May 2017

May 31, 2017

There are days when you just ask, "Why?" and yesterday was one of them.
The same day I said here that there are bigger problems in the world than trying to find a place for your pampered pup to lay her head, a news story comes into my phone illustrating that very fact.

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May 30, 2017

Well, that was fast. We're already looking for another dogsitter for Miss Molly. I told you a few months ago how thrilled Rob and I are about the young woman we found through an app called It's since been renamed, but that has nothing to do with what's happened.

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May 29, 2017

Honestly, today I'm almost out of words. Not speechless, just a little numb in the brain like the legs of a long distance runner.

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May 26, 2017

Hey - thanks for coming along on these travels with me this week. When there's so much sadness and worry in the world, sometimes just packing up your old kit bag and smiling, as the wartime song goes, is what the doctor calls for.

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May 25, 2017

I thought, as we wrap up this week today and tomorrow, I'd share some more memories of our visit to Seattle. I hope you find it as interesting as Lisa and I did; we had to improvise a bit when our Plan A turned out to be a no-go.
When you visit a city, do you do the hop on and off bus tours? We did that in Victoria a week ago and wanted to do the same, Lisa and I, when we hit Seattle for a few days.

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May 24, 2017

On Monday night, just as news from Manchester about the Ariana Grande concert bombing was beginning to break, I saw a few tweets with the hashtag #lookforthehelpers. I was in the dark until I read a series of some 30 tweets later that evening from an entertainment journalist whom I follow named Anthony Breznican.

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May 23, 2017

What a wonderful thing friendship is: when you find someone with whom you can be the truest version of yourself and know that they'll, not only go along with it, but appreciate it like no one else.

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May 19, 2017

So I laid this all out for you yesterday and thank you for coming back for another slice of the sisterhood. Lisa and I are almost twins - okay, procrastinating, really delayed kind of twins - as we're born 10 days apart. She's younger than I am, but I'm clearly smarter! Or so we remind ourselves!

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May 18, 2017

Well, here's a switch. So often for our audio journal visitors, I suggest they come back to this written version so that they can enjoy pictures, like the ones I posted here on Tuesday. But today, it's back to the radio roots.

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May 17, 2017

You live on this planet for more than two score years and you figure that just about everything embarrassing that is going to happen to you has already occurred. Of course, the level of how mortifying something is is directly proportionate to how many people witness the occasion. This past Saturday morning, it was about a dozen. In many ways, we got off easy.

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May 16, 2017

So today begins a new adventure in our lives, as I take over (just temporarily, we're going to see) as fill-in midday host on Victoria's version of CHFI, Ocean 98.5. It's a big change from what I used to do: no co-host, not a lot of time to talk with just a few breaks an hour - that's probably a good thing - and a focus on the workday. I've always admired Michelle Butterly and now I'll be channelling her as best I can, 10am to 3pm our time, three hours later than you.

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May 15, 2017

Welcome to a brand new week. I don't know if you caught it in the Globe and Mail a few weeks back, but in the Facts and Arguments section, there was a piece by a Victoria resident about him having to embrace the slower pace here.

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May 12, 2017

Welcome in and thanks for being here. And I really mean that. Your notes, your Facebook posts, your tweets, every way that everyone reached out yesterday helped make it a peaceful day and one filled with gratitude. In fact, our day was like the weather itself: it began in drenching rain and cloying cloud, but had moments of sunshine and brightness. And those moments were made all the sweeter for the greyness they served to interrupt. We are so grateful.

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May 11, 2017
Lauren and Colin

Two years.
Two millennia.
Two hours.

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May 10, 2017

Tales of Hotel Hell coming in a moment...but first, let's start out with some nature at its best, instead of human nature at its worst.
It's described as one of the largest ski resorts in North America and Whistler Blackcomb is an area that is well worth the drive up the breathtaking Sea to Sky highway from Vancouver. Home to the 2010 Olympics...

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May 9, 2017

It's Election Day here in BC. After asking around, Rob and I did our own research and are ready to hit the polling station if they'll let us. You have to have been a resident for six months and we're just about at 5, but bought our place here a few months earlier. So we shall see.

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May 8, 2017

Hey - in case you missed it on my Facebook page, it was thirty years ago yesterday that the one dollar coin - the loonie - was introduced. Thirty years! Please tell me how that is even possible.
We're in Vancouver this morning and I hope to have some stories tomorrow from the trip over and our visit to this beautiful city on a sunny spring day. Now, to the dark side....

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May 5, 2017

Thinking of you with the severe weather you're getting. Perhaps you saw that parts of BC were also getting hammered with heavy rain. Mother Nature's having a nasty kind of May, isn't she?
What a week this has been! I thought that the time we spent in Ontario was hectic - and it was - but something about the pace of these past five days has left us a little winded. I mean, it's not like I landed a job or anything; what's wrong with me?

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May 4, 2017

And here's something you didn't: it's a return to radio. Victoria, BC radio.
Here's how this latest, unexpected chapter came to be. When I told our bosses in Toronto last fall that I was ready to leave the city and try to start a new life on the west (or wet) coast, I was reminded that we (Rogers) have radio stations here in case I was interested! Rob and I both emphatically shook our heads. No, I just didn't want to work anymore. We needed to slow down, sleep in and figure out how to keep going.

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May 3, 2017

First of all, thanks to everyone who weighed in on our backyard tree. I should have included a blossom close-up, but you were able to determine that it's a Pacific Dogwood. I'm afraid they'll take away my BC health card for not knowing it, since it's one of nine official symbols of the province!

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May 2, 2017

So it seems you and I had the same weather yesterday. But at least it's May and I'll do my best to brighten things today. I'm still trying to identify some of the trees and bushes in our yard (since we didn't plant them - as if!) and I'm not sure what the glorious red thing is that provided a backdrop to yesterday's bicycling picture.
Then there's this one: with small yellow flowers, it's just like a giant bouquet in our yard. If anyone has any ideas, I'd be grateful. (I deliberately made it large, so you could see the blossoms more easily.)

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May 1, 2017
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I can't even start today's journal without thanking Estée Teperman and Marianne Brown (as well as the ever-effervescent Maxine) at a little shop off Yonge Street in St. Andrews Village. Whenever there's a special event, The One and Only Boutique steps up and makes sure I look the best I can - from shoes to earrings and everything in between.

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