The cookies-and-cream cake of the subconscious mind

Being a Monday, I had decided yet again that I really needed to get my diet , healthy eating lifestyle back on track, as it's really veered off course the last...oh, seven years or so. "That's it!" I said, "I'm sick of this! Diet starts now!" I decided I would just have soup for dinner…

Hot Tub Time Machine

My sister and I watched a movie one Saturday night recently that was a tribute to a decade of fun pop music, colourful fashion and big beautiful hair. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke Jacob and Craig Robinson, takes us on the time-travelling journey with four men who have hit their own personal rock bottoms. The…

Flashback 1993 – Misty is in Montana, Brenda is in Beverly Hills, and I’m in an LA State of Mind.

20 years ago, I spent a couple of months on a "cultural exchange" to the United States. My mother was recently doing a clear-out and found a letter I had written to my family in January 1993 from my host family's home in Orange County, California. Here are some excerpts from this five-page piece of snail mail... "I've just eaten a huge slice of…

Dinner with a “Day of the Dead” Devotee

My sister, Senorita Margarita, has just returned from Mexico and has fallen in love with its cultural traditions. There were no Jennifer Aniston-style antics by the pool in Cabo. No, Margarita's journey was more spiritual. She did a tour of Mexican villages with middle-aged achaeologist-type people and took part in a traditional Day of the…

New Year’s Eve – Gangnam Style. Not.

My first post on this blog was all about goals for the coming year. Looking forward. But I now feel compelled to look back to last year already and write briefly about my New Year's Eve. My New Year's Eve really had NOTHING to do with 2012. My sister and I had an '80s and '90s retro-fest, thanks to ABC…