In 1949, Russ Beach started a company in Smiths Falls, Ontario making metal toolboxes. He began with only 12 employees but by the 1980’s Beach Industries Limited had become Canada’s largest metal box manufacturer, with 200 employees and sales of over $20 million. Beach toolboxes found their way into the catalogues of Canadian Tire, Sears and Eaton’s and from there into workshops all over the country. The company made more than toolboxes: their offerings included various kinds of metal boxes.
In 1987, Mr. Beach turned 77 and sold his company to Stanley Tools, the Connecticut tool giant, which lost no time in taking down the Beach Industries Sign which had stood at the plant entrance for almost 40 years.
Now I own one 😉
I’m going to fix three dents in mine. I’m going to use it as a big junk drawer.
When you open it up… it opens up to the underneath compartment. This basically replaces the top drawer of my dresser and also what would be on and inside my bedside table. It’s a mishmash of old sentimental items.
Below is it opened up fully.
I’ll do a deeper dive at some of the things inside this goofy treasure chest soon…
Busy… busy on this side. My Dad’s estate hopefully wraps up this month and the transfer of his house to my sister-in-law is turning into a shit show. No idea how the relationship with my late brother’s kids will turn out. The way it is now… it’s not looking good.
I’m making a little film about the life of my parents and a bit of our family tree. Hopefully, that will be done this month.
I’ve had to move out of the apartment I rented from a friend. So thankful to Shelly for renting her basement out to me. I’ll miss Ginger and Sophie a little 🙂
I’m going to sign back up to Fit4Less for September. I cancelled my membership when Covid happened.
It was nice to take my Son to a Blue Jay game and to housesit a nice doggy in Ajax that had a hot tub to relax in.
On the east side of Frankford in Quinte West… stopped at “What’s Your Scoop” and got a two-scoop cone. Jesus… it was like 7 scoops!!!
Sorry for the brief update, but just trying to enjoy the summer and get my life sorted out with a place to live. I’m minimizing some stuff I have which is nice and also picking up some great gear that I need and want.
I picked up a little $70 projector from Amazon so it’s nice to hook up to a laptop and watch on the wall or a bedsheet. I need to knock some movies off my wishlist.
Enjoy the summer! I’m looking forward to making some little films and maybe starting a little vlog again. I kind of miss that.
With the death of my Father back in November of last year… the sale of his house to my sister-in-law is turning into a shit show.
When I was in Nova Scotia, I started on a project to make a little film of the lives of both my parents. It’s about 30 min’s long and needs to be cut down and other parts added to it. The last part of it is the legacy of his house which is turning into a shit show as of now. More on that later.
I’ll finish this film and post it on YouTube when it’s done. I’m sure about the house part I’ll spin it into a smaller movie.
This post will be updated with more information and a backstory soon…
When I worked at Fidelity Investments in 1997, a woman I worked with wore this stuff and she had a 3ft forcefield around her that smelled wonderful. At that time, you could only get it at The Bay in Toronto. I bought some in 2002 and also bought some online.
I’ve wanted to get another bottle so after a bottle of scent ran out that I had been using… I ordered some online for myself and it’s nice to have this scent back in the rotation.
Goal: To see thirty bands live over the next 1001 days
Now in 2022… it’s time to see some concerts again and see some bands live.
Artists on my wishlist: Blondes, Ocie Elliott, Trampled By Turtles, Fruit Bats, Voxtrot, Arkells, Field Guide, The Wombats, Hippo Campus, Dope Lemon, Polica, Kris Orlowski, Stu Larsen, Matt Corby, The Barr Brothers, Leif Vollebeck, Damien Rice, Frank Ocean, Ry X, Toe, A Blaze Of Feather / Ben Howard, Caamp, Island, Jon and Roy, Khruangbin, Sun Kil Moon, The Tallest Man On Earth, Wild Rivers, First Aid Kit, Bahamas, Daughter, City In Color, Of Monsters And Men, The Decemberists, Colin Meloy, Bear’s Den, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bon Iver, Frank Turner, Japandroids, Lana Del Rey, Leon Bridges, Lord Huron, The Middle East, Mumford & Sons, The National, Oh Wonder, Stars, Tennis, Timber Timbre, Willy Mason, The xx
1) July 1st, 2022 – The Spoons (outdoor summer concert) / Really nice free outdoor concert with this Toronto 80’s Band that sounded so so good.
2) July 2nd, 2022 – Gowan (outdoor summer concert) / Not a big Gowan fan, but the old dude could still put on a show. For this one, I just enjoyed lying on a blanket on a summer evening.
3) July 6th, 2022 – Sam Roberts Band (outdoor summer concert) / Really excellent band and so happy they played Musicfest this summer. Great night out.
4) July 30th, 2022 – Bowie Lives
5) Aug 6th, 2022 – Alyssa Reid opening for Valley (Musicfest Outdoor summer concert)
6) Aug 10th, 2022 – The Strumbellas (Musicfest Outdoor summer concert)
Really Yummy: This is what we ordered and how to make it taste really good.
2 MEDIUM PIZZAS, + DIPS:
1st Medium Pizza: WELL DONE, REGULAR THIN CRUST, Chili Peppers, Mozzarella Cheese, Italiano Blend Seasoning, Olive Oil, Fire Roasted Red Peppers, HOME STYLE ITALIAN TOMATO SAUCE (EASY ON THE SAUCE), Red Onions, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Spicy Italian Sausage,
2nd Medium: WELL DONE, REGULAR THIN CRUST, Bacon Crumble, Mozzarella Cheese, Italiano Blend Seasoning, Olive Oil, HOME STYLE ITALIAN TOMATO SAUCE, New York Style Pepperoni, Red Onions, Roma tomatoes. DIPPING SAUCE: Cheddar Jalapeno (X2), Creamy Garlic (X2)
Aug 20th, 2022 – Bahamas / Murder Murder / I, The Mountain /
I picked up a Nemo Equipment blanket with a waterproof underside and a soft felt-like top for outdoor concerts, lounging in a park or at the beach and perfect for car camping. It’s huge. It has corner loops that you can peg down to keep in one place. It rolls up nice. It’s 7 feet by 7 feet… but I’m going to measure it since it seems bigger since I’m 6″1′ and it seems like a 10 x 10 to me. It’s a great quality blanket.
I’m buying a van in a couple of weeks and I picked it upfor the van to be an outdoor carpet as well as bringing to lounge on in the summer at parks or a campsite.