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Sharing the Apple goodness

May 28, 2010

Apple Glow

Today (May 28th, 2010) marked the day for the release of the iPad in Canada, the opening of a new Apple Store in Edmonton and the beginning of a new friendship for me.

I was very lucky to win an iPad in an online contest ran by iStockphoto and proudly announced it over my Twitter account. One of my followers had already bought himself one and was happy to share in my joy. Word spread and I was getting excited comments from several of my loyal followers wondering when I would be receiving my new gadget.

I soon realized that I wouldn’t be getting my iPad until after the release date here in Canada. This didn’t dampen my enthusiasm at all as I read tweets about this wonderful piece of new technology. It only served to make me more excited at the prospect of owning a shiny piece of Apple history.

While on Twitter this week I discovered that the opening of the new Apple Store at Southgate Mall in Edmonton was taking place. Before long I had arranged to meet @Wildsau at the grand opening. We have been following each other on Twitter for some time and decided to meet in person and share the experience as two Apple ‘fanboys’.

I went with the sole purpose of meeting @Wildsau (and to score a free T-Shirt), experience the Apple related frenzy and see the iPad up close. But, the best part of the morning was the chat over coffee with my new friend. Yet another example of why I love Twitter!

Open for business! iPad anyone?

Here is the video of the unveiling of Edmonton’s newest Apple Store…

Here is the CTV News coverage of the event…

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Olympic Spirit

January 19, 2010

As the Olympic flame winds its way across the country, many Canadians are fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of history in their community. Last week it was Beaumont’s turn to host the celebration of pride in our nation. It was just like Canada Day, apart from the freezing temperatures and snow on the ground. Children and adults were dressed in red and white, waving flags and singing ‘Oh Canada’ in anticipation of the arrival of the Olympic flame.

An excited crowd awaits the arrival of the torch.

The Olympic torch relay began its lengthy 45,000-kilometre journey across Canada on October 30 at Mile Zero of the Trans-Canada Highway in Victoria, B.C. Now it is almost on the final leg of the journey as the games are almost upon us. Here below is a picture of the path the torch has taken through Alberta, of the 12,000 torchbearers running across Canada, about 1,000 have been selected from our province.

The path of the torch through Alberta.

Here is a YouTube video that I hoped would capture the spirit and enthusiasm of everyone in Beaumont.

Mayor of Beaumont, Camille Berube introduces the Olympic Torch

Holding the flame aloft

Olympic Torch Relay, Beaumont AB

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A moment of clarity.

November 4, 2009

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OK, I’m not saying that the whole Swine Flu thing isn’t serious but I discovered a YouTube video that made me smile at least. I intend to get vaccinated along with the entire population of Edmonton and the queue jumping Calgary Flamers. In fact, I attempted to do just that last week. I picked up the wee one from day care and whisked her off to our local flu shot venue in the hopes of getting us both immunized, only to discover there was a huge line of people willing to wait out the 5 hours to get their shots. Totally impossible to do with a two year old. Now the powers that be have seen the light and the next round will be for high-risk groups that includes our daughter we may be successful.

I liked Chris LaBossiere’s blog about Top Ten Ron Liepert positions on the H1N1 Vaccine, joking apart, I could actually see the privatization one becoming a reality!

Anyway, have a look at the video and if you haven’t been one of the fortunate ones, good luck getting your flu shot before the evil pig strikes you down.

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Spudstock!

September 28, 2009
Edmontonians gather to harvest their crop of potatoes!

Edmontonians gather to harvest their crop of potatoes!

Regular readers of my blog will remember that about three weeks ago I posted a story on Norbest Farms and their Great Potato Giveaway. I first heard about it during a video I was shooting for Cheemo and the Edmonton Potato Growers. I decided to give it a little push in the form of promoting the event on Twitter. Who knew that it would have been so popular, we couldn’t believe our eyes when at 9:30am the traffic was tailing back all the way down Manning Drive as people flocked to fill their cars with 50lbs of spuds!

Traffic Jam

Traffic Jam

Unfortunately, we couldn’t sit and wait for two hours as we had our two year old little girl and my 80yr old father with us, so it was disappointing to have to turn around. However, it was incredible to see the line of vehicles waiting to get into Norbest Farms. I grabbed some video with my iPhone to capture the magnitude of the occasion.

Kudos to Gord Visser of Norbest Farms for putting on this event and offering the potatoes to Edmontonians. Here is an excerpt from a discussion between Gord and Joe Makowecki of Cheemo Perogies on the importance of the close proximity of farms like Norbest.

Now I promise to leave the subject of potatoes alone until maybe next year!

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The great potato giveaway!

September 11, 2009
One potato, two potato, three potato...

One potato, two potato, three potato...

Yes, that’s right, FREE potatoes! While on a video shoot for the Edmonton Potato Growers this week I learned about a special one day event in Fort Saskatchewan. Norbest Farms will be giving away more than 100,000lbs of spuds on September 26th, with an individual allowance of 50lbs per person. They are supplying re-usable bags and all you have to do is roll up your sleeves and get your fingers dirty! For more information follow the link to a PDF file below…

http://greateredmontonalliance.com/e…ads/potato.pdf

This event, organized in part by the Greater Edmonton Alliance is part of a campaign to preserve high yield farmland within urban development and create a strong local food economy. Learn about the significant contribution Edmonton’s farms and farming families make to the city. Here is a video clip of the potato harvest in action.

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A Taste of Edmonton

July 24, 2009

So, earlier this week I won seven $1 tickets to ‘A Taste of Edmonton’ on Twitter.

A blog called http://www.theedmontonian.com asked for alternative ideas for a deep fried delicacy to rival the Mars bar. I immediately ‘tweeted’ my suggestion of Oreos!

They liked it so much I won the tickets to cash in for food items at the event.

A fistful of tickets!

A fistful of tickets!

How much food could one obtain with seven tickets? We were about to find out. After walking around surveying what the stalls had to offer we decided to supplement them with 11 more.

"Where are the deep fried Oreos!?"

"Where are the deep fried Oreos!?"

First we had ‘Cheese Empanadas’ and ‘Chicken Enchiladas’ and then we had yummy ‘Crab Cakes with Cajun Mayonnaise’. The ‘Bacon Wrapped Scallops’ were a bit disappointing as we discovered one had the scallop missing! So it was just a piece of bacon on a stick!

Bacon on a stick!

Bacon on a stick!

Sadly, there were no ‘Deep Fried Oreos’ to sample so the winner was definitely the crab cake! Oh, and the baking hot 30º weather!

Got Crabs?

Got Crabs?

What's cooking Edmonton?

What's cooking Edmonton?

I would have liked to sample the Rabbit, but it moved too fast! 😉