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Victim Of Sexual Abuse? Please Step Forward

In light of what is going on with Jian Ghomeshi and the skeletons that keep falling out of his closet, I want to urge victims of sexual or physical abuse to step forward and help put an end to the person’s reign of terror. Just think, if Jian’s first victim had reported him immediately, his other victims could have been spared.

I realize the stigma that comes with beings the victim of a sexual abuse but the we are behind you. There is support out there. Remember, only you can stop the predator and you just might be saving a life.


Canadians Heed Suggestion, Sign Up To Live On Mars.

Mars-OneWell that was fast! I blogged about our Winnipeg weather and how maybe we should live on Mars seeing as how our cold sometimes rivals that planet’s.   Read it here.  Well it wasn’t long before some Canadians decided to take me up on that.  I was only talking about Winnipeg but apparently, living on Mars sounded to good to pass up for the rest of Canada.

Seventy Five Canadians thus far have signed up to take part in a contest to earn themselves a one-way ticket to Mars.  As per the contest, they will live and die on Mars, whether it be  a day or several decades later.  Sounds pleasant, doesn’t it?  The mission sets off in 2023, giving the contestants ample time to change their minds.

As of posting, there was no firm indication that my blog had actually influenced Canadians to sign up for this foolhardy operation. (Us Canadians don’t really need a reason to do silly things),  but just in case, I will now be more careful in what I say.

Good thing I didn’t say go to hell…

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1000 Strong

followed-blog-1000-1xWhen I click the ‘publish’ button after writing this, my blog would be sent to over 1000 followers!  Ok, maybe to many it’s not that big of a deal.  A thousand followers is maybe just a drop in the bucket but for me, I get excited over small accomplishments so I am stoked!

Look honey! Four followers today alone! I excitedly told the wife a few days ago.  Wow! It’s almost to a thousand!  After talking about it for almost ten minutes, she was tired of being the good listener and politely told me to shut up already.  Well it didn’t sound too polite.  I promised to myself that when I hit the 1000 milestone, I would keep it to myself.  And you of course.

I realize that a lot of those 1000+ followers would not actually open and read every single email they get announcing a new post.  Heck, I do that sometimes too but it’s not the point.  Actually, what is the point?

The point is that after a couple of years of airing my thoughts/vuze/takes via my blogs, I now have two major accomplishments.  I was Freshly Pressed and now have reached 1000 followers.  Readers have not only liked what I’m writing but also decided to follow me so they could read even more.  Smart people.  Or are they?

I hope my wife understands what this means.  It  means I should be taken seriously as a legit blogger.  I should now be mentioned in the same breath as…hmm…er…ok nevermind, you get the picture.

Now this calls for a celebratory drink…

Yayyy!! 1000 followers!!  Thanks for the follows guys!

Change of heart

I blogged a while ago that I was incorporating my two blogs for easier management.  Well I got as far as importing the blogs then found out that I had to pay to steer traffic away from the old blog and to this blog.  That sounded like a stupid way to spend hard-earned cash so I have decided to scrap the idea.  If you enjoyed the blogs I imported, you can follow the adventures of a Daddy at caramieandtheboyz.  I apologize for any inconvenience caused by my impulsive act but like I always say, I guess it was just My Take.  Be seeing you!

Things Are Looking A Bit Weird Around Here…

imagesIf you are a regular to my neck of the woods, you would have noticed that all of a sudden my posts suddenly increased by a couple of hundreds.  No, I didn’t stay up late into the night blogging nor did I go around re-blogging posts.  You see I have this other blog where I chronicle the adventures of being a daddy to three cute little boys and a wife to an angel.  Here. I am in the process of merging them together for a simpler blogging experience but the process is a still a work in progress. Please bear with me and feel free to check out some of my family postings.  Some of them are quite funny and cute if I must say so myself.

August 8th. Best Day Ever!

indexAs everyone already knows, August is the best month of the entire year.  Don’t ask me why as it’s quite obvious.  Not only is it the month with the most cooperative weather but it’s also MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!  What more can anyone ask for? (Don’t be silly, it’s a rhetorical question).

Well anyways, while I was languishing in bed this morning pretending that I didn’t have to get up if I didn’t want to, my three little ones entered my room bearing home-made cards.  No card in any card shop could have been more meaningful.  I was moved to tears. Just kidding. I don’t do tears.  But I was touched.

Best cards ever!

Best cards ever!

When I finally smartened up and realized that I would not be getting any special treatment, birthday or not, I came downstairs to find a double-double Tim Hortons coffee awaiting me beside a single stemmed red rose.  Well these people I live with sure know how to use the simple things in life to make me happy eh?

Nice touch, wifey!

Nice touch, wifey!

I signed into Facebook to find my wall littered, but in a good way, with best wishes from friends, family and acquaintances from all over the globe.  And I meant littered. I was so touched that I made it my goal to at least attempt to say a ‘thank you’ comment for each wish.

And these are the little things that make for a Happy Birthday.  Priceless things.  Just like the blessing from the man upstairs that afforded me another healthy year.  I am grateful to those who took the time, be it a couple of seconds, to type out a ‘Happy Birthday’ to me.  At least you thought of me and that means something.  It also means that you are acknowledging that August 8th is most definitely the best day/month of the year.  To all those sharing this day with me, Happy Birthday to you!  To those who aren’t, stay strong, you have nothing to be ashamed of.






Is it possible to live life to the fullest?

th (1)I was watching a movie a while back where the heroine was misdiagnosed with cancer and was given a few weeks to live. She immediately quit her job and went on a spending spree, traveling the world and enjoying the finer things in life that she was too busy to do before. The moral of the story was that we all should enjoy life to the fullest and basically live like we were dying. After the movie was over, I experienced a brief moment of clarity. That was so cool! I would like to live like that. I could live like that starting tomorrow! Then reality reared its ugly head. Ahem! You have three kids, a mortgage and job.

There are days when any of those ‘happy triggers’ could be cause for stress. How do I live life to the fullest when I’m busy doing the boss’ bidding so he could maybe live his life to the fullest? How can I throw caution to the wind and just sail along merrily while my three little boys are waiting on me to help them to live their infant lives to the fullest? And the mortgage? I am sure the bank won’t wish me all the best if I told them I will pay them in my own time as I am enjoying my life to the fullest and paying bills was not part of the fun.

But it looked so good in the movies though. In reality, can I, or even you, really live life to the fullest? Maybe not in the true sense of the word. My fullest would include traveling with just the wife, yes no kids, to see the world. It would include sleeping in when I want and eating whatever I want. I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Or anytime for that matter. Even winning the lottery does not guarantee a full life.

So my other option is to make the most of what I have and enjoy what I have been blessed with. Kids, a house, a job…Yes, I would love to sit and read a book without interruptions but the trade off is sometimes more rewarding. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s possible to live my life to the fullest. Maybe I’m doing that now, even though I know that I would still enjoy seeing the world, just me and the wife.  That would make my life that much fuller…



I am sorry to say that my takes will be a bit infrequent for a little while.  I am in the middle of a very busy period where I’m ‘putting out fires’ so to speak.  I will try to make my absence barely noticeable but if you do notice, I would be flattered and you would know why.

While I’m gone, feel free to catch up on some of my great posts like, You Are An Atheist? My Apologies, a blog about Nelson Mandela, a blog about our wastage, Don’t Waste Food  and about moral decay, Declining Moral Values.  There are many more that you probably haven’t read.  So, like Papa Tomato said to Baby Tomato, Catch up!

And you, keep following me for more great posts on my takes.

Suggested reading: 65 Million to marry daughter? Hmm…

500+ Followers!

imagesToday I reached a milestone of sorts.  Maybe nothing to write home about but to me it was a big deal.  I am excited that over 500 people actually liked my opinion enough to follow my blog.  My Vuze is exactly that, my take on various subjects.  It’s how I see things, whether popular or unpopular.  I enjoy a good controversial topic and as the great Thomas Jefferson once said, “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”  Sometimes the rock stands alone.

Thank you for being one of my followers and I look forward to the next 500!

My Take Or Yours?

I have an admission.  I was checking my stats recently and noticed that I had quite a few followers.  I was thrilled!  “Look honey!”  I said to my wife excitedly.  “I have almost 300 followers! I am scared.  What should I write?  How do I please all these people?  I am sure to write something that they don’t like or agree with.  How do I choose ‘safe’ topics?”  “Shut up and just keep writing.”  Was her response.  We were lying in bed so she probably just wanted to be left alone.

My wife’s answer sobered me up and I thought of the reason my blog was called ‘My Vuze’.  It wasn’t because I wanted to write what people were thinking or how they felt about something.  It was my opinion, whether popular or unpopular.  How I felt and what I thought.  If I changed that to satisfy my readers, then I would be dishonest.  I would be misrepresenting my blog.

From reading other WordPress blogs, I know that I am not alone.  Some writers double think the content of their posts so as not to offend anyone or even to attract readers.  If that’s your wish, sure go for it.   Not me.  Life is too short for that.  Granted, I won’t be rude, crude or offensive in any way and there may be a topic or two that I may prefer to steer clear of.  Some of my vuze might seem to clash with my spirituality but trust me, God is the ultimate base for my takes and I never claim to be more than human.

I promise never to doubt myself again. I would tell it like it is.  Or like I think it is.  If you don’t agree, feel free to tell me why you don’t.  Maybe your information can sway my opinion.

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