Reelin’ in the Years – 2008

It’s 2008 and I’m 46 years old. I remember some difficult years after my father’s passing. Things were unraveling a bit until I got into a new relationship with Ginger (not her real name). Looking back through my life I see just how much different women have helped to keep me going in the right direction. In […]

Read More Reelin’ in the Years – 2008

Reelin’ in the Years – 2007

It’s 2007 and I’m 45 years old. This year makes me smile because the Canadian TV comedy show The Kids in the Hall used to do a sketch where this groovy looking guy would fall into the camera and the headlines would read “He’s hip, he’s cool, he’s 45…” I think the implication was that […]

Read More Reelin’ in the Years – 2007

Reelin’ in the Years – 2005

It’s 2005 and I’m 43 years old. Pope John-Paul II and Johnny Carson die this year while North Korea announces it has nuclear weapons. I remember driving downtown and hearing if not this song another one by Mariah Carey and thinking how pop music, in Toronto anyhow, had become the era of the diva. This isn’t a bad […]

Read More Reelin’ in the Years – 2005

Reelin’ in the Years – 2003

It’s 2003 and I’m 41 years old. My father would pass away this year so it wasn’t exactly a stellar year. However, my faith saw me through. I remember driving down to St. Michael’s Cathedral and hearing this song by the Canadian duo Appleton come on the radio. The radio program was called Lovers and Other Strangers, […]

Read More Reelin’ in the Years – 2003

Reelin’ in the Years – 2002

It’s 2002 and I’m 40 years old. I’m adjusting to Toronto life nicely, after spending almost a decade away. The city has changed a lot since I was a kid. Not only bigger but a much better cultural and religious mix. Toronto is emerging as a multicultural powerhouse. Traffic is getting more congested, not just at […]

Read More Reelin’ in the Years – 2002

Reelin’ in the Years – 2001

It’s 2001 and I’m 39 years old. This was an eventful year. I formally converted to Catholicism at Easter in 2001. I remember feeling graces pouring down on me after leaving the church that sunny day. The other main event, of course, was 9/11. I was with my parents that morning. We had CNN on […]

Read More Reelin’ in the Years – 2001

Reelin’ in the Years – 2000

It’s 2000 and I’m 38 years old. I remember sitting in the basement playing around with some fonts on our Windows 98 PC, trying to make a catchy banner for Earthpages for the year 2000. Everything felt pretty new and 2001 was just around the corner—a special year for me because my favorite movie was […]

Read More Reelin’ in the Years – 2000

Reelin’ in the Years – 1999

It’s 1999 and I’m having the same problem I had with 1998. I don’t connect with most of the pop charts this year. But I respect Cher for coming back with “I believe.” She was big in the 70s TV show Sonny and Cher. To resurface with the foresight of where pop would be going… […]

Read More Reelin’ in the Years – 1999