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Quatchi the Samsquantch

In my Google Reader, along with feeds of all the blogs I read1, I have the feed of a Flickr search for Quatchi, the most adorable of the  Olympic mascots.  During the run up to, and for the duration of, the Olympics, there were tonnes of photos of of this adorable the sasquatch every day. Not surprisingly, there are far fewer Quatchi photos posted in Flickr these days, but I still usually get a few a week.  Like this one of Quatchi eating a French fry, which I can’t post here because it’s copyrighted as “All Rights Reserved.”  But seriously, French fries are my favourite food in the whole world!  It’s like we are twins!

Anyway, the other day this picture popped up in the feed and I nearly snorted milk out of my nose2 (this is a screen shot of the Flickr photo page, so you can see the title):

quatchi the samsquantch

Quatchi, you crazy Samsquantch, you!

  1. and a bunch that I don’t. Note to self: clean up your Google Reader! []
  2. except for the minor fact that I don’t drink milk []

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The Quatchi Kid is Back!

Hey, remember that Quatchi kid from Halloween? He’s back! Check out this adorable video!

In related news, I have yet to see big Quatchi out and about during the Olympics.  And I soooo want my picture with Quatchi!  If anyone knows where I might find him, you be sure to let me know!

OK, women’s gold medal hockey game is back on – third period!  I’m on the edge of my seat!!

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Olympic Tickets

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Yesterday was “phase 3” of Vancouver 2010 Olympic ticket sales1.  I hadn’t tried to buy tickets in phases 1 or 22, but decided to give it a shot this time.

Because so many people want to buy Olympic tickets, the procedure for buying them involves going to the website at the appointed time and sitting in a “virtual waiting room,” which refreshes every 30 seconds.  From this “virtual waiting room,” people are (allegedly) randomly selected to move to the “buying room”3 where they have 12 minutes to pick the tickets they want and purchase them.  With Visa.  Visa is an Olympic sponsor, and so is the only credit card you can use to buy tickets.  They must be making a fortune on this!

I waited in the virtual waiting room for SIX HOURS. Seriously.  I mean, I was doing other things during that time, and just had the waiting room up in Firefox.  After about six hours, my friend Karen Google chatted me and said she’d gotten into the “buying room” after just 1/2 hr!  Now, the Olympic website said in no uncertain terms that if you had the waiting room opened in multiple browsers and/or multiple tabs in a browser, it would screw up the system and cause you to time out.  Yet Karen told me that she’d had it opened in 10 tabs!!  So I opened up the virtual waiting room in Safari and got into the buying room in just 10 minutes!  Silly me, reading the fine print and following the rules!

By this time, all tickets for the men’s hockey that didn’t cost one zillion dollars were gone, but I did manage to snag tickets to two events:

  • women’s hockey playoffs
  • sledge hockey playoffs

So my wallet is $500 lighter4, but I figure having the Olympics in your city is a once in a lifetime thing.

I hope I get to meet Quatchi.

  1. Phase 3 was supposed to happen the previous Saturday, but there computer system was b0rked, so they made it yesterday instead. []
  2. although my friend Rachel got a bunch of tickets in phase 2, so I’m going to a women’s prelim hockey game – CAN vs. SVK – with her []
  3. they don’t actually call it that, but that’s what I was calling it, for lack of a better title []
  4. although I did buy 4 tickets to both of those events, so I’ll recoup some of that when I figure out who I’m going to invite to come with me and Tod []

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ZOMG, This Hallowe’en Costume Is The Bomb!

But the photo doesn’t have a Creative Commons license, so you’ll have to go to the Flickr photo page to see it.Update: Janette is awesome and put a Creative Commons license on this photo, so now I can share it with you here! Thanks, Janette! I hope your little Quatchi gets lots of candy on Saturday!

Trying out the costume by Janetterie.

I may or may not have a search for Quatchi Flickr photos in my Google Reader.

Update: Janette linked to this video in the comments section and I had to post it: too cute!!

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zomg, my plant is still alive!

Somehow, I’ve managed to keep this plant alive for more than a month:

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I’m pretty sure that’s a record for me.  My other plant, which I received about aweek after this one is also still alive, but it’s spent the past week on vacation in one of my coworkers’ offices as she has a window and we figured that since it was looking a little lacklustre, perhaps some sunshine would do it some good.

Also, I got sick of never being able to find my keys in my purse, so got these:

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Quatchi & Mukmuk keychains!  Of course, I’ve merely replaced the can’t-find-my-keys problem with the can-no-longer-close-my-purse problem.

And finally, Satan drives a minivan:

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‘Tis the season…

…to receive.  I mean to give. And receive.

OK, I have to admit that I’m a bit of a child when it comes to getting presents.  I can’t help it – I love ripping open wrapping paper to see what someone’s given me. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not completely selfish. I love buying presents for other people (especially when I find just the most perfect thing that I know they will love!). But if we didn’t like getting presents, wouldn’t there be no joy for the giver of the gift?  OK, enough with the rationalization. On with the prezzies.

Kalev and I exchanged gifts earlier this week, since I’m going to be gone to Mexico soon.  In addition to the last installment of Y: The Last Man, all the prior installments of which he’s given me previously and the story of which I’m just dying to find out how it ends, he got me a Quatchi hoodie:

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As you know, Quatchi is my favourite of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic mascots.  Inexplicably, they don’t make adult-sized clothing with Olympic mascots on them1, so Kalev had to get me a child-sized hoodie:

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Good thing I’m child-sized, because this totally fits me. And it’s cosy and warm!

I think the best thing about the hoodie is that inside the hood is lined with pictures of all the mascots playing winter sports:

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Look, there they are playing hockey!  And Quatchi is the goalie!

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In other present-related news, I also received this package in the mail from my parents:

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the Luongo card is from my dad.

I know of two other packages that are winging their way towards me, but which I’ll just have to wait until I get back to open, as I leave on Monday first thing in the morning.

And then there’s the best gift of all… a trip to Mexico!

In conclusion, I’m spoiled.

1Adults can too like Quatchi!