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Looks like we made it PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 August 2012 00:00

I've been joking with Aline forever that I want to see Barry Manilow in concert before I die.

(Or before he does . . . )

But the cost of flying down to Las Vegas, tickets, a hotel room and food has always seemed to be an extravagant money splurge that I've resisted.

But there we were at my dad's on vacation when we came across a brochure with his picture on the cover for Casino Rama in nearby Orillia which just happened to be advertising a Manilow concert while we were on vacation. And it fit perfectly with our schedule to leave the kids at Grandma Sue's.

How could I resist?

The show highlighted Manilow’s lucrative career and his rise to the top.

Performing with a live band, two back-up singers and dancers and exhilarating video and production elements the show took you on a musical journey through some of Barry’s biggest hits like “Mandy,” “New York City Rhythm” and the Grammy Award-winning “Copacabana.” It also delved into his historical past with video clips of his first appearances on “American Bandstand” and a homemade video of how his grandfather first noticed his musical talent and brought him to a record studio every Sunday and asked him to sing.

Born as Barry Alan Pincus during 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, this iconic performer is a conductor, singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician. His genres include soft rock and pop, and he plays the accordion and keyboards. His discography features compilation, studio, and live albums, as well as soundtracks. Each of his 29 studio albums has ranked on the top U. S. Charts. His extensive catalog includes 15 compilations, four live albums, four soundtracks, and numerous chart-topping singles.

This talented performer has recorded many memorable songs. Among them are the "Mandy" (1974, reached the number one position on the U. S. Charts), "I Write the Songs" (1975, peaked at number one), and "Even Now" (1978, reached number one on the Adult Contemporary charts). His top-selling albums include his debut, eponymous release in 1973, "Trying to Get the Feeling" (1975), "This One's For You" (1976), "Even Now" (1978), "The Greatest Songs of the 50s, " and the "Greatest songs of the 60s" (each launched in 2006).

Kids RESP fund continues to grow PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 12:53

Ok, ok, It's actually my leisure sports pool fund but it has been a profitable 2012 hockey playoff season for me winning two pools with LA's Stanley Cup victory last night:

The Earl of Sussex pool by going with the stars from underdog teams all around and ending up with players on all four semifinalist teams en route to a crushing pool victory as displayed below:

And our office hockey pool on the strength of the high scoring Pittsburgh-Philadelphia first-round series and toying with the overall leaderboard throughout the playoffs. I ended up two points shy of staying on the overall leaderboard at the end.

Now if I could only have the same success choosing Lotto 649 numbers . . . .

Where to buy pants PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 15:00
While Sam is getting dressed this morning he chooses an orange t-shirt then . . .
Sam: When will I get some orange pants?
Aline: When you can buy them for yourself.
Sam: Someone will have to take me to the orange pant store.

(Aside) I wonder if this is inspired by Robert Munsch's smelly socks bedtime story . . .

Things that grow PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:58
At dinner (eating hamburgers) we are discussing things to plant in the garden. Aline comments that she want blueberries and raspberries in the garden as they are the most expensive fruit and they are Hazel and Sam's favourites.  Hazel starts listing off other things she likes to eat and that she thinks we should grow . . . tomatoes . . . strawberries . . . beans . . .

Then Sam pipes up: Mommy you should plant burgers.  I really like burgers.

Queen Ant PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 May 2012 22:33

So we're having supper outside tonight and a really big ant starts crawling on the picnic table. Hazel immediately guesses it must be the queen ant. So that leads to the discussion that while this was a very big ant, it wasn't a queen ant because they don't go exploring and foraging around. They stay at home and their job is to make baby ants.

Hazel: I want to be a queen ant and have lots of babies!

Oh boy.

The Leaderboard PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 May 2012 08:02

Guess who's currently tied for 35th overall on the ESPN 2012 Playoff Hockey Fantasy Pool?

40 Pounds PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 13:26

Hazel is on the cusp of weighing 40 lbs and this is a big milestone for her as she's eagerly anticipating being in a booster seat in the car instead of her child's seat. Of course we are using this to our advantage and getting her to finish her plate at mealtimes.

It's also made for some interesting weight scale discussions as she checks herself every morning and fluctuates between 39.2 and 39.8 lbs but never quite at the magical 40 lb mark:

Hazel: Daddy - did you know if you want to weigh more you have to stand like this? (Hazel pushing hard with her feet toward the back of the scale)

My little seal PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 May 2012 14:06

Sam gave us a scare last night.

He's got a rough sounding cough and last night at 10:30 it looked like he was having serious problems breathing so we carted him off to CHEO. Turns out he has croup. Classic symptoms. Shortness of breath in the evening. Cough that sounds like a seal barking. They gave him some kids tylenol and an oral steroid and told me to get him some cold fresh air outdoors if it happens again or back to the hospital if that doesn't help him.

This morning he was up at 7AM. Considering we didn't get home till almost 4AM - clearly he's a morning person and I'm not.

Come back later! PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 05 May 2012 00:00

I’m not sure where she got the idea in her head but Hazel has been looking forward to the Blackburn Hamlet community garage sale for over a month now because she’s been wanting to have a lemonade stand.

Last weekend we built the stand. Midweek we picked up some lemonade and pink lemonade juice cans along with some lemons and some cups. Friday night Hazel drew her signage and we practised her spiel. Saturday morning at 7AM we opened for business.

The typical customer interaction went like this:

Customer: Could I have some lemonade?

Hazel: Yes. Yellow or pink?

Hazel would then pour some lemonade into a glass sometimes with the help of her cousins when the pitcher was full. Then she would take the quarter received and put it into her pink piggy bank.

Customer: That’s very good lemonade.

Hazel (shyly): Thank you.(Prompt from Dad) Come back later!

Our rough estimate is she went through seven juice cans, over 80 cups and made a little over $20 selling lemonade at 25 cents a glass.

Earl of Sussex 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 April 2012 09:41

In a total reversal of last year - I led the Earl of Sussex hockey pool from day one until the beginning of March - by a wide margin with my six forwards including Vancouver's Sedin twins among the top 10 in our scoring categories - until my entire team went cold and choked down the stretch and faded to third.

Final Standings Earl of Sussex 2012 Hockey Pool


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