abnormal commute

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

i have to run around the lower mainland this morning – because my sister told me to – and when your big sister needs you to switch around your work day and do something for/with her that’s fairly important, you do it. i’ll have to take the canada l– i mean the 98 b-line out to richmond and meet up with her, it should be an adventure. i’m not looking forward to working 11:30am to 7:30pm but what can ya do. some things just need to be done. and besides – now i’ll get to work a lil longer with Lolo – which I havent done since she went on the crazy 12:30pm – 8:30pm shift like a madwoman. fun times. i know i’ll be totally ready to cash out early tonight, as soon as i walk in the door…. or maybe right after House….

EDIT: i can’t go to bed early! we have philly/buffalo tonight as well as habs/canes!

bring on round 2

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just a few more match-ups in the nhl playoffs have yet to complete round 1 – as of tonight, ottawa, colorado and new jersey have moved on to round 2.

the vancouver giants won the WHL western conference finals last week and begin the WHL championship series this friday in vancouver vs moose jaw.

we’re debating whether to attend the game friday – or saturday. friday is cinco de mayo so would it be better to take in game then go out and celebrate oooorrrr… save the game for saturday while we’re recovering from the inevitable good times friday? decisions decisions…

west coast weekend

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i’ve been so restless lately. i think it comes from being a lil ill recently and not having the energy or the power to get oot n’ aboot to enjoy some of this lovely weather we’ve been having. that, and for most of the morning yesterday john had me watching the Brewers’ – Cubs game – which totally drove me nuts :p

friday after work i took some flowers over to my mom – she works at an accounting firm and so friday, naturally was their busiest day of the year. i decided to be a total suck up – get some flowers from the street vendor and take them up to her. her office is half way between my work and home – so why not eh?

after i got home john and i took a walk down to english bay, decided to keep on walking… and walking… hopped on a false creek ferry and headed to granville island. had some great food – caught some playoff games – and took the ferry home (passing a harbor seal on the way). we bought a nice bottle of BC wine and sat out on our balcony for the rest of the evening – enjoying the warm night and the wine – which was mighty nice if i may say so.

tomorrow i start running again – i havent been out since the sun run so it should be a little challenging but i’m totally looking forward to it. oh and we tried looking up our pics from the sun run but um, they’re lil less than discernable.

like clockwork eh – the 9 o’clock gun

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There are some interesting sights to see in Stanley Park aside from the park itself. There are so many things to take pictures of, explore, run around, walk under and gaze at in awe. Anything from totem poles to Canadian geese – but when it comes to the 9 o’clock gun you won’t see many people stopping. As John and I sat on the seawall next to it this evening, several people walked by and took pictures of the view – and most just walked/ran right by without a second glance.

Of course this isn’t the prettiest thing to look at and granted, the view from that spot is a rather breathtaking panoramic of vancouver – still, there’s some history here.

The 9 o’clock gun is situated on the southern part of the seawall, in stanley park facing the city. It’s just past HMCS Discovery and the totem poles but before you get to Prospect Point. The “gun” is basically a cannon – or “A naval type twelve pound muzzle loader”. It was cast in England in 1816 and brought to Stanley park in 1894 – firing for the first time in 1898 at noon (History of the Gun).

Living in the West End you hear many things on a daily basis. The white noise of the city, construction, yappy-dogs, cars with no muffler or all souped-up, your neighbours upstairs, your neighbours downstairs and the occasional reveller down in the street. It’s one thing I might not always think about or hear everyday – but I still get excited (just slightly, just for a minute) when things are quiet enough just for that one second to hear it fire.

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evergreens on ice

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Watching Global news this morning they had a piece on Everett Silvertips. The Silvertips are currently in round 3 WHL playoff action against the Vancouver Giants – who lead the series 3 games to 0 going into tonight’s game. If the Giants take it tonight, they go onto the WHL finals – if not, the Silvertips are still alive in the series and the playoff continues.
I ‘ve known for a while that Silvertips fans were a lil kookie, crazy and 110% into their team. A few weekends ago when we were in Kelowna and Everett was playing them in the last round, we saw cars driving by on the street waving flags and honking for the ‘tips. Well apparently the Silvertips jersey is #2 on the hockey jersey bestseller list. Out of any league (including NHL) and second only to the Calgary Flamers’ jersey. Interesting.

Is there something to be said then about the Pacific Northwest and hockey? The ‘higher-up’ from the Everett club said during the interview this morning that the fans know very little about the game – they just like it. They get excited about every little thing ie. the puck gets cleared out of their zone and they’ll go nuts – they continuously sell out and have a great time.

Is the Seattle area aching for more hockey or is Everett a special case? With their other professional teams (namely NBA) dwindling, it may be something for Oregon and/or Washington to consider. Still, I don’t see hockey overshadowing baseball or football any time soon south of the 49th.