Today marks a special holiday for those of us living in beautiful British Columbia. The first weekend in August is set aside as a civic holiday celebrating the founding of Canada’s westernmost province. This year marks the 150th anniversary of British Columbia.
In Ontario, where I am currently sitting, the first weekend in August is also a civic holiday, albeit without any particular anniversary or special date to associate it with. For Canadians living on the east side of the Rockies, winters are long and indescribably cold and summers, while short, are extremely warm. The August long-weekend is a chance for everyone to enjoy the summer, however briefly.
For me, this August long weekend marks the start of the first real vacation I’ve had in several years. That’s why I’m on the other side of Canada today and not celebrating back home in Victoria over three long rounds of golf. While away on vacation I’ll be keeping the same blogging schedule however I will not likely be covering the business or analytical side of search for the next ten days. As of tomorrow, I will be heading north to a place just barely beyond civilization. I wonder what life sounds like in the absence of a computer fan.
When I truly resurface, I will be heading far south to San Jose to take part in the Search Engine Strategies conference where I will be speaking about the issues defining Net Neutrality. Readers might expect a post or two along those lines, along with the usual general information on search engine marketing and techniques. Readers might also expect a couple search-related stories about my family. Two pieces I wrote about family in previous years, “Hey Yahoo, Google and MSN – School Kids Search Too” and “Wardriving Muskoka” went over well with readers.
As for today… It’s a holiday up here. I’m heading downtown for lunch with a friend from the display advertising side of online marketing, an area I think all search marketers need to learn far more about. Happy BC-Day to all back home. Happy August long-weekend to my new (though temporary) neighbours here in Ontario.
The biggest adjustment? The next time someone says to me, “About those Yahoo’s!”, they’ll be referring to the loud teenagers on the other side of the lake.