Archive | November, 2012

Never Ever Do This At Home (Space Channel Preview)

28 Nov

Chris is demonstrating the flammability of household CoffeeMate for the Space Channel Host.

Chris is working on a new show for the Discovery Channel called ‘Never Ever Do This At Home’ which is scheduled to run in the Spring of 2013.  The Space Channel was on set last week and aired this preview of the show. Chris is the tall handsome guy in the black ball cap and grey shirt wiring at the beginning and setting up the CoffeeMate fireball mid-way through. He’s lead Special FX technician for the series.

You can view the preview here

I want a Dufour40e for Christmas

23 Nov

Dear Santa,

In addition to another pony, I would like to add a Dufour 40e sailboat to my list this year. It may not fit down the chimney, so please park it on the dock outside that cottage on Vancouver Island we talked about last year. I assume that will be ready for this Christmas as well.

Thanks man, I appriciate it.



I took these photos during the spring (2012) from our Zodiac. This particular Dufour was a stock vessel at the time- we were sailing it that day for an Audi Lifestyle Magazine photo shoot.  I have been on the boat many times and fell in love with it. From the Zodiac, I had a cool perspective of the sailboat with the Toronto skyline in the background. What a pretty boat!

Holguin, Cuba

22 Nov

Our trip to Holguin, Cuba provided lost of adventure! We ate with the locals, made many friends and explored the beautiful countryside. We rented a scooter one day to visit Guardalavaca- it was great! There were lots of little shops and vendors and a beautiful public beach.

I love Cuba and often find myself humbled by the people’s generosity, kindness and happiness. Most people have hardly anything and live in shacks, but their love of life and their spirits are so vibrant. We met a waiter at a resort who invited us to travel to his town and have dinner at his home with his family. It was a wonderful experience-one I will not forget for a long time.

Annapolis, MD

21 Nov

Hello! Jess here,

We’ve just returned from Annapolis, Maryland!  The primary reason for the trip was because I was attending a three-day SailTime Base Owners Meeting. Annapolis is well known as the center of sailing and boating in the Mid-Atlantic. As soon as you enter the town, you immediately sense the nautical ‘vibe’. Almost everyone looks like they’ve just stepped off a sailboat. Scenic Main Street is lined with sailing stores and boutiques. If you’ve never been, I would suggest you go check it out… but only for a day or two.  (Pictured below Chris and I are on Main St.)

Not being a ‘hard-core’ sailor, I find the town a bit boring. Annapolis is the type of place where you enjoy good food, good wine and good company. When I typed ‘Annapolis’ into Trip Advisor, the top things to do where Sailing, Museums, the local Park, Dining and the United States Naval Academy. Yes, the academy is pretty neat, but unless you’re a sailor there isn’t much to do other than wander the cobblestone roads and check out the old architecture.

The meeting I attended was a gathering of the global SailTime base owners. It was very cool to be in a room filled with people from all over the world who do the same thing I do for a living and suffer the same frustrations and challenges. I learned a lot and had a very good time. If you’re interested in the fractional sailing program I manage, you can click here for more information!

During the meeting, sailing legend Gary Jobson lectured on sailing, leadership, teamwork and his past adventures. I do admire sailors for their love of adventure and their free spirits. Gary told us wonderful stories of America’s Cup Racing, the founding of ESPN, his many years of commentating sailing events for the network, his love for the sport and sailing mishaps he’s since learned valuable lessons from. Gary is not only an inspirational athlete, he is also an exceptional leader and speaker. I was very excited to meet him. Gary’s website can be found here. Pictured with gary is myself and my collegue Andrew. We manage the SailTime GTA base and program together.

If you’ve never heard of the America’s Cup, you’ve got to check it out. The America’s Cup is the oldest active Trophy in international sport!  As sailing has progressed throughout the ages, so have the sailors. originating on monohulls in 1851, the boats racing this year in the 34th America’s cup are lightning fast catamerans. The sport is INTENSE in every sense of the word. As I persue learning the sport of sailing, I hope to eventually crew on a race boat. These guys are the real deal.

Check out the America’s Cup on their YouTube Channel. Here is one of their latest videos: or here.

I had the privilege of seeing these boats live in action last summer in Newport, RI. They sail three times the speed of the wind- it’s almost unbelievable!  I intent to blog about the America’s Cup in the future- stay tuned!

When Chris and I travel throughout the USA, we often drive to Buffalo, NY and fly out of BUF on SouthWest. On our way home, we stopped for some Buffalo wings… when in Rome…

Until next time! Thanks for following along :)

Shoot Day at the Farm

13 Nov

This past Saturday, a pilot episode of a new show was filmed at the farm. It was funny and a bit strange to see the movie trucks roll in and set up in the lower riding field. The show is a ‘behind the scenes look’ at hidden camera shows. Chris for the first time was in front of the camera! He had a great time being one of the Special FX ‘Experts’ on set while they filmed him fire some pretty cool weapons and blow up small targets and a shed.

While on set, one of the ‘hip’ city dweller film crew people (I’m sure they have a more formal name) asked me: “Oh so do you and Chris go on shoots often?”

Well, of course I replied, “Yeah! I suppose you could say Chris and I are gun fanatics. Chris loves researching new guns and reads online forums. We enjoy the shooting range in the lower field here almost every weekend!”

The crew member stared blankly at me for a moment in her Canada Goose jacket, oversized Ray Bans and Hunter wellies and then laughed. “Oh, I meant movie shoots! Hahaha!…”

It was funny, mostly because it spoke to our completely different worlds.

Here’s a picture of some of the guns Chris had on set:


Yeah, that handsome blurry dude is Chris- he looks pretty good if you ask me! ;)  ….Do you think I can start bragging that I’m dating a movie star? This is all very exciting.

D-Day to Victory – Lest We Forget

11 Nov

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Chris did the Special FX (pyro, guns etc) for this History Channel show last year. Check out the site- it’s a very well done series and interactive web experience chronicling our war heros’ memories of D-Day.

One of the most moving moments in the program is when a Canadian Veteran speaks of losing his friend on the beach. He says “They were the heros, we were the survivors.”

Thank you to all the Canadian, British and American veterans who sacrifice so much and show such astounding bravery.

Dracula – Bram Stoker

8 Nov

Dracula - Bram Stoker

I just finished reading Dracula last night and was surprised by the Google Doodle this morning! This is one of my favourite books- a must read!!

The Decision to Travel

6 Nov

There seems to have always been a gnawing desire within me to be places that I am not. I find myself wanting to travel far and wide, for long periods of time. The idea of living out of my backpack and finding my own way seems appealing.  Adventure awaits and my indecision delays!  As a young professional, it’s hard to know what to do. Questions like “What about work?, What about money?, What about my house and my ‘stuff”?” seem to create barriers and limitations for those with the desire to travel.  Most of my friends and family discourage my aspirations abroad- pointing out safety issues, economical issues and tell me to start preparing for my future now.  As a new graduate, I don’t feel ready to jump into my ‘social obligations’ of building a career, buying a house, getting married, having kids and saving for retirement.

How do we know when to make the leap? When’s the best time to travel? Will this feeling and need wear off the more places I go or will it only grow stronger? Both Chris and I are saving up for our ‘big adventure’. I’d like to travel across Asia. We’d also like to travel across Canada as well- with so many exotic locations we want to go, we should probably see all that our own country has to offer first!

In my online wanderings, I came across a post from the travel blog Vangabondish: 

This short post answered a few nagging questions in my head.

I’m Going Traveling, Damn It! (When to Ignore the Advice of Others).

Enjoy :)

West Coast Trail- Video Diary Day 4 Excerpt

2 Nov

We hiked on average 9 hours daily on the West Coast Trail. Some portions of the trail are fairly difficult to negotiate and take over one hour per km. I remember km 68 and km 69 being extremely difficult- Those two km’s seemed to take half a day!

Here is a short video Chris took during the later half of the trail (we hiked from Bamfield towards Port Renfrew). The forest was much harder going than the beach, but we had missed the tide and were forced to higher ground all day. Enjoy :)


West Coast Trail Video Diary- Day 5 Excerpt

1 Nov

During our time on the trail, we kept a video diary. We’ve since edited all the videos and put them together. Our entire diary video is over an hour and a half long. Here’s a quick excerpt from Day 5.

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