Not Getting Enough Sleep?

Mens’ Fitness is a magazine for guys. It generally covers things in a stereotypical way with the common man’s viewpoint (real men are always like this and beautiful women are always like that, and they always meet Friday night at a bar). Sometimes their material is laughable, but this one’s on sleep deprivation — that guys don’t think too well without sleep. It says women were unaffected by a lack of sleep. Maybe take this exerpt with a gain of salt.

It’s plain and simple. Men want to know what women want. And turns out, the secret to solving that mystery may be as straightforward as logging some quality snooze time.

A study at Hendrix College in Arkansas rated male and female college students’ general interest in commitment, sex, and their intent to have sex in different scenarios, like when a man and a woman meet at a bar. The researchers found what you’d expect from both genders: In general, women wanted commitment before sex and men were more likely to want sex regardless of love.

But things got more interesting when sleep–or lack thereof–was thrown into the mix. Well-rested male study participants seemed to understand a woman’s intent to have sex, but sleep-deprived guys were clueless. Men instructed to stay awake all night gauged women’s interest in and intent to have sex as being about equal to their own. Women carried the same views on sex and commitment between genders whether they were sleep-deprived or not.

The bottom line: sleep-deprived guys think that women want them. So, if you’ve got plans to stay on top of your game and truly figure out what she’s thinking, get a full night of rest before Friday or Saturday night.

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Great Tennis Commercials

Here’s a few excellent tennis TV commercials including a few really fun ones. I like this first one by Esurance with the Bryan Brothers (Twins) depicting old time tennis players.

This is what the umpire should do

Oh, this ad is really good.

I can’t leave this one out!

If you know of any other funny tennis commercials, leave a comment below!

Durham Forest Mountain Biking

Dan, I finally got to the Durham Forest trails! I had the place all to myself really. Only 4 other mountain bikers and 5 hikers passed by. The sunshine filtering through the tall trees, the smell of pine and other forest plants adds to the fresh experience.

I’ve got another rider’s Youtube video at bottom. When I get my GoPro camera, I’ll create my own video! Dan Wigmore produced some good home grown videos a while back, some of which were in the Durham Forest with the Ride It Out gang. And he has plenty of stories to tell about those adventures.

Take a look at this video and you’ll see some of the fun they had. I like the music in the Musselman’s lake video. It’s by Danny Michel. Typical music and lyrics from skiing and mountain bikes vidoes. Hard to describe, but if you’ve been in the mountains for any time at all, you’ll understand the allure of this type of music.

Take a look at the excellent artwork on Danny Michel’s homepage. Mountain bikers have a real culture and they’re a lot more fun than road racers. Hey Sean, if you see this, I’m not sayin anything. Just sayin.

The trails in the Durham Forest and are maintained by the Durham Mountain Biking Association. There are hiking trails here too. The forest is just south of Uxbridge. It is part of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Mountain Biking is Fun

It is a nice ride and if you’ve never tried mountain biking, these trails are perfect to start. More women are mountain biking and there was one very overweight middle aged woman and her young daughter there so yes anyone can go mountain biking.

Mountain biking is a lot of fun. Honestly, I can’t think of any sport that is more fun.  There is challenge, fear, exhilaration, and accomplishment. And these trails are fairly easy so for first timers, this is a great experience.

These pics below don’t quite show how nice it is. The forest is huge, has plenty of 100 foot high pines, lots of undulating hills and winding trails to ride.










On the Docks Pub in Huntsville

Visited Huntsville with my sisters the other day and it’s one of the few old towns that is fun to visit. It’s got bike shops, nice outdoor patio restaurants, a chocolate store, and other stores with art and old Muskoka furniture. Lots to see if you like strolling and window shopping.

These are great times when you can just stroll around and then go to a pub for a few beers. Nothing to be concerned about at all — just how much you can relax.

This is why GTA people love Muskoka, Huntsville and Parry Sound and go up every weekend in the summer. It’s a super way to get away and relax and a lot of them couldn’t maintain their mental health without that break. 3 Mile Lake is only about 20 minutes away from Huntsville.

Maybe what I like most about visiting Huntsville is the On the Docks Pub right on the main street. It’s up high over the river and you get a nice view. Great restaurants are hard to find and this is one I will go to every time. You have a super view and there’s boaters stopping off to eat. I’ll bet there’s plenty of interesting people visiting and if the waitresses were a little more curious they’d meet some fascinating people.


Me and my sister Liz tryin to figure out what to order. Well, we decided just to get the nacho chips which were really good. Lots of chips, salsa and cheese. Obviously On the docks Pub takes their food and customers seriously. Too bad Crabby Joe’s couldn’t upgrade theirs.huntsville-pub

Here’s Helen and Liz enjoying the atmosphere. A perfect day. Couldn’t be better. Okay, it could be better, but that’s another story.

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The Nutty Chocolatier is a popular stop for Chocolate lovers. I picked up a nice selection of their best chocolates and I’ll certainly give my review.


This is a tandem mountain bike, meaning two people ride it. It’s in for repair, so the riders must had a rough ride.


Gord and Tom Thompson Statue Downtown Huntsville

Tom Thomson the painter. He wasn’t part of the original group of 7, but he had all the paints! Muskoka is the right inspirational place for painting. He was obviously inspired.If you like boating in the Muskoka’s, go to the Gravenhurst Boat Show. My cousin organizes and manages it every year and some of the boats are amazing. They usually have a number of local artists exhibiting their stuff.

Cottage Rental at 3 Mile Lake

Just north of Gravenhurst and Bracebridge and south of Huntsville is 3 Mile Lake. My sister was up for a visit from scorching hot Florida and rented a cottage off of highway 141 on 3 Mile Lake Rd. Thought you might like to see a few pics of 3 Mile Lake and the things you can see and do.

It’s a shallow and civil lake which makes it great for kids and water sports like personal watercraft, sailing, and fishing.

My brother in-law brought the fishing boat with him, and we got out for a couple hours of fishing. Couldn’t catch anything though. Gotta get up at 5 if you want to catch some bass or sunfish. The lake is only 12 feet deep so you won’t find Pike or anything like that here. We trolled around one island but nothing was taking our bait! Fussy fish.

Photos of 3 Mile Lake

Just some photos to show the mood of the day from early morning mirror like water to late afternoon rippling sun reflections. And some of the wildlife. The night time stars are so bright up there, and we got to see a meteorite shower too. Wish I knew more of the constellations. If you’re patient you can see the fast moving satellites that traverse the earth.

Didn’t get a picture of that porcupine I almost ran over at night. Missed him by that much.

The water is only a couple feet deep for hundreds of feet out.  So shallow, we had to drive all the way around to the other side of the lake to a public boat launch. It’s a 20 minute drive.m-cottage-dock

Ahhhhhh, I can get used to this! m-gordbeach


Yes, I got this close to the little critter when I laid out some peanuts for him. If you want to get in good with animals, always use food.muskoka-squirrel

Two deer came up about 70 feet from the cottage.m-deer

There are active farms right around 3 Mile Lake as well — cattle and crops up there.


This new mansion on the water was in a beautiful spot.


A couple of 10 year old boys out fishing by themselves in a small boat.m-boys-in-boat-3milelakem-sailboat

These trampolines are about $200 a day to rent or $900 to buy.m-water-trampoline-muskoka

3 days of taking it easy. Just what I needed.  I you want to rent a cottage on 3 Mile Lake, just do a Google search for one. It’s very near Huntsville which is a nice little town to visit. Lots of shops and restaurants to keep you busy for an afternoon.

Women Pole Vaulting

Young women add so much beauty to what is a beautiful graceful sport. But although the guys can jump higher, I would imagine the crowd is more captivated by the attractive girls graceful jumps on this championship day.

Sarnia and the Blue Water Bridge

Millions of people cross over the Blue Water Bridge between Sarnia and Port Huron, Michigan every year. It’s a major transportation route to the US. Sarnia is a nice place. My parents liked nice places and this is where I was born.

We were going to go out on a 50 foot sailing ship with Bob’s cousin, Mike, the skipper, but he felt the conditions were’nt good so we didn’t get out on Monday. Too bad, I was really looking forward to my first time on a sail boat. But we understand about Mike’s health ability to handle the rough seas. It looked like an approaching storm.

His boat is more like a yacht. It apparently has everything automated so the captain can control the sails and masts from his easy chair. If I get out for a cruise, then I’ll certainly post the pictures here.

The roving Collins family.  We are part Gypsy. My parents lived in Port Credit in Toronto, Point Edward in Sarnia, and Allendale in Barrie. These are 3 of the most beautiful towns in Ontario. My mother said they liked the water. I have to agree. Living near the water is better. Sitting on the shoreline is very soothing and boating is fun.

Bluewater Bridge  in Point Edward crossing over to Port Huron Michigan

My mother had 10 kids. My father fought the Germans for 5 years in Europe during World War 2. And he had rheumatic fever as a child which ruined his heart valves, yet he still went through the stress of deadly combat for 5 years. How can you do anything in your life that would compare with what they did? It makes our lives seem insignificant except for the fact that we were their hopes and dreams.

Sarnia, Ontario

I still have a whole separate family here. I went for a visit and stayed at my sister in-laws place (that’s a story in itself), and went to two big parties that weekend.

One party was out in Bright’s Grove, just north of Sarnia, where Mike Weir is from. He’s the head pro at a golf course there. I’m a Mike Weir fan. Too bad he’s lost it. Golf really needs a good guy like him. I suspect Mike has the life he really wants with his wife, not the pro tour. The party was for a save the turtle charity (down in the Caribbean somewhere.) I asked if it was for the turtles down at Canatera Park, and it got a few laughs. Seriously.

The party was at my sister in-law’s landscaper’s property, and a little like a bush party with the big bon-fire. They hired a reggae band for the evening.

I met two lovely women from Bright’s Grove (one’s daughter was about to go to Toronto for the Miss Teen Canada competition). We invited her and her friend to our family party, the next day at MJ’s house. This woman was nice so the daughter must be a great girl. She’s pretty, but there’s more to it than beauty.

MJ’s House

MJ’s house is beautiful, extraordinary really and few people have the luck to experience living like this. This place is a story unto itself. Well, here’s some pictures of this fantastic place that she and her second husband built from a dilapidated property that was up for sale. They put a lot of sweat equity into this one and it was worth it. Hard work that must have tested her religious beliefs.  It’s amazing though and you can see that it has tons of character. A playground for kids (and adults).

I enjoyed leisurely floating around this pool for hours. That’s MJ, Bob and Lynn relaxing next to the house.


The landscaper did a nice job on the property. It was a great setting for a party of 70 people! My nieces, nephews, and their kids along with Lilly and Betty were there too. The kids had a great time in the pool. Sorry, taking pics would be too invasive of their privacy.mjs-pool2


What a kitchen and dining area, with direct access to the pool. The ultimate place to retire really. Get your laptop and newspaper out on the deck and a drink and you’ve got the best situation possible.mjs-kitchen



Okay, let’s head over to Canatera Park. When we were kids, my older brothers and sisters lived at this park on the beaches.


The Lighthouse over on Port Huron. Port Huron has a brand new region with great restaurants and shopping, just up the shoreline a few miles.port-huron-lighthouse

That’s the Pt Edward Casino below in the distance. We had breakfast there the next day. The restaurant has an outdoor patio next to the river. You can watch all the freighters, speed boats, sail boats, dingys and jet skis passing by.sarnia-casino

A great view from Bob’s building down on the Waterfront.sarniadowntown

This is a house on the side of Canatera Park. Had to take a picture because it is so beautiful. Very original, with character and a stone facade which made it look grand.canatera-park-beautiful-hou

Hope you enjoyed the tour. Do you have any thoughts or memories of the blue water bridge and the point edward area? How about Canatera Park? I’ll bet you do.  Did you know they have debit card capability at one of the new chip trucks under the bridge?