Snowflakes and Ice Cream

Danny’s place February 6, 2017


Nobody knows when it happened – but everyone knew that it had snowed during the night.  It’s an excellent example of the legal term ‘circumstantial evidence’ – although you didn’t see it actually snowing during the night – when you awoke and looked out the window – you accepted it as a ‘fact.’

But it seldom snows in Vancouver.  At least not like it has in the past three days!  In Seattle, yesterday was the second largest snowfall ever recorded in the past seventy years!  I’ve used my snowblower four times in the past two days – and now another five to six centimeters of snow this morning!  

I’ve been waiting for the ‘right’ time to resume my writing.  I can’t remember a year in my life when I had more hurt and disappointment than the past year (2016).  Usually, I bounce right back from setbacks but lately, I’ve found it takes much longer.  Life can sometimes seem to be like trying to put toothpaste back into its tube or feathers back into a pillow.

I recently returned from Montreal, where I had attended a meeting of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Measurement Steering Committee – Person-Centred-Perspective.  Our committee’s five-year term ends in March 2017 but the mandate of CPAC has just been renewed for another five years by the Government of Canada.  I am hoping to be invited to serve as a patient advocate on one of the new committees.

So, now that I am back at the keyboard – and anxious to reveal all of my ‘uppers and downers’ of last year – where should I begin?

To be continued…




Update from the beach…

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Today I am going to get my new headshots done.  It’s been 4 years since I last had them done and well, I’ve got less hair, less weight and more wrinkles.  I had been waiting until I got my lower partial plate, to hide the missing front tooth; and now that I have it, I am getting kissed by all kinds of strange women.  However, I still can’t whistle but that’s okay.

The main thing is that I can now go back to auditioning.  I hadn’t been doing anything since a year ago when I lost the front tooth (the ongoing effects of radiation treatments) and there isn’t much demand for toothless actors, so it will be great to get back to doing film and commercials.  My cousin Ruth in Moncton told me that she recently saw me in a TV commercial for a law firm that I had done 18 months ago.  In the commercial I’m playing the part of an accident victim that was suing for damages.  The commercial has been airing throughout the USA for various law firms – but I haven’t seen it yet.

I hope to post my new headshot pics in the next week or so.  Maybe you can let me know which one(s) you like the best.

Talk to you soon!






Trouble in Paradise


Last night, while attending the Crazy 8’s Film Festival in Vancouver, I lost another tooth (the 8th since my radiation treatments).  I was chewing a piece of gum and suddenly I felt a crunch.  It ruined my evening – I didn’t even go to the afterparty.   However, before leaving, my actor friend Angelo told me that if I kept the tooth in my pocket, a tooth fairy would come and switch it for cold hard cash.

Well, when I got home I decided to sleep with my pants on, with the tooth still in my pocket.  It seemed to take me a long time to fall asleep and I don’t remember waking up during the night but when I awoke this morning I quickly checked my pocket and found a tiny squashed-up-and-flattened fairy. 

Luckily, my tooth was still there.





A Smile, Nod or Wink in White Rock

Originally published May 16, 2012

The “white rock” at the beach in White Rock, BC

Usually, I go for my walks on the Promenade at the beach in White Rock.  There are a number of reasons why I walk there instead of in my own neighborhood:

  • Numerous public washrooms 
  • Spectacular views of:Challenging – 2.8 miles 
    • Ocean
    • Mt.  Baker & other mountains
    • Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands
    • Ladies suntanning
  • Numerous public washrooms 
  • Route includes “the Hump” hill separating East and West Beaches
  • Whitby Bookstore and Coffee Shop (sit outside with coffee and newspaper after my walk) 
  • Numerous shops and eateries
  • Numerous public washrooms 
  • The Pier
  • Amtrak and Burlington Northern trains (it’s a guy thing)
  • Friendly people
  • Numerous public washrooms 

Besides, it’s only a 15 minute drive from home.  Did I mention the numerous public washrooms?

Normally, I wear my iPod and listen to music during my walk.  Sometimes I memorize my lines for an audition or film project.  And other times, I just think about things – you know – thoughts that run through your mind – some pleasant and some not-so-pleasant.

But one of the most interesting things that I have done during my walks was on a bright sunny day last week.  I forgot to bring the ear phones for my iPod, so I couldn’t listen to music during my walk.  Suddenly, I got a great idea – I would say hello to everyone that I passed during my walk!

The majority of walkers on the Promenade are walking with other people – couples, threesomes or groups of four.   Some are pushing baby strollers – others are pushing wheelchairs.  Some are using canes and some have “walkers” like my Mom used in her last years.  And of course there are always several walkers using ski poles – not skis – just the ski poles!  However, the ski pole people are usually women – and I stopped trying to figure them out long ago.

So as I walked, I smiled and said hello to each person or persons I passed.  The reactions were as follows:

  • the majority seemed surprised by my greeting and eithermany people simply smiled
    • stared at me with a puzzled look
    • stared at me with a puzzled look and then returned the greeting – albeit suspiciously
    • stared at me with a puzzled look and then pretended to know me – smiled – and returned the greeting
    • stared at me and asked me if there were any public washrooms around
    • stared at me – looking guilty – they were walking their dog (dogs are not allowed on the Promenade)
  • some smiled and then commented on how nice the weather was or asked me how I was enjoying the day
  • others turned and looked away – pretending that they didn’t see or hear me 
  • others were listening to their iPods or talking on their cellular phones – and were totally zoned out
  • only one person “winked” at me (or maybe she had something caught in her eye)

When I reached the end of the Promenade (1.4 miles), I turned and began the walk back to the other end of the Promenade (1.4 miles).  That’s right Corky – it’s a total of 2.8 miles – and you did the math in your head?  Anyway, it was interesting that on my way back – I got a smile or a greeting from most of the people that I had passed during the first leg of my walk.  

Overall, I found that women tended to be friendlier than men – especially if they were walking with other people. The only exception was the ski pole people – who I now assume are addicted to winter/snow – or they are American tourists visiting the Big White North for the first time.  But then again, they could be from Ontario or Yukon (not the Yukon – it’s just Yukon) and are just used to having snow on the ground.

Today I am going to listen to music during my walk.  I probably won’t notice anybody smiling at me – and I’ll have the music too loud to hear anybody saying hello.   Maybe I’ll take along my ski poles………

This afternoon (May 16th) I am at a film shoot for a music video – it’s in a brothel – my first for both!

Have a great day!



UPDATE (August 19, 2012):  Here is the link to the music video that I was in: