Thursday, May 6, 2021
When the Covid-19 pandemic first took hold in March 2020 we responded quickly as a family - including strict stay at home orders and no outside contact until we could get a handle on the risks.
The first major impact for me was losing my hockey game(s) each week. Sunday morning hockey and Tuesday night beer league games were put on indefinite hold. More about my 45-year hockey story here.
The question now turned to exercise. Those who know me well will attest to the fact that I have a serious sweet tooth and extended time without elevated heart rate was going to pack on the pounds. Running was quickly ruled out because, as a sprinter, I don't think my body is equipped to run past 200 meters.
My attention now turned to the garage where I had a couple of 20 year old bikes sitting there - a Kona mountain bike and an aluminum Trek 100 road bike. I remembered back to some epic rides growing up including:
- 1986 - Braeside (Southwest Calgary, Alberta) to Okotoks on my BMX bike (~70km)
- 1987 - Braeside to Hawkwood (Northwest Calgary) on my BMX bike (~60km)
- 2005 - Markham (North of Toronto, Ontario) to Barrie on Trek (~172km!)
- 2013 - Wynantskill (East of Albany, NY) to Saratoga Lake on Trek (~70 miles)
My Life Story - Have you ever thought about the impact of big decisions that you made in your life? How about the small ones or the ones made for you? How would have your life turned out if things went the other way?
Friday, June 5, 2020
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Sunday, May 31, 2020
Shortly after we started dating I through Michelle a huge curveball that I was moving to New York to pursue a new business. I ended up convincing (tricking) her to move with me to Albany, New York. :-)
In November, we learned the gender of Brooklyn at the same time all of you did - on a live action reveal video!
And then the big moment!We went to a boat show 60 miles away on March 29, 2014, had our final doctor's appointment on Monday, March 31st, then off to a late IMAX movie (Noah) that night.
Michelle started going into labor during the movie and we came home (after finishing the movie of course), got packed up and headed over to Albany Medical Center by 4am on April 1st (4114)
After taking a dip in the whirlpool around 5:30am, Michelle went into active labor and it was game on! 12 hours later, Brooklyn made her way into the world!
After Daddy cut the cord, she was weighed in and spent some wonderful time on Mommy.
What a wonderful feeling! I will let Brooklyn get the last word:
Our little angel, Brooklyn Marie McBain, made her way into the world on April 1, 2014 at 5:35pm. She weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. She was born at Albany Medical Center in New York.
All of us are in so much love with Brooklyn - she is so beautiful.
All of us were in so much love with Cali - she is so beautiful.
And now our family was complete with our four beautiful daughters, Danica, Mila, Brooklyn and Cali. Check out these baby pictures:
Saturday, August 3, 2019
The trip started with a speech I needed to deliver on July 31 in Hamilton Island, Australia for ARN Edge 2019 on the future of channels. The idea was to meander our way around the world with a bunch of shorter flights ending up in Australia at the end.
With heavy use of Kayak.com and Hotels.com, we kept the trip as flexible as possible and in many cases would only book the hotel room the day of staying. This caused a bit of anxiety at times, but also saved money without keeping to a rigid schedule. The days of having to book anything multiple weeks in advance is long over.
This trip also helped the original bucket list "100 Country Rollerblades and Red Bull Tour". While the rollerblades and red bull have been curtailed in recent years, the march to 100 continues with this trip bringing me up to 95 countries!
Next year I expect to join the Travelers' Century Club. The Travelers' Century Club™ is a nonprofit social organization representing world travelers who have visited 100 or more of the world's countries and territories.
Here is a quick video of the trip:
Well, here is a taste of the numerous stops: