Harmony in Beijing and Kansas City


Saturday, August 9th, 2008 — 11:26am PDT
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We watched the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics from a hotel room in Kansas City last night.


Photo credit: Kris Krug on Flickr

We had to wait about 12 hours to see coverage on NBC since they didn’t air it live in the morning. Surrounded by John’s family, most of which I had just met that evening, I was given tasty samples of tequila and welcomed with open arms. When team Canada entered the stadium during the parade of nations my new family raised their glasses, toasted, and applauded.


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

I know that some Canadians have a certain view of Americans – our nation probably has as many stereotypes of our neighbours to the south as they have about us in the Great White North. During my last trip to the Midwest I wrote about our journey and the people down here. Nancy commented about this country, which pretty much summed up how I felt, “[sometimes]… we forget the stuff that is absolutely wonderful.”

What I haven’t yet mentioned is that the room also saluted Spain, Mexico and of course the US as members of the family hail from all parts of the globe. Even though I couldn’t pick a favourite college football team off the top of my head and I had no comments about the Edwards situation – it doesn’t matter where you go in the world or where you’re from, family is family, and they can make you feel at home in any situation.

West End Block Party 2008 This Saturday


Friday, August 8th, 2008 — 10:00am PDT
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Last year I attended the West End Block Party with Keira (and her hot dog t-shirt). We had a really great time playing some games, touring the transit museum on wheels, and hanging out in our ‘hood on a sunny afternoon.

The Partay

“Gordon Neighbourhood House is holding its 10th annual West End Summer Block Party on Saturday August 9th, 2008 from 11 am – 2 pm on the 1000 block of Broughton Street. This is a free event with live street entertainment featuring Eve Smith, Tropical Heat, a clown, and much more!!! There will also be a huge children’s carnival with games and prizes, face painting and tattoo booths, 25 cent hot dogs, seniors’ tea and tarts, and a youth corner.” [Gordon House] [Upcoming]


Photo credit: Keira on Flickr

The Strong Woman

The event kicks off at 11:00am and if you can’t make it to the West End, there’s always Yaletown… although I cannot speak to its level of fun-ness and potential for hot dog t-shirts.

The Victory Square Block Party will be coming up on September 1st

The Plaza in Kansas City


Thursday, August 7th, 2008 — 9:12pm PDT
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The first full day in town was mostly spent visiting with John’s grandma, who is the entire reason for our trip down to Kansas City. In the late afternoon we had some time to walk around the fancy-shmancy shopping district of KC called The Country Club Plaza. This is where you will find Saks, Coach, Burberry and of course my two faves: the Apple Store and Victoria’s Secret.


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

Photo credit: John Bollwitt on
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Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

You can view photos and video from our trip on my Flickr set, or John’s.

Vancouver's Raincity All Stars Cover Beijing 2008


Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 — 8:36pm PDT
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For years the guys over at Raincity Studios have had my back when it comes to social media in this town so naturally when I hear they’re making waves across the globe, I’m happy to report on it.

kk+ me Scales and me

They’re all about outreach, community, and spreading the gospel of digital media along with the power of the citizen journalist and they’ve taken Beijing by storm, despite the obstacles of great firewall proportions.

If you’ve been following Kris Krug’s Tweets or his amazing Flickr stream (side note check out his new tattoo) you’ll know that he and Robert Scales (CEO) have been spending much time in China.


Photo credit: Kris Krug on Flickr

As a result of their photos and microblogging about the events unfolding around them, they have garnered much attention from mass media outlets around the world, especially in the days leading up to the Olympics and their involvement in the International Symposium on Olympic Studies.


Photo credit: Kris Krug on Flickr

Blogosphere guru and our good friend DaveO has a list of all of kk+ and scales coverage over on the Raincity Blog including links to YouTube videos and Flickr sets.


Photo credit: Kris Krug on Flickr

If you’re wondering what the summer games are like from a civilian perspective enhanced with social media know how, stay tuned to their Twitter [scales / kk] and Flickr [scales / kk] feeds for coverage. Additionally, I hear Kris (also of Static Photography) is looking to get into the men’s basketball event and in exchange he’ll trade off some photography, which I think would be well worth it to anyone.

The Land of Luggage Lost


Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 — 7:13pm PDT
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Well we’re pretty much two for two coming to the Midwest; our baggage missed our connecting flight and is somewhere in the Denver Airport vortex (here I thought ORD was bad for that). Not entirely DEN’s fault though, our first flight was late and that only left us 20 minutes to connect.

Landing in KCMO (Kansas City Missouri) we got a rental car from my favourite place – by favourite I mean we’ve rented from them so many times at so many locations and they always have a free upgrade or some type of add-on for us.

Tonight we enjoyed probably the tastiest room service I’ve had in ages and we’re settling in for a night of rest before big eventful family times for the rest of the week. It’s tough to disconnect and not reply to emails however I’ll spare everyone the auto-reply for now and address things as soon as I’m able. As for tonight, our 10 hour journey with no food breaks has come to an end on this king size bed, with this bottle of 2005 Merlot. I’ll definitely be making the disconnect very soon on one of these medium down pillows where I will be “cradled in its feathery support” until morning.