Monthly Archives: October 2017

Hearing a popular country song on the radio the other day reminded me of my experience at last year’s Boots and Hearts Country Music Festival.

Too put it simply, I survived Boots and Hearts. Not a small accomplishment considering I was a 50-something in the midst of a drunken mass of 20-year-olds.

For those not familiar, Boots and Hearts is an annual outdoor country music marathon at Burl’s Creek Campground, just outside Barrie, Ontario. It used to be at another venue, but in five years, it outgrew Mosport Park near Bowmanville and moved to a larger space. It attracts some of the biggest names in country music as well as attracting an atmosphere of non-stop drinking, music and excess. 

My buddy Chris is my best friend and also 50-something. He is a diehard Boots and Hearts veteran. He takes his tent trailer to the event every year, and stays from Wednesday to Monday. The year earlier, he (more…)

During a sailing trip last week, my iPhone got wet and...well…it is no longer of this earth. It was just a few drops of water, I thought. But by the time I got home, it was acting up.

The iPhone front display had all these strange images in the background. It looked like a black and white version of a tie-dye t-shirt. The charge life went from zero to 100 and then back to zero.

My wife Angela had 2 suggestions: put it in a bag of rice (good idea, but too late) and always carry my iPhone in a sealed plastic bag when sailing.

Thanks Sweetie!!!

So now I live without an iPhone, without a cell phone, without a connection to the outside world 24/7.

It’s crazy how much I miss having my phone. I’m constantly feeling my right pocket thinking it’s there. When I go grocery shopping, I can no longer take a photo (more…)