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Friday, 31 December 2010
My Personal Top Ten Memorable Events Of 2010

This was like a scene from "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". Believe it or not I used to play Santa Claus in this terrible suit. This time it wasn't me.

I turned down the offer to play Santa again at Joe Noseworthy's Boxing Day reunion party. There were over 35 guests in attendance and "Santa" was one of them. It was the first and probably the last time we'll see St. Nick there. This party made my list of top ten memorable events during 2010 mainly because of the stupid looking Santa who appeared like he was on drugs.

Not all of the top ten events happened to me directly, but they did capture my attention and move me emotionally.

  1. Canada won gold in hockey at the 2010 games. This seemed to be the perfect end to an Olympics that featured a record number of gold medals for Canada. I even got interested in curling at these games. Check out this Jamaican's view of Sidney Crosby's winning goal.
  2. The Haitian earthquake happened when I was in Las Vegas. It seemed to contrast the fun and fantasy life of glitter city with the grim realities that people in other parts of the world have to live with. This event reinforced the idea that we are all each other keeper. During the year, we should contribute to charities and pray for the less fortunate. In the words of Marley in Dicken's Christmas Carol, "Humanity was my business".
  3. For first time in four years, The Barron Family held a reunion at brother Bob's new house in Toronto. I sent a calender of the family picture to my sister (Linda) and two brothers (Ted and Bob).
  4. In November, my wife (Irene) and I went to Nashville for the first time. Here is the blog entry link on this trip and the photos are located here.
  5. The New Year's day party (2010) at Blair Noseworthy's place was especially memorable because it was the first time that I used the digital camera that I got for Christmas(2009). I snapped some good photos that day and the best ones are on Facebook. The girls look beautiful in these pictures and guys look handsome.
  6. We went to Newfoundland for a month from the middle of July to the middle of August. I wrote many blog entries on our travels through the Avalon Peninsula. Here's one about our trip to Bell Island.
  7. At the beginning of 2010, we went to Las Vegas and the weather was over 60F in the daytime while we were there. What we enjoyed the most is in my Las Vegas journal and The pictures are linked to here.
  8. This is the "Boxing Day Special" starring Lawrie, Bryant and Joe Noseworthy above. Joe holds his Noseworthy reunion every year at his place. Usually about 35 relatives show up. What was special about this year's reunion was the appearance of Santa (Bryant Ho Ho Noseworthy) and "Gavin Richardson", the newest member of the Noseworthy clan. Please check out the pictures here.
  9. Through prayer, we were able to handle a big problem with a department of The Canadian Government.
  10. I sent a custom made calender from Vistaprint to Irene's brother(Clarence) and sister-in-law (Winnie) that contained 13 pictures from our vacations in 2010. They telephoned me to thank me personally for the calenders. It warms my heart when you can do something special for those who let us stay at their place while we were in Newfoundland.


Posted by qualteam at 12:15 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 31 December 2010 11:46 PM EST
Friday, 24 December 2010
My Top Ten Funny Christmas Songs


These are my top ten funniest Christmas songs. At number one, is the hilarious Ray Steven's "Santa Claus Is Watching You". The guy has so many funny videos like "The Streak", "Surfing USSR" and "Sitting Up With The Dead".

Please enjoy the funny side of Christmas.

  1. "Santa Clause Is Watching You"/Ray Stevens
  2. "Jingle Bombs"/Achmed and Jeff Dunham
  3. "Chipmunks Roasting By An Open Fire"/Bob Rivers
  4. "The Mummers Song"/Simini (A Newfoundland Classic XMas Song)
  5. "The Chipmunk Song"/The Chipmunks and David Seville

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.


Posted by qualteam at 12:38 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 24 December 2010 1:07 PM EST
Monday, 20 December 2010
Some Christmas Movies Are Real Treats

I've seen some very good Christmas movies over the last few weeks. The best one was "Borrowed Hearts". Like most Christmas movies, Borrowed Hearts is both heart-warming and inspirational. The child actress, Sarah Rosen Fruitman, steals every scene she's in and the chemistry between her and her borrowed father, Eric McCormach was just superb. Roma Downey does very well as Sarah's mother and Eric's borrowed wife, but the theme of the story revolved around the "father" and "daughter" finding each other and themselves. Four Stars.

Close behind "Borrowed Hearts" was Kevin Sorbo in "The Santa Suit". When Sorbo trys to get mall Santas to sell his toys, the real Santa steps in to make Sorbo appear like Santa Claus to others. The story is both hilarious and moving as Sorbo discovers the real meaning of Christmas. Four Stars.

In third place is the TV movie "Silent Night" starring Linda Hamilton. The story was somewhat similiar to the song "Christmas in the Trenches". This time it was World War Two and a couple of Germans and Americans shared a cottage with a German mother, Linda Hamilton and her son on Christmas Eve in 1944. While there was friction between the two enemy camps, a few Germans and a few Americans came to respect each other. Three Stars.

Of course, there's always the standard Christmas fare like "A Christmas Carol", "It's A Wonderful Life" , Home Alone (one and two)and "The Santa Clauses (one, two and three), but it's great discoverying film treats off the beaten path.


Posted by qualteam at 9:58 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 20 December 2010 11:02 PM EST
Sunday, 12 December 2010
The Jeff Dunham Christmas Special


I'm a big fan of Jim Henson's Muppets and other ventriloquists like Senor Wences and Edgar Bergen, but the funniest ventriloquist that I've ever seen is Jeff Dunham.

Jeff has such a great sense of pure daffyness. Take a look at "Peanut" and "Jose Jalapeno" together. I almost rolled on the floor with laughter.

A character like "The Dead Terrorist Achmed" displays unique genius.

As the holiday season approaches, it would be excellent if Santa delivered some good laughs as well as presents.

Posted by qualteam at 10:19 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 12 December 2010 11:06 PM EST
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Santa, Please Bring Me A Wii Console For Christmas

I used to enjoy pinball games before video games. There was some skill connected with them and if you were lucky or skillful, you would win free games. Many a quarter went into these machines without good results.

Back in 1972, the first video game appeared called "Pong". It was a very primitive ping pong game with lousy graphics, but it was easier to play than complicated pinball games. I did ok at the slower, lower levels, but I was useless at the speeded up game.

In the 1980s, "Pacman" came along and I took to it like a duck to water. Then came "Missile Command", "Asteroids", "Space Invaders" and "Donkey Kong"". These games were simple and a lot of fun except they got repetitive after awhile. Try them on for size and see if you like them.

After that I got into board games like backgammon, chess, and trivial pursuit.

Needless to say when the casinos sprung up in Ontario, I started playing craps, blackjack and poker. Any of the above games can be played for fun without paying a cent.

More than board games, video games or card games, I've enjoyed sports since I was a kid and that's why I'm attracted to "The Wii Games". There's a lot territory that you can cover with Wii material.

Complex games like "Donky Kong" (Mario Brothers) or "Call Of Duty" are too difficult for me. 12-year old kids clobber me at those games. I've had better luck with Wii tennis, bowling, and boxing.

Then there's the problem of getting enough physical exercise. When you play lots of sports, you get lots of exercise. I don't do that now. I go to the gym and run like a hamster on a treadmill. This can be boring sometime. Why not diversify my routines with Wii sports and Wii fitness plus?

The youth package for human beings includes not only the right kind of food and vitamins, but games and sports/exercises that keeps the body functioning properly.

Posted by qualteam at 9:53 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 30 November 2010 11:31 PM EST
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Christmas Comes In An Unexpected Way
Not only is this video very uplifting, but the comment on it by a viewer brought tears to my eyes. I really can't add more on this moment than she has.
Her comment:
"Four years ago, Nov. 13, 2006, my son was in a plane crash that took his life and 4 others. Anytime I see the number 13 it reminds me of his "HeavenDay". I believe that there is Heaven. This video is a wonderful celebration of life, a piece of Heaven on Earth. Share goodness with each other. Call it whatever you want.? Thank goodness for people who choose to make life good for others. Do what is good and loving while you can! Sing in malls! Share your gifts with others. Love one another".

Posted by qualteam at 3:08 PM EST
Monday, 22 November 2010
Rock and Roll From The 1950s Is Young Music


Freddie Vett and The Flames play nothing but the music of the late 50s and early 60s, but it's still energizing and fun. We may be getting older, but the classic rock of yesterday certainly keeps us with a youthful attitude.

It was great that the flames had their own girl group in their band. Where would rock be without Motown or the girl groups of the 60s

Of course, the group played a great deal of heavy rock from the first decade which included "Rock Around The Clock", "Oh Boy" "Hound Dog" and "Great Balls of Fire". The girls sang numbers like "Mister Postman", "He's a Rebel" and "My Boyfriend's Back". 

Added to the above were songs that you rarely hear anymore like The Monotone's, "Book of Love"(A dowop classic), The Coaster's "Charlie Brown"(A novelty song) and Santo and Johnny's "Sleepwalk"(an instrumental classic). Incredibly, the lead singer Freddie Vett was able to play Sleepwalk in the same way it was recorded.

There are only two other rock tribute groups that I would place near Freddie Vette and The Flames. One is "Sha Na Na" and the other is "Showaddywaddy".

There's a great deal of youthful teenage energy and feeling in these songs. I've tried to make my own classic R & R collection on this Youtube website.

Rock and Roll is a very diversified music genre. It didn't take the Beatles to prove this to me. 

Back in the good old days,  if I listened to a song once or twice and if it left an impression, I would remember it many years later. This happened with Cliff Richard's "Please Don't Tease" and Eddie Holland's "Jamie".

There's something about the timelessness of a song that can stick with you. It's like it came from another world where time stands still and no one ages.

Posted by qualteam at 10:46 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 23 November 2010 12:01 AM EST
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Good Disability Lawyers

I hope you or your family never need a disability lawyer, but if you do there are two in the Toronto area that could help you out. The first one is David Share Associates and the second one is Aaron Lang. David specializes in insurance company disability claims and Aaron specializes in accident claims and CPP disability.

Both of these lawyers have a great deal of experience in the areas they specialize in. They have helped a few friends settle their claims.

CPP disability, especially, can be a mine field for most people because you have to get pass "The OCRT Tribunal" and "The Pension Appeals Board".

I would only promote someone on my blog who I felt was exceptional at what they did.

I also want to point out that the above lawyers take a 30% commission on any lump sum payment. Part of this fee is tax deductible.


Posted by qualteam at 9:39 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 16 November 2010 9:43 PM EST
Thursday, 11 November 2010
We Will Remember Them


Remembrance Day touches more Canadians than ever because of the war in Afghanistan.

Since 2002, every Canadian war casualty has made front page news. Their coffins were followed from Afghanistan to "The Highway of Heroes" in Ontario. This has happened 152 times. Death and scarifice doesn't just effect the dead soldiers' friends and family, but the whole country. Tonight on CBC television, there is a documentary on the fallen in Afghanistan. It's called "We Will Remember Them".

Remembrance Day is called Veterans Day in United States. The Poppy is a symbol of this day because of the poem "In Flanders Fields". 

In the second World War, over 100 million people died on both sides. In today's battles a lot fewer people die, but it still hurts.

Discoverying our common humanity is one way to bring peace into the world. Do you remember the World War One Christmas miracle? Check out the song "Christmas in Trenches".

Posted by qualteam at 9:19 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:01 PM EST
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
The Problem With Zombie Movies

It may come as a suprise to you but the first two episodes of "The Walking Dead" draw more than 10 million viewers. 

From what I've read on the internet, the reviews for this TV series have been very good.

Zombies seem to touch a sensitive part of our subconscious. There's something very evil and mysterious about this phenomena, but we can't get to the bottom of it. It's like a recurring nightmare that haunts many of us. We want it to go away, but it just keeps coming back like the zombies themselves.

I've watched both episodes and the emphasis was on shock and gore rather than story-line and zombie mysteries.

I have many questions about how the zombie apocalpse got started and why the government or military didn't crush it at the beginning. Was there a conspiracy of silence on this threat? Did the military fail in their counter attack against the zombies? Were the zombies created by supernatural means or by super science gone wrong? Who did it? Aliens? Mad scientists? The Devil?

Are the zombies real or are the human survivors' brains plugged into a virtual-reality zombie game? (Something like the Matrix)

In developing the story-line of "The Walking Dead", surely some of the living characters would be interested in what makes zombies tick and what evil lies behind them.

I'd like to see how this plays out.

Another person's view on the top ten zombie movies of all time.

Top Ten Things To Do After You're Dead.


Posted by qualteam at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 9 November 2010 12:24 AM EST

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