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Monday, June 27, 2011

Stampede Song Guide

Stampede is fast approaching and i fear that all the non country fans are ill prepared for the hooting and hollering of what is to come.
I am aware that you are not country fans on a regular basis, but if you plan to go out to a pub, bar, club, or to Mrs Nashville North herself i would recomment you brush up on some of the popular songs, girls love a man that knows his country, or as Chris Cagle would say - Chicks Dig It.

Below is a list of songs that you NEED to know if you plan to get the full Stampede Experience. Its not nearly enough, but a good list of starters. And the majority of the artists are key for further study. It is also HIGHLY recommended that you learn to two step (even if this means practicing alone in your room). Especially for you gentleman. Even a girl that DOES NOT dance with random boys will make an exception for a man that asks her to two-step. I would know, because I am one of those girls.

So here it is! Your Guide to the Stampede night scene. Derived from my extensive archive of country music and hand picked from previous experience at many stampede locations, including working at Ranchmans. (note that these are only upbeat songs. You should also reseach some of the slower songs from these artists if you want to get in on the slow dancing ;) Popular Artists are marked with a star)
  • Turn it up - Aaron Lines* (Nahsville North on July 8th.. Ill be there!)
  • Seeing Things - Aaron Lines
  • Don't Rock the Jukebox - Alan Jackson*
  • Summertime Blues - Alan Jackson
  • Save a Horse - Big & Rich (if you dont know this one... thank GOD you found this list... you need serious help)
  • Honey Bee - Blake Shelton
  • Hold me in your arms - Brad Paisley*
  • Ticks - Brad Paisley
  • Chicks Dig It - Chris Cagle
  • The Truck Got Stuck - Corb Lund
  • I Wanna Be in the Cavalry - Corb Lund
  • What Was i Thinkin' - Dierks Bentley
  • Lot of Leaving Left To Do - Dierks Bentley
  • If You Were My Girl - Emerson Drive
  • Callin Baton Rouge - Garth Brooks*
  • Nothing on but the Radio - Gary Allan
  • Good Day to Ride - George Canyon
  • Give it Away - George Straight*
  • Hillbillies - Hot Apple Pie
  • What's a Guy to Do - Joe Nichols
  • Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off - Joe Nichols
  • Firecracker - Josh Turner
  • Kiss a Girl - Keith Urban*
  • Sweet Thing - Keith Urban
  • Hit the Ground Running - Keith Urban
  • Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me - Keith Urban
  • I Wanna Love Somebody Like You - Keith Urban
  • Never Wanted Nothing More - Kenny Chesney*
  • Living in Fast Forward - Kenny Chesney
  • Fishin' in the Dark - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Convoy - Paul Brandt*
  • Come on & Get Some - Paul Brandt
  • Alberta Bound - Paul Brandt
  • Suds in the Bucket - Sara Evans
  • Any Man of Mine - Shania Twain
  • It Happens - Sugarland
  • The World Needs a Drink - Terri Clark*
  • Are you Gonna Kiss Me or Not - Thompson Square
  • I Like it, I Love it, I Want Some More of it - Tim Mcgraw*
  • Drinkin' Bone - Tracy Byrd
  • Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band
It is also important to try to learn a line dance.
If you are completely incompetent in the dance department the easiest one (and luckily for you, the most popular) is:
Hope this helped!  Enjoy the Calgary Stampede! Get your dance on!

PS: If I missed any Key songs leave a comment with the song name and artist.

Moving on up! And a little to the right.

The internship is winding down and a whole new set of adventures is ahead of me.
I can say that this has been an eye opening, thrilling, helpful experience and I am so glad i had the opportunity to partake in it. I have learned a few things:
  1. I don't like getting up early
  2. 9-5:30, mon-fri are not my dream hours
  3. There is A LOT of reading in copywriting and I think it should be named 'copyproofing'
  4. I really enjoy editing content, small bits at a time
  5. I now have a new drive to learn and improve my art direction skills so that I will not be limited to reading/writing.
  6. I hope to have an office one day so that when I need a break from reading I won't feel guilty looking through facebook or watching videos.
  7. Make SURE you check who you are sending a message to on skype, especially if both your boyfriend and your boss have open chats going. Thank god for the 'delete message' option. (no... nothing dirty... but things that would be inappropriate to send your boss none the less)
  8. It seems to be common that people ACTUALLY type grammatically  correct when using skype for work, and emoticons are frowned upon.
  9. Something in the air of offices makes you sneeze A LOT.
  10. There are a lot of pretty cool people in this industry, and with a tweak of goals, I hope to be one of them.

I will miss Vancouver very much. its beautiful, has great people (aside from those who were mentioned in the previous post), there is always so much to do, and two of my most loved people live here! This will definitely be a place that I start adding to my vacation plans. Visiting the people here would be reason enough, not to mention the uncharted waters!

From here I am off to a friends wedding for two days on one of Vancouver's beautiful islands. Sun, water, dancing, celebrating, food, and drink. Jealous yet?! It will be fantastic.

After celebrating love for a few days, My boyfriend and I continue celebrating love by taking a road trip together! Back to Vancouver for a day for one last goodbye, down to Kelowna for 2 nights of camping and beach leasure, down to Revelstoke to explore all things enchanted, and get a birds eye view of the beautiful mountain forestry. After one final night, in the comfort of a hotel this time, we are headed back to calgary. Returning just in time (fingers crossed) for my spanish lesson, and with only one evening to prepare for.. what? OPENING DAY AT THE CALGARY STAMPEDE AND AARON LINES AT NASHVILLE NORTH!!!!!!

All I can say... is that I am excited as FUCK for the week ahead.

Oh, and did I mention that its Matt and my 6th month of dating? In his words, 'its official' (since apparently nobody takes it seriously until this point. Luckily for us this 6 months is based on the day you started dating rather then how much time you have spent in person. ha.)

So with that, I leave you for a week of love, bliss, relaxation, and enchantment.
And with a few following videos to get you pumped up for THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

You stab a man for wearing yellow?

Alright, so scratch my previous post. Almost completely. Although I do hope the Europeans enjoyed their solar eclipse.

But i just want to get a few things figured out here, and make a few observations:

1. Your team makes it to game 7 of the Stanley cup playoffs and you... have an angry riot? I am seriously asking this, but... What exactly are you mad at? Should you not just be super proud that you had a great season and made it this far and got silver? Maybe have warm wishes for next year?
1a) Observation/Opinion: The people that were rioting were not the actual fans, they were merely bandwagon jumpers who had no right to participate in any celebration or loss. A real fan would not be angry that their team lost in game 7; Disappointed maybe, but not upset. I believe that the city should, for future reference, not prevoke mass amounts of people with screens. As a real fan, i did not find them useful in the least because the game was hardly visible. Therefore, the people who really care are at home watching it with friends, and the people that just want to drink, party, and cause problems are down there cheering when others cheer and booing excessively if someone makes a mistake.

2.  You stab a man for wearing yellow? I mean... in the end, its a yellow jersey with a B on the front. And that somehow offends you? I mean. The pink squirrel flannel pajamas i am wearing are kind of offensive too i suppose, because they are hideous... but other then that... its fabric. Or is it what it represents? An activity played on ice by people ages 2-70 in way that is both fun and entertaining? A group of men who happened to get drafted to a city where they did not live to play out their dream of playing a sport they live and making a living at it? You are stabbing someone that is supporting a group of 20-35 year old men doing what they love wherever they could get picked up? I am guessing you don't drive a Chrysler do you. But you think it is alright to cheer for another group of men who are doing the same thing, from all around the WORLD, including the states, and happen to be wearing a blue and green colored fabric? Are you going to stab me? My squirrels look sad trying to find their acorns. Does that offend you too? How about my red polka dot pants. Red is the colour of a stop light. Does that make you angry? On a second note. I heard that Canucks fans were yelling at a man because he was walking his BOSTON terrier. A Dog... with the word 'Boston' in its breed... ha.. ha... {bang!}. I mean really. Its a sporting event for god sakes. And you sure as hell do not deserve to participate in it. Get the fuck out of life.

3. Let me this this straight... Your team loses in game 7 and you... burn your own city? Wow... Way to think that one through guys. Bet you are proud of yourself now. I am actually SO proud to be Calgarian right now because out of the 3 places i 'live', it is the only one that has not recently had a dangerous, useless riot over something so ridiculous. We lost in game 7 in 2004 and... went home disappointed...? Sorry if that's not dramatic enough for you... but i think its pretty awesome to show that we are decent human beings with respect for yourselves, our city, and our friends and family.
2a) Observation/Opinion: wow... just wow... glad i don't live here and have to pay the taxes to rebuilt what has been broken. And what makes me mad, is the people that trashed things all looked like the skum of the city and probably don't even make enough to pay the taxes needed to rebuild what they broke. Freeloaders from the start. I'm with my dad when he says 'they should just have snipers on roofs shooting anyone who throws something through a window or lights a match'. If this were the case, I would join the police force. Because clearly people that are that reckless and juvenile are no help to civilization and should be wiped out prematurely. I'm all for survival of the fittest, even when its forced.

4. You see a car fire and you take a picture? really? Other then the fact that you are an idiot, what is your excuse? I don't care if you were 'just watching'. I hope you spend the rest of your life knowing that you caused people to die. Because there were so many crowds 'watching' what was happening, the cops could not get to people being beaten and stabbed in time. or even to arrest everyone that was being reckless. Next time, get the fuck out of the way. Go home. And watch it on the news like the rest of us. Unless you are a firefighter, you should never run towards a fire. And unless you are risking your life like police officers are every day and trying to break up and stop the things that are happening, don't be anywhere near it.
3a) Observation/Opinion: I wish that I knew more people here and could recognize some faces, because i would not even take a breath before I called 911 and reported them. That goes for my friends in Calgary or Toronto as well. If a riot breaks out, hide your face if you are involved because I WILL report you.. i don't need friends like that anyway; though i pride myself on not involving myself with morons.

5. The next time someone says they 'hate cops' (or any ridiculous slang for the police) I will do a various number of negative things to you depending on my relationship to you. If you are my friend, you wont be any longer, and if you are a stupid hoodlum with a bad attitude, i may risk my life to kick you in the face (i will find a way to get you on the ground first). First of all. The police are strict because they need to be. And in Canada, they are too lenient. Have you seen major riots like this over such small things in the states? no. because they know that they would get their asses kicked. It is a damn good thing that I am not a police officer because it would not be long before i was arrested myself for police brutality. There are so many god damn unintelligent and dangerous people out there that i don't think its a bad thing to knock a few of them out, even permanently. If you have a legitimate reason to hate the police, then i have a legitimate reason to hate you. Whether you are drinking on the street and they pour it out, speeding through a playground zone and they give you a ticket, or lighting cars on fire and looting department stores, if you say 'i hate the police' you are officially part of this rant. Maybe try to do something with your life where the police do not need to bother you. Help yourself, your city, your friends and family, and humanity as a whole.

In conclusion.
I know that it was not all of Vancouver causing problems last night, and it is unfortunate that this is now a reputation of the city. But those of us educated, mannered, and decent human beings that are still around need to band together and give ourselves a reason to live, because this view of humanity that i now have engrained in my head makes me wonder why we even bother trying.

Ps: I learned that I am scared of myself last night, because watching 4 Canucks beat 1 Boston fan on tv, I thought to myself that if i had been there i probably would have interjected and gotten the shit kicked out of me. But that poor man didn't deserve it.

Pps: Even if this kills me. I would like to make a shout out to the Boston Bruins. You guys played amazing. You showed up to every game. And you deserved that win. Anyone that says otherwise is blinded to true sportsmanship.

I need some faith in humanity.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Once in a lifetime experiences, but hopefully not.

(listen to the link below while you read this. Makes it sooooooo much more exciting. But make sure to go back and watch the other links too. They are golden.)

(Get Get Get Ready Ready Ready to RUMBLE!)
Ya'll ready for this?
Ya'll ready for this?
Whoomp there it is!
Pump up the Jam, Yo Pump it Up, Yo Pump it
This is Your Night
Be Aggressive, B-E Aggressive
Ya'll ready for this? 

Welcome to the big show
let me hear ya say WAY-OH! (Way-oh!) 

I think that I am having a pretty lucky month being able to have an internship in Vancouver, hang out with one of my best friends whom I never see, get closer with my really awesome cousin, and... what? THE CANUCKS ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS WHILE I AM HERE?!
No fricken way. Yes way! No way. Serious? WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

I am not one of those bandwagon jumpers, completely anyway. I cheer for the flames when they are playing, but the Canucks have always been my back up team to cheer for if the flames are not on the ice. And because of this I am SUPER pumped that the final game is tonight and one of my 2 teams could win it all!
It is true that i am going downtown, getting the full experience, but I, unlike 90% of the people down there, are there to watch the game and cheer for the team. Not to get drunk and force hi-fives onto people with dirty hands.
Though? I am looking at it like an experience that, odds are, won't happen again. Not that the Canucks won't make it again, but that I will be staying in the city where the team I am cheering for is 'Searching for Stanely', especially with my city hopping schedule.
So I am not only excited about the hockey, I am excited that I get to partake in such an exciting experience, watching most of Canada, and various places around the world, unite to cheer for a single cause, one that is based purely on joy (even though the fighting may say otherwise). THE GREATEST SPORT (to watch) IN THE WORLD! (except for maybe rugby... that shit is intense)
It is not very often that experiences like this come along. Experiences that only happen 'once in a lifetime' (but hopefully not).
I missed the last 'Once in a lifetime' experience. And that one was ACTUALLY once in a lifetime, and not everyones' lifetime either. The Solar eclipse that happened last December. I was in mexico and had every intention to watch it, however... i fell asleep... 
But I'm not falling asleep for this one Canucks Fans! I will be there, representing all fans that do not live in this city, cheering my heart out. Throat scratching, fist pumping, arm waving, feet stomping cheering. Damn right. THIS IS THE FINALS BITCHES! DO IT UP!
Also... Luongo reminds me of my long lost Mexican lover (not actual lover) Alberto. Mexico may have been a skewed trip of missed experiences, but not Vancouver. Oh no sir. Tomorrow may hurt at work, but...
OH YEA! And i get to watch the game with everything else that is awesome about this city. My cousin, my friend, and my internship (or at least a person from it)


And speaking of 'not so once in a lifetime experiences', Get out a blanket and cuddle up to a loved one, tonight is a not-so-infrequent Total Lunar Eclipse. That is.. if you are in Europe or Asia.

So lets remember tonight, the 15th of June, 2011, as a night of Bliss and Beauty.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Working for the sake of working.

I have recently started a month long internship in the beautiful city of Vancouver. Although Vancouver has so many positive points that I would like to touch on for the sake of potential visitors, I will limit this specific blog to work related information.

I am really excited to get a taste of what it's like in the real world and so far... I'M LOVNG IT (MacDonalds style... even the walls are red and yellow... no lie).

Previous jobs, and most jobs that are held by school aged workers, are simply jobs that you work for the sake of working. These jobs require you to show up on time because that's when you were scheduled, and clock out on time because they don't want to pay you overtime; and most importantly, try your very hardest to keep busy during the hours in between. Not only is this method painful, boring, and horribly degrading, it does not give you a sense of purpose.

When it comes to jobs, or internships, such as the one I am currently doing, you feel needed, like there is actually some sort of reason for you to get up in the morning. On my very first day on the job I left at the end of the day with things to finish. This concept translates into a REASON to go to work the next day. My second day on the job I felt like I HAD to get to work on time because I needed all the time I could get to finish the project I was working on, aside from the obvious responsibility of coming to work on time for the sake of looking hire-able. I came into work, sat down, and started to do what I needed to do. This didn't involve cleaning something I cleaned yesterday, facing a box that was 1degree to the left, or twiddling my thumbs waiting for someone to need a hand with something. I actually had work to do. I really can't think of a better work related feeling at the moment.

I also find it really cool to be part of a well oiled machine. I am a writer. As a writer I create the copy for, say, a website. It is really interesting to be categorizing and editing information for a company and look across the room to see the mock up of the front page being put together. Then to then look to the other side of the room and see (not that I could tell quite yet) the programming being done for the website, people that make the clicks click and pop-ups pop-up. Together we are making one website, for what I would consider a very lucky client.

The only problem that I can think of right now with this job is... I DON'T WANT TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL! Now that I have gotten a taste of what it's really like I don't want to go back to doing projects that don't actually become anything, or write essays that will only be recycled the next semester, or even worse, learning STATISTICS (thank god I am finished that already). Also... I don't particularily like early mornings... but even that has a positive: I am being productive and living life and loving it.

Needless to say. I love being a working girl and I hope to write till I drop.