Saturday, March 15, 2008

Some retro cartoons for the over-40 crowd...

It's a nice, relaxing Saturday... so let's sit back and watch some cartoons!

Huckleberry Hound:

Secret Squirrel:

Atom Ant:

Hillbilly Bears:


Flintstone Comedy Hour - "Being With You" by the Bedrock Rockers:

Pink Panther:

Yakky Doodle:

Touché Turtle And Dum Dum:

Friday, March 14, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

CBC Radio Moncton's Information Morning political panel - 106.1 FM

I'm a member of CBC Radio Moncton's Information Morning political panel that airs every second Thursday at 7:45 a.m. on 106.1 FM.

Today's panel discussed changes to New Brunswick's health-care system that were announced this week by Health Minister Mike Murphy. Click here to listen to how it played out.

Meditating on those prescriptions and aging

Brian Cormier
Hump Day
Published Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Moncton Times & Transcript, pg. D6

I tend to be quite self righteous when it comes to taking medications. It's beyond me how people can just "forget" to take their prescriptions on a regular basis.

I know that people with high blood pressure often "forget" to take their meds because there are usually no outward symptoms whether they remember or not. After all, when you take them, you feel exactly the same as when you don't take them.

People who suffer from depression -- and there are many -- are famous for doing this. "I feel better, therefore I don't need my pills" is a mantra that seems to be taught in Depression School. Unfortunately, what most people don't seem to realize -- lord knows why -- is that they feel better exactly because they are taking their pills in the first place.

How many of us have seen people who are doing perfectly well on depression medication have a major relapse once they try to wean themselves off the very pills that have helped them so much? Of course, I'm not talking about certain medications that are causing problems here. Sometimes the side effects can be troubling and people make the decision to stop taking them in order to actually feel better.

What I'm talking about here are those who feel perfectly fine on meds and then stop them because they think they're cured. Usually, that's a recipe for disaster.

Come to find out last week when I went to my own high blood pressure medication pill box that one of the days had not been taken. Here I am, preaching to everyone I know about taking their meds . . . and then I forgot to take my own. I leave them in the same place every day. I take them at the same time. I've never forgotten before.

I was livid with myself. How could I forget to take something that's helping me? Thanks to the medication, my blood pressure is perfect now -- also helped along by weight loss -- but the meds are a huge part of the return to a health bloody pressure that isn't in danger of making my head spontaneously explode like a firecracker.

Other than the odd doses of antibiotics throughout my life, this is the first time I've had a regular prescription for anything. I've always enjoyed pretty much exceptional health -- and still do. I just need a few little pills a day to tone down the ticker.

But. . . oh how I hate taking those stupid pills! I know feeling like this is silly, but it makes me feel old. I'm afraid that I'm one step away from having a medicine cabinet full of medications that interact with one another and that will eventually make me grow tusks, a tail, hairy teeth or something.

I hope that doesn't make me sound like a terrible person. It's OK for others to take pills. . . just not me. I don't like it one bit. It's not the cost, either. I mean, my medical plan at work is excellent and I definitely pay the lowest cost possible.

I fully admit that my ego is bruised. Whereas in the past I could mark the passing of years by the candles on a birthday cake, I know one thing: I don't want to start marking the next 100 years of my life (I'm an optimist, so sue me!) by the number of prescriptions from my doctor.

I guess I'm just getting in touch with my mortality. When you have no prescriptions, it usually means you're in perfect health. When you have one. . . then two. . . then three. . . or more. . . it means the body is starting to show its age and that you'd better start shopping around for a funeral home that can handle 10,000 grief-stricken fans filing by your coffin hourly as you lie in state (like I said: optimist!).

I'm hoping that the continued weight loss will reduce or eliminate the need for the high blood pressure medication. I really do. But if it doesn't, I'm not going to have a choice but to just suck it up and take it like a man. After all, I'm certainly not the only person to have a lifelong prescription and I won't be the last.

The next thing you know, I'll be getting wrinkles (horrors!) and finding formerly perky things on my body that have started to become not so perky as the years pass.

It seems like after every birthday, I have to reach lower in the shower to clean certain things, if I can find them at all hidden behind all those other things that have since begun to sag, too.

But it's all good. It's a natural part of aging. We all get a little doughy and saggy as we age, don't we? Even those who try to stay super fit and healthy as they get older could still break a mirror if they stood in front of it naked, right? So far, none of mine have broken, but I notice the cats' retinas sizzling from time to time after accidentally seeing me in my birthday suit, evidently some sort of primordial self-preservation technique that saves them from seeing things too horrible to even contemplate.

Oh I shouldn't be talking like that now, should I? We're all beautiful naked, in our own way. Just as long as I don't have to see any of you, and vice-versa, it's not so bad, right?

Ooooh. I just thought up a great idea for a new drug. How about those rich pharmaceutical companies come up with a pill that makes you look good naked in other people's eyes? Wouldn't we all want a lifelong prescription to that miracle medication? Wait. . . they've already invented that, haven't they? It's called a case of beer. Hey everyone! Party at my house. . . and there's free beer, too!

Idol Chatter for March 13, 2008: "Going home this week is ..."

Good morning! Last night, the first contestant of the regular phase of this year's competition was sent home. Syesha Mercado, David Hernandez and Kristy Lee Cook all ended up in the bottom three. Syesha was declared safe, leaving David and Kristy Lee hanging on for dear life. Who got sent home? Click here to read today's column and find out.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Korean Freestyle Slalom Rollerblading

Today's Hump Day column: Meditating on those prescriptions and aging

Check out today's Hump Day column on the editorial page (pg. D6) of the Moncton Times & Transcript. Today's piece is all about forgetting to take one's medication... and my tendency to be self-righteous about people who don't take their pills. Check it out by picking up a copy of today's paper or check back online here tomorrow when it will be posted to the blog.

Idol Chatter for March 12, 2008: "The Good, The Bad - And The Awful"

Good morning! American Idol's new top 12 performed last night from the Lennon-McCartney songbook and there were some major surprises... and not so major surprises. Front-runner David Archuleta completely disintegrated into a lyric-forgetting amateur. Michael Johns and Ramiele Malubay continued their downward slide. David Hernandez took a big step backwards after a few great weeks. My preliminary pick to leave this week - Chikezie - blew everyone away with an amazing performance that brought universal praise from the judges - and the crowd. And - in my opinion - one contestant had John Lennon and George Harrison spinning in their graves. Who was it? Click here to find out.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Idol Chatter for March 11, 2008: "American Idol Top 12"

Hi everyone! Check out my preview of American Idol's new Top 12 on the front page of today's Moncton Times & Transcript. Click here to read the article online. I take a look at each contestant and even wade in on some early predictions, which is always a risky venture considering that last year on my blog, I actually predicted that Sanjaya Malakar would win. *hangs head in shame* That was très early in the game, folks... and before the mohawk. This year, I think David Archuleta is a much safer (and saner) pick. But hey, anything can happen! Will one of the two other Davids pull off an upset? What about my own favourite - Jason Castro? Will those dreadlocks be in the final? And what about the girls? Does Brooke White have what it takes? And what about patriotism? Do fans care that Carly Smithson, Ramiele Malubay and Michael Johns weren't born in the U.S.? Those and other stories will unfold over the next two months before the next American Idol is crowned in May.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Singer Andy Gibb died 20 years ago today

Singer Andy Gibb, youngest brother of the Gibb clan (Bee Gees), died 20 years ago today at the young age of 30. He died of inflammation of the heart caused by cocaine abuse.

Here are a few music videos...

I Just Want To Be Your Everything (#1 on Billboard for four weeks during the summer of 1977):

All I Have To Do Is Dream (with Victoria Principal) (#51 on Billboard in 1981)

Love Is Thicker Than Water (#1 on Billboard for two weeks in 1978)

Here's American Idol contestant Jason Castro's take on "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" from the February 26, 2008, episode:

Jason wasn't even a year old when Andy Gibb died.

Hit videos from past American Idol winners

Kelly Clarkson (2002) - Breakaway

Ruben Studdard (2003) - Change Me

Fantasia Barrino (2004) - Truth Is

Carrie Underwood (2005) - Jesus Take The Wheel

Taylor Hicks (2006) - Do I Make You Proud

Jordin Sparks (2007) - Tattoo

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time began this morning at 2 a.m. If you haven't already put your clocks AHEAD by one hour, you'd better do so now or you're gonna be late to everything!