Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge: July 5th, 2019


by Charlie Hodge.

As the column slug would suggest – here is another HodgePodge of random thoughts, observations and questions:

Like many Canadians, due to economics, health, and a lack of either passport or health insurance, Tez and I have spent the past few years utilizing whatever holiday time we can muster by travelling within B.C. Not a tough assignment.

That being said, we are scrambling for interesting ideas on easy on the lungs, mellow holiday adventure ideas within the B.C. Interior. A short trip to Harrison to melt within the mineral springs is on our list however we welcome your input on additional suggestions for short, relatively inexpensive trips (one or two nights). Please email me your brilliant recommendations at charliehodge333@gmail.com


Of course anytime one wants to take a trip it is nice to find a house sitter, including someone to water a vegetable garden. That simple request seems almost impossible these days since Tez and I have had zero luck in finding anyone interested in even doing piecemeal yard work.

We are not wishing to hire a fully fledged landscape company for major dollars and lots of work – simply someone to cut a tiny lawn, weed whack, and perhaps a dozen hours a month of basic yard chores. If you know of anyone with a little energy and a willingness to do a little grunt work, please let us know.


One thing I will not be doing this July is enjoying the Kelowna Buckaroo reunion. An attempt to organize such a gathering failed to garner enough response in time for organizers to continue and it has been cancelled. Too bad since I have a bundle of wonderful memories and exaggerated stories to share.

Despite the cancelled party former local hockey players were among those dominating NHL activity during the past week. With the time period opening for ‘free agent’ signings many eligible players changed clubs or were caught up in trades -including two former Kelowna Rockets.

Behemoth Tyler Myers at 6’8 230 pounds will be a significant addition to the Vancouver Canuck lineup. The right hand defenseman was the NHL’s 2009-10 Calder Trophy winner for rookie of the year after spending four years with the Rockets. Myers spent six years in Buffalo before moving to the Winnipeg Jets for five seasons.

Another popular right hand Rocket defenseman moved Tuesday was smooth skating Tyson Barrie. Barrie was traded from Colorado to the Toronto Maple Leafs (in exchange for Nazem Kadri). Barrie, a Victoria native has played all eight years of his NHL career in Colorado after five years with the Rockets.

I guess both of them were a little too busy to respond to the reunion barbeque invite. Sigh.

Regardless, their relocation will certainly perk the interests of local hockey buffs who can now cheer on the former Rockets as they play with Canadian based teams.


I am looking forward to the soon to be released album by local roots band Dirt Road Opera. Led by the golden voice and amazing writing skills of Barry Mathers DRO promises jaw-dropping harmonies and stunning musicianship as part of the mix in their upcoming menu of musical mastery. Stay tuned for a pre-release review soon.


Last but hardly least, a hearty congratulations to Jan and Gary Johnston on joining the world of Grandparenthood. Gary and Jan were officially entered July 3 with the arrival of six pound, two ounce Fiona Mae at Vernon hospital.

Congrats Fiona on having two tremendous potential grand-parents. Make sure they spoil you.

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Charlie Hodge is a best-selling author, writer, a current Kelowna City Councillor, and a Director on the Regional District of the Central Okanagan Board. He spent more than 25 years as a full-time newspaper journalist and has a diverse background in public relations, promotions, personal coaching, and strategic planning. A former managing editor, assistant editor, sports editor, entertainment editor, journalist, and photographer, Hodge also co-hosted a variety of radio talk shows and still writes a regular weekly newspaper column titled Hodge Podge, which he has crafted now for 41 years. His biography on Howie Meeker, titled Golly Gee It’s Me is a Canadian bestseller and his second book, Stop It There, Back It Up – 50 Years of the NHL garnered lots of attention from media and hockey fans alike. Charlie is currently working on a third hockey book, as well as a contracted historical/fiction novel. His creative promotional skills and strategic planning have been utilized for many years in the Canadian music industry, provincial, national, and international environmental fields, and municipal, provincial, and federal politics. Charlie is a skilled facilitator, a dynamic motivational speaker, and effective personal coach. His hobbies include gardening, canoeing, playing pool, and writing music. Charlie shares his Okanagan home with wife Teresa and five spoiled cats.


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