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Spoiled boy I have. Thursday night, Snow Patrol. Friday night, dinner at parents. Saturday night, dinner with friends. Sunday night, Canucks game. Somewhere in there, I got John a couple presents, a hair cut, and dyed my hair blond. We just got home from the game (which we won in a shootout, 4-3). It was a great time, even met up with JJ from the Canucks Hockey Blog and he bought John a birthday beer.

We just got home and noticed John’s pal, and our wedding DJ, Don had sent him a message saying that tonight on his radio show (d-contextualized on WYEP in Pittsburg) he will dedicate a bunch of songs to him. Freaking sweet!

We’re now dancing around the apartment (me, in my new Canucks shirt I got for 14 bucks at the Authentix sale) and singing along to the tunes Don is playing. He just ran a couple songs for John and now we’re making some requests – next up, They Might be Giants and some Matthew Good. Don said he listened to the Matt Good podcast we did a lil while ago – said it even got him a little choked up hehe. We’re listening over the web so it’s a bit delayed but I think we’re going to try and Skype him in a minute and say hi.

What an awesome end to the weekend. I’m pretty sure John had a good time – not only marking his first birthday in Canada but also the 1 year mark since he first “landed” in Vancouver. Here’s to many many more good times.

make this go on forever

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We ended up seeing a movie late last night, The Last Kiss [imdb]. It was okay, it’s been dubbed “Garden State II” [imdb] because of the Zach Braff [imdb] involvement but the only similarities were the style of the film and the soundtrack (which are both awesome) [amazon]. I usually have problems with movies or shows that showcase infidelity, but the way the multiple life and love stories were presented made it kinda interesting and touching, I suppose.
John’s got his concert photos (from Thursday night) up on Flickr (audihertz tag: snowpatrol) and I have also posted mine this morning (miss604 set: snow patrol)We’re both heading off to get our hair cut and prettied up this afternoon. We’ll be all nice and presentable when we meet with a couple friends later on for dinner.The birthday weekend continues…

Update: I have a lil vid up on YouTube from the concert… and yeah… I became a blond again before we went out tonight (details later)

best of vancouver?

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While out in Surrey this evening, we got our paws on a copy of the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver edition. We browsed through, agreed with some picks, strongly disagreed with others (eg. my dad and John could not believe that Beaver Lake was best urban oasis).

While on the topic of things Vancouver, I was recapping our ‘Vancouver Trivia’ from last night’s podcast [radiozoom]. The question about the steamclock arose [wiki] as it was dedicated September 24th, 1977 (John’s birthday) and is one of, if not the most, photographed sites in Vancouver.


Photo credit: bhlubarber on Flickr

But, I also learned something new as I was always under the impression that it was run entirely on steam from underground.

Truth is, the steam that flows through the clock is only for the displays every 15 minutes but the rest of the clock is electric. Whaa? My dad is right 99.9% of the time but just to back up this info for the blog post I dug a little deeper and found a few sources that confirmed:

…Internal parts are worn and in need of repair or replacement. The clock still keeps the correct time, but the steam whistle, and its ability to play songs, is starting to malfunction. The City of Vancouver is preparing a two-phase program to overhaul the clock: Phase 1 – Electrical overhaul to fix steam whistle and song playing Phase 2 – Mechanical system overhaul to make sure the clock works properly well into the future. [city of vancouver]

I guess our beloved steamclock isn’t so steamy. Actually, it’s not really beloved either, I think I’ve only watched it ‘go off’ once in my life and John finally saw it on accident this summer when we were strolling through Gastown. There are more beautiful things to stare at in Vancouver.

Back to ‘the Best of’ though, it’s always fun to find places you patronize on the list – except when it names Starbucks as one of the best places to go in the rain. Are you kidding me? Why not put Beaver Lake on that list instead. Rainy walks in Vancouver kick ass – even if you venture into the woods and come across a stinky, buggy, skunky, dried up circle of mud.

Loopy RadioZoom Episode #112

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We threw together an episode tonight before the concert.

[John’s] birthday is coming up on Sunday, and we’ll be attending the Canucks game againt Anaheim in celebration. We get into a variety of topics, including Vancouver Trivia as [John’s] one year anniversary in Vancouver is quickly approaching [radiozoom]

Click here to listen to the mp3, visit the site for show notes, links and extra tidbits.

Oh and if you lost a wallet at the Snow Patrol concert tonight, my sister found it and handed it to a PNE employee-security-looking guy. In hindsight we probably would have been better off hanging on to it and trying to contact the owner ourselves but um, it’s in their hands now. Okay? PNE Forum staff security people things. Good luck.

I’ll have pics and a couple vids up later tomorrow. Laura was nice enough to lend me her cam so it’ll take a while to get it back to her, have the pics sent over yada yada yada concert recap post will come later. Enjoy the podcast, and have a happy Friday!

shut your eyes

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Work is pretty damn busy this morning BUT, it’s my Friday today! John’s birthday-long-weekend starts at 4pm (as soon as I leave the office). Tonight is Snow Patrol and I’m not the tour reporter [604] but of course I’ll be blogging about it tomorrow. Hopefully we can get to doing a podacst before heading out to the show as well.
Only 10 days left until the Run for the Cure. John’s got a post up [audihertz] and we’ve also got some support over at dingoRUE’s blog. Our group raised $400 collectively at an event last Sunday but we’re still pretty far off our goal of $10,000 – we even have a woman who will shave her head (and donate her hair to charity) if we reach our target.

Beyond Robson also reminds us that it’s the 21st Annual AIDS Walk for Life this Sunday, September 24th [BR]

Over on Metroblogging, Matt’s got a post up about “Haunted Vancouver” [mbv] – something my momma would totally be interested in. If you’ve experienced any creepyness (and I don’t mean from that weird heavy breather/close talker dude in your office) feel free to share your encounter.

To get us all in the mood (while we’re feverishly anticipating the official start to the NHL season… and VCOE‘s return to hockey blogging) Darren Barefoot’s got a nice little collection links to ‘ugly-ass hockey logos’ [DB] including a shout out to the Buffaslug.

I cannot WAIT until Sunday! (But I can’t say why, it’s a secret).

Edit: Now I can’t wait til next Wednesday – Laura rocks! She hooked me up with a body polish and hot rocks massage (at her new work). Although I really don’t know what a body polish is… and these are just students… um… I’m sure it’ll still be interestingwicked relaxing.

let me be your hog

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When I was little I used to listen to tapes to help me sleep. I don’t mean they were “you’re getting very sleepy” tapes, but just music in general although the spoken word Dylan Thomas tape always did the trick as well. I also know that when reading this my sister is going to mention something about the time I was listening to an old Christmas tape, which had audio of her and my brother (at about ages 4 and 2) singing and talking. I fell asleep with it running and my ghetto blaster ate the tape, completely destroying it. Sorry.

Now one artists whose tapes we had an abundance of in our house was Weird Al. My brother had every tape in his collection, a VHS copy of UHF and ‘The Complete Al’. I would listen to these tunes to help me sleep – as a result, I can recite almost every word to every Weird Al song known to man and the Spatula City jingle often gets stuck in my head spontaneously.

Needless to say, we were all big Weird Al fans. Remember when he would take over Much Music or MTV? Ah… good ol’ Al.

“Weird Al” Yankovic has reigned for over 20 years as the best-selling musical comedy artist in history, with over 12 million albums sold, three Grammy Awards including “Best Comedy Album” for 2003’s “Poodle Hat,” 10 MTV/VH1 specials, his own feature film (UHF), a Disney Channel special, a CBS television series and countless miles logged on tour [UG.com]

A while ago he released the song “You’re Pitiful” on his website [604], since it was not to be included in the forethcoming album. Various tracks from the album are now available almost anywhere online, and of course on You Tube [White & Nerdy]. Ah the weebernet, what can’t it do? The much anticipated album, Straight Outta Lynwood, is in stores next Tuesday, September 26th.

And yes I know, I’m a total dork.