Friday 14 June 2024

Book ~ "You Never Know: A Memoir" (2024) Tom Selleck

From Goodreads ~ There are many miles from the business school and basketball court at the University of Southern California to 50 million viewers for the final episode of a TV show called "Magnum P.I." Tom Selleck has lived every one of those miles in his own iconoclastic and joyful way. 

Frank, funny and open-hearted, "You Never Know" is an intimate memoir from one of the most beloved actors of our time, the highly personal story of a remarkable life and thoroughly accidental career. In his own voice and uniquely unpretentious style, the famed actor brings readers on his uncharted but serendipitous journey to the top in Hollywood, his temptations and distractions, his misfires and mistakes and, over time, his well-earned success. Along the way, he clears up an armload of misconceptions and shares dozens of never-told stories from all corners of his personal and professional life. 

His rambunctious California childhood. His clueless arrival as a good-looking college jock in Hollywood (from the "Dating Game" to the Fox New Talent Program to co-starring with Mae West and escorting her to black-tie social functions). What it was like to emerge as a mega-star in his mid-thirties and remain so for decades to come, an actor whose authenticity and ease in front of the camera connected with audiences worldwide while embodying and also redefining the clichés of onscreen manhood. 

"In You Never Know", Selleck recounts his personal friendships with a vivid army of A-listers, everyone from Frank Sinatra to Carol Burnett to Sam Elliott, paying special tribute to his mentor James Garner of "The Rockford Files", who believed, like Selleck, that TV protagonists are far more interesting when they have rough edges. He also more than tips his hat to the American western and the scruffy band of actors, directors and other ruffians who helped define that classic genre, where Selleck has repeatedly found a happy home. 

"Magnum" fans will be fascinated to learn how Selleck put his career on the line to make Thomas Magnum a more imperfect hero and explains why he walked away from a show that could easily have gone on for years longer. 

Hollywood is never easy, even for stars who make it look that way. In "You Never Know", Selleck explains how he’s struggled to balance his personal and professional lives, frequently adjusting his career to protect his family’s privacy and normalcy. His journey offers a truly fresh perspective on a changing industry and a changing world. Beneath all the charm and talent and self-deprecating humor, Selleck’s memoir reveals an American icon who has reached remarkable heights by always insisting on being himself.

This is a high level account of Tom Selleck's life. If you are a Magnum PI fan, you'll enjoy this book because there is a lot of emphasis on that show. I found it odd, though, that the book basically ends when Magnum PI ended ... it's like he did nothing after that. The last chapter touches on his current show, Blue Bloods, which I've never watched. Surprisingly there is no mention of his being on Friends or other movies like the Jesse Stone series (there were eight movies), In & Out or Killers.

I liked the writing style. He throws a bit of shade at times but not often. He seems like a nice fella who eventually found his voice and was able to take a stand for himself and his colleagues on the direction of his career. He says he respects his privacy and that of his family so there isn't a lot of detail about his marriages or children ... I don't feel like I got to know him, just the professional side until Magnum PI was over. It was interesting to read about how things work in the TV and movie businesses.

Twisted Hat

I finished knitting another twisted hat. It’s a fun and easy pattern once you get into the repetitive groove. I combined a thin strand of hot pink and a thin strand of wine.


I found the pattern here.


Directions are for size small; changes for size large are in parentheses.

Hat circumference at bottom edge: 16 (18)" [41 (46)cm]; Hat stretches to fit 20 (22)” [51 (56)cm]

I used 4.5mm [US 7] and 5.5mm [US 9] needles and 4 ply yarn. 

Hat is worked in the round on double pointed needles.

With smaller needles, cast on 90 (102) sts. Divide sts evenly around double pointed needles. Join to work in rounds, taking care not to twist sts. Place marker for beginning of round.

Ribbing Round: 
[K1 through the back loop, p1] around. Repeat ribbing round until piece measures 1½" [4cm] from beginning.

Round 1: Change to larger needles and knit.
Round 2: [K2, yo, k2, k2tog] around – 90 (102) sts.
Repeat round 2 until piece measures 8 (8½)" [20 (22) cm] from beginning.

Shape Crown
  • Decrease round 1: [K2tog, yo, k2, k2tog] 15 (17) times – 75 (85) sts.
  • Next round: [K1, yo, k2, k2tog] around – 75 (85) sts.
  • Decrease round 2: *K1, yo, [k2tog] twice; repeat from * around – 60 (68) sts
  • Next round: [K1, yo, k1, k2tog] around – 60 (68) sts.
  • Decrease round 3: [K2, k2tog] 15 (17) times – 45 (51) sts.
  • Decrease round 4: [K1, k2tog] around – 30 (34) sts.
  • Decrease round 5: [K2tog] around – 15 (17) sts.
  • Decrease round 6: [K2tog, k1] 5 times, k2tog 0 (1) time – 10 (11) sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread yarn through remaining sts and pull to gather. Secure end. Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 sts together
p = purl
St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over

Thursday 13 June 2024

Island Foods, Toronto, ON (Gladstone Avenue)

I had lunch today at Island Foods at Gladstone Avenue/Queen Street W.


I ordered what I always order at Island Foods ... a boneless chicken roti. Yum!

Monday 10 June 2024

Book ~ "Never Saw it Coming" (2010) Linwood Barclay

From Goodreads ~ Keisha Ceylon is a psychic. At least, that's what she passes herself off as. The truth is, Keisha's real powers have more to do with separating troubled families from their money than actually seeing into the netherworld. Keisha watches the news for stories of missing family members. She gives it a few days, then moves in, tells these families she's had a vision, that she may have some clue to where these missing people are. And by the way, she charges for this service, and likes to see the money up front.

Keisha's latest mark is a man whose wife disappeared a week ago. She's seen him on TV, pleading for his wife to come home, or, if she's been abducted, pleading with whoever took her to let her go. Keisha knows a payoff when she sees one. So she pays a visit to our troubled husband and tells him her vision.

The trouble is, her vision just happens to be close enough to the truth that it leaves this man rattled. And it may very well leave Keisha dead.


Eleanor wakes up in her car. She realizes she is strapped into the passenger seat, has stab wounds to her stomach and her car is sitting precariously on a semi-frozen lake ... and then the car goes under.

In the meantime, Wendell and Melissa, Eleanor's husband and daughter, are pleading for her safe return and working with the police to ensure that happens. When Keisha comes across situations of missing family members, she approaches them and offers her help as a psychic. It's just a scam for her to take advantage of families ... she gives them just enough high level information (that could apply to anyone) in return for payment. Keisha seems an opportunity and introduces herself to Wendell. Ironically the information she gives him is too close to being true and she has to deal with his reaction.

I've read many books by this author and I thought this one was okay. It is written in third person perspective depending on where the action is. There were some quirky twists that were interesting. I thought the person who admitted to stabbing Eleanor was a bit much and overreacted given the situation. As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.

Saturday 8 June 2024

Luminato in the Square, David Pecaut Square, Toronto, ON

I checked out the free Luminato in the Square in David Pecaut Square (King Street W/Simcoe Street) this afternoon ... it's part of the Luminato Festival and is there until June 16. There's a theme every day and today's was the indie scene.

Come and be part of the excitement of Luminato in the Square, our lively central festival location where art, culture, and community unite at David Pecaut Square. This vibrant hub of the festival offers free entry for attendees to relish in concerts, performances, installations, interactive workshops and so much more! Whether you're attending with family, friends or exploring on your own, there is an array of unique experiences and adventure waiting for you to explore and enjoy at Luminato in the Square this year!

Dog Fountain, Berczy Park, Toronto, ON

I was downtown this afternoon and hung out at the dog fountain in Berczy Park (near Wellington Street and Front Street) this afternoon.

It's a cool fountain! It is a large, two-tier fountain with life-size cast-iron statues of 27 dogs and a cat. The dogs are all looking up towards a large bone perched on the fountain's peak. The cat is looking north at statues of two small birds perched on the arm of a lamppost about three metres away from the fountain. The fountain also includes a ground level trough to provide drinking water for real dogs. Each of the dog statues contribute to the fountain function by each sprouting water upwards from their mouths. Kids enjoyed it!

Thursday 6 June 2024

Pi Co. Toronto ON (University)

I was downtown today and had a late lunch at Pi Co. (on the NW corner of University and Adelaide W).


I "crafted" my own ... there are lots of ingredients to choose from and you can put as little or as much as you want.


Here's my pizza ... I got extra mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, pepperoni, bacon, ham and chorizo on it. I love love love pizza and this was a good pizza. The ingredients seemed fresh and had a lot of flavour. I liked the crust ... it was soft and chewy. Yum!

Book ~ "I Will Ruin You" (2024) Linwood Barclay

From Goodreads ~ How would you react in a life-or-death situation?

It’s a question everyone asks themselves but few have to face in real life. English teacher Richard Boyle certainly never thought he would find himself talking down a former student intent on harming others but when Mark LeDrew shows up at Richard’s school with a bomb strapped to his chest, Richard immediately jumps into action. Thanks to some quick thinking, he averts a major tragedy and is hailed as a hero but not all the attention focused on him is positive.

Richard’s brief moment in the spotlight puts him in the sights of a deranged blackmailer with a score to settle. The situation rapidly spirals out of control, drawing Richard into a fraught web of salacious accusations and deadly secrets. As he tries to uncover the truth he discovers that there’s something deeply wrong in the town - something that ties together Mark, the blackmailer and a gang of ruthless drug dealers and Richard has landed smack in the middle of it. He’s desperate to find a way out but everyone in his life seems to be hiding something, and trusting the wrong person could cost him everything he loves.

What price will he pay for one good deed?

Richard is teaching his class one day when he looks out the window and sees a man entering the school with what he thinks is dynamite strapped to his chest. Not thinking, he dashes out and talks the man, who turns out to be a former student holding some grudges again some teachers, into leaving the school before any students or teachers could be hurt. This draws attention to Richard and the next thing he knows, another former student comes forward to blackmail him for something he said Richard did to him when he was at the school. Richard tries to keep it quiet and handle it even though he is innocent. As he does, he discover his blackmailer may be involved with drug dealers who don't appreciate being ripped off.

I've read many books by this author and I thought this one was just okay. I found some of the decisions some of the characters made were dumb. It is written in first person perspective when it's Richard's voice and third person perspective from other points of view, depending on where the action was. There was a lot going on with many side stories. There was an interesting twist about 3/4 of the way in and the ending came up really quickly. As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Twisted Hat

I finished knitting another twisted hat. It’s a fun and easy pattern once you get into the repetitive groove. I combined a thin strand of hot pink and a thin strand of wine.


I found the pattern here.


Directions are for size small; changes for size large are in parentheses.

Hat circumference at bottom edge: 16 (18)" [41 (46)cm]; Hat stretches to fit 20 (22)” [51 (56)cm]

I used 4.5mm [US 7] and 5.5mm [US 9] needles and 4 ply yarn. 

Hat is worked in the round on double pointed needles.

With smaller needles, cast on 90 (102) sts. Divide sts evenly around double pointed needles. Join to work in rounds, taking care not to twist sts. Place marker for beginning of round.

Ribbing Round: 
[K1 through the back loop, p1] around. Repeat ribbing round until piece measures 1½" [4cm] from beginning.

Round 1: Change to larger needles and knit.
Round 2: [K2, yo, k2, k2tog] around – 90 (102) sts.
Repeat round 2 until piece measures 8 (8½)" [20 (22) cm] from beginning.

Shape Crown
  • Decrease round 1: [K2tog, yo, k2, k2tog] 15 (17) times – 75 (85) sts.
  • Next round: [K1, yo, k2, k2tog] around – 75 (85) sts.
  • Decrease round 2: *K1, yo, [k2tog] twice; repeat from * around – 60 (68) sts
  • Next round: [K1, yo, k1, k2tog] around – 60 (68) sts.
  • Decrease round 3: [K2, k2tog] 15 (17) times – 45 (51) sts.
  • Decrease round 4: [K1, k2tog] around – 30 (34) sts.
  • Decrease round 5: [K2tog] around – 15 (17) sts.
  • Decrease round 6: [K2tog, k1] 5 times, k2tog 0 (1) time – 10 (11) sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread yarn through remaining sts and pull to gather. Secure end. Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 sts together
p = purl
St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
yo = yarn over

Monday 3 June 2024

Happy Gotcha Day, Crumpet!

It was 13 years ago today Gord and I adopted two month old Crumpet from Annex Cat Rescue! 

At first, eight year old Morgan didn't know what to make of her but within days they were cuddling and loving each other (right up until he passed away six years ago).