Friday, 14 December 2018

Book ~ "Hello, Friends!: Stories from My Life and Blue Jays Baseball" (2019) Jerry Howarth

From Goodreads ~ For 36 years, Jerry Howarth ushered in eternal hope each spring and thrived in the drive of each fall as the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1982, the lifelong avid sports fan joined Tom Cheek as full-time play-by-play radio announcer for the Blue Jays, and for the next 23 years, "Tom and Jerry" were the voices of the franchise. 

Jerry became part of the fabric of a nation and a team, covering historic moments like the rise of the Blue Jays through the 1980s that culminated in back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993. His Hall of Fame-worthy broadcasting career has been nothing short of legendary. When Jerry retired in February 2018, the tributes poured in and made one thing perfectly clear: Toronto baseball would never be the same. 

Jerry Howarth is a former sportscaster.  He was born in the U.S. and became a Canadian citizen in 1994.  He is best known as the radio play-by-play voice of the Toronto Blue Jays from 1981 through the 2017 season.

Howarth started his career in Toronto where he worked part of the 1981 Blue Jays season as a commentator.  In 1982, he joined Tom Cheek as his full-time play-by-play partner.  For the next 23 years, "Tom and Jerry" would be the radio voices of the Blue Jays (Cheek passed away in 2005).

Howarth had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016 and had surgery to remove a small tumor.  He retired from broadcasting in February 2018 due to health reasons.

This book is Howarth's story of his life.  He starts off by telling us about his childhood and education.  It was interesting to learn that he had gone to university to study law but his love of sports was so great that he quit school to give broadcasting a try.  Obviously it has worked out for him!

He shares stories of the Toronto Blue Jays and managers who have been on the team over the years right up to today's line-up including Dave Stieb, Jack Morris, Duane Ward, Roberto Alomar, Joe Carter, John Gibbons, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson and the late Roy Halladay.  He also shares stories about players and managers from other teams.

If you are a baseball fan, you'll like this book.  If you are a big-time Blue Jays fan, you'll probably love it.  I liked it as it was interesting and nice to hear about the various players from Howarth's personal experience and friendships.

Topbox - December 2018

My December Topbox arrived today.

For only $12 a month, you will receive a Topbox with 4 carefully selected, indulgent, beauty products. Then test the products in the comfort of your own home.

Here's what received ...

Value:  $75.98

Island Foods, Toronto, ON (King Street W)

I had supper this evening at Island Foods (Dufferin Street/King Street W), which is in my 'hood.   I've been a fan of theirs since I moved to Toronto over 30 years ago and have been many many times.

I usually go about 11:45am to get a jump on the lunch crowd (and there's still always a line-up).  I went today about 1:30pm figuring it would be too busy and there was still a line-up (it's a popular spot).

I got what I always get ... a boneless chicken roti.  I don't think I've ever ordered anything else from them as I love their rotis!  And it was delicious as usual.

Island Foods Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, 13 December 2018

The Inn On The Harbour, Port Stanley, ON

I spent the last two nights at The Inn On the Harbour in Port Stanley.

The reception area is locked at night and the receptionist goes home

There was a sitting area on my floor (the second floor).

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

The Kettle Creek Inn, Port Stanley, ON

I had supper this evening with Lorraine and Joe at the Kettle Creek Inn.

We had a drink in the "pub"
For supper, we moved to a dining room

That Breakfast Place, Port Stanley, ON

I had breakfast this morning at That Breakfast Place.  It is attached to a pizza take-out and what looks to be a bar.  It's an open concept so I don't know if the three spill into each other at any time ... the breakfast part was the only one open this morning.

I ordered the Traditional Breakfast with fried eggs over easy, ham and white toast and a large milk.  The breakfast was okay ... nothing outstanding.

The server wasn't friendly or attentive, though she did perk up a bit when it came time to pay.  As a head's up, they only take debit or cash which seems strange in today's world.

That Breakfast Place Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Barnacles Beerhouse and Eatery, Port Stanley, ON

I had supper this evening at Barnacles Beerhouse and Eatery in Port Stanley. 

I had told my server that I was torn between ordering the wings, a hamburger and a pizza ... she suggested that I get a small order of wings (5 wings) and a personal pizza.  So that's what I did.  I got my wings with lemon pepper rub and my pizza had pepperoni, bacon and tomatoes.    The wings were okay.  The pizza was really good ... I'd get it again.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Book ~ "Dramatic Life of a Country Doctor: Fifty Years of Disasters and Diagnoses" (2011) Arnold Burden

From Goodreads ~ Dr. Arnold Burden's career began unintentionally when he performed his first surgery in the woods following a hunting accident at age fourteen. 

As a twenty-year-old hospital clerk, he handled battle casualties after D-Day in France and Germany. His early years as a doctor began in rural Prince Edward Island, where he served in the combined role of doctor and coroner. 

Back home in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Dr. Burden was the first medic to enter the mines after the deadly No. 4 mine explosion in 1956 and the No. 2 mine bump, the most severe bump ever recorded in North America, in 1958. In both cases he risked his life alongside the underground rescue teams to bring the gassed and trapped miners to the surface. 

Dr. Burden gives his account of an active life and of a man dedicated to his patients; a man full of common-sense and interesting stories, who writes candidly of his dealings with patients, unusual cases and brave efforts made under difficult conditions. As the author states: The real satisfaction in life has come from helping people. 

Dr. Arnold Burden (1922 – 2018) was a Canadian doctor born in Springhill, NS.  He enrolled in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War II and would be part of the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital when they landed on Juno Beach during D-Day.  He graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, receiving his medical degree, and would work as a doctor for the next 50 years in Prince Edward Island and Springhill.  He had worked in the mines in Springhill when he was a university student and would take part in the rescue operations of both the 1956 and 1958 mining disasters.

This book starts with his childhood in Springhill.  Then he details being in the army doing accounting and then heading home to go to school to become a doctor.  He spent time in Prince Edward Island before moving back home to Springhill.  Anne Murray was the babysitter for his kids!

I liked this book and found it interesting.  It caught my eye because it took place in Nova Scotia.  It could have been edited better, though, as there were many typos.

Tunnel of Glam, Yonge and St. Clair Avenue E, Toronto, ON

The Tunnel of Glam is an 80-foot covered pedestrian walkway lined with over 14 million reversible sequins.  It is located in Wally Crouter Walkway, which is off Yonge Street, just north of St. Clair Avenue E.  The installation was commissioned by the Yonge + St. Clair BIA.

About the Tunnel of Glam

On its shimmering surface, Tunnel of Glam is a loud, vibrant, glamorous centerpiece that draws visitors in by playing upon the appeal of all things shiny and sparkling – the twinkle of fresh snow, the glow of lights, the glitter of icicles.

With its grand scale and bright colours the installation sits like a gift to all. It is a present which promises new surprises every day, as visitors continually make and remake the interior to their own design.

Everyone is encouraged to interact with the 14 million plus reversible sequins. These act as analogue pixels, the scale of which begs for big, over the top movements. Why use just the tip of a finger – as we are forced to with a phone or tablet – when here you can use your whole hand, to make a mark by running from one end of the tunnel to the other?

Tunnel of Glam encourages individuals to write, draw, and alter their environment … no batteries required.

About the Artist

Studio F Minus is a public art and design firm based in Toronto, led by Mitchell F Chan and Brad Hindson. Notable past projects include the Luminous Veil, a half-kilometre long responsive lighting project that illuminates the bridge connecting Toronto’s Bloor St and Danforth Ave, and Gust – a series of 60 internally illuminated hanging sculptures designed to illuminate Brookfield Place. 

I'd heard about it a couple weeks ago and checked it out today.

What you do is rub your hand, arm, whatever against the sequins and they flip, turning colours.

At the west end looking east

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Christmas with Gord's family, Madoc, ON

Gord's family lives in Madoc, which is north of Belleville (2.5 hours away).  It's a tradition to celebrate Christmas at Judy and Doug's (Gord's sister and brother-in-law).  Gord and I and Gord's son, Ken, headed there this afternoon and will spend the night.

Judy and Doug had their tree up.

Also there were Minnie (Gord and Judy's 91-year-old mother), Kyle (Judy and Doug's oldest son), Kerri (Kyle's wife), Madison and Colton (Kyle and Kerri's kids).  They all live nearby.

Madison and Judy's kitten, Katie
Gord and Judy's mom, Minnie
Great grandmother Minnie and great granddaughter Madison ...
time for presents!
Judy and Minnie, daughter and mother, and Sheba

Friday, 7 December 2018

John Prine, Sony Centre, Toronto, ON

Gord and I saw John Prine this evening at the Sony Centre.

Prine is an American country/folk singer-songwriter who has been around since the early 1970s. I've been a big fan since the 1980s and have seen him a few times in concert.

Langhorne Slim opened for  him ... I wanted a teeshirt, though, and the line-up was quite long so we only caught the end of his last song.

Prine came out at 9pm and played for almost two hours to a packed house! He sang mostly songs from his latest album, Tree of Forgiveness, along with some of his older songs which the audience knew and sang along with.  His four band mates left him for a while and he sang some songs by himself and told some stories.

It was a fabulous concert.  Alas, he didn't sing Illegal Smile or Please Don't Bury Me.