It’s been too long since a new vlog was uploaded, but we’re back! This time we’re hitting up two different farmers’ markets in the city and looking for treasures at Value Village. Oh yes…it’s just as exciting as it sounds!
Honestly…just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you always have to ACT like an adult. AMIRIGHT??
As long-time readers of this blog will undoubtedly know, I’m not writing nearly as much as I used to. I think it just happens to be that when life isn’t that bad, bloggers have less and less to write about. Life is right now is good. VERY good. Things are finally coming together in a variety of ways. While I’m not writing that much, I am still taking photos on a near-daily basis and trying to appreciate everything that happens around me.
I’ve decided to do a new series of blog posts where I will try to tell a story through photos. It may work; it may not. But at the end of the day, I hope that I will be able to continue sharing my life through pictures and stories.
My shoes take me to a lot of different places. Here is the first of the series of tales about those places…
So this is where my shoes have taken me this time. Because I’m always wearing something on my feet, I’ll always have a way to get somewhere.
I’m pissed off.
Halifax…we’re BETTER than this.
After the horrific events that took place in our nation’s capital on October 22nd, tensions across the country were at an all-time high. We lost a good person and a reservist who was simply doing his duty of guarding the tomb of the Unknown Soldier…and there’s no need for that. No justification. Thankfully, the shooter was gunned down inside of the Parliament Building. I’m glad he’s dead and the Canadian Soldier At Arms, Kevin Vickers, is a damn hero for pulling the trigger before more innocent victims died.
Yesterday morning at 8:36am, a report was phoned into Halifax Regional Police. The report was that somebody believed they saw a man walking with what appeared to be a rifle wrapped in black cloth. Police swarmed the area immediately and then social media took over.
What bothered me wasn’t so much the immediate fear and panic that this report caused, it was the fear mongering that local media proceeded to push on the people of Halifax through unconfirmed reports and hearsay.
I’m sorry, but a single, unconfirmed report of someone possibly carrying a rifle underneath a black cloth is not the same as “reports of a gunman”. This type of erroneous reporting only goes to mislead the public into thinking that there was absolutely a gunman in Downtown Halifax because it’s now substantiated with the misnomer of having more than one reported sighting. This type of sensationalistic reporting is what I expect from TMZ and CNN and the like…I don’t expect it from my local media.
The police department attempted to clarify the situation:
It got so bad at one point that local social media folk joined the police department to make sure people knew that shots were NOT fired and there had been NO ATTEMPTED SHOOTING…as people across the country began to re-tell stories around the social media campfire:
As the online community was beginning to go a little bit out of control, this is what the police department officially had to say about the situation at 9:56am:
“At 8:36 a.m., several patrol units, including members of the Emergency Response Team, responded to a report of a man walking in the area of Duke and Brunswick Streets in Halifax carrying what is believed to be a rifle. He was reported to be wearing black cargo pants and an ear piece and was concealing what is reported to be a rifle wrapped in black cloth. We are currently attempting to confirm the single report as well as locate the man. There has been no report of shots being fired or any threats.”
Scary situation? Absolutely! I would be freaking out a bit if I were in the downtown area. As it was, I was outside the downtown core by a couple of kilometers and receiving my information via Twitter and Facebook. Thankfully, I don’t rely on one or two sources of information (such as the goddamn local newspaper!!) or else I would have been freaking out that my city was under attack by a crazy gunman.
Was it stated specifically by the Chronicle Herald, JackFM, and News 94.5? No. Was it inferred by their reckless reporting of multiple reports of a gunman downtown? Absolutely! And even after the police released their clarification of the situation, the Chronicle Herald couldn’t help but continue their sensationalistic ways…
This type of frivolous reporting has got to stop. Everybody is on edge already. We all know that this can happen in our back yard; just look at what happened to my former home of Moncton, New Brunswick just a few months ago.
As a member of the media, you are supposed to INFORM the public. The information needs to be accurate. What you aren’t supposed to do is treat providing news as a race to the finish line on the last lap of the Indy 500. By doing that, you report inaccuracies and cause undue panic and fear amongst your readers. I don’t want to know what COULD be going on, I want to know what’s going on. If you don’t know, DON’T REPORT IT.
CBC television did an incredible job covering the events as they unfolded in Ottawa on Wednesday. Local reporting icon Peter Mansbridge was insightful and stressed numerous times “this is what we know for certain at the moment”. There was no jumping the gun or throwing around wild stories. He didn’t try to sensationalize the situation because, let’s face it, it was scary enough the way it was.
After a situation like what happened yesterday, I think our local news sources need to re-evaluate how they report the news to the public. In a world where typing tweets into a cellphone can result in embarrassing typos, it’s even MORE important to ensure that what you’re sending out to the world is accurate and can be backed-up by evidence.
Will they learn? Probably not…though it didn’t take too long for the Chronicle Herald to wise-up and realize that they were part of the problem yesterday morning:
Let’s just forget the police report saying that there is yet no direct correlation between the two incidents. To the media, this is a “case closed” situation and they were justified in their reporting.
I, for one, and sick of it.
UPDATE – It turns out that the two cases were NOT related.
A few months ago, Sunshine came up with the idea that we take a day off of work in order to go out and just enjoy the day. Maybe even try to do a bunch of fun activities that we wouldn’t normally get the chance to do on the weekend together. We decided to have our very own “Ferris Bueller Day” where we simply forgot about work, forgot about any troubles going on in our lives, and just be on a mission to have fun together. After all…
So we both took last Friday off in an effort to OWN THE DAY! Needless to say, I think we did…
This was absolutely one of the best days I’ve ever had with my wife. From beginning to end, this was a blast. We felt like two kids and soaked up life as it was our first date all over again.
If you ever want to get some “spark” back into your relationship, take a Ferris Bueller Day!! You’ll thank yourself for it later.
I’ve made a lot of decisions in my lifetime. I’ve made a lot of choices. Some good, a lot of bad. I’ve traveled up and down the highways and byways and have found myself to be living on the edge of tragedy instead of comedy most of the time (a nice little Stranger Than Fiction reference for you).
But back in February I made a decision that would alter my life forever. This decision was absolutely one that I didn’t take lightly. I made the decision to not only propose to my long-distance girlfriend of over three years but also to move to her city at some point over the next year. I had discussed the situation with my ex-wife and my son and they were both on board, so it just seemed as though the stars were aligning at just the right time. That time came in September and I moved here on September 10th.
Without a shadow of a doubt, it has been the best decision that I’ve ever made. Let me just tell you the multitude of reasons of why that’s the case…
My job is awesome. I work for a construction company as an executive assistant to the president/owner. She’s also in real estate and I’m learning that side of the business, as well. At first, I was a little hesitant about being an assistant, but in a short period of time I’ve been entrusted with the task of being “her” if anything were to ever happen to her. So if she gets hit by a bus tomorrow morning, I’m the one that’s going to keep the business running. That’s a HUGE responsibility and one I don’t take lightly at all…but it’s also a lot more than I initially signed on for, which I’m very excited about. In addition, I’m also doing social media for about 50% of my day, which is practically a dream come true for me. I mean, I never thought that I’d be getting paid to be a social media specialist at 40 years old…but that’s what’s happening.
My future job looks awesome, too. At this point, I’m not making a ton of money…but the potential is there to substantially pad my income. The long-term future has me quite excited, too…especially considering how much my new employer believes in me and my abilities. I’m excited about the opportunities and can’t wait to see where I’m at in six months’ time…a year…five years!
My family life is incredible. Seriously…I never in a million years thought that living with Sunshine and her girls would be nearly as fulfilling as it’s been. I wake up with a smile on my face. I get hugs from everybody when I get home from work. I get cooked meals from an amazing woman and I laugh with all three girls at the dinner table. It’s more than I ever thought was possible. Or more apt, it’s more than I ever thought I deserved…and this makes me incredibly happy.
I’m writing again. No, not just here…I’m actually now writing THREE separate and distinct blogs. I’m doing I Used To Have Hair on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays…I’m doing To Travel Or Not on Tuesdays, and What’s YOUR Guilty Pleasure on Thursdays. I just feel inspired to write again…which is pretty awesome because it was starting to feel like work for awhile. It’s exciting to have new things to write about and not be pigeon-holed by one particular genre or topic. Oh…and you can stay up-to-date on all my blog posts by “liking” me on Facebook!
I love this new city that I’m living in. I told myself for three years that I would never move here because I hated it so much. I found reason after reason to not like it, when in fact I was only trying to give myself an excuse to not move here. As it stands, it’s been two months so far and I’m loving the city life. I love the little restaurants and cafes, I love the hustle and bustle, I love walking through the downtown…I’m just finding myself finding reason after reason to love the city that I’m in.
I’m loving the opportunities being presented to me here, too. For example, I just finished having a business meeting with a photographer who does amazing work with his pictures and is becoming quite the in-demand talent around these parts. Because Sunshine and I initially bought a piece of his when he first started, and because I followed-up with him after starting my new job, he has decided to present a business opportunity to me that others in the city would love to have. I can now say that I’ve got a friend who is an in-demand artist/photographer. This is one of my favorite pieces of his:
I also re-connected with a friend from high school who is now a professional musician and theatre actor. That might be lame to some, but it’s pretty cool to me…especially considering how few friends I’ve had over the past ten years outside of work. I’ve been a loner, and it’s such a crazy feeling to “spread my wings” and begin living life all over again.
And I guess that’s really how I’ve been feeling lately; as if I’m just beginning to live my life. My previous forty years on the planet have only gone to prepare me for REALLY living life as of right now. Every day since moving here has been better than the day before. Every day I’m more in love than I was the day before. Every single day I’m enjoying life more than the day before.
Am I making this clear enough? I’m just one happy dang guy right now and I never, ever thought it would be THIS good. Life, my friends, is a happy song indeed…especially when there’s somebody by my side to sing along.
Slowly the sun rises and helps the night melt into day.
The earth provides just enough breeze for flags to fly against the brilliant backdrop.
As the sun rises on the horizon over Halifax, its first light burns.
To watch the dawn of a new day can be breathtaking.
The colors glow in fiery hues, reminiscent of my love for you.
Sigh…I’m no poet. At least I tried.