Interesting. I’ve been an HSBC business customer for 10 years, and was surprised to find out that they are no longer interested in small businesses in Canada. Their new focus, I was told on the phone, is international businesses with sales over 3 million dollars.
So, while they’ve graciously ‘grandfathered’ my business account, I can’t start any new services with them. I had called to open a US chequeing account, because – hmmm – my business is doing well and I am hiring the occasional US consultant.
Truth be told I’ve been very happy with them as a bank – my local branch is terrific. I guess it’s time to go shopping for someone who is more interested in my business. If you’ve got any favourites, let me know in the comments.
The cold snap enveloping most of Western Canada has some great benefits for those of us who ride and ski the local Vancouver mountains.
Much needed snow has dumped on Mt. Seymour, Grouse Mountain, and Cypress Mountain providing the best conditions we’ve had since early in the season. (I still ride Cypress by choice, but Grouse clearly has the best website, and my kids prefer it).
Oldest son and I spent some quality time together on Cypress earlier this week where I discovered that dad can’t quite keep up with a lanky 17 year old.
We had one interesting ‘media’ moment – waiting in line for the lift, just looking around, I spotted at least 5 GoPro cameras mounted on helmets. I had mine mounted to the front of my board, but was also shooting with a Drift HD hand-held – the photo above is a still from that footage.
If you’re in Canada and are looking for one, check out Launch Helmet Cams based in North Vancouver – they’ll get it out to you quick, have great prices, and superb after sales service.
The view astern as we head into the marina after an afternoon’s sailing in Howe Sound.
December is offering up some glorious weather which means that I’ve been able to get some great photos and video footage for a couple of my clients AND some lovely days on the water.
Since I’m keeping Madsu in the water this winter, I’m looking forward to some double-deluxe days when I snowboard Cypress Mountain (overlooking Howe Sound) in the morning then spend the afternoon sailing in Howe Sound.