Friday, December 14, 2018

Post 3816 - Bevboy's Christmas Tie Extravaganza 2018 - Day Ten

Day ten, already? What? Are you kidding me?

No. I am serious. Deadly serious. Serious as a hangnail on date night, folks. That serious.

Meet my friend Frank Sabean. I first met him a couple of years ago, at the McDonald's on Quinpool Road. I had just ordered some breakfast and looked over past the garbage cans. This older man was looking over in my direction.

And I paused.

I thought I was looking at a ghost. This man, who was wearing a hat, looked for all the world like my father, who had died in 2010!

My jaw dropped open. I shook my head. I rubbed my eyes. I turned away and looked back again. But, nope. The man was still looking in my direction.

After I got my food, I wandered over to this man and apologized for staring at him. I told him who I was and why I was behaving that way. He asked if my father had passed, and I said he had. The ice broken, I introduced myself. He did the same thing.

Since then, we have had a sporadic, but pleasant, series of altercations. We run into each other at that particular McDonald's, including this morning. Patricia has met him quite a few times, too, and remarked on the similarity in his appearance with Dad's.

I met Frank during a vulnerable period in my life. It was a year after my mom had died. I was growing used to being estranged from the remainder of my family. Seeing this man I suppose reminded me of the family I no longer had. It was a strange feeling, but I have grown used to it.

Frank is a good man, with a grown family. He was a working man like my father was. I am honoured to have met his acquaintance and to see him from time to time.

And he bought me a coffee this morning!!

Merry Christmas, Frank. See you soon, sir.

And I will see you soon, too, my lovelies.


Post 3815 - Bevboy's Christmas Tie Extravaganza 2018 - Day Nine

Welcome to day nine, ladies and gentlemen!

This one was special. My friend Brad Dryden at Mix 96.5 in Halifax reached out to me on Facebook and invited me to drop by the studios for a quick chat and a Christmas tie picture or three. I also would have the pleasure of meeting Natalie Fournier, his co-host.

How could I say no?

So, mid morning on Thursday, I drove to the studios, about a five minute drive from my work. I presented myself to the receptionist, who called Brad to fetch me, and who then gave me an authentic Mix 96.5 pen. Not one of those fake Mix 96.5 pens you may have heard about that explode in your face once you push that little button. This was the genuine article!

They came and got me. Natalie was even nicer than I had heard, by the way. They took me into the studios. I had last been there back when Griff and Caroline were still at the former KOOL FM. Since they were let go in 2013 and are now at ... an opposing station, and the station changed format also back in 2013 to Radio 96.5. Many, many, many changes in staff later, they threw in the towel and morphed to Mix 96.5, which I think we can all agree is an improvement.

In studio, we chatted about radio, and some recent developments in the market. It is a conversation I enjoy having. Some people like to talk about sports. I like to talk about the comings and goings in local radio markets. And local unsolved murders and missing persons cases. Sue me.

After that, we posed for some pics. After I asked, Natalie said it was okay if I put my arm around her, and thanked me for asking. Just seems like the thing to do, before I put my arm around someone I don't know.

About 10:25, I left Brad and Natalie and grabbed a sub at the nearby Subway before returning to work. I took a shorter lunch hour to make up for the extra time I was gone.

Brad, my friend, it was a pleasure to see you again. I regret that I hadn't kept more in touch when you returned. And, Natalie, what a distinct pleasure to meet you yesterday. I hope our paths cross again.

Day nine is down and out. What happens in day ten? Wait a few minutes and you'll find out!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Post 3814 - Bevboy's Christmas Tie Extravagazna 2018 - Day Eight

Well, hello there, handsome!

Day eight. My goodness. Where has the time go?

You know that I love my hair. It is the best hair ever. I have the best hair.

But I will let you in on a little secret.

I have help.

I used tea tree-based products, shampoos and conditioners.

Here is proof.

See you tomorrow.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Post 3813 - Bevboy's Christmas Tie Extravaganza 2018 - Day Seven

I eat too much.

Most of this year's entries are focused around food. I am sorry about that.

Here is another example. After breakfast at the Subway on Argyle Street this morning, the lovely manager, whose name I keep forgetting even though she has told me several times, agreed to pose with me.

She posed with me last year or the year before.

Like I said, I eat too much.

See you tomorrow.


Monday, December 10, 2018

Post 3812 - Bevboy's Christmas Tie Extravaganza 2018 - Day Six

And, the beginning of week two.

On the way home we decided we were hungry and wanted soup. We were driving through Fairview. Rather than go to our go-to place in Lakeside, we went to Best Choice Chinese Food. A dear friend, now deceased, used to work there and give me some food that would otherwise be thrown out. I developed a hankering for the place.

The portions are huge. The prices are good. The menu options are such that one can spend an hour regarding all the items before selecting something, and even then you'll second guess your selection.

Anyway, here I am, enjoying some wonton soup.

And, as a bonus, here is Patricia also enjoying a hot, steaming bowl of wonton soup!

Good times. Good times!

See you tomorrow.


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Post 3811 - Sunday Night Stuff

Welcome to Sunday night, the end of yet another weekend.

I had some work to do this morning. After I got home, Patricia and I (mostly Patricia) did some cleaning up around the house. Mid-afternoon, we transported some stuff to the storage space I rented last week, after which we bought a Christmas tree, which Kent is selling for 20 bucks.

This evening we watched a couple more episodes of "Outlander".

The highlight of the day for me was when Patricia found something I misplaced nearly a year ago: my digital camera, which was in a protected camera case. I couldn't find the bloody thing all year. Finally, she found it, and I was so happy. The batteries in it were dead. The spare batteries were too. So I pulled some fresher batteries from storage and put them in. And the camera sprang to life. It had even kept track of the date and time after all these months. So very pleased.

I know that most of the time for most pictures, I just use my camera phone; but if I want to take a better quality picture, I need this camera. And now I have it again.

Another work week beckons. I should probably turn in so I am fresh as a daisy.

See you tomorrow.


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Post 3810 - Bevboy's Christmas Tie Extravaganza 2018 - Day Five

What? Day Five already? What are you talking about? Get on with your bad self?

A long day at work. Still getting over the euphoria of my hair cut on Thursday at the hands of Helen. Nothing is better than chilling out on the chair in the living room.

Or is it?

See you soon.