Monthly Archives: March 2008

My Missed Birth

Canucks: Definition Choke

Let’s start with a little word association: choke. Do you think of the medical definition? The Chuck Palahniuk book? If you are a Vancouver fan you think of the Canucks 4-0 loss to Minnesota on Friday.

We have dropped four straight since that amazing victory over Edmonton last week, our number one player has gone home to be with his very pregnant wife and the injuries continue to mount on the forward and defensive line.

Canucks - Minnesota Fight

Like most Canucks fans I am hoping Luongo returns to the team soon, but also resent the fact that a six and a half million dollar salary does not ensure pregnancy is a little more planned out. If Vancouver does miss the playoffs by a single point then this will be seen as a pivotal reason why.

Canucks: Standings

Luongo has played nearly seventy games, and started twenty six straight but when his team needed him in a very tight battle for a playoff birth he is away. In a weeks time everything will be over and we will either be analyzing what went wrong or preparing for the post season.

My New Burger

RibWichThe stars have aligned and something magical has happened, the McRib has returned and is in Canada!

Readers will know that I was tormented with the Reunion Tour several years ago, but this time it is really in Canada. Not only has a co-worker had one, the McRib’s Wikipedia has been updated and lists Edmonton as a confirmed location. Every McDonald’s I have driven by has had me rubber necking to look for some McRib confirmation and every one promoted it on their sign.

In Canada, it is available for a limited time starting March 17, 2008 confirmed in Vancouver, BC, Edmonton, AB, Calgary, AB, Winnipeg, MB, Toronto, ON, London, ON, Ottawa, ON, Montreal, QC, and Halifax, NS.

The McRib is with you!

In a form of twisted fate and a way to build excitement, Global aired the Simpson’s Ribwich episode Saturday afternoon, only to further solidify my love for this burger. I wanted to try the McRib as early as Thursday but a hockey game, work and other family dinners held me back. Then on Sunday Dad said he had no less than five McRib’s in the last week, tormenting with tales of their sauce and deliciousness.

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Monday afternoon the time had come and I was able to to go through time and relive over a decade of hype, mystery and magic with two McRib’s all to myself. It was amazing and everything I had remembered. There was no lettuce to complicate the formula, just pickles, onions and meat. Several people walked by and asked if I was eating the mythical burger and all I could do was nod and encourage them to try one today.

Realizing that time is limited on the McRib I will be returning to McDonald’s very soon and continue the gluttonous path the McRib has started me on.

My Victory Strike

It may have been a regular season game but the energy in Rexall last night made it feel like a playoff game. The Oilers had climbed back from a tough losing stretch to be on the bubble of making the playoffs. With the regular season winding down every game was important, and when a rival is in town the stakes are raised even higher.

Last night I was graced with tickets to see Vancouver play Edmonton, and had a little moral support with Gord by my side wearing a Canucks jersey. The one thing I always enjoy is seeing how many Vancouver fans attend these games, it is nice to know you are not alone amongst a sea of copper and blue.

Edmonton-Vancouver - Luongo

My history of seeing Edmonton lose to Vancouver is quite good and in a pretty exciting game Vancouver came out top winning 4-1. I will give Edmonton credit, when the team scores Rexall is full of energy and if you are cheering for the opposition it feels like you are the only one not standing.

Before the game started Kevin Martin and his team were honored for their recent Brier victory. Out of principle I could not stand up, but seeing as I was already cheering for the away team I guess I went against the majority all night.

This victory was huge from Vancouver as the team went from being chased by the 10th placed team to only being a point behind the division leaders. As the season winds down every point and victory, both moral and in the game, can make the difference from the post season or not. If Vancouver does make the playoffs I would not be surprised if they noted this game as a catalyst in their final push.

Lost: Not Yet

Last night was made even more legendary in that the final batch of Lost episodes aired. I am glad that ABC decided to end on the eighth episode rather than the seventh because last night was so good. A season and a half have passed since we last saw Michael and Walt and their whereabouts, hardships and other questions were answered.

The four weeks will be long but it will also give me a chance to reflect on everything we have found out in this season. The Oceanic Six and those left behind, who is behind the fake Oceanic 815 crash, the fate of Karl and Danielle, the powers of the island and its force on those back in civilization and everything in between will be enough to question during this hiatus.

Lost

My Steering Committee

Ten days ago I picked up my rental car, a 2008 Grand Prix, while the Jetta went in to have its black eye fixed. I love my car, and in the last three years it has been the only car I have known. I am quite used to it, and the annoyances I do have with the Jetta are overlooked because of other features.

After ten days of driving the rental car I can safely say the only highlight was the satellite radio. Maybe it is because I am completely in love with my Jetta, which has an upgraded interior, but there are some things about the Grand Prix that are incredibly annoying.

Pontiac - Jetta logo

The stereo layout is awkward and not intuitive. The car feels huge, and parking is difficult because it feels like I am about to hit every car around me. A small detail, but one I noticed right away was the lack of cup holders. There were only two in the front seat and a very small storage area inside the door panel.

I’m glad to say that the Grand Prix is no longer in my life and I have been reunited with the Jetta. I originally had a whole post devoted to what I disliked about the Grand Prix but when I sat in the Jetta today all of that was forgotten.

As the snow melts, so should any hazardous conditions that may put another target symbol on the car. I was hoping to pick the car up when the roads were not as mucky because there is nothing like getting a freshly clean car, and since you haven’t driven it in a while it feels like a new vehicle in your hands.

In the last week I also had my plugged ear examined and it turned out to be an infection. Seeing as how the loss of hearing happened over night I guess that makes sense, but how it happened is still a mystery. My goal is to be moderately healthy for the wedding, and I hope that the ear infection is the last of my problems.

In the past six months I have had a checkup, blood work, ear infection, broken ankle, multiple nosebleeds and a cold sore so I think my quota should be met until July.