julia

Just watched Julie & Julia today with the wife. Very good film. I quite enjoyed it. And though I’m not a fan of Meryl Streep I found her portrayal of Julia Child wonderful. The entire way the film wove Julia Child’s life in with Julie Powell’s was excellent. Well worth seeing. However, I’d love to […]

Awesome bakery

My wife and I took our son and his buddies to Long and McQuaid on Bank at Altavista yesterday. After they finished drooling over the guitars, amps, etc. we all headed over to the bakery in the same mall — I think it’s called the Lebanese Bakery, but no matter, it’s the only bakery in […]

Distractions, Big and Small

A few folks who know me well asked why I’ve not posted anything in a while. It’s not for lack of interesting topics but more due to work, kitchen renos, the start of summer, etc. And as summer starts up I’m hoping to get out on the links but the weather, work, and the kitchen […]

Sanity in Ontario

As those who know me can attest, I’m no greenie. However, I have never understood the stupidity of the clothesline bans some municipalities and communities enacted. Some people find them “unsightly”. Really? Why? It’s just fabric blowing in the breeze. Rumour has it that Primer McGuinty will announce that Ontarians can dry their clothes outside. […]

We made the New York Times!
We made the New York Times!

Well, for all those out there wondering what it’s like in Ottawa wonder no more. The New York Times decided to write up on our little “Winter from Hell”. Gotta love the picture of Luc Guertin, though, and his 18+ft snow wall :-). Tons of Snow Test a Place Where Cold is No Stranger (registration, […]

Records. But not ones I wanted to see broken

I lived through the winter of 1970-71. It was something else. 444 cm of snow — that’s more than 14.5 feet! — fell that winter. I remember shoveling and shoveling and shoveling. And just when you thought not another flake could fall, more would fall. Well, this winter is now officially the second most snowy […]

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