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Today’s Quote – Spend It Yourself

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The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself,
other people spend it for you. 

Lisa

Why Amex Canada’s Front of the Line Program is Built For Music Fans

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The world of borrowed credit isn’t exactly one that is known for its support of music fans. Their target demo generally falls outside the staying up late, bouncing from show to show, youth driven music lifestyle.

Fortunately – there is one company that has, for the past 25 years, understood that music fans are a powerful demographic that should not be ignored.

Amex Canada believes, as much as I do, that memorable experiences are the only true currency in this life. How we spend our time is much more important than anything of material value. Experiences last a lifetime. Their Front of the Line program is at the heart of this philosophy.

FOTL celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, and to celebrate, Amex is giving away 25 pairs of tickets to shows you’ll want to be at, every single day.

It’s true. Amex cardholders have it better when it comes to all things entertainment. Their Front of the Line program started in Toronto back in 1989 and has expanded to include presale and advanced ticket access through partnerships with Live Nation, Massey Hall, AEG LIVE, Roy Thomson Hall, Ticketmaster and more.

Amexers also get to hang out in the Amex only lounges at Molson Amphitheatre, Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, and coming in the fall for you theatre lovers, Princess of Wales.

Yes, being an Amex cardholder also gives you access to the whole wide world outside music – comedy shows, theatre productions, dining experiences, movie premieres and cultural experiences like Luminato are all part of the deal.

In fact, back in June I attended Luminato’s tribute to Daniel Lanois via this great program. Front of the Line gave me access to two close seats at the show,  as well as passes to the open bar after party at Massey Hall featuring the man of the hour himself.

While I am not the kind to attend an after party just to talk to a celeb, the foodie in me will always come for the food and drinks – which tend to be top of the line at events like these. The wine was paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres I willingly devoured, while the fancy people chose to abstain in fear of getting food stuck in their teeth while conversing with other fancy people.

Follow @AmexCanada on Twitter and tag #FOTL25 for a chance to win one of 25 daily giveaways until the end of the month.

This post was sponsored by Amex Canada. The views and opinion expressed in this blog, however, are purely my own.

 Lisa

TGIF – The Soul, Deep Fried Tequila and Alzheimer’s

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Whoa everyone! TGIF is back. I know, it’s been absent most of the summer, and for that I can only say my summer has been – as usual, busier than any other time of the year. I took on a new gig writing for Notable five days a week, on top of my regular contributions to Dose and a new job helping with social media for a record label.

Not to mention vacations, festivals, family coming to town. I’m actually looking forward to the routine that fall will bring back into my life, if not the cold weather.

With that said, here’s a big whack of links that have built up over the past few weeks. Enjoy!

Lisa

Life With My Intel Asus Tablet

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Back in July I was approached by Intel to be an Intel Insider. What that means is, they give me a pretty great Asus tablet that runs via Intel, and I keep the world updated with my thoughts on it.

Just before I was approached, I had been dragging my 17 inch laptop around to various editorial meetings around the city (joys of freelance life), and was getting incredibly frustrated with how bulky and heavy it was. As much as I prefer the 17 inch screen for my Netflix habit, I needed something small that wouldn’t require a backpack just to take anywhere. So when I got the email asking if I wanted to take part, it was kismet.

The best part about the tablet is that it isn’t really a tablet. I had a tablet a while back and got rid of it because I have a Samsung Galaxy 5 that has a screen big enough for my couch surfing needs. When I’m using a decent sized screen, I like to have the ability to type. So a tablet that functions as a computer is a must for me.

I had recently been a part of a program promoting Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 during their pop up shop at NXNE (but sadly Microsoft did not give me one to try out), so I knew this kind of tablet would work for me. But the Surface is more than double the price of this one, and it works just the same. Save your cash, people!

The thing I love most about it is that it fits in my purse. It’s as light as a book. No more shoulder and back pain when going to meetings!

When it comes to getting work done – the beautiful thing is that it syncs right up with my 17 inch laptop – so it looks and functions just the same. This is one benefit to the dreaded Windows 8.

It comes with Microsoft Office so I can do all my writing on it with relative ease. When I’m home I still prefer to use my big laptop because typing does get a little harder on the small keyboard, but if you’re just using it to send tweets and do research, it definitely won’t slow you down.

The option of using it with or without the keyboard is also helpful for those times when you do just want to get on Instagram and scroll through image after image on a larger screen.

For travel purposes it is also a blessing. Going back home to visit my parents used to be a pain in the ass because I’d dread dragging my laptop back and forth on the damn Megabus. Now it’s no biggie. It takes up almost no space in a suitcase and I can always put it in my purse if I wanna use it on the trip.

The battery lasts all day. You can plug it into a printer. You can upload photos. You can get on Skype. Basically it’s a fully functioning laptop that can also be used as a tablet.

The only downside I’ve found is that, at just 32 GB of storage (most of which is taken up by everything it comes with installed) it runs out of memory real fast. But, because it has expandable memory with a microSD slot, that’s an easy one to fix.

Overall, I’m relieved to have it in my life, and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to get a tablet.

I’m required to disclose the relationship between my site and Intel Canada. While this item was gifted to me for review, all opinions are my own. 

Lisa

Today’s Quote – Human Contact

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My battles with addiction definitely shaped how I am now. They really made me deeply appreciate human contact. And the value of friends and family, how precious that is.

Lisa