Sunday, October 13, 2013

A New Beginning

Hello CC Nation!

I've decided to start writing again.... with a new blog. Please join me over at 30 for 60.

It will be hyperlocal to PEI, but will hopefully serve you well if you need a CC fix.

Thanks for reading. I had forgotten I wrote 800+ posts on here.

CC (aka M.E.)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Update Summer 2013

Hello CC Nation!

I doubt if many people stop by here anymore, given the complete lack of writing, but I wanted to give a quick update. I seem to write about once a year now.

I've been home on PEI for 3 years. My status is quite similar to last year, in terms of an interesting gig and joyful romance. Mercifully, career-wise, this summer is not as busy (last year was a "death march", to use the parlance of software).

I don't do triathlons anymore, but I still run 10 Ks, and occasionally swim. I still play guitar but I have drifted away from piano (which really bothers me). My social scene is happy, made up mostly of family, old friends, and new work friends. Aside from my beloved, there have been few new friends, but a few interesting ones.

A major goal on moving home was to rediscover the Maritimes. That has gone very well: I've visited the Magdalen Islands, Cape Breton, and many places on PEI, including each "tip". A current endeavour is to attend various churches/temples on PEI. It has only just begun but I think it will be a good long-term project.

Hope all is well with you, kind reader, if you are on PEI or from away.


Saturday, April 28, 2012


A friend wrote to me and asked if I had moved elsewhere as a writer, or if everything is OK.

All is well, and this blog is still operational, in theory.

The big news over the winter is that I have changed jobs (still on PEI) and found romance, which has been fantastic. The combo explains why I have been away from writing.

Hope all is well with you, kind readers

Monday, January 02, 2012

Hello, 2012

Happy New Year, readers!

My long break from work is about to end. It has been mostly good, filled with warm fuzzies, though the last days have been bruisers, along with the dreaded return.

I don't have the energy to do a full post of resolutions, but one idea for 2012 is to reboot with a new personal blog. One that is public. I've also considered revealing this blog to the world (which will probably be uneventful - does anyone really want to read about the nefarious Jim G in 2007?)

I have been kicking around some ideas for the new site, but as it gets more serious, I wonder about life with no private outlet. Writing offline in a word processor just doesn't feel right; I'm accustomed to the feeling of having a potential audience.

Ah well. It will all work out. Cheers to all!


ps. I contacted my old confidant, Jim O, tonight. It had been many months but we caught up for 90 minutes like it was nothing. Really terrific...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Memories of Christmas

Here are some photos of Christmas 2011. To protect the privacy of family, they are simply photographic evidence of Christmas Day. I think they are powerful.

Plenty of people at my parents' house. Santa stands guard at the door:

So many coats! The iconic Tilley hat belongs to my uncle, though my father has one as well.

These ornaments were given to my mother in the early 1960s. They may go back into the 1950s. I remember some of them very well from my childhood.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Ergonomists Unite!

I bought my MacBookPro in 2008 and generally am a big fan. However, I don't like the ergonomics of laptops.

I saw a recent tweet that mentioned a 'Rain stand'; lustfully, I bought one as part of a whole new landscape for the desktop.

It is much too early to report how well this will work, as the setup includes a new mouse and keyboard. So far, so good.

Interestingly, the keyboard is impossibly thin. It is tiny!

Monday, October 31, 2011


My car stereo is the same model as this one, and today it shows a special message on startup: