I’m a Gecko saver

(San Isidro, Costa Rica) A few years ago I wrote a post explaining one of the inspirations I have to donate blood. The components of my blood make me a baby saver. The fact that I am both CMV Negative and O Negative puts me in a very small group; about 1.4% of the world’sContinue reading “I’m a Gecko saver”

A landlubber rides the ferry

(San Isidro, Costa Rica) If you read this blog with any regularity, you may well be aware of the fact that I cannot swim. On the list of the many things that I am capable of doing, swimming is not included. Interestingly, over the years when I have mentioned this simple fact, people don’t wantContinue reading “A landlubber rides the ferry”

Hiking: Thick Canadian blood meets Costa Rican hills and humidity

(San Isidro, Costa Rica) My wife and I arrived in this beautiful country just over a week ago. It’s our third visit together, although my wife has been here a few times without me. The reason for our numerous visits is to meet up with family members; my wife’s mother lives here, as does oneContinue reading “Hiking: Thick Canadian blood meets Costa Rican hills and humidity”

Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much

Reissued for Canada Day Weekend 2019 This post was linked to by CNN to explain the backhanded apologies of some Canadians! Sorry, I didn’t realize you are a total arsehole unable to function in normal society It is often said that we Canadians are polite to a fault.  As a Canadian I would suggest, but certainlyContinue reading “Sorry, But We Canadians Do Not Apologize Too Much”

I Propose A Later Canadian Groundhog Day

As the walrus said, the time has come. Not to talk of many things, but to rejig the calendar so that Groundhog Day makes sense in Canada. The day when we North Americans turn to the highly scientific method of weather forecasting, namely the actions of a sleepy rodent, is observed on February second. IfContinue reading “I Propose A Later Canadian Groundhog Day”

Roll Over Beethoven’s Classic Riff

There are probably as many famous riffs in the history of rock ‘n’ roll as there are fans. But perhaps the best known is the opening riff of Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven. Chuck’s classic has been covered by just about everyone over the years. But the version by Jeff Lynne and the Electric LightContinue reading “Roll Over Beethoven’s Classic Riff”

The Rolling Stones, Commas, and Painting Things Black

In 1966 the Rolling Stones released Paint It, Black – the comma being an error by Decca Records, but, nonetheless, stirred controversy among fans over its racial interpretation. In later issues, it was titled Paint It Black. The importance of commas … DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised whoContinue reading “The Rolling Stones, Commas, and Painting Things Black”

Halloween Midnight Picnic

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! PleaseContinue reading “Halloween Midnight Picnic”