Monthly Archives: July 2005

Half Time

This was actually a post I meant to write at the start of July, but now it’s nearly the start of August…

Anyway we’ll skip over that. The point is that my time here in Vancouver is now (well) past half way, and the time is drawing ever nearer that I have to pack up my stuff and leave. It’s going to be a sad day but in a sick way I’m kinda looking forward to going home. Not only to be re-united with my musical toys, but to see all the people that are stuck for eternity on the gloomy isle :p I really do miss all you guys. In Whistler it wasn’t so apparent because there were still like-minded people around, but having been pretty isolated down in Van due to the profession and general ineptness, or rather a combination of both, it will definitely be nice to see some familiar faces.

Not only is it half way through my sejourn in the world’s official best (or second best, can’t remember) place to live, it’s also now way past the midpoint of the year 2005. Crazy. Soon it’ll be Winter and time to go snowboarding again, think I’m due a holiday having not been away on one this year yet \*ahem\* :)

Aiite – drop it

wassup wassup wasSUP :)

someone has just notified me of the absence of any activity on this site right now, which I must say has also been in my mind… So here we go with a quick race through!

This past week I’ve been working as a freelancer (like I said I actually finally got some work in), which has been, well pretty ordinary I guess as work is work! Actually one of the things I’m doing is quite interesting but the guy is being slow in feeding through the appropriate details, so a project which should have only taken a couple days has already dragged on for a week! The other thing – not quite so interesting but still fun nonetheless – is coming along nicely but client indecision has been a holdup there. Friday was actually really frustrating as I spent a *lot* of time writing emails, which I kinda feel obliged not to charge for… So yeah.

Working from home isn’t quite as fun as I expected it to be, but I guess that’s largely due to the situation I’m. Maybe it would work out better if I were in a familiar place but I can’t say that mixing home and work *really* does it for me! I totally understand why people don’t wanna mix home and work too much. Having said that it’s very flexible and convenient and I’ll probably be spending a bunch more time working on certain things from home in the not too distant future…

Apart from work, haven’t been up to that much in the past two weeks, have been frequenting the beach more regularly which is very nice. Today it was really busy but I found a spot about 30 feet from the water to sit and read my book (*read??!?! What??!!!*), and I had to take in the view and the fact that I was just feet away from the Pacific Ocean and think, “yeah this is pretty sweet.” :)

Have still been playing some basketball and tennis too. The other day we got into a few games with a bunch of Korean guys (I think) – 3 teams of 3 playing first to 7. We were a team of white boys, we asked if they wanted to shoot for teams but they said, “this is our team”, clearly separating us from them. Fine. Well we got pasted the first time out but managed to turn it around and get revenge later on (after a couple of sit offs). It was pretty damn hot work cuz it’s been edging up into the mid 20s the past week or so. Nothing compared to the heatwave in England I know, but I’ll take mid 20s with a nice sea breeze (and a beach) over the disgusting humidity of home any day :p

Went to see a bunch more movies – ‘The Longest Yard’, which was ok until they made it *really* blatant that they were copying ‘Mean Machine’; ‘War of The Worlds’, which I thought was pretty cool although unsurprisingly convenient – quite a few people I’ve spoken too weren’t that impressed with it too, but I definitely think it’s worth a look in; and last night we went to see ‘The Island’ – a kind of sci-fi thriller that’s just come out, I thought it was going to be another 1984 spawned playing god style movie, but it was actually a bit different thankfully. Anyway lots of action, British actors (Ewan Macgregor and Sean Bean), and some nice totty (Scarlett Johansson), also worth seeing!

Coming up – my housemate from uni, Gurpal, is coming to visit on August 1st, and it’s Yuki’s birthday on the 7th, so any finances I might have just gained are gonna be pretty much rinsed. Argh. Looks like the credit card’s going to be taking a bashing over the next couple months!!

Ok I still gotta tell you guys about Richmond night market, Capilano suspension bridge, and a couple of music gigs I went to, but I gotta stick all the pics on the web first so I can link to them, all in good time…

Hush

I know it’s all gone quiet over here, but it’s not through lack of things to tell, more the fact I’ve been trying to find work and do other useful things rather than dedicate time to writing here, combined with the fact that every time I sit down to write something it usually turns into something of an epic session, and I have like 6 posts to knock out… Maybe tomorrow.

Anyway, I’m still alive, there’s been a semblance of summer this week – a couple of days it was mid to high 20s and I went down to the beach one afternoon to check it out. Very nice.

Today I went to Commercial Drive to meet a guy about a job (or dog, insert as appropriate), and after having been in the same coffee place for about 45 minutes he finally remembered that I’d given him a description of what I’d be wearing and came over to ask if I was me. By this time I was already cursing Canadians for being useless, not helped by the fact that I’d dribbled some of my single mocha whip down my white t-shirt. Still, better late than not at all, although these people should all really have ‘cellphones’. Tssk. After the initial setback it was actually an altogether pleasant experience though as turns out we share quite a few interests, plus he might be able to get me more work in the future :)

Commercial Drive is somewhat more ‘ghetto’ than downtown – lots of shady looking South Americans, many, many ‘alternative’ types covered in tattoos and the usual down & outs. Having said that it’s still pretty vibrant and doesn’t share the same sinister atmosphere as downtown East side. I went on a bit of a wander round because in between finishing talking to the guy at 3pm and meeting Yuki (plus friend) to go to Metrotown around 4 I had an hour to kill. Having walked 10 blocks from 2nd Avenue up to 12th Avenue and then back down to 4th I thought I’d probably covered enough and went to get lunch at some Mongolian BBQ place. The food was not altogether dissimilar to the Mongolie Grill in Whistler, which I mentioned in a post a loooong time ago, although this meal only set me back around $6.50 compared with the ~$30 you’d be paying in Whistler. Damn tourist traps.

After that went shopping, mostly for groceries, which is all I ever seem to shop for these days, but picked up a t-shirt in the sales that cost ten pounds. Bargain. In England I can guarantee it would have been 25. Also meant I could walk round wearing something clean :)

Went for dinner on Davie St. in one of the many, many restaurants – we picked a very nice Japanese place – watched some TV, and now here I am!

About jobs though, I have 2 things on at the moment (hooray) doing freelance web development, which is all good. Money at last!

More Weirdos

So I’m in the supermarket earlier – shopping for mince beef and tomato sauce and other such spag bol paraphernalia – when this guy comes waaay out of his way and says,

“Excuse me [mister]”

I turn round, this guy must be about 60, has loads of teeth missing and his broken spectacle lenses are held together only by copious amounts of sellotape,

“I, I’ve been living in Penticton for the last 11 years and 9 months, hell if I stayed away another few months I’d have been away a whole 12 years, and I can’t believe the prices, how they’ve changed since I last lived here. The bananas, the bananas are 79 cents a pound, can you believe that?”

I look to one of the store attendants for help — he’s not interested… I look for an exit.

“In Penticton I’d only pay 49 cents a pound, but then again I’m not about to drive all the way out to Penticton just to save a bit’a money on bananas now. I’m not that crazy, but still. Maybe I should have [continues indistinct]…”

I say, “yeah inflation’s a bitch”, don’t listen to his reply, laugh politely, and run away.

On the way home I saw an above average number of people pushing shopping trolleys around – the vehicle of choice for the homeless – one guy with an upside-down chair adorning the top of his.

On a different note, there were a bunch of racoons running around outside our building this evening, in the pouring rain. It felt very movie-like as you don’t get them in England (as far as I’m aware), reminded me of such classics as ‘Uncle Buck’, with John Candy :) they make a funny squeaking noise too!