Friday, June 26, 2009

Roots Festival

I love rootsy reggae from the 1975-1985 era. Almost all the reggae albums I originally had from this period I picked up used at Logo's Bookstore in Santa Cruz, California -- at first mostly based on the cover art alone. I found some great music. Sadly, a lot of it isn't available digitally (and my albums all melted in the hot sun one summer ....).

Roots Archive is a great site for digging into old reggae.

...and this is the Farrah I want to remember

...along with millions of other men (mostly) my age. Yes, I actually did have this poster on my wall when I was in high school.

Of course, wanting to remember anybody only in their prime and youth is a horrible denial of all the twists and turns we all go through in life. But after observing what happened to both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson over the course of their careers, who in their right mind would want what they had? Who would want to be a star? Not me.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Toronto Junction

I know everyone who visits my blog probably already saw this picture on my Facebook page, but I still wanted to post it here. (I still love the old blog, even if I don't have time for it like I used to -- damn you Facebook! damn you Twitter!).

This beautiful car pulled up to us in the Junction yesterday. What it was doing in that neighbourhood I can only imagine. But it did remind me that the Junction is where Wendy's dad saw Queen Elizabeth I during a train stop in the 1930s. This could have been her car! It was that out of place!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Iran Elections

Let me tell you - Andrew Sullivan at Daily Dish is nailing this news story big time....
I approached an elderly gentleman who seemed riveted, but disgusted by the scene in the street in front of him. “I’ve seen violence like this before,” he remarked, “What can one expect when you disrespect the people. This is a coup d’etat. After blatantly cheating the people they won’t be able to turn this off.”

Graduation Day!

I have no idea who any of these people are. I stumbled upon this post-graduation celebration at the University of Toronto yesterday afternoon. Everyone seemed so awkwardly happy as we walked together into the bright future. (Of course, I was just randomly along for the ride.)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Rahaf Harfoush

I'm in this picture from a book release by Rahaf Harfoush at Toronto's Rotman School of Management. I'm almost right in the centre. Can you find me?

Rahaf Harfoush, a twenty-something Torontonian, was the new media strategist for the Obama campaign and is a brilliant speaker. She has written a cool book revealing all the secrets of Obama's ground-breaking (and many say, election-winning) use of social media to rally his folks and get out the vote.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Monday, June 01, 2009

Downtown Toronto

...taken the other day with my cell phone while walking out of the ball game. These condo towers are popping up like dandelions all over Toronto. Probably in your city too.