It's time for another edition of MEET A LOCAL: the reoccurring Q&A where a Kimberlite* stops by the blog to say "hello" and drop off a few tips for spending your time wisely in this lovely little mountain town.

*Fun fact: I got an email informing me that "kimberlite" is probably the correct term to use for a local, due to mining & mineral connections. So I guess I can stop wondering aloud whether it should be 'Kimberley-er' or 'Kimberley-an'.

This time around Jeff Pew—the wearer of many writing hats, including the author of a new book of poetry called 'One Foot In'—metaphorically pops over to the blog to introduce himself and leave behind a bunch of great tips for Kimberley living and/or visiting.


WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?

Dad. Husband. Counsellor at Selkirk Secondary School. Creative Writing teacher. Journalist. Photographer. Poet, author of “One Foot In”. Did I mention it’s available at Arrow & Axe?

WHY KIMBERLEY?

In 1991, there was a teaching job advertised for Selkirk Secondary School in Kimberley. I thought it was Kitamaat. Once I got here, I couldn’t leave. Then, the following: fall in love, buy house, have kids, discover the lunch Thali at the Tandori Hut.

IF SOMEONE IS ONLY IN TOWN FOR A FEW DAYS, WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-DO’S?

Skateboard through the platzl. Put a loonie in Happy Hans. Dance to that last little part where it speeds up and ends in, “Yoohoo”  or “Ooh hoo.” Eavesdrop around the Table of Knowledge in the Sully Bar. Mucky Fries. Ski. Snowboard. Cross-country ski. Pose beside the once 500 lb. Grizzly bear that a 12- year-old shot in 1986 when he was charged by now stuffed bear. Go for a soak in White Swan Hot Springs. 10-pin bowling at the Elks Hall, the last real-life pin setters in Canada. Demo a Skizee.

I’M HUNGRY… WHERE SHOULD I GO TO FIX THIS REOCCURRING PROBLEM

Not necessarily in the following order: Tandori Hut Lunch Thali ($10); Pedal and Tap; Stonefire Pizza, Brendon McCallum pizza-tosser extraordinaire. Elks Hall. Over Time Brewery. Coffee at the Bean Tree.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AND YOUR TOP PLACE AROUND HERE FOR DOING THAT ACTIVITY?

Fly-fishing. Snowboarding. Throwing rocks and trying to land them on those ashphalt-filled cracks on the road. Sitting quietly with people. 

FINALLY… PLEASE SHARE ONE LAST KIMBERLEY TIP / RECOMMENDATION / THOUGHT / WHATEVER THAT YOU DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO GET IN DURING THE PREVIOUS QUESTIONS.

I’ve written about Kimberley three or four times in different publications. I’m nuts about it. If we could taste it, we’d confuse it for the Lunch Thali at the Tandori Hut. It’s that good.

Everyone should move here, as long as we can keep the population under 7,000, the ski hill line-ups under 30 seconds, and guarantee a parking spot at Centex/Stoke Juice Bar.

OK, ACTUAL FINALLY… PLEASE GIVE ONE COMPLETELY UNAIDED RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD START DOING / USING / WATCHING / LISTENING / EATING / THINKING / QUITTING / READING / ETC-ING TO MAKE THEIR LIVES A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND/OR BEARABLE.

Find music that gives you frissons. For starters, bookmark http://95eh.ca/radio/#mix-tapes and listen to these super cool lo-fi mixed tapes. Wander in rivers. Snowboard fast. Stay upright on motorbikes, while humming Low Rider, Magic Carpet Ride, and Born to Be Wild. Did I mention stay upright? Throw frisbees. See if you can make 157 consecutive tosses with your son. Travel. Make bamboo flutes. Write. What do you notice? Don’t forget to love people. Be curious. Wild mushrooms. Body surf. Jump in really cold water. Surround yourself with people who make you smile, where you find yourself saying, “Well, will you look at that guy go…”. Be passionate, at least about one thing. Stay on the look out. The thought of not being here one day still freaks me out. Staring at falling stars is pretty cool.


Alright, that's it for another MEET A LOCAL. Before you head off to some other corner of the internet, make sure to follow Jeff on Instagram and pop by Arrow & Axe and grab a copy of his book of poetry, 'One Foot In'.

And hopefully, I'll have another one of these Local Q&A's up in the not too distant future (if you live around Highway 95a and would be interested in doing a Q&A, CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO).