Friday Morning Link Fest – Not Quite Halloween

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I promise, no more link roundups for a while as soon as I kick this illness that has taken over half of Vancouver. In my case, it feels eerily familiar to the laryngitis I had in ’06, topped off with a cold and some hard-to-breathe-ness. I’m heading to the doc to make sure it isn’t something more serious but until then, here’s a little link fest on this gorgeous Friday morning.

Update: It *is* laryngitis. I won’t be able to talk for the next few days. Good times.

(view courtesy of the numinous webcam)

– Apparently the concept of gigantic animatronic Dinosaurs in Stanley Park was a bad idea.

The Vancouver Park Board has shelved a proposal to bring in up to 30 of the animatronic critters in a bid to attract more tourist dollars.

The idea was first announced in September and was met with almost universal ridicule.

– During yesterday afternoon’s commute you could only pay cash for the Skytrain due to vandals disabling validation lines for debit and credit transactions (at every station apparently). Conveniently enough, they also affected the customer service centre so you couldn’t call in if you had an inquiry. [CKNW]. I’m having troubles getting updates this morning from

– Don’t want to wait until mid-week to celebrate Halloween and run around the city in your costume? BR’s got a modest round up of events slated for tonight and tomorrow. For a more detailed list try or head to the website of your favourite watering holes to see when they’re having their costume night or pub crawl.

Proof that “Mean Girls” was right… … at least with regard to Halloween when Cady said “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” You know what she’s talking about. The Cop becomes the Slutty Cop, the Nurse becomes the Slutty Nurse, and the Sheep becomes the Slutty Sheep. [Metroblogging Atlanta]

– Finally, News1130 reports that a recent poll showed 14 should be the ‘cut off’ for trick or treating, “I was planning on going this year, but I don’t know how much candy you’d get if you have a beard.” 14? Hm I guess that’s about right but I swear people still did it when we were 17.

– On top of being home of the Best Island Life in North America, Vancouver Island has also just received top marks from Conde Nast.

Vancouver Island has been named North America’s best island for the sixth year in a row in a Condé Nast Traveler readers’ choice survey that also awarded sixth-place honours to P.E.I.

Vancouver Island, renowned for its beautiful beaches, has been named the best island in North America for the sixth consecutive year.Vancouver Island, renowned for its beautiful beaches, has been named the best island in North America for the sixth consecutive year.

The November issue of the magazine, which was released to newsstands Thursday, also ranked B.C.’s Gulf Islands the third-best North American Island. [CBC]

John and I don’t get to the island(s) nearly enough but it’s definitely a getaway we cherish. The ladies in my family all head to Victoria once a year and when I was little we’d often camp at Englishman River, on Saltspring Island or visit relatives in Parksville. For more insight into island life, just check out the ‘island girl in the city world‘ blog – with which you’re probably already familiar.

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  1. Keira-AnneFriday, October 26th, 2007 — 10:49am PDT

    I was hoping you’d share with us the fact that the Park Board poo-poo’d dinos in Stanley Park. That was a dumb idea before it was even thought of.

  2. MitchFriday, October 26th, 2007 — 11:30am PDT

    Hope you feel better soon!

  3. fotoeinsFriday, October 26th, 2007 — 6:35pm PDT

    Thanks for the webcam link.

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