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The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica” – Season 2 Edition

September 10, 2011 10 comments

Yesterday’s post on blogging and PR companies was pretty heady stuff. Today, I thought we would go a little bit lighter and therefore I am writing today’s post of Being Erica quotes. Finally, the time has come for me to complete this series of Being Erica posts…well complete until the new season (Season 4) starts 9PM in Canada on September 26, 2011 and is available to watch online (in Canada) at (latest episodes) and at (all episodes).

However, the beauty is that this time when I watch Being Erica’s new season I will do my utmost to compile the list of Dr Tom’s quotes as they are aired and will be able to post a list of the quotes almost as soon as the season is done.

To review:

As I watched this season and looked back upon the previous posts I realized that although this and the other posts are called ‘The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica”’ but I included a number of quotes that were not actually said by Dr Tom. Maybe I should have named the posts ‘The Quotes Quoted In Being Erica’ but I didn’t and the bulk of the quotes are by Dr Tom.

I also mentioned in my Season 3 post that I noticed a significant drop in the amount of quotes by Dr Tom and I wondered if I would notice a drop between Season 1 and Season 2 and I totally did. I think it has to do with the introduction of a whole bunch of other characters with major parts and the advancement of  the plot including the season long arc with Kai Booker, the first fellow ‘patient’ in therapy who Erica meets.

being erica season 3 wallpaper 1024x768 via CBC

Episode 1 “Being Dr. Tom

  • (Said by Dr Naadiah to Dr Tom) Fear is the mind-killer. – Frank Herbert
  • I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but I always end up where I need to be. – Douglas Adams Read more…

The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica” – Season 3 Edition

September 5, 2011 16 comments

Being Erica CBC Title Screen Season 3

You might recall my Season One edition of  this post. If you don’t, don’t worry! I have it linked for you right here: The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica” – Season 1 Edition.

Well, today it is time for a new edition of this blog post. The Season 3 edition. You may be wondering why they heck I am skipping Season 2 and jumping to Season 3 my reason is actually somewhat silly and somewhat lazy. The reason for the skip is that I already had a few of the episodes from Season 3 saved on my computer and I decided to start watching Season 3 and skip Season 2 for now. One big difference from the Season 1 edition is that this version of the Season’s quotes by Dr Tom has been verified personally by me. In the Season 1 version of this I scoured the internet and other websites looking for the quotes and not researching them by watching the episodes myself. When you figure each episode is approximately 44 minutes long and there were 13 episodes in Season 3 that means I have watched 9 1/2 hours of Being Erica for this blog post alone.

Being Erica - Erica Strange & Dr Tom S03E12

One thing I also noticed is that all through Season 3 the number of quotes dropped drastically from the number of quotes in Season 1. I don’t know why this is, maybe the folks who make this CBC show decided it was a lot of hard work to find all those awesome quotes like they did in Season 1 (and maybe Season 2? I really gotta re-watch Season 2!) and decided to use a lot less quotes.

Episode 1 “The Rabbit Hole” Read more…

The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica” – Season 1 Edition

March 10, 2011 39 comments

Dr Tom from Being Erica played by Micheal Riley – picture taken from Being Erica Wiki

Some people know that I watch the CBC series “Being Erica” but some people haven’t even heard of the show. If you haven’t: the show is about a woman in her early 30’s who has been in a number of dead end jobs and relationships and one day meets the mysterious Dr. Tom. Dr. Tom promises to treat Erica and help her live a better life. He does this by having her list her life regrets on a piece of paper and then he sends Erica back in time to relive these regrets and possibly rectify them but always to learn from them.

The show is, I believe, mainly targeted at women but I’m a sucker for pretty much anything that has to do with time travel so I enjoy the show. One of the things Dr Tom consistently does throughout the show in treating Erica is to quote wisdom of people (famous and not-so-famous). The quotes are always relevant to Erica’s current predicament/regret. Often the quotes are very obscure but they are always, in my humble opinion, quite inspirational.

Every now and again I would look for a comprehensive list of “Dr Tom’s Quotes” and have never been able to find one. As such, I put this list together by searching around the interiorwebs and reading some really, really random sites. Again, I am surprised there isn’t a better, more comprehensive list out there so if you’d like to help me build this list I would really appreciate it! (Or if there is one that I haven’t found I’d appreciate the link!)

There were a number of doubles which came from different websites “arguing” about where the quotes came from/were said so I deleted some of them – more or less guessing which episode they came from. I haven’t proofread all of the names either so there might be some which are misspelled. Lastly, for everyone who wants to tell me that Prime Minister Winston Churchill didn’t say the quote about history and it was George Santayana I am well aware of this but this is what the contributor wrote it as so I assume that is to whom Dr. Tom attributed the quote. I am going  to go through Season 1 and fix up this list however, so not to worry! As well, I have completed rewatching Season 3 of Being Erica so the Season 3 list is available here The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica” – Season 3 Edition.

Episode 1 “Dr. Tom”

  • In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein
  • Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make. – Abraham Cowle
  • Pressure makes diamonds. – General George S. Patton  Read more…

My Mom’s TV, May 1979-January 2010 RIP

January 27, 2011 1 comment

Yes, you read that title correctly. My mom just told me she threw out the TV I have been urging her to get rid of for YEARS. She bought it in 1979 right before she and my Dad moved to Toronto from New York City, a few months after my older brother was born. She remembers this specifically because it was still in its box when they loaded it onto the moving truck.

So ya, basically this TV was my family’s middle child. Right in between me and my younger brother on one side and my two older brothers on the other. It was in the family longer than I’ve been. I will need another 2 years & 1 month to even have been in the family for as long as this TV.

Now you may be wondering why my mom, after all these years, threw it out? Not because she wanted to connect a coaxial cable to it – ya, it didn’t have a port for that. Or because she wanted to watch digital cable on it – she somehow managed to make that work too! But because the tubes in the TV were apparently so old it would literally stop showing a picture after it was on for 20 minutes of use!

It also makes you think of all the history that TV must have displayed: The Iranian Revolution and the American Embassy Hostage Crisis, the Meech Lake Accords, the time when MuchMusic launched and actually played music, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Soviet Union, the protest at Tiananmen Square, the Oslo Accords between Rabin & Arafat, the Prime Ministership of the first female Prime Minister of Canada, 9/11, the appointment of the first black Governor General of Canada, and the election of the first black President of the USA. Wow! The amount of history is astonishing and those are only some I picked which stuck out in my mind.

Also, there’s a well known saying: “They don’t make ’em like they used to.” Thinking about the “life and times” of that TV really brings that saying home to me. Do you think any piece of technology you have/use today will still be in use by you in 2041?


  • I changed the date on this post because I actually wrote it on the subway en route to an event last night with no reception and only remembered to actually send it to WordPress once the day was already officially over. I count that as it being qualified for my Post-A-Day post for when I wrote it not when it posted.
  • I fixed the spelling on Tiananmen Square – as I said above, the post was written with no Interwebs connection so I couldn’t look it up at the time.

TV Channel Surfing: Something I Still Enjoy…Don’t You?

December 3, 2010 3 comments

Channel Surfing

I know how most people of my generation will agree they’d rather give up TV as opposed to their computer/internet. However, I have to say I still enjoy going to a TV and flipping it on to see what random show I can find. Sure, I can go to a streaming website, a hard drive collection, or even a DVD/Blu-Ray collection and watch any show/movie I want but there is something to be said for just seeing what reruns (or randomly interesting shows) are on and vegging out to them. Have you ever sat around for half-an-hour in front of your computer/disc collection trying to figure out what you want to watch? Sometimes too much choice is just paralyzing. It’s nice to flip to a channel and see that random rerun of Friends or Seinfeld or whichever episode from whichever Star Trek series Space is showing at that moment.

I also fully admit I LOVE having every TV show at my fingertips online. But sometimes it is just too much work deciding what show/movie I want to watch when I can just flip on the TV and see what’s on. Haven’t you ever had that moment when you turn on the TV and flip around a bit and lo and behold a movie you haven’t seen since the late 90’s is on. Yes, it was a cheesy movie even then, and yes, the commercials are annoying. But c’mon, you have to agree there’s something so simple and enjoyable about tuning in to the randomness of shows and movies that are on the boob tube 24/7/365.

I think, though, that in the future we may see a final shift from television when people start broadcasting  Internet TV Stations much like the Internet Radio Channels that started popping up in the early 2000s and continue on to this day. When that happens, one of the only things TV is still good for will be lost. Then, all that will be left will be sports and award shows which I know are already being broadcast online both for free and for pay.

A bunch of people watching a bunch of really big TVs at a sports bar in Toronto

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