Wednesday, December 31, 2008


The December issue of Reader's Digest has an article called Home Not Alone, originally published in Today's Parent. It was written by a man whose wife and himself work at home. He talks about what life is like for him, and says that he likes working at home. This article was the coolest. I work at home, and I hope to continue doing that. The Lord didn't intend to have people commuting for long periods of time everyday like they do now. It's a nice feeling, being able to follow your own schedule. The author's children were five and three when he and his wife decided to work at home. I would think it would be a little less easy for people whose children were a bit older. You would have to be sure to explain that just because you are home during the day doesn't mean you and the kids can play all day. You still have certain things you have to get done at certain times.

The December 1 issue of Maclean's has an article about Ian Tyson. It talks about his new CD and the fact he's destroyed his vocal cords. I have twelve of his records. I enjoy his music. It's kind of sad to think his vocal cords are shot.

The December 8 issue of Maclean's has an article entitled "The Economy Excuse." It talks about how people are using the economic crisis to get out of things like holiday plans. If people really don't want to do something, they should just be straight with people. It's also good that people are being more frugal in this way.


I love this time of year, the time between Christmas and when everybody has to go back to work in January. Everything's so casual. Lunch basically consists of some cheese, crackers and pickles that you eat at about 3:00 in the afternoon. People are on holidays and have time to relax. There's also so much hope at this time of year.

Happy New Year.

Monday, December 22, 2008


Many holiday travelers were stranded Friday in Toronto's Pearson Airport due to a snowstorm. They were stranded for hours with no food and had to share bottled water among themselves.

This is bull. They're in one of the richest cities in one of the richest countries in the world, and yet they were forced to scrounge in their suitcases to find food and water to share with each other like they were stranded on some desert island!

The reason they had no food was because the people who man the food booths had gone home because of the storm. There is such a thing as service. I suppose the employees had the right to go home if they wanted to, but couldn't management have arranged something? Maybe get the members of some local churches to bring something? Maybe get the Salvation Army to supply sandwiches and coffee? Maybe call for city residents to bring food?


In the November 3 issue of Maclean's, there is an article about wildculture, the harvesting of foods that grow in the wild. This is neat. I haven't tried much wild food. I've had some wild game. I've had caribou chops, and I think I've had moose and seal. I used to eat wild game to celebrate Canada Day.

In the November 10 issue of Maclean's, there is an article about how indoor clotheslines are becoming more popular. People aren't just buying drying racks, there buying big, metal indoor clotheslines. This is good. It is good to dry your clothes on a clothesline. I plan to move into an apartment eventually and I want to dry my clothes on an indoor clothesline.

The November 24 issue of Maclean's was the annual university rankings issue. In the cover package they had an article written by a freshman university student (Is This Heaven?) in which he talks about how much he loves university. He cites reasons such as the lack of social pressures, the accepting nature of the students, the maturity level of the students, the fast pace of teaching, and the freedom. I quite agree. I enjoyed college. Nobody cares much about the way you act (not that there was much of that at my high school, ither), professors can teach subjects better in one semester than high school teachers can in two years, people just accept who you are and just associate with whomever they want to instead of constantly bugging others that they need to change something about themselves, and you have freedom. They don't make you go to class, if you're late you can just sneak into class without having to get a late slip and you can go to the washroom whenever you want.

In the November issue of Chatelaine, former talk show host Gill Deacon wrote an article about alternative menstrual products, such as organic tampons, cloth pads and the menstrual cup. This is buckin cool. With all the coverage of the green movement that's been in the media over the past few years, I have not heard anything about this. I hope to see more media coverage of this in the future.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008


Lately, the 80's sitcom Mama's Family has been much on my mind. It has been over twelve years since I first started watching it on TBS.

For those who don’t know, Mama’s Family was a sitcom based on a sketch from “The Carol Burnette Show.” It debued in 1983 on NBC. NBC cancelled the show after a year and a half, and it was revived in syndication in the fall of 1986. The show’s setting was the fictional small town of Raytown, Missouri. I will tell more about the plot of Mama’s Family later on.

When I watched Mama’s Family twelve years ago, I thought it was one of the best shows ever created. Now I realize it had many flaws. The syndicated episodes were especially horrible, using all the hackneed sitcom plots you could think of: the family betting Mama she couldn't give up swearing and Mama betting the family couldn't give up something
else; Naomi getting hit on the head and thinking she was this attentive housewife, the opposite of her real personality; Mama falling asleep and dreaming she was in an old detective movie with the family playing the other characters; Vinton installing an intercom and accidentally overhearing Mama talk
about him behind his back.

I really think the Nbc years were better. For those unfamiliar with the early years of the show or who decry those years, here is the premise that puts the Nbc shows into perspective: Thelma Harper is an old lady living in a big house by herself, so she asks her artsy unmarried sister Francis Crowley to move in with her. Shortly after this, her son
Vinton shows up in Raytown from wherever he lived with his two teenage kids, Buzz and Sonja. So, to start off the sitcom,
you have two old ladies and these teenage kids who have been forced to move from the big city to smalltown Missouri. Shortly thereafter, Vinton begins dating Thelma’s next door neighbour, Naomi Oates, whom Thelma doesn’t get along with. Plus, Thelma has to deal with Eunice and Ellen, her other children who also live in Raytown.

Then the syndicated years come along with their ridiculous plot twists. Come on, Fran dies after swallowing a toothpick? Why Thelma isn't tried for manslaughter, I don't know. Bubba, Eunice’s son, is supposed to be a juvenile delinquent but doesn’t really act like one. And Iola? She's supposed to be in her forties, but she acts like she's in her sixties. She's lived in the house across the street all her life and is Thelma's best friend but we've never seen her before.

I suppose the show could have continued another eighteen years. Vinton and Naomi were not smart enough to actually move into a home of their own for long and it
would have been neat to see a baby grow up in that household.

The series would have ended in June of 2008 with Tiffany going off to college.

After having watched Eunice: The Movie on YouTube, it makes the sitcom not work even more. The Harpers are a just plain dysfunctional family and there really never should have been a sitcom made about them, especially not after the movie.

Ken Barry's role as Phillip the writer who escapes that terrible household works much better than Vinton, yet another pathetic loser to go along with Eunice and Ed. If you couldn't have the full story complete with all the characters, what was the point of continuing them after "Eunice?"


Ted Rogers died this week at the age of 75.

On the day his death was announced it was alsso announced that Rogers Communications was going to lay off 100 employees. I remember seeing something around February that said even though Rogers Communications had a record year last year they were going to lay off 500 employees.

The problem with Ted Rogers is that, while he innovated a lot of things, his company eventually became too big and corporate. The same thing happened with Moses Znaimer when City got really big.

Monday, December 1, 2008


Rogers Broadcasting Limited (RBL) announced today that it has increased its ownership in the Kingston radio market. Rogers invested in 2000 in K-Rock 1057
Inc. which launched rock stations K-Rock 105.7 FM (CIKR FM) in 2001 and KIX Country 93.5 FM (CKXC FM) in 2007 and has now reached an agreement to increase
its ownership to 100%. This deal is subject to CRTC approval.

"This is a great opportunity for Rogers to expand our presence in Kingston, a market in which we've been involved since 2000," said Paul Ski, Chief Executive
Officer, Radio, RBL. "K-Rock has led the Kingston market because of its strong bond with listeners, advertisers and community organizations. We look forward
to building on this success and continuing the strong local profile of both radio brands."

"Rogers has been our partner right from the beginning. We've worked closely together to build the K-Rock brand by 'making a difference' in our community,"
said John Wright, President, K-Rock 1057 Inc. "When we made the decision to sell our interest, Rogers was the natural choice." Rogers Broadcasting operates
22 radio stations in Ontario including stations in Ottawa and Toronto.

There goes K-rock.