Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre and The Plea

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Introduction – Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre

This is not the infamous 1929 Chicago gangland slaying you may know of in which Al Capone was the suspected mastermind. No, this is the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre held annually by the Vancouver Theatresports League – an international improvisational competition whereby teams slay each other sometimes with spontaneous sarcasm, other times with brazen bafoonery and often times with ruthless ridicule but always with wiley wit… Check it out if you can – they’ll kill you with laughter!

The following is a true story that happened in 2011 last year. Continue reading

Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” Event
Summary October 4, 2011

Apple iPhone 4S

Picture source: Apple Inc.

Many people were on the edge of their seats waiting for Apple’s big iPhone reveal today as they sat through news of their other updates and apps. All and all I think most people were quite pleased with Apple’s offerings. Here’s a run down of most of the goodies… Prices are U.S. – don’t know how different it’ll be for Canada.

New iOS5 w/ over 200 new features availailable including Continue reading

Journey to Eureka! Part Two

Beach seagull bannerLogged lots of miles on my third day – saw incredible scenery, crazy wood art, a gray whale, feasted on food made with heart and soul and met lots of friendly folks! It’s been such an eventful day that I’ve covered it in two posts. This being part II with pictures at the bottom… Having left the wacky Burl Gallery in Kerby, Oregon I headed towards my first seaside destination – Crescent City, California! The beach is as pretty as I remember it but not very crowded possibly due to the cooler temperatures that hit the coast this weekend (just my luck) and small surf.

The next thing along Hwy 101 that caught my eye was a pair of gold lions on the Klamath River Bridge over… you guessed it, the Klamath River! As I posed for a picture with one of the lions I noticed a crowd at the other end looking over the bridge. My curiosity got the best of me so I hoofed it over to the other end. Continue reading

Journey to Eureka! Part One

Day three of the trip has been so eventful that I’ve split my coverage into two posts. This being part I with pictures at the bottom… Logged lots of miles, saw incredible scenery, crazy wood art, a gray whale, feasted on food made with heart and soul and met lots of friendly folks! The highway scenery was spectacular as all signs of city busyness fell behind me in Eugene and the temperature rose to 30 degrees. Reminds me a bit of going to Kelowna actually.

After a light continental breakfast at the hotel I was famished by lunch time. Didn’t want any boring, processed chain restaurant food when I happened across a highway sign “Heaven on Earth”. Well, how could I resist that? It is is literally little spot of heaven on earth in the middle of nowhere off Exit 86 I-5 in Oregon (there’s no town name)! Continue reading

Can It Get Any Slower Getting To Eugene, Oregon?

After a girls late night chat session I pried my eyes open the next morning. I was hungry in Seattle and needed some sustanence to fuel me for the long day ahead – want to make up lost ground on the journey to San Fran. That meant another eating opportunity! Hello, oyster breakfast platter! Eeewww was my first reaction when the waitress first offered it but on second thought, why not!

The Bay Cafe is a favorite Seattle brunch spot (my cousin’s girlfriend’s too) and popular seafood restaurant on the waterfront so the oyster breakfast would be the culmination of both worlds. I will post additional pictures when I return home as the restaurant pix are stuck in the camera. *Note to self: Continue reading

On the Slow Road to San Francisco

Welcome to the quasi journal of my two week round trip road adventure from Vancouver, BC to San Francisco, CA. It’s gone through a number of route changes but the final version is a figure eight. The plan is to start down I-5 to Medford, Oregon and then cut across and down the California coast to San Fran, chill for a few days before heading north up I-5 for a weekend in Ashland, the one fixed variable in the journey, then swinging back out to the shoreline and head home via the Oregon coast.

After a late start leaving Vancouver today, a turnaround in White Rock and an even later start I did not make it to my goal of Eugene, Oregon. Not even to Portland or even close to the Oregon border. Good thing I don’t have a set schedule! Continue reading

Kayaking And Stand Up Paddling
Regatta In English Bay, Vancouver

Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling in English Bay bannerIt’s kayaking season in Vancouver! I caught & videoed this train of kayakers and stand up paddlers below heading out of False Creek into English Bay. Usually I see one to three kayaks paddling out together so there was definitely something special going on. Couldn’t tell if it was a regatta or a caravan but the kayaks and stand up paddle boards (SUPs) made for a colourful sight. Continue reading

How Much Would You Give?
A Joke…

Canadian Party Leaders 2011 BobbleheadsA driver is stuck in a traffic jam going into downtown Ottawa. Nothing is moving north or south. Suddenly a man knocks on his window.

The driver rolls down his window and asks, “What happened? What’s the hold-up?”

“Terrorists have kidnapped Michael Ignatieff, Gilles Duceppe, Elizabeth May, Prime Minister Harper and Jack Layton. They are asking for a ten million dollar ransom… Otherwise, they are going to douse them with gasoline and set them on fire. We are going from car to car, taking up a collection.” Continue reading

Coconut Vanilla Clusters:
A Little Bit Of Heaven And A Food Blog

Coconut Vanilla Cluster BannerI’ve made these Coconut Vanilla Clusters from one of my favorite blogs a few times now and they are simply amazing and yet incredibly healthy! So much so that I had to share them with you. Okay, not the actual treats lol but the experience – unless you’re lucky enough to be over at my place when I make another batch. Oh and I promise you, I will!

Originally I wasn’t going to put any food posts here because I was saving it all for a dedicated food blog which has yet to materialize. I resolve to get organized and make that happen sometime this year. So until then, you the readers of the Unscripted Mind, get to preview some of my epicurean muses! Continue reading