Monthly Archives: November 2017

11/30 Thirsty Thursday Quote!

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We will be better and braver if we engage and inquire than if we indulge in the idle fancy that we already know — or that it is of no use seeking to know what we do not know.

~ Plato


Canada’s Cannabis Advent Calendars, Eh!

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With December coming soon in just three days, it’s almost time to break out the advent calendars.  Advent calendars are a fun way to countdown the days until Christmas; they come in various themes within many shapes and sizes.  Some advent calendars feature treats hidden behind the doors.  Hidden treats include chocolate, lotions, alcohol (yes, even alcohol!), and other intriguing collectibles.

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Advent calendars are always in the rage at the end of November.  Everyone looks to get their hands on a calendar once Thanksgiving is over.  One company in Canada is seeing a HIGH demand in their unique advent calendars that feature — wait for it — CANNABIS PRODUCTS.

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You heard me RIGHT, readers – cannabis advent calendars are up for sale!  Canadian company Coast to Coast Medicinals is selling cannabis advent calendars.  These sets of calendars come at $200-$230 ($157-$180 in US Dollars) and feature three options.  The first option provides 26 grams of flowers, another choice features 24 cannabis-infused edibles, and there’s the mixed-bag option (14 grams of flowers and 12 edibles.

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Coast to Coast Medicinals is based in Vancouver, B.C.  They are one of many medicinal cannabis dispensaries around the area that sell many forms of flowers, concentrates, edibles, topicals, capsules, and other cannabis products.  The company operated earlier this year, but their business has been skyrocketing due to the large demand of pre-orders for the cannabis calendars.

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Not only is this genius marketing tactic perfect timing for the Christmas season, but it’s also relevant to Canada’s transition period for the cannabis industry.  Canada is looking to legalize recreational use in July 1st of next year and the government has been working ruthlessly to set plans into place.  If all goes accordingly well, the country of Canada could be going to pot (LITERALLY!).

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What’s interesting is that Coast to Coast Medicinals isn’t the only cannabis company utilizing this marketing tactic.  Seattle-based dispensary Dockside Cannabis started selling their cannabis advent calendars last year.  Customers can choose from either the 12-day calendar for $160 or the full 25-day adventure for $300.  You’ll have to celebrate in Seattle if you truly want a Happy Holidaze!

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The cannabis-themed advent calendar is a fantastic idea!  I enjoy opening up the doors on the advent calendar each year and providing cannabis products into the mix would make the experience that much more enjoyable.  It’s an interesting product that mixes the traditional spirit of Christmas with the modern socio-progressive liberal stance towards legalizing cannabis.

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Many Canadians have been leaning towards legalizing recreational use for the country, with the release of these cannabis advent calendars proving as a great example.  Canada legalized medicinal cannabis in 2001 and the cannabis industry has been flourishing since.  With cannabis legalization spreading nationwide, it’s about HIGH time we mix our holiday traditions with a modern spin.

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Cannabis advent calendars prove that we have come a very long way from cannabis prohibition.  What was once sold in the clear plastic bag is now being placed inside a small box to open up before Christmas.  It’s like the ugly duckling of the consumerist world became the beautiful swan that it is today.  So much PR nightmares made cannabis become this ugly duckling that no one would bother caring for.  It took years (even DECADES!) for this ugly duckling to transform into the magnificent swan.

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Here’s to Coast to Coast Medicinals for helping that swan look more gorgeous than ever.  It’s cannabis companies like them that will help the cannabis industry grow even further.

Boston Gets LIT: 11/27-12/1

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Welcome back readers!  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.  I’ve spent many days gobbling down some tasty food and now I’m slowly creeping into the work mode.  It’ll be a while before I slip back into the normal routine.

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Nevertheless, MakeSandcastlesNotWar will be cranking out some juicy stories happening around the holidays!  Thanksgiving may be over, but Christmas is around the corner.  December starts in four days and the weather is only getting colder.  It’s just like what the motto of House Stark from Game of Thrones once said – Winter is Coming.

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Winter is DEFINTELY coming, folks!  With a new season comes the festival holidays before we ring in the new year (2017 went by FAST!).  Nevertheless, we are trading in our pumpkin lighting for tree lighting.

Tree lightings are a lot of fun to go to.  I love seeing the decorated Christmas tree and waiting for the countdown until the lights turn on.  This yearly tradition of the tree lighting marks the start of a warm and joyous season.

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I already checked out the Salem Holiday Tree Lighting (which was absolutely fantastic!) and I’m excited for more to come.  Surely enough, there are more tree lighting events happening around the city of Boston.  There’s a tree lighting event happening every day this week and MakeSandcastlesNotWar has you covered on when they will be happening.

Here’s the lowdown on Boston’s Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrations:

Today – Copley Square

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Our first tree lighting of the week kicks off at Copley Square.  The event goes on at 5:00-6:00, with the Old South Church bell tolling when then lights go on.  Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty will be joining us as well as music from local chorus groups.  Other than the tree lighting, the Boston Public Library will be hosting story time and candy cane tea from 3-4:30.  This event may be free, but you must call ahead to make the reservations.  Be sure to swing by the Fairmont Copley Plaza for a post-lighting reception at 6 PM.

Tuesday 11/28 – Massachusetts State House

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Tomorrow’s tree lighting will take place over at the Massachusetts State House.  A giant Christmas tree will light up in the Rotunda, followed by an open house and visit from Santa at Doric Hall.  The tree will be lit at 5 PM tomorrow.

Wednesday 11/29 – Faneuil Marketplace

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If you’re in Faneuil Marketplace on Wednesday, be sure to check out the tree lighting ceremony.  The event will begin at 7 PM and the tree will light up at around 8 PM.  Blink! (the music-light show on the Christmas tree) will start at 4:30 and run every hour from then until January 1st from 4:30-9:30 daily.  You definitely don’t want to miss Blink! this season.

Thursday 11/30 – Boston Common

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Take a stroll through the Boston Common this Thursday for another festive tree lighting event.  Head over near the Visitors Information Center on Tremont Street to find the tree.  Refreshments, entertainment, and music will be provided by local groups.  Lights on the tree (almost 7,000 in total!) will be lit around 7:55 PM, as well as the lights on 80+ other trees throughout the Common and Public Garden.  This show will close with a joyous firework display over the Common.

Friday 12/1 – North End

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The first Christmas tree lighting on the first day of December will take place in the North End.  Walk over to the corner of Hanover and Cross streets to enjoy some light refreshments.  Other than the tree lighting, the North End’s Holiday Stroll takes place as well.  All of this will go from 6-8 PM on Friday.

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That’s it for the 411 on Boston’s tree lighting events.  Be sure to check out a tree lighting event if you are ever in the area (better yet, go to ALL of them if you can!).  The holiday season is upon us and Boston will be filled with Christmas cheer.

Come out and celebrate the beginning of the cheerful and joyous season of winter!

11/26 Sunday Funday Quote!

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Suppose for a moment that the automobile industry had developed at the same rate as computers and over the same period: how much cheaper and more efficient would the current models be? If you have not already heard the analogy, the answer is shattering. Today you would be able to buy a Rolls-Royce for $2.75, it would do three million miles to the gallon, and it would deliver enough power to drive the Queen Elizabeth II. And if you were interested in miniaturization, you could place half a dozen of them on a pinhead.

~ Christopher Evans, The Micro Millennium