Monday Morning Musings

Posted on June 2, 2014 under Monday Morning Musings with no comments yet


Pondering my next story on the ferry to P.E.I.




We had a great weekend on the “Island.” We attended the Newspapers Atlantic awards dinner on Friday night. I was one of three finalists in the category “Best General Interest” story. Some other old fart won the prize. He was probably a little bit older than me but don’t you find when you’re in your sixties, that other people in their 60’s look old… and you don’t? And you just know that they’re thinking the very same thing.

I can assure you that there was no skinny dipping at Brackley Beach, P.E.I. on the weekend. It’s amazing that it’s only about a 30 minute drive from Charlottetown to Brackley,  yet the temperature was probably 15 degrees lower. But as we Maritimers know, any time we’re near the ocean, we’re happy.

By the way , if you have a chance, go and see the movie just released last weekend called “The Grand Seduction.” It was filmed in Newfoundland. It is funny and warm and the cinematography is stunning. We had a “date night” which is a movie and dinner. I think the last movie we saw together was ET. We’re hardly film buffs. You can tell how important tourism is on the Island. They have that one down cold. Everywhere we went, the service was first class.

On my way home, I stopped into Pictou to hang out with some pipers and drummers. Two bands have joined forces and will be performing later this summer. I am planning on doing a story about this group. The band members span the years from a 14 year old to an 80 something piper. What I found so interesting is that these bands have decided that the two are better as one, while maintaining their identity.  Sounds like a formula for municipal reform. ( Sorry. I couldn’t resist the temptation! ). They come from as far away as Great Village. I’ll tee this one up before the Highland Games.

And what do I know about the bagpipes? As much as I know about menopause and I wrote a story about that.

You seemed to enjoy the story “Hide and Seek.”  I had a big response and several of you commented about your own nightmarish experiences with Tupperware. One of you even threw out all of your containers and lids ( which no longer matched ) and completely restocked. Two years later , 75% of the lids wouldn’t fit. If anyone has conclusively figured this one out, let me know.

My gardening story is edited and ready to go… probably on Tuesday.

Ok. What would you do in this situation? You’re staying in a 100 year old hotel. Your wife is in the washroom , dolling herself up for date night, when the door knob mechanism of the bathroom door falls apart and she can’t get out. The first cry for help is met with a stony silence ( on purpose ). Someone wasn’t amused. I had just begun doing the New York Times crossword puzzle. It usually takes me 3-4 hours to complete. Should I stop and help a damsel in distress or move on to the clue for 5 down?

We had a great laugh and I will stretch the truth even further with a story about this.

If you happen to be in Cape Breton this week ( or live there ), you might want to pick up a copy of the Cape Breton Star. They are doing a special edition this week in conjunction with William Davis Memorial Day which honors miners who have fallen in the line of work. I have penned a piece called “Toil and Tragedy.”

Hope you all have a great week.


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