Just a little KISS

Have a peek at the Winter 2014-15 issue of Fine Lifestyles Saskatoon. It’s an article about the ‘next big gig’ for legendary rocker Gene Simmons of KISS fame (the first concert I ever went to as a teenager oh, I don’t know, a few years ago…). Gene talks about his new restaurant Rock & Brews coming to Saskatoon. As a registered officiant, there are even wedding ceremonies on the menu. Photography and interview by the incomparable Heather Fritz, my pal, for whom I pitched in with a little help on the article to make the deadline. Speaking of my pal, check out her secrets for success in the feature immediately following Mr. Simmons.

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Gee, butt it’s good to be home!

Back home again in time to enjoy -20 and up to 25 cms of snow! But we’re a hardy bunch here, so when the wind died down a little yesterday, Jim and I bundled up and had a warm if not awkward walk down to Broadway. After a little shopping – tricky to do when you’re Michelin men – we stopped into Starbucks for a peppermint mocha Christmas coffee (purely for medicinal reasons). Jim was fascinated by his: how do they get a bare butt to appear in the foam on top? Came home to find Rick playing with his snowblower. Ahhh. Winter has begun.

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A beautiful place of learning

Is Indiana University one of the most beautiful university campuses anywhere? I remember walking down to Sample Gates to catch the bus a few years ago when we were here on sabbatical. It was after a writing class, the bell tower was tolling, and I felt such a profound sense of how smart I could be if I really tried! Look at these pictures and see if you don’t think deep thoughts. That’s Jim today having a visit with Great Grampa (his portrait) in the Indiana Memorial Union. Every time we’re here, we go visit Grampa (once on the IU Board of Governors in the Kinsey era). The room’s been locked so we’ve yet to visit Maddy, his grandmother, whose portrait graces the wall in the Distinguished Alumni room.

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For Breaking Bad fans

We’ve been soaking up all Indiana University has to offer. Including an evening with Mike Ehrmantraut, the cop-turned-hired-killer from Breaking Bad. He’s an IU alum, who knew? And no one died during the course of the event. That’s Rick and Jim in the audience; Jim’s the one not paying attention.

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