This is my ‘Throwback Thursday’ story for today. Back when we were in our late teens in the late 80s we used to hang out at a Wendy’s restaurant just a block from my house, in the same plaza as the IGA where I worked part time as a bag boy and pretty much next door to the high school.
It a “Throwback Thursday” as the Facebook and Twitter theme goes. In the spirit, here goes a story from years ago. Back in 1990 through 1991, when I was 18 and 19 I worked overnights at a Need’s Convenience which was and still is a franchised convenience store chain. For those who find this on-line through tags or a Google search, it was the one on Queen St. in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada.
I’ll tell this story again because of the date. It’s also kind of an interesting story of determination. Back on this day, Jan. 29, in 1995 it was a) The Super Bowl and b) a young 22 year old on a bus in search of a dream. I was on my way to an interview the next day, Monday, with a now defunct pop radio station in Brewer.
It's time for the good old end of the year review. 2013 is all done for the exception of a few fleeting hour that remain. Next year, will hopefully be as good if not even better as this one. So looking back on 2013, it was quite a year. Here are some of the highlights of 2013 from my life.
This is one of those things that I think about from time to time, where is “home?” I wrestle with this because I’m often asked where I’m from. I usually say I was born outside Los Angeles, raised in Halifax, Canada and now live in Auburn, Maine.
Friends from Halifax, whether they currently live there or not, often ask me if I’d ever move back. I’ve been away for going on 20 years and on occasion go back and visit but would I go back permanently?
Our summer vacation this year is a trip to Halifax, where I was raised for a few days, then we’re off to Edmundston, New Brunswick. We’re bringing my mother in-law and she is a first timer to Halifax. We’ll probably check out Peggy’s Cove, the downtown waterfront and drive by all of the places that meant something to me. For example my old schools, my childhood home, maybe a few work places too.
As I get older more and more of my youth disappears either by a bulldozer, by failure over time or just due to a revamp. At any rate a place in Halifax we used go after the other bars closed has now closed for good. The Palace also known as 'The New Palace' has closed I guess because of changing times and demographics. It was such an institution in Halifax The Barenaked Ladies referenced the bar i
What is the furthest or craziest thing you’ve done to get a job? For this story we have to go back to the summer of 1994 when I was 22 years old. In June of 1994 I was hired as a part time DJ at a station in Yarmouth, NS. I wasn’t there very long but long enough to hear the stations in Maine over The Bay of Fundy.
The new year is well underway and winter has it's grip which brings out thoughts of warmer weather and vacations. As a family, we're conjuring up ideas of what to do or where to go. Now that we're a family of five it's not as easy as it used to be.