Scotch Fridays formed its roots many years ago when our law firm shared office space with Nancy, a brilliant friend of mine. The Scotch Friday tradition evolved in those long ago days when Nancy would saunter over to my office on Fridays, just before the end of the day, and stand at my door and we would share stories about our week. They were more like rants but we enjoyed those afternoons tremendously, and sharing a little scotch was a bonus.
However, my love for story telling goes back to my childhood with my very large extended family and my elders sharing stories about the past. I always liked to listen and ask questions and know more of the details as if I was there with them experiencing it for the first time.
My love of storytelling continued to grow while working with my father in the grocery store in Burlington. “Ontario Variety”, as it was known then and now, was a gathering point, a nucleus for the community, before Sunday shopping and the proliferation of grocery stores and 24 hour shopping. It was during simpler times when everyone knew each other and trusted to send their children with notes to go to the local grocer. My dad had the pulse on the community and if you wanted to know anything about what was going on, all you had to do was ask “Norm”, my dad. I grew into the same role as my father, the ability to speak with people with ease, to know them and to know their story. Did I mention my dad loved Scotch?
I simply took my love of Scotch and love of Friday rants with Nancy and “voila” – Scotch Friday podcast it is.
I do this because I enjoy speaking with people. I have been criticized for asking too many questions. It’s true. I do like to ask a lot of questions, and sometimes, I think “why not?” Let’s get to know the person behind their enterprise, behind their title, behind their status, and behind their public persona and let’s know their story of how they got to where they’re at now and their views on the things that matter to us.
My love for conversation tells me that we are all part of the same fabric. And, I like to think of myself as finding the pattern and the stitch that connects us all. That’s Scotch Fridays!
Tune in every Friday afternoon to scotchfridays.ca and listen to stories that matter and entertain you. It’s a great way to start your weekend.