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The Canucks 2010 Playoff Beard Challenge

Last night, Marnie asked if me if I was going to begin my playoff beard. I simply turned to her, smiled, and cackled maniacally. You know it.

Chris - Day 1

Chris – Day 1

It’s been at least two years since I’ve been this clean shaven as I’m normally sporting a goatee. But figuring it’s proper playoff beard etiquette to start on a fresh playing field, I shaved that bad boy off along with my weekend beard (yes, I’m lazy on weekends). And then I went and advertised on twitter – seems I’m not the only one doing the beard.

So always having been one for some friendly competition, I’ve officially opened the Canucks 2010 Playoff Beard Challenge. To participate, simply take a picture of your beard from Day 1 through to the end of the Canucks playoff run and share it with the world. How to share you ask? Well, you can do one of the following:

And what would a challenge be without rules?

The Rules of the 2010 Canucks Playoff Beard Challenge

  1. You don’t talk about Beard Club.. err.. the Challenge.
  2. You don’t talk about Beard Club.
  3. If you can’t do the beard, commit to something and stick to it (special ritual, personal habit, etc.). We’re here at the Challenge do not discriminate against those who can’t/don’t/won’t grow facial hair.
  4. Once you’re in, you’re in. Unless you’re not. We’re not that hardcore. But keep in mind the idea of a playoff challenge is to keep it going – and Lord knows we’ll make you feel shame should something untoward happen to the Canucks in the post-season AFTER you quit.
  5. The wishes of your significant other do not trump Beard Club. In fact, you should encourage him/her/it to heed the call to challenge and join up.

So are you in? And anything you care to add?

It’s Been One Month

Since you looked at me. Well, not quite. And no, taking liberty with the lyrics of an iconic Barenaked Ladies song is probably a low blow too. My bad. So what have I been up to these past few weeks? Aside from work, just two things.

2010 Brodie Force

2010 Brodie Force – courtesy of Brodie Bikes

The Bike
First of all, I bought me a bike. As mentioned earlier, I was in the market for one and decided to finally bite the bullet after swinging by the Steveston Bicycle & Kayak Shoppe to talk about choices. After some consideration, I went for the Brodie Force – a locally made bike suited to my needs (riding along the dyke, basic Richmond trails, that sort of thing).

I haven’t really strayed too far from home as of yet, simply heading west from my place through Steveston and through Garry Point park, but once the weather improves I’m hoping to ride east to Triangle Beach. I don’t see myself venturing too far from home base though – gotta remember I’m no longer 17 and I have a bum left wheel to contend with. That said, it’s definitely been great to be back on a set of wheels for the first time in nearly 15 years – I just wish the seat was more comfortable.



The Site
Although this might be old news for those of you who follow me on twitter, I felt the need to register a domain and decided on calgarylames.com after discovering that prongersucks.com was already taken.

The plan with the site is to have content that “pokes fun of, makes fun of, or made-up of crap about the Flames.” True it’s nearly the end of the season, so all the fun that could be had has likely passed us by, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try. Right? And with the number of people signed up to provide content, I’m sure each one of us will feed off the other.

What’s that? You want in on that action? Well drop me a line – I placed an open casting call on twitter and have yet to turn anyone away!

Happy Flag Day!

Today is National Flag of Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!

Canadian Flag – courtesy of Our Enchanted Garden

Commemorating the inauguration of our current Canadian flag in 1965 by Governor General Georges Vanier, February 15th is celebrated as National Flag of Canada Day. So on the day after the first gold medal won on Canadian soil, what a wonderful time to be celebrating what it is to be Canadian during the 2010 Winter Games.

And on an unrelated sidenote, it’s my 32nd birthday. Happy Birthday to me.

The Proud Owner of a Mortgage

For those keeping score at home, I officially became a landowner today with the completion of sale. That’s right. Chris and Marnie are now the proud owners of a mortgage and possible lifelong debt. Although we don’t actually take possession until noon on Saturday, we are both pretty stoked.

Mount Baker 2007

Farmland + Mt. Baker = My New View – courtesy of Gord McKenna

We’re still a fair bit away from being ready to move, which is somewhat worrisome due to the fact that we move on Sunday, but I think we’ll be fine. We provided our current landlord notice for July 31st, so we actually have time in between to ensure we get everything moved out, cleaned up, and sorted. But still, y’know? And I also guess that this means that I’m officially a grown-up or something like that. Sure it took me a few years longer than most, but I think owning a home and getting engaged all in one year is a good sign for a 31 year old who would like to think he’s still 13.

What do you think? 😀

My New Place in Steveston

As those of you who either follow me on twitter or facebook know, Marnie and I recently purchased a place in Steveston and take possession on 25Jul. Being that it’s our “first” home (we rent, so in theory we already have a home), we’re pretty stoked and are currently trying to figure out what we need to do before the big day.


My New Backyard – courtesy of abundantc

And that’s somewhat the dilemma. I know there are probably more pressing things surrounding our move, such as settling on a moving company (we’ve called those listed in Richmond and the BBB) and getting packed and ready to go, but I can’t get my mind off of all the things I want and see myself doing at the new place.

Like the new LCD TV for the bedroom. We currently have a 37″ or so CRT which is freakingly big and heavy – heck, I’m surprised the thing hasn’t crushed the IKEA tv stand I have it resting on – so I’m looking to “downsize” before we move to our new place. The problem I’m having is deciding on what good value is. I picked up a 37″ ViewSonic LCD from Costco years back and have been happy, but the price was right at the time and I can’t seem to replicate the dollars.

Then there’s the bike. With the outdoor lifestyle available to people in Steveston, I’m dying to pick up a bike to ride with the masses along the dyke and throughout the village. Although I don’t need anything special, most bikes I’ve looked at cost some decent dollars and with all the costs involved in our move, it’s an even tougher purchase to justify.

And don’t get me started about the furniture options. Marnie and I have relied on hand-me-downs and inheritances to this point, but with us moving to a somewhat smaller place, we need to downsize and figured it was time to step it up and get our own stuff. We currently have a 3 piece sectional that we enjoy, but due to the constant un-upholstering our cats have been working on, it’s pretty much in a shambles. So where do we go from there? And how do we do it on a budget.

Any suggestions?

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