Starbucks Fail

I haven’t written anything for two months. I’m surprised that I was prompted to write by a FAIL… courtesy of Starbucks’ new Rewards program. Here is how it was laid out, in an email earlier this week… Dear Dan, We have exciting news to share. This April, My Starbucks Rewards becomes Starbucks Rewards, a new program that…

What Works?

Reflecting on the exercise side of wellness, it’s important to look back to see what actually worked… I’ve played soccer for many years and while it was definitely a workout, it was more of a social thing. My wife and I would play then go out with our friends for a bite and a brew at…

Journey to Wellness

The journey to wellness is full of pot holes, potato chips and mind-numbing reality TV… I recently turned fifty and with that came an uncontrollable urge to look after myself – eat better, exercise my body and mind. Being reasonably active with spinning, soccer and cycling as part of my regular routine, I’m left with eating…

Unsubscribing from Groupon

If you’re a Groupon groupie, looking for some good deals, you probably get several emails a day. Some, you delete off-hand, others tickle your ‘curious’ bone causing you to open the email and dig a little deeper. With all the emails flying around for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas and assorted other sales, I’d had enough. Today’s email…

Blogging While Bleeding

A new challenge today… blogging while bleeding. Every two months, my brother and I meet up at the local Canadian Blood Services clinic to donate a pint for someone in need. Makes you feel good doing something for the community and you get a free snack afterwards. We’ve gotten to know the nurses over the…

Beer Taps

Walk into any neighbourhood pub and you’ll come across a number of colourful, sometimes oddly shaped beer taps. Finding a seat, the first thing you ask, when the bartender comes around, is; “What’s on tap?” It’s this subtle dance you get into with the bartender, testing his ability to speak on brewing topics such as: hops,…

Apple Watch – First Impressions

We are an Apple House… from iPods to iPads (several generations) to iPhones (several generations) to Mac computers and most recently… the Apple Watch. Just to set the record straight, the watch belongs to my son Josh. See his post Day 1 with the Apple Watch. He thought I’d like to give it a try….

Fried Bologna

Not something I have very often but something, when thought about, makes my mouth water… fried bologna. While researching the origins of fried bologna I came across this article in The Telegram; Hunting the origins of “Newfie Steak”. It’s widely known us Canadians like to make fun of ourselves and it’s plain to see in…

The Gutters

Took the day off to work around the house, get caught up with chores after being away for work every second week. After re-arranging the basement to make room for our new patio furniture (storing it there for the winter), I tried wrapping a weirdly shaped shrub with burlap. Used a whole role and still…

Harry’s Review

I came across Harry’s completely by accident while searching for something, don’t remember what that something was but it had nothing to do with shaving. What initially caught my attention was the orange shaver. I have a thing for orange… And… the fact that there is an available re-supply service. See Harry’s Shave Plans. What a…