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My life

Life is pretty great, feeling pretty lucky.

The best $100 I ever spent

March 12, 2014

The first few moments after finding out that Veronica Mars had launched a Kickstarter campaign were a blur. I literally didn’t know what to do. Should I tweet, Instagram, blog, shout, yell or cheer?  In the end, I think I …

Travel: Olympic-sized cross-country adventures await you at Emerald Lake Lodge.

February 24, 2014

Do you feel that? Do you feel like something is missing in your life?  Do you find yourself suddenly watching CBC’s Steven and Chris?  Are you the only one wearing red right now? Well, I have news for you: You’re …

Travel: The long lost art of relaxation on BC’s Sunshine Coast!

February 4, 2014

It might sound crazy, but I have the hardest time relaxing. And I don’t mean that to make anyone feel bad, or “woe is me.” I just mean, even if I’m on a vacation and it’s supposed to be relaxing, …

How I survived Calgary’s deep freeze!

December 9, 2013

Man, what does Mother Nature have against Calgary?  First it was the flood, than it was an epic heat wave and now we’re wrapping up 2013 in a very deep freeze.   Besides bundling up under layers and layers of …

World’s biggest snowball fight comes to Jasper!

November 26, 2013

Here’s an important question to ask yourself:  “Why don’t we take snowball fights more seriously?” This past weekend, I visited the small mountain town of Jasper, Alberta to be a referee in their third annual Snow Battle, also known in …

Suit up: Indochino comes to Calgary!

November 17, 2013

For the second time since its inception Indochino: The Traveling Tailor has come to Calgary and just like last time, I needed some help.  I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but I’m not very fashionable. If I could dress like …

Photos: Fallin’ for Fredericton!

November 4, 2013

Happy Monday! I spent the past couple days back home in Frederiction, babysitting my nephew and niece. While taking care of busy kids is worthy of a whole other blog, I did take some time, sometimes on the way to …

Backstage and on air for Shaw’s election night coverage!

October 23, 2013

Depending on where you live, you may have heard that Calgary had a big ol’ election this past Monday.  After months of writing columns about voting, school board trustees and secret videos, it sometimes felt like election day would never …

Need to relax? Have you tried staycationing?

September 14, 2013

We recently got a chance to stay at the newly revamped Delta Calgary South. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Mike, the name of the hotel implies that it is located in Calgary. Aren’t you also located in Calgary? Why …

Mike and the Covered Bridge Chip Factory!

August 25, 2013

Let’s get one thing straight, there is nothing and I mean nothing, that I love more than potato chips.  They are far and away my favourite snack and are easily the worst culprit behind my ever growing blogger belly. So, …

Calgary flood: Why haven’t the canceled bands done more to help?

July 18, 2013

It’s been one month since a flood waterlogged most of Southern-Alberta and while many communities have finally re-opened, it’s going to be a long time before things are back to normal. One thing that was thankfully back to normal was …

Road Trippin’: From Kangaroos to wine, Kelowna has more than meets the eye.

May 22, 2013

If you find yourself constantly drawn to the heat and wine of California, but shutter at the cost of traveling to the States, well, let me introduce you to Kelowna, BC.  I got the chance to spend a few days there this …

Road Trippin’: Soaking in Turner Valley’s Big Blue Sky!

May 6, 2013

One of my favourite things about the summer time is the potential for epic road trips. Whenever possible I like to pack up the car, load up the iPod and go somewhere interesting, preferably to see or do something I’ve …

Charity: Bid on my bowl and KISS hunger goodbye!

May 2, 2013

Calgary’s Interfaith Food Bank’s Empty Bowl Benefit is one of my favourite events of the year!  It’s the only time I really get to play with paint and hopefully raise lots of money for one of the city’s most important …

Travel: A colourful visit to Regina

April 22, 2013

For the past few days, I’ve been settled into the city of Regina for the 2013 Juno Awards. When it was time to go home, I decided to book the last flight out to Calgary , giving me a chance …