The Age of Persuasion

I spent some early morning time with this delightful book by Terry O’Reilly and Mike Tennant. It’s sub-title is “how Marketing Ate our Culture”. It’s a delightful extension of their hugely popular radio show.
I remember Terry from many years ago, a very talented, warm and kind person. I knew Terry before he achieved well-deserved recognition with Pirate Radio (Toronto/NY). The book not only provides a background to the history of advertising but also great insights and anecdotes that make the book a delightful early morning companion.
My thanks to Jim Blake. Jim is a creative and mulit-talented communicator/teacher/marketer. He purchased a copy and thought that I should also have a copy (knowing my passion surrounding communication). How kind. Thanks Jim.

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How will we survive?

The post-Olympic crash will be felt by most Canadians.  The daily dose of stimulating competition, surges in national pride and the sheer joy of ‘television worth watching’ has abruptly ended.  I can image the strange feeling that must be zooming through Vancouver.  The infrastructure items will be proud reminders but so will the bill for all that went before.  I’ll be checking in with my media friend, Martha Perkins, who lives close to False Creek to get a sense of the mood.  That interview will be on Canoe Fm Thursday morning about 7.10 am (www.canoefm.com).

End of day (5pm) I’ll be in township council chambers to watch the public review of current rezoning applications.  The Creative Business Incubator will be on the agenda.  I’m hoping it’s a rubber stamp process but you never can tell.  Final step would be a week today for final council approval.  Now all we need is the money – but I can feel it coming closer.

Time to deal with mundane needs … furnace has decided not to always shut off when it reaches the high temp mark.  Not the thermostat, already replaced that.  It’s the unit on the blower motor.  It’ll probably be a piece of lint or something.  Service call is $90 and then you pay on top for whatever the problem is.  Swell.

One of the volunteer voices of community radio "The Reeve of the Radio"

Hockey Rules

Sunday is always a big day at Sir Sam’s Ski Resort here in Eagle Lake.  Today it was hockey that ruled the scheduled.  Weekenders were heading home early and the slopes emptied by late morning.  I went for a walk between periods and it was pure, perfect quiet.  Even the neighbour who insists in blaring his/her idea of skiing music each weekend shut it down early.  That was a sweet bonus.

Our little home, overlooking Eagle Lake

A night of fun, food & community support

The Haliburton Rotary Club had their 24th annual fund raiser auction and banquet last night.  Close to 100 people attended to bid on about 170 items donated by area businesses and artists.  For the fifth year in a row I was pleased to act as their “auctioneer”.  I’m not really an auctioneer in the traditional sense.  I like to think I’m a barely controllable combination of a fast talking side show barker and an amiable Don Rickles.  The audience particular enjoys supporting my wife when I pick on her.  We had some good laughs.

There were some amazing bargains including a 50″ HDTV and a 42″ HDTV, a $1000 vacation voucher, hockey tickets, and an autographed shirt from our young local star with the Colorado Avalanche – Cody Hodgson.  My dear wife created a wonderful piece of stained glass art with a dimensional butterfly.  I’ll be posting a picture of it in Jane’s Glass page. 

All the money raised goes to support the local work of the Rotary Club. We should have a dollar number today.  A great group of people and I was delighted that we could help.

Should be a "snow day"

Phew, the snow just keeps coming and coming today. Our “ladies” continue good’n hungry. Four sittings a day is quite enough. It’s amazing how we pour food into the herd. All because they have sweet eyes. The don’t do anything else .. they don’t sing, dance or even act interested. Just eat and look pretty. Golly, now there’s a gig I’d like.

On her way for another chow down!