Bridget and I went snowboarding at Grouse Mountain today. They’ve received 40cm in the last few days and had a base of 140cm today. The snow was great and their new high-speed chairs are superb. It was Bridget’s second time snowboarding and by the end of the day she was linking turns and riding quite comfortably – I’m looking forward to watching her progress.
There’s more snow in the forecast so I expect we’ll be up the local hills fairly regularly in December. I’ll keep you posted on our experiences.
Gary Bearchell shows us the proper way to perform a shakey face.
It’s Grey Cup weekend in Vancouver and a bunch of us went out to celebrate Gary’s 29th birthday. We started at the Loose Moose, watching the Canuck’s game (WITH NO SOUND!), and then made our way over to Yuk-Yuk’s for the second show of the evening.
Gary managed to get together a great crew for last night’s outing. A crew that appreciates his kindness, support, sense of humour, and incredible shakeyface abilities (see picture).
Happy Birthday buddy!
I got a chance to escape Vancouver’s fog yesterday by going snowboarding with three of my friends, Gary, Jude, and Ryan. We met up at Cypress Mountain at 9am, got the boards waxed, and hit the slopes.
Cypress had their two main chairs running and about 40% of the terrain open. The conditions were very spring-like and the groomed runs were lots of fun. The few ungroomed portions of the mountain that were open were very icy and weren’t particularly appealing to snowboarders.
We logged 10-12 runs, had a great lunch in the pub, and left the mountain at about 3pm when the rain started coming down. All in all it was a great start to the season – and the mountain will be in great shape with one more dump of snow – expected later this week or early next.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve recently joined Toastmasters in Vancouver. On Wednesday, my fourth Toastmasters meeting, I prepared and delivered a 4-6 minute “Ice Breaker Speech”.
Usually this would have been a fairly terrifying experience, but after having spent four Wednesdays with Toastmasters I felt pretty comfortable delivering the speech.
I realized at the end of my speech that I’d missed a part in my intro that really would’ve allowed me to nail the conclusion of my speech – but the beauty of Toastmasters is that I can speak again next week and make improvements.
I had a number of “ums” and “ahhhs”, could’ve used pauses more effectively, and should have spoken a little louder. I’m looking forward to next week so I can work on improving in these areas.
I’m having a lot of fun with Vancore Toastmasters and am really impressed with the quality people who are involved.
I’ve recently joined a great Toastmasters group based in downtown Vancouver. I have wanted to be part of Toastmasters for years but haven’t had the time or the right opportunity. When I found out about Vancore’s late-afternoon Wednesday meeting I was really excited to be able to try it out. Toastmasters didn’t disappoint. It’s a very supportive environment with a group of professionals who are really interested in helping to improve your public speaking skills.
The best part about Toastmasters is all the interesting stories and presentations the members tell. You learn a lot about a group of people – and they’re all good speakers.
I’m looking forward to working through the speeches and getting to know everyone a bit better. It’s been a great experience so far.
Toastmasters in Vancouver – Vancore Toastmasters