May The Schwartz Be With You

Like the old cliché goes, what a 365 it has been. I will always remember the hiring process because of what sold me on Prince George – Costco. For the record, they don’t do endorsements, although I wouldn’t mind some free gas, but I digress. So how on earth did that seal the deal? Well if they set up shop here, I couldn’t imagine there would be much missing from what I was used to in big bad Toronto.

AS I SIT HERE WRITING
MY FIRST ARTICLE FOR
SCENE, IT HAS BEEN ONE
YEAR SINCE MY ARRIVAL
IN PRINCE GEORGE TO JOIN
THE TEAM OVER AT 94.3,
THE GOAT.

Then my friends started doing some research. “Don’t you know it’s the most dangerous city in Canada?” they would say. My reply was pretty straight forward – “no, but thanks for telling me!” Yet here I am, all in one piece. Not a single break-in. I have yet to be mugged. My car is still the same one I drove out here. So what kind of danger were these people speaking of?Like any city, crime is where you find it. I guess my problem is that I haven’t looked hard enough. I’ve been too busy seeing how incredible it is living in the Capital of The North. I’ve tried more game meats in one year than I have in the 34 years I spent in the big smoke. There is a hill in Ontario that is technically a mountain where people go skiing. Although Tabor is no Whistler-Blackcomb, I can say that I’ve skied the mountain around the corner more times than I shredded the so-called slopes out East. Never mind the fact that the Rockies are within a few hours driving distance. Something I have taken full advantage of since moving here because condos don’t exactly have that “wow factor”. Seriously, other than an architect, who admires soulless concrete structures that obscure the views? Not that Lake Ontario is all that and a bag of pork rinds.

Without a doubt, moving to Prince George to follow my dream of being in radio has been the most rewarding experience of my life. I’ve met some great people and seen the beauty that surrounds us which some of you may take for granted. I know it sounds like I’m ragging on Toronto a lot, but for 34 years I lived the city life. Go to work so you can make enough money to pay your rent, fill up on gas twice a week so you can get to work, buy some food, and if there is enough money left over, buy enough toilet paper to last the year. So until I’m back on the SCENE, focus on the positives PG. You’re surrounded by it. Launy “The” Schwartz is co-host of 94.3 The GOAT’s Morning Breath. You can tune in from 6am-10am so when you read his articles in SCENE Magazine, you can picture him sitting right next to you as your faithful narrator. Rest assured, he smells better than a goat.

A2014Norm Coyne