Friday, March 28, 2008

Fingerdance

Brought to you by a friend, Ryan Hayes, here is the Riverdance parody, Fingerdance!

After much anticipation, delays in production, and hang nails, it brings me great pleasure to announce the official release of "Fingerdance: Part 1". Just recorded and uploaded to my bebo profile today, "Fingerdance" features the amazing irish stepdancing prowess of Phoebe Phalange and Francis Forefinger (Principle dancers of the dance troupe "Irish Indexes") as they perform actual choreography from the hit dance phenomena, Riverdance!

The piece begins with a fluid softshoe dance by Phoebe, followed by a masculine & forceful tap number by Francis. Phoebe then joins Francis onstage for the final portions of the piece, culminating in a breathtaking finale with all the dancers in unison.

The production team apologizes for the loss in quality that occured when uploading to youtube, the sound quality and video/sound synchronization were much better prior to uploading. BUT, you will still, no doubt, be moved to tears (of laughter) at the grace with which they perform their numbers. Breath taking speed and awe-inspiring movement comprise the backbone of this live performance filmed entirely on location in Glasstop, Deskland. Watch and be entertained, for life is truly richer for having experienced "Fingerdance!"

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

One Year At Current Job

Today is one year from the day I started my current job. It's been an eventful and productive year, and by far the best of my career to date. I've taken a product from the ground up and have turned it into one that is handling a decent amount of revenue. I am now going after my personal goal of having it bring in $1,000,000 per year.

It's also the first time I've had a manager title, and my own office. Hard to believe that a little more than a year ago I was a peon in a go nowhere job. As it turned out, a few changes and a seemingly rough period of time between jobs ended up in a much improved situation.

Here's to another even more successful year!!

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Hospital Tour

Last night after work, Natasha and I went down to the hospital for a tour of the birthing and maternity wards. We may not have any experience in all of this, but at least we know where we'll be going when the baby decides to make its grand entrance, and start the whole thing off on the right foot.

The tour was extremely informative. We got to see the birthing rooms, which were very nicely set up, better than I expected in fact. They went through the various stages of the labor process, and discussed the various pain control methods that can be used. The amenities available are impressive too, and appear to really make the whole thing happen as comfortably as possible. We also got to see the maternity ward, where you go after the baby is born. Nothing remarkable there, although it's nice enough and will be just fine.

Overall, I think the tour made us a little more comfortable with the whole process, as we won't be walking into things without knowing anything that's going on. As the support person, I am concerned with the logistics of the whole process, and I feel more prepared now to handle things as they come up. Since there isn't much I can do, really, I feel better knowing as much as I can and being able to make decisions based on the information I have.

In other related updates, there is only eight weeks to go until the expected due date. Getting really close now, and we're starting to feel the full realization of what we're about to get ourselves into! We are prepared as best as we can though, and have the nursery set up and ready to go. There are a few things we still need, but the basics are there. Now, all we have to do is wait!

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Close To Home

If you're from the BC area and keep up with daily local news, you will have seen a story about a young man killed in a road rage attack. As it turns out, it was someone who attended the same church as us. I didn't know him very well, but it is close to home anyway, seeing people you know on the news, being interviewed, and worse, when someone is injured or killed.

You can read about it here and a link to a video here.


Silas O'Brien with niece and nephew

" METRO VANCOUVER - The man killed in a hit-and-run incident in Aldergrove earlier this morning has been identified as 21-year-old Silas O'Brien of Langley.

O'Brien died after he was hit by a white Ford F-250 truck which had earlier forced the vehicle O'Brien had been travelling in off the road and into a ditch at 16th Avenue, near 264th Street in Aldergrove.

The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. as O'Brien and two friends, Sam Dooley and Luke Stevens, were headed to the Vancouver International Airport to catch an early flight to Hawaii for vacation.

Silas O'Brien, shown with his niece and nephew, was the victim of a fatal road rage attack in Aldergrove early today. According to police, all three young men had scrambled outside of their vehicle after it was forced into ditch by the driver of the white truck.

The truck then returned to the scene, and slammed into the group at a high rate of speed. It then sped away."

Our thoughts are with the family and friends. We have been through a tragic loss not to long ago, and it is all the more troubling because of the suddenness.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

March 2008 Update

The year is moving ahead quickly and we're already in the third month. So much going on, with us and with the world, and so little time to think about it, let alone write about it.

Natasha and I are doing well overall. Natasha has had a sore hip for a while and is working with a chiropractor and seeing improvement. We have about 10 weeks until the baby arrives, and have spent some time getting the nursery ready. It's in good shape already, just needs a few supplies, and we're good to go.

Our new home is in good shape, with a few lingering issues. Still no cable connection, so our internet and phone are out of service. One or two things that need to be fixed. But other than that, we're comfortable and just trying to get everything in order, especially the things we haven't had time to unpack yet.

It's been a slow period for blog posts, but we'll try to get some recent pictures online over the next while. As soon as we get our internet back at home, we will get back on track.

Have a great March, everyone! Almost tax time!

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