Ahh, the Masters golf weekend. Live from Augusta, Georgia. A blooming feast for your eyes and a sure sign that Spring has finally arrived. Great golf and great weather. Definitely one of my favourite mashups.
Music to suit: John Pizzarelli, I Feel Fine/Sidewinder mashup
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Putting my PVR through its own Olympic performance trials this week. Perfect for recording all the Olympic midday events for later viewing – except Team Canada hockey. No way to get home from work in Canada without seeing or hearing a final hockey score spoiler somewhere along the way. That mission’s impossible.
Music to suit: The James Taylor Quartet, Mission Impossible
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Got to give the Toronto Maple Leafs major style points for bringing the players’ fathers with them on their Florida road trip this week. Hard to tell who was happier when the Leafs scored – father or son. Original 6 charm. Very classy.
Music to suit: Horace Silver, Song for my Father
Got to love the Canadian snowboarders. Despite Mark McMorris fracturing his rib and Maelle Ricker fracturing her forearm, they both still plan to compete at the Olympics. Now that’s some true north grit!
Music to suit: Rheostatics Northern Wish
(Source: YouTube, pjzs)
Received a 1 sentence email from a friend today suggesting we grab lunch … followed by 15 lines of email legal copy from Rogers. Really? I can tell you what should be ‘strictly prohibited’ … how about the tail wagging the dog …
Music to suit: Jimmy Cliff, World Upside Down
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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)
Canada Post announced this week that it will eliminate door-to-door mail delivery over the next 5 years. Understandable … though still hard to imagine the passing of the mailman … Then again, every time I walk past the bricked-over, milk-delivery box at my side door, I still can’t imagine a time when milkmen delivered milk door-to-door … I think I’ll just leave my mailbox up as another sign of the changing times. Change is indeed the only constant.
Music to suit: Jake Bugg, Seen It All
(Source: YouTube, MintsAreMyLife)
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)
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
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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)