May 2020 14

The underappreciated Ivy. _#Parkdale

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May 2020 14



Did I go to swimming lessons as a kid? Karate? Piano?

No. We were poor. I went to the damn Batcave.

My introduction to Theatre of the Mind included ‘When Batman Became a Coward!’ featuring the Caped Crusader going into Psychotherapy. Heady stuff.

I played the batshit out of this one.





May 2020 13

Thank you, friend, for the letter. _#CanadaPost #Parkdale #snailmail #TheCovid #isolation2020

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May 2020 13


It was the late 1990s and I was a junkie in need of an intervention.

Filling my veins with Electronic Dance Music and hanging with people who were doing way too much Moby, I needed help but didn’t know it.

And then salvation came. Eleven tracks that jarred me into a moment of clarity like doing a line with strangers off the top of a toilet in a New York City Bus Station Restroom.

I remembered who I was – a gritty dirty-under-the-nails dive bar electric guitar-loving garage rocker. Addict.

Ubiquitous now? Absolutely. But ‘Is This It’ by The Strokes was a panacea.


May 2020 12

Look, I hate these Facebook challenge things. But I’m bored and a friend asked me to do it. So, to appease her and the writer in me who just wants to write short mindless blurbs right now… I’ll be posting them on here as well.


So I’m at the Canadian National Exhibition. Pre-teen years. The smell of trouble and those mini-donuts that float down the river of oil is in the air. And I yearn to be cool in a way that those girls who wear jean jackets with those feathers clipped onto them are attracted to, but before I discover smoking and underage drinking in parking lots.

Records. Records are cool and you say I can win one at that game of chance on the Midway? Take my money. Did I throw a dart? Turn over some floating duck? I don’t remember.

But I walk away with this – Poor Boys ‘Ain’t Nothin’ in Our Pocket But Love’. Fitting.

Possibly still unplayed – and no, Reader, I don’t know who they are either. But coveted in my small collection as if it were an Iggy Pop autographed Stooges album.



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