Posts Tagged ‘Coral’

Hurricane Coral

Just flipping through my issue of Coral: The Reef Aquarium Magazine.  Just so much knowledge about creating and maintaining this wonder of the sea in the comfort of your own home.

I thought, Coral… for a name of a magazine, neat. Also the name of a girl.

You guys already know how much I love Coral… and the desert.  I am so happy that if I ever make my way to Dubai I’ll be able stay at the Coral Deira Hotal. Wow, located right in the commercial hub of Dubai… you don’t say?

Travel is fun.  And going to the desert of the Middle East might be alright… but why stay in one spot when I could cruise through the Panama canal on one or two Princess cruise ships built specifically for that purpose? The Coral Princess is that ship.

Coral is organized! (or at least she pretends to be) Coral makes a software to collect data and organize it.  Fun!
OK, not really….

This is also not very interesting.

What is interesting, helpful and Madelyn will enjoy… If Coral is looking a little flustered, a little heated… just cover her in Sea Cucumber poo.  That’s just good science. It helps reduce high acid levels caused by global warming.

Whatever, Global Warming isn’t even real.  What is real?  The undeniable talent of Queer Performance Artist Coral Short!  That’s what’s real.

Coral talks about changing the colour of her hair.  To add some bright colours to the ends BUT that would require bleaching.  Coral bleaching.

I don’t think Coral needs to do that because Coral is the hot new trend in Spring Fashion!  Sort it out Hollywood, Coral has been hot since 1983!

If you find yourself in the Central Nevada region… maybe around Crescent Valley…. look for Coral Gold Resources… they’ll be the folks digging the Au out of the ground in one of the lowest cost-per-ounce operations in the State!

Coral and I went out for her birthday on Saturday.  Coral was on fire, it was as if a Hurricane Coral devastated the boredom and low lying regions of Victoria… it was like Cyclone Iggy blasted across Coral Bay and forced all the campers to flee… in party rock joy! not terror.

So cute!  Nintendo 3DS is gunna come in Coral Pink!

Happy Birthday Coral!

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a shade of coral

a "coral" coloured Chevy Nomad

When I first met Coral, one of my favourite things about her is (was?) her name.  Coral.

I never knew a Coral before her.

I did not know there was a colour shade called coral.

If I was scuba diving I’d be afraid of coral.

I never knew that corals coordinate behavior by communicating with each other.  Whoa, there is probably a life lesson in there about relationships… maybe near the bottom of the wiki, in the footnotes.

There is a band called The Coral.

One day I will visit Coral Gables, FLA… I might even bring Coral, but then, that might be one hell of a trip and fuck with the space time continuum. Maybe Coral would hang in Coral Springs? then we’d meet in Orlando?  I dunno.

I bought Coral a classic 45 single on Coral Records.

One time the History channel showed this boring naval battle.  I wanted to change the channel because I thought the Bachelorette was on but then the announcer said, “this major battle of World War Two was fought between US and Australian forces against the Imperial Japanese… it was called the Battle of the Coral Sea.” And then check this out, it was a marathon of Coral battles!

When I move to the desert one day in the future… I’ll keep my eyes peeled for coral SNAKES!

Coral is a real nerd too.  beep beep bop bop nerd nerd internets.

And sometimes Coral makes movies! I can’t understand any of them because they are in a different language.

Our long term financial plan call for winning the lotto… but I am sure she wouldn’t be against winning our retirement at bingo?  In The UK?  With the Gala Coral Group.

if Coral ever left me for another man (or progressive woman) I could only be with a woman with an equal to or greater than name.. like maybe MTV Real World cast member Coral Smith… middle name Jeanne?  WTF, Coral’s middle name is Jean!

Now coral is my favourite colour, my favourite city(ies) in Florida (and Ontario and Illinois) and my third favorite thing found in the ocean (after sharks and Zombies).

an actual real life "Coral" with alien Stitch.

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Victoria’s modern rock radio station,
The Zone’s afternoon drive host Jeremy Baker
Photograph by: Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist

Plugged in to the music

Disc Jockey, blogger and podcaster Jeremy Baker
keeps finger on pulse of local rock scene

By Mike Devlin,
July 8, 2009

Jeremy Baker has listened to more music, written more words, and digested more news by mid-afternoon than your average music fan does in a day, myself included.

For that, I hate his bloody overachieving guts.

Baker, 29, hosts the afternoon drive show (3-7 p.m.) on the Zone, the city’s modern rock station. His irreverent on-air chatter is only part of the package: Within the span of any given week, Baker also writes five blogs, DJ’s for at least one club, and creates Capital Rock City, a half-hour podcast spotlighting local music.

“You have friends who start doing something then stop, because they don’t get the payoff. That’s backwards,” Baker says. “You’ve got to keep going.”

Every conversation I’ve ever had with Baker reveals a new nugget of impossibly hilarious information, from his affinity for scooters to his love of barbecue. He eats a lot of sandwiches, walks to work most days, and goes into the record books as the only guy in the radio business who actually pays for music.

And when he signs off on a blog post, he writes “Go with yourself,” which I believe is a reference to an obscure Fiona Apple quote. Baker is geeky enough to be cool.

At his core, however, he’s simply a music fan looking for way to make his passion pay the bills. Baker would love to whittle his duties down to one gig, thus allowing for more time with his fiancée, Coral, and their 16- month-old daughter, Madelyn. But the funds for the pair’s upcoming wedding, slated for Oct. 11 at the Flamingo hotel in Las Vegas, have to come out of someone’s pocket.

“I would love to get paid and not work. Write a book, then collect some money, hang out with my family somewhere sunny and call it a life. But I’ve got a mortgage and I have to eat. To do that, you’ve go to be out there.”

I’m calling his bluff. When there wasn’t a mortgage to meet and bills to pay, and Baker was living in his parents’ basement, gigging with some buddies in a weekend warrior punk band, the dude was still non-stop.

He ran for mayor of Coquitlam at 18, while still a student at Coquitlam’s Centennial high school. That would strike nearly everyone as unusual, but Baker shrugs it off. “Young people run all the time. It’s when they win that it’s special.”

He doesn’t recall his platform, but he remembers the number of people who supported him.

“I got 404 votes,” he said, laughing at his shortcomings. “That was good for fourth, which was last place.”

Baker scaled back his aspirations and ran for Coquitlam city council the following year. He fared considerably better, placing 17th out of 30 candidates, but his dreams were dashed. He rejoined politics last year, running as a candidate for Esquimalt Council. This time, the results were less than favourable. He came dead last.

Baker said he might try politics again later in life, but only if he can dedicate 110 per cent of himself to the task. Then again, maybe not. “I keep losing, so maybe that means something.”

The radio business is a better bet. He’s a colourful, quirky on-air personality, prone to esoteric between-song breaks and revealing personal anecdotes. In short, the kind of radio jock which is in short supply these days.

“Seventy-six per cent of my job is spent keeping up with Jeremy’s antics,” says Sara Parker, Baker’s boss at the Zone. “But his Kermit the Frog laugh makes it all worth it.”

The broadcast bug bit Baker early. The summer after high school, while at a house party, he had the idea of hosting a campus radio show. Soon after, the Morning After Show on the University of British Columbia’s station, CiTR, was born. He later received a diploma in Broadcast and Media Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, which he parlayed into a gig at the Zone in 2003.

Luck played a part in Baker’s hiring — he arrived for his college practicum on the day the station’s morning show host quit — but Zone management is extremely happy with his ratings. They should be: Baker has literally grown up on-air in Victoria, both as a professional and person.

“I was lot more of a hipster when I first moved to Victoria. Now, spending $100 bucks on beer just because doesn’t really fly anymore.”

Next time you see Baker at a gig, buy him a frosty beverage. He deserves it.

Mike Devlin email: mdevlin@tc.canwest.com

© Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist


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Coral and I were talking about the word meme the other day.  We had finished reading Huckdoll’s blog where she posted a meme and I said, “What’s up with Mommy bloggers writing autobiographies and calling them meme’s?”

Coral said, “first off its not pronounced Me! Me! its pronounced meem, like cream.

And I think it comes from a sociology thing, but has since been co-opted by the internet to mean those little questionnaire things that spread around the internet.”

It was a pretty good read so I will do one now, but I think I will fill out about Coral and see if I can get anything right.

1. What is Coral’s current obsession?

Coral is the kind of person that finds something she likes or is interested in, then dives in full force.  Right now I don’t think there is any one thing I’d classify as Coral-Level-Obsessed.  I’d say she is in between obsessions.

2. What is her weirdest obsession?

Willie Pickton.  Fucking weird.  Love you.

3. Recall a fond childhood memory?

Coral always talks about the old house they lived in in Airdrie, Alberta and she talks about the time her and Alyx ran away form home.  They made it as far as the corner store across the field which I guess as little kids, was pretty darn far.  Then they got hungry and the jig was up!  Time to go home.

4. What’s for dinner?

That is far to far into the future.  My Coral can leave a comment and let me know!  She has the day off today with Mads so maybe they can put their heads together and think of something.

5. What would she eat for her last meal?

I am not too sure what Coral’s fave restaurant of all time is… but since we’ve been together it always makes her happy when we hit Mo:le so I’d say Mo:le and it would have to have something to do with pesto potatoes.

6. What’s the last thing she bought?

Boring, diapers and food for yesterday’s dinner.

7. What is Coral listening to right now?

She is sleeping, but her alarm is set to the Ocean?  WTF?  The drive into work she jams out Kid Carson.  The last music she downloaded was from Frankie Valli and some Madcon (cuz he samples Franki Vallie).  She says summer is a top 40 time for her.

8. What does she think of the person who tagged you?

She wasn’t tagged.  But I stole this meme from Huchdoll and I think Coral likes her as she reads her blog pretty regular like.  She introduced me to Huck’s blog… Coral had an obsession with Mommy Blogs and was reading tons and as she put some together and read and read, she found a few girls were based outta Coquitlam and had a similar age to me and the next thing you know, the Highschool Year Books were on the floor as she tried to detective all the characters.

9. If she could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished, anywhere in the world, where would it be?

On the ocean in Oak Bay.  Coral also likes Los Angelas so on the ocean there… and she’d handle a vacation home in Vegas too I think.

Her jet setting lifestyle might also include a flat in London.

10. If Coral could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would she go?

The future on Saturday after 6PM so she could see what the lottery numbers are.

11. Which language does Coral want to learn?

English better, she wants to be an editor.

12. What’s her favourite quote (for now)?

Coral isn’t really one to share quote she has collected with me, but one she wrote down is: “Life is just a chance to grow a soul.”

13. What is her favourite colour?

Oh I should know this…. hmmm… purple?

14. What is her favourite piece of clothing in her own wardrobe?

Coral hates most her clothes. Pajama pants?  The striped ones she is wearing right now.

15. What is Coral’s dream job?

a writer.

16. What’s Coral’s favourite magazine?

I don’t know if she has A favourite.  She’ll read the gossips but she’ll also jam out a National Geographic.  I also catch her reading interior design magazines and once she even jammed out Wired.

17. If she had $100 now, what would she spend it on?
A haircut. or paper for wedding invitations or likely she’d try and do both and make the $100 go as far is it can.

18. Describe her personal style?

She is pretty casual in appearance but her new glasses make her rock that hot librarian thing pretty hard.

19. What is she going to do after this?

Set her daughter up with an RESP then maybe she’ll go to the mall and pick our camera up form the camera fixer shop.

20. What are her favourite films?

Fern Gully!

(but she said, “hey that’s not my favourite, favourite movie!  The Little Mermaid”)

21. What’s her favourite fruit?

Strawberries and Blueberries.

22. What inspires Coral?

She might have a different answer but what I notice drives Coral to action is her friends and some bloggers.

23. Her favourite books?

Coral reads a TON.  I don’t what her favourite one book is… but she has shelves of them here at home and borrows tons from friends.

24. Does she collect anything?


25. Any advice that’s come from bitter experience?

hmmm, that is a hard one for me to answer for Coral.  Don’t use your credit card too much. ha.

26. What makes her follow a blog?

She likes people that tell good stories, strong writing style and people that update frequently.

OK… maybe Coral will comment to see how well I did.

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