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My favourite Disney movie of all time is Beauty and the Beast. It’s closely followed by The Lion King, but definitely when I was a kid, Beauty and the Beast won, hands down.

I haven’t watched it in ages, but now and then, things will pop up and it feels like my entire childhood makes sense. Continue reading


Not everything is about Buddy Holly

When I was in high school, my grandparents took my cousin and I to Phoenix for 10 days. J. is a c0uple years older than me and was only able to stay for a few days (she was writing university exams) but I spent the full 10 days with my grandparents; we were not only in Phoenix but the surrounding area as well, including walking into Mexico for a day.

One of the places we went was Tombstone, Ariz., which is the site of the famous OK Corral gunfight. Boot Hill Graveyard is also close by, and we walked through there — when I was younger, I was really intrigued by cemeteries and the people buried there; I guess I still kind of am, I love walking through the older part of the St. Albert cemetery on Vital Avenue.

I don’t remember what the gift shop in Tombstone was attached to, but we stopped at a gift shop, and I found an 11×17 print of a movie poster for The Searchers, with John Wayne. However, I am a horrible impulse buyer and didn’t buy the print. Subsequent trips by my aunt and uncle, as well as most recently my parents, have proved unsuccessful at finding the poster again. Continue reading

Show, don’t tell

I can hear him clomping up the stairs before he actually appears. When he gets to the top and enters the kitchen, he stomps twice more at the top, each foot for emphasis, before looking around, hitching up his pants and adjusting his suspenders, and asking, “So?”

This is my grandfather. Continue reading

Odds and ends

The theme continues — there is still a lot going on in my life that I either can’t talk about or don’t want to talk about, and thus it serves as the excuse for not blogging.

Granted, there are a couple things that pop up in my head that are too long for a tweet or seemingly too short for a blog post, but the ideas are still kicking around. And so, a grab bag blog post of sorts, with all kinds of odds and ends. Continue reading