blue rubble

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Brewing everything from Labatt to Bud, the plant’s been a fixture of Sapperton for over 100 years. We noticed a few weeks ago that Labatt’s in New Westminster was looking um.. a lil shabby. Did a lil googlin’ this afternoon to find out what was up. There’s signs around the area for new condo developments but I just hadn’t heard anything (prior to seeing the big demolished pile of bricks) regarding the reshaping of Sapperton.
When Don was in town he introduced us to this site – where these people venture into old buildings, basically trespassing and checking out what the heck is going on in these deserted spaces (if they are even deserted). Their adventures are classified by how easy/hard it is to get onto the premises. Labatts was one of the places listed on the site which lead us to put two and two together A-HA! Demolished building, these people venturing onto the site of the old brewery hmmm a CLUE! hehe
According to the Royal City Record, “In September 2004, Labatt Brewery announced it was closing down the brewery after 46 years on the site.” Well heck, where have I been?? The demoliltion only started recently though but man… that’s news I thought I would have heard about already.

le weee kend

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going to go change my name at the bank now – many other places to go and do that as well but will probably get to that monday.

tomorrow we embark on a journey to pick up photos in kits and then head out to surrey YAY SURREY! have a great weekend everyone. and remember — really grumpy, deeply disturbed male coworkers that like to make you feel like crap… really don’t really matter because they’re just not-nice people… who should have bad things happen to them :p

aye aye and good buy

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So last night we’re sitting on the couch and talking canucks and i said – they wouldn’t trade trevor linden, at this point i’m not sure how much of a barganing chip he is – he’s just valuable to the city of vancouver. and john mentioned (and i forget where we saw/heard it) that he has potential to run for mayor, then said ‘captain vancouver’. this triggered an “aye aye and good buy!” and john had no idea wtf i was talking about.

Those of you who have lived in vancouver long enough to know “THE” captain know what i’m talking about. those late night 30 second cheap, homemade, budget commercials for the Captain’s Bargain Store on Alma. He was a rather large man, who did his own commercials and ended every one with “Aye Aye and Good Buy!” saluting the camera. So this was probably early 90s…

From Profit Magazine Dec. 1999

“…John “The Captain” Kut… who owns two Captain’s Bargain Stores in Vancouver, says he took up tacky TV advertising five years ago when ordinary newspaper ads failed to boost sales at his second-hand-goods outlets: “After paying my rent, there was almost nothing left over for me.” Kut couldn’t afford a camera crew or professional spokesperson, so his first piece, filmed with a home videocamera, starred the 350-lb. entrepreneur rattling off in-store deals while dancing a jig to the “Popeye” theme music. “I wanted to make sure people noticed,” he says.

That they did. Kut began airing the 30-second spot 10 times a night on local TV, between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Within a few weeks, customer traffic began to increase steadily. “Not a bad deal, seeing as I was only paying just over two bucks an ad” as part of a volume deal, says Kut. He’s produced dozens since, most of which feature “The Captain” promoting the latest gear in his stores, then signing off with his ready slogan, “Aye-aye, and good buy”…”

The captain dissapeared for a while but you could sometimes spot him driving around vancouver in his boat… i mean car. a really large 70s/80s style boat-of-a-vehicle with a HUGE sail on the top. Yep, it was the Captain!

Late 90s early 2000… the commercials are back on, local, late night, it’s the captain! he’s lost about 100 lbs and found Jesus! I haven’t seen any commercials lately (or in a few years) but at least he’s still around somewhere and i’m sure if you’re looking for used goods, you can check out his shop in Kits.

fore, back, poke, trade

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Okay it’s too early to speculate or confirm or discuss trades – since they’re all taking place right now and for the next 3 hours. On CFOX this morning they chit chatted with John Shorthouse who basically confirmed what most of us are thinking – the Canucks need someone to help out Auld and more presence on the blue line. As he said, it really wouldn’t help us to trade away someone like Kesler (who’s been wicked this season, a workhorse with wheels and heart) for a “rental player” i.e. someone who we’d just be picking up for the playoffs. We need stay-power, we need to get rid of somebody, we need *something*. As our lawyer said the other day “they’ve become the loneliest bunch of under-achievers” hehe, talking hockey with the lawyer…
Anyhoo, so Montreal and the Avs shook this up majorly this morning although dashing our hopes at getting Theodore – if that was ever in the works at all. It appears as though we’ve just got Brown (D) from NJ for a 4th round draft pick. interesting.

Work is uber slow this morning so i’m sure i’ll be ammending this later. john’s at home enjoying the oatmeal peanut butter cookies we baked last night and i’ll be chillin over here… putting out the vibe… from my desk…

UPDATE: NJ is busy busy this morning
UPDATE: Mika Noronen (GOAL) from Buffalo for draft picks. This is rather funny since at my bachelorette we came across those 2 Finnish goalies, one was from the Thrashers (and supposed to be in the olympics but was injured) and the other was from Buffalo Sabres. Kari Lehtonen said he was in Vancouver just to support his friend. His friend being the Finnish goalie for Buffalo meaning this was probably in the works for a while now.. hmmmm

UPDATE: Keith Carney from Anaheim to the Canucks – on the ice for tonight’s game – along with Juha Alen.
UPDATE: McCarthy to Atlanta for draft pick.
UPDATE: Eric Weinrich from the Blues for …????? and elsewhere, Sergei Samsonov goes to Edmonton and Recchi to Carolina.

no crying in baseball

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so if you haven’t lived in vancouver long enough to know… we have wet winters, maybe one day of snow, then a spring-tease if you will in february… like it’s warm, sunny and all the crocuses come out to play. then in march it’s like Ah-HA! Not so fast… we’re going to get some snow. Kinda like the warm sunny April and May then June dumps so much rain on us you’re tempted to go buy an ark.
last night ANTM kicked off. the obvious front runner so far is Nnenna. I really like Mollie’s look though – she’s my new girl-crush.

speaking of model-type people, jennifer good thinks herself as a cougar in her latest blog entry. i have a dislike-dislike relationship with her but i just can’t look away, i check her site at least once a week just to see what’s new and to reiterate that yeah… she ain’t the brightest bulb on the tree. i have to say that i do appreciate (finally) pics of jenny good with her mouth closed and not cocked to the side with her mouth open, tongue showing and glass raised, as-is the norm for her. sorry jenny, i wasn’t the popular girl in school like you :-/

now next week my sister, Jenny, is jet-setting off to london. i’m so jealous. i’ve only been there once and it was for 3 days (maybe 4). i took a red-eye from Boston (although i’m sure i’ve blogged about that before).

i’m going to miss my sister and wish i was over there with her… but when she gets back it’s my niece’s 6th bday so … all those festivities (and cake) will cheer me up. we’re coming into birthday season… sweet!

The next one after her will be Ethan – the big 4. When I was 4 it became my identity. I was Becky4. Signed my name Becky4 and told people “my name is becky four”. Yeah I guess I had some problems as a kid but man, that was a good year.

now it’s time to check in on the NHL trade deadline.