Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Update: Halloween and A Vacation to Remember

After four consecutive weekends of sports anchoring, I embarked on an unforgettable trip through North Africa, driving across the country of Morocco. We rented a car to drive ourselves and that was an experience that I can't accurately capture in words.

The journey included a drive through the Atlas Mountains, covering over 4000 feet in elevation on a road that didn't include barriers or pavement for much of the climb. And somehow the speed limit on these blind, hair-pin turns was 80 km/h.

Once we were through the mountains, driving on paper-flat roads straighter than a ruler, that's when the Moroccan police decided to crack down on excessive speeds. I got a speeding ticket for driving 81 km/h in a 60 zone.

Reflections on a Moroccan speeding ticket on the border of the Sahara.
300 Dhirams ($36) lighter, we made it to the edge of the Sahara desert for what was undoubtedly the highlight of the trip: a night of camping in the desert. It was an environment unlike anything I have ever seen before. It was incredible.

Already started training for the 2019 tennis season. It’s hard to sweat in the Sahara.
Speaking of tennis, I haven't played since before I left for the trip and the outdoor season is officially finished. But I start my indoor season tomorrow with a one-hour hit. My goal is to play 3-4 times a month until the spring.

I am in the midst of a stretch co-hosting the Morning Show on Global, which is always my favourite secondary assignment. And that included the Halloween show where I really got try some things creatively.

I went as Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine from A Star is Born.

Bradley, I mean Jackson, also did part of my weather segment for me.

Happy Halloween! A special musical guest from #AStarIsBorn pinch-hit for me on the @morningshowto today, with an assist from #LadyGaga.
That was a blast! In fact, I even fooled a couple of people who actually thought I was a real performer who was just super wasted.

I have a couple more morning show shifts this month and then back to my regular schedule.

Thanks for reading and watching!