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6 Posts from January 2009

Feelin' groovy...

Hi all that care to read my personal page.. just wanted to let everyone know that I am feeling better today -- seems that I am not a doctor as far as deciding what to do about RX's..

Had some issues over the last few days, but am now back on the med concerned. First day since middle of January -- so already feeling better!


BMO Skate Canada

Well, Dwight and I went to the BMO Skate Canada on Saturday to see the Men's Free Skate Final and were not suprised that Patrick Chan took Gold - his skate was nearly flawless.

Following is an excerpt from CanWest that I thought I'd share:

<< Skate Canada's once-huge storehouse of household names -- Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, Brian Orser, Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko -- emptied itself out a few years ago.

The sports governing body in Canada is awaiting fresh shipments as the BMO Canadian figure skating championships move into Saskatoon this week.

The new generation -- folks like Patrick Chan, Joannie Rochette, Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir -- still don't have that supper-table allure that lets their names fall easily off the lips of casual fans.

Jeffrey Buttle was getting close, but he retired unexpectedly last fall at age 26.>>

And here is a picture of me with the BMO Bear - (just to prove I was there!)

And here is one with Dwight and I:



Too Much Love Will Kill You

I'm just the pieces of the man I used to be
Too many bitter tears are raining down on me
I'm far away from home
And I've been facing this alone
For much too long
I feel like no-one ever told the truth to me
About growing up and what a struggle it would be
In my tangled state of mind
I've been looking back to find
Where I went wrong
Too much love will kill you
If you can't make up your mind
Torn between the lover
And the love you leave behind
You're headed for disaster
'cos you never read the signs
Too much love will kill you
Every time
I'm just the shadow of the man I used to be
And it seems like there's no way out of this for me
I used to bring you sunshine
Now all I ever do is bring you down
How would it be if you were standing in my shoes
Can't you see that it's impossible to choose
No there's no making sense of it
Every way I go I'm bound to lose
Too much love will kill you
Just as sure as none at all
It'll drain the power that's in you
Make you plead and scream and crawl
And the pain will make you crazy
You're the victim of your crime
Too much love will kill you
Every time
Too much love will kill you
It'll make your life a lie
Yes, too much love will kill you
And you won't understand why
You'd give your life, you'd sell your soul
But here it comes again
Too much love will kill you
In the end...
In the end.

What the Election of Barack Obama means to me

The election of Barack to the Whitehouse as the Commander-in-Chief is really important to me. Obama represents a shift --- indeed a change -- also hope for a new America. An America that is more tolerant of minority groups.

I do not belong to a 'visible' minority group --- but I do belong to a minority group all the same. How is this possible you ask, when I am a white middle class male -- generally the majority rather than anything else?

It's easy - an invisible minority is someone who is not outwardly different - and blends in with other folks - even though they may be different on the inside.

Such is my case. Outwardly - I belong to White-Middle class- males - but inward I belong to the GLBT minority group.

My rights are routinely stomped on even when people do not know that they are doing this. Not being able to hold hands in public without the fear of some kind of backlash, constantly reminds me that I am somehow not normal. Being gay is 'normal' for me just as being straight is 'normal' for you.

However, even though I am 'Out' as a gay man - I am still reminded constantly that I have to be vigilant that something I do or say may entice either hurting words or possible physical attack.


So, until that changes, I will always be reminded that I am different - a square peg in a round whole without the full complement of rights that the Canadian Constitution has promised me.

May Barack be an inspiration to Canada.


The Snowman


Snow falls around me
The cold wind blows
I shiver
The moon is high in the night sky
The snow covers the footprints left behind
I am a shadow to the world
I stand still through the storm
I stare into the window of a cottage
I glance at the fire.

I can feel the warmth coming from inside
I dare not enter
The snow falls around me
It covers the world in a blanket of white
The stars light up the night sky
The world seems to be at peace
The snow covers all.

Nothing can escape it
My heart seems to freeze along with the rivers
I am nothing
The snow covers me
Yet I remain uncovered.

My arms stay raised
As if they wanted to catch every snowflake
My eyes stare into blackness
As if they were forever closed
The people in the cottage stare at me
Yet they do not invite me in
The animals eye my nose
As if it was something they wished to eat
I sit in the snow
I watch the world change from greens and browns to white
The children come and play with me.

They are bundled up
I stand naked before them
The snow chills them
Yet it does not affect me
The snow falls and will continue to do so
Until the day I die

Phillip Dodham Cormier


A Time Of Uncertainty

Well it's 2009 and the company I work for has put the ki-bosh on any increases this year - even though I was rated at successful. Maybe the bonus will survive.

Also rent was raised again - now $625/month and the good news is that I got an increase in salary for caretaking. $30 a door now, up from $20. let's see... that makes an overall increase of $5 / month - but at least it’s an increase.

Work is going good however, and since the corporate takeover by TELUS, things have been SNAFU. Still short-staffed on the front lines.


2008 has just finished and 2009 has begun, it is that time when emails, phone calls, cards and words tumble over each other in wishing each other peace and prosperity for the new year.

On my part, I wish into existence, wisdom, tolerance, courage, and caring. In this world of conflict, they are our only hope.

Whatever your plans for 2009, you have 12 months filled with moments and minutes to make them reality. Here's to your success!

May the Universe uphold you, love enfold you, and The Supreme Being mold you.