Disappeared for a bit…

I haven’t said anything for a while, and for that I am truly sorry. I moved on January first – today I finally got around to putting my computer back together. Only got the desk together last week. It’s been a slow process. It has certainly been an eventful month for me. The rain has been overwhelming (and I’m told by some locals at least, abnormal.) A couple of weeks ago I was making a left just after the light changed and someone ran the red and hit my car. Naturally, since no one stopped to say they witnessed anything, it was my word against hers – she said it was green, and I was held 100% responsible for not making a safe left turn. January has been a stressful month, but it’s all fine now, and so I’m back.

Early in the month I started a new job in North Vancouver – leaving the one I had downtown – which means that since I now both live and work in North Van, chances are I’ll become one of those people who hardly ever leaves North Van. If I had social things to do in Vancouver proper, I’d go to them, but I rarely do.

On the social side, as a fairly new resident of the Greater Vancouver Area I’ve found it challenging to make new friends. I’m not generally outgoing as it is, but this is the most difficult place I’ve lived yet for finding people I get along with who have the time to actually do things with me. For a laid-back city, it seems to me sometimes that is has far more busy people than I can remember being anywhere else. Come nicer weather, however, I plan to make a concerted effort to get out and meet people. That’s the plan, anyhow. I’ll let you know how it goes.

6 Comments so far

  1. kenw (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    If you like sports and the outdoors, why not try joining a dragon boat team? There’s lots out there and always a few looking for new paddlers. There’s a website, http://www.dragonboatwest.net, with a bunch of forums for discussing various things related to dragon boating including one for people to find teams or teams to find people.

  2. Jenny Lee (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 2:41 pm

    That sounds like an awesome idea. I’ll take a look at it and see if I can find one looking for paddlers – I’ve only ever canoed, however, and haven’t done that since 2004. Hope they don’t want someone who’s amazing and competetive. I just want to have fun.

  3. Rachael Ashe (unregistered) on January 29th, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

    Jenny if you’re interested in meeting fellow photography enthusiasts then please come out to a Vandigicam meet. You can find us here on flickr. It may sound weird but I’ve met most of the people I know here in Van because of Flickr.

  4. wyn (unregistered) on January 29th, 2006 @ 10:39 pm

    I know what you mean about it being surprisingly difficult to meet people here. It just seems more cliquey? I’ve been there 17 months and met most people I know because my grad program has me working on projects for a year throughout the city. Outside of work people….
    I’ve started ballroom dancing (and if that’s too stiff and formal, there’s general latin, salsa, and swing classes/club, where you can be shy and someone will approach you! Get all that awkward physical tension out of the way right away! Haha.

  5. Jenny Lee (unregistered) on January 29th, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

    I really should go out with other photography enthusiasts… it could be fun. It would certainly help with my Picture a Day Project. I’m on flickr (if only vaguely, since I rarely update photos there, instead putting them up in my own gallery,) so I’ll check it out.

    My ability to dance is severely limmited by my ability to have any kind of co-ordination. It’s kind of amusing to watch… I couldn’t even manage the macarena back when it was big.

    My husband and I had considered taking swing lessons at one point, but never did. I think part of the problem is we’re not willing to allocate our funds in that direction – we’re too focussed on paying off the credit cards and other debts. We get pretty excited when we think about all the things we’ll be able to do when that’s done… ;) We’re actually hoping his health improves enough this summer that he’s allowed back on his bike and we can get back into mountain biking again. That’s the plan anyhow.

    My foray into finding a dragon boat team was overwhelming and intimidating. I’d like to try it, but I don’t think I’m up for doing that without at least one person I know involved.

  6. KenW (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2006 @ 12:08 am

    I’m sorry you had a negative experience following my dragonboat suggestion. Maybe the web site I suggested wasn’t a good a place to try. It may also be the wrong time of the year as only the really serious (or crazy) people are thinking about paddling this time of year. Going out on False Creek in the cold winter rain is not something a normal person would want to do!

    I started dragonboating last summer with my company’s team and, in addition to meeting and having a good time with a lot of people I probably would have never gotten to know otherwise, I really fell in love with paddling. If you (or anyone else) want to try again at some point in the future, drop me a line (I’ve filled in my email with this comment) and I will see if I can hook you up with a suitable team.


    PS: I got so enthusiastic about paddling I joined the odd people who go out in the cold winter rain (at night). If you’re ever down by the Cambie St. bridge or Science World in the evening, take a look out across the water and you may be able to spot some small white and red lights moving in an anti-clockwise direction around the creek from Granville Island to Science World and back. Those will be a bunch of people paddling solo outriggers from the False Creek Racing Canoe Club. It’s actually kind of neat to be out in the dark but that might just be crazy talk.

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