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The Crazy Canucks – Episode #23

March 1st, 2007 @ 6:46pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I’m back for an episode of win-streak snappage and trade deadline frenzies.

Dave was a healthy scratch for this episode, but the rest of us gather to take on the past three games against L.A.(W), Dallas(OTL), and St. Louis(L). Also, we dive into the excitement of the NHL trade deadline, look at what the Canucks got, and examine how other teams in the division made out.

Record as of this episode: 36-22-5
Northwest Division: 1st
Western Conference: 3rd

Ryan Smyth going to the Islanders took a bulk of that attention in terms of the trade deadline, but that doesn’t make us Oilers fans by any means. Also, Bertuzzi going to Detroit means that we still might see him back in Vancouver before the season is over. We also look into some listener feedback, especially about the topic of the Canucks playing a game next season in the U.K.(Note: NHL confirmed that the Kings and Ducks would be doing this next season as of today, not the Canucks as our European friends might have hoped.) Additionally, we were given a scoop to a rumor on the new uniforms for next season, fueling the fire for a potential change to the logo.

* Alanah on Kukla’s Korner: Ducks and Kings Heading to London
* Buzz Bishop’s Website – New Canucks Uniforms
* Our blog posts about the jersey rumor: J.J., Alanah, Rebecca, John

Run Time 61:44, visit website for Episode 23 show notes and links.

Transit Pass Tax Credit

February 28th, 2007 @ 11:40pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

post-003.jpgSince moving downtown I haven’t had much of a commute to work. Being that I’m starting a fancy new job tomorrow, I had to buy a monthly bus pass that will enable me to get to and from work. My future employer is across the bridge, I will need to hop on a bus. I can either walk to the far bus stop or get on a bus near my house and transfer to the other one. Whichever way I choose, I will be needing a pass.

On July 1, 2006, the Government of Canada began its program to offer individual Canadians a non-refundable tax credit to help cover the cost of monthly or longer duration public transit passes. Because it is a non-refundable tax credit, anyone who applies does not receive the money in the form of a refund. Instead, the amount claimed is multiplied by the lowest personal income tax rate for the year (15.25% in 2006) and then is deducted from the amount of tax owed for that year [TransitPass.ca]

I purchased a monthly 1-Zone pass from my local fare dealer and recently learned about the tax credits I can receive on my 2007 taxes next year. My mother’s known about this since the system first started last summer, so she’ll be adding them to her 2006 taxes. Although it’s not technically a “rebate”, I suppose the credit does help, along with warm fuzzies you’ll feel by knowing you’ve made the clean, environmentally conscious choice of riding public transit.

If you’ve been purchasing monthly bus passes just make sure you keep a) the receipt and b) the pass to make sure you can get your tax credit – every bit helps.

Amazing Race 11 – Episode 2

February 28th, 2007 @ 6:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

During the pit stop Drew experienced altitude sickness, which would seem to impede him for the rest of the race. The teams take off 12 hours later in the order in which they checked in. Rob comments on how he wants people to be preoccupied with him and Amber, because they’ll just end up being distracted from the goal.

When the clue is ripped open it instructs teams to drive to the airport and catch a flight to Santiago, Chile. The drive TO the airport proves to be a rather tricky one, with uneven ground and giant mud puddles. Kentucky (Dave & Mary) even stop at one point to tow Charla & Mirna’s car out of the muck. Sheesh, aren’t they nice.

Once at the airport there are a couple flights to choose from. One will go through Guayaquil and Lima, Peru and arrive at 1:05am and the other will take a different connection to Lima, then arrive in Santiago at 2:30am. The ONLY teams on the 1:05 flight (and who even knew about it) are Rob & Amber, and Oswald & Danny. Unfortunately for them, their first connection is delayed so their big head start is nullified when they arrive at the second connection and even up with everyone else.

I just realized when they were getting on the plane that David is wearing a Cho brothers shirt. Too cute.

Once all the teams’ planes touch down they must take a taxi to the head office of a mining company, where they come across a Road Block. One member (who has great detail) must walk around a boardroom and spot letters placed on various items e.g. the tie of an executive, a note pad, a pen, etc. What teams didn’t know was that on the wall of the boardroom there were pictures of mines, with their names underneath. So instead of just making note of a the letters and unscrambling them, team members could actually observe the writing on the wall.

The first team to clue into this was the Beauty Queens. They passed all those that were there trying to decipher the letters long before them. Eric (frat boy) and Joyce took a very long time, while teams came, clued in and left ahead of them. Once again Mary helps out Charla and Mirna – telling them exactly what the word is and pointing at the photo on the wall. Kevin eavesdrops and follows. Eric saw the mine name on the wall and had ALL the letters except an “H”. He ruled it out because he couldn’t find an “H” around the table. I mean in that case, wouldn’t you just go for it anyway? About 6 teams passed him in the meantime.

They then had to hop on a plane and fly to the next destination, where the mine (with the name they deciphered) was located. At the airport, Eric skips ahead of the line when a new counter opens up. Rob vocalizes his discontent and Amber defends Eric saying, it’s just something Rob would do anyway, as well.

Once they land, teams drive to the mine where there was a DETOUR: By hand or by Machine.

By hand: align bolts on a gigantic 2 tonne mining truck tire and tighten them all up. By Machine: drive a front loader and dump rock/dirt up to a certain height. Both team members must take turns.

The only teams that did “by machine” were Joe & Bill and Rob & Amber – they were all done very quickly as “by hand” proved to be a lot more painstaking and tedious.

Once complete, teams had to drive to the pit stop. During a certain portion through a sensitive ecosystem, they could only drive max 40km/h but after that, they could go the regular speed limit. Teams raced on the road, got turned around and Drew & Kevin thought it was 40km/h EVERYWHERE. Kentucky got annoyed with their “friends” Charla & Mirna because they kept passing them on the road. Mary’s blood gets boiling.

Charla and Mirna pay a taxi driver to lead them where they need to go. The Beauty Queens pull up behind them and wanted info from the driver as well. Essentially, BQs were saying – why do you need to pay him all your money? Just have him draw us all a map. But Charla and Mirna were hellbent on sending the BQs away with no information and disgusted at the fact that they would want to share the driver THEY were giving ALL their money too. This is where is gets a little weird. The BQs give up and just take off meanwhile Charla and Mirna are freaking out at the cab driver saying “TAKE ALL MY MONEY!” and literally begging him to continue to help them. Seriously, it made me uncomfortable to watch this. They get in their car and rant about the nerve of the Beauty Queens. Uh huh… yeah….

At the mat in the Valley of the Dead, Chile, Rob & Amber cross first. Oswald & Danny come in 2nd with Joe and Bill following up in 3rd.

4th, Eric & Danielle, 5th Uchenna and Joyce, 6th the Beauty Queens and 7th, Terri and Ian.

8th, Charla and Mirna with Kentucky close behind. Mary is seriously pissed off, which is odd to see since she’s such a sweetheart. She holds her tongue and doesn’t say what’s pissing her off but later in the interview she says basically, no more being nice and helping people out.

The final team to arrive is Kevin & Drew, who get eliminated.

(Original Post by Rebecca Bollwitt on the Amazing Race 11 blog)

Is There Anything They Can't Do?

February 27th, 2007 @ 10:49pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I just stopped on a channel showing a movie that’s pretty dear to me: The Wedding Singer. It’s made to be 80s, it’s hokey and I used to watch it with my sister (over and over again) before she got married, cause it made us giggle. There’s a part where they briefly show a television and the Dunkin DonutsTime to Make the Donuts” commercial is on. This reminded me of something I heard this morning: Krispy Kreme is coming out with a new whole wheat donut.

The 100 percent whole wheat doughnut — with only 180 calories — has a caramel flavoring and is covered with the doughnut-maker’s original glaze [BusinessWeek]

This is fantastic because the “original glaze” is 200 calories, according to online nutritional info. Thank goodness we can save on 20 of ‘em with this new product. But really, if you’re watching your figure/weight, what are you doing in a doughnut shop in the first place?

If a nice scrumptious Tim Horton’s donut plain glazed is your poison, you’ll be ingesting 260 calories. For something less artery-clogging, try a maple, chocolate or honey dip – they are only 210 per serving [TimHorton's].


Photo credit: Audihertz on Flickr

A ginormous doughnutty event is happening right now in this fair country: Roll Up the Rim to Win at Tim Ho. Here in BC we get the shaft. Although you may spot a free cookie or coffee when you roll up your rim, chances are if you’re in Ontario you’re far more likely to win that iPod, TV or car. If you take a look at the official rules and regulations, you’ll find that our stores have only received 18,164 cases of 1,000 contest cups. Compare that to 152,402 in Ontario. Yeah, they like their Tim Ho back East. Home of the fabled… “Gretzky“…

Dunkin Donuts served its purpose for me in Boston. It supplied me with a morning bolt of caffeine and added a lovely sugary smell to subway stations, capping off the scent of oil, metal and urine. Double D’s also has the fewest calories in their original plain glazed donut, with only 180 [DunkinDonuts].

On the other end of the spectrum, the Tim Ho Walnut Crunch (360 calories), the DD Chocolate Iced Bismark (340), and the KK Cookies n’ Kreme (400), are the top artery-cloggers at each establishment. And don’t go thinking about Tim Bits or Munchkins as alternatives, they start at 60 calories each – and with a pack of 20 you’re not doing yourself any favours.

Regardless of the calories, fat, sodium, carbs etc. the main reason most people visit these establishments is the coffee. The sweet, sweet nectar of the Gods that keeps us coming back for more.

So whose coffee / baked goods do you prefer? (and don’t get me started on Starbucks and their oat bar downsizing ways).

Podcasting, Beer and Marriage

February 27th, 2007 @ 11:34am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

After spending the weekend at Northern Voice, Sunday night we went to a podcast meetup in Coal Harbor. This was convened by Mark Blevis from the Canadian Podcast Buffet. I have to say, podcasters are really down to earth, they don’t have blogs and they all wear glasses. At least these were my impressions based on the lovely group that shared a 4QT pitcher of beer at TC Lions Pub.

John kept track of most of the business cards so I’m sure in his post about the event, he’ll have all the links. I monopolized most of Shyam’s time (he’s from the Foreskin Radio podcast) since we both discovered we have common friends back in good ‘ol Surrey.

first dance Yesterday John and I took some time for ourselves. We went our for some excellent Mexican food, treated ourselves to Margaritas and got some ice cream to take home. My first year as a Bollwitt, and him being a Vancouverite, has been the most challenging of my life. Nothing comes easy, it’s always an uphill battle. We are real with each other, we don’t sugar coat, although we can be pretty sappy at times. I’m looking forward to everything we have yet to come up against because although some things break you down, you build back up and become stronger. That’s what I’d like to think, anyway.

Most Viewed Photos

February 24th, 2007 @ 11:21pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Up until this weekend, an image of me in my bikini was my most viewed Flickr photo. It was taken this summer after some lovely time in the sun… or was it before some sun? Hmm.

Recently, I’ve been posting photos taken at Northern Voice, with the universal Flickr tag “nv07“. My photos have all been tagged appropriately and my feed (including my Flickr pics) has been added to Planet NV. This has lead to a dramatic increase in traffic, due to everyone posting and browsing photos taken this weekend. This also leaves my personal rankings e.g. most popular photos etc. totally outta whack.

As of tonight, my MOST viewed Flickr photo is of Tod Maffin standing in front of Radio Canada‘s nightly news cameras (bumping my bikini pic to #2). No offense to Tod but is there something wrong with this picture?

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New Canucks Uniforms

February 24th, 2007 @ 10:31pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

cap'n Scroll down to view all the rumoured jerseys and the OFFICIAL new jersey launched today, August 29, 2007 (view my Flickr photos tagged: newcanucksuniforms.

Feb 24, 2007: The Vancouver Canucks logo has been the topic of much debate recently. This is evident when I’m browsing my stats and see that “Johnny Canuck Logo” is the term most searched, that will link to my blog.

We read tonight on J.J.’s site (who is a fellow Crazy Canuck, btw) that there will be new Canucks jerseys come this August.

After Francesco Acquilini bought out John McCaw, there had been numerous speculation about the future of the whale jersey. The Canucks were scheduled to wear their vintage stick jerseys for 25 of 41 home games this season; do they wear it full-time next season? Or will they unveil a completely new jersey with a new logo on August 1st? [Canucks Hockey Blog]

He is referring to an article in today’s Vancouver Sun suggesting that we’re due for a logo change – for real.

After receiving a tip via our lovely yet handy Crazy Canucks feedback hotline, we found what appears to be some photos of the mysterious “new” Canucks jersey via CyberBuzz’s site.

Could this be the new jersey or is it as fictitious as some of Zanstorm‘s (hilarious) photoshop creations [1] [2]?

Update: Another fellow Crazy Canuck, Alanah, has debunked this mythical jersey over on her blog, Canucks and Beyond. It’s a fake, folks.

Update: July 26, 2007 – John has another scoop on a possible new logo [Audihertz.net]. Source is JJ who had a reader send him the following on the Canucks Hockey Blog

August 2, 2007 – The following is from Sportsnet via CanucksAndBeyond:

The Canucks are holding a ‘closed door’ photo shoot Thursday afternoon , where the subject will be the new-look jerseys in line for the 2007/08 season. The local Canucks’ message boards are ablaze with speculation, with most believing the team will go back to the retro blue and green colour scheme. However, what the logo will look like remains a mystery.
EDIT: … this press conference was postponed.

Update: August 16, 2007 – Chris just sent me a link to these forums where this is the rumoured new look.

Update: August 22, 2007 – I’m loving this “hybrid proposal” as featured on Canucks and Beyond.

Update: August 27, 2007 – Alanah has some really great “rough sketches” that were submitted to her via email, rumoured to actually be the new logo. Seriously… does anyone think this is actually the front runner so far?

August 29, 2007 – I was at GM Place today for the unveiling. The new uniforms are blue, green and white (exact vintage colour scheme) with the orca logo in blue and white AND the word “VANCOUVER” written across the top. Photos are all available on my Flickr under tag: newcanucksuniforms.

somebody just drop a darn puck!

Northern Voice – The Wrap Up

February 24th, 2007 @ 8:29pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

We survived Northern Voice and all the wind and rain that pelted us on the way home. I attended a few more sessions later in the day and we opted out of any post-moose activities tonight as we also have a full day tomorrow.

Northern Voice - Darren Barefoot

In “Why do we blogDarren Barefoot shared oodles of data gathered from his “Why do you Blog” survey. Pie charts, graphs, anecdotes etc. The most amusing part of the presentation was his story about working at the Victoria Infocentre way back when.

A photo session followed, lead by Kris Krug. In my opinion, he and Dave had the best presentations of the day. They were both laid back, had practical and useful tips, and told it like it is, plain and simple. Things don’t have to be complicated.


Photo credit: Robert Scales on Flickr

I have to say, I’ve never been more ‘recognized’ from my blog. Of course it helped that this was a blogging conference, but people would walk up and ask if I was “Miss 604″. Also, at least 3 people today knew me for my one post back in August, which was the Matthew Good living room show live-blog. It was really, really nice to meet everyone and if I looked a little dumbfounded, nodded and smiled all goofy-like it’s because… yeah, this has never happened before.

My blog’s grown so much in the past year, and I’d like to think it has improved. Taking away the helpful tidbits shared by all the sessions today I hope I can only grow from here – in blogging and podcasting.

Tomorrow we have a Canucks game at noon, which we’ll probably catch at the Fogg for two reasons: it’s our anniversary so we should probably treat ourselves to a meal outta the house and second, it’s pay per view. Later in the evening is a podcast meetup, at TC Lions Pub. After all the shmoozing this weekend I hope I’m in prime condition for my job interview on Monday (hopefully it’s the first of many that are in store for me).