My 10 Year Wedding Anniversary

The wedding ring. I still have it tucked away in my sock drawer.I was a runaway groom.
It’s the type of thing you see in movies, but it doesn’t really happen in real life… does it?

Anyone who knows me well already knows this story, but a long time ago I was a runaway groom.

Exactly 10 years ago, on June 26, 2004, I was supposed to get married. My fiancee and I had been planning the wedding for months, getting all the details sorted out. We were to get married at Parkwood, in the sunken garden where so many other weddings had taken place before us.

Afterwards, dinner and a reception were supposed to happen at a nearby golf course banquet hall. We had the flowers, the DJ, the photographer, the limo, people coming from out of town… everything was all ready for the big day. Except me.

I didn’t go to the wedding.

Well, it’s not like I … Read the rest

RAAM 2012

A few years back when I was really into cycling, I heard about the Race Across America (RAAM). It’s a 3000 mile (almost 5000km) race across the USA, but it’s different than most other well known bicycle races, such as the Tour de France.

The Tour de France has various stages that are scheduled over a 21-day period. RAAM has one giant stage – ride across the country as fast as you can. Riders in the Race Across America are usually on their own, or in small packs. You don’t see huge pelotons, since riders are spaced out so much more.

RAAM is very underappreciated race. It doesn’t have the big sponsorship backing that most of the Tour de France teams have, so you see a lot of family, friends and volunteers supporting the cyclists across their ridiculous ride. People that complete RAAM are true endurance athletes. They ride … Read the rest

Blue Haired Kid Gets Kicked Out Of School

For the past week or so, I’ve been hearing a lot about Adam Zussino, a 13 year old student who was kicked out of school for sporting blue hair. The grade 7 student, along with the rest of his Peewee A hockey team, dyed their hair blue for the playoffs, probably because they are too young to grow playoff beards.

Mario Melchiorre, principal of St. Catherine of Siena school, asked Zussino to leave, stating he was breaking the dress code with his coloured hair. There were reports claiming his blue hair indicated some sort of gang relations, which is simply ridiculous. As we all know, most gangsters dye their hair outrageous colours so they can easily be recognized…

The story caught the attention of Don Cherry, who invited Adam and a few of his teammates out to the Hershey Centre for some photos and autographs. Now that it’s been … Read the rest

Video Games Save Lives

I like video games. I’ve played them my whole life. I’m not what you’d consider a “gamer” by any means, but I’ll definitely play a bit when I have some free time. I’ve always been against those who condemn video games, saying they are a bad influence on kids. These are usually the same types of people who blame murders on the messages found in popular music.

I’m not going to get into the social aspects behind all of this, but I recently came across a couple of articles that talk about people saving lives because of what they learned in video games.

The first incident involved a young boy from Norway, who “feigned death” to prevent a moose from attacking him and his sister. He learned this technique from playing World of Warcraft. I don’t know anything about WoW (thankfully), but apparently this is a skill used in … Read the rest

World Population Statistics

I looked up some statistics about births and deaths worldwide.

Each and every day:
363,397 people are born
151,338 people die

Every hour:
15,142 births
6,306 deaths

Every minute:
250 births
100 deaths

This works out to about 4 births per second and almost 2 deaths per second worldwide.… Read the rest