Monday, September 24, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Bowman's Porch Climber

It's a beautiful thing.
With the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer rapidly coming to an end perhaps there's time for just one more weekend camping in the bush or frolicking at the beach - which means (of course) that you'll get thirsty.  My friend Mark's solution: The Porch Climber.  Yes, I know there are lots of recipes for this little beauty out there, but this one comes on the original StarLite stationery, dated 2004, and signed by Mr. Big Pipe himself. I remember it being concocted in a cooler and ladled out as needed, but that's about all I remember.  Be careful out there.  Drink responsibly.  As requested, here it is:

26 oz. Canadian rye whiskey
8 beer (no more, no less, cheaper the better)
2 cans of frozen pink lemonade
2 litres 7-Up
1 bag of ice
Stir it up, and prepare to get stirred up.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


It's been awhile since I've been inspired by anybody other than my wonderful family - and certainly awhile since I put digits to word processor (for those who hadn't noticed) - but yesterday that all changed.  A beautiful day outside, and a boring day in the markets, was interrupted by a text message that a friend and neighbour had succumbed overnight to recurrent cancer.  For some reason I thought about this fellow all day, a man I've been acquainted with for over twenty years but never spent much time with.  He was known as a crusty character both professionally and personally, yet in that time he had obviously built a considerable following that highly respected him. The thing that struck me (and that many locals don't realize) was that this man rebuilt his personal life and professional career from what must have been a very low point two decades ago.  Divorced, cancer-stricken, and re-located from the city to a rural hamlet near here, he was at a low ebb when I first met him.  But over the ensuing years he began working again, met and married a wonderful local lady, and seemed to have the Big C beaten.  In fact, he didn't just survive - he thrived.  I give a lot of credit to his wife and his business partner for helping him turn things around, but in the end it was rightfully his comeback.  Some might find him an unlikely source of inspiration.  Not me.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012