Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A New Holiday Proposal

Big, freakin' sigh...

Well, not only did the calendar confirm it, but come September 22, in Vancouver, the weather did as well:

It's autumn.

From my point of view, the next few months up until February are interesting and then, well... {snore}

So, you've got Canadian Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks, then there's Halloween, then American Thanksgiving (gotta think about that with three little Americans in the house ... and the football on TV) and then there's Christmas and New Year's. Pile in all the remaining birthdays (Catherine in November, me in December and the two boys in February) and it's a pretty jam-packed section of the year.

I don't really count Valentine's as besides some possible gifts and flowers, there isn't really a day off to put the day over the top... ;)

After that, up until possibly Easter, it's kind of the doldrums... You've got cold season (and I ALWAYS seem to catch a doosie these past few years) and it's hit and miss on the weather and doing stuff outside.

It's an all around, unequivocal, no-doubt-about-it ... DRAG. I mean, what happens? What gets done? Who is actually working at more than half speed until spring comes along?

I'd like to propose a "parent's day" holiday. Or better yet, right after March break, how about a "Parent's Week"? Time off for any adult with kids under the age of 12 complete with child-care for the week.

Put this week in the middle of March, and I'm pretty darn sure you'd boost productivity, GDP and whotnot between January and March to more than off-set the cost of child-care and time off.

I gotta go and crunch the numbers

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Music & Memories

Ahhhh... it's been a while since the last post, but it's been a busy summer...

Well, I'm not one to casually quote cliche sayings, but I've recently had a couple of moments that would fit into realizing that music you listen to

- especially in your teenage/early adult years - is ...

wait for it..

the soundtrack of your life...

There, it's out - it's tired, it's overused and I was loathed to admit it, but I guess there's something to be said about these cliche sayings.

I started thinking about this just this evening as I was tending the barbeque. I'd sort of randomly selected U2's "The Unforgettable Fire" album from our music collection and while listening to it, all these memories of grade 11 came popping back through my head. It was odd how they were all triggered. I hadn't thought of a lot of those people, places and things for ... ages...

The same thing happened a couple of weeks ago when I was listening to Uzeb's "Noisy Nights" album. Very distinct and long-forgotten memories of 2nd year at Western kept popping into my head.

It happens on more recent music purchases as well - like listening to The Mooney Suzuki's "Alive and Amplified" brings back vivid memories of Sam's birth as that's what was playing on KEXP in Seattle on September 15th early in the morning...

I'm thinking, over the next few weeks, I'm going to be selecting quite a few more of my "older memories" to be played in our house...