_ The next Miles Mac 60th Anniversary Reunion Meeting will be held this Monday February 6 at 7 pm in Room 33 at the school. All are welcome! Hope to see you there.
Hey folks. For those of you who are not Facebook friends with Myron P., I thought you would like to be brought up to speed on his CCSVI treatment for MS symptoms, which he underwent in California in October. Here are some progress updates in Myron's own words:
"Dec. 13. Just finished a workout on a treadmill! Haven't been able to do that for years. Hi Ho Venoplasty Away!"
"December 27. 2 month post-procedure update. Leg pain GONE! Leg Swelling GONE! Fatigue GONE! Brain Fog GONE! Balance & Coordination very much improved. I am now tandem walking(one foot directly in front of the other) for a period where I walk forward counting backwards from 100 by 3, then walk backward counting down from 100 by 3. I have increased difficulty in all my strength and balance exercises by 50%. Also treadmill walking! The procedure was so so worth it for me but boy does it take a lot of hard work!"
"January 27th! 3 months post Venoplasty. Can now stand and hold head back with eyes closed, 30 minutes on treadmill, balancing on Bosu Ball, and swinging a golf club without shaking like a leaf! Ready for Golf season almost! Placebo? Yeah right!"
It's been a long road back Myron! Congratulations on your successful procedure and all the hard work going into your rehab. Looking forward to seeing you at the MMC 2012 reunion.
_Here's a quirky story about Winnipeg and one of it's famous denizens, written by Doug Lunney of the Winnipeg Sun, accompanied by an equally quirky video clip from the 60's...
"It never ceases to amaze me the bizarre items one can find on YouTube, particularly the clips someone has saved for decades.
A Winnipeg Sun reader sent me the link to a 1960s gem of singer, violinist and TV personality Gisele MacKenzie performing a song about Winnipeg with Perry Como.
The story goes that MacKenzie, born Gisele LaFleche in Winnipeg in 1927, lamented there were no songs about her hometown, so Como put Ray Charles and Mitchell Ayres to work on this production. The cheesy performance hits all the Canadian winter stereotypes including dancing Mounties, reminiscent of one of my favourite Monty Python skits.
Long before Russian goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov gave our city a poor review, this little ditty provided TV viewers across North America with the impression we all live in igloos and travel by dogsled.
Here are some samples of the lyrics: Winnipeg is where “you grow up to be big and strong, eating whale blubber all night long ... in Winnipeg where the eskimos shake your leg just to keep you from freezin’ ... when the wind is frisky, Mother Nature cools your whisky.”
MacKenzie was a regular on TV specials with Jack Benny and Sid Caesar in the 1950s and ‘60s. She made a television comeback in the 1980s, making guest appearances on MacGyver and Murder She Wrote. She was diagnosed with cancer in the late 1990s and died in 2003."
More video evidence of the sheer beauty of our wide, wide world and the sheer lunacy of a few of it's inhabitants...amazing footage!
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Good Saturday morning y'all.
Today a little Rolling Stones blast from the past for you in the form of this Gimme Shelter cover, created by Playing for Change—the amazing people who put together the awe-inspiring cover of Stand By Me back in 2009, which was featured here some time ago.
Like Stand By Me and the rest of that original album, Gimme Shelter was recorded by unknown artists in a virtual worldwide street studio. It all starts with the base percussion, which is recorded first and sets the rhythm to it all, played by Greg Ellis in Hollywood. Then, the track literally flies all over the world, where other artists use it to play their own parts of the song.
At the end of the process, those parts get remixed in a central studio to make the cover you are about to listen to.
To learn more about Playing For Change click on the link below.
Speaking of Mother Nature's monthly gift to Womankind, this uncomfortably hilarious video from the Frantics was sent along by Denise D. Frankly, I don't know how a guy could know so much about the feminine condition, but for his fellow commuters, it's way too much...
Now that winter is truly upon us and our eyes are gazing longingly southward, here's a cautionary tale (with subtitles!) for those of us searching for cheap flights, courtesy of Fascinating Aida from Ireland
Attached are the minutes from Monday's MMC Alumni Assoc. 60th Anniversary Committee meeting as well as an updated "to do list". For those of you who have not already registered for the event, please log onto the website at mmcalumni.ca and scroll to the 60th Anniversary link. There you'll find the registration form. Please pass this information on to all your contacts. Hope to see you all at the next meeting.
It is likely that most women out there are familiar with the o.b. Ultra Tampon kerfuffle, wherein manufacturer Johnson & Johnson decided to discontinue the product without notice or prior warning. I recall reading about it in Macleans magazine of all places (yes, I read it cover to cover, I love it!). The resulting groundswell of anger from women all over North America created a publicity nightmare for the company. Websites sprung up, threatening a "girlcott" of the company's products. In a cheeky twist, the J & J Company has created a personal apology page, where after inserting your name you will have a hunky singer offering you a personal power-ballad apology, replete with flower petals and a sky-writing plane spelling out your name, and ending with a $2.00 coupon offer. Their PR dept. really nailed this one, but judging by the comments I have read regarding this stunt some decided that it was too little too late. Nevertheless, I thought it was very clever, and worth a peek. But then, what do I know? I'm a guy... Check it out yourself @ www.obtampons.ca/apology
Good morning all.
My two kidlets recently returned from a 39 day tour of Europe, and while there they were treated to some of the finest art and architecture
(and liquor, apparently) in the world. Meanwhile, dear old dad had to content himself with living the dream vicariously, following them through Europe via the 'net. It was there that I came across this fascinating 360 degree virtual tour of the visually stunning Sistine chapel in Vatican City. Built between 1473 and 1481, the chapel was later decorated with frescoes by a number of the most famous artists of the Renaissance, including Botticelli and Michelangelo, whose 12,000 square feet of paintings on the ceiling are considered by many to be his finest work. Click on the link below to enjoy it's magnificence for yourself. Use your mouse to glide around the entire structure from floor to breathtaking ceiling and scroll to zoom in on any detail you wish. Even better than being there. Cheaper too. Bonus, there's no lineup to get in...
Born In ‘74!
Melanie Jane Chisholm, Sporty Spice of the Spice Girls
Kevin Duran, Canadian Actor
Kate Moss, Model (Calvin Klein)
Steve Nash, Canadian born basketball star for NBA's Phoenix Suns
Kimbo Slice, mixed martial artist
Jenna Jameson, porn star
Victoria Beckham, Spice Girl Posh
Penelope Cruz, actress
Ahmet Rodan Zappa, son of Frank Zappa, rocker
Steve-O, TV personality, Jackass star
Hilary Swank, actress
Beckie Scott, Canadian cross-country skier and Olympic gold medalist
Natasha Henstridge, Canadian actress
Bryan Chiu, CFL defensive tackle (Montreal Alouettes)
Ryan Phillippe, actor
Caroline Aigle, First female French fighter pilot
Jimmy Fallon, actor and comedian
Chris Pronger, NHL defenceman (Team Canada Oly-1998)
Dale Earnhardt Jr, NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver
Joaquin Leaf Phoenix, actor (Russkies, Space Camp)
Saku Koivu, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens, Oly-B-98)
Meg White, drummer (The White Stripes)
Ryan Seacrest, television host
It Happened In '74
Inflation continued to spiral out of control around the world, reaching 11.3% in the USA and 12.6% in Canada, as the global recession deepened. The famous skeleton of "Lucy", who lived between 3 and 3.9 million years ago is discovered in Ethiopia . More and more smaller digital based consumer products appear in stores and the earliest forms of Word Processors appear which resemble a typewriter more than a computer. After the findings of the Watergate Scandal Richard Nixon becomes the first US president forced to resign from office.