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March 11th

In what is a tradition around here, I tend to live blog my birthday.  For some reason some of you care about that and who am I to mess with a stupid tradition.  (2011 | 2009| 2008 | 2007| 2006 | 2005 | 2003)

12:00 a.m. | Sleeping

1:00 a.m. | Fighting with Maggi for covers on the bed.

1:15 a.m. | Maggi won.  Darn it.

2:00 a.m. | Pretending to sleep so Wendy will get up with Oliver who is sick.

3:00 a.m. | Sleeping

4:00 a.m. | Sleeping

5:00 a.m. | Crap, forget to turn off alarm.

5:01 a.m. | Sleeping

6:00 a.m. | Might as well get up.  Dog’s had the covers all night long.

8:00 a.m. | Back to bed

Sony headphones8:08 a.m. | Oliver and Mark are up and wanting to give me my gifts.  They gave me the Generation Kill DVD set and a new set of headphones.  Wendy gave me Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, a story about the slums of Mumbai, the dogs gave me Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean (never sure how Maggi is raising the money she spends) while they all went together and got me a new stereo/iPod dock.

The bad news is that I have to listen to the Adele album that I bought Wendy.  Doh!

10:00 a.m. | Oliver made me watch Power Rangers with him.  That wasn’t a good time.

11:00 a.m. | Off to get some Brier tickets for the final tonight and have lunch at Fuddruckers where Mark wants me to eat a one pound hamburger.  If I do eat it, it may very well decide how the rest of my birthday goes.

11:30 a.m | Brier tickets secured.

12:00 p.m. | Lunch at Asia Buffet.

1:00 p.m.  | A quick trip to Indigo where I grabbed a discounted copy of Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela and Arrival City by Doug Saunders.  Because the last thing I would want to do is have a totally pleasant birthday, I also picked up Invisible Chains, a book about the sex trade and human trafficking in Canada.

3:00 p.m. | I am watching Band of Brothers with Mark this afternoon while getting some work down.

4:40 p.m. | Mark has been introduced to NBA Jam on the iPad.  Boom-shaka-lacka

5:00 p.m. | What the heck?  Where did that flu come from.  This isn’t good.

6:30 p.m. | Wendy made me a nice supper and am putting back another episode of Band of Brothers with Mark.  I forgot how great the music is in the series.  Best line from the mini-series, “We’re paratrooper’s Lieutenant, we’re supposed to be surrounded.”

8:00 p.m. | I am off to bed for the night.  The flu has gotten worse.

Resolutions

Wendy posted her New Year’s Resolutions so I thought I would post mine.

  1. Take the stairs to the top of The Lighthouse at least daily.  This seems like a really good idea now that building is only four stories but when the new tower is nine stories this summer, it could be a really bad idea.
  2. Carry less crap.  There are days when I go to work with my DSLR, a video camera, my notebook, a Moleskine, an iPod, and my cell phone.  Do I really need that much stuff?  Well considering that I have never used all of it in a single day, probably not.
  3. Ride my bike more.  Wendy has a Dave King inspired goal of riding 750 kms this year.  I think I will join her although none of those miles will be done at Ice Cycle which I still think is insane, no matter how many people enjoy cycling in –40 weather.
  4. books and more booksRead more books in 2012Darryl Dash has a post on how he wants his reading to more focused which I tend to go the other way.  I want to read and explore topics that I haven’t explored before, understand new things, and then figure out how they fit together later.  In the spirit of Thomas Homer-Dixon’s book The Ingenuity Gap, I want to be a deep generalist.  Part of it is the column I write but part of it is cultivating a spirit of curiosity.  It may be because I am at a point of life when I have a lot to learn and I don’t have the need to be a specialist.
  5. Contribute more to the matrix of agencies that I am a part of as a staff member at The Lighthouse.  Some of those actions are proprietary but I can’t handle agencies that don’t play that well with others.  It comes from an atmosphere of fear and competition that doesn’t need to exist.  Hopefully we can model a different way.
  6. Spend more money locallySaskatoon Farmer’s Market, Souleio, Broadway Roastery, The Two Twenty, Collective Coffee… you know businesses that are Saskatoon born and bred.  Less Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, and fast food joints.
  7. Attend more University of Saskatchewan Huskies and Saskatoon Hilltops games.  The Huskies may have the best game day experience of any football team in Canada and the Hilltops because of what they did for Mark’s understanding of football in 2011.  That and all they do is win national championships.
  8. Post more photos.  Despite having a decent camera phone camera, a DSLR, and a pretty good compact camera, I took far too photos in 2011.  That needs to change in 2012.
  9. Keep losing weight in 2012.  I lost 40 pounds since my heart event this summer and I want to lose another 120.  I should have it lost by next Christmas.
  10. Listen to more music.  I love music but I rarely take time to listen to it.  It’s always a background activity and never a foreground one.

Those are my resolutions.  Good luck with yours.

Obama Fights Back

Obama Fights Back: The Rolling Stones Interview

From the interview

My iPod now has about 2,000 songs, and it is a source of great pleasure to me. I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff. There’s still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Those are the old standards.

A lot of classical music. I’m not a big opera buff in terms of going to opera, but there are days where Maria Callas is exactly what I need.

Thanks to Reggie [Love, the president’s personal aide], my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff, but I would not claim to be an expert. Malia and Sasha are now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things. Music is still a great source of joy and occasional solace in the midst of what can be some difficult days.

10

Mark attacking the climbing wall at Arlington Beach, Saskatchewan.

Mark made it a decade today as he turned ten.  We woke him up quite early this morning so I could give him his birthday presents before I went to work.  I gave him Little Big Planet for the PSP, Wendy gave him a docking station for his iPod, Oliver gave him a Coleman clip-on watch, and the dogs gave him a compass and a case for his digital video camera.

Mark is blessed and burned by my rebellious spirit and attitude towards authority which causes the occasional conflict at school and at home but he has always been a great kid and Wendy and I are always proud of him, even when he attacks a climbing wall without safety gear.