White’s Ferry

White’s Ferry is one of my favourite places.

The drive through the little towns and farms almost feels like another country.

White’s Ferry is basically the only ferry service that still operates on the Potomac River.

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I love this place. It’s quiet and serene and quite a nice place to have a picnic in the summer.

The ferry, which is really a plank that is pulled across the Potomac River. Across the river is the beautiful charming town of Leesburg, VA.

Another great thing to do in Leesburg is shopping; it has a huge outlet centre with over a 100 stores. There are plenty of other things to do in Leesburg too, perfect for a day trip.

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Review: Little Mosque on the Prairie

CBC’s much hyped and much anticipated “Little Mosque on the Prairie premiered last night.

I’d been looking forward to this show for months and especially after the minor attention it’s gotten.

I was ready and open to like this show and although I didn’t hate it, this first episode didn’t blow me away. I felt there could have been a bit more substance to it, plus it felt a bit rushed to me.

I don’t know, maybe I was expecting too much from a thirty minute sitcom (with no laugh tracks).

It’s a comedy about a small Muslim community in a small prairie town in Canada, their new mosque, Imam, and the neighbours’ perception of and reaction to them in this post September 11 world.

While this makes for a great premise, the first 10 minutes threw in every stereotypical Muslims-are-terrorist joke in the book. Which makes me wonder what they’ll do for the remaining episodes, they can’t repeat the same jokes over and over, can they?

A couple of jokes and/or situations garnered a smile or chuckle from me, but there wasn’t anything laugh-out-funny to me, probably because it seemed a tad ridiculous to be funny.

This show has the potential to be what it’s supposed to be, it could be humorous, satirical and insightful. Depends on what direction the show takes and how characters are developed.

Overall, it’s a great concept; the first episode was a ‘weak-good’ because I was expecting something more along the lines of the great immigrant/assimilation comedy.

I’ll have to watch at least three more episodes to form a solid opinion, but it’s fresh, interesting, and different, unlike anything on TV right now. Plus it’s got buzz…

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Do you believe in the after-life?

Have you ever felt like you’ve known someone all your life even though you’ve just met?

I met Mike on a connecting flight from Dallas to Seattle last month.

Our original flight had been canceled due to a snow storm and we luckily got a seat on the next departing flight. “It’s not going to be great seats” the attendant warned but we were desperate enough not to care.

Of course, I had the middle seat in the busiest area of the most crowded plane ever!

But all was not lost; I sat next to Mike, he offered me a piece of gum and we got talking… for over six hours!

It turned what could have very well been a horrible traveling experience into an insightfully delightful trip.

I believe we knew each other in a previous life, I hope anyone on a long tiresome journey finds themselves a Mike to get them through.

Mike also makes beautiful music; here’s “Heart of Me ” from his first CD “Let Go”

Hope you like it as much as I do.

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Things I’m excited about today:

¨ The Apple iPhone – While I’m in no hurry to get one (when it debuts in June), I’m equally excited! We’ve been waiting for this day for years! (Go read about Steve Job’s keynote at Engadget)

¨ Plus this is a good thing in the sense that it forces other smart phone manufacturers to up their game, the consumer wins and everyone’s happy.

¨ iRiver’s E-Book Reader – When it finally gets around to these parts!

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