Hello! Today is game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, and the Canuck-fever has taken over our entire city. I was downtown amongst the mob for Saturday’s game with a few friends of mine, and although none of us were tall enough to see the screen that was set up outside of the CBC over the heads of tens of thousands of fans, it was exhilarating just to be present for all the spiritedness. The intersection of Hamilton and Georgia was a packed and pulsing sea of blue and green.
Here we go! The Canucks are officially in the lead in the race towards the Stanley Cup against the Boston Bruins! Tonight’s game ended in a goal by Torres with less than 20 seconds left in the game; it was definitely a good match up! Now although I refuse to give a team facing the Canucks any sympathy – after all my loyalties lie with the blue and green – I must say, Boston’s goalie Tim Thomas was impressive. He’s a great match for Lou sitting at the other end of the ice. But, alas, Bobby Lou could not be outdone tonight!
The sickness has subsided! Hurrah! I am now back to work, having pretty much spent the entire weekend in my bed, with a diet consisting mostly of soup, water, guava juice (high in vitamin C!) and Buckley’s cold medication. And let me tell you, the adds weren’t lying when they said, “it tastes bad”.
Helloooo! So I have a cold. I look, feel and smell like a person with a head cold. It is not very nice. Luckily though, today I was working for South Asian Arts from home, so I could stay in my robe, look like a zombie, and didn’t have to worry too much about how unsanitary the excess of used tissues was that I was surrounded by. While I stopped for lunch, I decided to waste a little time on YouTube, and I found a cool video of a kathak dancer and a tap dancer doing a duet of sorts. It was called Charlotte Moraga and Chloe Arnold in India Jazz Progressions. If you get a chance, watch it!
It’s raining! I’m not too upset about the rain, I generally enjoy Vancouver’s copious amounts of precipitation because I like running around in my bright blue rain boots. They make me feel fearless. However there is something I feel is necessary to clarify about the wearing of rubber boots; rain boots are a practical necessity, NOT a fashion accessory.
First, the hockey game Sunday afternoon was mind-BLASTING! Nice addition to a lovely sunny Sunday. Now today was game 5, and unless you are entirely oblivious, you would know that the Canucks are going to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 17 years. I am excited. And that is an understatement. When I stuck my head out my front door after the game, I could hear the drone of car horns as people celebrated in Surrey. No doubt, I’ll be hearing many more through out the night.
So last night I went for my first social event through South Asian Arts; Raakhi and I were invited to attend the Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF) kickoff event for the festival which will actually be taking place this July 15th to 17th. Held at The Post Modern club in Gastown, I got to schmooze with all sorts of artists involved in Vancouver’s South Asian arts scene.
This morning was a lovely morning. For one, it was brilliant and sunny, and even got hot like a desi summer by the afternoon! (Well, maybe not…..I haven’t actually felt India’s heat, and for me anything around 20 degrees is getting rather warm). But there was another reason this morning was so darn great. Like many Vancouverites, last night I was loyally watching the ‘Nucks game, cheering as our boys dressed in blue and green brutally attacked the Sharks. Now I’ve been watching the Canucks for several years; after all I grew up here, so I take pride in our city’s team.
So here I am, at my third day on the job as Raakhi and Gurpreet’s new minion (intern) for South Asian Arts. While munching on the traditional Indian snack of toasted rotlis and peanut butter, they’ve been filling me in on their schemes and plots for the summer, and wow, there are some great things happening.