Archive for the ‘My 51st year’ Category

53+183 – It has been a while since I wrote – so much has happened

So it has been almost 3 years since I have written…

Since then let’s see……

1. I Separated in July 2012

2. I moved out of my home in June 2013 to Brooklin

3. I moved to Kitchener in November 2013

4. I missed going on my annual Southern Expedition to Florida this year

5. Still driving my VW Jetta Wagon, now has 580,000 km on her but she is wearing out.

6. As of today still going through the Divorce process

7. Big day coming July 25th when I have first Case conference

8. Some other great things happened to me in the last year too, but more about that later.


Some pics from my time in Brooklin

IMG_4154 IMG_4128 IMG_4132 Brooklin Bash (4) Brooklin Bash (1)

I did go on one a trip which lasted only 56 hours and we drove from Kitchener to Wichita, Kansas  and back to pick up a BBQ (the one house behind the BBQ is my Kitchener Home

Turn and Burn (16) Turn and Burn (45) Turn and Burn (14) with hat Turn and Burn (0) Turn and Burn (47)


Anyways, I hope to not wait another 3 years to write again. I will try to keep you updated




50+236 Class Reunion…. sort of… Bruce Street and Martin Street Public School Milton

You just never know when you will be pleasantly surprised by something coming back from your past.

A couple of days ago I was happy to hear from someone that I went to school with in the early 1970’s Lori Van Fleet who found me because of this blog that I started to write when I turned 50 years old, all because of a google search. Lori then was able to friend me on facebook another great site that enables people to meet not only new friends and keep family updated to what is happening in your life but also to search for and catch up with people from your past.

after a couple of quick messages and talking about the above picture that I had posted in this blog early on, Lori suggested if I posted the class photo on my facebook page she would help me in tagging names. It is amazing when looking at pictures that are 40 years old and at kids that you have not seen or talked to in at least 30 years that the memories start flooding back.

After a few names were tagged and a couple of facebook searches were done and requests sent out, there are some friends of my childhood back into my life.

Now some of the people have moved away to BC, Markham or Ottawa or like myself here in Oshawa a few still continue to live in my home town of Milton

One friend in particular that I was spending a ton of time with in middle school was Chris Chimonides and when I looked him up on google I was surprised to see that he was a drummer for the Group Lost Boys and they played the New Years Show at Nathan Phillips Square back in 2008

There are still others that requests have gone out to and many others that I have had no luck in tracking down but maybe in the weeks and months to come some more people will come ot of the woodwork., Dang this is really cool!

If you went to Bruce Street Public School or Martin Street Public School in the 1960’s or 1970’s have a look at my facebook album of School Pics and see if your their, would love to hear from you! You can find me on Facebook or on twitter

50+221 Coolio attends a Royal Wedding

A couple of good friends of mine are Bob & Susan Sedlak of Bowmanville, Ontario

Bob has been very helpful with anytime I have been stuck trying to fix a computer problem but more than that he is a good friend and we get together almost every Saturday night at mutual friend Herman’s house where we will watch Mythbusters, Hockey games, play hattrick and talk computers and Soccer. His wife Susan is a wonderful lady that enjoys reading and knitting, and after seeing my blog Oshawa Ogre’s Views, News & BBQ’s Susan decided to start a blog on her own called Kittens with Mittens where she talks mostly about knitting.

She is also a fan of my little buddy Coolio and his adventures so I arranged for Coolio to take a little trip to spend a week with Susan.

Coolio ended up to be invited to attend the Royal Wedding as you can see in Susan’s latest blog post.

Coolio hangs out on the Balcony with the Royals

Coolio at a Royal Tea Party

50+194 Coolio goes to the Blue Jays Home Opener with my sister and I

This year the Toronto Blue Jays Home Opener was on Friday April 1st…. no foolin’!

I had dropped Coolio off at ……..

Coolio, loves BBQ too!

Wait first maybe I should tell you who Coolio is.

When I went on my Southern Expedition I was doing the drive alone, so I thought it would be Cool to bring a few furry friends along for the ride and take pictures with them throughout the trip, more of a gag than anything else. but it has morphed into a fun little diversion from life itself that sometimes likes to kick your ass.

And to go back a little further I found Coolio and the Gang when I was doing some Christmas shopping in a neat Warehouse Liquidation type place in Scarborough, Ontario and I only paid $1.00 a piece for them. Thus Coolio and the Gang were born.

When I got back from Florida I even made Coolio his own facebook page so that anyone could track his adventures and see the trouble that he gets himself into.

Anyways let us get back to today’s story.

last week I needed to visit a supplier in Mississauga, just down the street from where my sister worked and Coolio was in my car and Regina had made a few comments in the past about Coolio and the fact that she was following his adventures so I thought she would like to see him in person.

I drove into her works parking lot and called her from my cell and asked her to meet me at the front door. She said come on in I am in the lobby and I walked up to the door and it was locked. I phoned her back and told her and she said I guess I did not tell you that we moved our office over a year ago!.


Well after getting directions it turns out she was only 5 minutes away so I dropped by the new place and surprised her with Coolio and said she could keep him for a week til we would get together at the Toronto Blue Jay’s Home Opener on April 1st

She embraced the spirit of what Coolio was ll about and took pictures of him getting in trouble at her work  which you can see here and here.

Wilfred Reinke with his sister Regina Divine along with Coolio at the Blue Jays Season opener April 1st 2011

So Friday night was a blast where the Blue Jays destroyed the Twins 13-3 and I had my hands full trying to keep up with Coolio as he wanted explore the Rogers Centre and get himself in some trouble here and there.

If you would like to check out Coolio’s day at the ball park you can check out his photo albums here, and if you like what you see, please leave some comments and ask to be friends with my little buddy, There will be many more adventures.

50+184 Honouring the late Mark Hendrikx through the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life

Last August the world lost a great man Mark Hendrikx that I knew as my accountant but he was also a fine husband to his wife Martha and father to 5 wonderful kids, not to mention a well respected man in the town of Newcastle, Ontario Canada he was a pillar in the community.

Marks passing hit us all very hard, taken away at the young age of 48 years though I believe that he had accomplished more in those 48 years than others can achieve in 88 years.

This week I received a letter from Martha and her daughter Marissa informing me that they are honouring Mark by forming a team that will walking in the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life this upcoming June 24th where teams will be walking around the Clarington Central Secondary School track all night starting at 7pm and  finishing at 7am.

Marissa came up with the perfect name for her team which is Hendrikx Brainpower, Mark died from Brainstem Cancer and it was a fact that Mark had one of the sharpest minds that I have known, he knew all of the best ways to run my business and make sure that the government did not get any more dollars from me and the rest of his clients.

Last years Relay raised just shy of $100k and this year Hendrikx Brainpower wants to raise $10,000 just on their own. But to do so they need our help.

If your in the local area of Newcastle and would like to join the team and participate in the Relay The 12 hours of support would be appreciated. If your not in town you can also pledge money in the support of one of the team members, All pledges go towards Cancer Research.

For those of you wishing to pledge please visit this site The Canadian Cancer Society and you can donate using the secure website.

Marissa is the Team Captain of Team Hendrikx Brainpower and if you need more information she would be happy to talk to you, you can contact Marissa by her twitter account @MarissaHendrikx or you can email her at or by phone 905-987-3115. Marissa’s Mum is Co Captain of the team and can be reached at

There is also a facebook event page set up for the event as well which can be found here

I am not the type of person to do a lot of promotion for causes and charity but I do want to help here for two reasons, one is that everyone knows someone that has been taken from us too soon by Cancer and secondly Mark was such a great man both for business and community reasons that I want to do my part in helping the spirit of Mark continue in his community work.

50+174 Cheerwine will be a constant reminder of Southern Expedition 2011

A day does not go by that I do not reflect for at least a moment on my Southern Expedition that I took in January 2011.

I had so many great moments during that trip that not only got me away from the cold and the snow of Canadian Winter but it was such a break from issues in life that I needed to get away from for a short time.

I was so fortunate to meet many fine people that I had talked with online in the world of BBQ and was blown away by the Southern hospitality that was awarded me by the friendly folks in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

It all started in Salisbury North Carolina when I met with Blog Writer Cyndi Allison taking possession of the Masterbuilt Electric Smokehouse that I was lucky to win in her online draw back in October. Not only did I get the smoker but we also exchanged some gifts that were from our local areas. One of the gifts I received was a case of Cheerwine which is a local favorite soda drink in North Carolina.

It has a wonderful Wild Cherry flavour and is made with Pure Cane Sugar rather than using corn syrup as most soft drinks do. Mind you that is only in the 12 oz. glass bottle size and only available from the distribution center in Salisbury.  You can read an in depth story I wrote on this soft drink on my BBQ blog here.

My point being that looking back the case of Cheerwine had a deeper meaning to me  since its name is derived from the word Cheer which is a pleasure that it represents and though not having alcohol content it uses wine in its name to show off the clear burgundy colour.

So it is like raising a glass with friends, When I got home I cut the side off of the Cheerwine case and brought it to Costco and had it put in a nice glassed frame which is now proudly hanging on the wall in my office, as a constant reminder of good times and good people.

The next day I had a great lunch at Lexington #1 Barbecue with other BBQ friends Wayne Brown, John Shepard and his son by the same name along with Cyndi and her son Eli.

I also had the pleasure of spending an evening with Michael and Stephanie Baxter in Fitzgerald Georgia.

And in Florida  I met members of two special BBQ teams that competed in the Lakeland Florida Pigfest.

First off there was Doug and his wife Biggi Francis along with their 2 kids and Sue from Hogs Gone Wild BBQ.

Doug, Sue, Melissa, Biggi and TJ

and Chad Ward along with the rest of the Whiskey Bent BBQ Team

And on my way out of Florida I stopped in Jacksonville to spend a few hours with no other than Hank Bob or as he is known when not in character Aaron Smith.

Another couple of great guys to meet were the owners of Southern Soul BBQ Griffin Bufkin and Harrison Sapp.


I am a bit reflective today mainly because I hung up my Cheerwine frame and again it reminded me of the great time I had. and I will raise a bottle to all of my southern friends and I hope that we get the chance to meet again on a future trip, but in the meantime will continue to talk with most of them online….. CHEERS!

50+164 Some bookkeeping from my Southern Expedition 2011

First off I need to say sorry to my readers that I have not been keeping up with my so called daily blog as it has been about 3 weeks since my last post.

Between getting caught up around the house and my business and also finding time to review products for my BBQ blog this page had found itself on the back burner.

I will try to keep this page as active as I can in the future.

Today I sat down with all of my fuel receipts from my Southern Expedition and did some accounting work with them.

I had not driven down south since the 1993 and of course since then fuel costs have been a lot higher than at that time and the past few years I had taken a big bird to go visit my parents in Florida. A single Airfare to Florida return would cost in the area of $300.00

But since I was doing a BBQ tour on the way with stops in NC, Georgia and a few spots in Florida along with the fact I had  my Masterbuilt smoker to pick up, driving down made a lot of sense.

I really enjoyed the drive, yes I was alone in the car but with the tunes rockin’ and no one along to slow me down or try to speed me up, it was very enjoyable.

Here is my Fuel Expenses for the trip in my 2003 VW Jetta TDI, being a Diesel the economy was excellent except in the mountains where my Turbo boost shut down due to the high altitude.

Not to confuse you all, but in Canada we are using the metric system so there are some calculations done.

1 mile = 1.61 km

1 US Gallon = 4.5 litres

But as you can see I did put totals for  miles, km’s, Litre’s and Gallons

And here are some screen shots from my GPS after I got back home to Oshawa after the trip.

It should be noted that I had reset the trip stats on the GPS just after I started my trip so the km do not quite add up.

and if your wondering about the very very high Max Speed on the GPS, that was when I took my GPS on an airplane 2 years ago, and I will not be resetting the max speed on my GPS since I think that is so cool 🙂