Archive for September, 2005


I will return to this list once in a while, but here is a short list of my Motor Vehicle Accidents…
1984 – Smithy was driving his old Ford Escort when a car sideswiped us on my side. This was probably my first accident.
1982 – Hit by a car on my way to school, he was illegally passing over yellow hash markings. I was wearing my muddy rugby socks from the previous day.
1985-87 Never crashed my mums Datsun or my dads Volvo.
1986 – Sideswiped an entrance pylon with a rental car in York.
1987 – Woman in a Pathfinder ran over the front of Mum’s Chevette with me driving in a GO train parking lot. She was found to be at fault.
1987 – 90 Never had an accident in my Trans-Am
1990 94 Accident free in my 1990 Eagle Talon Turbo 4WD – Still my favourite car of all time.
1994 – Someone mangled my Talon in an accident in Toronto. Car was a write off. Accident was found to be other driver error.
1993 – Driving a company car (Chrysler) back to a meeting in Toronto from London I was cut off on the exit ramp to Islington and took out a road sign. I was found not to be at fault.
1994 – Driving company car down Dufferin St some guy swerved to avoid a left turning car which I did not see in time. I rearended the car which was diven by a guy who was going for his 2week post-op checkup with his doctor after heart surgery. I was found not to be at fault. I did however have the airbag go off in my face which filled the car with powder. Thinking the car was on fire I jumped out right into oncoming traffic. I suffered damage to my hands which went through the dashboard and a massive headache where my head hit the windshield even though I was wearing my seatbelt.
1989 – Driving up to my girlfriend’s cottage at Christmas I was almost hit head on by a sports car who was attempting to pass a truck on a blind hill. I lost control and flipped the Oldsmobile station wagon end over end into a 12 foot ditch filled with snow. That was a horrific accident. I was uninjured and found not to be at fault.
1987 – Driving up north to get a christmas tree with my mother, my grandma and my aunt in the car I lost control on a patch of ice and slid very gracefully into a shallow ditch puncturing a tire. No other vehicle was involved. That was my mothers Oldsmobile Royal Brougham, her favourite car ever.
1995 – On my way to a convention in Detroit I lost control of my Jeep in the fast lane of the highway in the snow and crossed all 3 lanes ending up in a 6 foot ditch. No other vehicles were involved, there was no damage to the car. As an added bonus I did not spill my coffee which I had in my hand at the time. oddly enough, once I got to the border I fell asleep in a traffic jam and bumped the guy in front of me very gently – No damage. I decided to get another coffee and approaching the border took off my seatbelt with my coffee in my hand and spilled the entire contents in my lap.
1994 – Which reminds me I got rearended by an idiot in my brand new sports car on Yonge Street while on a first date with a nurse I had just met.
1996 – I think it was 96 I was on the DVP southbound approaching the Lakeshore exit behind an old piece of crap Ford F150 when the driver decided that she did not want to exit and swerved back onto the highway in front of me. I rearended her in my new Jeep Grand Cherokee causing almost $5000 in damage including folding the hood up so badly I couldn’t see out of the window. She was a doctor, her last name was Ruth. Yes, I rearended Dr. Ruth. Very weird.
1995/7 sometime – Rearended someone very gently on the 401 on my way home from Dolfin which is what prompted me to look for work closer to home. I also spilled my coffee all over myself then.
Intermingled with this I have also had 3 bike accidents including one which separated my right shoulder and another that caused me to land on my pager with my hip which was excruciatingly painful. My suggestion is never to wear a pager while riding your bike around. One other was cused by my bike tyre getting caught inthe streetcar tracks down by the lake causing me to go head first over the handlebars.
1994 ish – I remember one accident running into the side of a toyota doing about 80km/h as he did an illegal uturn out of a traffic jam across my lane. He was 92 years old and still driving. I suffered a compression of my spine, a separated left shoulder and lost consciousness. He was found to be at fault but was not charged. Had I been smarter I would have charged him with dangerous driving, sued him for damages and insisted the police take action against him.
Since I got my new Jeep in 1999 I have not had an accident where I have been in the car. Someone did back into the front left corner as I was parked on the street in London while at an AFI concert. I never did find out who it was. The Jeep still bears the scars of that collision even though I fixed it myself quite well.


I have been fine the past few days. My foot has returned to normal, my back, although sore has been OK and even though I am not quite up to exercising yet, the coaching thing has helped me to get a little more active.
Until today of course. I woke up with a terrible sniffle. Not a cold per-se, but a nagging runy nose and stuffy head. It is now 2pm and instead of getting better I actually feel worse than I did when I got here.

I have been working on computer room stuff and the AV upgrade but nothing seems real today. I am foggy at best and the thought of coaching tonight is only bearable becasue it means I won’t have to go again until Thursday.

I am such a whiner when I am sick it’s really pathetic. But I have a headache. Pity me, pity me….

I think I need to go for a walk to clear my head (yeah, right).

We found out yesterday about the plans to build behind our house. Appalling as it sounds they are going to be putting several houses across the pond from us. The savign grace is that they have planted lots of trees and give it a year or two it should all be treed off from view. Of course, it does block our view somewhat but once it is in, any new owner will be none the wiser. I am sad to see what they are planning, but I suppose with the town growing as it is we should be grateful that we have a little nature outside at all.

I have been looking at emigrating to Australia too. They are in dire need of technical and skilled professionals and it would be a great idea to get down there and escape the stupid Canadian winter. This year has been particularly bad, I mean half the year (literally) you can’t go out because it is too cold and this summer almost every day there was a poor air quality warning and heat into the 40’s meaning guess what, you couldn’t go outside then either. So much for enjoying the outdoors it is really ridiculous.
On the other hand, living within walking distance to the beach and having year liong temperatures warm enough to walk without a coat is more than a little appealing. We shall see I suppose.. Some days I am really keen, but of course it is a case of motivation really. That motivation I am sure will come soon with winter around the corner and the miserable extreme cold that comes along with it.
Imagine, a home without the need for heating or air conditioning.


So after Saturday’s coaching which seemed to go fine, I was unable to walk on Sunday. My back was acting in the same way as it did pre-op which means that I was leaning over like the Tower at Pisa. This meant that it was not as ominous as some of the recent episodes but none the less was not enjoyable in the least. So I was under full bed rest foir Sunday and monday and started to move again on Tuesday. I went to coaching because mostly standing is OK and since Robin, my CIT was going to be doing all the hard work I figured I coudl just hang out and supervise. By the end of the night I was exhausted but not as sore as I had been. The pain seemed to come on very suddenly overnight saturday leading me to believe that something I did on Saturday at gym was what triggered the episode. Once again, although having been put through the ringer again I was still no closer to finding out exactly what is causing this. However, interestingly there was a lot of pain in my right quad, kind of like if I had done too many leg lifts with that leg. Once that pain was gone, the back pain was also gone.
Wednesday I returned to work feeling like I had been kicked by a horse. Plus I couldn’t sit too long so catching up on the mountain of work I have is not easy. However I managed to order the 72″ server cabinet which was an adventure so that and the critical tickets were done.

Fun in the Summer Time

So it’s time to go again. September 6th, the Tuesday after Labour Day and the first official day of school. Also, the first day of coaching.

That is not the big news.

I took my Level 1 tramp in Pickering August 28th, and completed my Level 2 Technical at Tristar in Unionville on 6th-7th and 13th-14th of August. I had my B Level theory cancelled due to low numbers but hopefully will have that by year end. I also still need my Risk Management Course.

That is not the big news either.

Nor is the fact that I had 2 back episodes this summer and broke my foot while coaching summer camp.

It is the fact that TODAY I have a group of my own. I am terrified to be honest.

So I am off to plan the classes, plan conditioning for the comp girls and hopefully to make my first day as a full fledged coach (with my own CIT) a smooth one.
Too bad I can’t remember names!