Friday, February 22, 2008

It's the "Big 4-0" for New Brunswick's "Big Cheese"

New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham turns 40 today. Happy birthday!

Kevjumba's broken shin

Check out the latest offering from YouTube's top-subscribed comedian. Always entertaining. A bit of strong language, but likely nothing you've never heard before.

And here's the video of the "accident" (nothing graphic):

Thursday, February 21, 2008

My top three female performances from last night's American Idol

Ramiele Malubay - "You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me:

Amanda Overmyer - "Baby, Please Don’t Go":

Brooke White - "Happy Together":

Some tips for teens on being smart and safe!

Hump Day
Wednesday February 20, 2008
Moncton Times & Transcript, pg. D6

What are today's teen males coming to? Boys, we need to chat!

I was at my friend's place the other day enjoying a coffee and conversation when his 15-year-old son decided that it was finally time to put his fears aside and ask a girl out on his first date. Despite his resolve, he hemmed and hawed . . . and procrastinated.

Needless to say, the poor kid had major butterflies. Hey, even in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond, asking someone out on a date is a nerve-wracking experience. Being only 15 with no track record to go on is even worse! "What if she says no?" he asked.

We responded that the world wouldn't end either way, but his father assured him that the girl had dropped big-time hints that she was very interested. In fact, he had witnessed the hints when she'd visited their home the day before with friends. He was pretty sure that she was hoping his son would clue in and call her.

Finally, we convinced him to do it. Unfortunately, she could only muster a "Maybe." Had he and his father misread her signals?

Well, the signals ended up being accurate, I think, but the boy didn't listen to our coaching. You see, we urged him to ask her out to a movie. His father would have been more than happy to drive them and pick them up. Both the girl and the son are nice kids who would certainly behave themselves, too.

The boy agreed that the movie idea was a good one. He even looked through the newspaper to see what was playing in the city and picked a couple of possibilities that might appeal to her. His final strategy: Invite her to a movie, but let her choose which one. We thought she'd melt at that one. A thoughtful suggestion from a sweet kid.

When he finally worked up the courage to call, his father and I eavesdropped as he made idle chit-chat before finally asking her out. "Would you like to go to a hockey game tomorrow night?" Ack! Someone call 9-1-1! Retreat! Retreat!

No wonder she just said, "Maybe!"

We laughed about it afterwards and asked him why he had changed the invitation at the last second to a hockey game. We told him that a girl would likely rather go to a nice movie than a loud boisterous sport event. "I was nervous!" he pleaded, instantly recognizing his strategic error. "Should I call her back?"

We suggested that he wait for her to call back with her answer. After all, if she was as interested as she appeared to be the previous evening when they were hanging out with friends, then maybe she'd say "yes" to a hockey game even though it didn't interest her that much. Then, he could throw the movie idea at her and earn extra points. I never did find out what happened, but hopefully she said "Yes!"

Another teenage "faux pas" happened just two days ago after I'd purchased a birthday card at a pharmacy. Directly behind me at the cash were three buddies. I'd say they were about 16. They were slouched and slightly dishevelled, but seemed harmless. A couple of them had huge earrings in their ears -- the kind that makes big holes in the lobes. (Try to explain those when you're applying for that first job at the law firm, boys!)

Anyway, it so happened that one of the kids was there for a job application, breaking the cardinal rule of applying for work: Don't bring your friends! The other two could have easily waited outside, but they remained alongside the boy applying, who asked the cashier, "Can I have an application?" instead of turning on the charm and politely asking, "May have a job application, please?"

Did I mention that one of his friends was flying low -- meaning that his zipper was down? Classy.

Remember, boys, not bringing your two buddies with you when applying for jobs reduces the risk of being caught "flying low" by 66 per cent. Not exactly the image you want to portray to a potential employer. Go alone or ask your friends to wait outside. And if they have to go in with you, stand up straight and tell them to make sure that their "barn door is closed," so to speak.

A few years ago, I was in a supermarket when I noticed that the young guy ahead of me was buying condoms. I thought, "Well, at least he's practising safe sex." He looked like an innocent choirboy, actually. He was holding the box in one hand and acting all shy-like. I thought, "Geez, the poor guy is trying to be discreet and wants some privacy," so I pretended like I didn't see a thing and acted very nonchalant. I thought he might die if he thought people were staring.

Don't get me wrong. I'm no prude. The kid was doing the right thing if he was going to be engaging in "certain activities." Anyway, to my surprise, he slammed those puppies down on the counter and pretty much strutted through the cash like a rooster on the way to visit his harem. Sheesh! So much for the shy little thing I thought he was.

So listen to your wise (brilliant, actually) old (not really, but greying around the temples) Uncle Brian, boys.

Don't invite a girl to a hockey game when she'd much rather be sitting in a dimly lit cinema watching a romantic movie. Don't bring friends along when you're applying for jobs -- especially ones who can't keep their zippers up. And if you think you're going to be partaking in "certain activities," use a condom. No need to strut through the cash bragging like a rooster, but at least be proud that you're smart enough to be safe.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My top three male performances from last night's American Idol

In no particular order:

Jason Castro - "Daydream":

David Archuleta - "Shop Around":

Michael Johns - "Light My Fire":

Rob Paravonian's very funny "Pachelbel Rant"

Today's Hump Day column: Some tips for teens on being smart and safe!

Hi everyone! Don't forget to check out today's Hump Day column on the editorial page of the Moncton Times & Transcript (pg. D6). Today, I give life advice to some of those young whippernappers... Read it by picking up your copy of the paper or check back here tomorrow when it will be posted online.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

This week's Hump Day column...

... is a bit of a mishmash of stuff about how teenage males need to be careful about some of their decisions. Read about a boy's call to a girl for a first date, a boy who brought his buddies with him to apply for a job (they weren't exactly dressed for it, let's just say that), and why strutting through the cash with your box of condoms is really not necessary. Like I said, a mishmash...

Read all about it on the editorial page of tomorrow's Moncton Times & Transcript or check online here on Thursday when it will be posted to this blog.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Maurice Henri photo exhibit - "Abstraits" - opening March 6 in Dieppe

Click on the photo for a larger version.

Singer Johnny Paycheck died five years ago today

Singer Johnny Paycheck died five years ago today on February 18, 2003. He was 64. Here's his biggest hit, Take This Job And Shove It!

Celebrity birthday for February 18

It's official! You can feel old now. Actress Molly Ringwald is 40 today! Here's the final scene of the movie that saw her shoot to stardom - Sixteen Candles:

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The redneck in me: I love TV police chases

Man, if there was a 24/7 TV channel of just police chases, that's all I'd ever watch!