June 8 – The Prodigal returns – While I have had a few Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets” I have not posted a “blog” entry for over a month. There is just too much going on as summer arrives and a lot of day to day options open up. Still, I want to get back in the game as I enjoy looking back on occasion at some of the entries I have posted over the last seven years.
My Monday start helped me to get going again
- Big Red and I got sprinkled on this morning
- My GO Train car had no air conditioning or ventilation – Yuck!
- I got to Union and found the Subway was down
- I got rained on again at King and Yonge waiting for a bus and then
- Got on the re-energized subway.
Great start to my week.
Let’s see some of the “stuff” I haven’t commented on in my absence.
Travel – I have been to the east coast twice covering off NB and NS on business. I never cease to be amazed at the overall friendliness and just “good people” down in the Maritimes whether it is Moncton, St. John, Halifax or surrounds.
I have also made working trips through South Western Ontario down through Sarnia, Windsor and places between here and there.
Central Ontario, Barrie area has also been on the agenda.
Holidays – we spent most of a week with our “friends” from North Bay (quotes are to drive Darlene nuts figuring out what I mean by them) at Carriage Hill – near Horseshoe Valley. This was our third or fourth visit there and this time we were disappointed as of all things their internet was lousy, much as I hate to admit it, one of our destination criteria is that the resort must have good internet. We are both slaves to the net and while it does not have to take up a lot of the day, we do have to have our regular fix to check up on things, stay in touch and just surf. Welcome to the brave new world of technology that we are all falling victim to.
GKs – the kids are now getting into it with various overlaps of soccer, swimming, T-ball etc. We haven’t managed to get to as many events as we would like to but like everything else there are only so many hours in a day. This has brought a few things to mind – some of them reminders.
- I hate T-ball – when my guys were young I was travelling too much to coach Shaun but I did get “stuck” with Andrew. The attention span and ability of 4 and 5 year olds to accept instruction is severely limited and in a team sport enough to test the patience of Job. The only thing worse then coaching it is to have to sit and watch it!
- Playgrounds get really boring – When Ben is playing, Lily takes advantage of the fact that she thinks she has Grandpa wrapped around her little finger and can drag him off to the playground to lift, carry, watch, swing and catch her at any time in any of her playground endeavors. A normal, reasonably adjusted adult can only take so much before . . . .
- Logistics – challenging enough with two kids, two adults and two vehicles to shuttles the wee ones around to the events. Not to mention the need for four car seats that will expire. Add to this the oncoming number 3 and it boggles the mind – two adults, two cars, three kids, six?? car seats. Good luck with that!
Hockey – not even sure where I left off or start up here. My Wings are out and we are finally getting to the end of the playoffs – Mid to end of June. I hope so. The transition must also be complete as I took absolutely no notice of the MOHA AGM and related elections. Probably just as well as my comments would not be welcome and some of the results continue the long term path to . . . . . I am still shaking my head about a couple of the “changes” but it is no longer any of my business.
Separately though, planning is already underway for the 15th annual Frank Sabatino Memorial Tournament which is a great testament to the team that has fostered this event over the years but also points out the succession planning is a wonderful and necessary thing so that is on the agenda in a serious way this year.
General around the House:
iPods – Lost my back-up iPod, found it but now the Touch Screen doesn’t touch. I can link on the notebook and voice command music but I can’t get anything else to work.
Dirt – $0.97 and $0.87 per bag 37 bags of dirt plus 16 bags of mulch – sore back – grass seed to overseed – rake – water – I hate yard work.
BBQ covers – supposed to protect the BBQ but it is less than a year old and no longer waterproof – such a deal!
The Good Wife – (the show – not Jane) folks told me I would not like it but have actually enjoyed the lawyering. The domestic intrigue – not so much. Thanks to the joys of downloads I have blasted through four and a half seasons, one and a half to go to catch up. Then I can get back to my other shows.
Netflix – broke down and subscribed to our own. No more mooching. Found out I could set it up on my HP Touch Pad tablet that I have cracked to Android so now I can wander around the house watching Trailer Park Boys, Dora the Explorer or whatever else tickles my fancy. Another back deck opportunity.
PhotoMan – have been out an about a bit getting some GK action shots and some of the Blue Jays but Big Redded down to the beach south of lakeshore between Winston Churchill and Southdown. Wanted to see if I could get out to either of the piers but they are commercial and blocked off. Did not realize the one beach is basically littered with clay tile shard from old eroding clay tile piping. Very interesting. Have to go back when I have more time.
Picture of the shards on the beach
You can see the clay tile pipes that are eroding by the rocks
Lots more has happened but enough for now. – gone over the 1,000 words barrier.