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Scenes From An American Highway Rest Stop

January 11th, 2007 @ 4:48pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I wish. I hadn’t heard this Phil Ayoub song since I played it on the Six Song Donut Spectacular way back in October [RZ#115]. Ever since John played it again the other morning it’s been stuck in my head and I think I’ll probably lobby to have it included in our next podcast.

After being couped up indoors all day yesterday, we took a leisurely stroll down to English Bay. We’d already ventured into the park last week and since more damage has taken place (and more snow has fallen) we decided against wandering past the “Do Not Enter” signs this week.

We walked around the West End, staring up at cute little apartment buildings, talking about their unique features and what would attract us to them if we ever decided to move.

Everyone and their dog was out today to enjoy the sunshine and sub-zero temperatures. I mean that. Lots of pups running around in the snow and even bounding into the Pacific to retrieve a ball. I seriously didn’t know that snack dogs could swim like that, let alone have the guts to hop into the ocean with chilled waves crashing all around them.

John captured some scenes with the trusty camera phone, and he’s posted the results [audihertz]. Who says you need to travel to hot tropical destinations to have a good vacation? My stay-cation is working out just fine.

The Crazy Canucks – Episode #15

January 10th, 2007 @ 10:50pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Episode #15 of the podcast is up and so are our spirits. I really like JJ’s post about how good “7” feels.

Yes, we’re on a total high having hit a 7-game win streak this past week. All parties are present to discuss the most recent games, winning in OT and by shut out. Rory’s out of the All Star running, Luongo’s integrity and stamina will last until the summer and it sure is fun beating the pants off another Alberta team.

Record as of this episode: 24-18-1
Northwest Division: 1st
Western Conference: 3rd

On top of the world, we’re looking at tomorrow’s game versus a division rival, and Saturday’s contribution to Hockey Day in Canada.

The Race Is On

January 10th, 2007 @ 2:25pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last night before heading out for a little bit of birthday dinner, my sister and I met up with Bill Lin from The Amazing Hunt to sign some forms and get more info for our team.

I’ve talked about the race in the past on some of my other sites, since I’ve been an Amazing Race fan since episode 1 season 1, and blogger for almost a year now. My friends and I are huge fans of the show, we provide recaps and sometimes live blogs of episodes to make sure no one misses out on the reality show’s global race.

The Amazing Hunt is a local version of the race, complete with Yields, Detours and Road Blocks [about]. Bill’s been running the event every couple of months since 2004 and people love it. When you register you can chose to participate in the event closest to you – from Richmond, Surrey and even Victoria etc. and there’s even a family edition [register]. For several hours you’re competing just like the Hippies.

Mothers, sons, dating couples, athletes, this race attracts as many diverse participants are its primetime TV twin [teams].

You can also book races for your office as a team building event. There are 3-hour and 5-hour varieties to chose from [booking].

My sister and I signed up for the latest race taking place January 27th, 2007. This one is a foot race only (some of the other races this year will involve cars), and it will last about 7 hours with a pit stop or two along the way. We’re REALLY excited about doing the race, not only being fans of the show for so long, but we’re both really competitive (and know this city like the back of our hand).

You can view individual race footage on YouTube – Amazing Hunt and below is the 2007 promotional video montage.

My sister’s biggest fear is that in the video footage they may edit to make us look “flakey”. What? Two blond chicks from Surrey? They wouldn’t do that. We’re gonna kick butt! If you are participating in any of the races this year, check out the Amazing Hunt blog 24 hours before your event for special info.

Free Cause it’s Your Birthday

January 8th, 2007 @ 11:24pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Birthday with the Family While sitting at Fogg n Suds Sunday night watching the Canucks cruise into a 7 game win streak [chb], I noticed that they have a birthday special. Being a couple that tends to spend little money, and just to milk the fact that it’s my birthday, I thought I would check into the kinds of deals you can find in this town on your special day – mine being January 9th.

It used to be that Kelly O’Brien’s was the place to go on your birthday since you got a free meal. Actually, many more places used to have the “free” meal policy but it seems nowadays it’s mostly just “any entree up to $____”. So just what can I get in Vancouver for the next 24 hours?

Fogg n Suds – Bring 3 friends and your meal/dessert are on the house (up to $20).

Free: Dessert: Milestones, Odouls, Sammy J Peppers, White Spot, TGIFriday’s, Red Robin (warning, singing may be involved)

Red Robin – Coupons, if you sign up for their email spam, and dessert.

Kelly O’Briens – Free entree (not sure the “up to” amount)

The Keg – Dessert and then they will sing to you as well.

Any others? For now, I’ve got a breakfast scheduled, made by my husband. I hope he doesn’t sing.

Update: TGI Friday’s and Denny’s both give free meals on your birthday (unsure of limit)

Boston Pizza, Swiss Chalet, and Las Margaritas – Free dessert

Mondo’s Gelato – Free scoop

Blockbuster Rewards – Free rental

Rogers Video – Free rental

Thanks Ghosty!

Update: SOME Blenz locations also offer a free beverage on your birthday. Ask before you order.

UPDATE Please note this post was composed January 8th, 2007. This post does not guarantee that there are in fact birthday specials at any of the establishments above. I would recommend you call ahead to check if the restaurant does offer a birthday special.

Home Companion

January 7th, 2007 @ 10:01am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

What I have done with my first week of vacation: Not too much. But ya know, that’s okay. I realized I hadn’t had ANY vacation time this year. I would work extra shifts to get days off in lieu and I only took 2 days off even after I got married. No wonder I’ve been stressed out and wanting to throttle everyone in the office.

Michelle and Me Yesterday Michelle took me out for dim sum at Kirin. She’s my superstar friend I’ve known since kindergarten. We used to run our high school and plot to take over the world and when I was in Boston, she was in London working for the BBC World Service. She’s been staying downtown this week so we met up and had a little catch-up time. She’ll be in a play on the 19th so we’re going to go see it, an updated version of Moliere‘s The Doctor in Spite of Himself. Just thinking about some of Michelle’s accomplishments (and being a little on the geeky side myself) I’m wondering why she doesn’t have a website. Maybe we should make her one.

Aside from that, did a couple podcasts last week and lots of blogging, including my open letter to a credit union, which sparked some great comments. Another open letter I’ve read recently is from Don to Radio:

Dear Radio,

Stop sucking.



I honestly mean that. I want to love radio. I want to tune in and listen. But if the best I can say about scanning through the dial over and over again while driving through a total of five states was that I caught the back end of an AC/DC song then radio is doing something wrong. There’s been a critical flaw in the radio business’s philosophy. They think people are turning away from traditional radio for other outlets like satellite and podcasts. That’s wrong. Radio is driving people away from traditional radio and towards other outlets. I’m going to try to make my show not do that [Blankbooks]

We’ve watched a couple movies recently as well, worth mentioning are Little Miss Sunshine and Prairie Home Companion.

Little Miss Sunshine is just so sweet and twisted at the same time, we really enjoyed it. Prairie Home Companion was something John wanted me to see. He remembers listening to the radio program when he was little, and I got a taste of how great it must have been. Although, I’m sure I didn’t get all the little inside jokes, it was still enjoyable – mostly because of the nostalgia factor.

Aside from such musings, I’ve just been enjoying the non-work time. This coming week I’ll celebrate a birthday and spend time with those closest to me… you know… because even though I haven’t heard of any concrete plans so far that must mean they’re all planning a big huge party in secret, right?… guys?…

The Crazy Canucks – Episode #14

January 5th, 2007 @ 9:26pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

All of us on the line for a FIRST in Crazy Canucks history… we only had WINS to talk about. Freakin’ sweet.

Episode 14 We all gather around for this episode, but Alanah has technical problems on her end that causes her to dip out early from the fun. You’ll have to ask her the full story, but let’s just call it a conspiracy by her furry friends of the four-legged kind.

Record as of this episode: 22-18-1
Northwest Division: 1st
Western Conference: 3rd

On a five game win streak right now, there is so much to rant and rave about. Edmonton, Calgary, and Dallas have all been our victims since the last recording. Linden’s hot, Naslund’s still struggling, and Burrows finally got that first (official) goal of the season. The rest of the team seems to be waking up, and fans are starting to love the Luongo. We also make some all-star predictions, dissect the mystery of the Northwest Division, and talk a little bit about the World Jr.’s.

We’re attempting to make it a six game win streak tonight, and I’ve had a bit to drink – I totally forgot to post this earlier and I’m making strange shout outs to the Canucks organization. Oh dear, don’t tell Alanah

Canucks Alumni Hockey

January 5th, 2007 @ 8:08pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

These alumni games seem to be popping up all over the place and dang it, I’m going to attend at least one. The latest takes place January 14th at South Surrey Arena (I believe that’s smack dab in the middle of Softball City, where the Eagles play).

96.9 JACK FM is proud to present the Alumni Hockey Challenge on Sunday, January 14th @ The South Surrey Arena (2199 – 148 Street). Featuring JACK FM’s Jeff Rechner; actors: Dave Coulier (Full House), Lochlyn Munro; Global TV’s Steve Darling; NHL Alumni Tony Tanti, Bernie Nicholls, Reed Larson, Paul Reinhart, Gary Unger, Wayne Babych & more AGAINST the Vancouver Canucks Alumni Hockey Team including Cliff Ronning, Garry Valk, Tiger Williams, Richard Brodeur, & more with actor Jackson Davies.

Net proceeds benefiting the Larry Ashley Scholarship Fund & the White Rock/South Surrey Foundation. Tickets are $20 for 4 people (2 adults, 2 youth). General Seating. Call 604.531.4625 (Surrey Eagles office) or the South Surrey Boston Pizza for tickets. [JACK FM][Canucks]

Uncle Joey? King Richard Brodeur? Pay-Per-View Ronning? Sweet! We’re so there. The person I’m most excited to see is Reinhart. I recently discovered I had his Canucks trading card and it would be wicked to get it signed [Flickr].

Apparently It’s Winter in Vancouver

January 5th, 2007 @ 12:24pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Back East, they’re getting our usual weather. I heard it’s 14 degrees above the yearly average in Toronto. Meanwhile in the Lower Mainland, we all woke up to this strange white substance falling from the sky. We’ve seen it before, a few months ago, but I haven’t the foggiest as to why it’s coming down now.

My father-in-law asked me yesterday why our weather is being called so ‘unusual’ this year. It’s not the rain, really, it’s the storms. Winds, LOTS of rain, floods, slides, and snow. Not like the snowy winters we used to have when I was little, more like when you least expect it, it’ll dump a couple inches, winds will blow in sideways, and everyone is caught off guard.

We’re nestled indoors right now watching the World Jrs but we’re heading out soon to take care of some banking in Surrey. We borrowed my mom’s car today just to get this errand done (which I blogged a bit about yesterday) although driving is probably the last thing I want to do right now. I think I’ll let John take the wheel this afternoon, as a good Midwest boy he should be more used to these conditions. Unfortunately, everyone else on the roads around here, isn’t.

BC Place - Minus a Roof
BC Place after roof collapse this afternoon

Update: We drove by BC Place about 10 minutes after a tear in the roof caused it to collapse. This explains why I haven’t blogged about it til now, we were on the road.

Reports at first were frantic and panicked, after a press conference about an hour later it was revealed that due to the tear, management decided to pull down the roof. Regardless, what a mess – and yet another change to the Vancouver skyline [Canada.com]

Everyone and their dog has already blogged about it (say what? breaking news stories on blogs?) but Jeremy’s got some pretty cool footage on his post of the original tear in the roof, flapping in the wind [JeremyLatham].