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Canada’s Men’s Hockey Team is GOLDEN !!!

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And the final GOLD goes to … CANADA !!!

The early morning game went off and Team Canada brought home the Gold once again besting Sweden 3 to 0 …

Well Done Team Canada.

Friday … Black Ice, Rules and Team Canada

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All that matters tonight, is a GOLD medal on Sunday Morning (EST). The puck drops early – 7 a.m. here in Montreal. Check your local listings for the Marquee Event of the Sochi Olympics, the  Men’s Gold Medal Hockey Game. No pressure right?

All of Canada is waiting to see if Team Canada and Syd the kid to bring it all home for us. Needless to say that Canada as a whole won’t be sleeping a whole bunch this weekend.

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It has been a wet day today. It rained for most of the day, thankfully it had rained itself out by dinner time and my cross city commute. I figured that if it poured down rain, that would dent the snow piled up in places, but the little rain we had started the melt …

Rain … wet melting snow … cold temps … equals black ice.

It was a wet trip out and an icy trip home. All that standing water that had pooled began to freeze back over as the meeting came to an end. I noticed that the sidewalks were very slippery and that the salt truck was dusting the sidewalks up in Outremont.

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You never know who is going to show up at a meeting. Friday night is always a who’s who of our weekly meetings. Lots of conversation and the usual getting up to speed on everybody’s week as it happened.

I left early and it was a sweet transit end to end. One of my buds was almost finished setting up so we finished the work and sat and waited over coffee.

Tonight’s reading spoke about rules and regulations.

If you’ve never seen the biographical film, “Bill W.” you should.

Funny that Bill himself and Dr. Bob had their dalliances with pills and extra curricular substances. It was also funny that the film tells the story about the early days of the fellowship.

One meeting where it was common to drink beer during the meeting.

Another where two black men showed up at a certain meeting hall, and the members would not allow them entry. Because they were black. it came down to a group vote to allow them into the meeting because, simply, that they were alcoholic.

And the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. They nixed the “Honest Desire” and it ended up as a “desire!”

G.S.O. in the beginning collected all the rules and regulations that arose in the early days and the steps and traditions were set up.

When I got sober, there were rules to follow in my main home group. You had to earn your seat. By doing service. By making coffee, setting up chairs and making coffee. And over the months as you remained sober, you were granted access to the meeting chair table. You started in the group and worked your way into the chair and other assorted positions.

Early on I was introduced to a particular Group of men. They were straight laced, I was gay. There was an automatic disconnect. The rule was men needed to wear shirt and ties and pound the Big Book, as instituted by their fearless Mafioso leader. I went to one meeting and never went back.

Meetings have changed over the years. And some would say that with the change in the times and the slowing numbers of “just alcoholics” moving towards many who are cross addicted, and come to A.A. via other substances, many meetings are populated by dual addicted folks.

But we sometimes say in meetings, whether they be beginners meetings, or men’s meetings or others … Please stick to topic as it pertains to your alcoholism, as this is an A.A. meeting.

In most groups you may find the No Crosstalk rule in place. We all get that. Crosstalk has begin more than one war at a meeting.

We all have our collective horror stories from the past two decades. Most of our old timers we see at meetings are in the 15 to 20 year sober set.

The LONG sober folks don’t usually attend meetings regularly.

The face of A.A. is changing, and the old rules are falling to the wayside. One of my friends I admire and respect says that the fellowship will change over the next twenty years, however staunch we are to hold fast the the Big Book, the face of the fellowship is changing.

And it wouldn’t be odd for me to say that the next edition of the Big Book that hits the press should be rewritten, reflecting the changing faces of the fellowship. New stories, new voices. In addition to the classical stories we find in the back of the book today.

The face of A.A. is changing. And we welcome the many, not just the few. In order to keep our young people, things have to change. because it is not just alcohol taking down our kids and our adults.

I think literature should reflect this need.

Meetings are as they are. The standard readings, texts, topics and rules and regulations. They exist, go to a meeting and listen closely.

Do you subscribe to rules and regulations in your meetings?

Because of certain people being present, I did not dare open my mouth, because it would have been major suicide to mention certain issues in community, so I rather kept my mouth shut.

We all pray to the God’s of HOCKEY … GO CANADA…

More to come, stay tuned …

Advice for the Men’s Hockey Team

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If the women can do it, then all the men have to do is play like girls…

Tee Hee …

Will it be a Gold Medal Clean Sweep? Stay tuned to find out.

Canadian Women’s Hockey Team is GOLD !!!

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Feb 20, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Team Canada celebrates winning the gold medal as team USA (who won silver) skates by in the background in the women’s ice hockey gold medal game during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Canada won 3-2 in overtime.

Courtesy:Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Canada Silver Men’s Free Skate

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A smart ass comment went across Twitter about Patrick today …

“That he had the Gold medal on a platter, and he took the platter.”

People did not like that at all, especially from the person who dished out the insult.

Patrick has always been the underdog. For many years, his skating was not stellar all the time. And wins were hit and miss, however successful he has become going into the games. He has struggled and that is nothing new.

Sometimes he had it when it counted, and other times, he just could not cut a break. Skating is a cumulative sport. You build and you grow. You get confident with your skating and you do well. It just seems to me that another Olympics and Patrick came in second.

Even without Russian star power, the gold was up for grabs. I have been a watcher of skating for a long time.

We got a medal at least, Silver was the best we could get this time around.

We shouldn’t be so harsh on our athletes, because only the best make it this far to prove what they have on the world stage. And I wonder if Patrick left some of his umph in the locker room.

Well done Patrick. You did your best.

Tuesday Gold and Silver Women’s freestlye slopestyle

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Kim Lamarre Bronze-women’s Freestlye-slopestyle

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Dara Howell Gold and Kim Lamarre Bronze Freestyleski-and-slopestyle

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Dara Howell Gold women’s Freestyle-ski-slopestyle


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Monday Medal Haul …

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Alexandre and Frederic Bilodeau Celebrate Gold at Sochi


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Canada’s Alex-Bilodeau- Gold Men’s Moguls


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Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury Silver Medalist Men’s Moguls

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Canada’s Charles Hamelin – Gold Men’s short-track-speedskating-1500-m


Silver medalists Kaetlyn Osmond, Patrick Chan, Kevin Reynolds, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Kirsten Moore-Towers, Dylan Moscovitch, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Team Figure Skating Overall on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza in the Olympic Park on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

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Gold and Silver Moguls – Bronze – Slopestyle


Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal has won Canada’s first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics — and her sister Chloe was on the podium beside her holding silver


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Mark McMorris wasn’t going to let a broken rib derail his Olympic plan.

The Canadian snowboarder needed acupuncture, massage therapy and plenty of rehab exercises to get back in form after crashing at the X Games late last month. He knew he would have to fight through the pain and impress the judges to reach the podium in slopestyle’s Olympic debut.

He did just that Saturday, nailing his second run to win bronze and give Canada its first medal of the Sochi Games.

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Photos courtesy: CTV.CA

Friday … Mounds of snow edition …

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Yes, I got up bright and early today to watch the Opening Ceremonies of the Sochi 2014 Olympics. However, all I cared about was watching Team Canada enter the stadium, and to see who would light the cauldron, because let’s face it, it’s the most intriguing portion of any opening ceremony …

The hell with the performance. Show me the LIGHTER !!!

There is much scuttle going around involving Russian personalities and their hateful actions prior to / during / and after the ceremony.

So much for International Cooperation, Love, Respect and Equality !!!

And then we napped …

It was too short, and before I knew it, I was up and jumping in the shower, however hard I would have liked to crawl back into my warm bed and sleep a few more hours … I had places to be tonight.

I was ready early, so I departed early. Twitter is your friend, where you can check, up to the minute, STM info to see if the trains are stopped.

Thank God I made my transit out and back without incident

Hallelujah !! There is a God.

There were a lot of people out and about tonight. I even saw some furries on the the train on the way home. (look it up!)

We sat a full compliment. And chaired two groups.

The topic: Resentments.

“Resentment is the Number One offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else.” A.B.S.I. #39

I work very hard not to cop resentments. Because, let’s face it, if I get pissed off, I say my piece and let it go. Like someone said tonight at the meeting, “I only allow a set time for a resentment to reside in my brain” after that it has to go.

That’s why writing is such a cathartic exercise.

I don’t get resentful. But I am not a Buddhist Monk by any stretch of the imagination. I am not perfect. And who does not squabble amongst themselves, for we are “children growing up!” A.B.S.I.

I realize that – last night prior to the meeting, I sat with my copy of A.B.S.I. and looked up every entry for conflict, principles before personalities, and felt vindicated.

Not every one I know, has the knowledge I have about certain lessons. Things I learned the hard way, by blood sweat and many tears.

There are just some things that I Do Not Waste Time Doing.

There are certain things I cannot change. No matter how Godly I feel at any given moment, I just don’t have that power.

Spouting negative thoughts over and over does one no good. It rots the mind and kills the spirit, and it only brings death closer for those who are fighting illnesses. it is like pouring gasoline on an already burning fire.

Yes – I get it – Winter has not been kind.

I cannot change the weather, and even better, I can’t make sick old men with serious illnesses, get better. Once again, I am not God.

This was an exercise in all those stupid things we hear over and over.

  • I am powerless over people, places and things
  • Tolerance for those with different struggles
  • At some point, I tire of negativity and kvetching and I have my breaking point. Which has been reached.
  • I can safely say things in sobriety that I might not have been able to say in other cases.
  • Accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference.

You’d think that folks who are long sober, who espouse prayer and serenity could fall into the trap of old timers disease. I have said it before and I will say it again … Just because you have time, doesn’t necessarily mean you are all that sober…

We could use a 30 Celsius day right about now. Because it was bitter out tonight. It has been windy all day long. And when I got to point B on my trek out, I exited the bus and walked towards St. Viateur Church, where I detour to the sidewalk to the hall approach.

It snowed the other day. And they did not plow any of the sidewalks, so there was at least a foot of snow covering the walkway. I didn’t think to walk down the street instead of the sidewalk, so I trudged through the snow, getting my clothes soaked. It was just a bit blustery and bitter.

It was a good meeting. The church approved our staying in that room, since we’ve been in that room for over 60 years now, in one format or another. Which is really good news. We don’t have to move.

Calmer heads prevailed.

It was a good night.

More to come, stay tuned …


Canadian Flag Entering Sochi Olympics

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Canadian Flag Bearer Haley Wickenheiser leads Team Canada into Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi Russia.

We are all Canadians …

On the Eve of Sochi … Thursday Night


We are Canadians. And once again, our celebrated Athletes are going to show the world just how good they are. Here in Canada, the opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Another day – Another Train stoppage.

It seems that the STM here in Montreal, cannot get their shit together. Another situation shut down the green line while I was setting up the room, because I got a call that people were stuck with no way to get into town, which meant we were down a number of folks, and a couple of absences, we were only five.

I negotiated with the church to get the heat working and that was a big success. A little reprogram of the computer and we had glorious heat and with the booster on – it was quite toasty when I arrived at the church.

We read from the Twelve and Twelve … And Step Two.

“No man, we saw, could believe in God and defy Him, too. Belief meant reliance, not defiance.”

I learned that lesson long ago.

It was a quiet night.

More to come, stay tuned …

Giving it all away …


What a day …

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Well done young man. On his own terms. On his own time.

In his own words.

So it has been a full day of goings on.

Last night we hit Golden Slippers for our meeting since our room was closed last night due to a concert at the church.

I was up early today because I was expecting a pick up from The Salvation Army… that was 9 a.m. this morning. They just got here at almost 5 p.m.

So now the great purge of 2013 is COMPLETE !!!

2 boxes and 4 bags full of clothing, a bag from a friend and a couple of coats were donated to charity. Someone will have a Merry Christmas, I am sure.

There is at least $1000.00 dollars plus of clothing that went to charity.

I spent the afternoon IN my mobile office running errands this afternoon. I bought these new Christmas Cards. In fancy little envelopes. I addressed them and on some I put my return address on the back …

WARNING … do not put your return address on the back of an envelope you are sending, because the reader machines may spit them back.

I had a stack of cards going all over the U.S. and Canada.

I took them to the Post Office and learned that the envelopes were to small, therefore not regulation, and the little address problem.

I took them back and headed to the church to pay rent and pick up a new key for the church, because I am rotating off the Sunday group soon.

And none too soon…

I have new headphones for my phone and they work really well when making calls on the fly. If you aren’t at home, your cell phone is a good tool.

On the way OUT I stopped at Target for some manila envelopes which are bigger and regulation. And took the tunnel through Westmount Square.

I did my business at the church and I had spoken to a friend about tonight’s district meeting, which meant I had to make a second stop at Target on the way home, and then on to the supermarket for some safari.

I got home around three, and sat down and RE-Addressed all my cards to go out in the mail tomorrow.

And just now the guys from the S.A. came to get the clothes.

Thank God. Because when they did not show this morning, I rescheduled the pick up for Friday, but here they were this evening. I didn’t want all those bags sitting in my living room for a week. UGH !!!

Almost time to go …

More to come, stay tuned …


1st Gold for Canada … London Paralympic Games …

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Congrats to Montreal’s Benoit Huot, who nabbed Canada’s first medal of the Paralympic games in swimming – and a gold no less!

Medal Count: 1

Join the Tribe …

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Well, it’s over. And Canada came in 13th place with 18 medals. 1 Gold, 5 Silver and 12 bronze. I guess you could say that the Olympic Theme this year was the 3rd Place Games. There were plenty of mistakes on many fronts. Disqualifications, losses, cheaters and a few fuck ups.

Canada does not excel at Summer Games. Our forte lies in our Winter capabilities. Own the Podium will have to work real hard for Sochi in 2014. We just could not get out of that 3rd place funk. We fell seriously short on Own the Podium. At least one athlete won Gold.

You learn a lot about other countries and how they groom their athletes. You also see how countries differ in their treatment of male and female athletes. It is quite shameful how some Middle Eastern Countries scorned their competing women. Just shameful.

Great Britain came in 4th place with 29 Gold, 17 Silver, and 19 Bronze for a total of 65 medals for the Host Country. As the host country, there were many flaws in the games when it came to refs, timers, rules and infractions. Some teams really got screwed over rules enforced and rules that were overlooked for others. Canada got screwed several times over. You live and you learn.

So that’s my take on the Olympics …

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It was an uneventful weekend. It rained here and there. They say that rain is in the forecast for the next few days so I packed an umbrella in my bag tonight before leaving the house for the meeting. It rained during the meeting and then the skies cleared for the walk home.

We continued reading from Experience, Strength and Hope and the story called “Join the Tribe” about an Indian who is lost in the thick of alcoholism and how he finds his way into the rooms. This story is written in simple lay man’s terms quite a departure from how we read English.

“Miracles happen all time in A.A. Two years later, my brother take Tall Man to first A.A. Meeting. Tall Man was blind, but soon he see. He stay sober. Start group on reservation and carry message, help start groups all over Maritimes and New England. He was old, but now he grow young with new life in A.A. and travel all the time.

When he speak from heart, big men cry. Words of truth and love are strong medicine. Tall man die five years ago, a sober, peaceful, happy man…

To find work, I have travel much. At every place, I find A.A. group first. I keep it simple; go to many meetings; carry message to those who listen. To me, program is spiritual. I feel Great Spirit at all meetings and when talk to A.A. friends. I know peace. “How?” they ask me

I say, “Just let it happen.” This sober Indian say to sick, red eyed alcoholic who want good medicine: “Put cork in bottle. No drunk hopeless if he want to follow guide along right trail. Go to A.A. meetings. Listen, not just hear noise. Get sponsor and phone numbers. Call friends in A.A. when bad thoughts come. Let group spirit of love and understanding protect you. Take my hand. Walk with me up Twelve Steps of A.A. to peace.

To Indians, I say: “Don’t be afraid to join A.A. I once hear people say only Indians crazy when drunk. If so, A.A. full of Indians. Join the tribe!”

I’ve been in this mode of just letting things happen. I don’t know, I just feel like I am supposed to be somewhere other than where I am at the moment, and I have asked some friends to weigh in on this dilemma that I find myself in.

But keep it simple stupid. Let it happen. And life will take its course as it always does.

More to come, stay tuned…

Canada Enjoys 3-Medal Performance on Day 8

The Canadian Press

LONDON – Rosie MacLennan sang along, trying to hold back tears, as “O Canada” was played for the first time at the London Olympics.

She had just been through a excruciating 10-minute wait to see if her dazzling women’s trampoline routine would hold up against two seasoned veterans from China. It wasn’t until defending champion He Wenna stumbled at the end of her routine that MacLennan knew she had clinched Canada’s first gold medal at these Games.

“It’s exciting and honestly it’s still a bit surreal,” MacLennan said.

And the excitement continued. With Ryan Cochrane ‘s silver in the men’s 1,500-metre freestyle and a bronze on the cycling track in women’s pursuit, it was clear Canada had its Olympic swagger back.

Canada remained solidly on track to finish top 12 in total medals in London. Through eight days Canada has 10 medals — one gold, three silver and six bronze — and sits 11th in the overall standings.

Saturday’s medal hat trick came at a pivotal time as the Games reached its halfway point. Canada had performed well, but the coveted gold medal remained elusive heading into Day 8 in London. And the optimistic mood from a string of early successes was in danger of turning sour after a disappointing Day 7 saw three medal hopefuls come up short.

It looked like it might be another rough day when Edmonton’s Paula Findlay placed last among finishers in women’s triathlon. A heartbroken Findlay was in tears as she crossed the finish line, repeatedly saying “I’m sorry.”

But as MacLennan’s soaring routine earned her a personal-best score of 57.305, the country’s Olympic future looked brighter.

“I was shocked. It’s the biggest score that I’ve ever gotten,” MacLennan said. “I knew it would be a tough one to catch. But you never want to get ahead of yourself. You want to wait until all the competitors are done.”

Teammate Karen Cockburn turned to MacLennan and told her that her score was a winner.

MacLennan wasn’t so sure.

“I didn’t want to get too ahead of myself,” the native of King City, Ont., said.

But Chinese favourites Huang Shanshan and He couldn’t reach the impressive bar set by MacLennan, and Canada topped the podium for the first time in London. Huang and He won silver and bronze respectively.

Cockburn, from Stouffville, Ont., just missed adding to her trophy case with a fourth-place finish. She had won medals in the last three Olympics.

Instead it was MacLennan’s time in the spotlight as she vastly improved on her seventh-place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games.

“Rosie was really strong, her score was huge,” Cockburn said. “The other gymnasts could feel the heat after her score. I wasn’t really surprised that she won. We pushed each other hard in training, I’m really happy for her.”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper congratulated MacLennan in a statement.

“Through her hard work, dedication and sportsmanship, Rosie has proudly represented Canada on the world stage,” he said.

Canada’s best day so far in London continued when Cochrane took silver in the gruelling men’s 1,500 freestyle, giving Canada at least two swimming medals for the first time since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Cochrane, who won bronze in the event two years ago, held off defending Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia and finished in a personal-best time of 14 minutes 39.63 seconds.

“It was a tough fight the last 100 metres,” Cochrane said. “I was going to fight, probably to the death, to make sure he didn’t get his hand on the wall first.”

Cochrane was certainly happy to win a medal, but he said he had his sights set higher.

“It’s a double-edge sword because I wanted to be vying for that world record,” he said. “I wanted to be five seconds faster. I think I did underestimate how hard the mental side of this meet would be.”

China’s Sun Yang beat his own world record to claim gold in 14:31.02.

On the cycling track, Tara Whitten of Edmonton, Gillian Carleton of Victoria and Jasmin Glaesser of Coquitlam, B.C., finished the team pursuit bronze-medal race in three minutes 17.915 seconds. Australia was timed in 3:18.096.

“We knew it was going to be a battle,” Glaesser said. “We know they start off fast but we knew it was going to come down to the last lap. It was a challenge but we were 100 per cent committed to do our best.”

Britain won gold in a world-record time of 3.14.051. The United States took silver.

In other Canadian results:

— Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., finished sixth overall in women’s heptathlon. Brianne Theisen of Humboldt, Sask., finished 10th.

— Cameron Levins of Campbell River, B.C., finished 11th in the men’s 10,000 metres. Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ont., finished 18th.

— Toronto natives Alex Bruce and Michelle Li fell 21-9, 21-10 to Russia to finish fourth in women’s doubles badminton.

— Canada’s men’s table tennis team fell to Japan 3-0 in a first-round match.

— Zach Bell of North Vancouver, B.C., was ninth overall after the first day of the men’s track cycling omnium.

— Justyn Warner of Markham, Ont., advanced to the men’s 100 semifinals with a third-place finish in his heat. His personal-best time of 10.09 seconds matched world record holder Usain Bolt — although Bolt easily won his heat.

— Melanie Blouin of Quebec City finished tied for ninth place with a result of 4.25 metres in her women’s pole vault group to miss out on Monday’s final.

— Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., and Emilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que., both advanced to the women’s three-metre springboard diving final. Abel was fourth in qualifying with 353.25 points while Heymans followed in eighth with 331.35.

— Eric Lamaze of Schomberg, Ont., had a clean run through the first qualifier to match 31 other riders at equestrian’s individual jumping competition. Ian Millar of Perth, Ont., knocked down one gate for four points. Jill Henselwood of Oxford Mills, Ont., also knocked down a gate and had a time penalty point for five, while Tiffany Foster, also of Schomberg, knocked down two gates for eight points.