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‘Big Ride’

Amateur and pro cycling enthusiasts around the Lower Mainland have been training, tuning and timing for months in preparation for this weekend’s Gran Fondo ride from Vancouver to Whistler. The ride is 120 km, along one of the most beautiful highways on the planet. Take part or encourage a friend or family member as they climb towards Whistler Village.

This is the second year of the mass cycling event in Canada, a phenomenon that was born in Europe and given the Italian name of Gran Fondo – roughly translated as ‘Big Ride.’ The event is not a race, but awards are given to the top finishers. It features riders from a variety of skill levels and backgrounds. This year’s amateur category is sold out, but the pro category still has room for last minute entries.

The race will start at Thurlow and West Georgia at 7:00 am, with amateur riders staggered back to Seymour Street. The race will finish in Whistler Village, with the finish line closing at 4:00 pm. There will also be a celebration event afterwards, featuring the music of 54-40.

Canadian Gran Fondo

Hacking From the Rough

The Canadian Open returns to Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club this weekend. Some of the best in the game have already arrived in Vancouver and sampled Shaughnessy’s grueling fairways.

The talk surrounding the course is that the rough is extremely thick. Many in the field believe the difficulty of the course will level the playing field.

“I would say this is probably one of the toughest or the toughest course I have ever played,” said Anthony Kim, former U.S. Open champion. “I don’t think it’s so much the golf course length or the way it’s strategically laid out, it’s just that the rough is six or seven inches deep and we’re hacking out sideways.”

The world’s No. 1-ranked golfer, Luke Donald will be trying to return to form, after missing the cut at last week’s British Open. Donald played the course on Wednesday and commented that the rough was an issue, but the length was the more daunting feature. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had that many yardages of 200 and over into a lot of these holes and the ball is going short.”

Whatever their gripe, the men will need all their clubs this weekend, not just their low irons and wedges.

The tournament concludes on Sunday at 3:00pm. Global, TSN and the Golf Chanel will be sharing the coverage.

The 11th

Lesnar Pulls out of UFC 131

Stomach Illness Takes Down Brock

Fans of the UFC might be sad to learn that Brock Lesnar has pulled out of the main-event fight for UFC 131 in Vancouver. Lesnar was set to battle Junior Dos Santos, but the heavyweight star has fallen ill, due to a digestive disease known as diverticulitis.

This is the second time the disease has sidelined the big man. In 2009, Lesnar was scheduled to fight Shane Carwin at UFC 106, but pulled out. It was later explained that the heavyweight star was suffering from the above-mentioned intestinal disorder.

Lesnar was quoted as saying: “There isn’t a fight in this world that’s more important than my health.” Lesnar is considering surgery for a second time to deal with the illness.

With his health in limbo, one thing is certain – Lesnar will not be flying to Canada for his medical treatment. Lesnar has openly-criticized Canada’s health care system after receiving emergency treatment at a hospital in rural Manitoba.

Vancouver MMA fans will still be treated to a show on June 11th. Dana White has now booked Shane Carwin to fight Dos Santos at Rogers Arena.

Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.

Lead On Kesler

Support comes from beneath. It stabilizes the main structure. It is the foundation on which outstanding achievements are made possible.

For the Vancouver Canucks, that support is the tireless playoff performance of Ryan Kesler. Bloodied and bruised, number seventeen is currently leading the NHL in playoff points, but most nights it is his work away from the net that is earning him respect around the league.

Killing penalties, winning faceoff’s and banging the boards, Kesler is giving it all this post-season. He is supporting a team whose top players (Daniel and Henrik) have mysteriously disappeared. He has stitches across his lip from an errant puck in Game Five; when asked if he wanted anesthesia for the wound, he refused it, saying it would only slow him down.

His fearless play and defensive stamina earned him over twenty-one minutes of ice time in Game Six against the Nashville Predators. Setting up both goals, Kesler earned the praises of Predator Coach Barry Trotz: “As I said when I was going by him, if he doesn’t play that way we’re probably going to Game 7 and we might win the series, but he played to a level that few people can reach in a series.”

Kesler, in a post-game interview with Scott Oake of the CBC, claimed that Trotz’s comments were humbling.

Now the assistant captain is carrying the Canucks into the Western Conference Finals, a feat managed only three times by the franchise.

Without him, the Canucks might be counting the clubs in their golf bag. With him they are the most powerful team in the NHL, destined to play for a chance at the Stanley Cup.

Lead on Kesler. You have a whole city on your shoulders.


The National Hockey League has announced the schedule for the 2011 NHL playoffs. Your Vancouver Canucks will face the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round. The series begins on Wednesday, April 13th, in Vancouver at 7pm PST. Game two will start at the same time on Friday night. The Canucks will then have to fly to Chicago to prepare for Sunday’s bout, which will begin at 5pm PST. Game four will play out on Tuesday, and with any luck, that will be the last game of the series.

A Canucks sweep would put to rest the demons of the 2010 and 2009 NHL post-seasons. It would also be a major springboard for the Canucks to advance deeper into the playoffs.

To see how the drama unfolds, we will have to patiently wait for Wednesday’s opener. This may be easier said than done – especially since this town seems to be living off the current exploits of their favourite sons.

But don’t fret. If you’re finding it hard to sleep as the aniticipation builds,, you can always upgrade your mattress set. It may not alleviate your anxiety, but it will make the nodding off experience easier.

Come check out the mattress deals on now at Vancouver’s mattress store, Simmons Mattress Gallery.


President’s Trophy Champs

It’s official, the Canucks are the President’s Trophy champions. Currently holding 113 points they have the best record of any team in the National Hockey League.

Their remaining games are inconsequential. All they have left to play for is pride and statistics.

On the fortieth year of the franchise, on the 125th anniversary year of their hometown, on the cusp of heading into the playoffs, the Canucks seem like a team destined for a championship.

The Sedins have never been hotter, Luongo is clearly in the zone and the injured winter soldiers are slowly returning to the line-up.

Daniel has a firm grip on the scoring title with 102 points, Henrik is leading the league in assists with 74, and Luongo has the most wins with 38. Hamhuis should be back in the line-up this weekend after his second concussion this season and Samuelson has already started skating with the club. Alexander Edler could also see action by the end of the week, in time for the final game of the season against the Calgary Flames.

With the Western Conference still in limbo, it could take until Sunday for the Canucks to know whom they will face in the opening round. A loss to Calgary on Saturday could set the stage for Vancouver to ultimately face their old rivals from Alberta.

More than likely, our boys will be matched against the Blackhawks, the team that has secured our quick exit from the playoffs for the past two years. However, a series win against Chicago could be the perfect catalyst for a push to the finals.

No matter what the match-up, the Canucks are ready and willing.

This is our year. Let’s plan the parade route down Broadway, right past Vancouver’s premier mattress store, Simmons Mattress Gallery.

They Gave It Everything They Had In 94

(Sorry, we’re a little selfish. But like the rest of you who cursed that goal post in 94, we believe our city deserves this and we want to be there for the celebration!)

Vancouver’s 125th Birthday Celebration (Part 1)

This Wednesday, April 6th, marks the official start to Vancouver’s 125th Birthday celebration. There will be an all-day event at Jack Poole Plaza, the site of the Olympic Cauldron. The festivities will begin at 2pm and continue until 10pm.

The opening event will be a drop-in street hockey tournament. This will be followed by an organized youth tournament featuring teams from Thunderbird, Sunset, West End, Britannia, Riley Park and Killarney communities.

From 6:00 to 7:00 will be the Official Ceremonies, with a giant birthday cake and speeches by Mayor Gregor and other dignitaries.

The big draw will be a performance by Vancouver’s own classic rockers, 54-40. They will hit the stage around 8:45 and will play until 10:00. During the performance, the plaza will become the backdrop for a video and light installation titled Time Drifts, by Berlin-based artist Phillipp Geist.

In the spirit of our ever-loving cycling mayor, there will be a bicycle valet option for those of you choosing the two-wheeled commute.

Gregor has also promised to unveil other events as the year progresses.

The Olympics were just the beginning Vancouver! Let’s celebrate who we are and where we came from!

Blow Out The Candles


Where are you reading this right now? At the office? At home? Can you get to a window? Can you see the local mountains? Grouse, Seymour, Cypress – They are all still covered in snow! In fact the white stuff is dusting the higher areas of North and West Vancouver. Winter is still here and that means there is still time to board and ski for at least another month.

Want to get in on the action and save on your pass next year. Grouse is once again offering their Y2Play package that lets you carve for the rest of this seson for free, while getting your pass for next year at an 80% discount. It’s a complete win/win. The adult rate is $355, for a pass that is regularly $825. That’s a grand savings of $470, plus the ability to ride the rest of this season for free. Crazy!

And it doesn’t stop there. With your pass you will receive 20% off on your rentals, lessons, retail purchases and your mermaids elixir at Starbucks. And in the summer, 20% off Zipline tours. Enjoy the mountain for over a year!

This is an incredible offer and the packages are already 80% sold. So get in on the savings and enjoy the remainder of season at Grouse Mountain.

Twin Mattress in Vancouver

What’s the hottest team in Vancouver right now? Ok, the Whitecaps have won one game and yes it was impressive, but the hottest team is definitely the Vancouver Canucks.

With a 105 points, our boys are leading the league in points. THE LEAGUE!!! And who’s guiding that ship? Our very own Swedish twins, Henrik and Daniel.

The twins are hotter than a Cajun cookout. Henrik, last years Hart and Art Ross trophy winner, is leading the league in assists by a hefty margin. Our captain is also third in the NHL in points. Daniel is the league’s top offensive producer with 95 points. He is also second in goals behind Steven Stamkos. Never have two brothers dominated the league in such a manner. Thank god they play for us.

But with all the talk centering on Henrik and Daniel, we here at Simmons think another set of twins should get their fair share of time in the spotlight. Can you guess what we’re going to say next? Yes, exactly, twin mattresses. Twins are perfect for small college dorm rooms, spare rooms and couples that may need separate beds to receive a full nights rest. Spatially, they are amazing. Comfort wise, they offer the patented Beautyrest, non-flip pocket coils, that make every Simmons mattress a dream to sleep on. They also come at a considerably lower price than a king or a queen size mattress.

They may not originate in Sweden, but a Simmons twin is just as remarkable. When the playoffs start in April, rest up for the big games on your own twin. Head into a Simmons Mattress Gallery location to pick up your twin today.

Tack Tack!

Twin Love

Gregor, Bike Lanes and Tojos – The Best of the City

The Westender Magazine has just published its annual Best of the City reader’s choice awards. From dining, to shopping, to health and fitness, the results are in and some of them are a little surprising.

In the people section, Mayor Gregor Robertson seems to be in every category. He’s third in the Most Wonderful Vancouverite category behind David Suzuki and our timeless captain Trevor Linden. He’s first in the Most Trustworthy Politician, in front of Spencer Chandra Herbert and ‘None’. But Robertson is also second in Most Spectacular Failure and second again in Biggest Windbag. Conflicting messages from the voters…

The city’s new bike lanes also seemed to be a dividing issue, with people either loving or hating them. The bike lanes won Best Use of Taxpayer’s Money and also came first in Worst Use of Taxpayer’s Money. The lanes also won Most Spectacular Failure, ahead of the wonderful HST.

Clear favourites in the foody section were Tojos for Chef and Japanese and surprisingly, the White Spot, which showed up on a number of the categories for casual fare.

We were a little surprised that Mattress Store was left off the list. We know it’s not nice to brag, but we’re pretty sure Simmons Mattress Gallery would have received top honours

Olympic Pride

Well Vancouver, it has almost been a year since the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics. How do we feel? Are we proud of the job we did on and off the podium? Were we gracious hosts? Will we be remembered for the party?

This week, Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to look back at those two weeks in February to see how our games measured up:

-Millennium Line built on time.

Athlete’s Village squeaks in just under the wire.

-John Furlong and the rest of the VANOC team prepare the city for the crowds.

When the time comes, Vancouverites are so fearful of traveling by car that the streets are near empty.

-Beautiful weather makes for excellent conditions down in the city.

Lack of snow on Cypress results in a convoy of trucks transporting snow from the interior to the local mountains.

-Venues shine with the colours of the Northwest.

Tragedy hits before the games even begin, as a Georgian luge competitor dies while practicing on the Whistler track.

-The Opening Ceremonies are a huge success, showcasing Canadian talent and large scale media theatrics.

Three out of four torches light.

-K.D. Lang sing “Hallelujah.”

Hedley lip synch.

-Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir steal our hearts and the gold in ice dance.

Dutch Speed Skater, Sven Kramer, makes a major lane mistake that costs him a medal. His coach is blamed.

-Canada’s women destroy their competitors in ice hockey and the men take it to overtime, with Sid the Kid ending the game for Canada.

Apart from a few speeches and Neil Young’s performance, the Closing Ceremonies were tragic.

"Long May We Run"

All and all, we here at Simmons feel the good well out weighed the bad. Fingers crossed that Sochi doesn’t pull it together on time and the games return to Vancouver. Just kidding. We’re sure the Russians will do a great job!

Reliving the Olympic Moment

Get ready for round two.

The City of Vancouver has announced plans to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games this February.

The party will begin on the February 11th weekend. Free events are being planned that will take place at different locations around the city. Yaletown will have a nightly light display created by local artists, the Creekside Community Centre in the Athletes Village will be hosting a hockey sledge race and other Olympic activities for families, and Granville street will be closed between Smithe and Dunsmuir for the over 19 bar crowd.

The city will be announcing other events, closer to the date, at

Some of the employees at Simmons Mattress Gallery are planning on reliving the magic of the Gold Medal Hockey Final by watching a taped copy of the game with a few friends. Remembering Crosby’s goal in overtime still brings shivers. The pride displayed that night by millions of Canadians was enough to warm the hearts of the most hardened separatists. That moment will never fade with time. It will always bind us as a nation; Canada’s Gold.

So pull out your red mittens, paint your face and share some memories of those two special weeks that we all shared together.

High Fives For Everyone!

10 Reasons To Believe; It’s Our Time Canuck Fans

With thirty-five games ticked off, the Canucks are nearing the halfway mark of the season. They are finishing up a stellar December that saw them lead the league in power-play percentage. Their goaltending is two-tier, there seems to be strong leadership in the dressing room and one of their only losses this month was one of their best games (Dec. 22 / Detroit).

For a team that has gone its full existence, forty years, without a cup, it finally seems like Vancouver has put together a winning line-up. Not since the days of the West Coast Express, has Vancouver looked so poised for a deep playoff run.

And… we know it’s early and any number of things could happen to disrupt the near perfect chemistry that the team is currently showing, but really, if ever there was ever a time… this is it.

Not convinced? Too superstitious to start talking parade routes?

Well here’s a list of ten reasons why 2011 might just be THE year.


-He may not be Captain, but he is still the pivot point on which the Canucks turn.

2. Super Twins

At the time of writing, the Sedin twins sit fourth and fifth in league points. Out of the bunk beds and onto a Beautyrest Black, the Sedins are showing the world that they have finally come of age. Thank you Sweden!

3. Malhotra in the Face-off Circle

What a pick-up! This guy is dominating the circle with the second highest percentage in the league. Don’t think that face-off percentage is an important stat? Back to your European handball.

4.  Kes

That deflection goal last night was sick! And then one post away from a hat-trick.  With none of the pressures of being Captain, Kesler is leading by example. We’ll forgive him for those few offhanded remarks he made about Canadians during the Olympics.

5. Fortunate Son

The son of former great Steve Tambellini, Jeff Tambellini is part of the new young breed energizing Vancouver.

6. Coach V

In his fifth season behind the bench, Alain Vigneault isn’t putting up with anything. Quick to send players down and even quicker to change line combinations, Vigneault is still keeping it fresh, while maintaining that mischievous grin.

7. German Efficiency

Christian Ehrhoff is giving the Canucks blue line a scoring touch. Night-in and night-out Ehrhoff stops them at one end and adds an offensive presence in the other.

8. Big Mike

All Mike Gillis needs to do is to maintain a steady course. “Please Mike don’t dump a bunch of contracts and snap-up another has-been like Mats. Just let the boys you have play.”

9. The Green Men

Nothing says intimidation like two dudes in full-body, fluorescent green, spandex suits. “What silly antic will they think up next.”

10. 40 Years

Enough is enough. It’s been FORTY YEARS! The time is now. The window is open.

Go Canucks Go!

A New Hope: David Hyland

The Lions have little to roar about this season, but one positive mid-season acquisition is giving them reason to hope that brighter days are ahead.

David Hyland, the young rookie out of Morehead State University, is impressing the Lions coaching staff and fans with his raw ability and patient, but explosive, defensive play.

After dominating in the Arena Football League’s 2010 regular season, with eight interceptions and 61 tackles, Hyland posted a YouTube video of his own highlights. The video was a savvy marketing tool and caught the eye of the Lions’ scouts.

On September 7th, Hyland signed a practice roster contract. He played his first game with the Lions on October 2nd, where he recorded an interception that led to the Lions only touchdown.

This past week Hyland laid a devastating hit on Edmonton receiver, Kelly Campbell. The Lions went on to lose the game, but the hit provided energy to a desperate football club. After the play, Hyland, showed his spiritual side by praying for Campbell’s healthy return.

“You like delivering those big hits. But you never want to end somebody’s career,” said Hyland. “This is such a precious game. And we have such precious bodies. I never want to end it for anybody.”

Hopefully Hyland’s defensive play can help the Lions make a push in the post-season.

Lion Cub

Interesting Fact: David Hyland has never had a sip of Pepsi-Cola. Not a drop. Ever. His father was a marketing executive at Coca-Cola for 28 years.

Watch Hyland’s Highlight reel video from the AFL:

Check out Korey Banks Rookie Initiation Video featuring Hyland:

Lion’s Pride Reduced

The B.C. Lions fourth quarter debacle in Winnipeg on Monday ended with the release of quarterback Casey Printers.

Printers had returned to the Lions, just over a year ago, after leaving at the conclusion of the 2005 CFL season.

Printers’ departure in 2005 had coincided with a quarterback controversy between the up-and-coming Printers and the veteran Dave Dickenson. Wanting the starting role all to himself, Printers opted to tryout for the NFL and was eventually signed by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was moved up and down from the practice to the active roster, but never saw game time during the regular season.

Printers’ return to the Lions came with mixed reviews from fans and teammates.

After struggling with a knee injury and poor performances on the field, Printers was finally told on Wednesday that his services were no longer needed. The final catalyst to coach Wally Buono’s decision was an on-field tantrum that saw Printers toss his helmet and publicly reprimand a receiver. The childish display was caught on the TSN cameras.

“What happened at the end of the game unfortunately brought everything to a head,” said Buono.

Even his teammates, like veteran centre Angus Reid, saw the writing on the wall; “I think the real issue is when you have a guy that’s paid to be your leader, and he’s the one who ends up causing post-game problems – and I’m putting the performance aside – I think that’s when you have to say, well, we can’t have this guy as our leader any more.”

The Lions play this Saturday at 7:00 against the Edmonton Eskimos. Travis Lulay is expected to start in the quarterback position.

Casey Printers = Fail

Editors Note: Please Wally, let this be the last time. Even if Printers is willing to play for less than a hundred dollars a game, is it worth it…? Let’s move on. Now get some rest boys. We want to crush Edmonton on Saturday. GO LIONS!

The Sleep Doctor

Regular season hockey is just over a month away and Vancouver sports fans couldn’t be any happier. It has been a dreadful summer for the 1-7 B.C. Lions, as Wally Buono continues to tinker with a team that just can’t seem to get it done.

Mike Gillis Addressing the Media

Across town, Mike Gillis is assembling his crack squad of sports professionals for another successful regular season run (we won’t talk about the playoffs).  Part of that mix includes a specialist, whose job it is to analyze the schedule and make important decisions regarding the team’s movement.

This specialist, whose name we cannot print, is known as the ‘sleep doctor.’

The sleep doctor is a Gillis addition to the player management team. His/Her job is to determine whether it is better for the players to leave a city the night of the game or fly out the morning after.

These decisions are made using data collected from previous games. The Canuck players are asked to wear ’sleep bands’ which monitor the wearer’s sleep patterns, the length of their rest and the quality. The science behind the monitoring is referred to as ‘actigraphy.’

Cross-referencing the individual player data helps the sleep doctor determine the team’s optimal resting time.

It is then the sleep doctor who decides what time the team boards the jet for the next game.

Simmons Mattress Gallery hasn’t been able to reach the mystery man or woman, but we are sure the boys’ sleep could only be improved with a restful night on a Simmons mattress.

Buono, if you are reading this, the same applies for the Lions.

Tap Dance Showdown

If you are a dance enthusiast, who is staying in-town over the long weekend, you will not want to miss out on the annual Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival.

The festival runs from September 3rd to the 5th and features such talented international stars as Jason Samuels Smith, Dianne Walker and Harold Cromer.

Jason Samuels Smith

The Vancouver portion of the festival will open with a three hour Harbour Cruise on the Queen of Diamonds. The cruise will feature a tap jam and a buffet dinner. One lucky table will also be given the privilege of dining with a surprise ‘tap master.’

Saturday, the VITDF will host a collaborative performance by leading tap artists at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Harold Cromer will showcase his talents along with Jeff Hyslop, who will perform a portion of his original presentation “On Tap.”

The festival will wrap up on Sunday with the Hot-Feet Showcase and Cutting Contest. The cutting contest will feature a battle of the feet, where young dancers will face-off and compete in front of a panel of judges. The final night will be hosted by Jason Samuels Smith.

There will also be a number of workshops held throughout the weekend for a variety of skill levels.

For more information and ticket info, check out the online brochure.

A Thank You to All Our Readers!

This week, Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to thank all the faithful mattress lovers out there in cyberspace who have been enjoying our weekly blog. This is our 116th entry. We have tried to keep our articles fresh and current, while still emphasizing the need for a comfortable sleep. The focus has been on our products, sleeping issues and fun activities to get involved in around the Lower Mainland. Our readership has grown and our blog has even attracted the attention of local sports star Brent Seabrook.

Seabrook plays for the Chicago Blackhawks and is one of the major factors behind Vancouver’s early exit from the playoffs. So even though we hate him for his shutdown performance against the Canucks, we love the fact he reads our blogs and was inspired to come buy a mattress.

Seabrook Celebrates Goal With Teammate Versteeg

Here is a list of some of our most popular articles:

1. Creepy Crawlies Invade the West End.

-This article talks about the terrible bed bug epidemic affecting Vancouver’s West End residents. It offers preventive measures and coping techniques.

2. Mattress Disposal

-Getting rid of your old mattress once you have purchased a new one is always difficult. This article offers four easy ways to dispose of your old bed.

3. Johnny Depp’s Pajamas

-This is a celebrity siting article about our favourite swashbuckling pirate, Johnny Depp.

4. A Lesson in Mattress Shopping

-A lot of our customers are looking to buy a new mattress, but don’t know how to begin the process. This simple article lists six easy steps to start you on the road to comfort.

5. WordPress Crashes On Mattress

-This article created quite a stir when it was posted for April Fools Day.

6. Idzikowski’s Six Personality Sleep Positions

-Your personality may be linked to the way you sleep. This article examines six different sleeping positions and the personality that they are connected with.

7. The Sweet Sounds of “Mattress Music”

-This was Inspired by Marques Houston’s album entitled “Mattress Music.”

8. Rain City Gallery

-Although you wouldn’t think it these days, we do get a fair number of rainy days here in Vancouver. This article provides a number of gallery locations to spend your time during the wet months. The top gallery on the list: Simmons Mattress Gallery.

9. Mattress Guilt

-Sexsomnia is a serious condition where afflicted individuals engage in sexual acts while they sleep.

10. From the Moon to Your Room

-The history of memory foam. It was actually a product invented by NASA to add a shock layer on the seats of the shuttle. Who knew that the comfort of an astronaut’s posterior would change the mattress world forever.

So for all those reading our weekly blogs, thank you. And for those just joining us, welcome. We promise to continue to provide you with entertaining and educational articles. Thanks for reading.

Your Persistent Blogger,

Simmons Mattress Gallery

The Smell of Victory

Orange is the colour of summer 2010; it denotes the Netherlands bold advancement towards the World Cup Final.

The colour, with no rhyming equal, represents the Dutch Royal Family and not the national flag, which is red, white and blue.

You see it everywhere on the streets of Vancouver, as everyone under the west coast sun, who has even the slightest percent of Dutch heritage, is expressing their pride in Holland’s soccer achievement.

To celebrate the Netherlands’ accomplishment, Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to discuss another proud product of Holland, the Dutch oven.

Literally speaking, a Dutch oven is a cast iron pot with a thick lid.  It can be placed on or over coals to produce a casserole-like effect for cooking. Modern Dutch ovens are also designed to be used in conventional ovens and on stovetops.

While there may be a plethora of varieties, the main feature that is unique to this type of cookware is the pot’s ability to trap the moisture of the food inside. In doing so, it also contains and traps the smell of the items.

This is where the urban definition for the term ‘giving a Dutch oven,’ arises from.

In slang, the expression, ‘performing a Dutch oven,’ refers to a rather vile act where a pocket of flatulence is created and shared with a partner.

Specifically, it is when an individual passes wind underneath the sheets and then pulls the bedding over another person who is sharing the same bed. The recipient is trapped in a virtual chamber of gas.

While not recommended for some couples, performing this practice correctly can lead to more laughs than Mike Myers’ Dutch villain, Goldmember.

You may want to test out your partner’s comfort level with your own gas before performing this feat.

If you are successful and both you and your partner are able to share a laugh, give a quick thank you to Holland for their inspiring cookware design.

The Dutch Oven: A Cast Iron Miracle

14 Grinds in One Day!

Completing the Grouse Grind is a Vancouver merit badge that is mandatory for every active citizen living in our beautiful city.

It is 3 kms of hard, stair climbing cardio that rewards every finisher with a spectacular view of the city.

For some, the Grind is an annual tradition, for others, a weekly activity and still others do the Grind almost daily (during the months it’s open).

The last two groups are more likely to be registered for the timer program, an electronic database that keeps track of your performance and posts it on screens in the gondola chalet at the top of Grouse. These are the keeners who look to improve their performance on every outing.

Then there are the fanatics.

Sebastian Albrecht belongs to this group.

On Monday, Albrecht accomplished a feat that no other grinder has ever managed to do; he climbed the Grind 14 times in one day!

He began at 6:30 in the morning and finished his last trek up at 11:12 at night.

Albrecht and another climber, Vicki Mann, shared the previous record, of 13 assents in one day.

Albrecht was raising money and awareness for the charity, The Royal Le Page Shelter Foundation.

After the climb, Albrecht admitted to being “pretty exhausted. I mean, it just takes every ounce of mental and physical strength that you have, so I’m in need of recovery.”

Simmons Mattress Gallery hopes, for Albrecht’s sake, that the grinder was able to come home and pass out on a mattress worthy of his accomplishment. The only mattress that we could think of that even comes close is the Simmons Beautyrest Black; a rectangular layer cake of comfort and luxury.

“Indulge Sebastian. You deserve it.”

World Cup has Vancouverites Showing Their True Colours

“When I get older / I will be stronger / They’ll call me freedom /

Just like a Waving Flag” – K’naan

The colours of the world’s flags are on display in the Lower Mainland this month, as the World Cup kicks off in South Africa.

Not since the Olympics, has Vancouver seen this much national pride featured on the streets.

The two predominant jerseys are the yellow and green of Brazil and the white and red of England. (No, sadly those aren’t Canadian colours, as our national team, once again, failed to qualify)

The matches will be played out in cities around South Africa until the final game on June 11th.

As in previous years, the place to celebrate will be Commercial Drive, Vancouver’s unofficial Mecca of world culture. This is where the rainbow of colour starts and finishes.

To pick up your own jersey, try Soccer Express in North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Kelowna. Or to grab something to wave, try The Flag Shop at 1615 Powell Street.

If you’re feeling crafty, try your hand at a pride quilt. Nothing else shows your support quite like a colourful bed covering. Your friends will be impressed, your family will love your enthusiasm for your homeland and best of all, it’s a great excuse to bring dates back to your bedroom.

Just make sure the mattress underneath is up to par.

If you’re worried, make a trip to Simmons Mattress Gallery between games. We’ll give you two free pillows, with your purchase of a new mattress, if you bring in a homemade quilt featuring the colours of your team.

Mattresses Needed For MMA Fighters

Vancouver's First UFC Event

There may be a few more tired bodies hitting the mattresses in Vancouver this month, as the UFC makes it’s inaugural debut in Western Canada on June 12th.

Already cited in town, Chuck Liddell has been training for his bout with Rich Franklin. The two veteran warriors will be the main event next Saturday. Liddell’s original opponent was Tito Ortiz. Unfortunately, Ortiz was forced to back out after undergoing surgery on his neck.

Ortiz and Liddell were the coaches for the latest installment of the “Ultimate Fighter” reality show.

The undercard will feature Mirko Cro Cop vs. Pat Barry, Paul Thiago vs. Martin Kamomann and eight other bouts.

The athletes competing will need to get all the rest they possibly can before heading into the Octagon.

Let’s hope they’re getting their rest on a Simmons Beautyrest.

They will certainly appreciate all the individual pocket coils the night after their fight.

Putting your body through that kind of punishment deserves a reward and no other mattress can supply the comfort levels offered by a Simmons.

Try one for yourself at a Simmons Mattress Gallery.

You may not have the muscle tone or grappling skills to compete in the UFC, but you can still enjoy a Simmons.

Vancouver Welcomes Summer With Open Arms

Well it looks like summer may finally be coming to the west coast.

After a wet spring, that we would all probably like to forget, the sun is finally starting to poke through. The beaches around Vancouver are starting to fill, the tennis courts have line-ups until dusk and with June being ‘Bike Month,’ more and more people are hitting the road with two wheels rather than four.

But with all this activity comes a price: fatigue. Our bodies are still on winter time. We may have only hit the gym once a week in the last eight months, but now, with the extra daylight and activities to enjoy, our bodies are seeing a lot more action.

So how do we compensate? Well, the correct answer would be to get more rest.

With the longer summer nights, we tend to forget that our bodies need a minimum of eight hours of sleep. This is especially true for an active lifestyle, which most of us are lucky enough to enjoy through the summer months.

Going to bed at a reasonable hour is essential.

If you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep with the added hours of daylight, maybe it’s time you looked into a mattress upgrade.

Simmons Mattress Gallery has a huge selection of mattresses to choose from. Come in and lay around our showroom. We want you to be comfortable enough to fall asleep in any condition, at any hour. A Beautyrest will provide that.

Pick yours out today and start prepping for a summer full of fun!

English Bay

Does Sex Decrease Athletic Performance?

Orders from the top: ‘Access to girlfriends and wives will be limited to one day after each game during the World Cup.’

These are the restrictions being imposed by Fabio Capello, manager for the U.K.’s 2010 World Cup squad.

Without saying it directly, Capello has sided with an old belief that sex before sport can drain a male’s natural urge to compete. This was the position held by athletic managers back in the time of Ancient Greece.

But maybe Capello needs to get with the times. New research shows that sex before sport has no effect on performance. In fact, sex often encourages and improves sleep quality. So having sex the night before a big game might help Capello’s squad get the rest they need.

Alain Vigneault was asked about the topic during Vancouver’s short-lived playoff run last month.

A health reporter asked if players would be advised to alter or maintain their routine of training, recovery, diet, sex and other daily activities.

Vigneault’s response: “We do sex every day? I’m missing out on something!”

While Vigneault may not be interfering with the personal lives of his players on a level similar to Capello, he did go to great lengths this season to ensure that his team was receiving adequate rest. This included staying behind in away cities for an additional night, at the conclusion of a road trip. This way his players weren’t flying home on a red-eye flight and then playing a day later.

Respect your body’s natural urge to rest for eight hours every night.

And if you’re having trouble falling asleep, maybe whisper a soft message in your partner’s ear; even if you do have racquetball the next morning.

Fabio Capello - UK Football Manager

Looking After the Fallen

The 2010 Vancouver Sun Run

The 26th annual Sun Run was held last Sunday, with 51, 419 runners, walkers and wheelers taking part in the 10km race from Burrard and Georgia to B.C. Place.

The weather was perfect, the crowds were great and the organization was, as always, impeccable.

And like any mass event, everyone who took part had a story.

One of these stories involved an elderly man who had the unfortunate luck of falling face first into the pavement.

The participant, Gerry DaSilva, was running with his daughter and three grandchildren.

The fall occurred at the last leg of the race, before B.C. place.

DaSilva had been running ahead of his daughter when he tripped and caught his face on the curb.

To DaSilva’s good fortune, one of the first runners to come upon the scene was an off-duty paramedic. Another woman, who also stopped, accompanied the first runner. While the paramedic, a male, checked for serious damage, the woman removed her shirt to help address the bleeding.

The two stayed with DaSilva until the race paramedics arrived.

Scenes like these are just another example of the kindness so often shown by Vancouverites to random strangers.

We all sleep easier at night when we take the time to help our fellow citizens. This seems to be a trend on the west coast. We must be receiving the most sleep of any Canadians!

But I guess that also has to do with having the number one mattress store, Simmons Mattress Gallery, at our backdoor.

Your conscience is free and clear. Enjoy your well-earned sleep on a Simmons.

Missing the Moment

Parents everywhere look forward to those many ‘firsts’ that all children experience as they grow from drooling infants to self-empowered teenagers.

One of the big ones, that shows up on most parent’s top ten, is the first time their child rides a two-wheeled bicycle.

Letting go of that back seat and watching your child balance their way down the alley is a moment of both exhilaration, at their step towards independence and sadness, at the thought of their diminishing need for support.

Lately, however, parents have been handing over that precious moment to young professionals, in the form of bike lessons.

Local companies like the upstart Pedalheads Bike Camp, are teaching children as young as three how to ride a bicycle in a safe and controlled manner.

The company offers lessons at eight different levels, so children can continue to improve their riding and build on their awareness of safety issues.

The Pedalheads camps have been so successful that founder, Claudia Sjöberg, has now opened camps in Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton.

Sadly, this success means that more and more parents will miss one of those important firsts.

The reasons for outsourcing this moment are probably time, or lack there of. With less leisure time to spend with their kids, parents are concerned that their children might miss important life skills. The Pedalheads camps provide a friendly, non-rushed atmosphere that a single parent might not have the time to afford.

With this and other firsts lost to third parties, parents should try and make the most of the precious small moments that they spend with their young ones.

Reading before bed is an excellent activity to reclaim some of that lost time.

Simmons Mattress Gallery would like to offer our support figuratively and literally to this nighttime activity.

All children love to be read to and we would like to make that experience as comfortable as possible.

Stop by a Simmons Mattress Gallery to view some of the finest beds available. We want you and your child to share some quality time on a bed that echoes the care and love you provide everyday for your children.

Do not miss out. Make time and enjoy these earlier years and all the firsts that come with it.

Vancouver's First Round Matchup Decided

The NHL playoffs begin this week, with the Vancouver Canucks taking on the young Los Angeles Kings.

The Canucks went 3 and 1 against the Kings this season and are looking to continue their winning ways.

Many Vancouver fans had been secretly hoping for this match-up, as an alternative to the surging Detroit Red Wings or the burly Nashville Predators.

The Kings have not made an appearance in the postseason since 2002 and the hockey world is predicting a quick exit.

But there are many reasons why Vancouver should be concerned.

The first is goaltending. Luongo has looked shaky since the Olympics, being pulled more than once for Andrew Raycroft. He will have to remind Vancouver fans why he was given the captaincy if the Canucks want to get past the first round.

There are also the injuries to the defense core. There is no date set for the return of key defender Willie Mitchell, the delicate body of Sami Salo is again in question and now Shane O’Brien, fresh from the doghouse, is struggling with a foot injury sustained from a Mikael Samuelsson slap shot.

The kings are reporting no injuries.

The action will begin this Thursday at the Garage with a 7 p.m. puck drop.

Can’t handle the wait?

Plan a little trip to your local Simmons Mattress Gallery. Located in Coquitlam on Schoolhouse St. and in Vancouver on West Broadway, Simmons Mattress Gallery has the perfect mattress for managing postseason anticipation.

Dancing Scared

Erin Andrews

The harassment of Erin Andrews includes camera peepshows, sexual notes and now threatening letters.

The ESPN reporter and current contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” was recently informed that some of the fan correspondence being received at the “Dan Patrick Show” was taking a violent turn. One specific letter read: “I hope [Andrews] gets shot in the face. I would love to see if she can dance away from a hail of gunfire.”

The show had been receiving other notes directed at Andrews, but they had never been overtly threatening.

This comes one month after Andrews spoke out against the lenient sentence received by Michael David Barrett, the man found guilty of filming peephole videos of her at three different hotels.

The current threatening letters, understandably, have shook up Andrews, who claims to be living in a state of fear. Fortunately, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now involved and security around the star has been tightened.

Celebrity status might have its perks, but it sure is nice to sleep in your own bed at night without worrying about your personal safety.

Lions Roam East

Football in British Columbia will have a new, ‘old,’ venue this spring as the B.C. Lions will be leaving their den and moving back to Empire Field.

The stadium will be a temporary setting, while B.C. Place receives a much-needed renovation.

Lions Football debuted at Empire Field in 1954.

The club has not played at the PNE grounds since 1983, when the Lions moved to B.C. Place.

The budget for the temporary stadium is 14.4 million and will include seating for 27,500 enthusiastic fans.

Unlike their seasons at B.C. Place, the well-rested Lions will now play football exposed to the elements, while 20,000 fans will receive cover.

This exposure may not be a factor in the spring, but come fall, the boys will be out in the cold.

The Felions will also have to adapt, as plans are all ready in the works for a new uniform. The warmer games will see the cheerleaders in black short shorts and tight fitting tops and the colder games will find them in capri pants and jackets.

The turf on the new field will actually be the old artificial turf used at B.C. Place. With all the rain we receive in Vancouver, a natural grass field might turn into a weekly mud fest.

The site will also be the home of the Whitecaps for part of their 2011 season.

Empire Stadium

Bone Breaking News

There have been confirmed reports that the UFC will not be coming to Vancouver in June for the scheduled event, UFC 115.

Sadly, it looks like the Vancouver organizers were unable to receive the licensing needed to host a UFC card.

Mixed martial arts fans in Vancouver have been praying each night before bed for a local event, but it now seems like they will have to wait a little while longer.

The news broke on the sports television channel, Sportsnet, when Joe Ferraro announced that he had spoken with Dana White, the UFC’s president and public face, and White had confirmed that the UFC was looking elsewhere.

Indications are that the event will now be held in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The UFC’s bid to come to Vancouver was supported by Mayor Gregor Robertson, and received a majority vote by city council in January of this year.

While there is a slim possibility the show could go on, Dana White’s comments are not encouraging.

Two of the strongest opponents of the sport coming to Vancouver were councilors David Cadman and Ellen Woodsworth.

Their opinions, however, were not the stumbling block.

It is believed that the main reason for the cancellation was the UFC’s inability to provide a security deposit, proof of insurance and an adequate security plan. For these reasons, the Vancouver Athletic Commission was unable to sanction the planned event on time.

The next confirmed Canadian date will take place in Montreal, on May 8th.

UFC President: Dana White

College Hardcourt

The Madness of March has concluded.

Four teams remain in the NCAA college basketball tournament appropriately known as the Final Four.

With a total of three games to be played, the action will resume next Saturday, April 3rd. The final game will be played on Monday, April 5th.

The four teams remaining are the Butler Bulldogs, the Michigan State Spartans, the West Virginia Mountaineers and the three-time champions, the Duke Blue Devils.

Butler is the small town school that is on a fairy-tale run. They have won their last 24 games and only need two more wins to capture the national championship. One of the side stories of their impressive push is the facial hair of forward, Matt Howard. Howard was the only player on Butler able to grow a mustache when it was decided the team would attempt the trend as a bonding exercise at the start of the tournament. Howard’s mustache now has its own Facebook page.

Michigan State is exceeding expectations after losing their star point guard, Kalin Lucas, to an achilles injury. They are now riding the hot hand of Durrell Summers who seems to be flawless from the perimeter.

The physical play of West Virginia seems to be working, but they will have their hands full with Duke’s frontcourt offensive zone pressure. This will be a clash of two great superpowers, with the losers going home to their beds and the winners on to Monday’s main event in Indianapolis.

Enjoy the Final Four next weekend.

Our Boys are Coming Home

The mighty Vancouver Canucks are now two games away from completing the longest road trip in NHL history. It all started with a 5-3 win over the dismal Toronto Maple Leafs on the 30th of January. Since then, the club has been able to hold on to an impressive road-trip record, slightly over 500.

The 14 games away have been spread out over 40 days and three different months. That’s more than 39 nights that the boys have been away from their beds. They have probably slept in over ten different hotels.

This Wednesday, they return to Vancouver after their final road game against Phoenix. They are leading their division and looked poised for a strong stretch run.

But come Wednesday night, I doubt the Canucks will be thinking about their impressive record or the resurgence of Kyle Wellwood. No, the boys will have one thing on their mind: sleep.

It’s what every athlete requires to perform at a top level and for over a month the Canucks have been asked to find their rest in foreign settings.

On Wednesday, each player will sink into his bed after arriving on the red-eye from Phoenix.  There may be a short physical moment with their significant other, but then it’s lights out.

“Congratulations team on an excellent road-trip. You don’t work again till Saturday, so enjoy your rest. Hopefully you’re finding it on a Simmons, the ultimate mattress for comfort and an undisturbed sleep.”

Restful Nights During the Olympics?

Helicopter fly-bys, intoxicated Russian super-fans, midnight sirens downtown, and a light show that shines right in your window; It’s hard to get a good night sleep these days. The Olympics have brought the world to our doorstep, but they have also brought a host of disruptions (we won’t even touch on the traffic).

A billion people will be watching from around the world, but here in Vancouver, life goes on as usual. You still need to be at work by eight, the dog needs to be walked at 6:30 in the morning and your boss still needs those numbers by Friday. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to get some decent rest.  Add on the maelstrom that is the Olympics and those few precious hours become more valuable than any gold medallion.

When you finally get a chance to lie down, you need a mattress that will let you sleep soundly through the night. Simmons mattresses are specifically designed to offer you maximum comfort, while eliminating movement disturbances from your significant other. Our pocket coils react individually; cradling your body, while the rest of the mattress remains unaffected. With each move in the night, the coils respond, keeping you cushioned with comfort.

Sleeping on a Simmons is always the best option for securing your rest, but with the Olympics and the chaos that accompanies it, we would implore you to invest in a mattress intended for a disturbance free sleep.

Our city’s arms are open to the world and at Simmons Mattress Gallery our doors are open to you. Come in and choose your perfect Simmons mattress today.

Keeping You On Budget During the Olympics

Your Semi-final Men’s Hockey tickets arrived in the mail and even with the excitement of the Olympics, you are still wondering if they will be worth the exuberant price you had to pay. But of course, you promised your two sons you would take them and it will be a night they will never forget – the stars of the NHL playing for national pride.

But now money is short and your youngest needs a new bed. You thought it could wait another month, but the other night, as you read him a bedtime story, you discovered just how uncomfortable his current mattress is.

It needs to be replaced, but you do not have the resources to purchase an expensive mattress?

At Simmons Mattress Gallery you have affordable options. The Deep Sleep line is intended for customers with a tighter budget, but who are still looking for a quality mattress.

One review, on the consumer website, stated: “I’ve had this mattress for a long time and it is still comfortable. I would recommend it to someone who doesn’t want to spend the extra money for one of the newer brand(s).”

The DeepSleep line utilizes Slim Flex coil technology over the Beautyrest Pocket Coils. SlimFlex coils are fastened together to form an interactive support system when compressed. Like the Beautyrest line, the Deep Sleep mattresses are non-flip.

The comfort on a DeepSleep is maintained with the SuperSoft Knit and Damask Fabric top. This silky cover is also incredibly lightweight, for easy transport.

If you are looking to add additional features to your DeepSleep, inquire about adding Bountyfill quilting or a SlimGard upholstery layer.

Tight budgets are hard to work with, but at Simmons Mattress Gallery we have solutions. Keep the tickets and buy a DeepSleep.

Go Canada Go

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