What Disney Taught Me About Dating In Real Life

White Rabbit at Disney on Ice

I’ll admit it, I’m really a giant child at heart!

I delight in enjoying childish things with an alarming amount of exuberance. On Friday night, I stepped out my door to be assaulted by huge snowflakes falling. My response to this? To begin dancing in the middle of the sidewalk with my head tilted up, mouth open to catch as many as I could.

So when I was asked to go to ‘Disney on Ice’ as an option for a date, I jumped at the chance, when many would have taken that opportunity to create a human-shaped hole through the nearest door. As I walked the half block from my car to Pacific Coliseum I definitely began to have some hesitation as the crowds of young children ran around with light up wands and full costume. I came up to the front door with my date, turned and smiled at him while I handed my ticket to the host. I took a breath to settle my sudden anxiousness and mentally straightened my shoulders. In other words, I prepared to be completely silly. How often do we really get to let our inhibitions down quite that much?

We took our seats, looked down at the ice just as the lights began to dim. My most beloved childhood characters came out slowly and my chest expanded with the effort of keeping in my delight in check. I was still nervous about letting go (all reference to ‘Frozen’ intended), as I didn’t want to embarrass myself in front of my date. It suddenly occurred to me: I enjoy my childish things, why should I tailor my reactions on the chance that this person could like me more? My internal answer becomes null and void as Mowgli and Baloo skate out on the ice and I’m hopping up and down in my seat, calling out and waving like a madwoman.

Pigs on Ice at Disney on Ice

How can you not hoot at pigs on ice!

I suppose that I could have sat on my hands and hoped that I would garner the attention of my date, but I have only begun to understand that to find both love and true joy in life we need to be true to ourselves. Funny thing is, when I did finally let go, my date started to hoot and holler right along with me. Maybe he was waiting for that same moment to fully embrace his own enthusiasm as well.

Dating at Disney on Ice

Definite points for this date! Sexy knowing that he can laugh and be a kid too!

Flaunting the Bluesy Goodness that I’ll Be Soaking in at the 2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival!

So just to be a brat, here is a taste of what my day today will sound (and look) like at 2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival at Deer Lake Park!!!  Happy Birthday to me!!!  (Otherwise known as ‘Listen to Me Obnoxiously Flaunt the Blues Day’ or ‘My Rob Jone‘s  Day’)

Some of the bluesy goodness of the artists that I have failed to share earlier this week …

Kicking off the day on the Main Stage …

Steve Kozak – 1:05-1:45 pm on the Main Stage

Purring already and the day has yet to have begun! mmm … mmm … mmm

The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – 2:30-3:15 pm on the Main Stage

Have a feeling that these blues boys will have me cracking up!

Love their style!

Imelda May – 4:00-4:45 pm on the Main Stage

Yep!  I’d say, it’s good to be alive today!!!

Bettye LaVette – 5:30-6:20 pm on the Main Stage

This is just plain and simply a bit of awesome!

Big Sugar – 8:30-10:00 pm on the Main Stage

Parlez vous francais?!? Voulez vous le couchez avec …

Looking for me at Burnaby’s Deer Lake today?  Just follow the sound of purring!

2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival Conundrums: Shakey Graves or Wide Mouth Mason

With the 2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival tomorrow, they have left me with one more conundrum to ponder tonight … Shakey Graves or Wide Mouth Mason?!?  You see Shakey Graves takes to the Garden Stage in Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park on Saturday August 9th from 4:45 to 5:30 pm, the exact same time as Wide Mouth Mason jams on the Westwood Stage.  Really Burnaby Blues, you’re going to make me have to choose between these two great acts!?! ^%*%*R^&$!!!

Help me out here!  Shakey Graves or Wide Mouth Mason?!?

Shakey Graves

Can’t help but smile at a man who simply describes himself as ‘gentleman from Texas.’

Don’t be fooled though, he is not actually the strong silent type …

… and oddly doesn’t sound Texan!

Wide Mouth Mason

Really what more can I say then … SMILE!!!

Shaun Verreault is back at the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival!  This year as a part of Wide Mouth Mason!

So which stage would you pick???

2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival Conundrums: Blind Boy Paxton or Chic Gamine

Next up on the conundrums and decision making that the 2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival has presented me with is Blind Boy Paxton (on the Garden Stage) or Chic Gamine (on the Westwood Stage) Saturday August 9th from 3:15 to 4:00 pm at Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park?!?

Oh why oh why must they torture me so!!!  Do they not understand I want it all!  It is blues and roots after all!

So whom would you choose?

Blind Boy Paxton

California’s Blind Boy Paxton promises to whip us back in time to the days of ‘ragtime, ’20s jazz and Dust Bowl–era blues, delivering them through a dizzying display of virtuosity on guitar, piano, banjo, and lately, fiddle.’

His fiddle playing is certainly something to behold!  Just get a load of this …

And there’s his humour and mannerism from that same bygone era …

He certainly has me smiling!

Chic Gamine

Well as any Canadian knows, those long cold winter nights in Manitoba creates some F&*^^%$# FANTASTIC music!  And it would seem that St. Boniface’s Chic Gamine certainly fit that stereotype!

Described as ‘three angel-voiced girls plus one drummer boy’, I am admittedly questioning the ‘angelic’ with these smokey blues vocals …

Well … I do hear angelic in this tune …

… although I suspect most warm blooded Canadian males, at the hint of the French Canadian gal blues, are hoping these angelic voices come with devil’s horns!

So which stage would you pick???

2014 Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival Conundrums: Miss Quincy or Rich Hope & His Evil Doers

I am happy for the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival that they have been growing, adding on an extra stage and more acts.  But your success, now causes me conundrums!  Specifically choosing between the Garden Stage or the Westwood Stage.  This presents a challenge in my day, as I want to take all the blues in, gosh darn it!!! (she says, fists clenched and stomping her feet – yes, you should fear me)

So in lieu of the ability to clone myself and simultaneously take in both experiences, I need your help in deciding how to plan my day.  My first conundrum at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby from 1:45 – 2:30 pm is Miss Quincy (on the Garden Stage) or Rich Hope & His Evil Doers (on the Westwood Stage)?!?!?

Your thoughts?  Here they both are:

Miss Quincy

Miss Quincy is one of our own, a good old (or young, in her case) Canadian gal with moxy, who ‘began her music career in the wild mountains of Northern BC with a knife strapped to her leg and guitar slung over her back.’  How can one not love the sound of that!

I mean  … just get a load of her … I can’t even decide between her videos, so I am sharing a few!

Love the storytelling here!

Seriously!  How can you not fall in love with this gal!  Just watch this and try not to smile …

Rich Hope and His Evil Doers

Rich Hope is not new to the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival or to Vancouver, first setting foot on the Garden Stage in 2009, as a winner of a competition on Shore FM.  And now he is back again!  Hitting the Westwood Stage this time!

A man was once heard to say the evil comes and evil goes, but he was wrong. Evil never goes—it lingers, often for years, sometimes decades, on the rarest and best occasions growing in power. Such is the case with Rich Hope and His Evil Doers, the two-man quartet that ate Vancouver in the most evil way possible, starting way back in 2005.

“I see trouble …”

So which stage would you pick???