Christmas is just around the corner!

Hello Friends,

Its that time of year again! Personally its one of my favorite times of the year. That’s right : Christmas!

Although the holidays in Toronto tend to be more of a cold / wet / slushy experience, I try not to let that put a hamper in my holiday spirit.

I like to take long walks in North York late at night. The peaceful quietness of winter surrounds me as I stroll through mine and adjorning neighborhoods. I tend to take each cold breath as if it were my last — that’s how I’ve decided to live my life recently since my stint at being mayor of our great city.

Time takes its toll on everyone — including me. I’ve noticed myself questioning whether my wife, Marilyn, realizes this as well. With the difficulty of explaining such a brooding subject to her being such a daunting task, I tend to just limit our conversations to “Whats for lunch?” and “You wouldn’t stop snoring last night!” and “I noticed your bladder is leaking more often than normal, I made an appointment with your doctor”.

Time is a funny thing. Changing your perception from present to past in recollection, or towards the future in hope, changes your perception of the actual passage of time. In recollection, it becomes a blur. That’s what I’m beginning to realize at this moment.

I have regrets, as do most people. Marilyn is asking me what I got her for Christmas. I’m not sure what to tell her.

Your friend,

Mel.

5 comments

  1. Mel, earlier today (May 18/09) I looked at my cell phone and to my surprise there was a voicemail. I had it with me all day and didn’t hear any ring. I checked the voicemail and lo and behold it was YOU. Something about a big boy sale. This is when I realized it was a “Backdoor” voice mail message left without the phone ringing.

    Maybe you do not know this but a lot of cell phone users pay as you go, I am one of these. This means I have to PAY for you to leave this backdoor message then PAY again to listen to it. In total your message cost me at least $1.60. Not to mention my time and aggravation.

    You can contact me by the email above and I can give you my address so you can send me a cheque to reimburse me for the cost of you sending me this unsolicited message.

  2. SORRY FORGOT TO SEND YOU MY PHONE # SO YOU CAN CONTACT ME H905-XXX-XXXX W905-XXX-XXXX THANKS YOU

  3. HOPE YOU RECEIVED MY EMAIL /COMMEMT PRIOR TO GIVING YOU MY PHONE # IT’S ABOUT A CUSTOMER SERVICE ISSUE WHICH I AM VERY UNHAPPY ABOUT. THANKS NEED SOME RESOLUTION PLEASE.

  4. Doug you have control over what your cell phone does. If you don’t want voice mail tell your provider. Then you can save your $1.60. Mel is this guy a friend or yours… is he just pulling your leg.

  5. Hi Mel, you should consider running again for mayar and fix all the problems with the city today.

    On another note I would disassociate yourself with bagboy’s Furnature. I purchased a fridge and stove at your North York Store and the service is horrible. I will never buy anything thier again. I just sent an email to cusomer service, my invoice number is F109666. You can email me if you’d like at jferraro@rogers.com if you want to know what happened. I tried to rectify the situation and they wont even call me back.

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