May 25 2010

Kevin Costner to Bail out Gulf Oil Spill

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May 25 2010

Potential Best Pal or Casual Acquaintance?

Do you ever meet someone you think might become a good friend only to find out, over the next few meetings, that perhaps they do not share your enthusiasm?

I’m friendly. I’m fun. I pay most of my taxes. What’s not to love about me?

I’m gregarious, funny, not horrid to gaze upon. I don’t smell bad or talk endlessly about my kids. I rarely gossip (unless it’s a really juicy tidbit that won’t hurt anyone) I make my bed, I honour the environment and my fellow (wo)man.

What the hell else is there?

Context: recently I met a person who I thought I’d have a lot in common with. This person seems super nice and friendly and I thought that we hit it off pretty well. However, over the course of several other meetings I have begun to feel that maybe I am annoying her/him.

Generally I don’t think that “annoying” is an adjective attached to me. That said, it’s unlikely that annoying people would even know that they are annoying otherwise they likely wouldn’t be so annoying…hmmm, need to ponder that for a moment.

The “person of interest” seems to now cut our conversations short or nods a completely benign smile my way. If I were going to utilize all that personal growth malarkey I’ve invested in, I’d just chalk it up to the person wanting to keep a professional distance or maybe they’re just too busy for new friends.

I can rationalize it any way I like but the fact is that I’m feeling somewhat put out by this, this, this…I can’t even put my finger on it. Indifference (turns out I can put my finger on it! Ha, yay me.)

Anyway, I doubt I will often use my blog to rant about the insecurities of the human condition. I am usually on the other end offering advice on how not to let the small nonsense get to you. I hope no one I gave that advice to is reading this post :)

Tomorrow is another day. I will most definitely see the “person of interest” and I vow to be somewhat less friendly than in past meetings. I figure he/she will likely not notice in which case I will have definitive proof that I am not a lunatic.


May 15 2010

Stars on Ice Canada Delivers, Big Time!

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The girlies and I have just returned from an evening spent with some of Canada’s ice skating royalty. Kurt Browning, Sale and Pelltier from the “old days” and Canada’s sweetheart Joannie Rochette plus Virtue and Moyer from the “new days”.

Seriously, these guys were incredible! It’s so fun to see them out of the pressure cooker of competition. The had some super fun routines and kept up the pace for a good 90 minutes.

As always my favourite was Kurt Browning. At 43 he can still totally keep up with all these kids who are throwing themselves around the ice. The dif with Kurt is that he does it with such style. He did a medley from Singin’ In the Rain that included bits from his, very famous, routine. Basically he channelled Gene Kelly and did it so convincingly that you’d think Gene himself were out there skating. (BTW ol’ Gene himself was quite an accomplished skater. If I can find it I’ll attach a vid at the end of this post to prove it.

Do you remember Sale and Pelltier? You know, from the Salt Lake Olympics? All that controversy about who won gold and the French judge who changed how figure skating was judged forever??? Ring any bells?

They have always been wicked great entertainers and tonight was no exception. They actually brought the house down with a routine that was equal to any great Olympic pair today. It was amazing. Did you know he can just pick her up with one arm and fling her about like she weighed nothing? I can imagine some of the conversations they’ve had in the past.

Over breakfast: Pelltier – “You’re not going to eat that donut are you?”

Sale – “What’s it to you?”

Pelltier – “Well since I’m hoisting your ass over my head 30x a week I think you should put the donut down and have half a carrot instead.”

Sale – “Shut the $%^ up!”

But I digress. Suffice to say, the show rocked. My kids had such a great time and I got to see my old friend Kurt. I’ve missed him and his ilk. With the exception of Virtue and Moyer there doesn’t seem to be the same kind of fun routines that the old guard brought. I miss that. It made watching the sport that much more fun for me.

Tonight I remembered why I loved watching figure skating and I’m so glad my girls got to see it too.

Found the video of Gene Kelly on roller skates… enjoy! (I don’t know why it has French subtitles)