Archive for August, 2007
Looks like Oprah is still in BC. The rumour is that she is anchored in Desolation Sound and still aboard Jimmy Pattison’s boat the “Nova Spirit”. We know that because a couple almost ran over a man who looked like Steadman on a jet ski in that area north of the Sunshine Coast. The local Marimba band “Jambanja” had a thrill when they were flown out to perform for her. She treated them like old friends, so much so that she was comfortable enough to go without her makeup!
We talked today about the amount of wild deer roaming around Victoria and it seems they are living closer and closer to us. The stretch of road on Highway #1 between Millstream and Helmcken has a lot of deer. We noticed two dead deer on the side of road there last week alone. A women called and said that she saw a fawn hit and killed outside her home on Cedar Hill Rd. We hope you’ll keep this in mind while you are driving today. It’s nice to know that if a wild animal gets injured or sick an organization like Wild Arc is there for them. While you are looking at their website, check out their “Paws For A Cause” event in September.
A lot of people didn’t like it. It may be because of his alleged steroid use or the allegations that this “family man” has a mistress stashed in some apartment somewhere. Like it or not, Barry Bonds has hit his 756th home run and broke Hank Aaron’s record last night. Whatever your opinion of him, it was a beauty. Have a look at history. By the way, the guy who caught the ball was wearing a Mets jersey and was escorted away by security, his face bloodied. That ball could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars!
Our hearts go out the victims and families who were affected by the bridge collapse in Minneapolis. The scenes of the carnage was shocking. It reminded us that we had our own bridge disaster in 1896 when a street car filled with people heading to the Queen Victoria celebrations crossed the Point Ellice Bridge (now the Bay St). The street car was overloaded and plunged into the Gorge. Fifty five men, women and children died that day in May. Here is an excerpt from a book called Emily:Disaster At the Bridge…
Slowly, Car 16 rolled onto the bridge. “We’ll be lucky to get over with this load,” the conductor remarked.
Emily took no notice of his words. What an adventure, taking the streetcar over the Gorge. And how brave of George to go on his bicycle. She was about to say as much to Alice when she heard a loud crack, like a gunshot. Her stomach lurched. Suddenly afraid, she reached for Alice’s hand.
Then a second explosive crack split the air. Emily felt herself falling. The world turned into a terrifying confusion of arms and legs and bodies as the streetcar dropped through space and crashed into the water below.
Lest We Forget.
For some reason we started out looking for something else on the net and ended up here. The Little River Band sold over 25 million albums and had a string of #1 hits in the past 30 years. They have also had a string of lead singers. The original, Glenn Shorrock belted out songs like Lonesome Loser, Reminiscing and Cool Change. The third lead singer of the group was John Farnham (1982-86) and is in our opinion one of the most talented singers on the planet. If you don’t believe us, check this out! By the way, LRB still do 100 shows a year with lead singer Wayne Nelson. Have a look at their website.
THE BEST TIME TO BUY EVERYTHING IN 2007
We mentioned these on the air, inside info the manufacturers don’t want you to know. The best time to buy:
When to buy: On a Wednesday, 21 days (or a couple of days earlier) before your flight.
Why: Airlines make major pricing changes (and run fare sales) every week, typically on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings. About 21 days out from your flight, you’ll see plenty of deals out there as airlines scramble to fill seats.
When to buy: During a holiday weekend.
Why: You’ll find sales on select models all year long, but retailers bring out the big guns for holiday weekends. Hey, BC Day is this weekend!
When to buy: Weekday mornings in September.
Why: By September, all the next year’s models have arrived at the lot, and dealers are desperate to get rid of the current year’s leftovers. It’s the prime time of year for incentives and sales, not to mention bargaining.Any car that’s been on the lot for a long time loses its value in the eyes of the car salesman.
Computers and electronics
When to buy: Just after a new model is launched.
Why: When the latest and greatest of a product is released, you’ll often see prices drop on what had previously been the best thing out there. Case in point: When Apple released the Nano last September, prices for the now-discontinued Mini dropped 12%, from $199 for a 4GB to about $175. So keep your eyes open for announcements from major manufacturers.
When to buy: Sunday evenings.
Why: Store sales tend to run Wednesday through Tuesday. Heading to the store close to closing time means you’ll have access to sales on fresh items that must be sold by the end of the day, such as meats and baked goods.
Shrubs, Trees and Other Plants
When to buy: Fall
Why: Take a break from raking up leaves to purchase trees, shrubs and other perennials for your yard. Prices nosedive after midsummer, as garden supply stores and nurseries try to clear out their stock. You can also get great deals on bulbs during the fall.
When to buy: Early fall.
Why: For best selection, you can’t beat the fall harvest season. That’s when most vineyards release their latest vintages. Buying in August and September is also your best shot at snagging so-called “cult wines” — those with limited production and high demand.