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Sharing my passion for an active lifestyle with a focus on trail running and skateboarding.

Fisher-Hallman Skatepark (Kitchener, ON)

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There’s a new skatepark in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and it is nice. Let’s explore it, shall we?

bowl

It has a large bowl that’s a little difficult to skate, but a lot of fun.

china-gap

There’s a china gap for those who like to get some air,

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a spine with a railing to grind,

quarter-pipe-and-lanuch-ramp

a quarter pipe with a rolling launch ramp,

quarter-pipe-transfer

a quarter-pipe transfer,

rail

plenty of places to grind,

stairs

a set of stairs to jump,

skateboard-bench

and some really cool skateboard-shaped benches to take a rest.

street-course

There is even a street course section in this plaza-styled course.

fischer-skatepark

This one is well worth the drive if you like to travel to different skate spots.

Want to see more?

Virtual Skatepark Tours – over two dozen tours just like this one for you to explore.;

Skateboard Competition Next Week (Brantford, ON)

Bell City Summer Jam ’17 (Skateboard Competition)

WHAT: Bell City Summer Jam ’17
WHERE: Brant Crossing Skatepark. Branford. ON.
WHEN: July 22nd, 2017
ENTRANCE FEE: $10
CONTACT: The Collective Skateshop.  62 Brant Ave. Brantford, ON.
PHONE: (519) 758-9656
EMAIL: Contact Page
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook

If you have a skateboard competition, please send me the info and poster and I will share it here.

Go skate, compete, watch, and have fun!

Highlights from Last July

Chasing Content (3)It’s time to go exploring!

Let’s dig through the archives and blow the dust off some posts you might have missed.

Here are a few highlights from last year at this time.

Read all of the posts from last July,

or just these favs . . .

Old School Skateboarding with Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen is a pioneer when it comes to skateboarding tricks. His flatland style is breathtaking and this new video shows that he is still the master of old school tricks and routines.

DJs Run It and Run With It

This book about DJs who use laptops and other electronic equipment specifically in the EDM (electronic dance music) genre. It does have some things to say about hip-hop music and culture and is a good read for anyone who loves the art of deejaying.

Guest-hosting The Come Up Show

I had the chance to guest-host and DJ for The Come Up Show last year. As a late-night radio disc jockey, it was nice to spin some great hip-hop in the day time over the airwaves. If you missed it, you can click through and listen to the podcast.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Please click on the above links to read some of the best of Silent Cacophony from last year at this time. Don’t let great content get buried in the archive. Thanks!

Skateboard Competitions This July

London Skateboard Co-op – Canada day @ Kiwanis

WHAT: Canada Day Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Kiwanis Skatepark. 1475 Brydges Street (at Wavell) London, ON. Canada
WHEN: July 1st, 2017
CONTACT: London Skateboard Co-op
PHONE: (519) 518-9995
EMAIL: londonskateboardcoop@gmail.com
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook

Kenora Skateboard Competition 

WHAT: Kenora Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Kenora, ON. Canada
WHEN: July 9th, 2017
CONTACT: Board Anyone
PHONE: (807) 468-3211
SOCIAL MEDIA: http://www.boardanyone.com/

WHAT: 25th Annual Beasley Sk8 Jam
WHERE: Beasley Park. 96 Mary Street. Hamilton, ON. Canada
WHEN: July 8th and 9th, 2017
SATURDAY: 13 y/o & under, Women’s division, 14-18 division, Best Trick on The Escalator, Highest Ollie out of the Bowl
SUNDAY: 30+ Masters division, 19+ division ($300 for 1st, $200 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd) – sponsored by The Local Skateshop, Best Trick Jersey barrier – sponsored by Lowcard, Best Trick Box, Best Trick Quarter, $300 Game of Skate – Sponsored by Che Burrito & Lounge
ENTRANCE FEE: $5 per day, $10 to enter the $300 Skate Contest
CONTACT: The Hamilton Skateboard Assembly
SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/events/1040015862800256/

If you have a skateboard competition, please send me the info and poster and I will share it here.

Go skate, compete, watch, and have fun!

It’s Time to Break the Gender-Barrier in Professional Sport

American Ninja Warrior is a grueling obstacle course competition. The athletes only get one shot at conquering the very complex course. Even the best trained and experienced athletes fail.

Women regularly compete in the games and there are no separate or easier courses designed for them. They run the same track with the same rules and expectations as the men.

Last month, Jessie Graff became the first woman to complete Stage 2.  Watch the video of her impressive record-breaking run below.

Jessie Graff proves that women can not only hold their own in professional sport but they can compete with the men and win.

I would like to see this run set a precedent for women in professional sport. There is absolutely no reason that women aren’t competing against the men in all sports. Women could be in the MLB (baseball), the NHL (hockey), the NBA (basketball), the NFL (football), and the MLS (soccer) leagues.

Break the Gender-Barrier

Let’s break the gender-barrier and allow women to compete against, and with, the men in professional sport. This needs to happen. It’s long-over due and we shouldn’t settle for anything less.

Go Skateboarding Day (5 Easy Tricks for Newbies)

Go Skateboard DayToday is Go Skateboarding Day.

It’s a day to celebrate the sport and the art of skateboarding. It’s a day to encourage people to get out there are try it. To that end, I found this interesting video that highlights the 5 Easiest Skateboard Tricks. 

I have to admit that I stick to the tried-and-true tricks I learned close to 30 years ago when I first started skating. I don’t often push the limit and try new and daring stunts. That’s because I am old and falling hurts a lot more than it used to. That being said, I can do some of the tricks in the video you are about to watch. I can even do a few old school tricks no one seems to do anymore.

The tricks in this video are easy, even for a skateboarding novice. And they even cover the main five tricks you should learn in sequence when just starting out.

I hope this helps. And I hope to see you out at the skatepark today after work or school.

Let’s celebrate Go Skateboarding Day!

Skateboard Competitions This Month in Ontario

Summer is here and skateboard season is kicking off with some great competitions and events. Here are a few that are happening this month in Southern, Ontario, Canada. One of them is TODAY!

So, get out there and show us what you’ve got. Compete, have fun, take home some prizes, and have fun!

WHAT: Zumiez Best Foot Forward Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Iceland Skatepark. 705 Matheson BLVD E, Mississauga, ON.
WHEN: June 14th, 2017
TIMES: Check-In/Registration 3:00 – 4:30, Contest 4:30 – 7:00. Best Trick & Awards 7:00 – 7:30
FORMAT: Jam format, Best Trick.
WEBSITE: http://www.zumiezbestfootforward.com/dates/2017/toronto

WHAT: Go Skateboard Day – Peterborough
WHERE: 560 McDonnel St, Peterborough, ON.
WHEN: June 21st, 2017
FORMAT: Timed Run, Best Trick.
WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/flavourfashion/

WHAT: Switch Skateboard Competition
WHERE: Audley Recreation Centre. 1955 Audley Rd, Ajax, ON. L1Z 0L2
WHEN: June 24th, 2017
FORMAT: Jam format, Best Trick.
CONTACT: Switch Skate & Snow, 161 Harwood Ave North Ajax, Ontario, L1Z OA1
PHONE: 905-426-3321
EMAIL: info@switchnow.ca
WEBSITE: www.switchnow.ca
SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Photographic Tours

I love finding new places to run. I often take my camera along with me and stop every few minutes to snap a picture. This way I can present you with a photographic story that captures the scenery of my run.

This page is a table of contents for these Photographic Tours. I will continue to update this list every time I post a new visual tour.

I hope you enjoy these Photographic Tours. I certainly enjoy bringing them to you and look forward to sharing new ones with you soon.

Angus McKenzie Trail – St. Thomas, Ontario

Archie Coulter Conservation Area – St. Thomas, Ontario

Ausable River Cut Conservation Area – Thedford, Ontario (Grand Bend)

Avon Trail – Stratford, Ontario

Beamer Memorial Conservation Area – Grimsby, Ontario

Bechtel Park – Waterloo, Ontario

Beverly Swamp – Flamborough, Ontario

Bob McMullen Linear Trail – Cambridge, Ontario (Exercise Trail)

Brock’s Route Rail Trail – Copetown, Ontario

Carolinian Trail – Pinery Provincial Park, Ontario

Chesney Wilderness Area Trail – Woodstock, Ontario

Clark Wright Conservation Area – Middlesex County

Coldstream Conservation Area – Ilderton, Ontario

Coves Trail – London, Ontario

Devil’s Creek – Cambridge, Ontario

Dirt Runway – Northern Ontario

Dorchester Mill Pond – Dorchester, Ontario

Dumfries Conservation Area – Cambridge, Ontario

Dundas Valley – Hamilton, Ontario

Embro Conservation Area – Embro, Ontario

Fanshawe Park  Lake Trail – London, Ontario

Farm Trail – Binbrook, Ontario

George Nicholson Trail – St. Catherines, Ontario (Port Weller)

Gibbons Park – London, Ontario

Grand Trunk Trail – St. Marys, Ontario

John Lawson Trail – Ingersoll, Ontario

Historic St. Marys – St. Marys, Ontario

Hyde Park Rotary Trail – London, Ontario

Kain’s Woods – London, Ontario (Shore Road) and (Main Entrance) and (Kains to Warbler Woods)

Komoka Conservation Area – Komoka, Ontario – (Main Trail) and (Side Trail)

LaFarge 2000 Trail – Flamborough, Ontario

Laurier Woods – North Bay, Ontario

Lambeth Centennial Park – Lambeth, Ontario

Lions Lake Trail – Floradale, Ontario

Lorne C. Henderson – Petrolia, Ontario

Marguerite Omston Trailway: Walter Bean Grand River Trail – Kitchener, Ontario

Marsh Trail at Rondeau Provincial Park – Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Meadowlilly Woods – London, Ontario

Medway Valley  – London, Ontario

Merrit Trail (Mountain Locks Park) – St. Catherines, Ontario

Mill Pond Trail – Cambridge, Ontario

Moffat Creek – Cambridge, Ontario

Niagara Escarpment – Grimbsy, Ontario

Perch Creek – Sarnia, Ontario

Pinafore Park – St. Thomas, Ontario

Princess Point – Hamilton, Ontario

Red Hill Valley – Hamilton, Ontario – Albion Falls, King’s Forest

Riverside Park – Cambridge, Ontario

Roth Park – Woodstock, Ontario

Scenic Trails – Ingersoll, Ontario

Short Hills Provincial  Park – Pelham, Ontario – Black Walnut Trail , Swayze Falls Trail

Shriner’s Woodlot – Niagara Falls, Ontario

Sifton Bog – London, Ontario – Boardwalk trail and Nature Trail

Southcrest Ravine – London, Ontario

Southpoint Trail at Rondeau Provincial Park – Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Spicebush Trail at Rondeau Provincial Park – Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Springbank Park: Terry Fox Parkway – London, Ontario

Springwater Forest – St. Thomas, Ontario

St. Marys Loop Trail – St. Marys, Ontario

Stoney Creek of The Thames – London, Ontario

Thames Park – London, Ontario

Thames River Trail – St. Marys, Ontario

Thames Valley Parkway – London, Ontario

The Pines (Mountain Bike Trail) – Woodstock, Ontario

Tulip Tree Tail at Rondeau Provincial Park – Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Vansittart Woods – Blanford, Ontario

Warbler Woods – London, Ontario

Warwick Conservation Area – Warwick, Ontario

Waterfront Trail  – Grimbsy, Ontario

Wawanosh Wetlands – Sarnia, Ontario

Westminster Ponds – London, Ontario

Windsor Waterfront Trail – Windsor, Ontario

Youth Start Trail – Woodstock, Ontario

Binbrook Skatepark

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How cool is it to have a skatepark under a water tower?

binbrook-mini-ramp

With a mini ramp that is the perfect size for my abilities?

grind-blocks

With some cool grind ledges,

launch-ramp

launch ramps,

quarter-pipe

quarter-pipe transfers,

rail

multi-leveled rails,

spine-transfer

and a spine?

This is definitely one of my favourite skateparks. It’s mostly because of the near perfect half-pipe. We need more of those at skateparks. It’s rare for me to find one that is so well suited to my limited abilities too.

It’s well worth the drive to Binbrook!

Want to see more?

Skatepark Visual Tours – over two dozen great skate spots

My Everything Birthday

Everything Birthday

42 is the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything. That is why I am dubbing today as my “Everything Birthday.”

There is surprisingly little about everything birthdays on the world wide web. I was certain that fellow Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fans would have made everything birthdays commonplace. I guess it is up to me.

I want to have an everything bagel for lunch today and celebrate all of the great things that have been happening in my life.

Coincidentally, this month we celebrated the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the colour-barrier in baseball. He changed the face of baseball and popular sport, and he did it while wearing the Number 42.

This year, I got married, celebrated the fifth anniversary of my radio show, excelled in my studies at university, rekindled my love of teaching, taught high school for the first time, and have continued to skateboard and trail run.

I have a lot to be thankful for and will be celebrating all of this, today, on my everything birthday.

Corunna Skatepark (ON, Canada)

Last week I discovered an amazing skatepark close to Sarnia, Ontario. As I drove home from it, I saw this park off in the distance. I immediately took a detour to see what it had to offer.

Corunna Skatepark

This park is located in the Corunna Athletic Park at 420 Colborne Street. Corunna, ON.

Graduated Rail

This graduated rail is nice for beginners. The pavement doesn’t offer a smooth ride though.

Plastcic Quarter Pipe

These ramps are made out of plastic. They feel a little strange to ride on.

Plastic Skatepark

If you look at the first image in this post, you can see the underside of this ramp and how it looks like a slide from a playground. It’s the first ramp of its type that I have ever seen. I didn’t even know they made plastic quarter-pipes like this.

Pyarmid

Overall, this park isn’t terrible. It’s nice for the kids in the small town to have a place to skate. But it’s definitely not worth your time to travel to.

Virtual Skatepark Tours – over two dozen great spots to skate

Aamjiwnaang Skatepark (Sarnia, ON)

This is my new favourite skateboard park. It is located on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation at 1972 Virgil Avenue in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Aamjiwnaang Skatepark

The ramps are metal and offer a smooth ride. There are plenty of obstacles, some great ramps, and even a dual leveled half-pipe.

Mini-ramp Half-pipe

I wish every skatepark had one of these ramps. I love a small mini-ramp that lets me do some of my old school and vert tricks.

Great flow skatepark

The angle and size of this ramp is perfect too!

Launch Ramp with Mini-quarter pipe

This obstacle is a lot of fun. It has a short quarter-pipe at the end that lets me practice my stalls and grinds.

Pyramid

This is the typical ramp you find at most skateparks, but it has a gap to jump as well.

Skatepark Ramps

I like this pyramid-styles ramp. I was able to get a little bit of air on it too. I just need to work on my landings.

Tall Quarter Pipe

This is a tall quarter-pipe launch ramp.

Roll-in ramp

Here is a roll-in ramp, along with a steep quarter-pipe launch.

This is a gorgeous park. I am glad I found it. I will be going back here often this summer. You can count on that!

When you visit skateparks, remember to take good care of them. These are meant for everybody (just not bikes or scooters) I love that too!

Want to see more skateparks?

Virtual Skatepark Tour – dozens and dozens of great spots to skate

Winter Trail Hike

I can’t remember the last time I went out for a winter hike through the woods.

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If you are a regular follower of this blog, you will know that I’m always running these kinds of trails in the summer.

winter-trail

It was a nice change of pace to leisurely walk along the main path in the winter.

winter-wonderland

I was surprised to see that the trail had been sufficiently packed down so that we could just walk along it naturally. Of course, that didn’t stop us from going off trail and throwing ourselves down the snowy banks.

climbing-up-that-hill

Here we are climbing back up one of the snow hills.

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We threw ourselves down a few more hills too,

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and made out way down to the river. There were large and thick pieces of ice all along the shore.

white-trail

It truly was a winter wonderland and I was glad to go on this little adventure.

Running Alongside the Ausable River Cut

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I love finding new places to run and explore.

trail-start

I had no idea what to expect when I started off on this run through Ausable River Cut Conservation Area.

auable-riverside-trail

It was quite beautiful  running alongside the river,

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with some nice places to stop and take it all in,

lookout-deck

including this look-out.

ausable-river-cut-plaque

I like when there are information plaques like this one to learn more about the unique area and wildlife features.

ausable-sand-trail

It’s hard to tell from this picture, but the trail got really sandy once I got further in.

sand-dune

I had to take it slow to traverse this sand dune.

sandy-trail

The trail was only two kilometers long. On my second pass through, I decided to run up it instead. That was a lot harder to do than it appeared.

tire-staircase

These tire stairs were fun to run up and down.

dock

I haven’t been in a canoe in a while, but had a yearning to explore this river from the view of a boat. Maybe I will one day.

Photographic Tours – over 50 great places to run

Hagersville Skatepark

hagersville-skatepark

I stumbled across this skatepark last weekend. I wasn’t looking for a new spot to skate so it’s a good thing that I keep my skateboard in my trunk for occasions such as this one.

curved-quarter-pipe

I like the arch of this quarter-pipe. It’s also a nice height.

grind-rails-and-ledges

There are plenty of places to do grind tricks too.

pyramid-ramp

It has the typical pyramid ramp that is standard at these concrete parks.

stairs

The stair obstacles are nice.

steep-grind-obstacle

Not sure what this ramp is all about.

haldimand-county-skatepark

I like that the part is relatively free of graffiti. It’s not the best place to skate and maybe not worth your time to travel here . . .

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but if you are in the vacinity of Hagersville in Haldimand County, it’s the only place to get your skate on.

Want to check out more Skateparks? 

Virtual Skatepark Tour – over 2 dozen great spots to skate

Parkhill Skatepark Tour

Last week, I happened to be driving through Parkhill, Ontario and stumbled upon this amazing skatepark. Let’s go on a visual tour of it now.

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Parkhill Libro Skateboard Park is located at 269 McLeod Street in Parkhill, Ontario.

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This park has plenty of obstacles, some unique features, and a great flow.

brick-wall-ramp

This brick-wall quarter-pipe ramp is a neat visual and quite different from the rest of the black-top ramps.

bump-obstacle

I’m not quite sure what this one is or how to skate it.

grind-rail

This extended and curved rail is interesting.

mini-ramp

I love a park that actually has a mini-ramp!

multi-levlel-quarter-pipe

This quarter-pipe has multiple levels to it and is good for skaters of all abilities.

parkhill-sign

When you are here, make sure you follow the rules.

parkhill-skatepark-stairs

Stairs, pyramid, and flat ramps.

picnic-table-skateboard-obstacle

This picnic-table obstacle is really cool. I haven’t seen anything like it at any skate park.

skateboarding-spectator-sport

Skateboarding is a great spectator sport. This park even has bleachers so you can sit back, relax, and take in some great skateboarding action.

skatepark-in-the-morning

It’s worth the drive to Parkhill, Ontario, Canada.

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Chasing Content – Last October Revisited

chasing-contentIt’s time to dip into the archives and revisit some posts from last month at this time with a little feature I like to call, Chasing Content.

You can eead all of the posts from last October,

or just revisit these  highlights.

Rich Writer / Poor Writer

Rich Dad / Poor Dad was an interesting book and I took a few things away from it. Click through to find out what I learned about writing while reading a book on financial literacy.

McLennan Skatepark (Kitchener, Ontario)

This is a great skatepark that is actually illuminated at night. I was surprised to see the street lights there one evening that I stopped by. It was so well lit that there weren’t any awkward shadows or dark spots. Definitely a great place to skate.

This Box Shows Why We Broke Up

I really liked the idea of this story and it pretty much compelled me to pick up the novel when I saw it at the library. I think we can all relate.

Delaware Lions Skatepark Opening

The Lions Club is an amazing organization, always striving to make their communities a better place.  Last year, the Delaware Club, opened a brand new skatepark and put on a great show.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

Click the above link to check out all the “Best of” posts from every month this blog has been in existence. Thanks for being on this ride with me!

My Daredevil Collection Continues to Grow

It’s been a while since I added items to my Daredevil collection. It was long overdue, wasn’t it?

daredevil-baseball-cap-and-plushie

I picked the baseball cap up at Fan Expo last month and the plushie at a store in the mall.

daredevil-air-freshener

I couldn’t believe that there is such as thing as Daredevil air-fresheners. I don’t even use air-fresheners in my car. I hate to have things hanging from my rear-view mirror. But I bought this pack just because.

daredevil-commission

Daredevil is my favourite super-hero and I love skateboarding. What an awesome piece!

daredevil-gift-commission

These two pieces were given to me as birthday gifts for the past two years. I love them so much!

daredevil-pops

I started collecting Pop figures. I have Matt Murdock and Daredevil in his Yellow, Red, and Netflix costumes. There is one other figure that I need to add to this collection, a Man Without Fear black-costumed-figure. I hope to get it soon.

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I don’t wear jewelry but this Daredevil necklace is gorgeous. It is metal and an official Marvel product.

daredevil-panel

I can’t quite add this to my collection, but I did see a really cool Daredevil panel at Fan Expo this year featuring Joe Quesada, Charlie Cox, and Elden Henson. And I took this photo.

tim-sale-autograph

The last thing I recently added to my collection is an autograph from Tim Sale. Its from Daredevil: Yellow, one of my all-time favourite books. I love everything about it. The story is amazing and it even explains why Daredevil had a yellow costume in his early days of crime fighting something that was previously never explained)

It was a pleasure meeting and talking to Tim Sale about origin stories and the work he has done in comics. Fan Expo was a lot of fun this year.

Those are my latest adds to an ever-growing Daredevil collection!

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A Repurposed Tennis Court Becomes a Skatepark

An old and unused tennis court is the perfect place to build a new skatepark.

mount-pleasant-skatepark

I have never seen anything like this before.

But it is a great idea, don’t you think?

repurposed-tennis-court-is-a-skatepark

This park is located in Mount Pleasant, Ontario and it has quite a few nice features.

stairs

I like the orange and blue colour scheme as well.

quarter-pipe

Here is the quarter-pipe,

pyramid

the pyramid with a grind ledge,

launch-ramp

the launch ramp,

girnd-ledges

and some additional flat-land grind obstacles.

orange-and-blue-ramps
I had a lot of fun skating in a tennis court. I’d never done that before.

It’s nice to see park spaces being revitalized and repurposed so that they can be used in new and excited ways.

Thank you, Mount Pleasant!

Want to see more Skateparks?

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Chasing Content – Last August’s Best

Chasing Content - Aug 2015It’s time for another edition of Chasing Content, that handy feature that has us looking back at the old, dusty posts from last year at this time.

Read all of the posts from last August

or just these favs

Ain’t Nothing Like the Old School

I dug up my old Commodore 64 computer to play some classic video games, including my all-time favourite game, Bubble Bobble.

Beasley Skatepark (Hamilton, ON)

The oldest skatepark on the Eastern Seaboard is in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. There is a very dedicated group of volunteers that help maintain and update the park.

The More You Do the Better You Feel 

It sounds odd, but it is true. I know from experience. Click through to find out how and why this works.

Thanks for Chasing Content with me!

See you at the start of next month for another edition of Chasing Content!