Anyone who knows anything about astrology knows that planets and stars have a habit of converging to play havoc with the lives of Leos. All the celestial bodies must have been jitterbugging and showing their nether regions all over the place, as my life has been a rollercoaster ride since new years.


First, was acknowledged for a job well done at work. That was great, as the person who did the acknowledgement  was a manager. I was so thrilled that I went home and broke my computer. I had some work that had to go out that night, so I made and emergency run to Future Shop and ended up with Windows 8.


It took me an hour to get set up and I managed  to get the work out, but now I have Windows 8 and no clue how to use it.


Last Sunday, while Windows 8 was eating my email, I learned that I left a CS in the stereo at Kerrisdale Community Centre. I pay dearly to have the best music, and I note that all the women sing along with it. The tape was not there when I needed it. It was probably used to play “Bleeding Love|” instead of “The Farmer In the Dell” at a kid’s birthday party.


My step class didn’t like paying $5 to step to “The Farmer In the Dell.” They wanted “Bleeding Love.”


Then the stars did it again’ I remembered the name of the young lady from Coquitlam who was the agent for Power Music. I looked her up. She Moved.


I googled Power Music and found what I needed for this Sunday, but |I had to register. I tried. There was no Canada. In a burst of nationalistic pride, I phoned Power Music. “ We’re having a blizzard here in Salt Lake City,” the customer service lady said.


“It serves you right,” I said. “You took Canada. It’s nice and clear here.” She explained to me that there is another way to proclaim my nationality, and it involved neither fingerprints nor mug shots.  




After a few minutes of toll-free prattle I was able to register and order. I got the trusty MasterCard out and was told it expired. I looked at my desk and found some unopened mail. It was my new MasterCard. I registered and went back to the site. My order was waiting for me. I downloaded it into Windows 8.


There were two ways to download. One was an MP3 and the other was a Zip download. I tried the first, and after an hour’s worth of trying during which I copied it on my hard drive a few dozen times, I used the latter.


The download came with a program to burn it to a cd. That didn’t work, so I downloaded it using my Windows 8. I was warned not to. Different parts of the universe would go into catastrophic collapse and it would make all my participants have seven legs. “It’s better that than another Sunday of “The Farmer In The Dell.”


On Sunday morning, I told my class I had new music. I turned it on and began my classIt passed the test. Several participants were lip syncing the lyrics – a good sign. The only downside – it had an earworm. Earworms are organisms that crawl into your ear and sing certain, usually bad, phrases and you cannot get rid of them . I told my class that if they didn’t like the music, they could , “Call Me Maybe” – A SONG BY Carly Rae Jepson who is from a place about 20 miles east of where I am as I write this.


I wonder if she’s a Leo too.


Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .
He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there “aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look like.
He is an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”
He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net or at 604-464-4105 If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.



One Response to “EMERGENCY MUSIC”

  1. Sharon Says:

    What a day! You are brave to try all that. My laptop is getting to be ancient (in computer years). I’ve been thinking about upgrading but since I haven’t learned how to use this one efficiently…. FEAR reigns.

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