9.6 Silent Hill

Yeah, yeah, yeah, if someone talks about the weather, means they have nothing interesting to say. They are boring. I know. Call me boring. What a shitshow it was here in Toronto this past weekend.

My girlfriend and I were supposed to drive to Ottawa last Saturday night. You know what started happening on Saturday night? Ice pellets, freezing rain, crazy wind. I read that there were over 500 collisions on Highway 401. I did not want to be collision #501.

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9.5 Planning, Flexibility and Responsibility

A few months ago, I received a package from Skate Canada Archivist Emery Leger. Inside was a stack of speeches my father David Dore made in the 1980s and 1990s. My father was the Director General of Skate Canada and then Vice-President of the International Skating Union (ISU). He was first known as a great public speaker during his time at Skate Canada, who was able to clearly communicate his direction of the sport in this country. Through strong leadership, my father had a vision of what could be accomplished. There was a common thread throughout these speeches; he continually outlined three elements he felt were essential to being a successful leader: planning, flexibility and responsibility.

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9.4 Valentine's Day

I spent Valentine’s Day alone. Don’t worry, I was happily at the theatre, so don’t cry for me, Argentina. I hadn’t planned to venture out into public on that particular day. I mean, when you’re single, the last thing you want to do is be out amongst the beautiful, shiny, happy couples celebrating their coupledom. Alas, I wanted to see this particular play and the only ticket available was on February 14th.

I didn’t really notice until walking to the theatre and being obnoxiously confronted with people carrying heart balloons and bouquets of flowers. Right. Valentine’s Day. Somewhat secure in my ability to do public things alone, I approached the box office to pick up my ticket. The person at the counter found my name and said, “Here is your one ticket.”

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9.3 Alone in the Dark

From as long as I can remember, I always enjoyed going to the movies. All during my 20s, I saw a movie almost every week, most of time by myself. I loved sitting alone, waiting for the lights to dim. Once the movie started, we were all equal in the dark - it didn’t matter if you came with your significant other, friends or by yourself. I loved watching the trailers for upcoming movies. Not that long ago before the internet, the trailers were the only way to find out what was coming soon. I never felt lonely watching movies in the theatre, on the contrary, I felt a strong sense of community. All of us strangers, yet communally taking part in the same activity.

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