Sunday, March 22, 2015

Musical friends are the best

The temperatures dropped again last night so the second day of spring felt like the first day of winter.  It was easier to deal with my spirits lifted from an evening music from the Carolyn Fe Blues Collective. My buddy Oisin Little plays with band. Check them out! If you like what you hear be sure and vote for in the Gala Lys Blues 2015 Trois-Rivières.  They'll to get invited to play a special set and get some well deserved recognition.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Chocolate is the cure for winter blues

Photo by Windell Oskay

Aren't we all sick of winter and want to feel better?

I've known about the connection between chocolate and feeling good for awhile now. In 2004, I wrote the article Chocolate, food of the gods, symbol of love after interviewing Jordan Le Bel, aka @DoctorPleasure, the pleasure specialist

Chocolate has been good to Doctor Pleasure -- he is now also the director of the Executive MBA Program, John-Molson School of Business. Check out his recipe for chocolate pudding. Divine!

I'm sure he'll be attending the Je t’aime en chocolat! this weekend at the Bonsecours Market in Old Montreal. There's going to be chocolate demos, taste testing and even a chocolate fashion show. 

And it's all free!!!! 

Let's enjoy it while we can. According to experts, we are facing a chocolate shortage. Yikes. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year Resolutions 2015

In 2015 I resolve:
  • to work smarter not harder
  • dream bigger but with my feet on the ground
  • merge expectations with reality
  • take more calculated risks despite my bad math skills
  • leave paranoia behind
  • embrace creativity and innovation
  • spread positive vibes and support
And if all else falls I will use my back-up resolution that works every year: Drink Pinot Noir from every country.

All the best in 2015!

Friday, October 31, 2014

When no one realizes you have dressed up for Halloween

This is how I went to school. I brought brownies as part of the costume but only the teachers got it. Most of the visual arts students didn't realize I had dressed up. Some of the theatre students figured it out and asked if we got smoke the spliff at break?!?

You know you are old when you old wardrobe is considered vintage. Yes, I actually did willing wear this shirt.

I am also worrying that I am starting to look like Willie Nelson. (see picture below @ 8:15 am this morning)

Happy Halloween, MAN.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Elevators & bathrooms may trigger Pistorius-Rice syndrome

Psitorius obviously suffering fear & anxiety
I  am a walking time bomb.
I may have Oscar Pistorius syndrome.
It appears to be brought on by "the effect of the slow burn of insecurities over many years."
It hits suddenly causing you to kill loved ones while sitting on the toilet.
One day you can be competing fiercely in Olympic games while the whole world watches you either win or lose.
The next day you can be a crumbling mess on the toilet and need a gun to protect yourself.
I imagine it can also hit while you are taking a shower or while shaving.

Rice: Insecure due to his small physique
Further investigation may reveal that the Ray Rice syndrome is the same disease.
Onset appears to be triggered by elevator music.
It too is sudden and unexpected.
One day you can be competing fiercely against huge football players while the whole world watches you either win or lose.
Then the next day you are a quivering mess of fear on an elevator and must punch your wife unconscious to protect yourself.

More research is needed to pinpoint when the virus is contracted and who is most vulnerable.
Does it only affect man-babies with too much money or is anyone insecure in danger of contracting this mysterious disease?
Are bathrooms and elevators a trigger? Do we need to start disinfecting them before man-babies use them? 
If you believe you are in danger of contracting this terrible disease hire an over-priced lawyer immediately.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The cloud is not a private entity

Why do you need the FBI to investigate someone hacking into the cloud and stealing naked pics of Jennifer Lawrence to share on the Internet?? Isn't it obvious? The cloud is the grid. The cloud is public. The cloud is hackable. Girls, if you put private shit on the cloud then you lose control over it. Keep the things you don't want anyone to see in your house. Harder to break into your house than into the cloud.

Friday, August 29, 2014

My Quebec City Guide is live

My Quebec City Guide is live. Check out the guide. Let me know what you think. Does it make you want to go??

My favourite section: Things to Do. It was fun creating the list and my favourite activity is going off to the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières where Orange est le nouveau noir.

Here's an excerpt from the restaurant section:
Quebec’s European connections are never more obvious than when it comes to dining. Quebeckers actively support their farmers and take pride in terroir products (local products). Quebec City and the surrounding area have gained international recognition for its innovative chefs creating superb cuisine with regional flavours. Whether it’s a small eatery or fine dining salon, dining is always an experience to savour.

Put Quebec City on your bucket list. Wonderful part of Canada.