This was supposed to be the year we recovered from Covid and to some extent we did. However it did rear its ugly head from time to time and has failed to go beyond the horizon. Memories are fragile, but here are some I don't want to forget.
Boris Brott was killed by a hit and run driver while walking in his neighborhood. He spent a number of decades leading various orchestras in different countries and arranging musical events. He chose to live in Hamilton where his children attended Westdale High School as have both my children. I remembered attending a concert with the Hamilton Philharmonic backing Chuck Mangione, and later I was able to get the album. I attended a few operas that he helped set up. When the Pan-Am Games had some soccer games in Hamilton he led some musicians backing up Terra Lightfoot which is shown to the left. He enjoyed and promoted a wide variety of music as he felt it made life better.
Early January is cold, but the scenery was wonderful.
An anniversary present from Heather. Grain and Grit put on a zoom meeting about beer, cheese and chocolate. Very tasty combinations.
Many years ago we went to the Aquarium in Toronto for our anniversary and yes there was a restaurant. This year we decided an RBG event would be appropriate. Under the Canopy offered a display of tropical animals. At first the sloth was sleeping, but when the caretaker got out the dinner the sloth was very lively compared to our expectations.
A green snake.
One new and welcome visitor.
A good spread of appetizers.
Doors Open Hamilton
Stairwell in Coppley Building for Doors Open Hamilton. Given a tour by Terry Cooke.
I have long been fascinated with the many murals in walking distance. Here is a example of a very interesting one.
Enjoyed Luca Vitali at the Racamultese Festival. Check Hamilton's connection to Racamulto: http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2021/06/hamilton-ontarios-connection-to.html
Trip to Port Dover to see Norm Foster play (Halfway There)--reminded me of Haliburton that also claims to be halfway between Equator and North Pole. I had an interesting restaurant entree, tandoori salmon
World Dodgeball Championship were held in Edmonton and they provided opportunity to see Michael after three years.
This is the famous Maori hakka. The New Zealand team did it at the beginning of each day.
Not sure what this is called, but some teams as sort of a victory dance invite their opponents to also celebrate. They go arm and arm in a circle until they all collapse.
More on Dodgeball: http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2022/09/dodge-ball.html
West Edmonton Mall. It is overwhelming.
Chianti where we had dinner. Took photo in a morning that I was seeking some murals. I thought this was an abandoned Church, but it turns out it used to be a post office. Actually it is an Italian restaurant that we quite enjoyed, service, ambiance and food. About a block from our hotel on Whyte Avenue.
A joyous occasion was when Ryan married Samantha shown here with Emma. It seemed risky holding an outdoor ceremony on October 22, 2022, but the weather added to the beauty. A poster to be remembered: "Pick a seat, not side. We will all be family when they tie the knot." Photo by Sharon.
We went on the trails of RBG on October 30
Sharon meets a dog, Ripley and just happens to have dog biscuits on her.
Christmas Eve was differently than had been habit forming. It was a stage show at Theatre Aquarius, but it was different. Personal--the actors told their personal stories and they centered around their experience in Hamilton. Many of their references were familiar. At the end they closed with a request to contribute to a food bank and personally took our donations in stockings by the front door. We had a enjoyable meal at Pho B & T. and got set for Christmas.
Barbara Martin, our double prize winner!
Another good year for watching movies. Which ones did you also see? Which ones did I miss? http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2022/12/worthwhile-english-speaking-films-seen.html
Among my top favorite movies many were subtitled. http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2022/12/films-from-non-english-world.html
Here is my list of books read in 2022. Feel free to comment:http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2022/12/books-read-in-2022.html
Restaurants: Rapscallion (Beatles brunch), Pho B & T, Mai Pai on Barton, Afrolicious A takeout with Persian at Nannaaa . While in Edmonton we enjoyed Chianti on Whyte Ave.
Most popular blogs: Number one dealt with book on "China Unbound" from a Canadian perspective. http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2022/04/china-unbound.html
Number two was inspired by the Trucker Convoy to Ottawa that I felt was misguided: http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2022/02/freedom-and-law.html
Number three was about an Egyptian tv. series partly filmed in the U.S. with an interesting complicated plot. http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2022/02/newtons-cradle.html
This honestly has been a better year than last year, but there certainly were pleasant memories in 2021 http://www.therealjohndavidson.com/2022/01/2021-another-disapointing-year.html