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Check Out What I Won

In what I consider a hilarious juxtaposition with yesterday’s blog posting, I have to tell you about the prize that I’ve won.

I’m a big fan of entering contests. Thanks to weekly contests at Videomatica and the Georgia Straight, I’ve probably seen more movies via free passes to sneak previews than I have actually paid to see movies. Sure, you end up seeing some less than-stellar flicks such as Touristas and Piranha 3D, but hey, free is free. Anyway, I regularly enter any contest1 that doesn’t require me to actually do any real work2. But I digress.

So on Friday I got a phone call from Executive Search Dating – a dating headhunter service – that I’d won their Valentine’s Day prize pack. I go for a “consultation” this week and then they are going to match me up with two “high quality” matches. No low quality troglodytes are getting a date with me on their watch! In addition to setting you up with the matches, they also arrange the dates for you – making reservations at one of their “partner restaurants” and finding a mutually convenient time for both of you.

At any rate, I figure it can’t hurt to try. I’m sure not meeting anyone in my day-to-day life, which isn’t surprising given that I work in heath care (where almost everyone is female), I play hockey with women, I go to a yoga studio with mostly women3. Honestly, I don’t know where Vancouver is keeping all the men. So, really, why not try this headhunter? And if the dates go really, really terribly, then that will make for excellent blog postings4. So it’s a win either way, right?

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In related news, I've tried the Blenz Red Band - you put this red band on your coffee cup to tell the world that you are single and approachable - twice now and not a single person talked to me. One time I was with another single friend and we both had the red band on our cups and the other time was a Saturday afternoon where I was working in the coffee shop for a couple of hours. Nothing. Fail. I also went to the launch party for Tingle, a new iPhone app for singles, on Friday. And the only people who ended up talking to my friend and me were three married guys who worked in software and were there for the app-ness, not the singleness. Triple fail.

 

  1. right now I’m trying to win a trip to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day from the radio station I listen to in the mornings. I now listen to it at night so that I can get their hourly password and enter it into their website for more chances to win! I’m such a sucker for these types of marketing schemes []
  2. lazy > desire to win contests []
  3. and even on the rare occasion that a guy shows up, you aren’t allowed to talk in the yoga studio anyway []
  4. you have been warned , potential high quality matches! []

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I Won!

I won! I won! I won! I won!

I never win stuff.  Well, until now.

I won Raul’s contest for a trip for romantic 3-hour snowshoeing and chocolate fondue tour at Cypress Mountain on February 25!  I’ve never been snowshoeing before!  I’m super stoked!  But there is one snag in my wonderful contest win – I just found out that my Valentine is out of town on the 25th! D’oh!

But never fear, I’m sure I can find someone who wants to go on snowshoeing with me and who won’t be out of town.  (Funnily enough, the first person I thought of was my skiing/boarding buddy, Rachel.  But Rachel is also out of town that week.)

Image credit: banfflakelouise on Flickr.

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My Greeny Valentine

Raul is having a contest where you write about what you are going to do to make your Valentine enviro-friendly and thenyou are entered into a draw to win a snowshoeing tour at Cypress Mountain (complete with chocolate fondue in a quaint little wooden hut).  And I’ve always wanted to go snowshoeing!

My dilemma, however, is if I blog about what I’m going to do for a green Valentine’s Day, it will ruin the surprise for my Valentine, who reads my blog.  What are you trying to do, Raul, ruin everyone’s V-Day?

But I *really* want that free snowshoeing tour.  Let’s see… can I be cryptic?  Hmm… turning the lights out saves energy, right?  Some nice soy-based candles are eco-friendly, yes?  (Also, I use rechargeable batteries for… things, so that counts for something.  TMI?)  😉

Free snowshoeing tour, please!

Image credit: xurde on Flickr

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Contest Entry: CanadaHelps Gift Card Giveaway

Miss604 is having her last contest of 2008 and this blog posting is my entry.  Supporting Canada Helps, a site that facilitates online charitable donations, the prize for this contest is one of two $25 e-gift cards that can be donated to the charity of your choice.  The contest requires that you write a blog posting about a charity that is close to your heart.  This is surprisingly difficult, as there are so many good charities out there.  But I’ve decided that the charity I would donate my $25 e-gift card to, should I win the contest, is the Pivot Legal Society.

Pivot Legal Society is a non-profit legal advocacy organization located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Pivot’s mandate is to take a strategic approach to social change, using the law to address the root causes that undermine the quality of life of those most on the margins.

We believe that everyone, regardless of income, benefits from a healthy and inclusive community where values such as opportunity, respect and equality are strongly rooted in the law. (From the Pivot website)

Pivot has been/is involved in a number of important issues, including addictions (including supporting the supervised injection site in Vancouver), homelessness, child welfare, policing, and sex workers rights.  I’ve had the opporutnity to meet with some amazing women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (and I have a number of inspiring colleagues who have done a great deal of work in the DTES) and I know that Pivot is doing really important work.