Five Handy Apps I Love

We use our smartphones more than ever before. It is our organizer and, in some cases, main link to the world and our friends. Applications (apps) are fantastic ways to keep yourself organized and entertained while you wait for a myriad of things to happen or pass. There are some apps that you absolutely need, which is a weird thing to say because it means you rely on your phone more than you care to admit. Here are a few handy apps that I love:

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Book Review: Surrounded By Enemies

“Getting out of Dallas was the easy part.”

– President John Kennedy to his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy, March 21, 1966

What if JFK survived his assassination attempt on November 22, 1963? This is the question Bryce Zabel attempts to answer in his novel, Surrounded By Enemies.

As noted on its Amazon page, “President John F. Kennedy has lived through the ambush in Dealey Plaza. America holds its collective breath, seeing its president nearly executed in broad daylight. But as the country marches on, the office of the President finds itself under a much more insidious type of fire. Political scandal, an endless war, and a country coming apart at the seams take the 1960’s in a terrifying new direction, and both John and his attorney-general brother, Bobby, struggle to stay ahead of their enemies, political and otherwise, and steer America toward a greater future.”

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I am always fond of people who take initiative to improve their communities, and also what has led to this (usually) much-needed improvement. Take this BlogTO story, a man in Toronto’s Beaches community took to adding pool noodles onto a local one-way street to protect bike lanes and “people driving in the wrong direction.”

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A Wee Dram…

The older I get, the more I enjoy things I did not when I was younger. My taste for beer has changed, and I drink less of it, but still have a few favourites. Thanks to my wife and her influence, I enjoy wine more than I ever did. I no longer find hard liquors tasting like pure gasoline and burning my throat when I drink them.

One of the reasons I decided to blog is to explore things that interest me, or that I’m gaining a greater appreciation for. I would put scotch and whisky at the top of the list.

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Back to School Dread

I always dreaded the first day of school each year. I don’t know how or where that came about but it was a date on the calendar I did not enjoy. I looked forward to seeing friends again and learning about new and different things, but I think I dreaded that first day back for a few reasons:

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If you could go back in time…

I’m watching the show Outlander with my wife. Without sharing too much, one of the main characters is able to travel back in time about 200 years to 18th Century Scotland and England. As I keep watching the show, and I have had this discussion with my wife, if I could go back in time where would I go? In some cases I am picking specific events to watch and in other cases it is a general timeframe. Here’s my top five list of places and periods I would visit:

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Top Five Board Games I Like

I love board games. I love to play them and try new ones. There are a lot to choose from, and for the past few years they have experienced a revival in popularity.

For years, there were only the typical games – Monopoly, Sorry, Clue, Risk, etc. But now the choice has exploded. There are celebrity websites – TableTop – that review games and countless websites that review, provide forums for, and sell games. This is a great time to get into board games and has been for a few years now.

With all that said, here are my top five board games (now, keep in mind the list could always change as new games are played but it would take a lot to bump these games off the list):

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Keeping Busy During COVID (Part 2)

As I eluded to in my previous post, Keeping Busy During COVID (Part 1), I have tried to find projects that can keep me busy during the pandemic so I am not getting into trouble.

When I lived in my condo, it was too small to have a dartboard. When I would go up to Wasaga Beach and stay in my friend’s cottage, we would play darts all the time. I am not great at it but I love it.

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Nothing Beats A Good Sunday Roast

I grew up in a southern European family and house, with some exceptions, and my parents would make some delicious food growing up. They still do, but it’s less so now as they slow down because of age and their kids have moved out so they’re empty nesters now.

Once in a while you come across something that is just so glorious that you can not stop craving it. For me it is an English roast with Yorkshire pudding.

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Keeping Busy During COVID (Part 1)

When the pandemic hit, like most people, the first few weeks were spent trying to adjust to the “new normal.” Once I was well into the new normal, I realized I needed something, maybe a project, that would keep me busy and out of trouble.

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Trip to Cooperstown

Last year, my wife and I, along with some family, planned a weekend getaway to Niagara Falls.

One of the things on my “bucket list” was to travel to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. So, I decided to make a day trip of it because I enjoy baseball so much.

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How Did I Get Here?

the road ahead

I remember when I was growing up taking a weird interest in viewing press conferences. Mind you, these were mainly sports-related, unless there was some other “big news.”

I must have watched hours and hours of Maple Leafs, Raptors, Blue Jays, etc. conferences for trades, signings, coaches and GMs hired – you name it – for as long as I can remember – and then watching the analysis on TSN, and the Sportsnet later.

For me, that was the dream. How do I get to do that?

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