Thursday, October 21, 2010

Safe driving

Semi-complainy post.  But it has a point.  And I'll post a happy and positive one later.

I'm not going to complain about 'Provo drivers', because I don't want to generalize, but I am going to give five examples of awful driving that I've seen lately.  I'm sure there are plenty of wonderful, safe drivers here, but there are at least 5 crazies who need to chill out.

 5. Person turning right doesn’t stop at stop line, so when there is a car next to them and a pedestrian coming across from their left they don’t see them until, oh, when they hit them with their car (hit once while on my bike- but he was very sorry and I was fine- and several close calls)

 4. Person doesn’t watch for pedestrian while turning left, so when they’re all raring to go during that tiny space of cars, they have to slam on their brakes while a person is in the crosswalk, or just keep going and nearly hit them while they’re crossing. (several times, had to run out of the way a couple of times).
3. Person was so eager to make that left hand turn arrow that he was running the red light so badly that I had a chance to get into the middle of the crosswalk in the turning lane and he had to swerve to miss me (and I always wait until the walking guy comes up, so he was a good 7ish seconds late).

 2. Pedestrians are no better. Not a driver, and I said that's what I'm going to talk about, but they put others and themselves in just as much danger. I’ve seen some stupid, stupid things.  Examples just from this week: This dude got angry at me when I had the right of way turning right, he had a red light, and he was trying to cross the street in front of me.  Come on. Oh yeah, and on the same road this guy had his ipod in and wanted to cross in the middle of the road while cars were going (University Avenue at 5:10pm, I might add) and he started wandering out into the road and almost walked in front of my truck.  Long day at school?

Number one:
I’m riding my bike, and it’s University Ave so I’m on the sidewalk because by this time I’ve noticed drivers are NOT safe.  So I’m coming up on the intersection and I had a pedestrian light, and there’s a car coming up to the light wanting to turn right. He looks at me and stops, plus he has a red light, so it legitimately looks like it should be safe, but nope, instead he keeps going and hits me with his car. So I’m thrown over my handlebars and land on my head, black out for a second, but then get up.  And he STAYS in his car. So of course I’m a little out of it and dazed because hey, I just got owned by a car and landed on my head, and the guy is like ‘Are you ok?’ and I say yes, and he drives away. Awesome.  So yeah, didn't get the plate number because I was too dazed and couldn't really see anyway.

You might be thinking, wow, you just don’t watch for cars or aren’t careful or you're just an idiot. No, no, I’m crazy careful and super paranoid and alllllways watch drivers like a hawk.  I seriously would have been hit at least 4 additional times (as a law abiding pedestrian) while here if I wasn’t as careful as I am.

So here's the point. I understand that people have places to go, but be careful (drivers and pedestrians alike).  Don’t be stupid. I’m lucky I didn’t break my neck or my back when I got hit by a car.  Or killed.  So seriously, watch the road, obey the laws, and DON’T text while you’re driving (or do other things. Like read. Sam and I saw a guy legitimately reading a novel while he was driving the other day).  Accidents happen, but they're almost always preventable.  Just be smart.
If I haven’t convinced you, watch this video (personal opinion, mute it, the song is awful). Warning though, it's super depressing, graphic, and basically might scar you for life. Seriously.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Photo ops!

I LOVE pictures. They're pretty much my favourite.  Sam's favourite... not so much.

An amazing photographer, Scott Jarvie, was doing free shoots a few weekends ago, and I was very very lucky to get a spot for us.  Sam wasn't too thrilled about having to get more pictures taken ("We just had our pictures taken at the wedding!"), but he is such a sweetheart and humoured me. He even smiled in them.

i am so Canadian.

We get to have some more family pictures done with Mom and Dad White and the rest of the fam this weekend. I'm so excited!  Sam, not so much, but I bet I can make him smile anyway.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Count your blessings... (bet you can't count that high!)

This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving! Happy belated Thanksgiving, fellow Canadians!

Thanksgiving weekend left me feeling pretty sentimental, and not going to lie, I was a bit of a mess.  On Sunday Sam and I called my grandma Frache’s house while everyone was over having Thanksgiving dinner.  Hanging out with my family at grandma’s house is the thing I miss most about Canada. Hands down.  I’ve missed a lot of Sundays and holidays there the past couple of years, and I probably won’t be back that often.  It makes me sad to not be there, but I’m looking forward to creating new traditions with Sam.  Where he is, home is J

I started writing a post about the things that I am thankful for, but I quickly realized that it would be one looooong blog post, and I have too many tests to study for to write a novel this week.  For now, just let me say that I am so, so blessed!  

 I have so many things to be thankful for- such as a husband that humoured me and made hand turkeys with me!
admit it, they're awesome.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hockey Night in Provo

i believe my words were "ok, now look normal"
For date night this week Sam had a great surprise for me- we went to the BYU vs. Weber State hockey game!  I was so excited!   The game was super fun! For one thing, I was watching it with my awesome husband. It was also a great game! In the first period neither team was playing that great, but things really stepped up in the second period. They were hitting hard, passing well, and there were some great goals! The final score was 3-2 for BYU! Go team!

I love hockey games.  I mean, come on, I’m Canadian!  I love being at games, and come Olympic and World Junior’s time, I’m obsessed with watching games on TV (NHL, not so much). Why do I like hockey so much?  Well, besides it just being an awesome and fun sport to watch, it's a little hard to explain.  I was thinking about writing a post about the significance of hockey to Canadians and make clever metaphors and all that jazz, but I don’t think I could do the topic justice.  Hockey is definitely a lot of fun to watch, but it also has meaning to me. For one thing it makes me feel connected to my home country.  It seems like Canadians and Americans express their patriotism and unity in different ways.  Canada is a bit more subtle about it, but I think that one way national pride surfaces is through hockey.  Look at the unity exhibited during the Olympics.  It was overwhelming, and I loved it. Hockey is part of our culture and national identity. This probably sounds really hokey to some people, but I think many know what I’m talking about.  If you have a good way to explain the true meaning of hockey, post a comment! I want to hear your take on it.  Why is hockey so important to Canadians?

Here’s a video of pretty much my favourite moment in hockey.  I was in Utah at the time of the Vancouver Olympics, which was really sad for me. I missed home so much at that time!  I was literally almost crying when we won. I was fighting it hard.