Archive for Death

Pool of Death

Posted in People with tags , , , on August 1, 2010 by Jordan

There was an article on earlier this week about how living an anti-social life is as detrimental to your health as smoking… turns out I’ve been hacking about 15 darts a day since moving to Halifax seven months ago.  In an attempt to curb my smoking habit the LC has been chaperoning me on a series of man dates as of late.   Thursday included a rousing 8-person game of Cranium complete with beer drinking, high fives and laughs.  According to, meeting, high fiving and laughing with 6 new people in one night is equivalent to running 20 km, eating an entire chicken breast and drinking a glass of juice made with the juice machine sponsored by the guy with the crazy eyebrows.  It turns out that social interaction is like wearing the patch for yard sticks like myself.

The conversation topics of the night danced around from subject to subject but the topic that really caught my interest was when one guy revealed that he was in a celebrity death pool.  Apparently this works just like a hockey pool but you draft celebrities that you think are likely to die in the near future.  This guy had accumulated 14 points for successfully picking Dennis Hopper to die. I’m not sure where the 14 points came from but that’s what he said he was awarded.  It sounds like these pools are pools of patience because this guy had been in his for well over a year.

My top 5 celebrity death picks:

  • Gary Busey                 18 Points
  • Mick Jagger                14 Points
  • OJ Simpson                27 Points
  • Courtney Love            10 Points
  • Lindsay Lohan            43 Points

Lest We Forget

Posted in History, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2010 by Jordan

April 9, 1917 is a date that will remain entrenched in Canadian history forever.  It is the date that many Canadians consider the birth of Canada as a nation.  It is the date that four Canadian Divisions went over the top and led the allied offensive at Vimy Ridge in the First World War.  It was a successful offensive that many military and war historians consider the turning point of the Great War.

I studied history in school, wrote an essay on Canada’s success at Vimy and taught a lesson to a grade eleven class on how the events at Vimy Ridge contributed to Canada’s distinction as a nation and independence from Britain.  However, it wasn’t until a colleague of mine came into my office yesterday and wished me a Happy Canada Day that I first remember the anniversary of Vimy Ridge and second, took time to remember the great sacrifices men younger than myself made some 93 years ago to help preserve the freedoms so many of us take for granted today.  It made me think and question why such influential Canadian moments are not celebrated and remembered throughout Canada more prominently.

While reading an article in the Globe and Mail last night I was pleased to find out that there was actually a rather extensive ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa yesterday commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge. However, that same article mentioned that absence of John “Jack” Babcock, the last living veteran of the conflict, who died on February 18 at the age of 109.  With so many of our great veterans passing away, I feel their great efforts have become more and more distant from our present thoughts.  Consequently, it is becoming more and more important that we do not forget the freedoms we have bestowed upon us and we do not forget the men and women who gave up so much in both World Wars to ensure we had the opportunity to live the lives we do today.  Remember battles like Vimy, Passchendaele, the Somme, Dieppe and Normandy because it the existence of these battles that we remember on Remembrance Day.

%d bloggers like this: