Wednesday, April 4, 2012

D is For... Dave

Hey Humble Readers...

I hope you're all having a good evening.  It's been a dopey kind of day around here.  Ginny slept until 10:30 this morning, and then took a four hour nap this afternoon.  Crazy!  It was a good thing, tho, as I've been asleep on my feet most of the day. 

The grey skies closing in all day haven't helped at all.  We are expecting a big dump of snow tonight (between 15 and 25 centimeters)... typical flatland spring.  Yesterday we were at 15C, and today we have a snowfall warning.  Insane. 
So, today is D day in the A to z Challenge...

And I have only one option for fictional character for the letter D.  I have to tell you about Dave.

Dave is a middle-aged husband and father, former road manager for many big rock and roll bands, who is originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and now lives in a diversely populated neighbourhood in Toronto.  Oh yeah, and he runs the Vinyl Cafe, a used record store who's motto is "We may not be big, but we're small". 

Dave and all his cohorts (wife Morley, daughter Stephanie, son Sam, dog Arthur, cat Galway, and a host of colourful neighbours, fellow business owners, and assorted relatives) are the creation of Stuart McLean.  McLean does a weekly radio show on the CBC, during which he always shares Dave and company's latest antics.  Some of you may be familiar with Garrison Keillor of Lake Wobegon fame... McLean is sort of like him, but funnier in my opinion. 

Dave, while very well-intentioned, often gets himself into some pretty ridiculous situations.  There was the time he decided he was going to install an electrical outlet on the wall by his kitchen table, and ended up punching holes in every wall with help of several of his neighbours.  There was the time he decided to toilet-train the cat, that ended up with the cat doing several laps in the toilet as the water swirled.  And of course there was the whole original Christmas turkey debacle... (a story which we read aloud every holiday season).

Basically... Dave lives life.  And crazy sh!t happens.  But he always starts out with the best of intentions.  And I kill myself laughing every time. 

Kinda sounds like all of us, right?  :)

If you ever get the chance, I HIGHLY recommend that you read one of the Vinyl Cafe books (Vinyl Cafe Unplugged is my favourite) or check out the podcast.  My Beloved and I also listen to the audiobooks whenever we go on a road trip. 

What's the funniest book you've read?

7 comments :

  1. I was hoping it would be ths Dave! I love the vinyl cafe!

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    1. There can't be any other Dave, can there? :)

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  2. It sounds like a brilliantly funny book. I'm going to have to check Dave out.

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    1. Do... it's totally worth it. "Dave Cooks The Turkey" really is a fun little Christmas tradition.

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  3. Oooh. That sounds good! :) I must check it out! Thanks. A funny book I've read... I'll have to think about that. I mean, I find humor in most books, but not outright laughing. Hmmmm.

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    1. I started reading Vinyl Cafe stuff years ago, and there was a night when my mom came into my room because she thought I was crying. I was laughing so hard I could barely breathe.

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  4. Letters From a Nut by Ted L. Nancy and There's a Hair In My Dirt by Gary Larson. Thank you for visiting my blog. The crocheted headband was just something I made up. Happy blogging!

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