Month: April 2016

War Is Hell, Year After Year

Taxidermists, snake charmers, deep sea divers, astronauts, strippers, proctologists, butchers and vegans all have something in common: I can find a way to understand why they do what they do, even though I have no intention of ever joining them. But there’s one group of people I simply can’t wrap my head around and perhaps someone …

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Medical Millionaires

It’s easy to condemn more than 500 Ontario doctors who billed the government for more than a million dollars last year. The list came out showing 12 of them practice in the London area, although names aren’t disclosed. 

Podcast Guest

One of the first people I met when I moved back to London was Derek’s friend Kevin Bulmer. Kevin is a former on-air guy in radio, a singer-songwriter, Dad to two great lads and a whole lot of other cool things. He also hired me to work at Delaware Speedway several summers ago. Now we …

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A Princely Visit

Whenever someone mentions Prince, the following story comes to mind. And yesterday, when news of his death at 57 started burning up social media, it came back in vivid purple colour. It was the time Prince came to London, Ontario. In 1984, I was working at CKSL and so was Derek when his purpleness was spotted …

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Chalk it Up

Perhaps you’ve heard of the latest dumb thing to come out of my city. I love London, but sometimes we lead the country in idiotic ideas. 

Projectile Pathogens

Sometimes you have a choice. You can wipe your hands on an old fashioned, environmentally-unfriendly paper towel which you toss in the trash, or you can use one of those fancy-pants hand dryers. There’s no mess afterward and your hands dry off in record time. But a study shows that you may as well dunk …

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My Own Set of Luggage

Photos of me without makeup show an undereye area that’s as dark as a bruise. Interestingly, that shade extends all around the eye. Mother Nature isn’t content to just give me dark bags. No, after so many years of getting up in the middle of the night, the circles actually go into my eyelids! 

The End of a Dream

For years, when we drove down Colonel Talbot Road toward Lambeth, we’d look at a large, grey-sided house set back in a generous yard and oooh and ahh over it. It came to symbolize a “dream home” for us. It had an attached double-garage and looked very stately and beautiful. 

Inspection Neglection (It’s not a word…yet!)

The home inspector who gave the all-clear on my Toronto house missed some big problems. Dangerous electrical issues and other things put our lives and bank accounts at risk. He was also a jerk and if you haven’t gathered, he was incompetent.

A Great Boss

Back in the late 1970s when I discovered Bruce Springsteen, who knew that it would become a life-long relationship? Loving his music offered no guarantee that he wouldn’t go all Ted Nugent on us. 

Judging a Book

One thing I’ve never been called, is a best-selling author! I have written four books and they’ve all had varying degrees of minor success. My most popular book, The Naked Truth, continues to sell a few dozen copies each month. Every author dreams of best-seller status, but a book marketer in Texas decided to expose the notion …

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Throwback Thursday – Orange Man

If you’re lucky enough to work at a good place, you develop a sort of short-hand with your colleagues based on your experiences. You might also get involved in some silly things, that make sense to you but look ridiculous to someone else.