Thursday, August 27, 2009

Rock Legends Come To Town

Last night I had the honor and privilege to see the legendary band AC/DC perform in Edmonton. Despite the down pour of rain, and the lightening storm, it was hands down the best concert that I have ever seen.

Every bit hit, plus several new songs off their new CD- Black Ice were played. The special effects were outstanding. From the canon's shooting, to the life size train, and the video's. The military helicopters and planes even flew over the stadium before the concert. Everything was first class.

We also had great floor seats which made it even better! I would highly advise anyone to go and see this band before you no longer have a chance. I know given the opportunity I would be there in a moment.

Here are some pictures from the concert. Notice the crazy fans! They almost rival American football fans...

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Slanted Truth

Each month at work I receive 3 or 4 Event magazines. Some of these have really great ideas and information in them, and others have a very slanted angle of what they want their reader to hear. Typical of any kind of publication. The common theme through all of them is the "greening" of events.

In my latest issue of The Planner, there was a article on Reducing you Carbon "foodprint" The article was filled with statistics that really bothered me. They were extremely one sided and but the agriculture industry in a very poor light.

Below are some of the stats that were included:

  • The livestock sector is a major player, responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions measured in CO2 equivalent. This is a higher share then transport

  • If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains for example the carbon dioxide savings would equal the same as taking more then half a million cars of the US roads.

  • Canadians eat more then twice as much meat as the global average.
To me the first statement is extremely one sided. Without the livestock sector, there would be millions of people who could not get their necessary food requirements let alone eat a balanced diet.

As to the other two statements, it is statements like those that make the agriculture industry as difficult as it is. The work that producers and producers associations do is so damaged by these statements.

In every event that I plan I make sure that beef is served 2-3 times, and that there is meat at each meal. It is something that I believe in and will continue to as long as I am planning events!

A Great Weekend

This weekend was a great one! I finally was able to get back to the farm and start to work on some cattle for this fall. Halter breaking Revolution (our new yearling bull) is going great, and I finally was able to see my other calves as well.

I was able to get a golf game in as well shooting a 58, my best game in a long time! Just need to improve on my chipping and putting, and I will be well on my way to reaching my 101 in 1001 goal of shooting a round of 100 or better.

Sunday night when I got home, I was able to finally watch one of Keith's football game. For those of you that do not know my good friend Keith, he is a member of the Saskatchewan Roughrider's football team in the Canadian Football League. As a defensive lineman, he has an important job, but not always the most exciting one. I still think that its important to watch and support him, and as much as I used to hate watching football, I don't mind it now.

Last nights game was very different though. Only a few minutes into the game Keith scored a touchdown!! This was his first in his pro career, and you could tell how excited he was. I have posted the link below so you can watch his play, and reaction. Next time, he will need to work on his touchdown dance though...

Congrats Keith!! We are all super excited and proud of you.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

101 in 1001

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My First True Love

So for those of you that don't know, I am a true fashion lover. I have several blogs that I follow that are dedicated to fashion. One of my favorites is Red Carpet Fashion Awards.

Although most of the looks and pieces that they feature are all high end designers and looks that I can only dream of having, I was extremely pleased to see one of the postings there today.

Zara's new collection of fall/winter clothing was just released today. I am absolutely in love with this collection. It has recreated many pieces from other lines that I absolutely love. Below are 3 pictures of items that I love. I can only home that I can find them in Edmonton. Oh and the over the knee boots are also to die for!

I love the shoulder detailing on this dress
This wool wrap coat would be amazing for this fall. And please note these to die for boots

Love this coat, although I don't think Edmonton is ready for something like this.