Muse: The Hobbit Part 2 … Still Waiting for the Big Picture

Good to see The Hobbit Part 2 has finally arrived, though I still don’t believe this story required a Part 2 or a Part 3. At one-third the page count of Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit seems more like an elegant Hollywood cash grab than a proper trilogy. That said, I think I’ll just wait until next December to watch all 3 Hobbit movies back-to-back: I don’t mind packing a lunch and spending the entire day in Middle-earth but I have no interest in going There and Back Again 3 different times.

Music to suit: Led Zeppelin, Ramble On
(Source: YouTube, MastaSnajpaa)

Muse: Playing Hockey at Maple Leaf Gardens

Newly Renovated Maple Leaf Gardens

Love playing hockey in Toronto’s True North house league. Last week, they sent us to Maple Leaf Gardens to play and this week, to the Ricoh Coliseum, where the Toronto Marlies play. Almost makes you feel like a pro … less the crushing post-game analysis to remind you otherwise.

Music to suit: Joe Satriani, Crowd Chant
(Source: YouTube, doomreaver19)

Muse: Putting the Koi to Bed for Winter

Putting the Koi to Bed for Winter

Flurries and freezing temperatures … what a difference a week makes. That’s my cue to cover the pond with plastic and put the Koi to bed for another Winter. Not so bad for them. Just one more sleep till Spring.

Music to suit: The Specials, Enjoy Yourself
(Source: YouTube, Scuba Kat)

Muse: Apparently, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is all he’s cracked up to be

Nothing boring about Canadian politicians these days. Just pick your favourite scandal: 3 Senators caught padding their expenses, a Prime Minister trying to cover it up, the Mayor of Laval charged with taking construction contract kickbacks or Toronto Mayor Rob Ford finally admitting to smoking crack cocaine. All great storylines for a movie or a video game but a little unsettling to watch them play out together in real time.

Music to suit: The Small Faces, Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, GTA 5 Trailer
(Source: YouTube, GTA5guy)

Muse: Revisiting Allegany State Park Childhood Memories Through YouTube

It’s amazing what you can find on YouTube these days. Like a girl and her sister ‘documenting’ their family vacation in Allegany State Park, New York. The exact same trip we used to make every Thanksgiving when I was their age. We stayed in the same old cabins, slept in the same old beds, heard the same mice scurrying about at night and were just as excited to explore the surrounding creeks and woods all day long. If we had a video recorder back then, I’m sure me and my brother would have made the same kind of video. Too cool.

Music to suit: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Deja Vu
(Source: YouTube, jazzforinterplay)