December 9, 2008

Got skim milk?

Posted in Food, Rant, Victoria tagged , , , , , at 10:57 pm by Skybluepink

Evidently not, if you go to the new Tim Hortons in downtown Victoria, and never will by the sounds of it.  Downtown Victoria has been “waiting” for a Tim Hortons for years, but a new outlet just opened on Blanshard street near the centre of town. I am not a fan of Timmy Ho-Ho’s, I prefer the local coffee shops and Starbucks to be honest, but lately I’ve been heading to Timmy’s with a group of co-workers as part of our morning caffeine ritual.

On our first trip I was actually surprised to learn that Timmy’s does not offer skim milk as an option for your tea or coffee. Since then I have asked for skim milk several times in an attempt to demonstrate a “need”. My co-workers have asked too, and time after time we’ve been given an “oh you are so annoying” eye-roll and the standard line “we don’t serve that”.

Complain you say? Yes, we did! We even wrote to Timmy’s HQ and were told if we simply asked for skim milk the store manager would oblige. Not quite! I asked a manager last week, who reminded me of a female ultimate fighting champion, and was told “not only do we not offer skim milk but we are never going to get it…no one likes it or asks for it…thank-you!” No… thank you!

I know, I know…what did I expect from a place that serves candy-cane hot chocolate with candy-cane donuts?

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August 29, 2008

An afternoon at the art gallery

Posted in Art, celebrity, Pop culture tagged , , , at 10:53 pm by Skybluepink

I recently saw the Warhol exhibit at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. It was good to see an exhibit like this in Victoria. While I’ve been to the gallery many times (the last few times for weddings), it’s been a while since they’ve had an exhibit that I really wanted to see. The exhibit had a little bit of everything, from casual sketches to the iconic images of Marilyn Monroe and the Queen. The exhibit had a strong Canadian flavour, including pieces that were shown at Expo 67 in Montreal. Curator Mary Jo Hughes wanted to show the Canadian influence in Warhol’s work. It was the Wayne Gretzky portrait that truly caught my attention. No, I’m not a hockey fan but I’ve lived in Canada long enough to understand his iconic status. I think Warhol was quite taken with the young man; Gretzky however looked shy and a tad apprehensive.

 

“As an artist, what I see in Wayne is great joy and energy,” said Warhol at the time. “I think it’s great when a sports star can look like a movie star.” I’m guessing Andy wasn’t a hockey fan either.