A truly original-six experience

Posted: 28th March 2013 by Keith MacKenzie in Uncategorized
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As a kid, I always liked to watch the Boston Bruins on Hockey Night in Canada. For some reason, every single game – or really, every game and a half – seemed to be the Bruins versus the Montreal Canadiens, and being a long-suffering Vancouver Canucks fan, this was always a treat to see.

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Vancouver’s real estate prices? Please, don’t remind me. (FROM VANCOUVER OBSERVER)

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about the top 5 things I miss about Vancouver. While I admit there were some colossal oversights – such as my love for West Coast sushi and the multitude of awesome coffee shops (including my personal favourite, Our Town) – I think I covered the gist of what I miss about that fair green city.

And now, the two or three people who actually read my blog will have their curiosity piqued as to what I don’t miss about Lotus Land. So, without further ado, here are the top five things I don’t miss about Vancouver:

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The real windy cities

Posted: 20th February 2013 by Keith MacKenzie in Hurricane, weather
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Did the wind take this little rascal down? Oh yes, it did. (KEITH MACKENZIE PHOTO)

Did the wind take this little rascal down? Oh yes, it did. (KEITH MACKENZIE PHOTO)

I’ll be damned. Here I thought all along that Chicago was famous for the nasty winds that sweep through the downtown corridors between the skyscrapers, and then I come across this.

In short, it’s the top 101 windy cities with over 50,000 people in the United States. Here are the top 10:

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Top 5 things I miss about Vancouver

Posted: 15th February 2013 by Keith MacKenzie in top 5, Woburn
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Miss the rain? No effin’ way. But there’s something about it…

Now that we’ve been in Massachusetts for more than five monthS, I find myself distanced enough from Vancouver to now contemplate what I might miss about that place, in direct relation to life in Woburn, Massachusetts.

So without further ado, I present the top five things I miss about Vancouver:

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A new shooting rocks America

Posted: 15th December 2012 by Keith MacKenzie in Uncategorized
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The news came as a blip on my smartphone:”Connecticut elementary school district in lockdown”. I closed the window thinking it was just another thing in the news, maybe some yahoo had fired a bullet into the air or there was an orange alert, or something else.

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A peaceful experience in wartime

Posted: 13th November 2012 by Keith MacKenzie in korean war, remembrance day, veteran's day, war, Woburn

Korean War veteran Paul Cunniff and his wife stand in front of the new war memorial in Woburn, Massachusetts, November 12, 2012. (KEITH MACKENZIE PHOTO)

Yesterday, on an unseasonably warm day in Massachusetts, I went to check out the brand-new war memorial in Woburn centre that had been unveiled on Remembrance Day – or Veteran’s Day as they call it here – and had a great conversation with an elderly couple there.

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Re-election and realization

Posted: 7th November 2012 by Keith MacKenzie in election, obama

Obama’s re-election means another step forward for the United States, and a realization in Canada that we may be further behind than we originally thought.

With Obama’s re-election now in the history books, I find myself slightly perturbed as a Canadian living in Massachusetts.

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Woburn story comes face to face with Sandy, not SanDeE*

Posted: 30th October 2012 by Keith MacKenzie in Hurricane, Sandy, Storm, Woburn

A DPW horse was knocked over by wind at the Woburn Police Station during Hurricane Sandy. (DANIELLE MASTERSON, WOBURN PATCH)

In one of my favourite movies, L.A. Story, Steve Martin’s weatherman character Harris Telemacher goes on a date with a very young, pre-Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker.

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Those damn flag waving patriots?

Posted: 12th October 2012 by Keith MacKenzie in Uncategorized

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Where Keith sits down for the first time in two weeks, taking advantage of the precious couple of hours in the afternoon when his son is fast asleep in his crib:

KIEFER: OK, Keith, let’s get started.

KEITH (bleary eyed): Let’s do it.

KIEFER: So, how you doing these weeks?

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We begin with an interview

Posted: 28th September 2012 by Keith MacKenzie in Uncategorized

After a week – or longer than a week, really – of pondering how to begin my blog, Mass By Volume, I sit here on this rainy Friday afternoon with my son fast asleep, and now, I begin. Read the rest of this entry »