A Gentleman, Day of Disability, Christmas, Rugby and #BestThisWeek

in Best of, Random Thoughts

A true gentleman passed away this week, and I was saddened with the passing of Jean Beliveau. To me he was the epitome of a leader, and his demeanor on and off the ice was to be admired. My favorite Jean Beliveau story was when as a young lad, telling my Dad I’d play better hockey if I had a stick with a curved blade, and my Father’s response summed  it all up nicely, “If Jean Beliveau can play with a straight blade, you can too”. Let’s hope Mr. Beliveau’s blade continues to be straight, wherever he plays.

Two Dudes

My Son and the Lt-General

I was privileged to be invited along with my son to National Defense HQ for an International Day of Persons with Disabilities festival. My son’s soccer Club the Just for Kicks group with the Nepean City Soccer Club, was invited to show off their skills and play against some very high-powered talent. The Generals involved were very good sports and I also met the head of Soldier On a support organization for wounded soldiers.

The malls are now crammed with folks trying to find the next “perfect” toy, but remember the reason you are out there. I will no doubt be in the middle of the bloody fray this weekend, so stay the heck out of my way, if you don’t want to see what I learned playing rugby.

Oh and congrats to Wales for defeating the Mighty South Africa Springboks last weekend (for only the second time in 100 years).

My Writings for Week Ending December 5th

Christmas lights twinkle and even I have got out the inflatable Christmas Penguin for the front of the Big C8j Hacienda :


Tangerine Money Back Credit Card

This Week’s Finest

Have you finished all your Yuletide shopping? You have? What are you bent or something? How can you enjoy the mad panic of shopping if you finish it too early? At least you have time to read some great articles from this week:

I Like John Oliver

John Oliver is quickly replacing the Colbert Report (for me) as being the most entertaining “News based comedy show” on TV, and here we have his opinion of Lotteries, Bravo!

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  • Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom December 6, 2014, 11:07 AM

    I’m really enjoying it now that John Oliver has his own show. He did so well hosting the Daily Show.

    • bigcajunman December 6, 2014, 12:10 PM

      With Colbert leaving, he is a good change of pace.

  • canadianbudgetbinder December 6, 2014, 12:43 AM

    We don’t have much shopping today as my family is all in the UK but saying that my post for tomorrow touches on the topic. At Christmas here we draw names for the adults and buy for the kids (2 kids) so it’s painless holiday shopping. We do enjoy going to the mall with our son to get a hot beverage and people watch plus it gets my wife and son out of the house. Have a great weekend mate and thanks for sharing.

  • Michael James December 5, 2014, 9:53 AM

    The John Oliver bit is great. Thanks for the mention.

  • My Own Advisor December 5, 2014, 8:14 AM

    Great pic of your son! 🙂 Thanks for the mention and stay warm this weekend! Brrrrrr.


    • bigcajunman December 5, 2014, 8:49 AM

      Yes that is the Vice-Chair of Defense (I think) he is with, but he was great with all the kids.


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