bullet Hunter Sailboats - I picked up a 17' Hunter sailboat in May of 2008. I figured this would be a great way to spend some time on the lake which is so close to my new home in Creston. I was right, it was a gas I have been having honing my sailing skills, but just being out on the water is what really matters. I find myself always checking wind conditions and I am always looking for that perfect sailing day. Check out my sailing blog here.


bullet VW Westfalia's - After driving wagons (see below) for the past 6 years, I decided to purchase a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia. Although I miss the luxury of a fully loaded boat, the fun factor of the Westfalia more than makes up for all of those lost features. My Westy is fun to drive and great for camping!


bullet Woody Wagons - Station wagons are the most under-rated vehicles on the road today. Which is great, there will be more for me. I drove a 1983 Caprice Classic Estate Wagon for five years. Then this  1984 Caprice Classic Estate Wagon became available and I just had to have it. Scott (thanks for the wrenches) and I spent a couple of weekends replacing all motor gaskets, fuel system, cooling system along with a few other items that required some attention. One nice upgrade was to rip out the hydro-boost braking system and replace it with the upgraded braking system that GM placed in their 1986 vehicles. That made a huge difference, for the better, to braking. The next summer Scott & I worked on everything from the frame down. That's right, drums, shoes, rotor's, pads, brake lines, ball joints along with a few other items associated with the steering and front end. This baby used to be a sweet highway ride, lots of room and so comfortable, but now this Caprice is a real treat to drive.  Below is my favourite station wagon related web site.      American Station Wagon Association

Short Video of '84 Caprice motor rebuild

bullet The Ultimate Comfort Bike     [click on picture to enlarge]

Go on, try one; you deserve it. Experience perfection for yourself!      


bullet Live Music - (This section will change now that my new digs are in Creston) Nothing beats checking out live music while hanging at one of your favourite local clubs. There is no need to wait for a good artist to show up at the Saddledome. Calgary is loaded with smaller venues with a great  cross-section of music. I prefer Blues and Roots music and some of the clubs you might find me in are listed below. Live at the Clubs

Ironwood Stage & Grill, 1429 - 9 Avenue SE

KAOS Jazz & Blues Bistro, 718 - 17 Avenue SW  (now closed, check out...  Calgary Blues & Roots Festival )

King Edward Hotel, Home of the Blues, 438 - 9 Avenue SE 

"The King Eddy," as it is affectionately called, has been home to the blues for close to 30 years. Dark, rustic and smoke-filled, it attracts an eclectic crowd who come to quaff back a few cold ones while listening or dancing to some premier blues. Reminiscent of an old Chicago Blues club. [Sadly - the doors were closed in August 2004]

Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack, 316 - 3 Street SE

Karma Local Arts House, 2139 - 33 Avenue SW (where I first saw The Co-Dependents)

Probably the best venue I have been to for concerts... The Gorge at George

The Gorge Amphitheatre is a 20,000+ seat concert venue, located above the Columbia River Gorge, in George, Washington.
Administered by Live Nation, it is considered one of the premier and most scenic concert locations not just in North America, but the world.
The venue offers sweeping and majestic views of the Columbia River, as well as extreme eastern Kittitas County and extreme western Grant County.
The Gorge is known for its spectacular views of the Columbia gorge canyon and mighty Columbia river. It offers lawn-terrace seating and concert-friendly weather.


bullet Calgary Folk Festival - July 26-29, 2012
I attended for years, then volunteered for close to 10 - always a great show



Kokanee Summit Party! Creston, BC

  currently on hold after a ten year run

bullet A few tunes that I'm listening to right now... (Writing about music is like dancing about architecture)

 The Beatles - I've Got A Feeling    The Beatles - Don't Let Me Down    The Beatles - One After 909

Tom Petty - Live 2008 - Gloria     Lily Was Here - Candy Dulfer / Dave Stewart    54-40 - Live 2007 - She-La

McCuaig - Long Way to the Top    Rory Gallagher - Going To My Hometown (1972)    Tired Pony - Dead American Writers

  Jeff Beck - Brush With Blues (Video)    Sam Brown - Horse to the Water (Video)    Santana - Soul Sacrifice (Video)

Ted Nugent - Stranglehold    TPOH: I'm An Adult Now    The Who - Baba O'Riley

Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon

Patti Smith

Singing - Who Do You Love

[Live from Letterman - Feb 14, 1997]

Audio - mp3    Video [media player format]

Patti Links

patti smith, central park, nyc, 1976


Billy Cowsill Tribute

Billy Cowsill, an integral part of the Alberta

and Canadian music scene for the past few decades,

died on February 17, 2006 at his home in Calgary.

Allison Brock was a friend and fan of Billy Cowsill and devoted the February 25, 2006 edition of CKUA Radio - Wide Cut Country to a look back at Billy Cowsill. She was joined by David Ward and Tom Coxworth in Calgary and Peter North in Edmonton. In addition, a number of guests were invited to share memories of Billy.

Allison Brock's heartfelt tribute to Billy Cowsill
Part 1 (28 minutes and 25 seconds)
Part 2 (31 minutes and 15 seconds)
Part 3 (28 minutes and 20 seconds)
Part 4 (27 minutes and 52 seconds)
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On Sunday, February 26, 2006 on CKUA Radio - Folk Routes, Tom Coxworth rebroadcast the one hour special he did last year that included an interview with Billy Cowsill and a musical retrospective. The interview was conducted December 4, 2004 at Billy's residence in Calgary. Tom edited and updated the interview with bites that he did not use originally to make it more timely and relevant.

Part 1 (33 minutes)
Part 2 (28 minutes)

*** Hidden Video Gem: Co-Dependants Live at the Mecca (Lead Vocals - Billy Cowsill)



bullet What's more Canadian than the hockey stick?

            Odd ball fencing Media Player format  [Get Windows Media Player ]


bullet Air Force - Did you grow up in the Military? Do you have trouble answering the question "where are you from?"  My parents were both in the Air Force, I guess that makes me a true Air Force brat. Born in Trenton Ontario, transferred to Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Cold Lake Alberta, back to Trenton and then Greenwood. As they say... there's no life like it and I believe that.

Canadian Air Force