Friday, December 30, 2005

Help Me Find Sally

Maybe you or someone you know can help me out. There is someone I know that I am not able to get a hold of and I'm worried about her.

In September I began a Psychology course at UBC. A couple of weeks in, I became friends with Sally. We would chat before each class, mainly about the Canucks, and how we hoped there were three presentations that day. We would watch the professor to see if she put her stuff on the podium, or on a front desk. The latter would foreshadow presentations! It was a very busy time for me, with moving and such, and I had a lot on my mind each morning, so I didn't find out much about her beyond her obsession with the Canucks, and her playing ice hockey, I believe in North Van. She has a boyfriend. Like me, this was her first semester at UBC; she had transfered from Capilano College. Unlike me, she was also taking several other courses, including geography.

After writing the midterm, we were anxious to find out our marks. The day we finally got them, she was absent for the first time all semester, two and half months in. She showed at the next class and I asked about her absence. She said that after her hockey game on the weekend, her chest was hurting. She was told she had to have tests done, and they scheduled it during the previous class's time. She said she would get the results of the tests soon. She then viewed her exam marks and seemed pretty happy about it. After that class she never showed up again.

Knowing only her first name, there was no way I could find her phone number in the white pages or online. There was another girl who she often talked to in class, and I was hoping I could ask her, but she was absent for several classes too. Finally, at the very last class before the final, the other girl was there. After class I went up to her and asked her about Sally. Turns out she was equally concerned. She said she had Sally's email address, but not with her, so I gave her my email address and phone number to give to Sally. Very stupidly, I did not get the other girl's email address and phone number; neither of them showed up to the final exam (I recall hearing that the other girl was going to write it at a different time), and to this day I haven't heard from either of them.

I've thought about Sally a lot since her disappearance, and I'd really like to know that she's alright.

I know the chances of this posting leading to anything are very slim, but the chances are greater than if I didn't post anything, right? If you know someone named Sally that was taking a Psychology: Socialization and Media course at UBC during this past semester, please let me know. Thanks.

I'm going to explore other avenues in an attempt to contact her.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

"Will You..." Again

In a recent post talking about recent engagements, I asked "who's next?" Turns out it's K&C. Congratulations K&C! I really liked how K set it up.. The ring was at the bottom of C's stocking on Christmas morning. Very well done K, very well done.

K&K, D&K, K&C.. Quadruple K, that's odd.

My step-nephew was released from hospital on Christmas. That's a good gift for everyone.

Saturday, December 24, 2005


Sure it's Christmas eve and I should be doing other things at this time, but I saw an ad in a recent Georgia Straight which shocked and saddened me and I had to share it with you.

It was a huge ad, possibly full-page, announcing an upcoming Nickelback concert. That's bad enough. What's worse
is that they are able to have a concert at GM Place. What's even worse is that opening for them is the band Live. You have no idea how shocked I was at reading that. And saddened. Nickelback should not be headlining at a venue such as GM Place. They should be opening for Live. Live is partially to blame though.. From what I've heard of them since Throwing Copper, they haven't really built on their potential, although I do like The Distance to Here.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go listen to Throwing Copper straight through.. uhh, I mean go put on some Christmas music..

Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

An Engaging Threesome

There must be something in the autumnal air.

Last night Biscotti and I went down to Stanley Park for a ride on the 'Bright Nights in Stanley Park' Christmas Train.
We were accompanied by our friends D & K. We got there early, so we all took a stroll through the petting zoo area before making our way to the train's holding area. When our train came in, Biscotti and I took a seat right in front of D & K. The ride was nice enough, with Biscotti and I singing merrily along to the Christmas songs. About halfway through, right after the dancing gingerbread man on stilts, it got quite quiet behind us. Upon arrival at our station, we were walking towards the hot chocolate vendors when K said, 'should we tell them?' So D takes her hand and shows us a sparkling ring on her finger that wasn't there when we boarded the train (not that I'm always looking at her fingers, cuz I'm not). I believe the reaction from both Biscotti and I was 'Wha?'
Très cool, oui? Congrats again D & K!

So as you may recall, Biscotti and I got engaged in early October. Then K & K got engaged in early December. Then D & K got engaged yesterday. Who's next?

Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday Dear Biscotti
Happy Birthday To You!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Images That Link

Over the past two days I've been tutoring myself in the field of linkable images. At first there was much confusion and anger. I'm not going to lie to you, quitting was definitely nigh. But then a breakthrough. Much like my Marek breakthrough a few posts ago, there was a sudden "a-ha" moment. Okay, not so much a moment as a five-minute span.

You can see the results thus far by viewing (and clicking!) my cool sites, located là-bas ------>

You can also view the results of my newfound capabilities by viewing my bookcrossing bookshelf. What? My bookshelf contains a wishlist? Just in time for Christmas? How convenient!

In future posts that contain images, try clicking on them (that is, click on the images, not the posts). Sometimes you'll be taken to a relevant site, sometimes you'll see a larger version of the same image, sometimes nothing will happen, and sometimes your computer screen will explode. But that's a risk you're willing to take right? I thought so.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Think Positive Thoughts

I have a step-nephew who is days old and in the hospital in rough shape. Pull through buddy. Biscotti and I are thinking of you.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Wuv, Twue Wuv

Two stories to tell you about witnessing marriage proposals over the weekend. The first one I witnessed firsthand. It happened Saturday night when Biscotti and I went to see the Dan Joffre improv show. Two audience members were brought up to do a scene. Eventually, the two of them were on stage alone, and the guy started getting all mushy and sentimental. Sure enough, he ended his monologue by presenting a ring. She said yes. It's the first time I've ever seen a proposal in person, other than my own.

That was going to be the big story of the weekend until I heard from my friend K. He called me on Sunday after he and K (yes, K & K) got back from their umpteenth trip to Paris. It started off with idle banter til he suddenly broke the news without warning. I almost missed it on my crackling phone. Readers of my blog, try to guess how he proposed. Remember, they were in Paris. (And by readers, I don't just mean Cher. I know there are more of you reading, just not commenting.. Wait, I changed that today. It's no longer "commenting", it's "sparking the glow"!)

Congrats to K & K on your engagement. As I've already told you, Biscotti and I are very happy for you both. Cheers.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Google Video of the Day

I've added a new site to my cool sites located on the right side of the page. It's Google Video of the Day. Every day, hundreds of people, ordinary people like you and me, upload their videos to Google Video. Then one guy, let's call him Michael, sifts through all "the crap" and posts at least one good video per day onto his blog. So check it out. And check out the other sites I have listed as cool sites. A couple of them are posted there for easy access by me, but most of them are there for you just as much as for me. Don't say I never did nothin' for ya.

Here's a video that Michael hasn't posted on his site, but I saw it several months ago, loved it, and just found it on Google Video. I give you now, a DUI Stop.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Dentist Confirmation

After not going to the dentist for a while, I went to a new one last June. Have to say I was quite pleased. Wasn't at all like the torture that I had previously thought was a necessary part of being a dentist's patient. They tried to make my next appointment on my birthday, but I screamed obscenities at them and they changed it. So my next appointment is tomorrow. As expected, I got a postcard from my dentist in the mail last week, asking me to call and confirm my scheduled appointment, which I promptly did. This morning, I got voicemail on my mobile. It was my dentist's office, reminding me of my appointment tomorrow. That in itself would be okay. I mean, if they have the time and energy to be calling all their patients the day before to remind them of their appointments, props to them. But no, they ended the message by asking me to call and confirm the appointment. So me calling and confirming the appointment just a week before is not enough, now I need to call and confirm once more, less than 24 hours before? Is this normal?

Saturday, December 03, 2005


As I was saying, I sent out a mass email to many many people with my new post-move contact info. Since then I've discovered a secret for making all the "to" email addresses become hidden from all the recipients. All my recipients were subjected to much nonsense before getting to the relevant stuff. Has a time-traveling machine been marketed yet?

My tech savvy has been improving, but is still insufficient in some capacities. After witnessing ex-Canuck Marek Malik's attempt to garner a win for the surprising Rangers in the longest shoot-out of the year thus far, I had been hoping to find a way to share it with others. Then time passed and I lost interest. Today something serendipitous happened. I was checking in to see if my friend Brad had updated his blog, which is a rare thing indeed, and waddaya know, he had. Not only that, he had posted a note introducing his new video gallery, with Malik's shoot-out attempt headlining it!

So, instead of me linking you to the video clip directly, I link you to Brad's video gallery which links you to the video clip. I think I'm standing on the shoulders of giants.

Immediate edit:

People, I've done something remarkable in the last 5 minutes. I figured out how to link to Marek's video clip directly.

With thanks to Brad, even though he doesn't know anything about it, here is a direct link to Marek's video clip: Clicky Clicky (Keep in mind he's a defenseman and hasn't scored a single goal in the first two months of the season. He's the 13th Ranger to go in the shoot-out. If he scores, Rangers win.)