Yup, I've been a Woodgrove Centre mall rat for the last 6 days. Early mornings. Later nights. Running out to the parking lot 4 times a day to get different sizes stored in my Ford. Artificial lights. Folding. Hanging. More folding. And a ton of Lil Worker love.
It's been a wild week and it's coming to an end. I need some solid IRL ("in real life") sales numbers to take back to Manjit, or a bank, or my great uncle to prove Lil Worker is worth investing in. So, if you're in the mid-Island area: Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Courtenay (maaaaaybe Campbell River and Duncan) and want to try some Gear on, today, October 29th, is the LAST day to do it.
On that note, it's PSA time. From the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia:
If you're like me and hate clicking out of e-mails, I'm going to paste ICBC's "Tips to Keep Kids Safe" at Halloween below. Some good points to keep in mind as you prepare for the big night:
Be bright to be seen: Many costumes are quite dark, making your child less visible at night. Try to nudge your child toward a lighter costume. If your child insists on being a ninja this year, add reflective tape to their outfit and treat bag, and make them use a flashlight or headlamp to help them stand out in the dark.
Make sure the costume fits: A costume that's too big or small could cause a child to trip and fall, causing injury.
Create a safe route: If your kids are trick-or-treating without you, plan a safe route for your children and their friends. The best route should be familiar, well-established, direct and away from busy main roads. Set a return time.
Travel in groups: Organize a group to trick-or-treat together. Walking in a group will make you and your children more visible to drivers.
Follow the rules of the road: Always walk on sidewalks and cross only at crosswalks when travelling with your child. If there is no sidewalk, walk as far to the edge as possible, facing traffic. For older children that are trick-or-treating with friends, review the rules and remind them to work their way up one side of the street, instead of crossing back and forth.
Consider other ways to celebrate: Instead of traditional trick-or-treating, consider hosting a Halloween party for your child and their friends, attending a Halloween party if offered at local community centres, or taking your child to a local shopping centre that offers trick-or-treating opportunities in a well-lit, controlled environment.
Ok, I've already had to run to the truck once this morning. Here's what's sold out already:
Look, even if you don't neeeeed Gear, I'd really like to meet you, too. Ya, in real life. Scary? Maybe. Cool? I think so. If you get a chance, swing by - I'm right beside People's Jewellers, here:
You might be thinking, "Good God, James, I'm in Ottawa, Ontario. There's NO WAY I could come meet you at the Woodgrove Centre in Nanaimo, BC!"
Ok, ok, ok. I'm sorry but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to select specific geographic areas in my e-mail list. I don't even think that's possible. E-mail doesn't have an assigned address, does it?
Aaaaaand, technically, those wicked Halloween safety tips are applicable whether you're in Ottawa, ON or Nanaimo, BC, right? Just look at this guy, he's AWESOME!!!
Alright, I've gotta run - ttyl!
Let's keep our kids safe. Because growing up is tough work.
Thank you ~James