Yep – I’m still alive and haven’t forgotten how to blog. I’ve just been busy. Back soon!
Like Rebecca Black said: “It’s Friday.” If you don’t know what I mean, listen to this:
Yeah, it makes me cry too.
Friday rocked. Having finished with the cleaning and organizing, we finally got to the “cation” part of our “stay-cation” and decided to head up to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is a bit like returning to the scene of the crime.
Back in 2005, around the time we first started going out (Holy shit – it’s been almost 7 years!) I returned from Arizona on January 1 or 2, and our first “date” upon my return was a trip to Capilano. Chris was a little horrified to be seen with me, I think, as I’d let my step-mother bleach my hair while away. It was a cold day (for Vancouver in January) but bright and sunny. We were excited because not only did we have fun, but we got the BC resident deal and could go back as often as we wanted for a year.
We went once more.
Spring forward 6 1/2 years and we’re back. This past summer they opened the Cliffwalk adventure. Near the end, I realized that they had an educational theme about the importance of water in nature sprinkled throughout.
Cliffwalk is a semi-circular bridge stuck to the side of a cliff 300 feet or meters (I forget) over the river below. There’s a really cool video on YouTube about the challenges of making it. It’s worth a watch. Along the way you are treated to some small signs about how the valley was formed by rivers, and water cracks the stone. Very informative if you notice them. I didn’t.
So that’s Chris, hanging out high above the valley floor. At various points they have clear super-strong glass panels to walk out on. It really feels like you’re floating.
We also checked out Raptor Ridge (one bird, does not an attraction make) and the TreeTop Adventure, which is a really cool series of bridges suspended between the trees.
After making our way home, we basically decided we’d had enough, and I wasn’t feeling that good. So bad that I actually took a nap. I don’t nap. Whether it’s 10 minutes or an hour, after I nap I wake up all fuzzyheaded, disoriented and useless (no comments) so when I do decide I need a nap, it’s a bit of a deal.
By the time I was feeling better, Chris was on the decline. We usually work like that. One is sick, the other is better. Then we switch. Not usually within minutes, but you know.
So, we had a quiet evening at home watching TV, playing with computers, iPads and the dog, which was fine.
As I write this, it’s Saturday morning. Rumble dragged me out just before 7am and I stayed up to try to get things done. Other than some blogging, nothing much has happened, but we have a plan! We’re off to Stanley Park as soon as Chris and I muster up the energy to shower. Harder than it sounds, but the weather is enticing!
So Wednesday dawned, so did Thursday. As I write this on Saturday, neither Chris nor I are exactly clear what happened on these days. But here’s what we do know…
We finished cleaning up. Everything was returned to it’s rightful spot, garbage was thrown out and recycling put downstairs, the dog got a bath, Chris got beer Corona), we had some ice cream and other bad food, and we hung out.
I was also kicked out of the house for a few hours while Chris worked. He spent many, many hours sorting, organizing, boxing etc while I sat in a Starbucks hard at work on a WordPress plugin. Rumble and Chris had walked me down, sat while we drank a cooling libation (sans alcohol of course) and then they went home.
At several points, we also went on many, many walks across the city, along the seawall etc to take full advantage of the fact that summer decided to return during our vacation! Woot!
We also wrote the email to Mikes Flooring expressing our displeasure in their installer’s lack of care. But that’s another post. A long other post.
Sometime in there, we also finally got to relax. As one is supposed to do on vacation. This made the dog happy as we stopped messing with him, moving things around etc. And he seems to like his new food!
So, apparently it’s been just this side of FOREVER since I posted. Actually, only a full month since Justin Bieber died.
And you might be asking yourself “Where the hell is Jeff?” (or you might not)
Today, I’d like to answer that question. Errrr. Yeah. I’ve been here, around, and over there a little bit.
My day job has kept me pretty busy. I’ve been helming, driving and generally doing (the work for) a conversion of Casting Workbook into a multi-lingual website. Or at least bi-lingual to start with. What does that mean? We want to take Quebec. For those outside Canada, you may not know that Quebec is a little different from the rest of us. First, they speak French, but even that’s a little different. Second, they want to separate from Canada. Third, both of those come with a TON of politics, so doing business there is challenging for outsiders.
I don’t know how many files I changed (agents alone was over 200 files), but we had nearly 3000 words & phrases translated, not including the public site or help files. Some help files alone were over 10,000 words.
When our first phase was done, 4 of us went to Montreal for a couple of days (like not quite 3, from the time we left to the time we got back) to put on an event and introduce us and put a face to the company. It was awesome. Except.
Except I managed to lose my engagement ring the first night I was there. Goofing around in the snow, my hand got cold and wet and the ring slipped off. I was very sad that night, but despite advice to the contrary, I told Chris right away. Certain people thought I should quietly replace it. Yeah, lying to your spouse is seldom a good idea.
Our event was held at L’Orignal (The moose), a rustic little basement restaurant that you’d probably pass if you didn’t know it. Our host Shaun introduced us to the owner, Travis, who I thought looked familiar. Turns out he was a carpenter on the TV show Debbie Travis’ Facelift some time ago. Neat.
So, after that, we came back to enjoy more work and preparation, because 3 days later our newest partners were flying in for training! Yep. 3 days and onto the next. They came, they saw, they were great. I’m not saying much because it’s still fairly new.
That was last week. They left on Tuesday night, so now we had 5 days left to get ready for our sales team to arrive for a week of meetings and strategy. Wow.
There have been a few personal bumps that I’ll include in another post shortly.
Chris has been fantastic through all of this. From me working extra hours (and days), me coming home exhausted or alternately jazzed on coffee and Diet Pepsi, to me leaving the dog with him for 3 days, he hasn’t complained at all. This is one of many reasons I love him so much. I brought him a silly t-shirt from Montreal. It wasn’t much but he really didn’t need/want any of the touristy crap most places sell.
All that while he’s been learning his “new” job (almost 3 months) and working some pretty wonky/changing shifts. Next month he’s basically Monday to Friday, 9-5 so that’ll be nice. Month after that he’s supposedly on nights again. <sigh>
Through all of that, I haven’t even touched my personal projects. I’ve got 3 plugins for WordPress either mid-coding or well thought out. I want them done, so I can get them launched, but just haven’t had the time or energy.
Hopefully things will be slowing down or changing enough at work that I’ll have the brain power left to do something at the end of the day.
But now the sun is starting to come out, meaning spring is here and summer is around the corner, so that’ll be another distraction, but a very very happy and welcome one.
A while back, following a number of suicides by gay youth who had been bullied, an amazing project was born. The It Gets Better Project is the brainchild of Dan Savage who knows first hand what growing up gay (or lesbian, bi or trans-gendered) is like.
The website has this to say about the project:
What is the It Gets Better Project?
In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.
Two months later, the It Gets Better Project has turned into a worldwide movement, inspiring over 5000 user-created videos and over 15 million views. To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, the staffs of The Gap, Google and Facebook, the Broadway community, and many more. For us, every video changes a life. It doesn’t matter who makes it.
The website www.itgetsbetterproject.com is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future. It’s a place where our straight allies can visit and support their friends and family members. It’s a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge, watch videos of love and support, and seek help through the Trevor Project and GLSEN.
Along with all the celebrity support, hundreds of videos have been produced by normal, everyday people who want to send messages of hope to the community. Chris and I have talked about making a video, but haven’t done it. We were both bullied as teens and responded in different ways. Today, we believe that It Gets Better and feel that we embody that. We’re both out of the closet, obviously married and not shy about it, we don’t hide our relationship, and are fairly happy having moved past the bullying and negative experiences of our younger day.
One of the most recent videos to be added is yet another celebrity (of a sort) – Max Adler who plays Karofsky on Glee. Karofsky is a football player and more importantly a bully. He’s quite fond of slamming Kurt into his locker and taunting him with hate speech. Recently though, we found out that Karofsky is actually a big closeted ‘mo himself when he kissed Kurt (who finally stood up for himself) in the locker room.
Max shot an It Gets Better video and it was featured on The Advocate.com yesterday. Although Max isn’t gay, I’m sure he’s seen his share of bullying in school and life, and I’m glad that he shot this seemingly honest video to counteract the damage being done by his character on Glee. I think having Karofsky’s character on Glee is important as a way of showing what really happens in school, and how most people who bully are really insecure themselves (although they’re not all gay of course).
You can watch Max’s video below, but be sure to check out the YouTube channel for more videos, and the It Gets Better Project’s website for more and how you can get involved.