We held a Beer and Burger night at the Well in Nanaimo, all proceeds going to the Child Development Centre. We had a silent auction, draws and a door prize! It was very successful and the U-Lock Storaway’s were able to raise $1,219.70.A huge thank you to everyone who came out to support the Beer and Burger and donated items for our silent auction!
This year our goal was to be first in our heat! AND WE DID IT!
We always have a great time at the Silly Boat and we are excited for next year!
We started with 7, we finished with 6, we lost one along the way (don’t worry we didn’t leave her on the mountain) but they weren’t kidding when they said it was tough.
The Storage Warriors faced the mud, ice, snow, water and mountain side this past weekend at the Tough Mudder in Whistler. Crawling through mud under barbed wire, jumping into icy water, being waist deep in mud, careening down the mountain side, crawling through pipes filled with water, running through fire, climbing over walls – they were there and they did it all. There were 20 obstacles in total (21 if you count the wall you had to climb over just to get into the starting area) that were faced head on, or would that be face first?
Your author here was the -1 who had to be medi-atved down the mountain side part way through, and I’ll tell you hanging on for my life on the back of an ATV racing down the trails was almost as terrifying as the obstacles I had attempted thus far, but no doubt about it the challenges were tough but our team was tougher and we are all very proud of our Storage Warriors.
Now I heard some pacts were made on the course “Never again” and “It’s almost over” but I also hear rumblings of looking forward to “Next year” and “Maybe next year – but only if I’m in better shape” already taking place so who knows. We could expand our team, we could have a whole new team, we could be a stick in the mud, but I’m sure some where, some how, someone will be on that course again next year.
That is a question that fellow U-Lock employees may be asking themselves right about now. The Storage Warriors, with representation from all 3 of our locations will be participating in the Tough Mudder in Whistler, BC on Saturday June 22.
A 10-12 mile (16-20 km) course to test strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie with 20-25 obstacles along the way. And with obstacle names like Arctic Enema, Walk the Plank, Electroshock Therapy, Fire Walker and Kiss the Mud you get the idea of they will be facing. If you need visuals click here to see what we are talking about.
In addition to being, as some would say, an insane obstacle course, the event is also a proud supporter of Wounded Warriors Canada.
Let’s wish them well and hope they return to work in one piece.
Let’s all say the Tough Mudder Pledge together now:
I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.
I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
I do not whine – kids whine.
I help my fellow mudders complete the course.
I overcome all fears.
On June 15,2013, U-Lock will be having a Beer and Burger Night at the Well Pub in Nanaimo with all proceeds going to the Nanaimo Child Development Centre.
At the Beer and Burger Night we will be having a 50/50 draw and a Silent Auction. There is still time left if you or your company would like to donate a Silent Auction item, please contact the office for more details!
Tickets are available at U-Lock Mini Storage, 4388 Wellington Rd Nanaimo BC 250.756.4448 selfstorage.ca
Maybe I’ve been surrounded by boxes and packing supplies for too long now. Maybe I’m becoming too suspicious of things.
I know they are only boxes, but I just have this uneasy feeling that these boxes have been doing some scheming. If they had mustaches they would be twirling the ends while give a diabolical laugh. Not sure what they are planning, but look at them. They are planning something….
A New Year arrives with new resolutions, new hopes, new dreams, new plans and optimism.
Each January we start off fresh, with a chance to accomplish more than we did last year, try something new or make a change. Unfortunately most of us who had good intentions on January 1st do not always follow through. A study by the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology found that only 8% of new years resolutions are successful.
Some helpful hints in succeeding are:
pick only 1 item to focus on, you can’t change the whole world at once
start small by breaking your resolutions down into smaller more manageable tasks
Organization is one resolution where you can try some creative solutions. Just because you have stored items away it doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty and functional at the same time.
Using nice colourful accents help you to become more organized.
Look at this innovative table and chair design – the table and chairs fit right into the wall shelves saving space when not being used.
And since we are getting creative how about adding a slide-out bar under your stairs?
And of course you can always visit one of our 3 locations – White Rock/South Surrey, Victoria, or Nanaimo – and get yourself your very own storage locker where you can either stash away all the items you don’t have room for at hone or neatly organize all your things. It’s your choice we won’t judge.
Every year U-Lock Mini Storage in Nanaimo is a drop off point for non perishable food items and cash donations for Hamperville Nanaimo. Please stop by our office with any donations you may have.
A little bit of information about Hamperville Nanaimo
Christmas Hampers Nanaimo is a community organization formed 9 years ago by the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank and The Salvation Army of Nanaimo. We gather food and cash donations and distribute to the less fortunate in our community at Christmas time. Last year we served over 5,000 people and distributed some 2,300 hampers. This year we are expecting an equal number needed due to the sluggish economy. Visits to food banks and meal programs all across Canada have increased again this year!
The people of Nanaimo and area are very generous to us! Last year we received donations of over 57,000 kg of food and enough cash donations to purchase another $ 45,000.00 worth of fresh food items such as turkeys, chickens, hams, oranges, potatoes, carrots, bread, milk, cheese and eggs. We also had a substantial amount of non-perishable food left to feed people in the months following Christmas. Local food suppliers work with them to ensure we get the best value for our money.
All of our funding comes from generous community efforts such as yours and are critical to our success. We are a 100% volunteer run organization. All gifts are used for food purchases. We thank you for your participation and invite you to explore our website for more information.
Click here to see a list of the most wanted items for our hampers. This list will change from time to time during the season as we go. We also have “Tips on hosting a Food Drive” for those organizations and businesses wishing to do more. We also have an “ADOPT A HAMPER” program as well. Check it out!
Hamperville Nanaimo is located this year at 2560 Bowen Rd. (the old Madills building). Thanks to the generosity of the Laird/Wheaton GM Group, we again have a building and utilities donated for our use to help others.
Hamperville can be reached by phone at (250) 751-9780 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org From the 19th of November until Christmas, a dedicated team of volunteers numbering about 300 people in total will collect, sort and distribute hampers to our community. Many of these volunteers also are hamper recipients. It is fun, rewarding and it needs to be done. Many local businesses partner up with us to help keep our operating costs down. We appreciate this very much!!
Our 5th interview, in our “Get To Know Us” series where we interview our staff so we can all learn a little bit more about each other. We will ask each person the same 10 questions so as to gain a little insight into the person they are when they take off that infamous lighted U-Lock hat and leave the office. The good? the bad? the ugly? we will be in for some surprises.
U-Lock Mini Storage in Nanaimo
1. Where can we find you when you are not being a storage specialist?
I spend a lot of time in the good company of my wife and our pug, Brutus. Aside from this I help with a local film group in Nanaimo. Often times I’m volunteering my time to help other members write, film, and edit different film projects.
2. What’s your favourite thing about fall?
Probably just the escape it brings from the relentless heat of summer. I enjoy that for the most part things slow down as well. I may even have a chance to finish some of the projects I started in the summer.
3. What’s your favourite time of day? or day of the week? or favourite month?
Weekends. I live for the weekends. With most of my family and friends living out of town, the weekends give me a chance to travel to see them.
4. If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be?
Martin Scorsese, not because he is my favorite director, but because I think he knows film. Seems like a smart guy that I would love to have
a conversation with.
5. If you could witness any event past / present / future what would it be?
Right now that would definitely be a manned flight to Mars. Looking like a possibility too.
6. If you could have a room full of any one thing what would it be?
Does brewery equipment count as one thing? I recently graduated with a degree in microbiology and I’ve been intrigued by the process of brewing beer at home. Definitely a hobby I could get into.
7. Ninjas or pirates?
Hands down Ninjas.
8. Mountain hideaway or remote beach house?
9. What’s the furthest you have traveled?
My wife and I headed to Hawaii for our 3rd Wedding Anniversary in 2011; Oahu to be specific. We had a great time. Surfing was particularly amazing.
10. If you could be any cartoon character who would you be?
Wile E. Coyote. He may take an anvil to the face once and a while, but that guy is determined. One day he’ll eat that bird…
Check back soon to see who’s next.
Any volunteers? Let me know.