Something different for a change.

Today I will write about several different topics for a change.  Today is No Diabetes Day – where people who blog about diabetes, blog and tweet and facebook about something else – letting people in the DOC get to learn a little more about each other.  Check out what others have to say here

I could not decide on anyone thing to write about, so I thought I would have little snippets on a variety of topics.  At first it started with one or two – now it is more that that!!

I am, for those who do not know, Canadian.  I am from Edmonton, Alberta originally, and when I was a young boy, the Oilers were – by far – the best team in the NHL.  So I am a hockey fan.  Best game in the world to watch.  The Edmonton Oilers last year were pretty terrible.  Some key injuries, poor player attitudes, and your team gets to finish last overall.  But at least you get to pick 1st overall in the amateur draft.  The Oilers drafted  an 18 year old kid named Taylor Hall, who is a pretty fine hockey player for an 18 year old.  Now I do not expect the Oilers to compete for a playoff spot this year – they still have some glaring weaknesses, and too many rookies this year, but they should be more entertaining to watch for sure.  I read many many blogs about the oilers, and consider myself a passionate and informed fan – but never really considered blogging about them. I lurk instead.  I never played hockey (shhh I may have to turn in my citizenship) and I can barely skate (shh again), so I do not consider myself qualified to rip apart the players, as some people do.  I just like to watch.

I love to read.  The last book I read was by Edward Rutherford, called New York.  He writes sweeping historical novels about a specific geographical area, and intertwines generations of several families.  A riveting read, and I have read most of his stuff, and like how he writes.

Generally I am a big fan of historical fiction, an especially like stories about Ancient Rome, Egypt, and that general time frame.  Lots of good stuff out there.  Got a suggestion for me?

And now to reveal the true inner geek that resides inside – I love Role Playing Games.  I mostly play computer games, but my true inner geeks screams to roll the twenty-sided dice a few times.  Dungeons and Dragons was an incredible escape for me as a teenager, and I spent many hours in that world, so I never had to face the real world.  As I got older (and when I got a computer) I switched over to the RPG computer games – Baldurs Gate, Icewind Dale, Fallout, Dragon Age – I could go on for a long time, but you get the message.  I still play quite often, but sometimes real life gets in the way!

These days, I mostly play board games of some sort when we get together with friends and family.  Settlers of Catan, Carcassone, Werewolves of Millers Hollow (although you need 10+ people) and Bang are all favorites.  Games are lots of fun.  I love it when we can get a pretty good size group together and get a good games night going. Thankfully most of my family agree with me!

Something else that I love are watching TV shows (dramas) that have wide sweeping story arcs.  In no particular order:

  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – one of the first that I can recall that fit my criteria.  I probably missed the first 6 seasons, and caught up in about 3 weeks that to DVD’s, and finished by watching Season 7 as it aired.
  2. Battlestar Galactica – recommended by a friend – never for one second did I think my wife would like this – until I sat her down and made her watch with me.  She got more hooked than I did!
  3. True Blood – Started watching after Season 1 was finished – so was able to catch up in a couple nights.  I also never thought my wife would like it, but as it turns out she does!
  4. Dexter – Serial Killer who kills other Serial Killers?  Yes please!
  5. Sopranos – almost done watching it – never caught it when it was on, but now I see what everyone was talking about.
  6. Looking forward to Game of Thrones from HBO – based on my favorite series of books ever!

Funny how all those shows are mostly on alternative networks other then the ‘big-3′.  HBO and Showtime – big props to you!

Happy No Diabetes Day to all the people out there. I know I will enjoy reading your blogs and tweets, getting to know you all a little bit better.

My dog Sally and I

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8 Responses to Something different for a change.

  1. Lorraine says:

    What a treat to learn so much more about you!

    We love Dexter too and I wonder what that really means about us. Having a daughter named Lila though, we were dismayed that the Lila character in the show was completely off her rocker. Oh well. ;)

  2. Kim says:

    OMG… True Blood! Show is great; books were even better.

    *high five*

    You have good taste.

  3. Kathy says:

    I wish I could get into True Blood. I feel like I’m missing out!

    Have you read any of the “Traveler’s Tales” series? They’re great–collections of short travel essays. Nonfiction, but still interesting.

    Hockey, eh? I remember the days of the Great One well. Even though I’m from Chicago and therefore compelled to be a Hawks fan…;-)

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jason says:

    Lorraine: I loved the Lila character! It is a pretty name – I can see why you chose it! Thanks for the compliment

    Kim: High 5 back at ya

    Kathy: I was happy for the Blackhawks this year – they are a second favorite. I also remember the Oilers beating up ont he Hawks quite a bit back in the day! I will check out your recommendation for sure!

  5. George says:

    I hear such good things about True Blood. I gotta check it out.

    I tried to get into RPG’s but the fact is, I suck. I play FPS because I am good meat shield for the rest of the players on my team. I also LOVE games like Myst but none as much as Myst.

    It was awesome to learn all this cool stuff about you and Sally is awesome!

  6. Though the True Blood series on HBO is different in many respects from the Sookie Stackhouse series of books, which I am currently “reading” in iTunes (I check the CD’s out from the library and listen to them while I work at the microscope). I’m currently listening to Dead and Gone which is the 9th book, I think.

    Thanks for sharing more about yourself today!

  7. Caroline says:

    A whole bunch of my friends like Settlers of Catan, but I’ve never played it. Don’t hate me! I feel like we need a DOC nerd night or something…how awesome would that be??

    Also, your dog is super cute.

  8. Jason says:

    Caroline –

    Settlers is a pretty fun game! And thanks for the Dog-liment. SHe is a pretty great dog!