Whenever we talk about an old friend, neighbor or acquaintance, Pam hopes they can come and visit us here. She figures that they’ll take a look around, get hooked and move here as well. I guess her reasoning is ‘What better way to enhance your neighborhood by moving people you know into it’?
This also brings up the question of how big the neighborhood is that we want to consider. Is it the Downtown Vancouver Area, or perhaps the province of British Columbia? Why not the entire country of Canada? If that’s the case, then Pam can rest assured that one of my best friends from childhood (about age 9 until I went away to college), Cynthia Abramson (now Cynthia Nikitin), has spent a good deal of time in our newly adopted country and has been coming here to Canada for several years before we even moved here.
Cynthia is a Vice President of the New York-based Non-Profit Organization, the Project for Public Spaces, who are “dedicated to creating and sustataining public places that build communities.” As I could see from her impressive bio on their site, she’s been busy in the past 15 years or so.
Not only has my friend Cynthia been spending a lot of time in Canada, but she was interviewed last week by the CBC in St. John, New Brunswick, and we caught the interview on the Internet. Not only that, I saved the stream to my disk and with her permission, post it here:[audio:Cynthia_Interview.mp3]
This also serves to demonstrate the very easy-to-install and use audio player plugin for WordPress. If I get a little more ambitious, I’ll use the same plugin to include some recordings of my music on the About page.