- we listened to the story "Home Renovations" on CD read by Stuart McLean and laughed a lot; he is a great story teller with terrific comic timing and a pleasant voice and he reads even the most hilarious sections in a calm, no nonsense voice. Now, who would like an outlet for the toaster close to the dining room table?!
- we liked how the stories he told were based on ordinary people and ordinary life situations. We could relate to many of the situations.
- we liked the Canadian- it's-okay-to-laugh-at-yourself humor throughout the book. We appreciated that the humor remained gentle and not derogatory.
- we like Dave, Morley, Stephanie and Sam. Many of us would have been happy to meet them or have them as neighbors.
- we like the short story format and the fact that each story was complete enough and separate enough to be read on the beach or in the middle of a busy afternoon.
What we didn't like about the book:
- some of the stories (in his books or on the radio) contain offensive language that seems so unnecessary and prevents the stories from being family entertainment... that's a shame
- some of us felt that the stories had little "point" to them and were quite forgettable. Others disagreed and thought that the humorous situations and some of the characters/relationships were quite memorable and the point of the stories was to see your own life/family/neighborhood reflected in the stories and to take a moment to laugh at the absurdities of life.
What we ate:
- Sarah hosted a regular coffee shop buffet! We had bagels with cream cheese - toasted, plugged in near the table :-) - home-made cinnamon buns, strawberry rhubarb pie, brownies, carrot cake, pastries, donuts and more.