2016.01.01 Recap of 2015
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Happy New Year everyone! It's time now to reflect on the year we just left
behind. We remember 2015 and on to bigger and better things.
On January 1, 2015 D'Arcy's Company Vex.Net merged with
a company called Vybe Networks Inc.
which he created with Jim Adams. Vybe
Networks Inc lost some clients and got some new.
D'Arcy and I sometimes attend the meeting of the Ontario
Confederation Of Clubs. D'Arcy has been doing their Web site
D'Arcy and I enjoyed a delightful visit at the home of our
dear friend Mary Garden. We go from time to time to Mary Gardens drop in.
Mary Garden is the one who got me to volunteer to be a Convener for soccer.
Our soccer league was Cosmos. Thank you very much Mary for letting me volunteer to be a Convener for soccer. I had fun.
My last visit To Sunnybrook for my broken femur was on
January 13, 2015. I have the accident imprinted in my mind. While I was
there I registered on line for all my x-rays. The Doctors checked my head
but it was fine. I must have a hard head. What did the damage was the huge
ball on the trailer hitch on his bumper that broke my femur in half.
My sister Norma Cote who lives in Buckeye Arizona was
entered for the first time in the Desert Half Marathon 5K called The Classic
on January 31, 2015. Norma was determined to run the marathon knowing that
she could not run with her injuries. But Norma did a very brisk power walk
through all 13½ miles. "Yeh!!! I Did it!!! I got a finishing medal and
a great Tee shirt" she said.
On February 12, 2015 we had our last Vex.Net dinner at
the Granite Brewery. D'Arcy has merged with Jim Adams to make a new company
called Vybe Networks Inc.
Jim joined us at the dinner. We thanked everyone
for supporting Vex.Net and staying on with the Vybe.
On February 15, 2015, the coldest night of the year, our
furnace broke down. It was so cold I think if we built an igloo it wouldn't
melt.That night we realized just how many blankets we had.
With all the jams that D'Arcy and I go to. D'Arcy performs
and I take pictures. D'Arcy had a picture taken at Southside Johnny's with
Scott Cushnie. D'Arcy has been a fan of Scott for years. Then on March 4,
2015 D'Arcy and I had the pleasure of listening to Scott Cushnie play piano
at Leslie Jones.
D'Arcy and I went to help celebrate Saint Patrick's Day
at the Beaches Blues Fest at the Mélange. Thank you LeRoy St. Germaine for
putting the Beaches Blues Fest on for all the musicians.
D'Arcy and I helped Bridget Taylor celebrate her Birthday
week by going out to five different jams. We have been friends since D'Arcy
had a gig with her in 2005 where D'Arcy played bass and he did some sound.
Bridget is a very powerful singer.
We also met Bridget Taylor at a wonderful concert put on by The Guitar G Band
playing at the Harbour Club Lounge. D'Arcy had an amazing time playing with
everyone. We enjoyed ourselves. There was dancing and some Elvis
On May 13, 2015 D'Arcy and I celebrated our forty-third
wedding anniversary by going out to dinner at Astoria. Then off to Mélange
where D'Arcy was asked to step in by playing his five string base due to the
absece of Rob Ross.
We celebrated Canada Day with my brother Robert and his
wife Laura. We headed to Kanata with our trailer. For other stories about
our travels in our trailer please click on "Travels in our trailer" on the
top of the main journal page.
We also went to an open jam at a bar called Newfoundland pub on Montreal Road.
D'Arcy brought his guitar and harps. It was funny that we traveled 500
miles and as we entered the jam we knew people there. Small world isn't it?
They all made us feel welcome as if we had walked into a jam in Toronto
where everyone knows us. They all enjoyed jamming with D'Arcy. As usual I
D'Arcy played a lot with Mike Nagoda
. The band consists of Jeremy Ronson on drums, D'Arcy Cain
on Bass and Mike Nagoda on double slide guitar and vocals. They received a
lot of applause at places like Lou Dawgs, The Local and London Pride.
Mike sang songs from his CD called "Parliament" as well as selections from
his upcoming CD. Mike Nagoda and the Spectrum Blues Band went on to win the
semi-finals for Toronto Indy Week.
We went to Severn Falls to visit our friends Bryan
Challenger and his wonderful wife Pat. We were the closest neighbours they
had for awhile.
We traded our 2002 Dodge Ram for a 2014 Dodge Ram. We
looked at two trucks, a granite coloured 2014 Ram 1500 Crew Cab and a black
2015 Ram Laramie Longhorn. The Longhorn looked nicer and had a really nice
interior but we decided to buy the 2014 Ram 1500 because it was a little
cheaper, had less mileage and had a longer bed for our fifth wheel hitch.
It has a lot of gadgets our old truck did not have.
D'Arcy and I went to Nathan Beaupré's studio Funkshed,
where Mike Nagoda and The Spectrum Blues band were recording a demo.
We went to our friends David and Donna's wedding. D'Arcy
knew the groom David. He is a NetBSD Developer just like D'Arcy and Donna
came to one of our Vex staff dinners with David one year. We were early so
D'Arcy played some piano for the other guests.
We took a trip to Montreal to visit my mother. We called
Alan as we got closer to Montreal. Alan was waiting for us at St-Andre’s in
St-Philippe where he gave D’Arcy a hand at getting the trailer off the hitch
by pulling the slider arm out in our truck and also helped at levelling
We all headed to see Mom at we Hospital. Alan wrote me an email the night
before we came down that our mother was brought in by ambulance. This was
a sad time for me because I do not like to see a loved one in the Hospital.
When we finished our visit we parted because Alan had to work the next day.
We agreed to see each the next day and we did. We also visited with D'Arcy's
cousins while we were in town.
I wrote about how I got involved with volunteered with
Toronto Cat Rescue
. So if you are thinking about adopting an animal it
would be wise to choose your pet from a place that fosters rescued animals
like Toronto Cat Rescue or Ann and Pete’s Rescue and Foster Home for Dogs.
The animals seem to know and are thankful.
On Wednesday October 7, 2015 Jim and D'Arcy met and
greeted all the old Vex and Vibe clients as well as some new Vybe Networks
clients. This was there first Vybe meeting. This event was catered by Wendy
Hernial of Sage Café & Catering who is also a Vybe Networks client.
It went well.
D'Arcy had to quit a band because they would not keep their
commitments because they did not like where the gig was to be held. We went
anyway and D'Arcy played with two bands Warp Drive Kittens and Martin and Cain.
We ended our evening at The Legion Hall and saw our friends Mallory and
We had our first try at winterizing our fifth wheel trailer.
The way this winter is going we may not have had to winterize our trailer at
all. We had double digits temperature this winter. It all changed it snowed
on December 28 late in the day mixed with rain. Well you never know what
temperatures coming. Hoping everything will be all right when we take our
trailer out in 2016.
It's the first time I see someone jump start a fifth wheel trailer.
We had a great time at the Jam of our good friend Paul
Storm at West Shore Bar and Grill it was the first time Quinn and Owen saw
Uncle D'Arcy play music. We finish off the evening by going into Ajax at a
bar called The Edge to see Juggernaut. They all enjoyed D'Arcy's playing.
We heard the passing of D'Arcy's uncle. We last saw Uncle
Leonard at the Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Clifford and Mary Lehman. I
took a picture of the four uncles. Uncle Leonard is the first one to the
left in this picture. D'Arcy used to live with him for a while.