Greetings my fellow Echo readers and Cambridge Beat diehards!
This is your new captain speaking.
My name is Mandy and you have officially entered Mandyland; the place where all things awesome and notable in this glorious little city of mine will be shared, explored and celebrated, starting with the woman at the keyboard. That’s right. I don’t believe you will find another Cambridge dweller more in love with her beloved hometown than yours truly. And, as an enamoured resident of this beautiful city since 1983, I am probably the only person who has never used the word ‘Lamebridge’, except to explain to police why I had to strike a grown man down. So this would be your warning: knock my awesome city and it’s lights out.
Following on the heels of Michael Cahill, I am thrilled to be the newest addition to the Echo family and the new voice of The Cambridge Beat. My goal is to make the column my own, inserting my envelope-pushing outlook into the mix whenever I can, while ensuring I don’t get myself fired. I do hope that Ron and Michael knew what they were signing on for when they offered me the position. Only time will tell.
But for now, thanks are in order for Mike’s flattering introduction in the previous Cambridge Beat column. I see that my self-proclaimed titles precede me. Goddess, Professional Napper and Diva Extraordinaire take care of my Thursday designations, but unfortunately give no indication as to why I’d be fit to take over a column in the one and only Echo Weekly.
So, here’s what you need to know: I am a Cambridge author, blogger, model and small business owner. I have two published books, an Honours Degree from The University of Waterloo, a diploma from Conestoga College, a humble abode (complete with one pubescent whippersnapper, four cats and three creepy wire birds out front) and a potty mouth that I will attempt to reserve solely for my blog and day-to-day living.
In addition, I am a self-adoring Aquarian Queen with an ineffectively managed superiority complex. Need proof? Just google ‘Her Happy Highness’. Yep, that would be me. I also like to dream big and am of the mindset that the world could use a little more Mandy, so I’ve taken it upon myself to create “The Mandy Show”, which is due to launch in the new year. No, I’m not kidding.
Apart from that, I live a pretty simple life. I collect quotes, dance like a fiend, nap, walk, cycle, hang with my hot friends and frequent Red Basil more than I should. What’s Red Basil, you ask? Only the most kick–ass Vietnamese Restaurant on the planet. So stay tuned for next week’s tribute to my favourite place to eat and do business, and find out why its owner Tri Dang is all smiles about his upcoming debut on “The Mandy Show” and his well-deserved feature in The Cambridge Beat.