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Take the Blue Sky

Friday, March 23rd, 2007 — 7:09pm PDT
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Today was such a Monday. It dragged on, it was grey, gloomy, and people weren’t in good moods. My feelings towards man on the crowded soggy bus ride home who was setting his ring tone on his phone for 20 minutes just typified how I’ve felt lately. Yes, I said “typify”, thanks Ryan Walter!.

When Friday is a Monday John and I are having some job woes right now. He’s looking since he’s got all his paperwork from the Canadian government, but we’re not having the party I anticipated. We’re busy, stressed, and scouring Monster and Workopolis for opportunities. We both have extensive experience and qualifications (and if you’d like to know more please contact me) but things just aren’t going our way. I haven’t spoken much as to why I left my recent position but technically “I was offered a lovely severance package so I accepted it”. Emotionally, it goes a lot deeper than that and even though I’ve put on a happy face, I’m still recovering…

I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I really am. We get to meet up with fellow Crazy Canucks podcast co-hosts for the Open Practice at GM Place. It will be really great to get the whole gang together, because in case you hadn’t realized, we record all episodes via the internet. John and I are the only ones actually in the same room together. I’m pretty excited to see Alanah again – she’s a total hockey blogger guru, and since she lives the furthest away, meetups like this are few and far between.

I am looking through the clouds at this point, although it just seems that our entire year has been a struggle, and things just never get any easier. But then again I suppose (and I’d like to believe) that makes John and I even stronger, as a couple and individually.

WordPress Daylight Savings

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 — 9:10am PDT
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I just noticed this now because I had a post scheduled for 9:00am today. My WordPress didn’t spring ahead for Daylight Savings. I supposed that means everything I’ve scheduled has been going out an hour after I planned – oops. It’s fixed now.

Missing Marty

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007 — 9:00am PDT
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This past summer a really good friend of mine went away on vacation for two weeks with her husband. Upon their return home, they found their house had been broken into and most possessions were gone. I’m certain it was a devastating blow to the young married couple, being one of those myself, I know how hard things are in the first couple years together and this must have been quite the stressful situation.

Recently I remembered how much of a Canucks fan she used to be back in the day. Hanging around outside the Pacific Coliseum, getting Trev’s autograph [wiki], running into Corey Hirsch [wiki], and having a riot at the Canucks Family Carnival. Her favourite player was Marty Gelinas “Marty” and she had a signed jersey of good ol’ number 23.

Gelinas was a factor in the Canucks’ 1994 postseason run. Though they lost in the Stanley Cup Finals to the New York Rangers in 7 games, Gelinas himself had an opportunity to force overtime late in the deciding game. With Ranger goaltender Mike Richter at his mercy, Gelinas wristed the puck into the post, coming within an inch or two of tying the game. He had a strong career in Vancouver during his four year tenure there. His best season came in 1996-97 when he scored 35 goals and 68 points, highlighted by a four-goal game, and being voted the team’s Most Valuable Player after the season. [wiki]

The man who was traded to Carolina alongside the now PPV star, Kirk McLean will always have a place in our hearts. Unfortunately, my friend no longer has the prized uniform in her possession – it was a victim of the break-in last summer. If you have seen a signed Marty jersey around town, smelling like teenage girl from 1994 – please let me know.

In Wales and the UK Again

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 — 5:04pm PDT
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A guest post by Jennifer Miles

Jennifer Miles

Guest contributor Jennifer Miles is a mother who loves being active with her family of seven. From camping, baseball, swimming, and day trips, she's a power-mom with a passion for BC living.

The Crazy Canucks Episode #26

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 — 5:00pm PDT
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Playoffs are on the horizon for our Vancouver Canucks and we discuss the last couple of wins, our new “fame” on and much more in Episode 26.

Dave is a healthy scratch on this episode, but the rest of the crew gathers to tackle the recent games, look ahead to who is coming up, and hash out some topics that the big media folks are drudging up. J.J. makes a call in from the game he went to against St. Louis(W), and we look at the other two games against Detroit(W) and Edmonton(W) in true TCC fashion.

Record as of this episode: 44-23-6
Northwest Division: 1st
Western Conference: 3rd

We also bring you some breaking news at the top of this episode regarding the Canucks and the world of podcasting, Alanah details her live blogging on the day of the Red Wings game, and J.J. presents some interesting insight to the slight against Naslund’s play even though the team record has been overly positive.

Visit website for Episode 26 show notes and links.

Amazing Race 11 – Episode 5 Live Blog

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 — 6:00am PDT
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I’m live-blogging the recording of last Sunday’s episode – so this isn’t a spoiler unless you totally missed it, haven’t seen the results online and can’t get your own recording of the show.

I’ll start in just a couple minutes….

When we last left off – Rob & Amber were eliminated from the race, with Charla & Mirna finishing just ahead of them at the mat.

Starting out of Argentina, teams are pretty shocked that Rob and Amber are no longer in the competition.

Oswald and Danny are the first to read their clue – Travel by taxi to Marshall Glacier when they arrive at the glacier, they need to ride a chair lift and hike half a mile to start their task of using an avalanche beacon to search the area another beacon (along with their clue) that is buried. Despite the order in which teams arrive from the mat, the chair lift doesn’t open til 8am so teams start the day at an even pace.

Team Guido (Joe & Bill) find their clue first and get the next clue – fly to Maputo, Mozambique. Since international flights are limited teams are being supplied tickets for a later flight, and the last connection into the country. If they manage to find something sooner – it’s fair game.

Back at the glacier, the BQs run on ahead without picking up their gear/beacon. This sets them back alongside Oswald and Danny who have lost ground. Eric and Danielle (Frat and Pinky) find their clue – Danielle “Mozambique? What city is that?” and “if you’re ever caught in an avalanche, don’t count on Oswald and Danny to get you out,” (their words, not mine :-P)

Teams race to a travel agent to gamble and get a better flight than they were supplied with, which leaves at 3:00pm. Os & Danny and Teri & Ian, who are at the same agent, get a 9:40am flight. The rest of the teams have the same success.

Once on the ground they must find and chose a marked car with a driver. Make their way more than 45 miles to the Apopo training field, which doesn’t open until a specific time – so again, teams have time to catch up.

ROAD BLOCK – Who smells a rat?

One person must get up close and personal with a rat. Trained rats locate left over land mines as team members guide them to find a route marker buried along with a deactivated mine. Once the rat locates the mine/clue – a trainer will go retrieve their clue. Rats were harnessed along a rope line, they could give signals but needed to stay on course – team members control the rope line and help guide the rat to find what they’re both looking for. Joe and Bill’s rat locates a mine first by scratching at the ground. Joe then called over the trainer who confirmed the findings with a metal detector. Charla and Mirna are the last to leave the Road Block.

Teams then have to drive back into Maputo and find a building, where they will get their next clue.


Pamper – teams go a half mile to the market and find a stall. Chose a nail polish kit and convince people to get their nails painted by them. They need to make roughly 30 bucks to proceed.

Porter – teams travel a longer distance and will then use their hands to fill 10 large 40 lb bags with coal and sew them shut. Then carry one of the bags to an address where they will get their next clue.

Charla and Mirna go with Pamper while the other teams head to Porter and gave a really hard time – not only painful on the hands but tedious and dirty. BQs also join them in the nail painting fun, but they’re the only others to take this detour.

From the Detour teams head to Fortaleza, the pit stop for this race. Charla and Mirna breezed through the Detour and came in FIRST (for their first time).

The BQs had a riot doing nails and are finished their task – they come across the mat 2nd. No one from Porter (the coal bag filling task) has finished yet.

In a turn of events, Teri and Ian end up painting nails – they ended up at the market by mistake. Ian is convinced no one will let him give them a manicure but they end up only getting TWO customers who pay them their entire quota. They seriously lucked out there.

“Do I look like Rambo?” “You look like a saggy raccoon.” Oswald and Danny are the first to finish the coal task. Uchenna and Joyce are following other teams to addresses, forgetting that their delivery address is unique.

Teri and Ian check in 3rd. It’s pretty obvious that the least frustrating, least dirty and grueling was the nail painting task – all 3 teams that headed that way are now sitting pretty at the pit stop.

Oswald and Danny finish 4th and chase Phil around “I’m hugging you!” they’re totally filthy with coal, and he’s surprised they even went for that task, “we came to win, not to sissy fight.”

Joe and Bill race Eric and Danielle to the mat – Team Guido gets in as team number 5, meanwhile Eric screams at Danielle “she got beat by a bunch of queens” and they cross 6th.

Uchenna and Joyce are marked for elimination and must arrive 1st at the next pit stop. If they are not first, they have to wait 30 minutes before they can check in. This is the same system they had last season. I’m glad they’re not out yet – and I’m even MORE glad the race is finally out of South America. Things have been shaken up and I have to say, I’m liking the Oswald and Danny – they always have the best attitude and are still competitive. No one is seriously annoying me, except maybe Eric’s bright lime green track pants and “Colege” t-shirt.