Feenie and Pixar: A Great Hit

June 18, 2009

My wonderful wife and I had a date night on Tuesday. Meeting downtown, we went to the Cactus Club restaurant on Burrard, and then to the movies. It was great fun and we need to do that more often.

This was my first time at Cactus Club since Rob Feenie became involved with the local chain, and we were very impressed. The service and ambience were good, which always makes everything else so much better. The menu was eclectic but not too long, mixing new surprises with basic favourites. I had the pepper steak, which was cooked to a perfect rare. My gal had the planked salmon, which she declared to be delightful.

One of the nice things was that everything was simply served. My steak came with mashed potatoes and asparagus spears; the salmon with small roast potatoes, carrots and asparagus. All very simple but all perfectly cooked. We will definitely return.

Note: we got there at 5:30pm and beat a huge rush by about ten minutes.

After dinner, we went up to the Scotia and watched “Up” in 3-D. What a delightful experience. Pixar is still batting 100% so far as I am concerned. The animation was perfect, of course, and the use of 3-D was brilliantly handled without being in-your-face. For once (thank God), the little kid was not smarter than the adult — he was just a kid. Excellent show and well worth the time.

All in all, a great date.


Where Have I Been?

June 17, 2009

It has been a while since I posted here. For those who were frequent visitors, I apologise.

The thing is, I am finding Twitter too useful these days (follow me at @jakking49). I have a lot of thoughts and ideas to share that fit into 140 words, and far fewer that can fill up a worthwhile blog post. That, plus the fact that I have technical difficulties (too long and boring a story) making posting of photos and images here almost impossible.

But I’ll be back! There ARE ideas and stories I want to share at more length than is possible with Twitter and, apart from the extraordinary coverage we are currently getting from Iran, Twitter is not designed for deep and meaningful philosophizing.

Communication Today

June 4, 2009

I’m sending everyone I know an email to tell them I have twittered about this new blog posting.

Global Travellers

June 1, 2009

The crash of an Air France jet into the Atlantic this morning is, of course, a terrible tragedy for all involved.  However, the passenger list provides an interesting view of travel today.

Back when explorers were like astronauts, heading out into the complete unknown in tiny ships, they gathered their crews from wherever they could get them.  They were often a polyglot collection of old salts from around the known world.  But each voyage was special, an event.

Today’s flight was just an everyday occurrence, something that happens on a regular schedule.  Nothing special.  And yet the collection of passengers’ nationalities included nearly every continent.  There were two Americans, an Argentinean, an Austrian, a Belgian, 58 Brazilians, five British, a Canadian, nine Chinese, a Croatian, a Dane, a Dutch, an Estonian, a Filipino, 61 French, a Gambian, 26 Germans, four Hungarians, three Irish, one Icelandic, nine Italians, five Lebanese, two Moroccans, three Norwegians, two Polish, one Romanian, one Russian, three Slovakian, two Spanish, one Swedish, six Swiss and one Turk.

The global village meme is ever more true.

What’s Good For General Motors …

June 1, 2009

… is good for America, they used to say.    Hmmmm.  Should we all be having bankruptcy parties?