This past weekend, some family friends and I visited the beautiful Whistler, Canada! It was a lovely getaway and to my pleasant surprise, it included a few Beatles charms along the way.
On our first full day of the trip, we decided to take the gondola up the mountains. With the weather treating us right, I was able to wear my Meet The Beatles! t-shirt which I recently scored on a shopping trip to the Japanese clothing store, Uniqlo (which were only available in the men’s section). Check out my shirt below, standing in first place!
“GOLDen slumbers fill your eyes” ❤
While I wanted to strut around the mountain tops of Canada all day in Beatles spirit, it did become colder the higher up we went, so I had to put on a sweatshirt eventually.
Later that evening, I spotted a silly shirt from a souvenir shop in the Whistler Village:
They all appear to be “bear” foot in this rendition of Abbey Road.
Last but not least, on our last full day of the trip, we went to the Farmer’s Market in Blackcomb Village where we spotted a “punny” popcorn stand: Sargent Poppers Kettle Corn. Sadly, I was running pretty low on cash towards the end of the trip and had to pass on the kettle corn. But it sure smelled good and had a great name.
In honor of Paul McCartney’s 75th birthday today – I share with you a side by side of him and my grandma, who I have always thought looked very much alike. Cheers!
Back in November, a few coworkers and I volunteered at an event to raise money for a charity. At this event were donors from the world-renowned video game company, Bungie. For those that don’t know, Bungie created the videogame Destiny in which Paul McCartney helped compose music for the game. One of his many contributions was his original song for the game “Hope For the Future.” The second I discovered that employees from Bungie were at the event, I made it a goal for the evening to chat with them and ask if they personally worked with Paul during the project.
For the sake of privacy, I will not list any name or gender of the employee I spoke with; I will neutrally refer to them as “X”… It wasn’t until the very end of the event when my coworker and dear friend encouraged me to finally approach the group of Bungie employees.
Me: nervously “Hi, this is kind of random, but umm… I’m a really big Paul McCartney fan…and I, uhh–“
X: “OH my goodness – Paul is SO sweet!”
X: “I never met him in person, but I communicated with him via email”
X went on to talk about how kind Paul is and what a treat it was to have him work on their project a few years back. Our encounter was short and ended with an endearing hug and me in theatrical tears. See below for an action shot:
My coworker and dear friend is a firm believer in energies and world connectedness. As he put it – I was so overwhelmed with joy because I “dabbled in Paul’s energy.” After all, I was only one degree of separation from him at that moment in time.
August 25th, 1966, The Beatles performed at the Seattle Center Coliseum. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historical concert, the Seattle Mariner’s hosted a Beatles Tribute Night at Safeco Field last summer! My boyfriend and I teamed up with another couple to celebrate the event.
My dad had a clever idea to wear t-shirts that spelled out Beatles-themed words. We would proceed to create 3 sets of shirts where every 3rd inning we would peel off a layer to expose a new word. Starting off the night, we spelled “LOVE” and captioned the photo “[g]love is all you need.” Come the 3rd inning, we revealed our next layer which spelled “PAUL” and captioned the photo “take me out to the PAUL game.” By the 6th inning, we displayed our final layer, “HELP,” which unfortunately was needed for the Mariner’s by this point in the game.
Along with our t-shirts, I created popsicle-stick heads with The Beatles in 1964, 1969, and Paul aging from 1964 to 2012. In total, we had 12 of these popsicle-stick heads and eventually passed them out to other fans seated in our section.
The Seattle Mariner’s gave out Beatles themed fleece blankets at the game, which you can see pictured below:
I am not sure which is greater – the amount of times I danced to Beatles music this night or the amount of times we were captured on the jumbotron!
For Halloween this past year, I brought my fandom to life… I dressed as a 1965 teen with Beatlemania! My costume consisted of light pink oxfords, black tights, a black pleated skirt, a baby blue collared button-up, “The Beatles” white crew neck purchased off of Amazon and most importantly, binoculars. I gotta get a good view of those mop tops!
My friends and I celebrated Halloween with food, games and laughter. The night concluded with a costume contest, which was won by yours truly.
When graduation season came around, I immediately started brainstorming how I wanted to decorate my cap. Obviously, I knew I wanted it to be Beatles themed. After much thought, I decided to go with some of my favorite lyrics: Let it Be. A friend and I went to a local Michael’s art supplies store where we found gold sparkly letters, 3D flowers and a “groovy 60’s” themed scrapbook decor set that included an acoustic guitar. Perfection!
Not only is Let it Be a beautiful song that makes me ugly cry every time I hear it, it is also a motto of life I need to live by. Post-graduation brings immense pressure and curiosity as to what my next move in life will be. I just have to keep moving forward, pursuing things I love and Let it Be.
Back in May of 2016, I had to pick up my cap and gown for June graduation. To my surprise, there was a professional balloonist at the pick-up station. He was creating fun animals and Husky spirit objects for soon to be graduates. When the balloonist asked what I wanted, all I could think to say was “I don’t know… I am a really big Paul McCartney fan.” He continued to chat with me, asking which parts of Paul’s life-long career are my favorite. I went on to explain that I appreciate every aspect of his career (The Quarrymen, The Beatles, Wings, solo work and collaborations) and also the work he continues to do in the present. As we spoke, I began to catch on that he was making me a Sir Paul with his balloons! Not only did he make Paul, he even made him playing a UW colored bass! Needless to say, I carried the balloon with me all over campus that day and even showed it off to other students in all of my classes.
Clearly, Paul is my favorite Beatle. Who is yours?
I hope Paul is ambidextrous…