Remembering Ian Abercrombie

Ian Abercrombie passed away on the 29th at the age of 77.  He had an extensive career, acting in movies and TV.  Some of his body of work includes Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Army of Darkness and Battlestar Galactica.  To me, I will remember him most for his portrayal of Mr. Pitt on Seinfeld.  Funny, funny stuff!


Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 9

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

A who’s who of Canadian alt-country/blues scene, each member of this band is superbly talented in their own right.  If you like this, follow-up with Stephen Fearing, LEe HARVeY OsMOND and Colin Linden.  You will not be disappointed.

2. Jean-Pierre Ferland

” Je reviens chez nous”

Jean-Pierre Ferland (album)

An early French-Canadian artist, this song was released in the mid 60’s.  Canada’s answer to Maurice Chevalier.

3. The Razorbacks

“Times Like These”

A rockabilly style from the late 80’s and early 90’s.

4. The Guess Who

“Hand me Down World”

Cover of "Share the Land"

Another entry by Canada’s number 1 classic rock export.  This is another tune written after the departure of Randy Bachman, and was penned by Kurt Winter.

5. Our Lady Peace

“Is Anybody Home?”

Is Anybody Home?

Another entry from Canadian rockers Our Lady Peace.  This is one of their signature tunes and released in the late 90’s.

Sunday E-Mail Funnies

A couple of funnies from my email this week.

The Arab and the Scotsman

An Arab Sheik was admitted to St Vincent Hospital for heart surgery, but prior to the surgery, the doctors needed to store his blood in case the need arose. As the gentleman had a rare type of blood, it couldn’t be found locally, so, the call went out to all the states.
Finally a Scot was located who had the same blood type. The Scot willingly donated his blood for the Arab. After the surgery, the Arab sent the Scotsman as appreciation for giving his blood, a new BMW, diamonds & US dollars.

A couple of days later, once again, the Arab had to go through a corrective surgery. His doctor telephoned the Scotsman who was more than happy to donate his blood again.

After the second surgery, the Arab sent the Scotsman a thank-you card & a jar of candies.

The Scotsman was shocked that the Arab this time did not reciprocate his kind gesture as he had anticipated. He phoned the Arab & asked him: “I thought you would be generous again, that you would give me a BMW, diamonds & money… But you only gave me a thank-you card & a jar of candies”.

To this the Arab replied: “Aye, but I now have Scottish blood in my veins


And the second contains an excellent strategy for men.

Help – We’re Planning a Trip

The Strait of Gibraltar (North is to the left:...

We are currently planning our next trip.  This go round we have one firm destination and no idea where, or what, to see along with it.  Here’s the itinerary potentials.  The one firm place is Barcelona in Spain.  We can go in several directions from here.  We are leaning to 4 days in Barcelona, then to Andorra (cause it’s there) and then south to the French Mediterranean.  We have looked at basing in Nice, France for a week or so and fanning out daily from there.  We have also considered going to Madrid, then to Lisbon, Seville, Gibraltar and Morocco as an alternative.

We need help in determining where to go and what to see.  The basic rules are, for our travel habits:

1. We will be on this trip for 2 weeks

2. We are 50 so crazy stuff don’t work for us anymore.

3. We love to eat

4. We like to try to blend in, staying away from tours etc.

If anyone has been and went places they thought were great, let me know.

Hey Ma, I’m A Versatile Blogger – Take 2

I have another award to prove it.

Im Sooomeeebuddy Again!!

I have been nominated again for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I’m not going to go through the process again, except for thanking The Fibitz.  Fibitz runs a nice travel blog that I follow and enjoy.  For the curious, he defines Fibitz as:

Fibitz [fi-bihtz] 1) a little egg-shaped creature that runs crazy over the world of people; 2) the insanity of the moment; 3) the name my father gave me.

Pay him a visit.

Friday Funnies – A Bit Of SCTV

TV Guide Canada #230

SCTV, a Canadian institution.  The names involved are a who’s who of comedy in the 80’s and 90’s, and some are still going strong.  Martin Short, John Candy (RIP), Catherine O’Hara, Rick Moranis, Eugene Levy, Harold Ramis, Joe Flaherty, Andrea Martin and Dave Thomas, all in the same room at the same time creating classics.  The attached has two classics in it, a quick Great White North, and then John Candy as Babe Ruth in one of the funniest bits he did on the show.  “I’ll stand on your head kid”.

Remembering Mark Reale

Mark Reale and HMK

Founding member of Riot, Mark Reale passed away on the 25th at the age of 56.  Say what you want about metal music, the man could play a guitar.  He was the main man in the band from its’ inception in 1977 until he departed for good in 1998.

Riot “Three Days Grace”

Gina Sicilia – Twitter Thursday

Weird blue dot

This artist is one that I was very happy to have follow me on Twitter.  Gina Sicilia is from Philadelphia and can definitely sing the blues.  I very much enjoyed doing the research for this post. Take this song for instance.

Addicted – Gina Sicilia

Some good hard-driving blues.  She has recorded 3 albums to date, “Allow Me To Confess ” in 2007 and “Hey, Sugar” in 2008.  A third, “Can’t Control Myself” was released in 2011.  A 4th is due to be released soon.  She has a powerful voice, made for this kind of music.  As usual, in my mind, the proof is in the live performance.  Take a listen and judge for yourself as she gives her version of Ike and Tina Turners Crazy Bout You Baby.

Crazy ‘Bout You Baby – Gina Sicilia


Wandering Wednesday – Quebec City, Canada – Our First Day

We arrived in Quebec City, driving in from Montreal.  The city, at first, is like any other large city in North America, then suddenly, BOOM, 17th century.  This is the closest thing to a European experience on the continent.  The closer we got to our hotel we got, the more amazing it became.  Then we saw the castle, Le Chateau Frontenac, an old railway hotel in the heart of the Old City, with a breathtaking view of the St Lawrence River.  Stunning.

Chateau Frontenac

We pulled up in front of this magnificent building and then realized that we our hotel was directly across a square from it.  We were staying a quaint B&B style hotel called Auberge Du Trésor.  Once again we had lucked out and picked a wonderful place to stay.

Auberge Du Trésor - Quebec City

We quickly dropped our bags, parked the car and headed out to take in some sights before nightfall.  It was October and the days were shortening and we had arrived late in the day. It was also our anniversary and we had a supper set for later in the evening at the hotel restaurant.  We were immediately taken with the “other country” atmosphere, right down to the language thing.  Old world buildings, french being spoken, very different from anywhere else in Canada or the USA.  Here are a few pics.

Sidewalk Bar

Evening hits Quebec City.

Artist Alley

The famous Artist Alley.  The wall on the right is the wall of our hotel.

Auberges Des Tresors at Night

Our hotel at night looks every bit as wonderful as during the day.   Overall first impression of Quebec City, a spectacular place to visit.

A long day, time to enjoy our anniversary dinner, the big 31.  The meal at the 1640 restaurant was very good, and we found our favourite wine on the list. Oyster Bay Merlot out of New Zealand.  This is hard to do with tendency in Quebec to stock old world wines.  The meal was great, so good in fact that I only remembered to take pictures of the appetizer and the soup and salad.  Drool over these while I end the post with a promise of more Quebec City next week.

Appetizer at 1640 Restaurant
Soup and Salad
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