Archive for Robert Segarini

Peter Stays Cool with Lucy the Fan

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2020 by segarini

This week’s column will be yet another potpourri. I have looked at several different topics to write about, but rapidly changing events and the dreadful heat which has gripped Toronto “by the throat” has made me decide to address a number of issues today.

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Peter Joins the Scouts

Posted in life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2020 by segarini

One of the largest youth movements in the world is the Scouting movement. It is truly  international in scope and casting a massive shadow on pop culture, i.e., being mentioned in the theme music to the classic TV show “Car 54” as well as coming up in figures of speech that we use on a daily basis. ( “He’s a good scout!”) Of course, like every human endeavour, it can be subverted by those who seek power. In Germany in 1937, the Scouts were outlawed and every Aryan boy was expected to join “The Hitler Jugend”, a Nazi youth movement which eventually was used to form a Waffen SS Panzer division which fought fiercely in Normandy after D Day.

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Peter and Coco Share the Remote

Posted in life, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2020 by segarini

As this column is published, I will be about to experience a new and glorious era here at Chez Montreuil. The downside of this, of course, is that I must deal with the Augean Stables of my apartment. Hence, a brief, punchy, “punchdrunk?” column again this week.

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Peter Speaks Out

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , on May 21, 2020 by segarini
This week, events have forced me to write on a different topic than I had intended to, so you will have to wait to read some more about my “feats of doing” on the field of honour.
Although the genesis of this week’s column dates back to February, 2020, its origins go back much farther than that, back to the beginning of time, in fact. Not everybody is, or has been, happy with their lot in life, or indeed, with the fact that some people just might get “a piece of the pier” which some sociopathic people feel is undeserved.
And of course, these people will base their judgements on such valid criteria as race, religion, national origin or language. For purposes of discussion today, I am going to focus on the use of “sex” as the yardstick.

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Peter at the Beach with Tadpoles, Trains, and Morgan James

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , on April 23, 2020 by segarini

This week, I’m going back to revisit the seemingly endless summers of my youth, when my parents were always going to be there and the only decision I had to make was which tee-shirt I was going to wear. Our house on Franklin Street was one of the most easterly houses in Orillia, mere metres from Lake Couchiching and about a kilometre a) from Moose Beach, so named because according to local lore, a moose had once been spotted there. (Thank goodness it hadn’t been a skunk.)

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Peter – Honk if you Love Jesus, Beer, Facebook, and Air Shows

Posted in life, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2020 by segarini

I have always thought that those who have a bumper sticker reading “I love Jesus” on their car often drive as if they are in a “perishing” hurry to make His acquaintance. Frankly, that’s the only reason I can conjure up to explain the various pastors 1) who, in defiance of government directives to not assemble in large groups, did so, especially at Easter. I have seen video of various and assorted of these “servants of God” mocking this deadly disease, “protecting” their flocks with “holy” handkerchiefs in at least one case, or simply declaring this menace “illegal” and casting it out.(Yes, that will do it. Satan trembles in fear of your power…..or at least envies your Gulfstream V private jet.)

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Peter Shares a Poem, Some Music, and a Book

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2020 by segarini

I have been thinking about the subject of my column this week. At first, I was going to enthrall you with tales of derring do when I played goal for our street hockey team, but you dodged that bullet this week. Then I was going to write a column on why I have the right to express dissent about the clown in Washington, D.C., despite the fact that I live in Canada. However, I realized that that would be too negative, and that we are dealing with so much negativity right now that it would really be too depressing.

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Peter Self Isolates and Shares His Thoughts

Posted in life, music, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2020 by segarini
I am sitting on my battered black Ikea couch, writing this week’s column a). Like so many of you, I am self isolating, driving the Cat nuts, but doing the right thing, at least in my mind. Very few people have any idea just how far this will go, but the ramifications are truly alarming, and only a complete fool would publicly voice their prediction (looking towards Washington D. C., I sadly shake my head.)

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Hot and Cold Running Peter

Posted in life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2020 by segarini

This week I am going to write about more of my athletic endeavours from the dim and distant past, from the last millennium, from when my tummy was flat and my hair was brown and curly, from when ….

I have described what a life changing experience it was for me to go to high school. While my parents had been, and continued to be, liberal, my separate school environment had been pretty restrictive. Now, however, surrounded by people who thought differently from me, I began to push to expand my horizons and grow my world. So I decided that I would try out for organized extramural sports. I looked at the football team, but decided that my 136 pounds of lean, sinewy adolescent would probably not survive too many tackles.

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Peter and the T-Ball Tutorial

Posted in Family, life, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2020 by segarini

Last week I outlined some of my exploits on the baseball diamond, in Orillia, in my youth. This week, I take you behind the bench as you are made privy to the secret life….of a T-Ball coach!

My daughter wanted to play T-Ball and, as a result, I took her to register. As I said last week, operations like this rely on so many volunteers. (I had no idea how intimately I was to become acquainted with that concept.) I paid the fee and the registrar looked at me and said “You know, Mister Montreuil we are always in need of coaches.” The fact that he pronounced my surname correctly should have warned me. I nodded a) and the registrar smiled up at me from behind his table.

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