Showing Off Our New Home

Running on the Burrard BridgeIf we do, in fact, live in an ‘alter­nate real­i­ty’, where tea par­ties and trips to feath­er our nest are the most mem­o­rable activ­i­ties, then hav­ing wit­ness­es might come in handy. This week, some old friends who were neigh­bors of our’s in Cam­bridge are in town. Glenn and Bethany have been treat­ed to the best weath­er in months. Today’s Sun Run, a 10K race through Van­cou­ver, was indeed a run in the sun. I could quib­ble about the tem­per­a­ture (about 11˚ or 12˚ C), but it real­ly was a gor­geous day. The rhodo­den­drons and aza­leas are out, and the snow-capped moun­tains are clear.

While the news reports from the US are of more sol­diers dead in Iraq, anoth­er mes­sage from Osama Bin Laden, and an over 60% jump in home fore­clo­sures in the US, the scene here seems pret­ty idyl­lic. An alter­nate real­i­ty? Some­times I do have to wonder.

5 Replies to “Showing Off Our New Home”

  1. Dude. It was­n’t “alter­nate real­i­ty,” it was “par­al­lel uni­verse.” Nev­er, ever mis­quote a German!

    Love the pic, though. Used to bum around Van­cou­ver and eat Viet­namese food, back in the day.

    Hey, me and a lot of my friends in the VRWC wish you’d write less about nest-feath­er­ing and give us more of the grit­ty, hard­core Chim­puh Bu$Hitler-bashin’ that got us read­ing your blog in the first place. Yeah, we riff on you a lot, Dav­ey, but we give you props for at least hav­ing the nads to put your mon­ey where your mouth is and get the hell out­ta Dodge. Noth­ing worse than an Amer­i­can ass­hat whin­ing about “liv­ing in occu­pied AmeriKKKa.” Oh, boo hoo hoo!

  2. Sor­ry for the mis­quote, Pete. Par­al­lel Uni­verse is a bet­ter term, as well.

    I’m look­ing for a good Viet­namese place, by the way. So far the best Goi Cuon (sal­ad roll) that I’ve had was on Com­mer­cial Dri­ve, but it was­n’t great. I hear that down Kingsway there’s a whole sec­tion of Viet­namese places, but with­out a car, it’s a lit­tle tricky to get down that way, not know­ing the bus routes in that direc­tion. (One of my goals in the next 3–5 years is to take a culi­nary tour of Vietnam).

    You’re right, I used to do more Bush-bash­ing, and then thought I was just get­ting too angry (and it was too much of the same). The fact is, the more he’s vis­i­ble and his approval rat­ing goes down, the eas­i­er (and less inter­est­ing) a tar­get he becomes. Karl Rove and Dick Cheney (coun­ter­parts to Goebbels and Goer­ing, per­haps?) are scari­er, despite the slap­stick hunt­ing escapades of the latter.

    I do have a graph­ic tak­en from the recent cov­er of Rolling Stone that has Bush sit­ting in the cor­ner wear­ing a dunce cap and an imbe­cil­ic grin, with the head­line ‘Worst Pres­i­dent Ever?’. Maybe it’s time to trot that one out.

    As for the lib­er­als who sit and whine, I’ve learned that there are many obsta­cles (real and yes, imag­ined) that keep peo­ple from act­ing on their plans. For us, every­thing prac­ti­cal lined up (fam­i­ly, sav­ings, lack of a job with a ‘career track’, death of an ail­ing par­ent and an old pet). I guess we just saw a win­dow of oppor­tu­ni­ty, and dove out of it.

  3. I still think your pol­i­tics are wack, David, but I’m done hatin’ on you. You’re just too nice of a guy. Sorry.

    (Real­ly, I am.)

    ps the best Viet­namese food I had was at a lit­tle place on Davie St. But this was back in the sev­en­ties. I doubt it’s even there anymore…

  4. What can I say?

    Thanks for the tip on Davie. Lots of restau­rants there, so it might take a while to find the Viet­namese one, but I’m game.

    Should you ever find your­self back in these parts, hope you’ll con­sid­er the truce still in effect.

  5. The place I went to on Davie was a real hole-in-the-wall joint. Kind of mod­ern inside. They had a soup called “Ko” that I will nev­er forget.

    S’fun­ny you should men­tion it. I was just talk­ing to my soon-bride-to-be and she said, “Have you ever been to Van­cou­ver? I’d love to go to Van­cou­ver.” To which I respond­ed, “Heh.”

    I lived for years in Spokane and then in Fruit­land (near Coulee Dam) WA. Also lived in Seat­tle and Everett. The pic­ture you put up on your blog (of Van­cou­ver on a sun­ny day) brought some of that back. I used to be able to see Mount Bak­er out my liv­ing room win­dow in Everett; I lived in Spokane when St. Helens blew and we had an inch of ash in our front yard. Fun.

    My broth­er lives near Boston now. He actu­al­ly works at MIT. Tell you one thing–from some­one who has spent con­sid­er­able time in both cities–I’ll take Van­cou­ver over Boston any day of the week!

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