A favorite quote:

Make play a high priority in your life for if you die tomorrow no one can play for you, but someone can and will do your work for you!!!" Ken Beebe (Dr. Play)

Monday, December 20, 2010

December 19, 2010. Millions of Kids are scarred for life.

Now, if you clicked on this link from google or wherever, and you are looking for Naked Santa in a G-string, in the shower, then GO AWAY! This blog is not what you are looking for.

That said, there is a photo of Naked Santa, in the shower, wearing a G-string. BUT IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK, you pervs. leave now pervs.  NOW!

The rest of you; here is the whole story.

So, we buy this really cool advent Calendar from Walmart… “what?”.. An advent calendar? oh right. Ok here:

Advent calendar essplaned.

SO we buy this really cool advent calendar from Walmart for Andrew. The best part is it’s a Lego advent calendar. I don’t think you can find a cooler secular advent calendar out there.


So, on Dec 1st we opened the first door, not knowing what to expect. We got a freaking AWESOME snowman!


We were pretty stoked to see what was next. So from Dec 2nd to Dec 16th, all is good and great and generally pretty amazing little Lego gifts every morning. Here is the coolness!

Cool Toys! (the sword came with a little kid, that I posed elsewhere in these pics). The wagon in the middle is actually a train car, that we think has more coming in the next couple days. Isn’t that fire truck the cutest little Lego you have ever seen?


There was a Business man complete with Briefcase! and comb over!


A Table with chairs, and on another day a Lady with a Loaf of bread! Yeah! French Bread! The coffee cup came from another set. I thought it belonged in the staged photo shoot.


A Fireplace one day, then a sofa the next. Cozy huh? Serge seems to be really enjoying it!


An axe and a log sled (with Logs) I can’t remember where the hard hat dude came from. The rat actually came in the Lego Train we have.


Skateboard park and Skateboard dude, complete with helmet!


Puppy and cat, along with a food dish and 2 wieners. Lego wieners.


And my 2nd and 3rd favourite items! These are unreal cool aren’t they?


Ok, then on the 17th day, we get this. I didn’t know what it was. I thought shower at first, but it couldn’t be. Why on earth would there be a shower in a Lego advent calendar. Is it a street light? There must be more to it coming in the next day. must be. I was right.


On Dec 17th. Naked Santa. Seriously. His beard covers his moobs. And I think he is wearing a g-string or he is a sumo wrestler in the off season. Ok, so this little naked Santa, along with the scrub brush confirmed that the Dec 16th advent gift was actually a shower. Seriously, do kids aged 4+ really need to see this? Or are there a limited number of these that were specially made, like Wonka golden tickets!?


For your viewing pleasure. Naked Santa in the shower wearing a g-srting.


Wash, then rinse.

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Santa is a prankster too! Here he is showing his good side out the window of the Lego train.


Ok, enough of that. Well, maybe there’ll be a naked Mrs. Claus and a Haystack coming out of the calendar in the next few days!

Don’t forget to share my viral video with all your International Friends. I’m trying for Japan, but I’ll take Poland, Australia and anywhere else! Help me push this sucker over a million by Christmas!

Thanks! Oh, by the way, I refused all the shoddy money offers that came with internet success. I just couldn’t bring myself to help sell the amazing pile of shitty products that wanted to advertise on my video. Very shoddy stuff indeed. Like I said on my facebook today, ‘It’s like winning the lottery, except there is no money’. Still, it’s been incredible fun!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Gone Viral

A video I shot of the Calgary Hitmen Junior Hockey Teams Teddy Bear Toss, was featured in a story that hit the cover of Yahoo.com in the Us of A.

So. So far… 157,300 views. in the last 12 hours… wow.


Here’s the 5 minute video if you are interested…

Sunday, December 12, 2010

O Canada

My boy loves him a good hockey game, and what happens before every hockey game? Yup. the National Anthem.

*warning for low bandwidth users (you campers), this is just over a minute of video.*

This was at the Calgary Hitmen Teddy Bear Toss game, where everyone brings a bear and throws it on the ice after the home teams first goal. I’ll have the entire report and the full video up tomorrow hopefully… meanwhile, here is the report from last years game.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Here we go RIDERS, here we go!!

*WoOt* *wOoT*

That’s right. A double woot.

Today the Saskatchewan Roughriders will atone for their 13th man debacle from 2009. You see, the Riders have a distinct advantage at their home stadium (and some away stadiums) whereby the crowd becomes an extension of the team. In Mercan rules football, you would call it the 12th man, as up here, North of the medicine line, we have 12 players on the field of play for each side, not 11.

So last year, the Grey Cup game was hosted in Calgary, and for all intents and purposes, when the Riders are here, it is a home game. Hence, we had the advantage of the thirteenth man. (the crowd noise is the 13th man. please keep up).

Ok, the short story is. Montreal had a 50 yard FG attempt for the win. They missed. It appeared that the Riders had won. But wait. Penalty flags… What for? Um to many men on the field. There was an effing 13th man on the field. Yep, you heard me right. 13th man on the field, when there is only supposed to be 12. Ya-huh. Ok. Dang. Move the idiot kicker 10 yards closer and give him another chance. Yeah, he made it. we lost.

We have been dealing with the 13th man jokes for a year now.

Guess what. Riders are back in the final again. Also, Montreal is back too!

Redemption will be ours.

AND I was at the game last week, whereby the aforementioned Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the hometown Calgary Stampeders. Heck of a game. Here is what it looked like to me.

Wow… McMahon Stadium looks CooooLD!


If the Riders weren’t in the game, I figure there may have been 20,000 people show up. WITH the Riders in the game, 33,000.


Almost there…


People still tailgate, even in this weather. There was a really funny smell coming from this group…


Just makes you want to book your next Caribbean vacation, doesn’t it?


Almost into the warm stadium. Not.


We made it to our seats. Dad had a large furry Muskrat die on his head on the way into the game. He said it was warmer than the hat he brought, so he left it there. Look! Ryders Eyewear, at the Riders game! Shaaa- ZAM!


Most of the Linemen were bare armed. There were a few times when the officials were looking at challenged plays that took 8-10 minutes. Those guys must have been ffffff freezing… gawd. This shot is just prior to kickoff.


This guy, James, was happy at the beginning of the game as the Stamps (red) went up 11-0 early on. Spoiler alert: he left sad. boo hoo.


I was hungry, so I buggered off down there (photo) to buy a couple burgers. While I was waiting in line, the Riders scored 2 touchdowns in the last couple minutes of the half to take the lead. Yeah! Then I tried to put some mustard on my hamburger, but the packet was frozen. It was the first time I put a mustardcicle on a burger. The Burger was pretty gross and it gave me Food Poisoning the next day. Remember way back when, like a week ago when I had Food poisoning for the first time ever? Yep, again. Dang. It was another tough day… oh well, it’s been a week now and I am finally able to eat a full meal again without feeling ill. sah-weet.


So. As I was heading back up to our seats, I thought this was a pretty cool spot to take  a photo. The home team wears red uniforms. This is what I mean by the 13th man, all that GREEN at an AWAY Game! YEah!. Rider Nation is EVERYWHERE! However, as I was taking this picture, a dude totally wiped out down the stairs.


I casually flipped the little green camera over to record video. Here is the result… Fun stuff indeed. Not too many people were injured in the making of this video.

Even at halftime, people went back out to do some more tailgating! wow!


Here is Dad, looking impressed.


The Game itself was really good. For being so incredibly cold out, there were some pretty amazing passing plays, and not too many turnovers!


It got cold enough in the third hour to have to pull out the Balaclava. Dad had one too. This thing was a life saver.

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This video pretty much tells the WHOLE story in 36 seconds! The Riders got a first down and can now run the clock out! *WoOt*

I just thought these two pictures captured the feel of just how cold it was…

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And now, as a treat to you, for reading all the way to the bottom of this post, here is a little instructional video of how to dress for a Football Game in Canada in November. Dad and I both were VERY well prepared after watching this video, and we both really enjoyed ourselves! I don’t know who the model is in this video. Never seen him before. Just a random video I found.

Now don’t say I never gave you anything, dear readers.

The Riders will play for the Grey Cup today at 2pm EST. Wish us luck! Oh, and if you have to ask about anything Canadian Football wise, just wiki the Canadian Football League for all the answers. The bottom line is, the game is very entertaining on both sides of the border…

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Weekend in the Mountains

I had a race in Banff this weekend. You can read all about it here.

We decided to make a weekend of it and also make it a birthday weekend for my Dad. We stayed in my Sisters 2nd condo in Canmore, she is selling this one, and enjoyed a beautiful time with family!

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Andrew enjoying his ‘motorcycle’IMG_7854 There are a few days I really like having dogs. This picture was taken while walking them early on Saturday morning… Isn’t that something?IMG_7893 Heading down to the river on a short hike…IMG_7900 At the river… beautiful…IMG_7901 Throwing rocks, don’t get too close!!IMG_7908 Party Time! we have had the most incredible November weather. It was 70 degrees today. I mowed my lawn when we got home, it was getting too long. We have trees and shrubs budding out – man are they in for a shock.IMG_7921 Open this Poppop!IMG_7923 Holy cow, whatta party!IMG_7926 Time for a swim!IMG_7940 Too much fun!!!IMG_7946 The cake was an Angel Food and we had fruit and whipped topping, yum! Andrew blew out the scented candle…IMG_7963 BIL Dean, has his B-day coming up soon too!IMG_7970 Dear Sis, trying to cut the cake… Dammit, just rip it! … I’m hungry.IMG_7971 Canmore… looks pretty nice.IMG_8000 I think this is actually the first family photo with all of us together. Traci, Me, Nan, Andrew, Poppop, Nicki and Dean. Yep that’s the whole team. Oh, and Scooby. IMG_8032 Looking good! Will we be getting this photo back on a Christmas card?IMG_8049 Traci and Andrew get a good one too!IMG_8054That’s a happy boy when he is running! IMG_8050 One last shot of a nice looking mountain…IMG_8036