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Slippery When Wet

December 16th, 2007 @ 11:52pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The other day I was offered some Bon Jovi tickets for this evening and the Surrey girl inside of me just couldn’t pass them up.


From the Bon Jovi website

I grabbed my girl Keira and tonight we tossed back two plastic cups of wine and enjoyed a trip down memory lane. Every single person there was singing along at the top of their lungs to many of the “oldies” and fans were able to hear the new album in its entirety (which was a little bit too country for my liking).

camera phone pic - bon jovi

As a good child of the 80s I was pleased to witness certain singles like Livin’ on a Prayer, Bad Medicine, and Wanted Dead or Alive – you know, the kinda tunes that would close down the Wheelhouse on a Friday night.


Camera phone video

The stage was decorated with Christmas lights and Santa even made an appearance during the encore. It was fun to watch Richie Sambora play, and the band’s sound was pretty spot on while Jon danced around the stage in pants that left nothing to the imagination. It was a pretty good ending to this crazy-busy weekend – the rest of my blurred camera phone pics are up on Flickr.

PS – Thanks to Buzz for making this happen, check out his shiney new wordpress blog @ buzzbishop.com/blog/

Flight of the Conchords

December 16th, 2007 @ 11:10pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This has nothing to do with Vancouver, but this is my blog and I can post anything I want on here (most of the time). I first heard about these guys at Keira’s birthday and last night I was reminded of their funness so here are a couple slices of “Flight of the Conchords”:

Christmas Cookie Baking

December 15th, 2007 @ 6:18pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I’m not sure when I last held a rolling pin in my hands. Today I headed to Keira’s for something we’ve been planning ever since she setup her Christmas tree oh so many weeks ago. We baked. We made coloured icing. We baked a lot and we had fun.

Yay Team Christmas

christmas angel

Aww

every cookie cutter under the sun

creamed

Cutters

baking is pleasurable

palette

many colours

I salute you

Stanley Park Tree Planting and the Humbug Hike

December 14th, 2007 @ 9:59am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tomorrow will mark the one year anniversary of the storm that ravaged Stanley Park one night, uprooting tens of thousands of trees and gnashing through the sea wall. Over the last year I’ve kept a close eye on the park, and have many photos and blog posts to illustrate the lack of progress and frustration in regards to the use of “$4 million of $9.5 million” in restoration funds.

According to the Vancouver parks board’s director of special projects, Jim Lowden, the progress has been “quite satisfying.” So far, the following work has been done:

- The felling and removal of dangerous trees and clearing of debris and brush is 70-per-cent complete.

- Three thousand of the planned 15,000 to 16,000 new trees have been planted. The rest will be planted in late February and early March.

- Temporary repairs have been made to the seawall and permanent repairs will be made in the spring.

- Cliff stabilization is about 80-per-cent complete.

To come are changes to Prospect Point and the establishment of educational and interpretive legacies such as signs, programs and static and interactive displays. [The Province]

After being closed for a year the sea wall is still just “temporarily fixed” and it was actually closed within a week of reopening due to a mud slide. At Prospect Point the area the size of a soccer pitch was clearcut to make room for more parking. With that in mind the tomorrow’s “tree planting ceremony” has become just that, a ceremony for tourists.

man made clearcut at prospect point

A tree-planting ceremony will be held tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the Prospect Point picnic area. The event will mark the anniversary and honour the four lead donors to the park’s rehabilitation. [The Province]

Although I’m glad they didn’t mention anything about animatronic dinosaurs it seems like the Parks Board (or whichever governing body is in charge of all this) doesn’t seem to realize that people go to Stanley Park because it’s a PARK… not Science World.



We’re still going to enjoy the park for what it is, a beautiful woodland filled with streams, ancient mossy cedars, challenging running paths and breathtaking lookouts. I think the last couple million dollars should be used to (finally) stabilize the sea wall and replant trees. If more trees are cut to make room for parking, and interpretive centres crop up alongside glossy signs that replace nurse logs at the side of trails telling us what nature is, Vancouver will be closer than ever to closing its crown jewel.


Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

On a side note, an excellent alternative to the horribly crowded and heart-stoppingly expensive “Bright Night in Stanley Park” train is the Stanley Park Ecology Society‘s Humbug Holiday Hike:

Our 30-minute Christmas-themed nature walk takes you and your lantern into the wooded areas along the Christmas train route with nothing but a Humbug to guide you! Find out which Christmas traditions Humbugs really don’t like and learn about the new Humbug-approved Christmas traditions that they would like everyone to adopt. [SPES]

That’s something I can get behind and it doesn’t involve extra parking stalls or fancy displays. It’s a simple guided walk. The Humbug Hikes run every day from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, on the hour. Tickets are $5 for Adults, $3 for kids, children two and under are free. The starting point and ticket window are located at the Humbug Holiday Hike tent on-site in the train yard, or reservations can be made from Tuesday through Friday by calling (604) 257-6907.

Also, if you are heading to Stanley Park for Bright Nights, the #19 Bus (Metrotown/Stanley Park) is an excellent alternative to driving in.

The Amazing Hunt on YouTube

December 14th, 2007 @ 8:02am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I’ve had the opportunity to participate in The Amazing Hunt twice now and I gotta say, it’s always a good time. You get to run around the Lower Mainland completing tasks and searching for clues with your teammate, and take part in a very well organized event.

My sister and I did the Surrey edition of the race this past September and last week I received a DVD in the mail. Not only are you completing Road Blocks, Detours, and Merges (since it’s based no the CBS reality series, The Amazing Race) but you’re also being filmed. Bill Lin and his crew truly give you the “Amazing Race” experience in your own back yard.

The races are also uploaded to You Tube in pieces so you can watch archived versions of all of the years’ events.

To find out more about The Amazing Hunt, check out their website or blog. You can also book private races for team building with your group or office.

The 2008 races will take place: March 15 (Richmond), May 3 (Vancouver), July 5 (Family Edition) and August 16 (Langley and Fort Langley).

Thursday Morning Link Fest: Canucks Edition

December 13th, 2007 @ 8:49am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Actually, this should be called the “why am I sick again” edition, but seeing as how I’m not having surgery and I didn’t beat the Stanley Cup Champions last night, I’ll leave the post title as-is.

  • Brendan Morrison who held the league’s “Ironman” title for current active players is getting wrist surgery [TSN]. Meanwhile everyone panicked that we were facing Anaheim without Luongo and bet against our boys. I admit, I couldn’t have predicted that call ups Raymond and Jaffray were going to do as well as they did.
  • Great job by Sanford to hold off the Ducks, especially in the third period, and to Mitchell. He always seems to be our second goalie, shutting down players left and right.
  • I am participating in Skate for a Cure, won’t you join me?
  • USA Today has paid all their NBA reporters to just go away [CanucksAndBeyond]
  • There is a local and green Christmas market this Saturday on Main Street and 15th [EatLocal], and there’s also suggestions about buying a real, cut Christmas tree would be better for the environment than getting anything artificial [News1130]. (I think I read about that somewhere before).
  • There is no longer any opposition to putting up shelters in Tri-City churches for the homeless this winter (from January to March) [CKNW]
  • Our new “Super C” class ferry will be arriving in Vancouver harbour this afternoon (between noon and 1230), after taking a pretty long route to get here via the Panama Canal. It will sail in under the Lions Gate, pivot, twirl, and pose all fierce-like for the paparazzi, then head to Nanaimo. [News1130] Just don’t anyone call it a “fast ferry” *shudder*.
  • Skate for a Cure

    December 12th, 2007 @ 2:35pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I have decided to participate in the BC Children’s Hospital “Skate for a Cure” campaign.

    Skate for a Cure is an exciting fundraising event that encourages kids of all ages to get involved in raising funds to find a cure for childhood cancer. [SkateforaCure.com]

    The incentive here, aside from raising money for childhood cancer research, is that if you raise a minimum of $150 you get a crack at some fabulous rewards for Sunday January 20, 2008:

  • Open skate time on General Motors Place Ice
  • Official souvenir t-shirt and wristband
  • Complimentary food & beverage
  • Automatic entry into a draw for a signed Vancouver Canucks jersey
  • Access to the Canadian Tire Family Fun Zone
  • If you’d like to donate, visit my personal page OR if you’re a Vancouver blogger, I have created a team: Vancouver Bloggers. This means that if you want to sign up and collect pledges/donations yourself, our individual efforts will go towards a “team” goal.

    I think it would be fun to not only donate to this cause and raise some money for the research but also to make it an outing for Vancouver bloggers, should our team reach the our goal.

  • My personal donation page
  • Vancouver Blogger team page
  • More about the BC Children’s Hospital
  • More about the Michael Cuccione Foundation
  • Participants who raise $250 or more get all of the above PLUS the chance at a signed framed photo taken with a Vancouver Canuck Player (space is limited). Participants who reach the $150 and $250 levels will be notified by e-mail of their skate times in early January.

    If you just want to be a spectator on January 20th, you still have to sign up online. Now I just have to get my hands on some skates….

    You Can Tell A Lot About a Person

    December 12th, 2007 @ 8:09am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Keira’s recent post about shoes got me thinking about a few things. Sure, I have more pairs of shoes than I can count on my fingers (and toes) but I don’t think I’m obsessive at all. I walk into a store and I know exactly what I want, ie. closed-toe, non-stiletto, non-chunk heel shoes that are not suede or velvet but easily waterproofable for Vancouver days.

    Sometimes it’s tough to shop that way as opposed to “hello lover!” impulse buys, but our frugal lifestyle doesn’t always allow for such things.


    Photo credit: Stephen Rees on Flickr

    One thing I do love though is shoe shopping with my husband (yes, we’re both comfortable enough with his sexuality that I can make that statement). He walks over to the men’s section and I head to the ladies’. We meet up a few minutes later with a couple samples and provide feedback for each other, and talk each other out of hideous decisions. His comments about his own selections are pretty priceless though: “…too biology teacher,” “too Chris Isaac,” “too clodhoppy.” His usual criteria for a pair of shoes is “useful and goodlookin,” after which I make a comment about him and give him a ridiculously cheesy smooch on the cheek.

    Two things though about shoes in this city though.

    Best place to shop for them? To quote Keira, ‘I’m not gonna lie’, I prefer Payless. I admit that I shop at a chain and yes, at a store on Robson Street. Scandalous I know. But honestly, you can’t beat BOGO – unless we’re talking about the shoe clearance section of The Bay.

    Second, where can I get my busted up stilettos fixed? On my way to and from work would be ideal but I haven’t been able to locate a shoe repair shop in those areas. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Today, I’m going to wear flats. This means I’ll be 3 inches shorter than most people think I am, which is kinda fun but my feet will hurt at the end of the day.