I'm a 47 year old writer, amateur photographer and amateur dad living in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
Woke Comedy Clubs Suck
I haven't been on stage as a comedian in a few years now. And with Covid-19, it might be a little while more before I do give it a shot again. It's not that I am that funny. I'm not really. I mean, don't get me wrong, I try. Lord, do I try. But, a brilliant comedian I am not.
I Am My Bipolar Diagnosis
I didn't choose the bipolar life, the bipolar life chose me. The new, hip thing to do in order to destroy stigma around illnesses, particularly mental illness, is to say, "I am NOT my diagnosis." It's an understandable thing to do. People don't want to be defined by just one aspect of who they are. I get that. And I'm cool with that. I'm down with what the kids are into these days.
Dear USA, We Need To Talk!
Well, my friends to the south of the border, you guys have had your first presidential debate of 2020 between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. I think I can speak for much of the planet when I say that many of us are a tad concerned.
Joe Rogan vs. Spotify
I can't say I've bothered listening to The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. The few times that I did attempt it, I wasn't overly drawn in. But, even if I'm not listening, millions of other people most definitely are. Heck, according to the National Post, his podcast gets 190 million downloads per month. Like, wow, that's....a whole lot of downloads, dude.
Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter
At this point, I would say I have watched maybe 100 hours of livestreams and video from the various protests that have been happening across the US (and sometimes in other countries, like my native Canada). After all, A&E's Live PD is cancelled and this is kind of the next best thing.
Covid-19 Madness: Stop Fighting Over Masks
Okay, I've about had it with the whole mask shaming thing that is going on right now with this Covid-19 pandemic. It just seems to me that this outbreak has given people whole new ways to be complete jerkholes to each other. Stop it! We don't need more division right now.
A Perfect Storm is giving Black Lives Matter a Dramatic Lift
What a 2020 this has been, am I right? Who would have thought that the year would start out with a world-wide pandemic unlike one that has been seen since 1918, and that by late spring we would see so much of the Western world in complete revolt. And, really, there doesn't seem to be any other way to put it. There does seem to be a revolution going on in the streets. Can we call it the 'American Spring'? Whatever you want to call it, it's huge. Seismic, as some might say. And it's all because of Black Lives Matter.
Justice 4 Black Lives vs. The Media
As Black Lives Matter protests sweep the world it was inevitable that they would hit my city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Justice 4 Black Lives rally was billed as a peaceful protest, and for the most part, yes it could be described as that. There were no riots, outright violence, people marched peacefully, and there were no major incidents. It is estimated that 18,000 people showed up at the Manitoba Legislative Building on June 5 to protest against racism, especially by police. The cause was just. Black Lives DO Matter. And, it was nice to see so many people out protesting against racism.