Last Saturday we said goodbye to, in my opinion, the best radio colour-commentary man the Vancouver Canucks has ever had. From his infectious laugh to his blunt analysis of the home team’s performance whenever they didn’t meet expectations, it was hard not to love this guy. Just ask Todd Bertuzzi.
Melissa and I started watching this game on TV, but got in the car to go home just to listen to Tommy’s last broadcast and final sign-off on the radio. Hard to believe that we won’t get to hear his voice on the radio any more, calling Canucks games at least. I’m sure he’ll be back as a guest interview every now and then, but Saturday October 9th, 2010 was the last time he’d be calling a Canucks game. It would’ve been icing on the cake had the Canucks won the game too.
I don’t know what the chances are that Tommy will actually see this, but I just wanted to thank the guy for helping me get my Canucks fix when I was out driving somewhere, or at university working on projects that took all day and deprived me of going home to catch the game on TV. Listening to Tom and Shorty call the games on the radio was actually almost as enjoyable as watching the games on the tube.
The day I was lucky enough to meet him and shake his hand as he was driving out of the GM Place parking lot was just as exciting for me as meeting one of the players, honestly. I loved how he was so down to earth and actually stopped his car and rolled down his window when he saw that we recognized who he was. Not only was he willing to take a picture with me, but he also took a moment to thank us for actually being fans of his, considering the fact that some people don’t know what he actually looks like being a radio personality.
Anyways, here’s Tommy’s last sign-off. Thanks to the TEAM1040 for making this available online!
I know how much you wanted to be in that booth when the Nucks finally win their first Stanley Cup, hopefully you get to witness it before the big guy upstairs says your time is up. But I hope you live life to the fullest, enjoy your retirement and all the little things that happen along the way.
Thanks for the memories Tom Larscheid. Shorty always let us see what we were missing; but it was you Tommy, that made us feel like we were right there in that arena watching with you.
The Vancouver International Fringe Festival ended this past weekend, and after tallying up the votes, the shows that won ‘Pick of the Fringe’ were…
Dr. Horrible: Sing-Along Blog
Freud vs. His Ego
So I’m glad to say we watched one of the Picks, but unfortunately didn’t decide to go watch any of the others. Anyways, now that the Picks have been well, picked, they’ll be showing them at the Waterfront Theatre from the 23rd to the 26th of September. Tickets are now $20 each, and you can get them here if you’re interested.
Also, here are some of the other shows we managed to go and watch…
A Brief History in Romantic Love
My rating: 7.5 out of 10
Not really living up to its title, this show provides a bit of a twist. Instead of explaining the history of romantic love, they instead tell a story of a hopeless romantic who was put under the spell of a witch back in the day. As a result, he ends up letting his true love get away. The acting was really good, although there were moments where my attention kinda drifted away thanks to the lack of story progression. Definitely not the worst show we watched at the Fringe, but far from the best.
Peter ‘n’ Chris Save the World!
My rating: 9.5 out of 10
This was definitely my favourite show from this year’s Fringe. It’s about 2 guys that feel their lives (and their relationship with each other) are getting bland. So Peter decides he wants to go back to school, but thanks to the help of Chris and an infomercial starring Sarah McLachlan, they decide to save the world …by learning about the advantages of composting. It’s a weird storyline but they have a lot of fun along the way. I particularly loved the chase scenes, and the misuse of the word ‘mate’.
These guys were here last year too, and I’m really hoping they’re back next year as well.
My rating: 1 out of 10
Easily my least favourite part of the Fringe. Morgan Brayton is the star, and performs a bunch of different short stories, from a stoned valedictorian to a little girl seeing the ice cream man outside and her mom not really giving a crap. It was this show that made me realize that I can’t appreciate every kind of humour there is out there. I thought I could, but now I know I can’t. A bunch of 50-something year-olds were laughing their heads off to this show, but I found myself being unable to even fake a laugh. Not my kind of humour, but I gave it a 1 out of 10 because Morgan gave it her all and that’s something you can’t disrespect. As for the material itself, just not my cup of tea.
When Harry Met Harry
My rating: 8.5 out of 10
Another 1-man show performed really well. Harry is a dude that does the same boring routine every morning and realizes that his life begins to suffer as a result. His love life goes downhill and eventually, so does his professional life. He then starts to have the same recurring dream over and over. A really simple story that I found to be unexpectedly entertaining.
Seen any of these shows? Disagree with my thoughts on the shows? Let us know!
Next time you go down to Seattle, check out Southcenter (yeah, American spelling) Mall! Jollibee opened on the 16th of September. From the I-5, that’s exit 154B then just follow the signs!
Things you may enjoy from the menu:
So next time you’re in Seattle, go! And tell us how it was!
You may even bump into the dancing Bee! :)