Tobogganing for Lunatics 101

Canadian Jon Montgomery "flirts" with a 144km/hr ice mountain

Skeleton. 

An ominous word, at best.  And yet, for the third time in 62 years, this lunatic version of tobogganing will start today in Vancouver with the first women’s and men’s heats. 

What the heck is skeleton?  (more…)

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Published in: on February 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

The 2010 Nonpartisan Games


Harper smiles! and musses his hair! with his Olympic proroguing partner in crime, Jean Chretien.

I will not be discussing my political affiliations here, nor my opinions about either of these proroguing pals.  But let me just say, while perusing the Parliament gallery a few minutes ago, I found my heart strangely warmed and my opinions oddly changed.

A month ago, we were raging at this man for proroguing our parliament, crying out to Michaëlle Jean to stop the madness, and now one candid shot with old jaunty Jean, a few wisps of hair loose and, by God, we’re right back on the train again.  Throw in a few shots of El Prime Ministere hugging the athletes and smiling with his daughter (is she drinking coffee???) and all wrongs are righted, all sins are forgiven and I’m left thinking how well the black Hudson Bay jacket coupled with the red and white CANADA scarf compliments Mr. Harper’s complexion.

And that is the power of the Olympic Games, folks.

Published in: on February 17, 2010 at 1:45 am  Comments (1)  

Excuse us, please, while we Own the Podium

Don't crack, Dale Begg-Smith.

Canada.

Humble, polite, quiet, considerate, welcoming.  Passive peacemakers.  Modest.

Fierce. (more…)

Published in: on February 16, 2010 at 8:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Looovvveee

Ahh Valentine’s Day.  What a mysterious event.  Wikipedia’s definition is probably my favourite:

“Saint Valentine’s Day (commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day) is an annual holiday held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions.  The holiday is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496.  It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers,  offering confectionary, and sending greeting cards (also known as ‘valentines’).”

Offering confectionary.  Now that sounds intimate. (more…)

Published in: on February 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm  Comments (1)  

Fakeville

The other day, as I was aimlessly wandering through the Facebook web, a colourful little ad appeared to the right of my “new and simplified” home page.

“Farmville.  Live the farming dream.”

What? (more…)

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Without an “E,” Please

Several people have asked me in the last couple of days what the name of my blog means.  So this is an explanation to clear things up.

Lots of people use their names in their blog (see my blogroll to the right).  For me, I find myself saying, “Without an ‘e,’ please,” as often as I give my name. (more…)

Published in: on February 9, 2010 at 11:10 pm  Comments (1)  

Is Our Give a Damn Busted?

Haiti.

Need I say more?

In my effort to record some kind of coherent memory bank, I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t include this catastrophic event.  We all know (or should know) that on January 12, 2010 the poorest country in the world was shaken apart by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.   There were at least 52 aftershocks in the 4.5 magnitude range.  Around 200,000 people are dead, and somewhere in the region of 300,000 are injured.

Just to put things in perspective, that’s about one and a half times the population of Halifax, our region’s largest city, either dead or injured. (more…)

Published in: on February 8, 2010 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment