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Don Cherry is an Entertainer

In case you missed it, Don Cherry wasted no time in offending three former NHL enforcers during his first appearance of the season. Cherry referred to them using colourful language (for prime-time, kid-watched TV), and said directly that the former players were hypocrites for making their careers as enforcers, and then blaming the fighting for their current mental and physical health issues. The players in question all said how offended they were, and are looking into legal action.

Ultimately, what this comes down to is that Don Cherry is an entertainer, and nothing more. He will say whatever he needs to say to draw attention to himself, because that’s what increases his ratings. Cherry has no motivation to be balanced, or to apologize, or even to be rational: expecting him to be or do any of these things is only causing people much frustration.

That is not to say that Cherry should not be held accountable for making false, potentially slanderous statements–he should. Especially if holding him to account ends up limiting his ability to speak further on this topic, since that is really the only thing that will hit him where it counts.

Ironically, the fact that Cherry is an entertainer parallels the enforcer’s reason for existence in the first place: fighting in hockey only exists because NHL hockey is, above all else, entertainment. Those who argue that fighting adds to the sport itself are kidding themselves; if that was the case, why is Olympic or World Junior hockey so great? So in the end, what we are dealing with here are a bunch of entertainers being offended by another entertainer. Yes, one is wrong and the others are right, but seeing them in that context makes them much less about the sport of hockey, and more of a side show to the side show.

CBC Radio 3

For anyone looking for a source of new, Canadian music to listen to, CBC Radio 3 is fantastic. They have a massive and ever-growing collection of new and emerging Canadian artists’ work, and there are no fewer than 16 podcasts, many of them weekly, that showcase some of the best.

I’ve been listening to the main weekly podcast recently, and there are few tracks I don’t at least enjoy, and many of them I would love to add to my collection. And besides, supporting our local indie music scene is always a good thing, right? So check it out.

MediaLounge

New gadget report: We have added a D-Link MediaLounge to our home theater.  It is a nifty little device that streams media from your PC, over your wireless LAN, to your TV, in high-definition.  It can also play media directly from a USB hard drive, which has come in handy as I have been working to get the wireless streaming working smoothly.

In other news, I have linked this blog to Facebook, via the WordPress application.  If, somehow, you have not yet heard of Facebook, you should really check it out; since opening up their platform to third-party applications, it has become the talk of the town in the social networking space.

24 & Work-Life Balance

A friend loaned me his DVDs of the TV series “24”, which I had never previously watched.  I started with seasion one, and I must say it is quite an entertaining series.  I am now about half-way through season two, and am firmly hooked.  Season six is starting in a matter of days, which I plan to start recording on the PVR, and will hopefully catch up in time to watch it before the PVR fills up.

Having ten consecutive days off of work over the holidays has reset my sense of work-life balance, and the important of keeping that balance healthy.  Last week, I was successful at reducing my working hours, outside of the normal business day, to less than 2 hours per evening, and I don’t plan to do any work this weekend until later this evening.  This is a big improvement over the past few months, where I normally worked 4-6 hours per evening, and 6-8 hours per weekend.  It is important not to lose sight of the fact that working more hours does not mean getting more work done; limiting working time means you are forced to get the important work done, and filter out the less important.

Goodbye Corddry

We are experiencing the results of hurricane Ernesto, which means lots of rain. The lawn will be green, at least. Luckily there were no outdoor plans for us anyways.

Rob Corddry has left The Daily Show. We have been regular Daily Show watchers for several years, and it is still consistently hillarious, not to mention informative. Not watching it? You should.

Christopher Reeve

Sad to hear about the passing of Christopher Reeve. Aside from being known for his quintisential portrayal of Superman, Reeve’s legacy was his tireless work to improve the lives of those suffering from paralysis. It is impossible to imagine the devastating effect sudden paralysis had on his life, but for him to channel his energy and have such a positive effect on so many is admirable beyond words.

As kids, my brother and I watched the Superman movies so often that the tape wore out. I think that having such a strong attachment to the character through childhood resulted in a keen interest in Reeve’s tragedy, struggles and triumphs over the years.

Neighbours

Walking the dog on a regular basis gets me out into the neighbourhood, and lately I have noticed that I’ve been spending time stopping and chatting with the neighbours. We talk about neighbourly things: my lawn, your garden, the area, the weather, dogs, cars, work and life in general. There is something oddly satisfying about shooting the breeze with someone who owns a chunk of land near your own. I suppose these ties are the building blocks of a community, and based on what I’ve been experiencing, ours is in fine shape.

Music: I have taken a liking to “The Littlest Birds” by The Be Good Tanyas.  You can listen to it, free, at their web site, here.  It’s more folksy / bluegrassy than what I normally listen to, but there’s something very appealing about their sound.

Stratford

We spent the afternoon and evening on Saturday in Stratford. The town is small but quite nice, with lots of little shops and restaurants. After eating a tasty caramel apple and some very tasty chocolate, we shopped around and bought a few pieces of art for our house, all at reasonable prices. Four small pictures for the kitchen are of fat French chefs, and one for the living room is a print of the hebrew blessing said when you are called up to the Torah. All add a nice touch of personality to the house.

In the evening we saw Macbeth, which was excellent.  Fittingly, it was stormy and pouring rain, and the theatre even lost power until just before the performance started.  Luckily it came back on, or they would have only performed the first act.  The performance was very well done; acting, music, lighting and the interpretation were all top notch.  Especially good was the actress who played Lady Macbeth, who apparently also played Regan in King Lear on broadway with Christopher Plummer.

During the intermission, a number of big American ladies sitting behind us started commenting loudly about how they couldn’t understand what was going on, and how much they were not enjoying the performance.  I can imagine how if you havn’t been exposed to Shakespeare before, it would be difficult to comprehend the play, but they showed no sense of embarrassment and found it just fine to let everyone know how little they could comprehend, as if the rest of the audience would for some reason agree with them.  Quite amusing.

First Aid

Over two days last week at work, I took a first aid course offered by Saint John Ambulance. I’ve been interested in learning some first aid for a while; of course you hope you will never need it, but in case you do it’s comforting to know that in an emergency you may be able to help. I thought the course was well-delivered, and the concepts were mostly common sense.

We saw “13 Going On 30″ last night, which was a light-hearted, fun flick, which managed to avoid falling into the cliche traps associated with the over-done plot of a teenager suddenly turning into an adult. Overall, it was like a female version of “Big”.

New York Cafe

This morning we went for breakfast at the New York Cafe, right around the corner from our place. It’s a nice greasy-spoon with great
prices–breakfast for two for $10 is fine with me.

I finished reading Michael Moore’s “Dude, Where’s my Country?” today, and I have to say it was refreshing to hear a perspective so different from what comes out of the main-stream media. I don’t necessarily agree with or believe everything Moore writes, but he does bring up good points about the state the United States finds itself in, and what could be done to improve things.

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