Karl’s been kidnapped… Part III

I circulated this Missing Snowman poster around the office to see if I could get any leads.null


Karl’s been kidnapped… Part II

OK, so there are new developments in the kidnapping case.  I arrived this morning to find a letter taped to my monitor, supposedly from Karl.  I don’t know, it seems awfully fishy to me.

I supposed I should provide some background information. Karl is my snowman mug, a festive little chap that used to have a wee matching hat to keep my beverages warm and his brain intact. Then, one day, Vicki pushed me*, causing Karl’s hat to fall and shatter into many pieces, and subsequently, leave his brain exposed to the elements at all times. Whoever these bad, bad people are, they’re trying to convince me that my brain-damaged snowman is looking for some alleged “wizard”.  I don’t buy it. I don’t buy it at all.

Read on.

Dear Mummi

Pleze don’t worry about me no more. I mebered that I wasn’t kidnapped but went with my new friendz to find a brain for me. My frendz say they are tired of telling me stuff all the time and if I could remember a few things they will still be my frendz. I pasted the note together to give us time to get away. Sorri

My frendz are real nice to me, they say stuff like don’t stand so close to the fire you idiot (what’s an idiot?) Or don’t pull your stiksz out of your body like that, itz creepy. Sumtimez my frendz say go stand in the meadow, but I don’t know what a meadow is so I go stand in the road and they start yelling, that’s not a meadow that’s a street.

So mumm I really need a brain, I need to learn this stuff and be smart like my frenz are.

One night when you left me in the cupboard I sneeked out and went on the computer and lerned about a scarecrow that needed a brain. This guy followed a yellow brick road and asked a wizard to give him a brain. Imagine mumm, what it would be like to have a brain. I  can’t imagine cause I don’t have a brain.

Anyway, I going to find the yellow brick road and get myself a brain before I looze my frendz. I will return once the wizard gives me a brain.

Oh, tell the duck I’m sorry about the tape and all…. what a bill that guy has, just quack quack quack all day long. Maybe I’ll ask the wizard for some superglue for him. I’ll write soon don’t worry Mummi.


Karl, your son, or your snowson, Oh I get so mixed up.

*Vicki didn’t actually push me, but I am trying to see how long it takes me before I’m convinced that’s the way it went down. I predict 23 more days.

Karl’s been kidnapped…

Today at work someone (possibly a few someones) stole my snowman, Karl, left me this ransom note, and then used duct tape to silence the only eyewitness, Joteesha (Sunny’s duck, pictured below).

I’m not quite sure how to proceed… the note is quite clear that I’m not to go to the police, but it doesn’t say if they want me to leave them money in a duffel bag, or meet them at a specific location, or even that Karl is still ok…

Did anybody see anything?????????


There’s a haunting line from the movie “Chariots of Fire.” It’s spoken by Ian Charleson, who plays a deeply religious sprinter in the 1924 Olympics. He says: “When I run, I feel His pleasure.”

And as I gave away money, I think I might have felt God’s pleasure. Which is odd. Because I’m agnostic. I don’t know if there’s a God or not, but still I felt some higher sense of purpose. It was like a cozy ember that started at the back of my neck and slowly spread its warmth through my skull. I felt like I was doing something I should have done all my life.

Cool article by A.J. Jacobs on giving.

Christmix 2009 (Volume II)

Whoopsies! Better late than never. Christmix 2009 (Volume II)

As it turns out I stuff up the tracklist on Volume I, so you’re just going to have to be surprised and delighted by what I ended up putting on each volume. Too dumb to handle Christmas obviously!

Christmix 2009 (Volume I)

I heart Christmas. I heart Christmas music. Thus, Christmix 2009 (Volume 1).

01. Guster – Donde Esta Santa Claus?
02. Bruce Cockburn – Joy to the World
03. Boney M – Feliz Navidad
04. Caedmon’s Call – It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
05. Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song
06. Frank Sinatra – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
07. Ron Sexsmith – Maybe this Christmas
08. Sensefield – Happy Xmas (War is Over)
09. Sufjan Stevens – O Come O Come Emmanuel
10. Jimmy Eat World – Last Christmas
11. Coldplay – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
12. Dan Wilson – What a Year for a New Year
13. Sufjan Stevens – That Was the Worst Christmas Ever
14. Loreena McKennitt – Snow
15. Andrea Bocelli – Adestes Fideles

Volume II coming.

Collective Soul

Helen and I met in our first year at UBC and we’ve been friends ever since. We share the same [i.e., superior] taste in music, and we’ve made it a bit of a habit to get together whenever Collective Soul is in town. Friday brought them (and us) once more to the Commodore.

Collective Soul is one of those bands that’s been around for a long time, so they are proficient musicians, have fabulous stage presence, and have lost all the pretentious bullshit that so many new bands exhibit. Ed was jumping around the whole time, they played to the crowd, and there was even a moment when I was convinced that we were going to witness a break-dance fight (we got some pointing and prancing instead, as evidenced in the pics below). They clearly enjoy each other and their craft, and they love their fans.

They are the quintessential rock band, and I can’t wait to see them again!