through the dawn I'd seen it, too

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I have a rich employment history dealing with broadcasting audio (in rich I mean, it’s full of – not – very lucretive :p). It all started in 1998, unofficially and officially in 2000 when I joined the dotcom boom with an online broadcasting company.

I’ve always loved audio production but that doesn’t even come close to the passion my husband Mister radio- podcast- engineer- mega caster man has.

John’s been podcasting RadioZoom since October of 2004 and all the music he’s played has been podsafe* for the last year. This includes artists such as Nada Surf, Matthew Good, John Vanderslice, The Format, Shiner, The GOStation, Harvey Danger – just to name a few.

After I landed the Aberdeen City Interview John officially named me the podcast’s ‘publicist’. It was in jest but I’m hoping it will ring true someday because I’ve just landed him permission to play another cool band that we both enjoy, The Secret Machines. Continue reading this post ⟩⟩

flashing that smile at random

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I got lost. Okay well not completely lost but turned around. John wanted to show me some of his running routes through the Park so we headed out yesterday afternoon in the fog.

The fog had rolled in on Friday night, it was so creepy. You could see it coming from miles away, over the ocean, drifting towards downtown. Then one by one, it gobbled up a building around us until we could barely see out the window. “The fog that turns people inside out,” John said. I giggled repeatedly then slinked over to the couch where I had been lying all day, home sick from work.

Back to getting lost. We headed into the park, leaves crunching beneath our feet, Canadian Geese staring us down, just waiting to attack. There were still flowers left on some of the shrubs and rhododendrons in the gardens. People out for jogs donned toques and there was an abundance of couples out for walks in matching Goretex jackets [wiki]

We we turned into the forest which seemed more dense than usual, it could be because with the fog it was dark as night in there, although it was barely 4pm. As the grade increased John would tell me, “this is where it gets tough” during his runs. You never realize how many hills are in the park until you’ve trekked around a bit. When you’re out on Georgia street think of how high you must travel to get up to Lions Gate bridge, it’s a bit of an illusion, except if you’re a jogger on the trails. Continue reading this post ⟩⟩

littlest hobo takes the train

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Littlest Hobo on the SkytrainWe were headed out East on the Skytrain this morning when an unexpected rider hopped on at Patterson station. The German Shepherd trotted right past us, and down to the other end of the train. It was a Millenium Line [wiki] train, one of the “new” fancy articulated Bombardiers, so the dog was able to walk up and down the entire length. He stopped a few times to sniff things and look at people to see if he’d get any love, John commented that the dog was as big as him and “freakin huge”. The doors opened at Metrotown the dog got out. Stepping out onto the platform our travelling companion paused a little, came back in the train but was soon coerced out by a Translink worker who shoed him toward the stairs. Someone on the train leaned out the door and let him know that he had hopped on at the previous stop, our doors shut and we were off again. Continue reading this post ⟩⟩

change of seasons

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We went for a walk the other day and John said, “I miss this smell.” Ocean mist, damp technicolour trees, ribbons of smoke in the air from someone burning leaves in their yard… welcome to Fall.

Today, 24 Hours featured a couple pumpkin patches around Vancouver. I’m glad I made asked Jenny to write her Pumpkin Patch Review, since it’s been my #1 post recently. Now that we’ve been smacked in the face with some Fall weather this week I feel like getting all cozy-snuggly, drinking some hot chocolate and traipsing through the stores’ Halloween displays (which are currently right next to the Christmas decorations).

I wrote about Ice Skating on Metblogs a little while ago, sharing some childhood memories and info about where to go in Vancouver for some ice time. Remember when it snowed in Vancouver? Yeah, things actually froze. Late at night my brother would set up a border of 2x4s around the cement patio behind our house. He’d then turn on the hose and flood the area so that we could wake up to some ice in the morning. Sometimes it worked. Most of the time we’d just settle for the road our front, which had snow packed down so tight it was ideal for hockey and skating around in your shoes.

Thinking of our setup now, it reminds me of a CBC documentary I saw a couple years ago, called The Hockey Nomad. It’s by Mike Downie (Yeah, Gord‘s older brother) along with Dave Bidini (of the Rheostatics). Based on Bidini’s book The Tropic of Hockey, they travel around the world to the most unlikely hockey places like Dubai, Transylvania and Mongolia. The Hockey Nomad is available on DVD and you can probably find the book over at Chapters.

I’d love to go ice skating this weekend but they just interviewed the head coach of the Vancouver Giants on Pratt & Taylor (as I’m typing this). The Giants are 10-0-1 right now – hot damn. They play tonight vs Spokane (featuring Canucks draft pick Grabner) and tomorrow night vs Saskatoon. Tickets are under $20 and the games are always exciting. I think that’s where we should end up this weekend but I’d be pretty content just going for another walk.

we all tube

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John misses America, it's funny.Last night John suggested one of the most geeky things I’ve heard come outta his mouth in quite a while, and I was totally on board. He said, “We should just spend an evening on YouTube…” for the soul pupose of finding anything and everything we can to entertain us “…before it all goes to crap.” Honestly, I haven’t poked around there perhaps as much as I should have. I dunno. Seems like everyone’s got a video on their blog post nowadays, and it’s become the Google of the video world, fittingly.

This topic came about while we were watching Sportsnet News last night, catching up on the world of hockey, baseball, football and everything in between. John had seen the Cardinals’ coach have a spaz on the video Tony Pierce posted on his blog earlier in the day [youtube].

It’s not likely we’ll be able to goof off and have an evening like that any time soon, although we’ll still be doing geeky things, much to my sister’s dismay. We had to call off a meetup yesterday because we were going to record a Crazy Canucks podcast. We still have the audio from the Abeerdeen City show to get through and tonight we’re going out with a co-worker, here from out of town. Continue reading this post ⟩⟩