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Jul
16
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It's funny how sometimes you can be driving in your car and suddenly notice a lemonade stand that seems to catch us a little off-guard. Maybe it is the homemade sign advertising the selection of drinks, or perhaps it is the plastic table with resin chairs complete with an umbrella that grabs our attention. Early Sunday morning, I was driving through town and came across the time-honored tradition of the child's lemonade stand. I felt compelled to stop and pulled over to the curb for a reason I could not explain. There were no children sitting in the chairs guiding customers to their stand when I parked, and it seemed that the lemonade stand had set business hours. Suddenly, two young children came bounding out of their front door excited to greet what was likely their very first customer of the day. Did I mention that it was 10am when I stopped to check out the lemonade stand? The young girl who was likely 7 or so years old took charge of the business matters while her younger brother (who was approximately 5 years old) quickly transformed himself into a very competent Chief Financial Officer requesting the fifty cents before he would pick up a plastic cup from the stack. They offered 3 different drink solutions and I decided it was best to defer to the young business owners as to what their most popular beverage was. I paid for the drink and gave the CFO a tip to split with his sister evenly.
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Jul
11
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Forget landscaping for the modern man. Today's male is moving in the direction of "manscaping" - yes, it is actually a word. Recent studies show that men between 40-54 years of age are the fastest growing segment of the male population to embrace plastic surgery - accounting for 48% of the total procedures in the entire year. In the US, surgeons are seeing men having plastic surgery to appear youthful and compete with younger men also vying for the shortened supply of jobs. What are the top 4 procedures men are having these days? The most popular surgery for men was nose reshaping, or rhinoplasty, with 63,585 such operations performed in 2010. Next was eyelid surgery (31,476), followed by liposuction (23,899). Breast reduction (18,280) and hair transplants (13,217) ranked fourth and fifth. Men are still overshadowed by women who account for 91% of plastic surgery procedures. Geographically, the most prominent regions in the US for men to have a procedure are California, Texas, and Florida.
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Jul
04
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Victoria's Empress Hotel was recently sold before most people even knew that it was being listed for sale! Nat Bosa, a well-known developer from Vancouver, closed on the 106 year old hotel sale less than 3 weeks after it was announced for sale. It had been previously owned by Ivanhoe Cambridge, a Quebec pension fund company, who had purchased the Empress Hotel in 2007. The hotel offers 477 rooms and was designed by the same architect as BC's legislature and BC Assessment showed the value of the Empress at $89.9 million, although the sale price has not been released to the public. The Empress Hotel is rich in history (and ghostly sightings). There are many reports that ghosts and apparitions haunt the iconic hotel, including a ghost said to be that of the architect himself. On the 6th floor, guests have reported seeing the ghost of a woman resembling a maid. In 1980, The Empress Hotel was designated as a national historic site because of its Chateau-like design. Canadian railways companies had promoted business travel along their railway and steamship lines in the 1900's, and had many castle-like hotels built to encourage an elegant and upscale travel destination. It was enlarged in 1910 and became a popular tourist hotel for the rich and famous who traveled to Victoria in the 1920's. Gossip followed this chateau for decades and Shirley Temple allegedly hid out in the Empress after leaving California when she received death threats! Many events for royalty were held at the Empress and it became famous for its afternoon "high tea" that serves 800 guests and tourists each day! With so much rich history, the Empress Hotel will forever be an important testament to Victoria's development over the past 100 years. The Bosa family has not publicly announced what their plans are with the hotel, and hopefully, the legacy of the Empress Hotel will continue unchanged except for ownership as the hotel employs 500 staff to look after the needs of its guests.
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