17th September 2017

The cauldron stands

My age is showing (again). Right now, CBC radio is hosting a discussion on the relevance of Shakespeare to the curriculum, and I fear for the future generations.

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8th September 2017

The art of the table setter

Those (of us) who have retired find that we are great volunteers for the cause. Here I am, on a Friday morning, setting up a community hall for a banquet. One hundred and fifty places. The tables, the chairs, the linen covers, the flatware; all done in a couple of hours. When someone asked if I was a caterer in a former life, I took it as a compliment.

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7th September 2017

Flights of fancy

I’d like to rewind the movie (my movie), back to a time before “walking on the moon”. I attended elementary school in a room filled not by numbers but by grade levels. Five of them. We had one teacher, so a certain level of self-motivation was expected. Of course, small boys can’t focus on arithmetic and phonics for long stretches, so I flew a rocket ship.

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22nd August 2017

Exotic cuisine and statistics

Vacations are, by design, short and meant to be lived to the fullest. Hence, the kid and I went out to eat, again this evening. Exotic cuisine: donairs, prepared by a young lady who was fixated on getting a telephone number to contact us when our order was ready. I explained that such a measure was unnecessary, and so she used her own. Forms must be completed, in that wage bracket.

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5th August 2017

The right mix

Another Saturday night at the Rec Centre. With the right mix of people, and a lifetime of listening to odd facts, we managed to continue our (undefeated) run at Trivia. Won a bag of sour candies for my efforts, and the mandatory toonie. Guess that qualifies as breaking even. The dog, left to his own devices in the car, managed to lay down a layer of drool… just about everywhere. Might have to learn some detailing skills, as my training efforts have proven minimalist.

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1st August 2017

Trivially beaten

Tonight, a break in routine. We gathered up our team of trivial nomads and headed off to test the opposition. 45 minutes, each way. We didn’t win. I blame the results on a combination of factors; hunger and poor acoustics. Who knew that a hockey rink could have such reverberations. At one point, I considered asking for an interpreter…

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20th July 2017

Double the fun

Funny how things turn out. Back, several weeks ago now, we went to an excellent concert. As part of the promotion, my name was entered in the door prize drawing, to be given at the end of their festival. And yesterday, I received an email saying that I was one of the winners. Just had to come to their office to pick up my gift.

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8th July 2017

A fuller day

I did more today than during a normal week. No wonder I’m feeling ready to get some sleep. Retirement puts a different speed to daily life, for sure.

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4th July 2017

None. One. Both?

Peer pressure and penetrating oil are a powerful combination. This afternoon, I finally “cracked” my way in to the guts of the mower. I deserve to get this thing fixed, right? Perhaps by someone else. Let me explain.

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30th June 2017

Records and a nation by the numbers

Sony has decided to get back into the record business. Real records; vinyl. Of course, what goes round doesn’t always come round. The company didn’t mothball the facilities from before, so they’re reinventing the wheel. A new pressing plant. I’m intrigued, but not enough to consider buying a turntable. Someone will rip the new material to digital, and life will go on (for the rest of us).

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