It’s no secret that Kamloops and Kelowna have always been in the midst of a friendly rivalry.
Look at how quickly tickets sold out to last month’s tiebreaker game between the Blazers and the Rockets to decide who would make the playoffs. How sweet it was to see Kamloops oust Kelowna in front of a sold-out home crowd.
I think Kamloopsians just seem a bit more down to earth and genuinely interested in who their neighbours are, as opposed to what they drive. Of course there are exceptions and I have family and friends who are great people and live in Kelowna. But the general consensus seems to be that Kamloops people are well known for being welcoming, salt of the earth folks who are genuinely interested in where you come from — even if it’s Kelowna.
While there are many reasons I think Kamloops beats out Kelowna — from our beautiful downtown and Riverside Park to our top-notch ski resort at Sun Peaks, to our exciting hockey team — there appears to be an area in which we are lacking and I am hoping I can prove the ladies wrong on this one.
Gentlemen, you may want to sit down for this. The ladies I meet with in Kamloops, women of varying ages, claim there are no good single men in this city. They feel they have no other option than to check out the Ogopogo men, since they feel there is no inventory in the Tournament Capital.  
This saddens me as I am a devoted shop local advocate. But how can we blame these ladies from shopping in K Town if you haven’t come forward to let them know you exist here?
Seriously, guys, are we going to risk losing these wonderful women and let them drive two hours to meet a man who will most likely be late for his date because he was shining his sports car on the beach and spent a bit too much time looking in the rearview mirror (and not at what was behind him on the road).
Come on, fellas. I know you are out there. Let’s show those Kelowna guys our women have everything they need right here. If you want to find out what is so amazing about Kamloops, I have a fabulous idea for you — and it’s free. I am hosting the next Tourism Kamloops Luv’n the Loops Bus tour on Thursday, April 25.
Each month, we are taking Kamloops residents on a surprise tour of amazing local restaurants, attractions and surprise sights, with tasty treats along the way. This could also be a great place to meet some new people and learn more about this fantastic city we call home.
If you would like to join in the fun for free, learn more online at tourismkamloops.com/luv-the-loops/.
If you are a happy, single person between the ages of 25 and 105, contact me by email at holmes@wheretheheartis.ca  Let’s keep our love local.