It's a skateboarding mecca according to this article.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I woke up with the sun in my face. It's a beautiful day. I have my last paper for the semester due tomorrow and i am working 8+ hours today. I don't know if i will finish it in time. Instead i am looking at photos on flickr. HELP!!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
This restaurant/lounge, and now a modern Tavern has been around for over 11 years. Hanging on the end of Gastown, we have had many gatherings here. The food and beverages have always been great. It is under new management and is now a micro brewery with a large selection of brews and organic menu items making it a perfect setting for my 30th Birthday party. It got an awesome review today in the Westender that sums it up.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
For almost 12 years i went to school right next to the Capilano Canyon in North Vancouver. We would be forced to do physical excerise and run through the park, and on other fun days play capture the flag. Now as an adult i like to walk through the massive green forrest. It is such an amazingly beautiful spot. Tourists from all over the world come and pay money to go across the suspension bridge when you can go to the free and even nicer one in Lynn Canyon.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
One of my goals this years was to use my Reusable Water and Coffee mug as much as i can. I think i probably saved over 200 bottles and cups from the wastelands and our dumps so far, and i am not going to stop.
Bottled Water is one of the biggest scams.. and the world is finally catching on! Many Universities and other gathering places are making it illegal. Water from our taps is perfectly safe... where do you think the bottled water is coming from.. the same taps!!! SIGG has some great bottles.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Ferry Boats and Granville Island?! Do you know the ferry boats do a synchronized performance during the Fireworks displays in the summer? Supposedly the Fireworks are back on for 2009.. i guess they got there funding.. so that means more ferry boat shows.
I am sitting in the Blenz in the Whistler Village North .. what i call the new village but it's really not new anymore. Whistler contains a large part of my youth, and when i am here i feel like i am 'home'. One of my first ever memories was sitting in a baby seat on our A frame late 60's style cabin on Alta Lake in the summer.. and seeing a brown bear. It's an image that will replay itself in my childhood several times, and in many repetitive dreams. At that time there were not many people in Whistler.. you still had to hike to ski down a hill. By the time i was 5 years old i was enrolled in Kids Camp on Blackcomb Mountain and i remember the first time i went skiing, remember not being able to get off the Magic chair lift and also not being able to control my skis and crashing into the the fence that protects the chair lift on the bottom. Many weekends of pancakes, bacon, and skiing. What more could a kid ask for?
As i got older and hit puberty I discovered snowboarding.. there was this brand new shop called Westbeach that open on Marine Drive in North Vancouver, and because i thought skateboarding was cool (i was trying to master the Ollie), my friends and i started hanging out there one summer. This is also the place where i discovered Nirvana and grunge (Thanks to Chip of Lululemon fame). For a 12-13 year old now looking back we were pretty hip, but also incredibly influenced. We started wearing plaid and the Westbeach hoodies that turned into a huge trend. My new friend Fiona and I started snowboarding that year (i am guessing it would have been 1991 or 92). We were some of the first snowboarders to hit Blackcomb mountain never mind.. women to start snowboarding on the mountain. I think it was a couple years before we started to see other Women snowboarding. I think we kind of knew we were doing something that one day would be huge but at the time we had no idea.. we wore sorels as boots and had are massive fluorescent Sims snowboards that were awkward and so heavy. I was so happy when new companies like Burton hit the market and i got my next snowboard a Burton at Bellisfair Mall.. it was like snowboarding on clouds.. no more edges catching, feet coming out of boots.. and now to this day.. i tested some of the new boards a couple years ago and the technology has come so far! Thank god! Every time i took a chair lift i was worried my foot would fall off it was that heavy.
And this was just the beginning.. after the hormones hit, i could write a novel of my exploits as as crazy teenager skipping school, hitch hiking, having parties at the 'champagne chalet', and sharing a fake ID to get into Tommy's Africa's to see DJ Czech on school nights.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
On April 15th British Columbia officially wins the race to the bottom.
That is the day New Brunswick raises its minimum wage to $8.00 an hour. When that happens New Brunswick, PEI and British Columbia will be tied with the lowest minimum wage in Canada.
This three-way tie won’t last for long though. On September 1st NB’s minimum wage goes up to $8.25.
It’s a lot cheaper to live in New Brunswick and PEI than in BC. Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC) publishes a national rental market report. Its most recent publication found renting a two-bedroom apartment in Moncton NB cost $656. In Charlottetown PEI it cost $660. Here in Vancouver the cost was over $1,100 - almost twice as much.
There aren’t many places in Canada where it costs as much to live as Vancouver. In Toronto, CMHC reports it costs $1,095 to rent a two-bedroom apartment. On March 31st Ontario is raising its minimum wage to $9.50. In Calgary it also costs more than $1,100 to rent the two-bedroom apartment. Alberta is raising its minimum wage to $8.80 on April 1st.
In Vancouver a minimum wage earner working full time would have about $240 left in their pocket after paying the rent.
New Brunswick is actually embarrassed about coming late to minimum wage increases. NB Labour Minister Donald Arseneault told the CBC, “It’s embarrassing. We’re last in Canada,” and “We have a lot to do. Businesses also have to look in the mirror.”
Incidentally, on May 1st Saskatchewan’s minimum wage goes up to $9.25. Manitoba’s minimum goes up to $8.75 the same day. Newfoundland’s goes up to $9.00 on July 1st.
It’s time for British Columbia’s government to look in the mirror as well.
Now playing at Science World!
Vincent, and two of his ardent admirers will take us on a journey to the source of his inspiration. We will retrace and discover the vitality and freedom of one of the world’s greatest painters.
A unique experience : the imersion into the work and life of Vincent Van Gogh.
This 20 year old girl was ranting and raving about this album so i finally decided to check it out. I bought a cd of theres years ago and realized it was all Christian rock so ever since then i kind of rejected them. I really do like this song though. They are singing about knocking up and loving so i sure hope they aren't singing about the Virgin Mary.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Jean Leon Gerome’s The Slave Market of 1867 appears to capture a European female nude getting inspected in an African Slave Market. It was during this time period slaves were sold at markets in Northern Africa. Gerome’s opens our eyes to a practice that was seen to be part of the culture of the Orient but gives it a European pornographic edge. His genre paintings combine the real (the market) and unreal (the nude). This painting reveals more about Europe at this time than a true depiction of life in North Africa.