Monthly Archives: April 2010

Why am I doing this?

I just checked my stats and no one has visited this site for the past 10 days. It makes me wonder why I am doing this. If I wanted a personal diary then I could buy a journal and write in it. I could, but I won’t. I am a optomist. If I wasn’t I wouldn’t be trying to sell coffee and hoping to expand my business, i.e. an entrepeneur. So, I will just carry on with what I am doing and watch the stats to see if anyone is actually interested in what I have to say.

This week I am going to the annual South Stormont Chamber of Commerce Trade Show. I wasn’t planning on having a booth this year but peer pressure made me change my mind. These trade shows are definitly a money losing effort for me and they don’t generate any new customers. However, for all the work, I do have fun.

I am also making a change in my daily habits. I am not going to be at the Island Ink Jet store on a daily basis after tomorrow. The famers market is starting again in June and I have a couple of events to attend during May and I need to spend more time at home to get some yard work and gardening done. It will also give me more flexibility to roast coffee on demand in a more timely manner. That, and I hope to actually play some golf this year.

OK, I’m done today. The next time I post anything it will be from home where I can include more pictures or videos…..not that anyone is going to see them but me. Not even my wife looks at my blog. It’s turning into a form of self gratification.

I'm Still Hosting!

A week has gone by since my past post. I have hosted another old time radio show and I thought it went pretty well. I took the time to research the programs a little more and I wrote a bit of a script for myself. Actually I only wrote the intro and then I wrote the rest while the old radio programs were playing. This week I played one episode of Sherlock Holmes and one of Bold Venture. I think I sounded a little bit more professional. What did you think?

I learned something new this week. You will probably think it is pretty ordinary and a little behind the times but I learned how to use an instant message program. I needed it to communicate with Jamie while the radio was on the air and my programs were running. It is actually a lot of fun. I can’t see doing it on a dailey basis but in this specific case I found it handy.

Next weekend I am going to attend the South Stormont Chamber of Commerce Trade Show. This will be my third year and, to be honest, I wasn’t going to participate this year. I decided to go to it because the chamber was thinking of cancelling the show but decided to still advertise it and see how many vendors wanted to participate. Well, it’s a go and now I am committed, to be at the show that is, not to some institution. Also next week I am ending my dailey attendance at Island Ink Jet. I will still provide them with coffee and they still want to sell my coffee (at a markup for their profit).

So that is my news for this week. I hope someone reads it and maybe even leaves a comment?

A New Career?

I don’t really think that I have started a new career but it was exciting. I hosted, (at least I think I hosted it, it’s kind of hard to tell), my first Old Time Radio program on Tuesday night, April 13th. If you want to listen to it fast forward to about 60 min into the program if you don’t want to listen to the Vigina Hour. Of course it was Seawayradio.com, which is part of the company that I have a small interest in. Who else would give me an opportunity like that?

I may sound a bit confused but that is because this radio is not your traditional over-the-air broadcast which you tune in on your car radio. It is strickly an internet blogcast thing. We do it live and then it is available as a podcast at any time after that. We are not even in the same room when we do it. Jamie is at his house controlling the output and I was on the phone talking. It got a little confusing once and we did have a few technical difficulties but we will get better, that is if I get the chance.

So when my program came up after the Vigina Hour, I talked a little about the Golden Age of Radio and introduced the two shows that we were going to play. We played an episode of The Shadow and one of The Green Hornet. After the end of the second show I got off the air and Jamie finished off the night with a little music. The next morning I replayed my segment of the nights program and listened to my performance. All I could think of is who is that faint, tinny voiced dork. I don’t think I am going to stop roasting coffee anytime soon.

I don’t have any pictures this time but I do have a link for my broadcast.

One of these days I will figure out what I want to do when I grow up!

Stalking Liberals

The past few days has been busy for me, not that I have been selling a lot of coffee or service cups of coffee. I have spent more time attending political news events and reporting on them and going to a new steering committee meeting for the fledgling S.D.& G. Food Council. I can’t really comment on the Food Council because we are just starting to get our feet under us but I have pictures from the two other events.

MPP Yasir Naqvi; Barb Scott, President of the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce; Cam Martel, past President

The above picture is from the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce (SSCC) annual general meeting. I am not a member of that chamber but as a member of the South Stormont chamber I was invited to attend. The SSCC always invites someone interesting to give a small speach at the end of their agenda and this year it was the Ottawa Central MPP Yaser Naqvi. He was trying to convince all the small business owners in the room that the new Harmonized Sales Tax is a good thing. I tend to agree with him.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and MPP Jim Brownell

The picture above is from the second news event that I went to. Actually the names are reversed and I don’t know how to fix it without starting all over again. It was an announcement by the Premier of Ontario and a photo op for him and a bunch of other politicians. He was making a big deal about a bunch of contracts for green energy and I was there as part of the mighty Cornwall Free News news team. Anyway, I took a bunch of still pictures and the rest of the team took videos and asked questions. I guess you could call me a news hanger-oner (if that is a real word).

So that is my news for the week. I’m all worn out now. That is a lot of excitment for an old guy. I think I will take it easy today and enjoy a beer or two, after I get home of course.

It's A Hard Job

After 35 or so years of working for large companies I have finally found a job that I really enjoy, or I should say two jobs. OK, not really jobs, you have to get paid for it to be a job. Let’s just call them my passions or hobbys or maybe professions if you really stretch it. You know about my coffee business and now I am working, if you could call it that, for Seaway Media which is the parent company of Cornwall Free News and Seawayradio.com. I know that I have mentioned my latest investment before and the associated radio program but my current news is that I actually hosted an hour of the radio on the 26th and 27th of March from the Cornwall Spring Home & Leisure Show. Now the plan is that I will host my very own show which will play classic old radio programs. I will have The Shadow, The Green Hornet, Suspense, The Black Museum, Dragnet and Lights Out just to mention a few. We haven’t scheduled the first program yet but it will be coming.

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The Old Bald Blogger

Your's Truly

As part of my “job” for the Cornwall Free News I accompanied Jamie on Good Friday to Beaus Brewery in Vankleek Hill to record some commercial video. We actually had a pro with us to do the recording, Kevin Lamoureux from KAV Productions, but I carried a digital camera and Jamie had his small video recorder with him. It was just coincidental that the Beau’s Brewery 1st Celebration of their Community & Charity Fundraising was going to happen that night as well. To make a long story short, we helped them celebrate.

The boys at work

Art In Progress

Work Work Work

Like I said, it’s a hard job.