Thursday, 31 May 2007

Nostalgia

It's been a day of nostalgia around here. This morning, while running some errands, I happened by HMV and guess what I found. I found a section of CDs going for 2 for $10. Exactly! Now how am I gonna pass that up? So, believe it or not I picked up a few or six. I got two by one of Maryse's favourites (not!) - Bob Dylan

1970's "New Morning"

1986's "Knocked Out Loaded"
Going way back, 1967's "Child is Father to the Man" by Blood, Sweat and Tears. This is the version of the group with Al Kooper, prior to David Clayton-Thomas joining.

Another of Maryse's favourites, Willie Nelson's "Red Headed Stranger" from 1975.

A Van Morrison classic - "T.B. Sheets" from 1967, issued on CD in 1973.

And finally, 1976's "Loggins and Messina - The Best of Friends"

Ahh, it was like a musical garage sale! The clerk asked me if I found everything I was looking for. When I told him I wasn't really looking for anything we both had a good laugh.



Here's Dylan and George Harrison doing If Not For You from New Morning





Here's a video of Willy doing Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain from Red Headed Stranger...



And here's a clip of Van doing Brown Eyed Girl from T.B. Sheets

IKEA Job Interview


Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Aylmer Marina

Met Dad (Pierre) at the Aylmer Marina for lunch today. Before he got there, I went for a little walk and snapped some pictures. While the sky was somewhat overcast, it was nevertheless a beautiful day for a lunch on the marina patio.



Some motorboats.


A nice sailboat!


A moored boat and a duck!



The view from the bench.



A bit of money tied up in these boats. (get it? "Tied up" lol)

Sun obscured by clouds.


Still waters reflect masts.


"Hey, Dad, what's for lunch?"


Monday, 28 May 2007

5 Toughest Questions a Woman Can Ask a Man

The questions are:
What are you thinking about?
Do you love me?
Do I look fat?
Do you think she is prettier than me?
What would you do if I died?


What makes these questions so difficult is that every one is guaranteed to explode into a major argument if the man answers incorrectly (i.e tells the truth). Therefore, as a public service, each question is analyzed below, along with possible responses.

Question # 1: What are you thinking about?
The proper answer to this, of course, is: "I'm sorry if I've been pensive, dear. I was just reflecting on what a warm, wonderful, thoughtful, caring, intelligent woman you are, and how lucky I am to have met you." This response obviously bears no resemblance to the true answer, which most likely is one of the following:
Baseball.
Football.
How fat you are.
How much prettier she is than you.
How I would spend the insurance money if you died.
(Perhaps the best response to this question was offered by Al Bundy, who once told Peg, "If I wanted you to know what I was thinking, I would be talking to you!")

Question # 2: Do you love me?

The proper response is: "YES!" or, if you feel a more detailed answer is in order, "Yes, dear." Inappropriate responses include:
I suppose so.
Would it make you feel better if I said yes?
That depends on what you mean by love.
Does it matter?
Who, me?

Question # 3: Do I look fat?
The correct answer is an emphatic: "Of course not!" Among the incorrect answers are:
Compared to what?
I wouldn't call you fat, but you're not exactly thin.
A little extra weight looks good on you.
I've seen fatter.
Could you repeat the question? I was just thinking about how I would spend the insurance money if you died.

Question # 4: Do you think she's prettier than me?

Once again, the proper response is an emphatic: "Of course not!" Incorrect responses include:
Yes, but you have a better personality
Not prettier, but definitely thinner
Not as pretty as you, when you were her age
Define 'pretty'
Could you repeat the question? I was just thinking about how I would spend the insurance money if you died.


Question #5: What would you do if I died?

A definite no-win question. (The real answer, or course, is "Buy a Corvette.")
No matter how you answer this, be prepared for at least an hour of follow-up questions, usually along these lines:
She....Would you get married again?
He.....Definitely not!
She....Why not - don't you like being married?
He.....Of course I do.
She....Then why wouldn't you remarry?
He.....Okay, I'd get married again.
She....You would? (With a hurtful look on her face)
He.....Yes, I would.
She....Would you sleep with her in our bed?
He.....Where else would we sleep?
She....Would you put away my pictures, and replace them with pictures of her?
He.....That would seem like the proper thing to do.
She....And would you let her use my golf clubs?
He.....She can't use them; she's left-handed.

Saturday, 26 May 2007

MotoSport Plus Re-Opening

Mountain Man & Bubba enjoy the evening's festivities.



May 25th will go down as one of the best parties ever. And it was a real blast for a select few family members into the wee hours of the morning (and you know who you are!)


http://www.motosportplus.com/



Steve and Laurie officially re-opened MotoSport Plus in Kingston following a huge expansion, developing separate showrooms for Harley and Honda.

Execs from the two bike-makers were on hand as over 200 specially invited "insiders" enjoyed food, drinks and entertainment. Thanks guys. What a great night!



Bikes ready to roll.


Nice paint job!

Steve thanks all involved in making the expansion a reality.


Laurie works the room.


Stephanie and Amanda enjoy the evening.


Ben and friend strike a pose.


Brothers Steve, Jim and that hairless guy. (How did Nancy get in the picture?)


Maryse, Steph and Lucille.




John, Lucille and Jim take a breather.




For the biker gourmand.

The cake!



Some pretty cool machines, especially if you're into just cruising.

Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Before & After...The Summer Look

Well, over the last 2-3 days my hair was starting to shed. My comb was full of hair after my shower and shampoo. It was hilarious. (Well, I've got a warped sense of humour). Soooo, after a 5-minute trip to the barber this morning, we went from this...




To this! (Who loves ya, baby?)

Maryse says I'm lucky, "No holes in your head." I think its a language thing and she meant no scars or blemishes. (Maybe not!) The barber said all I needed now was a Harley, which was kind of funny cause we're headed off to Steve's "Motosport Plus" this weekend for his grand expansion re-opening. Should be fun. I'll be a poseur biker!

We're going to have lunch with Meg and Miko tomorrow. I sure hope he recognizes me! ;)

Sunday, 20 May 2007

Insomnia

Good morning! It's been a long sleepless night. I'm on the 2nd day of my fourth cycle of dexamethasone and one of the possible side-effects is insomnia. Lots on the web about insomnia. For instance there's a movie called Insomnia starring:

Yep, a very unfunny Robin Williams and Al Pacino!



I'm also in some pretty famous company. Fellow insomniacs include:

Van Gogh, Catherine the Great, Shakespeare and Napoleon!



And there's this fascinating site: http://www.well.com/~mick/insomnia/ that lists 41 tips for curing insomnia. Now where else are you gonna learn so much about insomnia except right here!




Saturday, 19 May 2007

Up and Running

It's Saturday. The sun is shining. It's 15 degrees, headed to 23. Steely Dan's on the stereo ("Reelin' in the Years" - which I always thought was "Ringin' in the Ears, go figure - a cool song anyway). Haven't posted this week because I was sick. Tuesday was like a sequel to a movie: "Night of the Living Intestinal Viral Infection". Whew, what a time. It laid me low for 4 days! I really don't want to have to go through something like that again for a long time. Feeling better; a little slow, a little weak, but better. As Jim said, "It's good you've got that behind you". LOL, that was a good one!

I think I'm gonna have to get my haircut next week. After my shower this morning, there was plenty of hair in my comb. I was told this would start around day 12. So I guess I had a few extra days, given its day 17. The new look should be interesting. It'll be my summer look.

Started my last 4 day cycle of dexamethasone this morning. Next step will be another 4 day run of chemo, probably the first week of June.

Sunday, 13 May 2007

Perfectly Good Guitar


Well, several weeks ago, among my outloud musings (some of these are not just outloud but outlandish), I said to Maryse "Hey, it'd kinda be neat to learn how to play the guitar." She held me to that thought and this weekend got me my belated birthday present - a 6-string Art & Lutherie acoustic guitar. How cool is that? This 55 year-old dude's gonna learn how to play the guitar! She bought me a book of theory and books of songs by Bob Dylan (well natch), Neil Young (of course) and (an impulse choice of mine) Warren Zevon. No John Hiatt this time around.

Saturday, 12 May 2007

Inspired by Star Trek

Stumbled across something hilarious on the internet today - inspirational posters based on Star Treck. Here's several funnier ones:




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