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Vancouver Pride

Pride week is underway in Vancouver and the rainbow flag is flying high.

At City Hall, the flag has been up since Monday, with the city council addressing the specific steps Vancouver is taking to make the city a safe home for those who identify as LGBTQ. Mayor Gregor Robertson raised the multi-coloured flag and read the official proclamation on the North Lawn. Later that day, the mayor sat in as a guest DJ at Celebrities Nightclub.

Just west of Vancouver’s largest gay nightclub, the Sandman Hotel was celebrating their newly painted rooftop rainbow flag. The permanent flag is 17 metres long and is painted on a rooftop extension. The flag echoes the permanent colours painted on the Davie and Bute crosswalk for last year’s pride festival.

The weekend promises a whole host of colourful events. Here is a list of this year’s celebrations:

August 1 – Davie Street Block Party

There will be an all-ages show and dance floor at the rainbow crosswalk and a 19+ zone with a main stage between Burrard and Thurlow. The 19+ zone has a $10 entry fee.

August 2 – Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast

Independent Grocer’s is donating the breakfast supplies for this memorial meal for one of Vancouver’s Pride founders.

August 2 – Vancouver Dyke March

The party moves to Commercial Drive with a parade and party at Grandview Park.

August 3 – 36th Annual Pride Parade

Brave the crowds and come see one of the biggest pride parades in the world. The parade starts on Robson Street, ducks down Denman and finishes along Beach Avenue, just above Sunset Beach.

August 3 – Pride Festival

After the parade, the party continues at Sunset Beach with live music, a market, a family zone and a beer garden with a DJ stage.

Happy Pride Week!

‘Out Like a Light’

A customer at our Broadway location, in Vancouver, told us an interesting fact this week about the origins of the term ‘out like a light.’

Apparently, this English idiom references a period in time when electricity and the ability to flick a light switch, was fairly groundbreaking.

Before the time of electrical lighting, homeowners needed to extinguish all the candles or gas lamps in their homes to turn off the lights before bed. With light switches, this process was dramatically simplified.

Instead of making a trip around the home to blow out all the candles and turn off the gas lines, it was now possible to darken a room with the quick, simple, flick of a switch – like magic!

This ease of this process was married with the ability to quickly fall asleep and a new idiom was formed: Out like a light.

Another interesting phenomenon is the use of ‘sleep’ terms in computer technology. Did you ever think it was weird that one of the options on you iPad was sleep mode? This setting powers down your tablet and extends your battery life. It basically gives the processor a needed rest.

Too bad it doesn’t allow for restorative energy to be banked. Maybe the next generation of iPads will come with solar panels…

Deep Thought of the Day:

If your iPad does truly go to sleep, what do you think it dreams of? Do you think it harbours jealousy that you get to spend your nights on an ultra comfortable Beautyrest Recharge Mattress and all it gets is a few hours on your IKEA bedside table? We’d be jealous, no question.

Things to think about.

If you have any other interesting stories or insight into terms regarding sleep, add them to the comments below or tweet back at us @mattressvan on Twitter.

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