31 Years

My wife and I celebrate 31 years of marriage today. Unlike last year, when we celebrated our 30th anniversary in style, tonight, I am home. Alone. Nothing to be concerned about. Matthew has karate and drum lessons. Lorraine is the designated driver.

We have a wonderful life together and a wonderful family. I am very thankful for Lorraine. She is an amazing person.

Vacation 2010

As part of year-end planning, I like to focus on building memories with the family. And this generally means, amongst other things, vacation planning.

For March break, I booked a week at a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains. We have been there a couple of times before. We enjoy hiking in the national park and hanging out playing games and watching movies in the cabin. I love shooting the various waterfalls and rivers in the park and the towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, although high on Americana, offer lots of options for entertainment. It is a great spot to take a family.

We will be staying at the High Expectations cabin this year. The cabins in the area are really nice and well-priced particularly with a high Canadian dollar. Gatlinburg is about a 15-hour drive from our home.

Here is a shot of the cabin:

Christmas Day

A few photos from our Christmas day. The tree is always well decorated with lots of interesting little details.


Although it is what lies underneath the tree that creates the excitement on Christmas morn.


Although for me, part of the joy of Christmas is the blessing of my family. I am a very fortunate man.


And the special moment is when we gather around the table for Christmas dinner. The Christmas meal was awesome this year.



Age by Chocolate

I received the following email from my youngest son:

this is very cool

you may want a calculator

trust me its amazing

Here is the attachment he passed on to me. And, yes, the Hershey Man did calculate my age.

Don’t tell me your age; you’d probably lie anyway – but the Hershey Man will know!


This is pretty neat.


It takes less than a minute .
Work this out as you read .
Be sure you don’t read the bottom until you’ve worked it out!
This is not one of those waste of time things, it’s fun.

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (more than once but less than 10)

2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)

3. Add 5

4. Multiply it by 50 — I’ll wait while you get the calculator

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1759 . If you haven’t, add 1758.

6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.

You should have a three digit number

The first digit of this was your original number (i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).

The next two numbers are YOUR AGE!

(Oh YES, it is!!!!!)

Back to School

My oldest son heads back to university this week-end. Final year. Fourth year.

Hard to believe.

I remember his first year and getting him ready for the new adventure. I remember being sick with worry and having a profound sense of loss as I left him behind. And I also remember putting on a brave face to show that everything was fine.

I thought it would be easier after first year.

It was not that way with my daughter. And it is not that way with my son. I will miss him.


Father of the Bride


Some of you have already heard the news. And for my good friends who follow the blog: my daughter is now engaged to be married. A major milestone in our lives and a very exciting time.

Jammin’ with the Boys

Rockin’ Rick and the Holy Cows. Really fun to have a new member join us on the drums.

March Break

Heading down to the Great Smoky Mountains for March break with the family. We will be taking the I-85 pretty much the whole way. Roughly 15 hours in the car.


We will be staying in a mountain cabin similar to the ones pictured below. Excellent views of the area and all of the cabins are built up high on the side of a mountain amidst the trees.



Last time we were here, we had a terrific break. Proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains, the tourist traps in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and the great log cabins.