Muse: Electricity. The Perfect Gift After An Ice Storm.

Ice Storm Aftermath

Never guessed the best gift I’d get this year for Christmas would be electricity from Toronto Hydro. It’s so easy to take hydro for granted … until you get hit with back-to-back ice storms and have to go 3 days without power. Then you quickly realize if the 40F cold inside your house doesn’t kill you, the boredom certainly will. My hat’s off to the folks at Toronto Hydro for working night and day this entire Christmas week to restore power to 250,000 Torontonians. The only thing worse than living through an ice storm without power has to be working in the cold every day to restore it.

Music to suit: Ronny Jordan, In Full Swing
(Source: YouTube, Bluestorm1964)

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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)

Muse: Family Day Long Weekend

Family Day … good to know that once every 5 years, the government does something we can all agree on … well … Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. anyways …

Music to suit: Max Webster, ‘A Million Vacations’
(Source: YouTube, mustardeth)