Recent Blog Posts - Glenn Kubish

Great moments in Canadian track and field
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Bruny Surin knew before the rest of us did.As soon as the Canadian sprinter transferred the baton and the heart of a nation safely into the left hand of teammate Donovan Bailey, Surin raised his arms in victory. Roughly nine seconds later, his celebration was confirmed. The Canadian men's 4x100 r...
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Mr. Nowak
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Mr. Nowak
Mr. Nowak offered me a deal.Nowak was my Physics 10 teacher, and he had done the math. I was going to fail Physics 10 unless some force stronger than the gravitational pull on my 45 per cent mark intervened.Up by the lockers in the hallway on the second floor of O'Leary High School, he laid it al...
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Snowbirds
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Snowbirds
A group of us, I think Blatt was there and McIntosh, too, were on the 11th floor of the Tory Building where Professor Carmichael was talking excitedly about the Challenger crash, his eyes magnified by his glasses as he made an ancient point. Carmichael translated the explosion's skywriting from t...
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Late afternoon thoughts listening to Vampire Weekend during a pandemic, sampling Adam Gopnik, etc.
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Late afternoon thoughts listening to Vampire Weekend during a pandemic, sampling Adam Gopnik, etc.
I remember sitting on the examining table in the doctor's office and feeling the concept of immunity sinking in a bit. The doc had taken a pen and drawn a single line on the table's thin tissue topping. I had asked about shingles. Could I ever get it again? What could I do to prevent ever ge...
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Late afternoon thoughts on Aaron Brown, IFBs, control rooms and the pandemic
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Late afternoon thoughts on Aaron Brown, IFBs, control rooms and the pandemic
Aaron Brown wasn't sure who was in his ear."We have, um, one of our producers on the phone, and I didn't get the name, so, why don't we just go ahead," said Brown as he anchored live coverage of the World Trade Center attacks."Are you there?"Brown's ear had in it what in the television news game ...
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Late afternoon thoughts about the pandemic, Mario Lemieux, John Milton—and pylons
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Late afternoon thoughts about the pandemic, Mario Lemieux, John Milton—and pylons
I am thinking more about pylons these days.I knew the word first as slang, a demeaning term applied to someone without natural athletic ability on skates. Used this way on the typical hockey bench: "Did you see him blow past the defenceman? What a $%&# pylon that guy is! Hahhahaha, moron. Thr...
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Tim Spelliscy: a record of the past
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Tim Spelliscy: a record of the past
On December 30, 1981, Wayne Gretzky scored five goals against the Philadelphia Flyers, setting a record for the fewest games (39) needed to reach the 50-goal mark in the NHL. It is a record that will stand longer than the Northlands Coliseum that played host to the historic night in Edmonton.It's...
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Late night thoughts listening to Dylan's new song and wondering about it during the pandemic
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Late night thoughts listening to Dylan's new song and wondering about it during the pandemic
Here are some shards left behind after listening to Murder Most Foul.It's written in couplets. Like Chaucer, Pope, Wordsworth and other epic poets who wrote to be spoken out loud and remembered.Stack up the bricks, pour the cementDon't say Dallas don't love you, Mr. President Another fave:Ai...
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Late night thoughts while listening to Simon and Garfunkel and thinking about the pandemic, science, etc
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Late night thoughts while listening to Simon and Garfunkel and thinking about the pandemic, science, etc
Hello, doctor, our best friendYou've come to talk with us againTo share your mission for our safekeepingIn an Internet public health meetingYour prescription that gets planted in our brainsMust remainTo confound the COVID virusWe clean our hands, we scrub our phonesIn it together, though aloneEve...
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Late night thoughts during a pandemic lying awake listening to my fave Milk Carton Kids song
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Late night thoughts during a pandemic lying awake listening to my fave Milk Carton Kids song
It's 3:03 a.m. Just like that, sleep has thrown me up on the shore. My legs are planks. My eyes feel stretched over my temples. The curtains let in slivers of streetlight. With the earbuds cord in my right hand, I fish for the iPhone in the comforter depths. There it is. And now the blur. I hit t...
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Late night thoughts on coronavirus, violins, etc
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Late night thoughts on coronavirus, violins, etc
My inbox immunity is low. Still, the message from the Winspear Centre hit home.Soon after Alberta Health Services recommended on Thursday that large gatherings of more than 250 people be cancelled, the Winspear scratched its March concerts. Helping to flatten the curve means instruments down."The...
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Owed to the MacKenzie Ravine Bridge
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Owed to the MacKenzie Ravine Bridge
My friends Isla and Sue are among the functioning hearts and brains behind Snow & Tell - The Winter City podcast. They asked me for a love story about winter. I'd been thinking lately about public benches and bridges, and the work they do. You can put it like this: I" saw the moon from the br...
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Late night thoughts on Zamboni drivers and other things
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I am beginning to see that in the figure-ground divide, I've long had a soft spot for the ground.For the piece of paper and not just the word printed on it. For the road and not just the bicycle or car or bus. The sky, not just the fireworks. The soil and stake, not just the tomato plant. The rin...
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Hank Imes
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Speller explains that Hank started as film camera news shooter.Hank shot on a CP-16 with a supply of film that lasted 10 minutes. Back in those days, most camera guys were frugal with the footage. Shooting more than 10 minutes of film meant you would have to load up a new magazine using the black...
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Fire rescue at Blue Plate ❤️
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Sick with a cold, tired from the non-stop and just a bit weary from the sick and tired, I drove home down 104 Ave this afternoon in a rush hour that felt like a funeral procession.And hungry. Right, no lunch. Add hunger to the list. No doubt, I was suffering. I'm not aware of anyone who suffers q...
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