Tanning Teens

Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I have to admit, I’ve faked-and-baked more than a few times over the last couple of years. It’s nice to get a head start on your summer colour so that when you hit Third Beach you don’t blind those around you with your pasty whiteness. It also feels warm, and gives you 30 minutes to yourself, listening to tunes. Yes, I understand all of these are pretty weak arguments when you look at the consequences.

As of today, teens under the age of 16 will need their parents to go with them if they want to tan at one of Canada’s largest chains of tanning parlours.

And 16- and 17-year-olds will need parental permission to tan at Fabutan. The company says the new policy will ensure that parents keep track of how much their children are tanning. [News 1130]

Photo credit: kk+ on Flickr

16 year olds go tanning? Yikes. Not only does that not sound good for your skin’s health, but when I was 16 I wasn’t getting naked for nothing. (Pause for gasps of disbelief here because you all know I grew up in Surrey). No matter how safe tanning booths are reported to be, regardless of possible melanoma badness, you don’t want to end up looking like a 50 year old leather purse when you’re 35. It kinda defeats the purpose of trying to obtain that lovely looking sun kissed look, really.

Around Vancouver you can spot numerous bronzed faces on every city block. Thing is, I’m pretty sure they’re just very smart people who’ve been able to get out of town and head someplace tropical during these very grey winter months. Being lucky enough to live downtown in the summer time I have to say, I prefer real sunshine and fresh ocean air to the stench of toasting skin and cocoa butter simmering on a Viper VHR bed 4 feet away behind that rattan wall.

Michelle Kim Joins Miss604

Comments 15 by Michelle Kim
Photo credit: Paige Birnie

I’m Michelle Kim, I’ve been best friends with Miss604 since Kindergarten! She has been kind enough to ask me to start contributing to this lovely site, so in the next while, be prepared to read some of my ramblings. In the meantime, let me tell you a bit about myself.

I was born in Surrey, BC to a Korean mother and an English father, was raised and schooled there, went to UBC, then moved to London, England to work as a journalist for the BBC. Wrote a novel, worked in Seoul, South Korea, and have since moved home to the West coast to expand myself even further—into the wonderful world of acting. Yes, I’m a full-time acting student and I’m absolutely enjoying it. Really random, but that’s who I am.

So be prepared to read some even more random stuff written by yours truly – that would be me, not Miss604, though she can be quite random at times, too. 😉 I don’t have a website yet (Miss604 will be making me one shortly) but in the meantime, check out my MySpace page for more of a bio, pics and information about this website’s newest contributor.

Experiencing Hospital Music

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

John and I visited our friend Matt today and listened to some great tunes. The songs are from his upcoming album, Hospital Music, and we were lucky enough to get a sneak preview.

img_0419.jpgHospital Music is heartbreaking and inspirational at the same time. I’m no music critic, but I have been a Matt Good fan for 10 years. His solo work is his best and Hospital Music will make you feel the most. You’ll get angry, and probably sad, but it will also make you want to dance cause it’s just great rock and roll.

We’ve been lucky enough to hear bits and pieces of the new album over the last couple of months, from the living room show in August, to various visits and studio time. Even sitting there with a snuggly Benji on my lap I had to echo Dan‘s sentiments, and remark that I’ll never forget where I was when he first heard these songs.

Canada's National IQ Test

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

nationsiq.jpgWhen our friend tonight told me about this I thought he was joking, or making fun of me, or a little bit of both. He was being rather serious and described to me what was going to take place tomorrow on the CBC, Canada’s National IQ Test tomorrow at 8:00pm.

Test the Nation will be the biggest survey ever conducted to see just how smart Canadians are. In this live two-hour special, the whole country can participate in a real-time interactive IQ test. Viewers can take the test in the comfort of their own home, on the internet or with pen and paper, while our seven teams – Tattoo Artists, Millionaires, Fitness Instructors, Surgeons, Mayors, Talk Jocks and Celebrities – are exercising their grey matter in our Toronto studio.[CBC]

There was a “play along at home” card in the National Post today, and there is also a copy you can download from the show’s website. The thing that scares me is that it’s multiple choice – and lord knows in high school (although I was a pretty good student) I never did as well on multiple choice tests. Don’t even get me STARTED on Scantron… I swear I had a Scantron allergy. [How to Play].

scantron.jpgSo what’s to stop you from Googling the answers? I’m pretty quick to the draw with the good ol’ search engine. Then again I’m sure the questions are not Google-able, and yes, that defeats the whole purpose of the “test”. But, isn’t it a plus if you’re able to use tools to accomplish a task? Eh?

On another note, what if someone wants to just really screw with the “Nation” and the “CBC” and they purposely log on to answer falsely thus bringing Canada’s IQ down, eh? Oh but people in Toronto were probably already going to be completing the test so… yeah.

I am a true sucker for trivia but it seems like the CBC is on a big “greatest” and “smartest” stint lately. We had the “Greatest Canadian” then the “Greatest Canadian Invention” followed by the upcoming “Next Great Prime Minister“. Or course tonight, they featured the greatest team in the NHL, beating Detroit 4-1.

Update: The results are in for Teams, National, and the TOP 20 people in the country.

That Extra Makeup

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Something for the ladies. I try to clean out my makeup collection as need be, although I’m sure you’re supposed to switch things up a lot more often e.g. there’s a max amount of time you should be using one tube of mascara. I have never been a big make up person. I actually didn’t wear any til I was 18 and then it was just mascara. I’ve become more of a “girl” since I suppose… but I thought I would pose this question: do you have any makeup in your collection that you just NEVER wear but won’t throw away?

tackymakeup.jpgI don’t mean that brand new eyeliner pencil that you just haven’t sharpened yet for use. I’m talking about those gaudy colours and shades that you wouldn’t be caught dead in but for some reason you have a full untouched supply in your makeup bag. I currently have such a pallet.

After dinner, and after some wine, I went into the bathroom tonight and found my ‘stash’ of eyeshadow. I got this one multi-coloured kit from my mom for Christmas and I only use the burgundy shade although this has about 16 other colours that I’ve never touched. Tonight, I decided to give them a test drive.

Turquoise on the lid, light azure below the brow line and some nice fuchsia for the lips – yeah I forgot this kit actually has a little pocket on the side that holds lipstick (which it came with as well). I’m not going to throw it away because I do use some of the shades, but a dozen of them will never see my face – at least not when I’m planning on leaving the house. It’s fun for a laugh on a night like tonight but I’m afraid my husband doesn’t want to touch me – he’s afraid I’ll stain his face 😐

RadioZoom Interview – Sparta

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last November we had the pleasure of interviewing Jim Ward from Sparta for our podcast, RadioZoom [Episode #118][Blog Post].

You can check out the archived episode and if you like what you hear, either Jim’s point of view, his like of sushi or yes – the tunes – then you’re in luck. Sparta is coming back to Vancouver on March 30th, playing the Commodore [HOB]. I know a lot of people were upset that the last show at Richards on Richards sold out so quickly so here’s your chance.

Friday March 30th, 2007 @ The Commodore Ballroom – Tickets $17.50 – with guests, Moneen and Attack in Black.

To listen to our interview with Jim Ward of Sparta, click the following link [MP3]