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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- Dexter – Serial Killer who kills other Serial Killers? Yes please!
- Sopranos – almost done watching it – never caught it when it was on, but now I see what everyone was talking about.
- 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.