If you are AMERICAN .. and you are visiting this site .. PLEASE call that number up there right away. Call it as many times as you want to. It’s TOLL-FREE and it helps vote my girl, Kelly Clarkson, into the next round of American Idol. They don’t let Canadians vote so I can’t do anything but beg and plead all you kind American folks to do my dirty work for me. Trust me, she’s the best in the show – just take my word on that. :)

Now, as for the comment from Michelle yesterday in regards to me being on ‘Just Like Mom’ – yes indeed. I searched last night for screen shots or information on the show but it’s hard to come by. Most Canadians around my age will probably remember it – it was basically a CTV game show starring Blue Jays broadcaster Fergie Olver and his wife Catherine Swing that featured three children and their mothers. The children would be taken into a back room warehouse while the parents were asked three questions, then the kids were brought back out and asked the same ones – if they got them right, points. If they didn’t, no points. Then vice versa – take the Moms away, ask the kids, bring Mom out, compare answers. The big finale took the kids to a kitchen where they were instructed to make some sort of baked good, in my case, chocolate brownies. However, they hide the chocolate chips and give front row shelf space to items like curry powder, nutmeg, and Orange Crush. So naturally, these brownies are somewhat wretched. Then the Moms get to eat these little pieces of wonder and pick which monstrosity was created by the fruit of their womb. The kid with the most points throughout gets to spin a big wheel for a chance at anything from a set of bikes to a week at a camp, and the big prize, a family trip to Epcot in Disney World.

I got 0 points. My pity prizes included a Snoopy Brusha-Brusha Toothbrush and Fun-Around Faces. My Mom was really mad after she had asked me beforehand what my favourite food was. As any 8 year old might say, I said cereal. So on the show they ask “If you were going into outer space, and you could only bring ONE food with you, what would it be?” My answer: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Mom not happy. After the show she questioned my believed swapping of answers in mid-show, but I had a perfectly good, logical, 8-year old answer. “But Mom, you can’t bring cereal into outer space, it would float all over the place.”

Baha. :)

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If you’re around your TV

If you’re around your TV this Sunday at 5PM you’ll get a chance to catch me on it. A&E will be reairing the Bret Hart documentary Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows, documenting events leading up to the “screwjob” at Survivor Series 1997. I, along with Rob and my cousin Will, attended this event and Will and I ended up being all over the broadcast, and subsequently, the documentary. I’ll try to snap some screen caps when it airs again, but if you do happen to catch it, we appear during the climactic match near the end of the program between Bret and Shawn Michaels. You’ll see two guys in Austin 3:16 shirts, and frequently I’m holding up a sign that says “COHEN 3:16 Says My Mom Wouldn’t Let Me Come to Montreal” on it.

Unfortunately CTV will never reair my episode of Just Like Mom as they, for some reason, deleted all the old episodes. I even had an ex-girlfriend who worked in the archives department of CTV look for it, so I know it doesn’t exist. So, since my taping no longer exists, none of you can laugh at me in my three-piece suit discussing outer space and cereal with Fergie Oliver.

Oh, and Michelle – how about a fireman AND a penguin? Check it out!

Rick Jessup