mr. naughty goes to town

Thursday, November 10th, 2005 — 3:09pm PDT
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i’m tired and stressy and (yes i’ll say it) pms-y. work’s been so busy lately. for 5 years now i’ve worked in this business and EVERY quarter i get uber crazy busy. from 2000-2003 it was with Syoni/FDfn. Doing the webcasting of quarterly earnings conference calls (and various other fun public/financial things). Then with another lil webcasting company in 2004, and 2004-present i’m with a news release company. Not doing the webcasts anymore, just getting closer to the source. getting the news before it’s news. most of the time it’s pretty darn fun, other times it’s heart-stoppingly painful and tiring.

i was just helping GusGus with his ipod Nano. he needed to reset it and it’s being all strange to him. Lolo just got a blue mini and BBoy got his nano the same time GusGus got his. We’re an ipod office. Our music selections are diverse and the moment there’s a silence someone’s ready to queue up a song they’ve been dying to play all day while someone else was broadcasting their playlist.

BBoy has some pretty good taste in music, i think he got Lolo hooked on the Dandy Warhols and Nada Surf. And that’s tough to do since she’s usually got 50s music and Backstreet Boys playing. Others in the office (whose names rhyme with Narc) like to play anything from Iron Maiden to Paul Simon to Sade….all within a 45 minute time frame. That’s a lil too “varied” for me, especially at 8 o’clock in the morning, sorry :p

~Names have been changed to protect the innocent, apologies to
Gus for the non-creative alias, but that’s just what Lolo and I call him anyway 😉

grizzly bears near Polaski's candy store

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005 — 5:42pm PDT
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It’s already that time of year – snowboarding season! now i already went into why i wouldn’t be calling it ski season… apparently this is the earliest the local mountains (namely Cypress) have opened in several decades. that’s amazing, seeing as how they all closed early last year, i think in december, because there was just no snow. it’s part of the whole comfort-factor of living in vancouver. ocean, mountains, ahhh closure, comfy. and in the winter, the mountains are supposed to have white tops. last year it was a trip to look over at Grouse Mountain mid-January and see green grass :- I mean come on!

Just checking out some webcams from around the lower mainland and the island. looks like we’re supposed to get SNOW in a few weeks, although “snow” in the forecast means ‘freezing rain’ or maybe a flake or two for 10 mins then it turns to slush.

In my lifetime I’ve experienced maybe 2 completely white christmases. speaking of … stores have taken down their halloween displays and immediately put up the christmas ones — im getting stressed out already! only 45 shopping days to go!

the curious george store

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005 — 10:12am PDT
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i heard the football scores on the radio this morning, colts beat the pats in foxborough. hehe i remember driving past the stadium or passing through there on the train to go visit my friend in Attleboro. i was never a football fan, i just remember being in boston and all the buses would have on their displays: route number, flash to ‘Go Pats Go’, route number.

nowadays you can see that on the snuggle buses’ displays in vancouver ‘Go Canucks Go’. now to explain the snuggle-bus. our complex in Watertown, MA had a shuttle bus. From Harvard Square, to Harvard Business School, down the street and over to the Arsenal complex. It was your typical little shuttle bus, although one of them in circulation had a TV on board… they were comperable to the new Community Shuttles in Vancouver. So everyone from the office complex, the mall, HBS would pack on there every couple of minutes and enjoy a squishy-bumpy ride to work. Hence the term snuggle-bus. Sometimes the driver would drop me off on Mt. Auburn, where there wasn’t a stop, and I would just walk home from there to my lil Aberdeen Street house. I miss the snuggle.

shitake happens

Monday, November 7th, 2005 — 10:42am PDT
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today is laura’s bday. she doesn’t want a fuss, so i’ll just mention it in my blog anyway. i want to go get her one of those big-ass cakes from True Confections that looks like an edible top hat. i don’t think she even likes sweets that much so maybe i could just get one for ….me? hmm i could bake her one :p OH! cupcakes! Although…i can’t cook. well, i can, just not very well. i managed to burn jiffy pop the other night and i’m afraid to say, it’s not the first time.

the jig is up

Sunday, November 6th, 2005 — 10:19am PDT
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Last week Laura was all “I don’t like Blogs, I’d never blog” and lo and behold she’s got one up today on her lil msn space teehee! I checked out Jenny’s blog and she mentioned the modern rock circus (as i also did recently) and the dude with the “I’m Rebecca’s Grandma” shirt – cracked me up! We used to ‘run into’ so many characters…Apay and I would name them all.

One was ‘Mountain Boy’. We met him while falling face first into the snow off the chair lift on Mt. Seymour. This was the first time Apay and I attempted to snowboard (so it was probably like…1996?). My sister was a very good skiier. She and my brother would go on the school ski trips and often in the afternoons or on the weekends. Me? My skiiing was limited to once in the Alps when I was 15. I nearly killed myself. Good thing “Olympic Slalom” means the same in English as it does in French or I’d still be in a cast.

So, after the face plant into the snow we’d move off to the side and strap on our boards. Getting up slowly… falling on our butts. Getting up slowly… falling on our butts. Not-so-nice on the tailbone. While we were struggling to get down the bunny-hill my sister would SWOOSH up behind us and come to a stop spraying us both with snow. swish swish ‘are you guys okay? teehee’. what a jerk :p hehe

it’s a good thing we kept at it and became the snow-allstars that we are.