REFLECTIONS OF 2020 Part 1
I have not had a haircut in over 2 months - I did cut my bangs a few weeks ago but that is it. Hair salons have not been open in my neck of the woods (Ontario, Canada) for quite sometime and based on the Covid numbers in my area, I suspect that I won’t be sitting in the chair for my next haircut until March. As such, I decided to just let it grow - let’s see what happens. While I still have a lot of hair, each individual strand is much thinner than it used to be. Is it as a result of age? Or from taking Tamoxifen since October, 2014? I must admit that there are times when it drives me crazy however it is what it is.
As a result of my breast cancer diagnosis in February, 2014, I had my first chemo treatment in April 2014, after which I cut and shaved my hair…… I couldn’t imagine watching clumps of it falling out over time. As I progressed with my treatments, the remaining stubbles of hair became dry and brittle to the point that it would hurt to lie down or wear a cap. A very dear friend of mine suggested that I use a lint roller to extract the remaining hair. After 5 sheets, I felt like a new woman!
When my hair grew back, it was thick and curly. I loved it!
As the years passed, the curl disappeared until one day, I noticed that I had a wave. I realized that this was only because my hair no longer had any weight to it as a result of becoming thin.
I believe that there is always a positive and for me, the positive of thin hair is that once I remove my motorcycle helmet after wearing it for a few hours, my hair springs to life as a result of it being so light. No more helmet head for me!!
I write this on the evening of Thursday, January 7. For the past few days, I have been catching up with many of my friends and contacts and the conversation often goes like this:
Me: So what did you do over the holidays?
Them: Watched Netflix, drank and ate too much. You?
Me: 7 pounds.
Yup - that’s what I say - 7 pounds. Where did it come from? Eating the wrong foods, sitting and doing nothing (I too watched Netflix) and drinking too much. What else was there to do? We have been in lockdown since 12:01am Saturday, December 26.
As I reflect on 2020, I truly can’t complain. Things started off fairly well. In early January, I travelled to Montreal, Quebec and later that month I travelled to Calgary, Alberta and Vancouver BC.
On February 1, 2020, I saw my New York Rangers hockey team beat the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit 1-0.
My all time favourite goalie Henrik Lundqvist (who I have named my motorcycles after) played that game and had a shut out. Awesome!
My husband and I went to the Toronto Motorcycle Show in late February where I contemplated buying a Honda NC DCT. The only issue was that I’m too short and the bike didn’t come with a step stool.
The following weekend found my husband and I in Montreal to see my New York Rangers play the Montreal Canadiens and my team won again! There was also a motorcycle show that same weekend which I had only discovered upon our arrival…. what could be better!!!
I was born and raised in Montreal and despite moving to Ontario in the early eighties, a piece of me always remained in “la belle province”. Montreal was and remains a rock and roll city - there is a “joie de vivre” that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere.
The motorcycle show in Montreal had it all including a vibe that I had yet to experience in Toronto. I met so many amazing people each of whom shared a passionate enthusiasm for riding which got me excited about the upcoming season. Maybe I enjoyed this show as much as I did because it was my first time but there were so many vendors and displays - more than I had seen at its sister show in Toronto.
Prior to the end of February, I had the good fortune to meet Christopher Darton to discuss the possibility of making a documentary to share my story. Christopher is an Indigenous Canadian producer/director of the documentary features, ‘The Way We Was: The Story of the Kendall Wall Band’ and ‘Hard Working Man: The Music and Miracles of Danny Brooks.’ As well; he acts as producer for Skeleton Crew Entertainment the team behind the award winning mini-movie/music video ‘Halloween Baby’ and the short comedy/horror film ’37% Pure Evil.’ In 2017 he was director of photography on the Niagara Music Awards nominated music video Hammered and Nailed for The Mighty Duck Blues Band as well as directing and shooting the music video Monkey Business for Judy Brown. We seemed to hit it off almost immediately and agreed that we would work together to make ANGIE - TALES OF DETERMINATION.
In early March, I paid a visit to John Cosentini to check out how the modification process was going on my 2018 Honda CTX DCT which I had exported from the U.S. and imported into Canada in November, 2019.
As a result of being born with several congenital birth defects the most noticeable of which is my right arm and hand, I ride with 1 (left) hand.
Since this bike can be ridden as an automatic, the modifications only include relocating the throttle and front brake lever to the left hand side. John had previously done similar modifications on my other Honda CTXND DCT so I knew that I would be on the road very soon.
A few days later, I was with my band LEFTY AND THE GOONS at Manny’s Place in Brantford to perform what would become our last gig of the year. Christopher and an assistant filmed the first set and would end up using some footage in my film.
Shortly after that, my world stopped.
But there was still so much more which happened……. stay tuned!
Until next time,
Why Discourage When You Can Encourage
JUSTRIDIN Through Life