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Being Inside the CBC

February 23rd, 2007 @ 10:21pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I wasn’t at Moose Camp today, but I did meet up with a small group of fine bloggers this evening for some food, beer and an exclusive tour of the CBC after hours. Tod Maffin (who is also responsible for the Inside the CBC blog) was our guide as we explored all the levels of the CBC building downtown. It was pretty interesting to see what 30 of our tax dollars produce day in and day out. Things have been moved around due to the construction and massive renovations but we were able to meander through studios and office space all the same. See where the anchors sit during the news, where mad edits are made on the fly, dressing rooms, editing rooms, studios and music archives.

I had a pic of the Bruno Gerussi commemorative wall, but it didn’t turn out. Beachcombers has a place in my heart, and I even have an autographed pic of Molly’s Reach – signed by Molly. I think I was about 4 at the time, hence the “Keep smiling, cutie” message.

CBC Tour

I’m looking forward to the conference tomorrow, to putting more faces to names and maybe learning a thing or two. For all the “action” today, peruse some of John’s posts. Photos of the late night CBC tour are up on my Flickr – Set: Northern Voice 2007.

In case you didn't get the memo

February 22nd, 2007 @ 11:27pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s completely legal for a woman to go topless in Vancouver.

Vancouver Police will soon be circulating a memo reminding officers that it’s okay for woman to walk around the City topless.

The move comes after a complaint was made to the police department from a woman who has crusaded for the right to go shirtless for years and was victorious in BC Supreme Court. [CKNW]

My husband made a point of sending me this story via del.icio.us. Maybe he’s hinting at something, maybe it’s something I might consider after the week I’ve had. Needless to say, with tonight’s dinner being the kick off for the Northern Voice conference, I’m ready to do some fierce networking.

Northern Voice 2007 T-shirtWhat does this have to do with being topless? Not much, really. I just had two things to post about and decided to combine them. Not that I want people to be thinking about me topless when considering me for potential career opportunities.

Tomorrow I’ll be doing some temping just to keep the cash-flow going in our household, while John enjoys a full day at Moose Camp. I’ll join in on the festivities on Saturday, and I will be wearing a shirt.

I have to say, it’s been a crazy 12 months that we’re going to celebrate on Sunday. By crazy I mean heart-stoppingly stressful and excruciatingly emotional and financially painful. But hey, we’re still smiling. Or at least John was when he sent me that link.

Update: Going to NV and you have no idea where it is specifically at UBC? Check out John’s post for map and details.

RadioZoom #127 and The Crazy Canucks Episode #22

February 22nd, 2007 @ 4:07pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

We posted two podcasts this week. I was on RadioZoom with John earlier in the week but was unable to be on TCC last night. Check out both links, show notes and mp3s.

RadioZoom Episode #127
Run Time 63:40, Click for Mp3

There’s really a lot that we talked about in this episode, so much that we only threw three songs into this one. Rebecca gives a review of her Amazing Hunt experience, we cover a variety of things coming up, look ahead to NorthernVoice 2007, there’s a podcast meetup in Vancouver, and we round it out with Vancouver Trivia. There were a variety of technical issues in this as well, but I didn’t edit it out… visit site for show notes.

The Crazy Canucks Episode #22
Run Time 50:45, Click for Mp3

Rebecca takes a healthy scratch on this episode while the rest of us, even Dave, gather together to take a look at the last four games against Minnesota, Chicago, Colorado, and Anaheim. Things have been looking really good lately, and we all feel incredibly excited at the fact that the playoffs seem more and more in sight.

With 22 games left in the season and the trade deadline looming, there’s a lot to talk about, but none of us are really too sure as to what we can expect. Something is bound to happen, and we all have our own theories as to who might go or stay. A listener from London checks in with a question about a possible Canucks game next season in the U.K.

A lot of things are going well, but as fans, we know that we have to be careful to not get too far ahead of ourselves. However, listen to our episodes from early this season and the mood was incredibly different. Oh how things can change…Visit site for show notes

Happy Birthday, Dad

February 22nd, 2007 @ 9:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Couple things my dad helped me learn:

  • Milk actually used to be delivered by a man with a horse-drawn carriage. In the winter it was a sleigh and the horse’s droppings (road apples) made for excellent hockey pucks.
  • Never underestimate the power of a hot water bottle at the foot of your bed on a cold night.
  • Just because he used to tell stories about “when I was a boy” it doesn’t suit his little daughter to walk around telling people stories about when she “was a boy”.
  • Spiders are protected by a universal catch and release program.
  • Being pulled up the stairs in a sleeping bag and then being allowed to slide back down in said soft blankety parcel is extremely fun.
  • When I was 10 he could run faster backwards, than I could forwards.
  • Bears won’t come near our campsite. The tent is safe and the story mom told about squirrels being able to open peanut butter jars is false.

Those are just a few of the fun things. My dad would give piggy backs, never serve us junk food, teach us to be polite and quiet, although when we misbehaved his English accent came out in his stern “first, middle, last name” call for us.

I’d like to think of him as a walking, talking Wikipedia or Google. Whenever I have a questions about anything in the universe #1 just ask my dad, #2 try Google.

He also always knows the best place in any town nearby to get a hearty breakfast for under 5 bucks.

Despite the fact that he would pick me up from school in a big embarrassing delivery van… coming right up to the doors yeah… right in front of all the cool kids… he would wake up at 5am to make me breakfast and take me to school early for my morning running club meets. He’d attend every rugby game (and we’d win every one he attended) and taught me everything about anything that I know. During those troubling teen years, he was always there for me even though our lives were both going topsy turvy.

He didn’t even freak out when I came back from a trip and told him I was in love with a boy from Iowa.

Today is his birthday. I’d like to take him for breakfast or for some fish and chips. Unfortunately, my life got even more crazy lately so for several reasons, I won’t be seeing him. I hope he knows just how much I appreciate him and maybe I’ll be able to catch him next week… maybe he’ll bake us a loaf of his multigrain bread, and I’ll be able to tell him I love him and wish him a happy birthday.

The New Fozzy Bear

February 21st, 2007 @ 8:36pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Did it ever screw you up as a kid when voices of cartoon characters would change up? Most recently this happens when you watch season one episodes of Family Guy [wiki], which feature a different actress doing Meg’s voice.

We were watching it today [Episode Wiki] and Stewie said the following: “Jim Henson had a wait and see attitude, and look what happened to him. Now we’ve got wrong-sounding Muppets.” A clip then plays, showing Kermit talking in a funky voice (obviously not his own). Then the Swedish Chef enters and starts talking to him in an American accent. This bit cracked me up and I wish I could find it on You Tube but in its place, there’s another Kermit on Family Guy clip below.

This reminded me of a couple other cartoons I used to watch where the voices for characters changed. The most noticeable for me was Bugs Bunny [wiki], after the passing of Mel Blanc. It was so weird to hear Bugs but not Bugs’ voice.

You get used to the new voices then you start associating episodes with the voice, “oh that one was with old so and so.” Although cartoons’ voices change less frequently than actors playing a child on a soap opera, it can still throw you off.

Catching Up

February 20th, 2007 @ 7:05pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I’m pretty behind on a lot of bloggy things and since we’re up to SO much within the next week I’ll compose a little list below of links and activities.


Taken at the Fogg on Friday. I got home from work so aggravated I told John we were heading out to watch the game. At some point I commandeered his cell phone and this was the result – interesting.

I met today with a student from a university back East that is writing her thesis on blogging (along the lines of a why do you blog kinda thing). She’s looking for a couple more bloggers to interview so with a lack of a list off the top of my head I pointed her in the direction of my blogroll. I’m sure she’ll gather some really interesting perspectives on the medium and I’m pretty excited about being a part of something like that.

Thursday is my father’s birthday so I’ll be posting the mandatory sappy, cheesy, dedication to the man that taught me so much including knowledge of local history and how to kick ass in rugby.

As previously noted, John and I were thinking about attending Northern Voice. We’ve been able to purchase his admission for both days, and I’ll just be going on Saturday. We never did hear back about volunteering, but splitting it up like this helped us save a little money at least.

Sunday there is a podcaster meetup [audihertz], a highlight being that a host of the Canadian Podcast Buffet will be in attendance. Unfortunately, we’re not sure if we’ll go – even though we run our share of podcasts. February 25th is our 1st wedding anniversary and the reason why I’ve also taken Monday off work. I’m really interested in going but since the first part of our weekend is being monopolized by a blogging conference… so an afternoon of watching hockey, drinking wine, having a nice dinner and celebrating alone with my husband seems a little more appealing.

On a side note, lacking a laptop of my own, I have the feeling that I’ll be the only person at Northern Voice with a note pad and paper. Also, the following weekend I’ll be in Victoria for a girls weekend. Hopefully I’ll be able to have some access (local internet cafe or hijacked hotel computer) to do a blog post and post some pics of the hijinx. I promise, neither my sister or I will be shaving our heads.

Almost to the Top, Reaching for Self Esteem

February 19th, 2007 @ 5:19pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

A staple of Canadian television when I was growing up were those short Body Break spots featuring Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod – brought to us by ParticipACTION. The catchy little Body Break tune would chime in and you’d see Hal and Joanne eating right, power walking and telling us what we can do to live a healthy lifestyle. They were always cheery and wore matching pastel coloured track suits.

Starting in the early 1970s, the non-profit agency encouraged Canadians to get fit. The program included a series of television ads that encouraged people of all ages to “keep fit and have fun.” The program ran for three decades, until its funding was cut in 2001. [CBC]

It was announced today that the Federal government pledged $5 million (over 2 years) to renew ParticipACTION to help Canadians develop healthier lifestyles.

shuttle-run.jpgNot sure if the two are related, but when we were in elementary school we had the Canada Fitness Program. It was a check-list of tasks to complete including (but not limited to) long distance running, push ups, sit-ups, and of course, the all-time most-feared – the shuttle run.

Recently in an episode of Corner Gas one of the cops, Davis, was tricked into thinking there was a fitness requirement for the force so he got Brent’s dad to whip him into shape. Oscar went old-school and used the Canada Fitness program to get Davis going. It brought back so many memories, especially of the dreaded shuttle run.

Once a year the older grades would have a list of fitness activities to complete. Depending on the level of difficulty you were able to accomplish, you were given a Canada Fitness Award. They were little badges ranging from bronze, silver, gold and the BEST you could achieve was ‘excellence’. This was a most-coveted badge and in my grade 7 year I reached it. Unfortunately due to a teachers’ strike in the spring, I was never awarded my badge. Go figure.

Amazing Race All Stars Tonight

February 18th, 2007 @ 4:19pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Season 11 is upon us as we gear up for the first all star edition of The Amazing Race. If you’ve checked out my About page or read the short bio on the top of the sidebar you’d know I also write for Amazing Race fan blogs.

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We started with season 9, then continued with 10 and we’re ready to go for 11, which kicks off this evening.

THE AMAZING RACE: ALL-STARS reunites some of the most memorable, entertaining and controversial Teams from previous seasons and sets them on a new adventure of a lifetime. Traveling more than 45,000 miles, spanning 5 continents in 28 days, these Teams will pair up for one final trek around the globe as they battle the best of the best in a fierce race to the finish for their second attempt at the million dollar prize. [CBS]

If you’re a fan of the show, please stop by – we had some rather heated debates last season and hopefully our recaps and comments will keep the conversation going this time around. We even caught the attention of former racer, Chip last season who linked to us on the official ‘Return of the Racers blog’ on the CBS site.

Episode 1 of Season 11 is tonight at 8:00pm PT on CBS. Also to warn you, we often catch the Easy Coast feed of the show (and sometimes live-blog the show). In such an event, we will notify if any post is a *spoiler* so you don’t come across anything you don’t want to see in advance.