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BOB'S BLOG Welcome to 2014: Listless no more

By Bob Wood
January 06, 2014 - 75 comments

Do you find yourself feeling listless at this time of year?

I’m not talking about lethargy, although that exists too.

I am talking about not having lists. The Christmas gift list is long past; the next one is a long way off. The “to do” list can be ignored in that manana period right after New Year’s.

But open the paper, look at social media, watch the boob tube, all you see is lists. The year’s best movies, celebrities who died, best vacation spots, most popular baby names and on and on.

So since I don’t have any lists, I’m listless. Today that will change.

Here we go, my lists, and following in the tradition of most year-end lists, they’re “meaninglists.”

Five Events I Missed in 2013 and Will Plan to Miss Again Next Year

• Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre

• Joe Warmington’s Column in The Sun

• Lord Black of Crossharbour on Vision TV

• GTA Gridlock (I moved away from the GTA in 2012)

• Keeping up with the Kardashians

The four best sports movies I think (but am not sure because I haven’t seen them in years)

• Pumping Iron(1977) - A documentary featuring the Terminator versus the Incredible Hulk

• Brian’s Song (1971)- A sports movie that will make grown men cry.

• Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)- A sports movie that will make grown men cry.

• Breaking Away (1979)- “Cutter” Kids from town vs. rich College Kids from somewhere else.

Three noteworthy insights from Toronto Mayors

• "What the hell do I want to go to a place like Mombasa? I'm sort of scared about going out there, but the wife is really nervous. I just see myself in a pot of boiling water with all these natives dancing around me."- Mel Lastman, Mayor of Toronto 1997-2003

• “I have nothing left to hide.”- Rob Ford 2010-

• “I only ran for mayor because the others were dodos.” – John Sewell 1978-80

Two Things I Will spend Less Time on in 2014

• Twitter *

• Being Listless

One book I did not finish this year

• The Orenda by James Boyden. A great book, I’m sure, but too violent for a man who cries at sports movies.


*Proofreading wife expresses doubt.

Bob Wood is a housing and poverty advocate and former two-term Burlington City Councillor who has built a bed-and-breakfast with his wife on Lake Erie. 


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Assignment: be insightful and funny    


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