Journey to Hometown, Part 6

Journey to Hometown, Part 6

All we saw on the schedule for Friday night and all-day Saturday was “Workshop”.  Outside of that, many of us had no idea what we were getting into.  As it turned out, the “Workshop”, facilitated by Annette Loiselle, was provided by Theatre Alberta as part of their Workshops By Request program. It was a brilliant
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Greatest role in 75 words

Greatest role in 75 words

Theatre Alberta has a contest going right now where you need to pitch for them the greatest role you’ve ever played and why in no more than 75-words.  See contest here. The deadline to enter is January 25th. I ended up with exactly 75-words, but here is the pitch I submitted this morning. We were
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Journey to Hometown, Part 5

Journey to Hometown, Part 5

Last night, some of us reconvened for our first rehearsal after the Christmas break – members of my immediate family within the context of Hometown…The Musical!: my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.  As the “man as old as the hills”, my character – Grandpa George – acts as the conduit to our community’s incredible history, sharing
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Creative Re-use

Creative Re-use

I spent much of yesterday entrenched in the shop, a 12′ x 20′ out-building in our backyard, originally built by the previous owner as a space to work on his motorbikes and make loud music.  About 10 years ago, I purchased my father-in-law’s contractor table saw and begin building up my collection of tools and
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Chasing the sunrise

Chasing the sunrise

With a little bonus time on my hands – I’m still on holidays – I’ve had the opportunity to focus my attention on the stunning sunrises served up by our northern Alberta winter.  I’ve kept the ladder out for the last several days, leaning up against the garage, on standby for that magical 15 or
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40 years of YMM radio

40 years of YMM radio

It was on this date in 1973 – 40 years ago – that CJOK officially went on the air in Fort McMurray. They had actually started up the transmitter and began broadcasting hits from 1972 starting at 6 pm on New Year’s Eve.  But in the seconds before the stroke of midnight, a jubilant crowd
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201 in 2012

201 in 2012

I wrote 200 blog posts in 2012. This final one will make it 201.  It would be an onerous task to read them all, though it’s something I should try to do eventually.  If anything, it would rekindle the embers of memory.  I’ve toyed with the idea of hiring someone to go back and read
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The Tommy Gun’s experience

The Tommy Gun’s experience

Dylan was literally shivering with excitement as he walked away from his first experience at Tommy Gun’s, the much lauded men’s grooming emporium. “I told her to take some off the back, a little bit off the sides and some at the top,” he said.  “Then she asked me if I wanted her to style
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Winter night driving

Winter night driving

Coming home to Fort McMurray yesterday after spending a few days in Edmonton with family, I rediscovered where my hate lies when it comes to driving in the winter.  That feeling of angst, horrible anticipation, morbid fear crept up as the sun slunk away beyond the distant hills. Driving in the daytime in the winter
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La Quinzee

La Quinzee

On Festivus – a holiday celebrated by those who have had it with the commercialism and pressures of Christmas, popularized by writer Daniel O’Keefe in a 1997 episode of Seinfeld – I spent several hours on my belly and back inside the quinzee that we’ve been building at the end of our driveway, making the
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