Amanda's baseball team steps up to bat with a fundraising tournament

Amanda had an amazing time for a couple of years, playing softball with a great bunch of ladies from around the region. At bat or on third base, she loved getting out there and playing hard.

Here's how it looked at the end of the 2011 season when the Demons had their best-ever finish:



She had to stop mid-season when we found out she was pregnant. Then Amanda couldn't play last year because she was very sick from chemotherapy. This year, she's heading to London to continue her cancer treatment and be near family.

Her team, the Demons, is arranging a one-day tournament to get some great players out onto the field, show some love, and raise a few bucks. You can click the image to see the details.


In text, here are the details:

We are hosting a fundraising tourney June 7 at the Three Villages ball fields.
Funds are for a fellow ball player who is suffering from Ovarian Cancer and her one year old son.
Cost is $250 per team. 6 guys and 4 girls but more are welcome.
There will be a Canteen, and there are washrooms on site.
50/50 draws and misc. prizes throughout the day.
We will also be collecting any recyclables people would like to donate.
1st Prize - 12 1.5 lb lobsters and 2 flats of beer. (48)
2nd Prize - 12 1 lb lobsters and 1 flat of beer. (24)
If you like to play ball and have fun, this is the tournament for you.
To register your team, or if you have any questions call or text Sherry @ 902-221-8736.

My last broadcast in Halifax: Audio

A week ago, I got to do something many broadcasters are never allowed to do: say goodbye to an audience. A lot of on-air jobs end suddenly with a layoff or format change, and people don't know that their last show is their last show. I knew in advance that I'd be leaving the company, so I was able to wrap up gracefully.

Here's the audio from my last day, May 5, 2014, filling in on The Rick Howe Show.

Councillors on the Hot Seat with HRM Councillors Brad Johns and Russell Walker.

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NDP MP for Halifax, Megan Leslie talks to us about missing and murdered aboriginal woman. Peter Stoffer, NDP MP Sackville—Eastern Shore talks to us about the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. Richard Zurawski drops by for another edition of The Science Files.

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Richard Zurawski drops by for another edition of The Science Files. Susan MacAskill, MADD Canada Chapter Services Manager Atlantic Region talks to us about the Nova Scotia government’s decision to enforce the five year alcohol ban on new drivers. We discuss fracking with Stephanie Merrill Director of Freshwater Protection Program and spokesperson on shale gas at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

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Emilie Chiasson from Ovarian Cancer Canada talks to us about World Ovarian Cancer Day. April Hubbard, board member of the Nova Scotia Midwifery Coalition tells us about Midwives Day. Today is Scott’s last day at News 95.7 and he would like to know you'd miss about the Maritimes if you had to leave. Historian Peter Twohig gives us an interesting history lesson. Scott says goodbye.

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The name has changed, but I'm still Scott Simpson

The site name has changed from BigAssSuperstar.com to TheSimpsonBlog.com.

The BAS name was spun out of an inside joke from around 2000. The joke never really went over and was long-winded and obtuse and probably not even very funny outside of the conversation where it emerged. But I had the domain name and it was catchier than my original domain name from the mid-1990s, so I kept it.

Mr. Hainsworth built me a Blogger template to go with the domain when I moved to Halifax in 2005, and you'll see that my writings here do date all the way back to when I left Toronto and arrived in Nova Scotia. I remember sitting at a rent-a-computer at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, writing a blog post just after I touched down.

I'm quite a different person now than I was in 2005. I've done a lot of growing up. My life has changed radically from then to now. It's now a little embarrassing to tell people to email me at bigasssuperstar, or find me on the web at such a name. I'm not ashamed, just a little embarrassed.

Also, my new job is in management, and sharing my life at BigAssSuperstar.com is probably about as classy as wearing Crocs to a client meeting. Yes, I love my Croc sandals, but .... anyway.

So, if you've ever been ashamed to tell someone to visit the old site because of the name, or worried that Google would spank you for having a cheeky name linked from your site, go ahead and share, Like, link, plus-1, or whatever.

The new site name is not glitzy, funky, sexy or cool. In other words, it fits me as perfectly as "Big Ass Superstar" was supposed to have been a goof on my own self-deprecating style. Same effect, less confusions.

Here we go with TheSimpsonBlog.com. (Should work with or without the www, for what it's worth.)

Oh, yes, and I've also changed my Twitter handle from @Simpson957 to @Simpson1290 to reflect the change of radio stations. I hope to put up a post tomorrow about my final show on News95.7.

Today was my last day at work, and I'm okay with that

Today marks a weird spot on the calendar for me. It’s one of those landmarks that really doesn’t mean anything, other than to illustrate the...