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beyond robson had a post about a man you’ll see on the streets of vancouver. i’ve seen him before, and he is a fixture around here. it’s just strange to see a write up about him on a blog…although it’s a pretty good one…

now i’m not much of a baseball fan, but i lived in boston for a while and know a thing or two about the red sox by osmosis. Damon’s gone over to the yankees i mean just him being traded is bad enough but to the yankees? ouch.

although, if you’re in a rather ‘open’ relationship in Canada, there’s some good news for you today. and watch out if you’re in a city participating in Santarchy – crying children in the streets, santa claus peeing in an alley – boozin it up and running amok around the world. oh boy!

tonight the Oilers are in town again – hopefully we can muster up something for our penalty kill and even while we’re on the powerplay (let’s just forget those two recent short handed goals…)

and i’m going to publish this post now but ammend it after 2pm PT so i can comment about the Team Canada selection 🙂

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Thanks to…The Vancouverite who linked to Gawker who linked to You Tube… I’ve got my mitts on the “Lazy Sunday” vid from SNL that I mentioned yesterday. Click to watch 🙂
I feel sorry for the 24 Hours and Metro folks out there. They’re standing on corners for hours handing out free papers in the rain, sleet or snow. When it’s raining they have to hold an umbrella so they just have the papers in one arm, offering them to you…balancing delicately on that free arm… they need a lil patio umby or like them umbrella hats, ya know? Stylin’. And what’s with the guy who came into my building and shook out his umbrella on the carpet at the entrance 😐
I have no idea what some people are thinking….

The game last night wasn’t the best… it went to a shootout and we lost, not getting a single shot past Garon. JR was playing like he had a rocket up his butt – could have been fueled by the fact that he was left off Team USA for the olympics. The Canucks seemed to completely break down during the penalty kill and even giving up chances when THEY were on the powerplay. Although the Brothers line combined for some points, Hank’s 7 game scoring streak ended.

Predictions are in for who will make Canada’s olympic team – the announcement will be made Wednesday @ 2:00pm PT in Vancouver.

Also, as reported last night, unfortunately, Gretzky’s mother has passed away. It makes me think of many things… she had lung cancer, she was a mother, she was Canadian and apparently never even really liked hockey that much – she just wanted her kids to be happy. Hockey in Canada is much more than just a sport. It’s a legacy, it’s a part of our national history and identity. For some reason while writing this I thought of the story – The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier. You can wiki it, you can look it up on Amazon, it’s a great little story and worth checking out.


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SNL has become increasingly amusing lately. Chris Parnell and Andy Samburg did a “Digital Short” this week… Last time I caught one, Andy and Will Forte sat on a doorstep munching on lettuce and having a deep, heartfelt conversation for several mins. This week Andy and Chris successfully told a story about calling up your friend and arranging to see The Chronicles of Narnia – the whole thing was done in Beastie Boy-esque fashion. They were ‘rapping’ like Beastie Boys and the film was shot in their music video style. It was amusing. The Chronic – WHAT cles of Narnia!
The Canucks weren’t their hottest on Saturday night vs the Oilers. Ouellet was in net but there was a bit of a breakdown in other areas (ie penalty kill) that didn’t help him much. Getting his first NHL start with the Canucks, must have been a tense game for him. They play LA tonight. A good thing to mention would be the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver. Check out Don Cherry’s opinion of Crosby and why Gretzky has taken leave as Coach of the Coyotes.

We had a pretty great weekend, went to the movies, did some shopping, watched lots of Holmes on Homes. I have yet to finish my Christmas shopping. Santa has to get a stocking ready for a certain someone and my sister and I are heading to wonderful America-land to shop on Wednesday night. I will treat her to my company, chicken fingers, and Victoria’s Secret garments. John and I made a trek to Ikea (which he ended up podcasting) on Saturday night, which wasn’t all that bad. I have yet to truly reach a breaking point amidst all the holiday shoppers and completely give in to walk/shop rage.

‘there’s only 5 shopping days left until Holiday’

Last night we caught a couple of shows about Tsunamis. It’s coming up to the 1 year anniversary of the earthquake/tsunami in asia. It was just over a year ago that close to 300,000 people lost their lives. Allowing us to reflect on the events that took place last Boxing Day, the CBC program featured the more personal stories. We also watched one on Discovery Channel. It was a more scientific look at the damage the earthquake did to the ocean floor. Using technology and information they gathered from that, they were able to formulate a really scary estimation of what would happen to the west coast of North America.

Man… the last 12 months have really been filled with devastating natural disasters. Although sometimes the most devastating disasters aren’t caused by mother nature…on that note – Chris just brought this to my attention on Amnesty’s site.

Kathleen Turner Overdrive

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I’ll start off with… the Apprentice finale last night. Randal walked away with the ultimate job and didn’t take anyone along on his victory lap. some say it was ruthless, heartless – others think his decision to not refer Rebecca for a job as well was a great business move, showing that he actually was the right person to chose for the Trump organization. I can’t really say I supported Randal all along, no one really stuck out as the best candidate. If you ask me, I think my sister should apply, she’s a shoe-in. Although of ANY reality TV show, she’d have the best chance (and the best time) with me on the Amazing Race – alas, they don’t allow Canadians to compete.
The game vs Philly last night – Carter with 2 goals, the Brothers line combined for 8 pts and Hank Sedin had 3 assists. It’s really great to have such an outstanding 2nd line.

Some people in my office are really great. Greig is like an office Dad. He just sent this Christmas Tree Layout (which looks like a survey plan) to everyone and it clogged all our inboxes and crashed our programs – we are in need of new puters and a new setup around here.
We watched the game before we went out to get a) tequilla b) jiffy pop c) a christmas tree. Came home, made margaritas, popped some popcorn and decorated the tree. I am still pretty bummed that we can’t have a real tree but this one will do just fine. We’ve put lights on Oskar (the plant Tanya gave me as a housewarming gift that was later named by Russ). Remind me to get red LED lights on my lunch break.

Tomorrow we’re doing a lil favour for my mom. She’s coming downtown to have her office Christmas party at Le Crocodile. Since that’s just up the street form our house she’s going to come by and we’ll be her valet so she can park her car for free at our place. My mom’s such a great lady, so very supportive. I wish I could do more for her than offer to park her car…