30 Days of Blogging: Day 7 - A Photo That Makes You Happy + Sad News...

So I awoke to bad news this morning... My grandfather on my dad's side had passed away in his sleep this morning. He has been in a nursing home for the better part of two years; to say he looked depressed and hated it there would be an understatement. My dad and I visited him regularly, so I was fairly close to him. Considering he is from the "old school" and me being the only grand son on that side of the family, it would be accurate to say that I could do no wrong in his eyes. Unfortunately I now must come to terms of letting go of another grandparent. My grand father on my mom's side had passed away back in 2000, and then my grandmother on my dad's side passed the following year. I am now down to only my grandmother on my mom's side. She's still doing well, she also lives in a nursing home but is healthy physically; just Alzheimer's disease has attacked her mentally. It can be depressing, but at times she still remembers faces and names, so those are the moments you cherish and look forward to.

Day 7 - A Photo that makes you Happy - Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Everyone else I know doing the the 30 Day challenge, posted a funny picture with friends etc. I was totally going to follow suit until this mornings course of events. Considering the news I received today, I am going to try and lift my spirits a little and think back to a better time...

Robert James P.
August 26, 1929 - August 03, 2010 (80 years old)

This was my grandfather alive and well about 5 years ago, during one of our trips to the family farm. The farm has been passed down through our family for nearly 150 years; like I mentioned in yesterday's 20 Fav things, I used to love going out to the farm when I was a little kid. At the time it was split into three different categories. (Crops, live stock and a scrap metal yard.) The scrap yard was also my favourite as I used to crawl in and out and climb all over the crushed cars that were stacked.

Rest In Peace Grandpa.

30 Days of Blogging: Day 6 - 20 Favourite Things + CIVIC HOLIDAY!

First and foremost, if you're living in Canada... Happy Civic Holiday! Across Canada, it's not even recognized under the same name, to go even further - even different cities in Ontario (my home province), call it different names. The majority of people will know it as "Lord Simcoe Day", paying homage to first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. Although growing up I knew it as McLaughlin day as I used to spend my summers at my grandfather's farm in Bowmanville, ON (Near Oshawa). Samuel McLaughlin is kind of a local hero in and around Oshawa because he originally owned McLaughlin Carriage Works, which later merged with General Motors. Upon the merger, McLaughlin was given a Director's position on GM's US board of directors, as well as the title of President of General Motors of Canada. How's that for a hard working Canadian boy? McLaughlin's name is still linked to GM even in current day. McLaughlin Carriage Works once produced a carriage titled McLaughlin-Buick Model F. So if you're driving a Buick, thanks for supporting Canada. :)

Anyway, enough history. The holiday itself is kind of a half assed as government offices, banks and financial institutions are closed. While *most* private businesses will recognize the holiday and give the day off to their staff. Unfortunately if you work retail or are in the hospitality business you are S-O-L. I fortunately work for a company that recognizes the holiday... So I have sat on my ass for most of today. Made a run out to the mall to pick up a SIM card from my wireless carrier. Hopefully it will be set up on Dubya's Iphone 3G by day's end! This will be quite a shock to my system as I kind of begrudged Apple for so long, plus I am so used to my Blackberry. We'll see how it goes!

Day 6 - 20 Favourite Things - Monday, August 2, 2010

  1. Leanne - This after all is the woman I am going to marry, so I guess I have to put her near the top of this list :P
  2. Animals/Pets - Currently do not have any, I really miss my dog... :(
  3. Campfires
  4. My night owl tendencies... I most originate from a different time zone.
  5. The internet - It's such a handy tool, I can't believe I nearly lived the first 12 years of my life w/o it.
  6. Driving - If I ever lost my drivers license due to old age/disabilities, I would go insane.
  7. Sports (Specifically Baseball, Football and Soccer)
  8. Friends - The people you befriend really define you. You can't pick your family, but you can pick your friends.
  9. Family - Not to say family isn't great and all. I would never trade them in... I don't think? j/k!
  10. Xbox 360/Video Games
  11. Playing sports - Great social tool as well as keeping yourself active/healthy!
  12. MOVIES - I absolutely love movies, could not live w/o them!
  13. Cell phone - The last month has been brutal w/o a cellular phone, glad I am going to be hooked back up shortly!
  14. My Buick Rendezvous, first "big purchase" I made on my own and I have not regretted it one bit.
  15. 1950/60's - Love the throw back to the 50's, I love that generation as a whole. Big cars, catchy tunes and DRIVE INS!
  16. Swimming
  17. Kids - Always have been a big kid myself, so I feel I can relate to them easily and they are usually drawn to me.
  18. Comic Books
  19. Music - Could you imagine a world without music? How depressing would that be?
  20. Family farm - Used to spend a lot of time there as a kid, kind of in a sad state right now as my grandfather is not doing that well but whenever I am at the farm I get that warm fuzzy feeling. One day the land will be passed on to me and I'd love to raise a family there.

30 Days of Blogging: Day 5 - Favourite Quote + Phone Troubles

Back again! I'm pretty serious about this list... Going to actually try and stick it out. If I DO miss a day, I will definitely make up for it in the days to follow, whenever I can.

So was just thinking of my battery issues with my car and that made my ongoing cell phone issues pop into my head. lol I have been cell phone free for about 2 weeks now... and it's KILLING ME! Back in May I was at a friend's house for a get together and my phone got left on the dining room table; somewhere along the line my cell phone made to beside the kitchen sink and into a pool of water. Well I had the Blackberry Storm 9530, and I am pretty sure it didn't have an app for Water Wings... so it pretty much became psychotic and would randomly open applications/windows/call people etc. Eventually in mid-July at the cottage it became an expensive paper weight as it refused to start up and has now been laid to rest  in my clothes hamper.

Well I've been on the hunt for a cell phone through E-Bay for the last two weeks... and so far no dice! Leanne's brother, "Dubya"; offered me his Iphone 3G as he just recently upgraded to the Iphone 4. I am probably going to take it, but only want to use it on a short term scale. He has already had two people offer to buy the phone off of him so I don't want to hold him back from making money off of it. I checked with my provider and they really won't do anything for me since it's water damage that frigged the phone up. They do however, have "refreshed" Iphone 3GS ' available at a LOW LOW price. Apparently a "refreshed" handset is typically a phone that has been used at demo's or a phone that was purchased but brought back within the first week (free trial period.) Usually these phones are bought by someone who tries the phone out and realizes it's way to technological for them. My mind was put to ease over this, as I thought the phones were actual store display models or damages/refurbished phones; which is not the case. So hopefully I can pick one of those up, and Dubya can make a tidy profit off of his 3G to one of his prospective buyers.

Day 5 - Your Favorite Quote - Sunday, August 1, 2010

Can't really say I have a "favourite" quote, but I guess if I have to pick something I'll go with Lou Gehrig's speech during the 1939 New York Yankees season. At this point, he already knew he was dying of a terminal disease that was pretty foreign to doctors of that generation. But he still went out in front of he capacity crowd and delivered THIS. Put aside the "stardom" of playing for the New York Yankees and look at the raw emotion of a human being. This man was dying and still had the realization that up until that point, people dreamed of being a New York Yankee, a pro baseball player; people dreamt of being Lou Gehrig. This man was truly a courageous, decent human being. At the time, he was one of the superstars of Major League Baseball, but at the same time, he was humbled because of his illness. I'll leave you with his words...

"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.

Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm lucky.

When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift — that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies — that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter — that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body — it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed — that's the finest I know.

So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for.

Thank you."  — Lou Gehrig at Yankee Stadium, July 4, 1939