I’ve written these pages now for almost 5 years, since fate smiled upon Darlene and I and we were whisked away to New York City. Over the years I’ve covered many topics before finding my voice and becoming a cheerleader for my adoptive home town of Winnipeg. As any blogger will undoubtedly tell you writing is only half the job of running a blog, the other portion includes reading vast amounts of other people’s work and striking up constructive friendships that help hone the craft.
One such friendship that I cultivated is with the author of I’ll Have Nunavut, a blog by Suzanne Parm-Etheridge and her husband Ian. Two people adapting to life in Canada’s far north. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Suzanne was coming to Winnipeg as part of a conference and would be staying less than 10 minutes from our home.
Suzanne and I with Darlene enjoying a nice evening stroll on Corydon Ave.
We met at the Forks Market where Suzanne stayed and journeyed out to UnBurger in Osborne Village. Suzanne frequently commenting on Winnipeg’s beautiful parks and neighborhoods. In return Darlene and I asked questions about the far northern reaches of Canada. It was like we had been old friends for years.
From Osborne Village to Corydon Avenue the three of us strolled, enjoyed Italian Gelato and shared stories of our lives. As the sun dipped below the horizon a starlight tour of Downtown Winnipeg seemed in order. Suzanne loved the stories of old Winnipeg and really seemed to get a kick out of visiting Portage and Main, Winnipeg’s most famous intersection.
Darlene and Suzanne ham it up for the camera at Portage and Main.
Thanks for visiting Suzanne, I hope I didn’t bore you with my long-winded explanations and rambling stories. It’s one thing to have made a friend though our writing but it’s an absolute joy to have met you in person. Come back to Winnipeg anytime!
To wrap it up here’s a great song about Winnipeg by two hometown boys Randy Bachman and Neil Young with Prairie Town.
Posted in Winnipeg and Hometown Goings On
Tagged Canada, Corydon Ave, Exchange District, Exploring Winnipeg and Beyond, I'll Have Nunavut, Neil Young, New York, New York City, Nunavut, Osborne Village, Portage and Main, Randy Bachman, St Boniface, Suzanne Parm-Etheridge, The Forks, Un-Burger, Winnipeg
Happy Father’s Day Everyone.
First things first, let me add my voice to the growing throng who are pissed off as all hell at what happened in Vancouver this week. To my mind it was a perfect storm of emotion and alcohol fuelled mayhem that only needed a spark to explode. I believe that at the heart of the Vancouver riot there was a core element that was not there to celebrate game 7.
Who in their right mind shows up to a street party with a baseball bat or Molotov cocktail? This was not a riot based on the win or the loss of a hockey game in my opinion. This was a deliberate act by a core group of hateful people who were determined to twist the drunken emotion of a hopeful crowd into a violent orgy of hate. Mission accomplished. I hope you were stupid enough to get your picture taken by one of the hundreds of cameras present at the event.
Water Polo player caught red handed.
May you feel the hot breath of your new butch cellmate on the nape of your neck as he introduces you to life in jail! Bitch.
Posted in 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Winnipeg and Hometown Goings On, World Events
Tagged BBQ, Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales, Bruce Springsteen, BruceSpringsteen, CAW, Clarence Clemons, clarenceclemons, E-Street Band, Education, Father's Day, Hero's, New York, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Strike, Taco, The Kiss, Vancouver, Vancouver Riot, Water Polo Player
I just finished watching a full slate of NFL games today. I don’t normally watch the American game but in an attempt to stay current with the manliest of conversations that will no doubt infest work tomorrow, I watched both final games.
Super Bowl XLV
In the afternoons first clash the Green Bay Packers battled the Chicago Bears. This was a hard game for me to pick a team to root for. I used to pull for Da Bears in my youth, but since I am surrounded by Cheeseheads at work I took the cowards way out and was rewarded with a Green Bay victory. The game was full of turnovers and a lifeless 3rd quarter almost put me to sleep. Da Bears fought back in the 4th but just didn’t have it in them to put Cheesehead Nation out of the running.
Green Bay Packers
In the second tilt, the NY Jets travelled to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers. To be totally honest I only caught bits and pieces of this game. I was enthralled with playing the Raving Rabbids on Wii. Thankfully my video game crashed on me with enough time to see the final minutes and Pittsburgh take the game by 5 points advancing to the Superbowl.
Being a fan of the Canadian game I really don’t get all of the nuances of the U.S. game. However since it is cold as all frozen hell outside and I was planning on having a lazy day anyway, it seemed the perfect fit.
Now I can successfully bullshit with the best of them tomorrow. Secure in my knowledge of scores and enough of the big plays to make it seem like I actually know what I am talking about.
Wish me luck!
Posted in Rants
Tagged Black Eyed Peas, CFL, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Green Bay, Green Bay Packers, National Football League, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Packers, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Steelers, Super Bowl, Super Bowl Sunday, Super Bowl XLV, Superbowl XVL, Water cooler Talk
Visibly worn down and physically exhausted from everything we had experienced so far in New York, Dar and I treated ourselves to a short nap before heading out to the second night of incredible music.
The walk to Madison Square Garden seemed shorter this time our tired feet almost seemed to know the way. Perhaps tonight’s performance would be shorter than the marathon 6 hours of music we had rocked to the night before.
The event started out in familiar fashion, Tom Hanks addressing the crowd bringing out the still incredible Jerry Lee Lewis to open the show once again. The elderly rascal belted out Great Balls of Fire in classic form. Even going so far as to kick over his piano bench in a display of youthful enthusiasm.
Next up a red clad Aretha Franklin, took the stage with polished precision.
She rolled though a series of show tunes and a tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, before bringing out her first guest of the evening. Annie Lennox, bravely showing her support for Aids research wearing a black Tee emblazoned with the slogan “HIV Positive”.
Annie Lennox joins Aretha Franklin
Posted in 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, New York
Tagged Ahmet Ertegun, Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin, Atlantic Records, Billy Gibbons, Buddy Guy, Curtis Mayfield, Eric Clapton, Guitar Gods, HIV Positive, Jeff Beck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Hendrix, Lennie Kravitz, Madison Square Garden, New York, Ray Charles, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary, The Beatles, Tom Hanks, ZZ Top