The Log for Thursday October 6, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: shake (don’t know exactly what was in it but it had fruit and yogurt), big piece of sour dough with peanut butter and apricot jam; glass of tea Morning: glass of tea; macintosh Lunch: goat curry, too much rice and beans, coleslaw Dinner: caesar, chili tequila sour, fish burrito with chow mein, beer After dinner: Hot toddy What I Did for Exercise: 10 lengths, 5 head-up front crawl and five head-up breast stroke because I forgot my damn goggles; I haven’t done it in a long while so I’m looking to build to something greater Walked Read More

The Log for Wednesday October 5, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: two bowls of Mini Wheats with 1% milk; 1 glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; macintosh Lunch: large salami and cheddar sandwich on pumpernickel with mayo and mustard; 1 macintosh Dinner: 3 lamb chops (they were small!) with tapenade on them, two servings of carrot salad with vinaigrette and cheese; a bunch of small potatoes in dill and butter; couple glasses of OJ What I Did for Exercise Barely made it to 15 minutes on the exercise bike because, well, I may have had too much to drink the night before (which explains the Read More

Turning Pro (2012) by Steven Pressfield

Categories: 2012, Books, Non-Fiction, and Personal.

At this point, Pressfield has made a second writing career out of inspiring others to write. This is the third book of his I’ve read, and they get less effective each time I read a new one. Why? Because basically they are all the same book. Pressfield is passionate about writing something that compels us to write, but he gives the same advice in each book, with only slight permutations (even quoting from The War of Art here). Your much better off buying War of Art (or something you find more effective) and just re-reading that one book. I don’t Read More

The Log for Sunday October 2, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What did I eat? Breakfast: two poaches eggs, a large piece of whole grain toast, a glass of tea Over the course of the day: one glass of bubble tea sans milk Dinner: a brisket sandwich, slaw, baked beans (yes, I ate out again), two pints of different sizes (even with my cold) Evening: hot toddy   What I did for exercise Walked up the stairs at College station Walked from College station to Bathurst and College (not exactly in a straight line) Walked up the stairs at Donlands, walked home from Donlands Some shorter walks   What I did Read More

The Log for Saturday October 1, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What Did I Eat Today? Breakfast: tea and yet more Harvest Crunch (smaller serving this time) in 1% milk, glass of tea Lunch: piece of home lasagna from the other night, mcintosh Afternoon: a large orange Dinner: 3 small pieces of pizza (1 “Chicken Pesto” and 2 Hawaiian) and 1 1/2 and weird, churro-like cinnamon things   What I did for exercise Very close to 20 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Pape, walked down the stairs at Pape, walked up the stairs at St. Andrew Some shorter walks I failed to walk up the stairs at my girlfriend’s Read More

The Log for Friday September 30, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What Did I Eat? Breakfast: Way more than one serving of Harvest Crunch (8g of fat and 31g of carbs in one serving) in a large pool of 1% milk; a glass of tea Morning: two glasses of tea and a macintosh Lunch: Triple decker white bread sandwich featuring the usual salami, old cheddar, mayo and mustard Dinner: Chicken curry with basmati rice and a raita and a ginger ale (I was out) A hot toddy   What I Did For Exercise Rode the exercise bike for an actual 20 minutes Walked to Donlands station, walked down the stairs; walked Read More

The Log for Thursday September 29, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I ate: Breakfast: Way more than one serving of Harvest Crunch (8g of fat and 31g of carbs in one serving) in a large pool of 1% milk; a glass of tea Morning: two glasses of tea and a macintosh Lunch: two sandwiches consisting of white bread (bad!), salami, mayo (bad!), old cheddar and a macintosh Dinner: homemade lasagna consisting of white pasta (bad!), ground beef (but not a lot of beef), tomato sauce, 3 zucchinis, a bunch of mushrooms, a whole tub of ricotta (but it didn’t even cover the pasta it was on), and some old cheddar Read More

The Log

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

I have been gaining weight recently. Ever since my ex-girlfriend and I broke up a couple of years ago, I have been gaining weight. And ever since I gave up swimming about six months after that, I have been gaining fat instead of muscle. I am now close to the weight I was in university which is, in my mind, not a good thing. I want to do something about it. I want to get back to the weight I was when I lived in Hamilton and climbed 15 flights of stairs multiple times a day. I want to get Read More

TIFF 2016

Categories: 2016, Movies, and Personal.

With the decision not to see the People’s Choice Award today (a musical), I ended up seeing 11 movies this year, a little bit lower than my average. As usual, I saw more good films than bad ones. Somewhat surprising was that there was no clear “great” film – I usually see at least one film that I will consider, in hindsight, to be one of the best movies of a given calendar year. Not this year (I don’t think). Anyway, without further delay, here is what I saw this year: Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 13 – February 22, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

It was cool again this morning, probably as cool as the day before (so, relatively cool). The hotel had a large breakfast buffet, probably the biggest we’d seen. It was quite nice, although it wasn’t particularly Colombian. We took a cab and got to the airport relatively quickly, despite it being a weekday. I looked for a Botero mug at the airport but no such luck. Tons of other mugs, just no Botero. We had to get exit visas to leave the country, which appeared to be a complete formality. Our flight to Panama was quick and then we had Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 12 – February 21, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

It rained today, the first time it rained on our trip. And that was kind of funny because it was supposed to rain the entire time we were in Medellin and I think a few other times. Anyway, it was just sprinkling too. We took a cab to the bus stop and had to wait a bit for the bus. It was pretty full so, for the first time on the trip, Jenn and I couldn’t sit together. The bus ride was interesting as the guy we paid for the tickets hawked maps to us for half the trip. But Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 11 – February 20, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

This morning we headed to the northern bus terminal, one stop farther on the metro than the northern gondola. We were able to find our bus counter rather easily and our bus. We were early, which was good, and sat on the bus for a bit before it took off. It’s a 2 hour so drive to Guatape: The main road was full of construction, and not as scenic as the drive from the airport. (Though, on the way back, the view was obviously better.) Once we got off the main road, the construction stopped (for the most part) but Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 10 – February 19, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

I woke up feeling much, much better. I would still have some minor digestive issues over the next few days, and it would take rather a while before I felt completely myself again, but I was able to enjoy our holiday once more. I don’t know whether that’s just the thing that happens with stuff like this, or it was because I started taking antibiotics immediately – either way, back to normal. It turns out, the timing was rather lucky, because we had been unable to book a walking tour for the 18th. Instead, we had to be content with Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 7 – February 16, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

This morning we went to Playa Blanca. There was more than a little confusion: Nobody picked us up despite the pledge yesterday that we would be picked up. We could have walked four times before we finally got in a cab. First, our hotel called them and they said they were on their way. Then our hotel called again, and we were told to take a cab. We waited close to an hour before they told us they were waiting for us, but only after our hotel had called them twice. (Fortunately, the tour company paid for the cab. We Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 5 – February 14, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

Valentine’s Day. One of the cool things about this hotel was the breakfasts. Every morning we had a choice of “American” or local breakfast, and I ate the local every day: empanadas, arepas, a local sausage and limes. Plus, fresh fruit juice! Good stuff. This morning we walked over to Castillo de San Felipe, which I have read is one of the largest Spanish style forts in the New World, if not the largest. Even walking over after breakfast, it was already fucking hot. (Though, as with the entire time we were in Cartagena, there was a breeze, albeit a Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 3 – February 12, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

This morning we took a cab ride to Monserrate, a mountain that overlooks Bogota. For the first few minutes of the cab ride, we worried he was driving us up the mountain, as we had to go up high to get on a beltway that runs along the hills. The cabbie took us to the station where we could catch a funicular up the mountain, or a gondola. The gondola didn’t open until noon, but that was fine with us because we both wanted to take the funicular. (Jenn took pictures from it; I did not as my camera doesn’t Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 2 – February 11, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

After breakfast, we took another long cab ride to a mall, where we met Loon, our guide, for a tour of one of Bogota’s big food markets. We tried the following over the course of the morning: 1.Breakfast Sancocho de pescado  Fish soup made with plantain, yuca and potatoes. Arepa de queso – Colombian arepa filled with gooey double cream cheese [better in Bogota than Medellin] 2. Fruits Feijoa – Green, bubblegum tasting fruit Granadilla – Sweet passion fruit Pitaya – Yellow dragon fruit Mangostino – This was the final one we ate that looked like garlic cloves. 3. Fried stuff Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 1 – February 10, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

We got up sometime after 4 AM, though I was up from 1-something until 2-something, due to my usual anxiety about leaving for a big trip, and because I was anticipating the alarm going off any minute. We took the Union-Pearson Express, because it’s pretty much the only option at 5:30AM (unless you want to spend an hour+ on the night bus or spend $60 on a limo). I was pleasantly surprised by the trip – and fascinated by the route – but it is still incredible to me that a new, separate train was judged the best solution, not Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia – Prologue

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

I spent most of the last two weeks in Colombia; it was my first visit to South America. Why we went to Colombia is a long story. The short version is that I wanted to go on vacation – it’s been two years since my last trip abroad – and the GF had heard great things about Colombia. And so we went. We went despite lots of people expressing their shock that we would choose to go to Colombia, and others expressing their fears. (What we found was that, if the person had been to Colombia or knew someone who Read More

Welcome to my new blog

Categories: Personal.

You may have noticed that I have been rather quiet over the last few months. Well, it was to get this site up, which combines the blog that used to be here with my older blogger blogs, previously available at This isn’t the file version of this site, I’ve got a lot more work to do, some of which will not get done for some time, as I am only one man. I ask for your patience as the site continues to change. I haven’t stopped writing – I have over 60 pages of material that wasn’t posted here Read More

Shyness and Desirability

Categories: Personal.

I have been meaning to post something about my continuing shyness on here for the last month. It would have gone something like this: Even though I have had numerous moments in the past five years where I’ve still made shy, I was convincing myself that things were different. What had changed? Well, I felt like my ex-girlfriend brought me out of my shell a little, principally by giving new found confidence in myself as someone people might actually want to speak to or know. And when we broke up, I assumed that I would retain this supposed new found Read More

Riley’s Breakup Play List Part 3: The Metal Years

Categories: 2014, Music, and Personal.

Very self-respecting music nerd knows for a fact that the Gunners aren’t truly metal, but I like the title. Despite the overwhelming cheese of many of Axl’s contributions to Use Your Illusion, I find his lyrics have a particular relevance to me at this moment of my life, something I really hadn’t imagined possible previously. And so, here we go: “November Rain” This one is now a few days out of date…(And, not coincidentally, I was just at a football game where they felt compelled to play this because, you know, it was raining in November.) For me, it has Read More

Now is the Winter of My Discontent

Categories: 2014 and Personal.

On October 23, 2015 the longest romantic relationship of my life ended. When I say the longest, I also mean the only serious one, the only one that was ever successful. And, at least for me, it felt like it was the only thing in my life that was permanent, that would never change. We were together for approximately 4 3/4 years and lived together for slightly more than three. I have not said anything in this space before because, until this morning, we continued to live together and it was the very least I could do to not write Read More

I won the internet lottery!

Categories: Personal and Society.

I’m sorry I’ve been so bad about updating this lately. Life has sort of gotten in the way; we got a puppy, I have been working on a new book, and I published my second book. Also, I have been working a little too hard at making sure my pop culture blog is in better shape. (Why don’t I amalgamate them? Good question!) I have been meaning to write two posts which I hope to get to in the coming months: A post on journalism’s vital role in democracy and why the Mainstream Media is failing democracy; A post on Read More

On the sanity of living with another human being

Categories: Personal and Psychology.

I have vivid dreams. I mean: really, really vivid. Sometimes they are so vivid I am convinced I am living them, until I wake up. Sometimes they are so vivid they take the place of my memories and I occasionally get confused about whether or not something realistic that happened in a dream actually happened in real life. This doesn’t happen often, but it happens occasionally. Read More

Results of the first ever beer tasting

Categories: Beer, Food, and Personal.

On Saturday, the Malty Tasker hosted a beer tasting for his birthday. We tried 16 (well, actually 17) beers.  Here are the results (all out of 50): St. Ambroise Russian Imperial Stout 43.3 Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel 42.6 Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout 42.5 St. Bernardus Abt 12 41.8 Rochefort 10 41.75 Rochefort 8 39.8 Central City Red Racer IPA 39.8 Young’s Double Chocolate Stout 39.3 Fuller’s London Porter 39.3 Henry’s Irish Red Ale 38.5 Chimay White 38.5 Hobgoblin 37.7 Muskoka Dark 37.7 Black Oak Pale Ale 37.7 Hockley Stout 35 Wells IPA 32.8 Read More

Crazy Italians: On the Cultural Disconnect Between Myself and Italian Cinema

Categories: Movies and Personal.

Nearly a decade ago, when I was living in Australia, I went for a couple of organized tours of parts of the country I had never been too.  One such tour occurred in the southwestern corner of Western Australia, an area that is one of the most beautiful I have ever been to in my limited travels. On this tour were, say, 11-12 people. Four of them were Italian. They were some of the loudest, most obnoxious people I have ever met: they fought with each other, the guide, and us, and alternatively praised each other and us out of Read More