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Monday Morning Smile LXX – Canada – Tim Horton’s style!


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Awesome commercial from Timmie’s…..

And if that doesn’t bring a little tear to your eye, then how about this one….

Happy New Year!

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Monday Morning Smile LXIX – Christmas Edition


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Christmas Eve is finally here……I wish you and your family a warm Christmas holiday. The ice storm that hit over the weekend made for some memories. With no power, no internet, no TV, my wife and I played backgammon by the fire. It made for a cozy winter evening…..a throwback to a simpler time.

The Christmas season is officially here.  Family, presents, the World Junior Tournament on TV…you know, the important things.  Win or lose – the stakes are high.

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Here’s something from our office superstar Dilbert – enjoy, and have a safe and Merry Christmas.

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Monday morning smile LIII – Happy Birthday, eh !!


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Happy Birthday Canada !!

I hope your long weekend was sun soaked, full of family, fun, maybe a good steak on a BBQ, a round of golf, perhaps watching little kids run through a sprinkler, or maybe some quality people watching at a beach.

I just returned from Charlottesville, Virginia, where I spent last week. Wonderful place, beautiful scenery and rolling hills. but it is HOT! I went to the driving range to hit balls and it was 100 degress in the shade (that’s 37 C). Oh yeah – with high humidity to boot (over 80%). They don’t even talk about the Humidex there (for the record the Humidex last wednesday was 63 degrees – yes, that’s not a typo. Temp of 38 C, with humidity of 85%.

Well, Canada Day gives us some time to reflect on how great Canada is…..it’s not perfect, but it sure comes close!

Here’s the Fallon pictorial of Canada. Have a great day!

A lazy summer afternoon on the front lawn…..

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Ahhh….truly Canadian ! no one does donuts like Tim Hortons! Celebrate with Canada’s finest cuisine….

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The world thinks we’re cool. When I was abroad I had Australians buy me apology drinks when they mistook my accent…

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Canadian Royalty…..Young Sydney Crosby, and a young Wayne Gretzky.

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I like the fact that I never had to ask the parents of my kid’s friends if their guns were locked up.

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Of course, nothing says Canada like a rink in the yard….

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Happy birthday to us….


Monday Morning Smile XLIX – Great Canadian Moments


 Wow, what a great! weekend!  Fantastic weather just makes everyone feel better doesn’t it?

After doing a lot of the normal suburban stuff (baseball practice, cut the grass, etc..) I took in the Blue Jay game on a sunny sunday afternoon with my son. A little popcorn, a little umpire baiting, a fair amount of cheering, a great day all round. Did you catch the big news on the weekend?  I mean, really, really big news? No, not the Mayor Ford saga…..

It was really, really big news. …

Got me thinking – what are the big moments throughout the history of Canada that really define the Canadian experience – that Canadian fabric of life. (I’ll try and resist inserting the invention of the donut or Tim Horton’s ….)

Here’s the countdown of the Top Eight

8. Vikings come to Newfoundland. They stay one winter, and hightail it back…they’re no dummies. Winter in NF? yikes.Newfoundland - Viking Trailblizzard

7.  Jacques Cartier ‘discovers’ Canada.  For the next 150 years or so the British and French argue (pitch battle) over a bunch of trees, beaver pelts, and maple syrup. Brit James Wolfe finally beats the French on the Plains of Abraham – and then dies.

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6. Americans decide that Canada looks good. They invade and find out that Canadians (o.k. Brits) are a tough bunch. Yanks lose the war of 1812.

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5. 1867! Canada is a country. Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia start the greatest nation in the world – and also open the first donut franchise (just kidding about that part).

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4. Women get the vote. (not because it was the right thing to do btw. The Conservative party at the time was behind in the polls and wanted to win, so they expanded the voting population by including women (who had husbands, brothers, or sons in the military). These women supported the party and swept to power. all women got the vote a few years later.

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3. Wayne Gretzky learns to skate.

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2. 2005 – Canada legalises same sex marriage – enabling an unalienable equal right for everyone to complain about their spouse’s snoring.

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1. 2013 – Hockey Canada bans Bodychecking !! WoW. Without our kids having grown up without concussions, where will all these smart kids find good jobs?

IMG_6208 Yep, this is my kid against a kid from Chicago in a tournament a few years ago. I know which kid wins in a battle against the boards!! I didn’t care if we won, I only cared my kid came out alive.