Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are considered BC's "other" wine region next to the more popular Okanagan Valley (which is a four hour drive North of Vancouver).‚ Ten years ago, there were only seven licensed wineries on the Wine Islands and today there are 35.‚
Aug. 24, 2010
Aaron Karmin is a mental health counselor, and he recently got married. “Chicago’s been good to me,” he says. “I can’t complain. I always say, I’m a Chicago ambassador I go around and I tell people, Chicago’s a fantastic city.” I don’t know him very well—he’s the brother of an acquaintance, so I start by telling him how many of the Revision Street: America interviews touch on September 11. And right away his story fascinates.
I was on the phones with people who were trying to get in touch with people in the Towers, I need you to find my cousin, my mother, my brother, my lover, my broker. Part of what I do is, I work with a counseling service, so if you work for, say, Target, you get this counseling service. Now we have JP Morgan, American Express, what have you, that were in Tower Eleven, so it wasn’t the main Twin Towers, but Tower Eleven was one of the towers that went down. So I was actually on the phone in the NBC building downtown, so it was like: When’s the other shoe gonna drop? You know, Chicago. Eventually, they let us go after they were gonna shut down the CTA. That’s where I was on September 11. Being a counselor, you get different perspectives on things.
I'm not what you'd call an adventure-seeker. I haven't sky dived, and I don't plan on doing a bungee jump anytime soon, but I would jump at the chance to get on zipline again, after my experience with Adrena Line Ziplines near the town of Sooke, about 45 min. from Victoria. You're outfitted with a helmet and a basic harness, then, with the aid of two extremely knowledgeable and friendly guides (isn't everyone in Canada friendly?) you're taken through a course of about seven different ziplines, hooked up with clips and cables, then allowed to cruise through the trees at speeds reaching about 35 miles an hour. It's exhilarating, but totally safe and great for the whole family (min. weight is 60 pounds, max. is 275 per person). Here's a little video of me flying through the trees:
Adrena Line Zipline Adventure Tours
5128C Sooke Rd,
Located beneath the 17 Mile Pub Liquor Store
Sooke BC, V9Z 0E2
After your zipline adventure, head into the town of Sooke for a little eating. We really enjoyed visiting these two places:
Aug. 24, 2010
Amy writes the syndicated column "Ask Amy" and is a regular panelist on NPR's comedy quiz show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me."‚ She is also the author of The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them, which you can find here.
We asked Amy Dickinson to be our guest this week because if anyone knows the difference between what isn't worth our time and what is simply invaluable, she does. Her syndicated advice column "Ask Amy" is read in 200 papers around the country, including the Chicago Tribune. She is wise, witty and so totally on it. We're quite psyched to have her here. Without further ado... Amy Dickinson.
Aug. 24, 2010
Seven years have passed since Comiskey Park–home of the White Sox–was renamed “U.S. Cellular Field” under a $68 million naming-rights deal.
Cash from the deal made some much needed improvements to pretty-up what had been the ugliest professional baseball stadium in America. But take a gander at what could have been: an improved Comiskey Park, not as the “Cell” but, perhaps, as “The House”?
Before the U.S. Cellular arrangement, the White Sox in 2001 preliminarily worked on a naming-rights deal with Household Finance Corporation. Had the deal gone through, it would have brought a slate of improvements including fixing the then-torturous rake of the upper deck. But it would have given the stadium fixes the U.S. Cellular deal didn’t, most notably giving the stadium a pedestrian-friendly, but monumental entrance at 35th Street, as seen in the image above.
Behind the entrance would have been a mall-like concession concourse.
I'm not sure what I was more excited about, the fact that I could have pristine oysters from a number of British Columbia bays everyday of my vacation, or the fact that my nine-year-old son was now also a rabid fan of slurping the mollusks right alongside me. We saw Fanny Bay, Gorge Inlet and Kusshi varieties on just about every menu in BC, and since Gulf oysters are now most likely a questionable commodity for the near future, these BC beauties are not to be missed.
Aug. 24, 2010
Last month's torrential rain storms hit a lot of Chicagoans hard, and the music scene was not exempt: The local indie label Graveface Records, home of Black Moth Super Rainbow, Jason Molina, Octopus Project, and other worthy acts, took three feet of water in its Logan Square headquarters, and the owners say insurance didn't cover the loss of more than half of their inventory.
Aug. 24, 2010
Marsha Bartel, a top investigative producer at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32, has been hired as special projects producer at Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9, where she'll work on stories for broadcast, print and online.
Greg Caputo, news director of Channel 9, announced Bartel's hiring, effective Sept. 7, in a memo to staffers Monday. "In addition to producing stories for TV, Marsha will also work closely with reporters from the Chicago Tribune to help create multi-platform stories for us, the paper, and our websites," Caputo said.
The move will reunite Bartel with Mark Suppelsa, principal news anchor at Channel 9.