Wednesday, March 31, 2010
So, I must look elsewhere to fulfill my dietary need to win. Enter the "Best Travel Job Ever" contest. Combine my love of contests with my love for travel and you've got a winner! All you have to do is upload a video explaining why you should win.
Crystal and I decided to enter the contest, but instead of just standing in front of the camera explaining why we should win, we decided to get creative. We put our collective heads together and came up with a sure-fire winning idea.
"Things We Can't Do If We Don't Win The Best Travel Job Ever."
Now we just needs the votes to get us in front of the judges. We'd like to be in the top 10, and we need your help. PLUS, if/when you vote for our amazing video, you're entered to win a $500 travel voucher from Air Canada.
So help a brother out, vote HERE
And here's our super-fantastic video:
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Maybe it was because there wasn't as much hype around it this year. Maybe I missed it because I live out in the sticks. (We see the stars EVERY night)
Maybe the "green movement" is starting to lose steam?
Friday, March 26, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
You see I haven't been sleeping the last couple nights. Why? Because my mind won't allow it. My mind has gone into overdrive thinking about all the things I want to do before the icy death of winter returns. Things like:
- Go camping
- Climb a mountain
- Ride downhill at Blue with my brother
- Canoe the Nottawasaga
- Go rock-climbing
- Drive down the California coast
- Win the Toronto edition of City Chase
- Travel to Golden and Kelowna
- Seadoo on Lake Simcoe
- Go whitewater rafting
- Stand-up paddle from Centennial Beach to Big Bay Point
- Go cliff jumping
- Ride in an ultra-light
I realize most of these will not happen, (at least not this year), but my imagination doesn't care. In that in between sleep/awake state my mind starts to race, my heart rate picks up, I might even start to sweat. No way I can fall asleep like that.
Any (non-drug induced) ideas to help me catch some ZZZZZZZZ?
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Another beauty day today, so I decided to take Snax for a walk. Instead of walking around our neighbourhood I got in the car and drove 15 minutes and went for a walk through the forest. I'd never been to these woods before, but had driven by on my way to work a couple times. So Snax and I decided to explore.
We followed the path into the woods and began our adventure. 10 minutes in and Snax has already climbed to the top of the hill, meanwhile I'm lumbering on starting to feel the heat of the spring sun on my black hoodie. We spent upwards of two hours walking through this forest, over fallen logs, around weathered tree houses, through slushy snow and slippery mud. I let Snax lead the way out, and somehow despite all the turns we took she still managed to find her way back to the car. I seriously think she's the smartest dog in the world.
On our walk I realized something; I love to explore. Discovering new places excites me. I think if I were born 500 years earlier I think I would have been best friends with Sir Francis Drake. I think I was born curious... born to explore and discover. Too bad I'm not an astronaut.
P.S. - Some St Patty's Day humor for you. In March 2006, apparently there was a leprechaun loose in Mobile, Alabama. Why do these things only happen in the southern U.S.?
Monday, March 15, 2010
A weird thing happens when a number of musical "superstars" get together to record a song, I usually like it. I might not be a fan of an artist's usual work, but put them on a track with 15-20 other artists and I'll like them. It's nuts.
Michael W Smith (who is looking good btw) got some friends together and recorded Come Together Now, with proceeds going to the relief effort Haiti. You've heard the song on LIFE, now check out the visuals.
A group of Canadian artists also got together to re-record a K'naan song (who is a native of Haiti) in an effort to raise some money for the relief effort.
Friday, March 12, 2010
If there was a Starbucks in the North end of Barrie I'd be in trouble. I'm addicted to their skinny vanilla, and it's $5 price tag. Luckily I received a number of Starbucks gift cards at Christmas so they've been free... sort of. I love to grab a skinny vanilla and sit down in a comfy chair and enjoy the free wifi. Barrie has 3 Starbucks stores, all within walking distance of each other. I'm not sure why, but they haven't migrated north to the Georgian College area.
Andrew is the lead singer of Jack's Mannequin, but that's not the only reason why he's one of my favourite people. I first heard about him in 2002. I was working at a radio station in the tri-cities and Something Corporate was playing a show in Kitchener. A couple guys from work and I made the trip to downtown K-Dub and loved what we heard. Here was this young guy with a killer voice, jumping on the piano, bouncing around the stage with so much energy. That nuclear explosion of energy was Andrew McMahon.
In 2005, at 22 years-old, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Just 3 months before the release of Everything In Transit, he was admitted to hospital to begin treatment. Thanks to a bone marrow transplant from his sister (Katie) Andrew made a full recovery.
Andrew documented his journey on video, which has now been made into a documentary called Dear Jack. Proceeds from the project go to the Dear Jack Foundation, a charity he founded to support cancer research.
Not only is he super talented, he's also got a great story and I'm a sucker for a good story.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I love to travel, and Gadling is my daily dose of travel tips/destinations/stories/inspiration. Not to mention once a week they post Gadling's Travel Talk, a very cool show available only on their blog (and iTunes). It has inspired me to start dreaming up my own web tv show. Totally do-able, all I need is a video camera. A VERY cool blog that you check out.
(about 10 new posts/day)
Carlos Whitaker is (as he calls it) an artist, pastor, thinker and experience architect. He is a super cool guy and very down-to-earth. His blog often challenges me in my walk with God, and how I view the world. Not to mention the community on the blog is pretty sweet. Check it out.
(1 or 2 new posts/day)
Seth Godin is an incredibly smart man when it comes to the business world. He's written a number of books and everyday he challenges me and my views of how business is done. He might be called a... um... poop disturber by some corporate types, but often those people are needed for society to keep moving forward. A highly recommended read for leaders in business or ministry.
(1 or 2 new posts/day)
THE BATTERSON BLOG
Mark Batterson is and author and the lead pastor at National Community Church in Washington, DC. On our trip to DC we went to NCC, and I thought it was pretty cool. They don't have an actual building, they meet in movie theaters around the DC area. They DO own a coffee shop down the street from Union Station though. Ebenezers is the sort of thing I imagine The Republic becoming, a cultural hub. Mark's blog, like his books, talks a lot about dreams and going after your dreams. I'm a dreamer. I like his blog.
8 KINDS OF AWESOME
The author of this blog is by far my favourite person in the world. She's smart, witty, sexy, super-talented and also happens to be my wife. She's an incredibly talented writer, and even though the posts are infrequent, they are always worth a read. She's also the author of another blog (YKWIH) that is based on the rants of her cubicle-mate.
(Posts a couple times a week)
Monday, March 8, 2010
They started off by introducing the behind-the-scnees crew, maybe 10 producers, editors and mixers. Then they brought out the 3 stars of the show; Andre, Scott and Justin walk out on stage to a frenzy of screams, flashbulbs and applause. The Q&A sessions goes on for about 45 minutes, with questions ranging from "What do you carry in your backpacks?" to "Have you ever feared for your life?" to "If you weren't travelling the world, what would you be doing?"
After the Q&A it was on with the show! Yes, they were about 60 minutes behind schedule, but no one seemed to mind. On with the Season 3 premiere. To kick off the new season the guys travelled to Russia. They made a stop at Chernobyl and met a guy who refused to leave when the nuclear accident took place. The guy has been living in a radioactive zone for almost 25 years! Pretty wild. From Chernobyl they move on to St Petersburg and then east to Moscow. After Moscow they gain access to a Russian military base, when they end up shooting sniper rifles, driving a tank and gaining unprecedented access to a rival nation's military resources. After the episode the dj took the stage and the dance party began. (Of course it was pretty late at this point so most people ended up leaving) A fantastic, unforgetable, unbelievable night.
To the Departures crew: WELL DONE!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Tomorrow I'm one of the lucky 300 who get to experience Departures in a new way. Crystal and I are heading down to the Great Hall in Toronto for the Departures VIP Gala! YES! Cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, Q&A with the cast and a premiere screening of season 3! I'm so pumped!
THE BURIED LIFE
Thursday, March 4, 2010
I don't really have a legitimate reason to dislike him, I just do. Anyone with me?