Just Can’t Resist
I managed to hold my tongue throughout the presidential nomination race in the US and I told myself that I wasn’t going to weigh-in on the upcoming presidential election campaign … but I just can’t resist! It’s going to be so nasty! I mean, jeez, the nomination race was entertaining enough as the wanna-bees trashed and bashed each other right to the bitter end. But the presidential election campaign itself … oohhhh … that’s gonna be so good!
Update: September 25, 2016 – I just luv this piece! Click this link –> Biscaya by James Last <– for some pure auditory magic! Takes the “nerd” right out of accordion! (Here’s another awesome version of Biscaya again by James Last.)
This is the short story of the accordion. Yup … you heard it right … the accordion. It looked almost identical to the one pictured here and I played it for about 3 years! Oh sure, go ahead … laugh and laugh! (I am! lol …)
Let’s go back … way back. It was early spring 1966 … I had turned 9 that past January and was in grade 3. I recall sitting in the living room one evening in the house on 64th Avenue … Dad, Mom, Russ and myself were there with a man whom I later came to know as Mr. Leno. He was apparently there to “test” Russ and I for any bent to music either of us might have. It was so exciting! If we could follow his very basic instructions, we would get to take music lessons!
Tribute to Alicia 🌿
My sister-in-law passed away on July 16, 2016 and although Randy had let us know that Alicia had terminal cancer, when word came from him that she had died, I felt so sad. His world, forever changed … his family’s world, forever changed. At her funeral the following Thursday. I was touched seeing the big, loving family Alicia and Randy had created during the 29+ years they were together and felt compelled to write this tribute to Alicia, my brother’s wife who was also a mom, step mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, aunt and friend.
I Sprained My Left Ankle
I twisted my left ankle at work recently during one of those embarrassing little missteps …you know, a stumble over your own two feet. I stopped for a second, let the pain subside and carried on, limping slightly for the next 20 steps or so, cursing the uneven floor I’d stumbled over. I didn’t think about it again until later that day when I noticed that my ankle was a bit sore … nothing major … slight discomfort just beneath that bone that protrudes on the outside of your foot/ankle … the lateral malleolus. When the darn thing was still nagging a few days later, I was at a bit of a loss as to why. “It shouldn’t still be hurting.” I mumbled to myself. “I stumbled … that’s all.” As I contemplated this odd situation, idly rubbing in a big squirt of Rub – A535, a memory from long ago came floating by and I chuckled as I went back to that day in 1967 when I sprained my left ankle …
It’s a Learning Journey!
November 22, 2012 … first post in my newly minted blog “effgee’s World”! I entitled it Quite the Journey and proceeded to chatter on about how much I’d learned during the trek from having zero know how to actually getting my blog up and running. Now, almost 4 years later , I’m still chattering, albeit sporadically at times, but chattering none the less here at “effgee’s World”!
And what a learning journey into this “universe” of websites and blogging it has been! Plenty of hick-ups along the way have kept things, shall we say, interesting. None of those hick-ups though has been more interesting … no … downright scary than the most recent “Code Black” (aka – omg … w-t-h just happened) incident! Here’s how it all went down …
😲 I Can’t Believe It!
In the moments after hearing the news that another black man had been shot by police … the 2nd in as many days and then the targeted mass shooting of police officers in Dallas, Texas, I honestly felt shock. Then sadness and anger. I just can’t believe it. Americans are at war with themselves!
June 19, 2016
Orlando Mass Shooting … And Yet Again So Very Sad 😢
I started writing this post on May 5, 2013 but didn’t finish it until today…
I think something happened to me (and probably many, many others too) in the wake of the mass shooting tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut … so, so very sad. My heart aches for the families of those little children and the families of the brave adults who tried to save them. All were literally slaughtered by a “mentally disturbed crazy person” who had unfettered access to a cache of assault rifles.
June 10, 2016
The New Bicycle 🚵🏼
The other day, while waiting at the Canadian Tire Customer Service desk to pick up the patio table I’d ordered online, I was passing the time by doing a bit of people watching when I noticed a young Dad and 2 little guys – twins – about 4, maybe 5 years old. Looking very bored, I could tell they’d been waiting for a bit but even so, they were quiet and well behaved. By and by, a clerk appeared carrying a cardboard box of something … what it contained, I wasn’t sure, but when the twins looked at each other, smiles wide, I knew it must for them. Still though, the Dad and the twins remained where they were … patiently waiting. A short while later, the clerk reappeared carrying a brand new bicycle! Bright and shiny, it was a pint-sized 2 wheeler complete with training wheels, streamers on the ends of the handle grips and a bell. Well, the looks on their faces! What a pair of cuties! I couldn’t help but share that precious moment by offering a big, happy grin of my own. The Dad smiled back while telling the boys, who by this time were giggling and jumping for joy, “I’ll build the other one when we get home … for now, you’ll have to share … rock/paper/scissors to see who rides first!” As I watched them leave the store, the twins hand in hand, skipping along right behind the Dad, I was taken back … way back … to thoughts of my own brand new bicycle …
April 10, 2016
🇨🇦 Political Leanings … A Touchy Subject! (Part 1)
They say that if a person wants to get into a spat (or a war, haha), they should just start a conversation about religion or politics. Well, I’m not looking for any trouble, but here goes … this is my political 2 bits worth! 😃
April 1, 2016
White Go-Go Boots 👢
And speaking of “never taking no for an answer” (see Sheba, the Family Dog), another great memory of “begging, whining and pleading til I got it” was in the fall of 1966. I was 9 years old, in Grade 4 and attending Argyll Elementary School. A super cool TV show called The Monkees (omg … I had the biggest crush on Davy Jones!) was a huge hit as were Lost In Space, Bewitched, The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie and The Outer Limits. Another new show, “A Go-Go 66“ was also turning out to be all the rage. This super hip program (or should I say groovy? lol) featured rock n’ roll music and, of course, the “Go-Go Dancers” who wore the most awesome footwear I’d ever seen … white go-go boots! So cool!