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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
i wanna hold you in the bible black pre-dawn / you're quite a quiet domino
— Wilco, I am Trying to Break Your Heart
July 30, 2013

Neil Young - Journey Through the Past

It’s OK. I’ve only listed to this song about 50 times in the last 24 hours.

Posted by skooter at 10:06 AM This entry is filed under Music.
Tags: Neil Young, Videos

July 26, 2013

Sound of Honda: Ayrton Senna 1989

Advertising as a work of art. Beautifully done Honda.

If you haven’t seen the documentary Senna you should watch it. It’s beautifully made.

Posted by skooter at 7:18 PM This entry is filed under Marketing, Sports.
Tags: Ayrton Senna, Honda

80mph on Human Powered Bicycle

Experiments in Speed from SpindleProductions on Vimeo.

So I’ve hit 73km on a downhill and it gets pretty scary. 80mph under your own power? I can’t even imagine.

A beautifully made film too.

Posted by skooter at 10:08 AM This entry is filed under Cycling.
Tags: Cycling, Speed

July 15, 2013

Yvon Chouinard - Imagine an Economy that Doesn’t Destroy Our Planet

Yvon Chouinard en la Universidad de Chile: Imaginando una Economía que No Destruya Nuestro Planeta from Patagonia Chile on Vimeo.

Calling Yvon Chouinard an inspiration hardly seems enough, really. The Patagonia founder has changed the world more than once, and has an outlook on his business that more leaders should share. In a world of disposable things, Chouinard makes things that last a long long time. Listen to him.

Posted by skooter at 8:01 PM This entry is filed under Design, Sports.
Tags: Environmentalism, Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard

July 12, 2013

It Rained Ten Years Ago in Vancouver

Twin Falls, Lynn Canyon, North Vancouver, BC When I say it rained ten years ago in Vancouver, I don’t mean “it rained a little bit.” I mean it poured: the day was mostly dry, as I recall, but the skies opened up at about 9:30 and a tremendous downpour ensued. It was pretty epic. It was also the last day of rain for about a three month period in Vancouver—we officially had a drought right after that. I could tell you a funny story about why I remember that, but let’s save that for another time.

I know this now not because I’m some kind of weather savant: I, in fact, am loathe to speak of the Weather Network and fail to understand people who watch it obsessively. Step outside. Live a little. Absorb the rain, the snow, the wind. You will be better for it. Don’t watch it on TV.

I know this because I got married 10 years ago, and that’s not the kind of day you forget—even if you try.

I moved to Vancouver in 2000 (though barely, arriving on Christmas Day of that year.) Kaye and I moved here following a job opportunity she had. The company I was working for in Toronto was failing to get its startup traction, and I had no compelling reason to stay so we headed west to grow up with our country. (Sorry about that Lucinda, but it’s a great line.)

It was good. Our first place here was literally out the back steps of Granville Island. I walk past that place on a fairly regular basis, in the vague way that you do when you wander around that neighbourhood. It was good.

We’d been together for a couple of years before we moved, and eventually—after being here a while—we decided to move and bought a house together. It was in North Vancouver, in the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood. It was a townhouse, to be precise, not a house but it was ours. We were happy, and it was quickly made into a home: we replaced flooring, bought new furniture, painted walls: all the things you do when you buy a place. The day we moved in, Richard died. When I got an email letting me know I crawled back into bed in tears. When I told Kaye happened, she told me to “Go to sleep.” I couldn’t. I got up and walked until the morning. I should have left that day. I know that now, but at the time I couldn’t see it. Being in love does that you. It makes you ignore the flaws. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes it’s bad.

Not long after that we got married. Things were good, and she was happy. After debating a few options, we decided to get married in Lynn Canyon. We loved that place. The restaurant that’s there now had just opened. As I recall, we were their second wedding. My memory way be wrong on that, but there weren’t many before us.

It was a good day: she looked beautiful in a custom made dress—cut on the bias of course, though I’ve no idea what that really means to this day—and I was outfitted by Harry Rosen. We had about 30 friends there and a good time was had, I think, by all. We threw a small party, we paid for it, and didn’t expect a thing. Kaye later told me that it was the happiest day of her life—she really did. It was for me too. We had a small group of friends and family. There were a few who couldn’t make it, but that was no big deal. We’d see them soon enough. We were happy with the ones we could share the day with.

Five months later, she left. Five months to the day. I’m don’t think she planned that, but if she had she couldn’t have timed it better.

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Posted by skooter at 7:19 PM This entry is filed under Narcicism.
Tags: Kaye Puhlmann, Marriage, Richard Charteris, Weddings

July 9, 2013

Jasper Sloan Yip at the CBC Plaza

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For the last three years, the CBC has been running a pretty good little series of concerts called—somewhat cheekily—Nooners on an outdoor stage in downtown Vancouver.

This year’s series kicked off last Friday with a show from Shad. Today was a day I’ve been waiting for for a while though: Jasper Sloan Yip played a set in advance of the release of his new album Foxtrot. Good times were had by all, and new fans were made. That’s what makes a good day of outdoor music.

Posted by skooter at 9:04 PM This entry is filed under Camera, Music.
Tags: CBC, Jasper Sloan Yip

July 1, 2013

Happy Canada Day with Captain Canuck

Captain Canuck from Sam Chou on Vimeo.

Captain Canuck is back (even if some of us know he never really went away.)

Posted by skooter at 7:11 AM This entry is filed under .
Tags: Captain Canuck, Comics, Videos