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Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

 

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summer moves quickly into fall…

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September 19th, 2017

this summer has come and gone.  where did it go.  honestly this summer is a blur.  what is happening?  where did it go?  will it come back soon?

my name is dan and this is my little blog that i try and bookmark things, thoughts and moments.  no idea who looks.  it doesn’t really matter really.  this blog is more for me to look back on and use it as a reference point to people when i need to tell a story or highlight something that i bookmarked.

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my last post is here in Feb.  all my past little updates are here.  three sweet songs were selected for the songs of the quarter.  “lost in the light” and “black oak“.  the song from bahamas gets me in feels and no comment on NW.

i suck… it’s so hard to pick a song for the 4th quarter and hopefully knocking out this post it will come to me.  my little boo turned 16.  she is so sweet.  i must say that i’ve gone nuts on spotify and have created 44 public playlists for all types of moods.

the cold war is over.  little man has my old phone and boo has a new one.

it was nice to see Dan in a new little unique venue and also listen to some music at the folk fest.  lisbon… let’s try that again in nov with the kids.  it was nice to visit ottawa for a little last minute jaunt.

summer where did you go.  not enough patios, walks, hikes, tennis, hoops, concerts, sunsets and sunrises.  too much work.

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33% of my heart goes to little man above and the other 33% goes to boo down below…

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too much of you lufty this summer.

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not impressed with the effort.  fail.  need to get up and get to it.  more on that soon in another post.

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i miss many things.  i can name 9 things.  i will keep that list to myself.

lyrics eat me up.  they do.

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too many things to look forward to.  enough with this post.  let’s move forward since this summer didn’t give me a chance to say goodbye properly.

until the next update… i promise to have more to blog about.  promise!

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1-30-1-Ghost_Selfiethat’s a good question. my name is dan and I’m happy with a three letter name. i reside outside of toronto, canada. i grew up in ajax and now my life has pushed me a bit north of the city. i have been reborn outside a 23 year old relationship that has given me two beautiful kids. my daughter is in Grade 11 and my son will be following her footsteps in a couple of years.

1-1-a kids ptbo weekendbeing on my own has made my life a little blurry. as you can see below… i always have a smile on my face.

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things i like in no order: music, coffee, red wine, ben howard, photography, my laptop, women, hollywood redheads, passenger, bon iver, mumford, strumbellas, tiny houses, my camera, mixtapes, freckles, road trips, cafe’s, burgers, salads, movies, instagam, twitter, evernote, ifttt, tennis, raptors, blue jays, downtown toronto, new streets to explore, the rules of a gentleman, sushi, tumblr, blogging, basketball, nike, camping, youtube, love songs, my bike, walking, tents, sleeping bags, facebook, smell of a campfire, grilled cheese, finding new music, ipods, showers, soundhound, long baths with music, doing plan “b” if plan “a” does not work, kissing, black & white photography, MEC, JCrew, smelly candles, old spice swagger, cereal, dr. pepper, did i say freckles?, smiles on people, couchsurfing, kiva, imdb, queen west, king west, cnd women’s soccer + basketball teams, skype with my dad + kids, “over” app, driving on country roads, dinner out, one second everyday video project,  beer on a patio, making love on the living room floor, sunglasses, smell of perfume, tfc soccer, photographing people in love, the scent of a woman’s skin, making videos of my kids, red rocket street cars in the summer, my kids smiles, day-dreaming, the voices of my children, documenting everything, being positive, cats, dogs, pizza, jordan, connecting with old friends, remembering high school, cuddling in tents, hiking, forests, streams, clouds, micro beers, trying new things, driving new roads, hugs, reflection, coffee w/ people, alone time, swimming, playing tag, hide + seek, restaurants, crossing the boarder, quotes, julianne moore, thinking of little miss sweetness, my workout music, flip flops, polica, shorts, t-shirts, hoodies, mazda’s, pasta, fireworks, canada’s wonderland, being near water, trail running, jeans and i could type and type and type. did i say freckles?

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when moving in to a little apartment on my own… i got rid of so many things. i lived lighter. i lived without cable television and it didn’t bother me. i started to loose weight and got rid of many of the clothes i used to wear. (i still have a ways to go) I looked at all the things I took with me and thought about what do i really need. yes i have two rubbermaid tubs with some keepsakes that it’s hard for me to part with.

life is a process + a journey.

i have many untold stories. i know what it’s like to go without things & get rid of things and live simple.

one of the most powerful things i have is my mind. i am so happy with my mind and my thoughts and outlook on life. it never fails me. never lets me down.

i am a positive person that is blessed and so thankful for everything that i have.

i am the type of person that is excited for today. excited for tomorrow.

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i love being outside. i want my kids to love to explore, learn and discover the world around them + far away. i don’t want them to be stuck playing video games. i want them to have memories. i want them to be kids even as they grow into adults. i want to run, laugh, be silly.

i want to be bent over from trying to breathe since i’m laughing so hard and my eyes are watering.

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My Blog | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | My Rambling Thoughts | Skype = “jsdoit1” | Email: dan@jsdoit.ca

everyone needs friends + connections…

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i am now starting my second life. i’m excited about it and scared. i feel that if i just scale back and live in something that i can own, pay off completely and reduce my monthly living expenses… i can have a bigger life with more money, time and freedom while supporting my kids.

i also think that living with less will give me more.

i will appreciate what i have and also have only the things i truly need in life. i would rather have more money to travel, explore and go on little mini adventures.

i would rather clean the house in 15 minutes and then go out somewhere with my kids and enjoy life.

i want to spend my time with four people. myself | my kids | my future love | my friends

i want to be more active. i would rather go to the gym each morning to lightly workout everyday, connect with news while doing so and shower/shave + get dressed and go to work or out for the day. i want to be healthy. i want to eat better. eat very simple foods.

i want to learn more about the environment and my footprint. i want to have the kids learn from me.

in my lifetime… i would like my kids to be able to tell people in the future that they have gone camping at every provincial park in ontario.

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life can be simple.

i would rather have a couple of things i truly love than to have a house full of crap that i don’t use or touch.

i don’t need anything big to show off to people.

i just need to have something that is for me and my kids. I want to spend my time when i am away from my kids when they are with their mother with my friends and my future love. I miss having someone to connect with on a higher level. i miss someone to love and be loved back. don’t we all want that? i miss many things like that. i know it will come. it’s exciting to try and meet new people.

i have no idea if you know who i am… feel free to type me a email or call out to me. i’m not shy. hell… let’s meet up for coffee. have a question… just ask.


Jordan Eleven’s | GOAT

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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in 2000, i picked up a pair of size 13 elevens.  i remember when they came out… i was not that much of a fan of them and they grew on me and now i just love them.  they were in the movie space jam.

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i’ve played basketball in them inside and i honestly can’t believe i’ve had them for 17 years.  wtf.

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these were released in 1995.  created by Tinker Hatfield and he wanted to use materials not used in any basketball shoes.  in 1995 they retailed for $124.99 back in the day.  in 2000, i picked them up for two hundred bones.  when money started the season after coming back at the end of the 95 playoffs, the bulls went 72-10 with J in the 11’s.  J won the championship on Father’s Day one year after his father was taken from him.  this shoe was his comeback shoe and sealed his second three-peat.

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Chill Hop | New Mixes

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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i found myself in the evenings on my way home pushing the button to play my instrumental beats… which i have now renamed “ChillHop | Home From Work“.  i really liked the vibe and i wanted to have a couple more mixes broken down in segments…  so this is what i came up with…

one for the morning that is more “morning happy”… one is for when you get home from work and one is for when you are going to hang with peeps…. while we are at it… one is for when you want to have a shower in the dark with a woman.  gotta dream right.  hell… might as well make it in Bermuda.  😉

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here are the 3 new mixes and the rebrand of the first one that inspired the new three…

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You can listen to the “good morning mix” on spotify and follow the playlist to add it to your library here.  it’s a hour of songs if you want your ass to wiggle instead of sleepy folk songs.

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You can listen to the “getting home from work mix” here.  right now it’s 54min’s to let you pour yourself a drink and change your clothes to get out of the 9-5 that you are wearing.

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you can listen on spotify the mingle mix here.  right now it’s a little over a hour of a mix with a little bit of groove.  keep it low in the background when people come over.

you can listen below to the mix if you are playing this on your laptop below:

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you can listen to the shower mix if you can get your ass in the shower with someone.  follow it on spotify so it’s in your collections of saved mixes.  you can find it here.

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You can find me on spotify here.  right now… i have 44 public playlists to help with keeping me in a mood or helping me get to a certain mood.  you always need help moving up or down in the mood department.

Lisbon | Can’t Wait To Go | Again?

Friday, August 18th, 2017

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November 18th flying with the kids to visit this beautiful city.  The city of 7 hills.  Where Chantal is allowed to have a German beer on the flight legally.  Where tags own the back alleyways and the little Natas are everywhere.  A city where everyone eats dinner at 9pm.

Can’t wait to go with them.  I’m sure we will make a movie.  I’m sure we will stay up late too each night.

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Pending List3 | #98 of 101 | Visit Europe With My Kids | Lisbon Portugal

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

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Little iPod video above about Portugal… that I made last year… since I wanted to take them but my ex derailed those plans… so now it’s back on.

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This Summer… I was to fly there with Noah in Aug and that got derailed by the ex.  That might be it’s own blog post.  Bottom line is she agreed to let them both go in Nov so I moved the remaining vacation days to Nov to fly and take them both to Lisbon and most likely Spain.

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The “Don’t Tell Mom Summer Series” is taking the show on the road this November.

Portugal juts out into the Atlantic in the far southwest of Europe otherwise known as the Iberian Peninsula. The only country it shares a border with it’s buddy Spain to the north and the east, with the Atlantic Ocean hugging its 800km coastline to the south and west.

European Portuguese is spoken in Portugal.  Population: 10.6 million.

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This year… I want to take advantage of my flight benefits at work.  If I price out a trip to Lisbon it would cost around $3,000 return for the 2 of us.  With my benefits at work, the two of us can fly at cost.  We need to take the “show” on the road and explore something that is new to all of us.

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We would get to fly on our planes From Toronto to Germany and a little smaller flight over to Lisbon.   On the way back… we might take a train up the coast to Porto, Portugal and fly out of that city after exploring it.  The train up the coast will take about 3 hours.

Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) is located 7km (4 miles) north from Lisbon city centre, close to the Parque das Nações district.  It take about 15 minutes to get by taxi into Lisbon from the airport.

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One of the trendiest capital cities in Europe, it gets lauded for everything from its affordability and its waterfront location to its well-preserved looks and its near-constant pleasant temperatures.  Sunshine and scenery aren’t all it offers, of course – you’ll also find several millennia of history, a compact centre well suited for us to explore the streets. Unfurled across a series of hills and stitched together by a web of atmospheric backstreets.

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With AirBnb we can find a great place to stay for the week that is right in the city.

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We could rent a car and head up the coast to Algarve show below to explore the coastline.

Quiet cove at Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal

Quiet cove at Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal

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I know the kids want to hit the beaches and play in the ocean.

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Beautiful beach of Setubal in Portugal

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I asked Chantal if she thinks she could eat the food in Lisbon.  She asked me if they have McDonalds.  I told her I would check.  She thinks if they can have one in China then they will have one in Lisbon.

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There is a couple.  But I think this will be a good trip for her to try new foods since there is some good places that serve more of a North American menu.  I hope we are not going to McDonalds every day.

Practice Chantal!!!  Practice eating other foods!  😉

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I’m sure if we walk around we can find some places to eat at.  We can also cook a little in our flat also.   Lisbon has some great points of interest to visit like Museums, one of the largest indoor Aquarium in Europe, Belem Tower, Sao Jorge Castle and Castle of the Moors which is about 30 min’s away and worth a day trip and it’s shown in the two pictures below:

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Another stop on that day trip would be Pena Palace that is close by to the Castle.  The Palace is shown below:

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Another attraction in the Sintra district – and another that’s been named one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal – this Romanticist palace is a jaw-dropping attraction sat high on a hilltop.

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Dan Mangan | The Hayloft Dancehall | Picton, Ontario

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

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July 14th headed down to Picton to the Hayloft Dancehall to catch Dan play an intimate set in front of fans.  In January of 2015 the owner of the Dakota Tavern in Toronto purchased this neat little venue and did some renos.  The venue holds close to 200 and people are right in front of the stage and can spill out onto the grass outside.  They cook some yummy treats and have a small selection of nice beer on tap.

Dinner in Picton with Heidi, Shelly and Michelle, and over to the Hayloft for the show.  It was a long night after driving back to Peterborough.

Love Dan.  You should love both of us too.

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Looking forward to next year to see what little indie bands come out to Cherry Valley in Prince Edward County.

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