Saturday, December 01, 2007

Christmas Countdown: 24 days!

Suzy Snowflake

White Christmas - Bing Crosby

Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt

Friday, November 30, 2007

Christmas Countdown: 25 days!

Christmas Comes But Once A Year

Christmas Toy Shop

Merry Christmas

Famed daredevil Evel Knievel dead today at 69

Evel Knievel, the daredevil who was famous for performing death-defying stunts, died today at the age of 69.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Christmas Countdown: 26 days!

Silent Night - Olivia Newton-John

Slient Night - Stevie Nicks

Stille Nacht - St. Thomas Boys Choir

Participating in the Canadian Idolatry show

Hump Day
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Moncton Times & Transcript, page D8

Last week, I took my godson to the Canadian Idol top three concert at the Capitol Theatre. Despite it being a school night, his parents were gracious enough to let him go.

It was a win-win situation for everyone all around. I paid for the tickets, my godson got to leave catechism class 15 minutes early to make it to the concert on time, and his parents got the luxury of only having to get two kids to bed on time.
What was in it for me?

Well, I got to lie to people and tell them that my godson begged me to bring him to see Canadian Idol. "It was terrible. He was crying himself to sleep every night. Poor thing. It was like something off a commercial for those poor children in Africa," I would tell people, my nose literally growing from the fibbing.

In reality, I was the one who bought two tickets and then looked around desperately for someone who wanted to go. I'm a big fan of the show and have watched it faithfully since season two.

So what if I have a little guilty pleasure, huh? Some people smoke. Some people drink. Well, I watch Canadian Idol like it was encrypted with secret messages from God. I talk about it. I blog about it. I'm obsessed.

So when the opportunity came to see the top three -- Brian Melo (the winner), Jaydee Bixby (the runner-up) and Carly Rae Jepsen (third place) -- I only had to think about it for a day or so before deciding to buy tickets.

Never one to turn down a freebie, my 10-year-old godson said "yes" immediately. My taking him to a hockey game was for him, but my taking him to Canadian Idol was for me. Besides, if I ever lost control during the concert and started screaming like a teenage girl who just saw the Beatles, I could always point to him and admonish him loudly. "My God, kid. Get a grip." I'd be ashamed afterwards, but if I had to, I'd sell him out so fast that he'd feel the breeze.

When we arrived at the theatre, there was a big crowd. Of course, not used to being responsible for children in public, I kept a closer eye on him than an eagle keeps on a chubby, slow-running rabbit covered in gravy with an "Eat me!" sign taped to its back.

I was ready to take a bullet for him, I think -- not that many 10-year-olds are assassination targets. Sure, he plays minor hockey, but I don't think it's gotten that vicious yet.

We went up to the front row of the balcony and sat down, but not before he asked me if I was going to write a column about bringing him to the concert. My cousin had asked me the same thing after she fell in her home a few months ago. Through her tears, she asked me the same question in the car on the way to the hospital.

Well, sheesh! I guess that every time I interact with people I know, I have to write about it, eh? The last time I took him to a hockey game, I wrote about it because the kid knew everyone in the entire arena. It was freaky seeing this pint-sized little networker work the crowd like some mini politician.

I told him I didn't know what I would be writing about this week, which was true at the time. Now, since I wrote about the visit to the hockey game, I think he expects every outing to be front-page news!

Of course, we had to walk by the gift booth that was selling tons of Canadian Idol paraphernalia. He asked if he could have a t-shirt, but I'd already shelled out $77 for the tickets, so I certainly wasn't going to spend another $25 on a t-shirt so thin that you could see right through it. I told him we'd stop at a store and get a treat after the show.

So anyway, the show was great. Jaydee was up first, looking and acting exactly how I'd seen him on TV all summer. Blond, impossibly cute and with a smile that lit up the stage, he clearly drove the girls wild, both young and old. When he started swivelling his hips during an Elvis tune, I spied a couple of 50-something women in the front row who were quite obviously thinking impure thoughts. Drool much, ladies?

Carly Rae was up next and was sweet, pretty and humble. She even got to propose to a member of the audience! I guess that's one way to surprise your girlfriend . . . take her to a concert and get the star of the show to propose for you. (For the record, the "proposee" said "yes.")

This season's winner, Brian Melo, then came out and rocked the house with his trademark enthusiasm -- especially when he sang the hit song he recorded as part of his award for winning the show. He looked . . . uhm . . . well-fed from the tour, certainly a tad chunkier than I remember him looking on the show.

The encore consisted of all three Idols and top 10 finalist Dwight d'Eon from Nova Scotia singing a couple of great tunes that had the screaming crowd on their feet.

Yes, I was screaming, too. Had we not been in the balcony, I'm not so sure I wouldn't have thrown my underwear on stage. Now that's one thing I couldn't have blamed on the godson, because he could probably use my boxers as a quilt. I certainly doubt anyone would have believed they were his.

There ya go, kid. Another excursion, another column.

Don't let it go to your head.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Christmas Countdown: 27 days!

The Muppets - Sleighride

I Yust Go Nuts at Christmas - Yogi Yorgesson (too cute!)

Tweety and Sylvester Christmas short

Today's Hump Day column - Participating in the Canadian Idolatry show

Hey folks! Don't forget to pick up your copy of the Moncton Times & Transcript today! Check out my column on the editorial page (pg. D8). Today's column is about my recent trip to the Canadian Idol concert in Moncton with my godson and his quasi-expectation that I was going to write a column about it. Well, I did. (Hey, what's a columnist to do, eh?)

It will be posted online here tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ten Needles mentioned in today's Speech from the Throne

I was thrilled to see that Ten Needles was mentioned in today's Speech from the Throne by New Brunswick Lt. Gov. Herménégilde Chiasson. Here's the paragraph:

"Today, we also acknowledge Sean Collins, the son of the member from Moncton East and his wife Lisette, who passed away on July 9, at the age of 13. Through illness and adversity, Sean never ceased to be generous, kind to others and wise beyond his years. The book Ten Needles by Martin Latulippe tells the story of this courageous young New Brunswicker. Wishing to leave a legacy to his family, friends and classmates, Sean wanted to spread his message to “live each day as if it were your last” throughout the province, the country, and the world. Last week, Ten Needles became a national best-seller, and tens of thousands of dollars have been raised for sick children in New Brunswick."

A great honour for Sean, his parents, and everyone who worked on the book, including author Martin Latulippe!

This week's Hump Day column...

... is all about a recent trip I took to a concert with my 10-year-old godson. The little "media star" actually expected a column to be written about the evening. Sheesh... he's onto me already! When you write a column about "nothing," having "something" happen is always fodder for a column. Read all about it on the editorial page of tomorrow's Moncton Times & Transcript.

Christmas Countdown: 28 days!

Two TERRIBLE Christmas songs... just putrid.

Awful: Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney

More awful: Driving Home for Christmas - Chris Rea

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Metrotones: A wonderful choir from Moncton

I received this e-mail from Walt Forsey, one of this blog's regular readers and a contributor, as well! Here's what he had to say:

"The Metrotones gave a wonderful concert last night (Sunday) at the Riverview Arts Centre. Their guests were the St. Bernard's Church choir and St. Paul's Church choir. All the profits from the concert went to the Turning Points Youth Parent Centre and the Albert County Action Committee. My wife, Polly, is a member of the Metrotones. I recorded the concert and here is one of the selections for your blog viewers. - Walt"

Thanks for this, Walt! Excellent choir! I hear the concert was sold out.

Café philosophique - Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. - Université de Moncton

Click on the photo for a larger version. Should be an interesting event for all you caffeinated philosophers!

Christmas Countdown: 29 days!

Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano

Mary's Boy Child - Boney M.

White Christmas - The Jingle Cats (for all you cat lovers out there!)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

There are some despicable people in the world!

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"Mourning turned into disbelief at a Vancouver funeral Saturday when people attending the funeral learned thieves broke into six cars during the service.

The break-ins happened in the parking lot of the People’s Church on East Mill Plain Boulevard in Vancouver.

Some of the guests said they think thieves knew when and where to strike because funeral services are listed in the newspaper and online.

“It looked like they hit more cars that weren’t from Washington, knowing that they might have traveled and could have more in their car,” said Sharon Garballo, who attended the funeral."

Christmas Countdown: 30 days!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Good King Wenceslas

Little House on the Prairie

One month to go 'til Ho Ho Ho!

One month from today we'll be opening gifts from Santa! Woohoo!