About the Aardvark


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About the Aardvark

As borrowed from my Facebook profile

Interests: Karaoke, Photography, Music, Movies, Writing (check out Not Only Am I With The Band…)

Favorite Music: Aerosmith, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Max Webster, The Black Crowes, Rush, The Tragically Hip, Frank Zappa, Sammy Hagar (both with and without), Elton John (the older stuff, although he has been making a comeback of sorts recently), The Tubes, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (especially his killer live album “Pack Up The Plantations”), The Beatles, David Bowie (“Now Ziggy played… guitaaaaaaaaaar!!!!”), Kansas, Styx, The Eagles, Metalica, The Who, The Guess Who, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi (guilty pleasure), U2, Jethro Tull (are we there yet?), Eric “the red” Clapton, Robert “don’t call me Bob” Plant, ACDC (did anyone else see them blow The Stones off the stage at SARSSTOCK?), Cheap Trick. Hell, I’d even go so far as to say that I like Van Halen now that Eddie has got his shit together and realized the problem with the band has never been the bloody lead singers but himself.

Favorite TV Shows: Dexter, Dexter and more Dexter, Sherlock, Elementary, Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: New York, Cheers, M*A*S*H, WKRP In Cincinnati, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Mythbusters, Sharp’s Rifles

Favorite Movies: Dawn Of The Dead, A Few Good Men, Die Hard, Almost Famous (bootleg cut), The Avengers, Dazed and Confused, Silverado, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Shaun Of The Dead, Young Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Fight Club, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, King Kong (original, although the remake did it fair justice), The Usual Suspects

Favorite Books: Not Only Am I With The Band…, All Quiet On The Western Front, Lucifer’s Hammer, Catch-22, Interview With A Vampire, World War Z, Tales Of Mystery and Imagination

Favorite Authors: Stephen King (especially Salem’s Lot and The Stand (expanded edition)), Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (especially the Special Agent Pendergast novels), Anne Rice (especially her Vampire Chronicles), Bernard Cornwell (Sharpe’s Rifles novels)

Favorite Quotations: If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you how to do your shit, then YOU DESERVE IT. ~ Frank Zappa

Remember there’s a big difference between kneeling down and bending over – Frank Zappa on fundamentalism

You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer – Frank Zappa

About Me: I was going to say I’m middle aged, but who can honestly say they are middle aged when no one knows when it is they are going to die. I suppose I am within the traditional middle aged frame of reference. Some people loathe getting older. Me? The only concession I will make to getting older is the aches and pains which slowly creep into my life. Besides which, getting older certainly beats the alternative. I’ve never been a been a big proponent of the axiom “live fast, die young, leave a handsome corpse”. Screw that… I’ll be dead, remember? What the hell should I care at that point what I look like.

So long as I’m standing on the grass looking down at it rather than vice versa, it’s all good.

But seriously…

In my day I have been a laborer, I’ve worked in the Men’s Furnishing department for a large retail chain which is no longer in business, a journalist, working for two newspapers that are no longer in business, a teacher for a computer day camp which, yes, you’ve guessed it, is no longer in business (shit, maybe it’s always been me), a senior systems analyst, a photographer and, most recently, a published author.

Reeks of ADHD to me, what say you folks?

I live in a lovely townhouse in Scarberia, with three cats and wonderful neighbours. Hey, living the Canadian Dream here.

A number of friends have wondered why it is that I wound up with the nickname “Aardvark” or “The Aardvark”. As with most explanations after the fact, this one is very mundane. Anyone who has been invited to one of my functions will note there is always some kind of reference to an aardvark somewhere there in the invitation. Aardvark tossing, come dressed as your favourite aardvark and other such nonsense. What can I say in my defence? I’ve always thought the word aardvark sounded pretty cool.

One weekend oh, a goodly number of years ago, my now ex wife was away visiting her mom south of the border. Which left me a bachelor for a week. On the Saturday I invited Stefan, a dear friend of mine, over for a BBQ. Just the guys. Well, once the burgers had been sufficiently cooked we proceeded to chow down on BBQ’d hamburger patties, french fries and wine. Hell, cut me some slack here, I’m a guy. Hamburger buns? Hello… not very high on my radar.onlywomenbleed

Having disposed of eight burgers between the two of us Stefan asked if I had ever heard of an on-line game called Quake. Sad to say I had not. But Stef was about to put that all to rights. Having downloaded the demo it came to that point when Stefan turned to me asking what I wanted my on-line name to be. Needless to say, I didn’t have a clue. So Stefan, taking the bull by the horns declared that my online name should be Aardvark since I was frequently known to expound upon the whole aardvark continuum. I thought it sounded like a very sound argument and, as a result, the Aardvark was born.

My apologies to everyone who thought there was something deeper, more sinister involved, but there ya go

States I Have Visited…

 

 


 

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6 thoughts on “About the Aardvark

  1. I love your site. A lot of time and effort here. Brings back memories. Seeing your timeline, I think we may have been at some of the same concerts. Great job, well done!

    1. Hello Colleen.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind words. There have been so many excellent concerts in our city and surrounding area over the years I frequently have to give my head a shake as to how fortunate we have been. What other shows have you seen?

      This site has been a true labour of love, especially my concert archives. I am constantly tinkering and trying to improve them. My next step will be to revist a lot of the photos I shot and included here making sure they actually present a larger image when clicked on 🙂 That is the whole point of clicking on a photo, isn’t it?

      I’d also like to start making more frequent updates but that just comes down to me making the time than anything else.

      Please stop by again. Visitors are always welcome. I’m also working on a subscribe feature so those who are interested can get informed any time I make a change or new additions to the Aattic.

  2. This is a great website. Love your stories and concert photos. Are you selling prints, and if so, for how much. I am especially interested in your ELP shots. Please send me a reply email one way or the other. Thanks.

    1. Thank you Peter for your kind words. I am going to start selling my prints in the next few months. Just trying to find the time to get everything in place. I shall let you know when I get everything set.

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