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Scout has her pal Charlie over to play yesterday

Kujo Scout attacks!

Charlie's turn!

KO'd on the couch

done

and done.

Apparently I left my wallet in the cab I took home last night (no, I wasn’t drunk, just tired and it was after 7 so the buses weren’t running directly to my house any more)

I didn’t notice because once I got home I didn’t actually need my wallet

Got multiple calls from 604.681.1111 between 2:45 and 3:15 this morning – no voicemail left

Called the number when I actually got up and it was Yellow Cab, but they had no idea why someone from there had called me

Realised my wallet was missing when I went to pay for the bus this morning

The penny dropped

Called Yellow Cab and yes, they had found my wallet – no explanation for the multiple 3 a.m. calls, though

Sent them a notarised letter authorising them to release my wallet to a courier I was sending over

Waiting for it now

What are the chances that the 5 $20 bills that I put in there just before getting into the cab last night are still there?? will let you know

*EDIT* MONEY ALL THERE!!  HELL MUST HAVE FROZEN OVER, MY FAITH IN MANKIND RESTORED (FOR THE MOMENT)

In other news, the house that I live in, and have lived in for 7 years, is on the market, which sucks for many reasons.  Not least of which is OPEN HOUSES!!! 2 this past weekend,  another the weekend before and one this coming weekend.  This sucks because I have to be out of the house for 3 hours each of those days WITH THE DOGS.  Which would be fine if I had a car and could just go somewhere, but I don’t so it’s not exactly convenient.  But I do it and it’s not the end of the world and I am fond of my landlords so will accommodate them.

HOWEVER

Last week the agent showed the house on a Wednesday, a day that my dogs are not walked so are at home.  The agent was told NOT to show my suite, which is at the back of the house.  But of course he showed it and of course he then left the doors to my bedroom and bathroom OPEN thus allowing Scout full access.  Goodbye to a purse and thank GOD she didn’t get to the EXTRA-STRENGTH GRAVOL that was in the purse because then?  SHE WOULD BE DEAD!

Which brings us to yesterday – my landlords told me that the house was being shown but not the suite.  I told them that the dogs would be out of the suite in the afternoon on a walk so if they wanted to show it that would be fine.  The did not tell that to the agent and assumed that it would NOT be shown,  Um, no.  It was shown and the doors left open AGAIN – bye bye to another pair of shoes!

Scout is an anxious chewer which is why I keep all doors closed when I am not home – temptation is out of the way.  If I happen to leave something out, that’s my fault.  This is not my fault.

Am I wrong to expect to have the purse and shoes replaced?

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

ok, so I am all over US celebrities (JON HAMM!) loving the Canada garb from the Olympics but it sickens me a wee bit to see them leaving the HBC gift suite with 2 or 3 PAPER bags (this is another pet peeve – why not use the reusable CLOTH bags???) stuffed full of swag when people are lining up for HOURS to pay for it and there is nothing left

like these celebs NEED the stuff?  will they ever wear it again??

sure, give them A sweatshirt or A jacket or A pair of mitts, but 3 entire bags stuffed full??

un peut trop

Let me preface this by saying I am EXCITED about the Olympics and am a supporter of the games – the energy in this city right now is amazing and I am truly looking forward to the next two weeks.  That said, right now I am simply frustrated with the actual getting to of the events.  I have tickets to the boarder-cross on Monday at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver. No cars are allowed at the venue, obviously, and there are shuttles for ticket holders to the Cypress Mountain site.  The tickets we got on the shuttle are at 6:55 a.m. (YIKES!) but the early hour we could handle. It`s the getting to the shuttle that is proving to be problematic – Translink buses do not start running from where I live until 7 – we have to BE THERE at 6:30.  Also, I live at the base of Grouse Mountain, a local ski resort thas is open 24/7 during the games. Driving ANYWHERE during the games is being STRONGLY discouraged.  However, there are NO BUSES running, so what is one to do??

Below is a twitter “dialog”  with Translink this week:

ME: have to be at the Sea Bus by 6:25 a.m. for a REQUIRED shuttle at 6:55 a.m. – NO BUSSES that early from fucking GROUSE MOUNTAIN – #EPICFAIL!

THEM: Last Bus from Grouse Mountain: No. 236 Lonsdale @12:32 AM. Trip Planner: http://ow.ly/15Cyj ^JS#olympics #van2010

ME: thanks but LAME – find it inconceivable that you would not put earlier 236 buses on to help with transportation – EPIC fail

THEM: I encourage you to use the Trip Planner. For example, first #SkyTrain out of King George Stn @ 5:08 AM. http://ow.ly/15CWT

ME: @translink the trip planner is of NO USE if the buses don’t run until after 7 a.m. and we have to BE THERE at 6:30 a.m.

THEM: Are you working at Grouse? Perhaps you can speak with your manager, colleagues about organizing a ride share (car pool).

ME: @translink live near there-trying to get to Cypress and booked on the 6:55 shuttle from Lonsdale Quay-encouraged NOT to drive, no parking

THEM: Have you tried Ride-Share to connect with Olympic Bus Network? More information here:http://ow.ly/15DPn #Olympics

ME: so what @translink is saying is that if you have to get anywhere before 7 a.m. you are SOL – another #EPICFAIL for @translink

ME: @translink from Olympic website:Do not drive or rideshare/carpool to this transfer hub as there is no parking for Olympic spectators

THEM: which hub?

ME: @translink Lonsdale Quay

THEM: Did you check the loop at the bottom of Chesterfield Street?

ME: @translink for what, parking? still trying to get there for 6:30 a.m. Monday w/out having to shell out more $ for a taxi or parking

THEM: The loop can be used as a kiss and ride – for drop off only. you might be able to hide and ride a little furtherup the hill.

ME: @translink looks like we will have to shell out $ for a taxi-unless they honour NOW-WORTHLESS OLYMPIC TRANSIT PASSES (that’s sarcasm, BTW)

ME: @translink honestly shocked there is no increase in the 236 considering the mountain is open 24/7 & driving is being STRONGLY discouraged

Funny, that’s the last I heard from them – Translink ENCOURAGING us to drive and “hide & ride” in a residential neighbourhood where I am sure the residents would be thrilled.

Like I said above, I SUPPORT the games.  I am excited that they are here and am looking forward to the next two weeks, inconveniences and all.  However, this is just ONE example of how short-sighted Translink and the Olympic organisers are being.  This scares me more than a little.

Yesterday I went to the Bay to pick up a Canada hoodie for my niece Lola (and one for me).  The Olympic store was packed!!  But it was a good kind of packed – people were happy and helpful (the customers) and well staffed and the staff were pleasant and helpful and smiling – very out of character for the Bay!

And this good spirit seems to be permeating throughout the city, which is great – banners are flying, buildings are wrapped with Olympic logos and artist renditions of winter sports, volunteers and staff in their distinctive turquoise uniforms are on the street – the world descends on our fair city in 8 sleeps and I am excited!

There has been a lot of criticism of how Vanoc has conducted themselves, of how too much money has been spent, of how the money should have been spent on the homeless situation in Vancouver (how many times to people have to be told that it was NEVER an either/or situation), of how corrupt the entire organisation is, etc.  So tired of hearing it.

The games are coming. 250,000 people ARE COMING.  There will be events and concerts and ceremonies and skating and FUN to be had by all.  Will it be incovenient?  Hell yes it will.  Traffic will be stupid and busses will be crowded.  Restaurants will be packed and our day to day life will not be normal.

But so what???

It’s 2 weeks. 14 bloody days.  NOT the end of the world.

And such a unique experience – get out there, enjoy, celebrate our fantastic city and all that it has to offer. Go to as many of the events and activities and EXPERIENCES as you can.

I know I will and I will be loving it!

8 more sleeps …

I am flipping between the Grammys (painful, really) and Brothers & Sisters (Rob Lowe, sigh …) and can offer these observations:

  • it has become painfully obvious that I am OLD – I don’t know most of the “music” on this show!
  • Rob Lowe has aged so very well
  • Michael Smith was ROBBED on Iron Chef America – um, what does Anthony Sabato Jr. know about food?
  • Celine Dion CANNOT dance
  • the wig people at ABC need some help
  • Green Day make a Broadway musical cool
  • Micheal Jackson’s kids are very WHITE (un-PC I know, but really? maybe he really didn’t bleach his skin because those children, while gorgeous, are very very white)
  • Leonard Cohen’s lifetime achievement award got a mere mention at the beginning of Pink’s intro – I’m sorry, but Leonard Cohen, poet and songwriter extraordinaire deserves his own televised tribute – if nothing else one of the gazillion covers of hallelujah could have been performed – by Pink even?
  • Rob Lowe is a very handsome man
  • 3-D does not translate on television
  • Adam Sandler just isn’t funny
  • Steve Colbert, on the other hand, IS funny
  • an ice cream sundae (butterscotch) would be quite delicious right now
  • Taylor Swift, sadly, cannot really sing?
  • it’s 11 o’clock so I should really get myself to bed – even if the Grammys aren’t over … really?  how LONG is this thing anyway??

and one last thing – Rob Lowe?  le sigh …

A girlfriend was telling me about a 50th birthday party she was at before the holidays – blah, blah, blah, Costco variety hors d’oeuvres, jug wine, blah, blah, blah AND SHE MADE US ALL TAKE OFF OUR SHOES!!! It was early December and COLD so the hostess graciously offered my friend a pair of sweat socks – PINK – to put on.  With her little black cocktail dress.  A good look to be sure. This was a big party, over 70 people and all adults. All walking around in the sock feet.

Nice.

I have had this conversation many times with people – to shoe or not to shoe.  Growing up of course we took our shoes off – we were children.  But the adults didn’t. But for “fancy” parties, we carried our dress-up shoes in bags specific to that purpose and changed at the door.  Granted I grew up in a civilized city where people were prepared for this but still, it was simply what one did.

Out here on the more casual west coast things seem to be different – it is not unusual to go to someone’s home and encounter a collection of shoes at the front door – an indication that one is expected to follow suit.  Now I am ok with this if it is a casual, family-type gathering, but generally speaking, my shoes make my outfit.  Not to mention the fact that I feel rather ridiculous walking around having adult conversations with my brightly coloured polka-dot socks right out there in the open.

Thankfully most of my friends are like-minded and the no-shoes-in-the-house rule does not apply.

I respect cultural differences and if I were to be invited to someone’s home where their culture or religion dictated that shoes not be worn, then fine.  But in my day-to-day existence this is generally not the case.

And it seems that we are not alone in these discussions:  from the Globe & Mailand on Gawker.

I found the Gawker article particularly amusing as the hostess went so far as to have invitations printed stating “no shoes”. Can you imagine?  I mean it’s her house and she can make the rules, but seriously?  You invite a group of (I assume) your peers and business associates of your husband and you tell them they can’t wear shoes in your home?

Please.

And then the hostess responds on Gawker.

So, would you be offended if someone asked you to take off your Jimmy Choos and walk around their black-tie affair in your barefeet?

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