That’s what my Oma (grandma) said to us last night. She said that even Surrey is getting too big for her, “I’m not a city girl”. She grew up in a small village in what was then Yugoslavia. After meeting my Opa (grandpa), having my aunt and mother, the family moved to Canada in the 1950s.
They started out in Regina then packed up the car and moved out west. They lived in East Vancouver (Renfrew area) and before the turn of the decade they had started building a house in Surrey. “It was the forest!” Oma said, “I thought, he builds our house in the bushes?”. My Opa being a carpenter with great dreams.
104th Avenue was merely a dirt road and still my Oma commuted to Vancouver to work, as a housekeeper, every single day. “I worked on Dunbar, MacDonald… all over – I left the house at 7am and I wouldn’t get back until 7 at night”. Yep, even in the early 60s commuting to Vancouver from the burbs wasn’t pleasant.
She would even work in North Vancouver on occasion, “I would RUN up and down those hills to catch a bus – that’s why I have bad knees now.”We’re celebrating her 85th birthday next week, and man – this woman has seen everything. Aside from her experiences during the war, which I can’t even begin to describe on my blog, she’s seen Vancouver change over the last 50 years.
On the drive home last night she kept commenting how the city’s changed. The buildings, the roads, the construction… we really need to capture some of her experiences (in her own words) on the podcast sometimes, they’re just amazing.
I’ll try to put some pics up when I get home tonight (of the house being built, of my Oma etc.) but for now, try the pics I have from my Bay experience yesterday that I have up on Metblogs :p
Becky has been demanding a post about pumpkin patches, and apparently because I have 3 little ones I am an authority on the matter. I thought I’d enlist their help but when asked which places they preferred I got a few shoulder shrugs and an ‘I unno’. After some prodding they offered that they didn’t like the muddy one because their boots got stuck.
When Alexis was a preschooler we visited a place in Tsawassen, its easy to spot, on the way to the ferry terminal and has pumpkins lining the long fence. All the kids got to plant a flower bulb and go into the field to get a pumpkin and were also given a cookie. It was a bit overcrowded and the pumpkins were pretty slim pickings. The following year we went to Aldor Acres. For those of you that remember Big Bob (r.i.p) from the barn at the PNE, that was his home.
Aldor Acres is located in a lovely country setting (just past Fort Langley), they have apple orchards, Christmas trees, barns full of animals, a big haystack and are very organized (even with the parking in the big field). Everyone gets a hayride into the patch where they hop off and pick their pumpkin, which the kids just love. The pumpkins however are pre-picked and lined up so I found it took away from the whole experience a bit.
The last 2 years the kids went to Richmond Country Farms. Located just after the tunnel (for those of us coming from Surrey/Delta) on Steveston Hwy. This is my personal favourite. You get the whole farm-countryfair-feeling. There was a place to jump in the hay, a live band playing some themed tunes, free apples and a longer hayride out to one of the many pumpkin patches. When you are let off at the pumpkin patch you have small hike to the fields where the pumpkins are there to be actually picked and there are tons to choose from. The kids really enjoyed it and I even treated them to a pony ride on the way out.
One of the best parts of being a parent is getting to experience all the ‘kidstuff’ again (man I love chuck e cheese). Oh, and sidenote to Becky’s post about the holiday trains on metblogs… I mentioned the Halloween train to Alexis and she said ‘nooooooo… but can we go at Christmas AND Easter’!
Tonight… it begins… the 2006/2007 NHL season – boy howdy! Buffalo’s in Carolina, Ottawa’s in Toronto, Dallas is in Colorado and I’m in Surrey. Yeah, I’ll be taking the train out there tonight for some family business… so I’ll miss every one (with their 4, 430pm start times) and probably catch the tail end of the Stars/Avs who hit the ice at 7pm PT.
The podcast last night was really fun, we’re still working out some kinks but it’s SO gonna take off … hopefully. The Canucks start their season tomorrow and won’t actually be HOME to play until San Hoser comes to town on the Friday the 13th.
It’s been about 7 months since we submitted John’s permanent residency application. 7 months and a few days since we got married and 1 year (and a day) since he arrived at YVR to start his life with me in Canada. I had participated in the Run for the Cure earlier that morning and 7 days before that, I moved into what would become our little West End apartment. We drove home from the airport that afternoon and I had a “Welcome Home” banner lying on the floor (since I didn’t have tape, staples, tacks or anything adhesive with which I could stick it to the walls).
1 year, 4 blogs, 2 podcasts later, we’re going strong. He’s been able to get to know the city, some of the people, and watch the changes all around us. The Shangri-La on Alberni was merely a whole in the ground this time last year (my how the time flies *sniff*). He’s been able to experience our ‘seasons’. Such as rainy, rainier, grey with rain, showers tapering to rain, and stinkin skin-melting hot. I think he prefers the latter. Here’s to another
hockey season year (and many more) together! Happy Canada Anniversary John!
We kick off the first episode (now you can stop listening to the teaser audio on loop). JJ, Alanah, Dave, John and I begin with a 20 minute podcast (all conferenced in via Skype) about a couple topics in anticipation of the season that’s about to lift off.
We gather all the members for this episode, even catching DaveO on his way home from work, live via cellphone. We take a look at how weâ€™ve felt about the pre-season, talk about Pyattâ€™s MySpace page, Luongoâ€™s interview on Yahoo! Sports, look forward to the start of the season against Detroit, and examine the recent talk about who will be on what line with who. [The Crazy Canucks]
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Since yesterday was so busy, I’ve decided today is my Monday. I’m a pretty laid back person but sometimes I just let things get to me or things just build up and up to the point where they’re just plain annoying and I want them to go away. Like a leaky faucet or Amy Bell’s belly button on GlobalTV’s morning news.
The dam has burst around here and I must say something. In my ‘business’ at my ‘company’ attention to detail is paramount. We need to make sure we are accurate, timely and precise. My co-workers tend not to realize the importance of such things and let grammar, etiquette and all out common sense just leap right out the window.
I thought about Tod Maffin’s grammar post [I love Radio.org] before writing this and was inspired. Maffin writes:
WRONG: â€œUse an anti-spyware program (i.e., Ad-Aware).â€
RIGHT: â€œUse an anti-spyware program (e.g., Ad-Aware).â€
The term i.e. means â€œthat isâ€; e.g. means â€œfor exampleâ€. A comma follows both of them.
He then links to this post here, which is priceless: “10 flagrant grammar mistakes that make you look stupid” [zdnet uk] e.g., #5: Effect for affect, #6: You’re for your and #3: They’re for their for there.
Now, I’m all for being casual, a little witty banter and it IS just a job… but don’t you all have someone in the office (or even at home) that constantly misspells, mispronounces or misuses grammar in some way? I am not innocent here folks but at least I can catch myself most of the time. Here are some examples that drive me nuts.
a) People who use smileys in business emails/correspondences e.g., “Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call :o) ”
b) People who use “re:” when they are sending the first email in a string.
c) People who use terms like “eom” in the subject line of an email, then write their life story in the body.
d) People who use ‘fancy’ terms or acronyms and have no idea what they mean but think they’re cool for knowing them OR pronounce the acronyms e.g., “ASAP” = “A Sap”
I’m not saying people who say these things are stupid, it’s just a pet peeve. John thinks it’s annoying the way I pronounce the word “bag” and don’t get me started on him and “roof”.
Should we correct these mistakes, just let them be or pass them off as quirks? I know I say stupid things sometimes and it’s best to be corrected so I don’t repeat them. Like when I write a worried, concerned post about an article in the Georgia Straight and people tell me to chill out, well, it’s muchly appreciated :p
Edit: I don’t hate people who misspell at all. That’s not the point of the post, I just have pet peeves at the office… isn’t that a fairly common thing? As for spelling mistakes in blogs, that’s a whole other can o’ worms that I dare not open. I’ll defult bck to tihs fun ltle gem😀