Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt
News this morning… RIP Crocodile Hunter man [cbc][lolod].

As reported on the FOX, “the contender for most unliked man in the world…” (although JJ would have us believe differently about him), ‘Iron’ Mike Keenan steps down as GM for the Panthers [tsn].

Matthew Good has left Vancouver [mblog]. Since the farewell ‘show‘ last week and since mentioning in a post that when he actually takes off he won’t have comments ‘on’ I would assume he’s started his journey. If not, read anyway, all of it, it’s powerful stuff.

Gus and Russ are over in France for the next two weeks. I got Gus hooked on blogging a little while after I introduced Laura to it. He’s started a trip report/day-in-review over on his blog [Gus’ Place], great recaps from Gus’ personal perspective.

Another ‘gus’, Gus Greeper is off on her honeymoon for the next week down in Mexico, making me extremely jealous *sigh* can’t wait to see her blogging again. Although Mexico… blogging…. Mexico on honeymoon… blogging… yeah, alright I can wait :p

Today John and I are going to a certain beach for the first time. We’re pretty excited and have been waiting all summer for the right day with enough time to make the trip. Packing a lunch, packing our bags, fun, beach, sun. Happy Labour Day, Lenny.

it's murky from the silt, not so much the pollution

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This is turning into a rather heated debate (and I know I should probably just post something on Rant!Vancouver about it) but I thought I would open the discussion up here (even though I’ve blogged about it before). If anything, just to direct you to the post I have on Metroblogging [MBV]….about the Pattullo Bridge.

I talk a lot about Vancouver. I also talk a lot about Surrey – in a positive light although we all know it’s got its share of problems. I understand that a large chunk of Vancouverites hate ‘bridge and tunnel’ people and want Surreyites to stay home on Saturday nights to comb their mullets and keep their Cameros in the carport of their growops at the trailer park. I am not blind to the fact that people have stereotypes. But what does that have to do with public safety?

I know there are far more pressing issues in the lower mainland, the downtown eastside, and in every community as nothing is perfect. I would just like to add the Pattullo Bridge to the long list of things that need attention and improvement. Is there anything wrong with that?

Of course taking the train, commuting, biking and bussing would be great alternatives for people to get behind. Of course there ARE other issues. But the fact is this IS a problem for those hundreds of thousands of commuters each month who use this crossing.

How much was spent on the Lions Gate to repair the deck? How much was spent to give it a nice shinier green paint job than the bland green paint job it had before? Is the Pattullo not as much of a MAIN commuter route in the GVRD? Is it just that it’s between New West and Surrey so… it’s not really a priority?

Just looking for some clarification & maybe some answers here folks.

To add to the discussion, as mentioned at the beginning of my rant, go over to the Metblog post. I would still welcome your comments here as well, of course ๐Ÿ™‚

they got hair cutes

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Things to do before we go to the beach today:

– Shave legs with fantastic new razor (read my Schick schtick).

– While playing Silversun Pickups – Lazy Eye (off the Vanmega August mix-tape) John recommends I download the performance version from

– Download the Vanmega September mix-tape.

– Download last night’s ‘Kitty Jenny and Kitty Tanya’ pictures off the camera and my phone.

– Eat hearty breakfast.

– Grease up.

– Get the hell outta here for one last hurrah at the beach – listening to podcasts, walking through the park, getting annoyed with tourists, melting our skin off on the hot sand (even though I said last weekend would be the last. ooops). Maybe we’ll see who we refer to as ‘the future version of us’. This hot, tan, older couple that we’ve see there every weekend all summer. Not saying we’re hot and tan, just hoping we are when we grow up.

my ride's here…

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

…says Mary Magdalene in Rescue Me season 2 as Jesus drives up in a Lamborghini and lowers his sunglasses.

We watched the finale of season 3 last night. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone in Canada who is just starting to watch it on Showcase. I have to say this season was very disturbing, emotional, but just when you thought things were going to hell – it got mixed up and everything kinda mellowed – such a twist from the norm on this show. The season finale wrapped things up and closed a chapter, leaving room for a whole other book to open up AND only leaving one cliffhanger. We all know that it’s coming back for season 4… it’s just a matter of how.

After the crazy week we’ve had we kinda promised ourselves that we’d slow down although it seems like next week will be just as full. I have a special work thinger-do Wed-Fri, we’re going to see Darren Barefoot’s play at Fringe [bolloxed], and Laura’s LAST day here is on Thursday [Lolod]. I’ve told her not to make plans Thursday night cause we kinda have something up our sleeve. Also, there’s word over at Vandigicam that there could be another meetup.

Going into a long weekend, we have no plans – as with every other long weekend this year. We’ll have to talk to the lawyer next week about John‘s extension. Since his permanent residency and/or approval status has not yet arrived, we’ll need to extend his temporary resident permit (again), those things only last 6 months.

It’s been 6 months already, holy crap.

I’m sure there are some people who would still consider us newlyweds – but the connotations that word emits are just goofy to me, although we’re still at such a young phase in our lives together. Our apartment is pretty bare looking, scattered misc furniture and Ikea shelving, kitchen packed with appliances that were wedding gifts, not going out for big fancy dinners out on the town, making the most of our love for walks, parks and beaches, which provide us with inexpensive entertainment on sunny afternoons. I can’t wait until we’re a double income household. I know someone in this town will want to hire my fantastic podcast, blogger, radio geek of a husband (once he’s allowed to work). Our lives have been jostled around in the last year and when that time comes, when he can work – things will shift again, and for the better.

October 2nd is his ‘1 year in Canada’ anniversary. His birthday is just before then so I’m hoping I’ll have a bit of dough to throw him sort of a bash – even though things are tight, there’s always something worth celebrating.

…and i'm spent

Comments 8 by Rebecca Bollwitt
(Photo property of m.d.on Flickr)
Could we BE more active in the Vancouver blogging community? If we were I’d have to start drinking a lot more coffee, not sleeping at all and get bionic hands since all this typing (at work and home) is killin’ me.

John was invited to podcast a meetup, which we attended last night. Rachael made the request for Vandigicam, a Flickr group full of interesting people from Vancouver who love to take pictures. She’s an admin and also one of my Metroblogging Vancouver counterparts.

The event was phenomenal. We met near the inukshuk in English Bay, put names into a hat, paired off and snapped pics. It was a ‘portrait throwdown’. John captured the evening via audio while everyone else was snapping pics on all kinds of cams. After about an hour the ‘party’ moved to a restaurant so John and I parted ways with our new group. I’ll be posting the link to the podcast audio once it’s published (within the next few days).

The turnout was the most successful of any meetup of any kind we’ve been to, about 40 people. Such an interesting mix, friendly, creative and SO talented. It was my first time behind a camera in that fashion and definitely being in front of it in that way. We’re looking forward to being more active with the group. The pics are all up on Flickr (of course) under the group and also the tag: vandigicam_ptd3. ….see if you can spot me :p

I also just found the live journal blog of one of my portrait throwdown partners. Cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

EDIT: I have to include this pic (by JudyB) it captures the evening perfectly ~ haha!

hurricanes and bolloxed

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt
I was reading feeds on my Google home page and came across one over at CBC News about John menacing the coast of Mexico. Which made me think of my husband and then made me wish we could have afforded a nice honeymoon to some place like that. But then of course I floated back from la-la-land and read the article about the rather serious threat the storm imposes [cbc]. Then I felt bad and greedy.

Checking the local blogs and feeds this morning it seems as though people have slowed down… they’re away for that last vacation of the summer or maybe there’s not that much going on lately. I wish I could write “what I did on the summer vacation” but since I barely took any time off, and have already saturated the internet with blog posts galore about the little things we did to keep ourselves entertained, I guess there isn’t a need.

One item of note is that we’re going to check out Darren Barefoot’s play, Bolloxed, on September 7th, which is running during the Vanvouver Fringe Festival.

We’d like to get some bloggers out to see the show, and I’ve got five sets of free tickets for that very purpose. [db]

So we’ll check out the show and have some reviews up on our blogs the next day. John and I are both going so you’ll have two takes on it from us anyway. And no, we’re not one of those couples that likes EVERYTHING the same and has EXACTLY the same taste. I mean really, he’s probably at home drinking PULPY orange juice right now *gag* and that ain’t the half of it.