Motorcycle Riders are Cool People

“Anyone who drives a motorcycle is either a crook or a deadbeat.” I have heard this statement before. It is simply not true. Stereotyping is always wrong. It’s like saying everyone from a certain culture, are bad people, and I know that not to be true either. Yes motorcycles are fast, yes they are noisy but don’t typecast those who drive them. Of course there are two sides to every story. Maybe some who ride are in fact less than nice people. However the ones I’ve met who ride have proven to be quite nice.

A perfect example I can think of is Daryl McIntyre. Local TV news personality extraordinaire, when I met him he came across as a nice person; professional of course, but also courteous and fun. Still rather new to the motorcycle “scene,” he proves there is no one particular profile to fill, to be a motorcyclist.

Not being a motorcyclist myself, I still have an appreciation for “hogs.” I surmise that to ride is symbolic of true freedom. The open road, able to ride like the wind; there is a connotation behind driving a motorcycle that the rider is rebellious, and “putting the pedal to the metal.” While I don’t know if this is totally true, I wonder if it could be.

Take for example a young male who rides. Could their reason behind riding, be purely to rebel against their parents? Could they be trying to attract attention from the opposite sex? That is altogether probable. Some girls do like men who seem more on the wild side. Regardless of that however, is the truth behind motorcyclists. Young and old, rich or poor all types of people can enjoy riding motorcycles. Some might look tough with all their riding gear on, but underneath they can be great people. Just think of all the charities that involve motorcycle riding. There is the Stars Air Ambulance ride, Motorcycle Ride for Dad, and Ride for Sight. These are only three charity motorcycle runs, there are tons of others. This proves those that ride motorcycles are not “seedy” but charitable, and good people.

So whether you’re man or woman, black, white, or mixed race; if you like riding I leave you with these words. Ride on, ride the wind and enjoy the views along the way.

Thank you to Daryl McIntyre for allowing me to mention him in this blog post.

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90 Facts About Me

1. I have Spina Bifida

2. I have Hydrocephalus (layman’s term is water on the brain)

3. I also have Chiari Malformation, but admittedly know very little about this.

4. I love to sing, regardless if I have a good voice or not.

5. I love to read.

6. I love to write.

7. I’ve been published in newspapers at least twice now, and love the confidence boost.

8. I’m in college.

9. I’m hoping to be in University next year, for the Fall semester. (If my application is accepted).

10. I love languages, and speak bits and pieces of a couple languages.

11. I love to dress up, though I dislike make up.

12. I do wear make up on occasion though, as it’ll prove to be a necessary evil to the career field I’m aspiring to.

13. I love most types of music, from the Gayatri Mantra to Beautiful People, to Jump Jive and Wail to I’ll Fly Away, and more.

14. I have almost always had a pet in my life. Mainly dogs, but guppies and budgies too (not at the same time).

15. I’ve known my best friend for around 13 or so years.

16. I once wanted to teach, but then realized while I do still love kids …. on an ongoing basis, I just wouldn’t have the patience.

17. I am single.

18. I can’t drive for medical reasons, but I do have my motorized scooter for short excursions.

19. I still like stuffed animals.

20. I can look at large sized dogs in photos, and video and that’s fine but I tense up the moment a large sized breed (Rottweiler, Boxer, etc) comes near or if I even see one coming.

21. There are exceptions to Fact #20…. like my one cousin’s dogs, that are both Rottweilers. Of course I won’t go near them without my cousin being around but I am warming up to them a bit.

22. I have an intense phobia of fire, even smoke will set me in a panic at times.

23. I stink at video games like Super Mario Bros, but am good at video games like Tetris.

24. Speaking of Tetris, thanks to the Internet I am definitely addicted to the game.

25. Same goes for Dr. Mario.

26. The first book I bought after graduating high school was The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

27. For my twenty first birthday I received The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe from my mother.

28. I like Harley Davison’s even though I can’t drive them, and most likely will never be on another motorcycle again in my life.

29. When I say never on another motorcycle again, that means I have been taken out for a quick ride on a motorcycle. Friend of my mom’s husband had a Honda Cruiser. That is a great memory.

30. I have however seen Gord Steinke’s motorcycle up close. No I did not touch it or anything, just saw it from about a foot away when I went to Global Edmonton last year for a job shadow.

31. To add to seeing Global Edmonton, I’ve also been on a job shadow at Edmonton Journal.

32. I’ve also seen CTV Edmonton.

33. I’m an aspiring journalist. (Kind of a no brainer there, considering facts 30- 32).

34. To add to 33, I’ve been very fortunate to meet some local journalists. To name a few, Josh Classen (and yes I know he’s a meteorologist, but I’m still including him!), Daryl McIntyre, Erin Isfeld, J’lyn Nye, Su-Ling Goh, Erin Chalmers, and others.

35. I’ve known what College/University I want to attend, since I was about 10 years old.

36. My hair may not be curly, but it has a natural wave to it.

37. Yes, I am signed as a model but I have not got a call in over two years so that’s kind of a moot point, at this time in my life. Never really did anything anyway, except a modelling class, and one audition for a commercial (which I bombed so terribly, it’s not funny).

38. I was in a swimming accident when I was about 7 years old.

39. I don’t actually remember anything about the accident except for being surrounded by water, and then waking up in the hospital ICU.

40. I have seizures, but so far they’re non-epileptic.

41. I’ve been blessed with good friends, and most recently got the chance to see a Celtic Woman concert;  one of my favourite music groups, and meet two of the performers. I’m grateful to my friends for making this experience possible.

42. I was in Brownies, Girl Guides and Pathfinders as a kid.

43. I was in piano lessons for 16 years and yet my knowledge of music theory stinks.

44. I had one dream realized about two years ago, to see a bald eagle in the wild and still the memory brings a smile to my face.

45. The next animal I would love to see one day, in the wild, that I never have before is a dolphin.

46. I dream of visiting Ireland, Northern Ireland, Germany, France, Sweden and Wales.

47. I have a speech impediment. It’s improved a lot since I was little, but I am still self conscious about it.

48. Fact 47  is the main reason I tend to not want to become a radio personality, or news anchor (and I mean no offence whatsoever to anyone). Although I have been told I could always work with a vocal coach, so who knows.

49. I also would not anyone to see my seizures, but I am slowly learning to not be so embarrassed by them.

50. I love the feel of rain on my face, but preferably only if it’s a light drizzle type rainfall. A torrential downpour might hurt …. lol

51. I’ve been to a ladies night once in my life, but only once.

52. I wish I had blue eyes.

53. I adore a man with blue eyes. They remind me of my grandfather who had baby blue eyes. Yes, I still really miss him.

54. I paint ceramics, not too often, but I do have tons of paint for the ceramic ornaments I have.

55. I am proud of my Northern Irish heritage.

56. I’m proud to be part Scottish too.

57. As well, I’m also part Welsh, British, French, and Swedish.

58. I am afraid of needles.

59. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a ballerina.

60. I even had pink ballet slippers.

61. I’ve never been to Australia, but I adore koalas and kangaroos. They look so cute!

62. Whether I’ll ever test fate and try having children in my life, is up in the air at this point.

63. That hasn’t stopped me from thinking up baby names. Lariana, Mareesha, Caleesha are three girl names I’ve thought of.

64. Boys names are proving harder for me to come up with, but so far I like Raoul John or John Raoul.

65. I know at least some of the words to 99 Luftballons. (Still working on it…)

66. When I was little I had about a hundred Barbie dolls.

67. I also used to like playing with My Little Ponies, when I was young.

68. I have a tiny toy revolving helicopter on my desk, and love to watch it spin when I’m bored.

69. I get bored easily.

70. I dislike weekends, always have. I’d rather be at school.

71. I own a violin, but don’t really know how to play.

72. As of the Celtic Woman concert, I have my violin signed.

73. I admit I haven’t been on a horse in years but I still say I love horses.

74. I was once kicked in the head by a shoe, while minding my own business walking in the park at school when I was a kid.

75. I tried living on my own but then seizures started, and I’m back living with my parents for now.

76. There are still several journalists whom I admire, that I’d like to meet one day.

77. I’ve been called a journalist already, but won’t even fathom calling myself one until I’ve graduated journalism school, gotten a job working at a magazine, newspaper, or tv station. (or heaven forbid, a radio station).

78. I’ve been called a geek before, mother (in a sarcastic tone), nerd, boring, no fun, etc. many times and honestly I just laugh it off.

79. I’m a proud aunt to four nephews, and a niece. I don’t get to see them that much, but think of them often.

80. I’m the “baby” of five.

81. I have an interest in meteorology, but have made my peace with never being a meteorologist.

82. Why do I say I’ll never become a meteorologist? One because my focus is on writing news, and two ….. my math is atrocious!

83. Seriously, I can barely multiply 3×3.

84. I wish they had debate clubs in schools still.

85. I have relatives that are/were educators and I’m proud.

86. I may not ever teach in a classroom as I once aspired to, but I think of my becoming a journalist one day as being an educator in another way, I’ll be educating people on what’s happening in their town, city, etc and bringing to light views on subjects (like the ever controversial abortion)that maybe people hadn’t thought of before.

87. I can’t believe I’m almost at Fact number 90!

88. I have a distant cousin who is a Paralympian, (fifth or Sixth cousin I think) but I’ve never met him.

89. I would love to meet him one day. Not just for being a paralympic gold medallist but because he’s a relative.

90. I love to have fun!

Random Phrases in French, Spanish, Hebrew and Irish

Bonjour – French (hello)

Dia dhuit – Irish (hello or literal translation is God to you)

Bonjourno -Italian (hello)

Guten tag – German (good day)

Guten morgen – German (good morning)

Shalom – Hebrew (hello)

T’an sai – Cree (Hello)

Grazie – Italian (thank you)

Gracias – Spasnish (thank you)

Go raibh maith agat – Irish (thank you)

Merci – French (thank you)

Merci beaucoup – French (thank you very much)

Toda – Hebrew (Thank you)

Toda raba – Hebrew (thank you very much)

Wie gehts? – German (how goes it?)

Ca va? – French (How are you?)

Conas ata tu? – Irish (How are you?)

Mahal kita – Filipino (I love you)

Ta gra agam ort – Irish (I love you)

Ich liebe dich – German (I love you)

Je t’adore – Quebec French (I love you)

J’adore – Parisian French (I love you)

Note: I am unsure of the last two phrases in this note, so if you speak either dialect of French, please correct me if I am mistaken.

Ottawa Bound in Spring/Summer 2011

Travel plans haven’t been totally confirmed yet. Sometime between Spring and Summer next year, I will travel to Ottawa. Having never been to my nation’s capital, I am really excited about going. I already know of some sites I want to see.
I’d like to see 24 Sussex Drive, home of Canada’s Prime Minister. Also a high point for me, would be seeing Parliament Hill.
Another thing would be the gigantic statue of a spider, I’ve heard of and seen on TV. I can’t wait to see Ottawa!

However after those two places, I draw a blank. What else is there to see, and do in Ottawa, Ontario? I’d love some advice.
Have you ever travelled to Ottawa, or do you live there? What would make my stay, extra awesome?

After the Hope Classic

Previously I wrote about the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus association of Northern Alberta’s run and walk. The run and walk is called The Hope Classic. In that blog post I had noted media had been asked to come, but never did. I was wrong however. CTV Edmonton came and much to my delight, a girl I know of from the association, was interviewed.

My apologies for posting they were not there. I was on the walk when they arrived, and only told about CTV’s having been there, the next day. However that is only an excuse. The main thing is, I was wrong and I am sorry.

Also I am grateful to CTV for coming. Thank you CTV Edmonton.

Sometimes You Just Need to Play

It’s been about a week and I am still enjoying the same YouTube video. Let me create a visual for you. Two news anchors, a commercial break and a 3 Stooges inspired “routine.” For your viewing pleasure, I will try to embed the video at the end of this blog post.

Having read the comments made on this video, there are those who dislike this video. They think it’s childish, and stupid. There have been statements made alleging the news anchors in the video, are sleeping together. I will most certainly not touch those comments. Instead here is my view on “What News Anchors Do During Commercial Breaks.”

It is purely a stress reliever. Journalism is a high stress job. Long hours, little pay and deadlines from all sides describe a typical day. As far as TV news goes, it’s far from easy. When it comes to anchoring a newscast, it’s the hard news that must be reported on first. By that first commercial break, I bet the on air personalities are in need of some way to chill. Well co-hosts Jackie Bange and Robert Jordan Jr. have come up with a way to do just that; chill for a minute. For two minutes and forty seconds, they fire imaginary bazookas, hit invincible baseballs and do a mini Egyptian dance. When the commercial is over, they easily don their serious face and the newscast continues.

Of course not all news anchors, or other journalist types, act in this way. Whatever works best for the journalist in question, that’s what matters most. If it doesn’t hurt anyone, who’s to say it’s wrong to do?  I for one find this video very funny. I’m not ashamed to admit I added the video to My Favourites on YouTube. Relieving stress is always a good thing.

I is Snart

I go to school to talk gooder. Okay who really talks like that? Better yet, who writes like that? Far too many it seems.

As I attended classes the last several months, I was appalled to learn how many people seem to be employing this form of “Good English” Although the majority of this epidemic I witnessed went on outside the classroom. So what is causing people to “dumb down” their English skills? I believe the culprit to be Social Networking websites such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and the list goes on.

Social Networking is not to blame entirely, however. There of course are others factors such as maturity level, age, and level of understanding of English skills. Immigration could potentially play a role in this as well.

Let’s focus on the Social Networking side of this. Twitter’s character limit of only 140, makes it next to impossible at times to write complete thoughts. In order to convey messages there, one must utilize internet slang. Use of proper grammar must be thrown to the wayside as well. That means less commas, periods and farewell to the all-important apostrophe.

Beyond that though, social networking websites have turned educated young people, into language slobs. Instead of the traditional “How are you today?”  We now see “Wassup?” or worse. So why is this? Why are today’s youth becoming so sloppy in their everyday use of the English language? My answer is simple; sheer laziness with excuses.

The mindset now is “Internet lingo is faster.” I ponder at this however, especially when the topic of text messaging comes up.  When I text, I try to always include proper capitalization, comma usage (although still have not mastered this), and spelling. My friends on the other hand will write ‘Sup? and Laterz, as well as other commonly used “lingo” like this. Maybe I am harsh towards Social Networking, but it’s definitely not helping. I am no innocent either, and have used expression such as “Wtf” and “Lol” and use them more than I probably should. Such is the affliction with Social Networking sites, and other areas of the Internet such as Instant Messengers. The Internet is making more people lazy writers. Will you fall prey to this? Do you already? Let me know what you think.

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