Friday, October 30, 2009

The Purina Diet

I was in the grocery store the other day, buying a bag of dog food.  While I was waiting in line at the checkout, the woman behind me asked me what kind of dog I had.

I said, "I don't have a dog.  I'm on the Purina Diet.  It's great.  The last time I was on it, I lost 50 pounds."

She asked me how it worked.

I said, "It's easy.  You fill your pockets with kibble and throughout the day you crunch on it whenever you're hungry."

She was amazed, and asked, "are there any problems with eating that much dog food?"

I had to admit that I ended up in the hospital, in intensive care with tubes coming out all over the place, and IVs in both arms.

Horrified, she asked why I ended up in the hospital.  Had the Purina made me sick?

I said, "No, I was sitting in the middle of the street, licking my balls, when a car ran me over."

Ontario Provincial Park Reviews

I'm a big fan of Ontario's Provincial Parks.  Our family started camping in 2005, when we rented two different models of tent trailer to try out the camping scene.

As a kid, I camped quite a bit.  Almost always in a tent.  Sometimes travelling by canoe.  My wife and I camped a few times in a tent together, and after narrowly escaping a tornado one time, we decided that tenting was for the braver of heart.

So, with our four-year-old and one-year-old, we headed up North in a rented tent trailer, twice, and loved it.  The following year, we bought a Rockwood Roo 19.  Best purchase we've ever made.

Since then, we've tried to get out at least three full weeks every summer, plus a spring trip (almost always Father's Day weekend) and a fall trip (Labour Day).  We've even been as far East as the Atlantic Ocean, on a trip through New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

We've stayed in some of Canada's National Parks, a Quebec Provincial (sorry, "national") park, and one "family camping" park, but our favourite parks, by far, are the Ontario Parks system of Provincial Parks.  They have everything - sandy beaches, warm water, wildlife, quiet trails, still lakes, and educational programs for kids and adults.

I'll keep this page up to date as we cover more parks.

August 2010 (Pog Lake)
August 2008 (Pog Lake)
August 2005 (Canisbay Lake)
July 2009
July 2006
June 2010
June 2006
Bon Echo
July 2011
Charleston Lake
August 2006
Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
August 2007
Grundy Lake
August 2012
July 2010
July 2008
Halfway Lake
July 2009
September 2010
2010 Park Tabloid - My daughter, the Cover Girl!
September 2009
June 2008
May 2006
July 2010
August 2006
Long Point
September 2008
September 2007
MacGregor Point
June 2011
June 2010
June 2009
July 2008
June 2007
Marten River
July 2012
July 2007
Murphys Point
August 2011
Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, Quebec
July 2013
Prince Edward Island National Park, PEI
August 2007
September 2006
August 2008
July 2011
July 2005
Samuel de Champlain
August 2009
Silent Lake
July 2012
South Mountain Park Campground, Nova Scotia
August 2007

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Happy birthday Fiona!

From Inverhuron
From Samuel de Champlain

You may feel a little sick

Swine H1N1 flu season is in full swing.  My wife has avoided the whole, “do I get the shot or not” debate by getting the flu instead.

Make up your own mind about getting the shot, but all I can tell you is, being hit by a truck and getting this flu are very similar.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Rick Mercer Report

Friday night was awesome. We beat it down the 401 to Toronto, to catch the taping of this week's Rick Mercer Report.

Rick was in fine form, with an excellent rant on the Swine Flu. Best line of the night was to the audience - "like I'm going to see any flu vaccine. I live in a riding held by the NDP. You need to go to a Conservative riding - you get three doses of vaccine and a big cardboard cheque for $5000."

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Until we sleep

Work, though the work will break your back
Rest, hope to feel your spirits rise
But the years, have cut you down to size
Now go to sleep

The other night the dog was up at 5:30am, wanting to wander around the back yard.  I couldn’t get back to sleep.

The next night, the five-year-old was up at 5:00am, wanting a drink of water.  I couldn’t get back to sleep.

Last night, the five-year-old was up at 3:00am, wanting a drink of water.  I did get back to sleep.  Until the dog had a seizure at 5:15am…

I may need to visit Mr. Horton’s this afternoon.

What’s wrong with this picture?

You’re gonna need a whole lot of piano playing to hide this one.


Thursday, October 08, 2009

I am the eye in the sky

The Google’s street view car came to town recently. They didn't make it up the highway to my neck of the woods, but it looks like they did cover Waterloo nicely.

They even caught their own office in action.


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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Things they should teach in MBA school

Jim Estill points us to this nugget, which nicely highlights how important passion and creativity are for fostering innovation.

If your organization recognizes that this is the direction you should be moving, but aren’t, you have run into one of the biggest challenges.

It’s all well and good to say that you value innovation, but if that’s the case, you need to throw some more weight behind passion and creativity, and less behind obedience and diligence.


"So the goal is how do you create a company that can innovate and change?   Seek creative destruction.  Bottom line - EVERYONE in the company needs to be creative and innovate.  How do we unleash the creative potential of everyone?"

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Friday, October 02, 2009

That time of year again

There was a frost warning last night.

I’ve put the ice scrapers in the cars.

The snow blower is getting excited about its annual oil change.

These can only be signs of one thing.  Curling season is starting.

I spent about an hour on the ice last night, stretching muscles back into shape and trying to stay on my feet.  I actually don’t feel too sore today.  We’ll see how my arms feel next week, when the first rocks are thrown in anger.

The pace of change

We’re doing the Run for the Cure again this year.  I picked up the kit with the T-shirts, etc. in it yesterday.  In the bottom of the bag were four pink buttons, with the breast cancer ribbon graphic, and the foundation website.

As I was pinning the button on my five-year-old, she looked at it and said, “Oh, cool, we can go to the website sometime.”

She’s five years old, and instantly recognizes what means.  When I was five years old, state of the art was Pong.