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Anybody know what’s up with this? It’s in different odd places around my neighbourhood, and it’s been there since I moved onto the street in 2004.

Working from Home


My office was still in the dark today. So I had a work-from-home day. This is what I did when I took a break from spreadsheets.

Is it wrong of me to be hopeful that the BC Hydro’s Estimated On Time for my office of 8:00 AM on Thursday is accurate?

Hello Vancouver!

Birthday Princess

I’m Lori K. I’ve lived in Vancouver for almost 5 years. The photo above was taken of me about half an hour ago. Today is my 34th birthday. This photo and this post is the first of 365 posts I will make here at Vancouver Metblogs.

I decided that I would document the 35th year of my life by participating in Project 365. In a nutshell, I’ll be posting a photo and perhaps a little commentary a day for a year. Since I live in Vancouver, and I’m taking/posting photos every day, the bulk of the photos will be about and of things in Vancouver. Hence, Vancouver Metblogs is a good fit.

Each week will have a different theme and one photo a week will be dedicated to that theme.

This week’s theme – July 13 – July 19 – Shoes

On the 13th day of every month I will post a photo of me. This is to document how I change over the course of year. I’ll try to make this photo of me as interesting as I can possibly make a photo of me interesting.

Thanks to Jeffery and Vancouver. See you all tomorrow!

It’s a bike! It’s plain, it’s Superweek!

Photo by Kris Krüg

It’s BC Superweek, the fastest 10 days in cycling. This weekend is the 3-day Tour de Delta, Next weekend is the 3-day Tour de White Rock, and in between are the legendary Tour de Gastown and the stylish Giro di Burnaby criteriums.
The riders involved are among the fastest on the continent, including past riders in the Tour de France like Chris Horner, and the racing action is brilliant. Drop by one of the events and have some fun.

If you want to watch for your humble servant for some reason, I’ll be driving in the support caravan at Delta and filming bits of Gastown for fun.

CP Spirit of 150 Rail Tour – Schedule of Events

CP photo

From June 12 to July 6, the CP Spirit of 150 Rail Tour will visit 33 communities in the Kootenays, the Rockies, the Shuswap, Kamloops, the Fraser Canyon and Vancouver as part of the year-long BC150 celebration.

The CP Spirit of 150 Rail Tour is co-sponsored by Canadian Pacific, which is operating, staffing and maintaining the train. The train includes the vintage Empress 2816 steam locomotive and support cars, two vintage passenger coaches, a vintage business car, a heritage baggage car converted into a travelling museum and a vintage stage car.

The museum car features a selection of artifacts from the “Stories of you, me and BC,” a major exhibition at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

The stage car features the sound of British Columbia, with a live band and stage show by The Motherlode. Visitors can enjoy and interact with costumed performers depicting some of B.C.’s most entertaining and notorious historical figures.

June 26
Mission: West Coast Express Station, 33200 N. Railway Avenue (Between Home and Welton Street) 12:45 to 3:45 p.m.
Abbotsford: Gladys Avenue (extension of Highway #11) and George Ferguson Way/W. Railway Street. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

June 27
Maple Ridge: North Mainline Track (Across from the Billy Minor Pub, 22355 River Road) 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.
Pitt Meadows: West Coast Express Station, 12258 Harris Road. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

June 29

Port Moody: West Coast Express Station (West end parking lot, corner of Moody and Spring Street) 12 to 4 p.m.

June 30

Langley: Production Way, between 200th Street and Fraser Highway 2 to 4 p.m.

July 1 – Canada Day

Surrey: Cloverdale Village Square, Highway #10 (56th Avenue) and 176A Street (Rear Parking Lot) 10 to 4 p.m.

July 4

New Westminster: Advance Parking Lot, east of Westminster Quay, corner of Begbie and Front Street. 10 to 2 p.m.

July 5

West Vancouver: Ambleside Park, Marine Drive and 13th Street 10 to 2 p.m.

July 6

Vancouver: Rocky Mountaineer Station, 1755 Cottrell Street. 10 to 2 p.m.

for places outside the Vancouver region see the CP web page

Clearing the log jam at Canoe Pass


Originally uploaded by Stephen Rees

The recent warm weather has melted the snow pack and started the “spring freshet”. The water in the river rises and cleans off all the logs and other debris from the banks, which then gets swept out to sea. Or, in this case into Canoe Pass which is one of the outlets of the delta. The current piles the debris up against the bridge, and the rise and fall of the tides does not always dislodge the longer trees. So the tugs are called. The link above takes you to a video of the Canoe Pass Renegade finishing off the remains of a large snag last weekend.

I’ll try not to get star struck…

Big time bloggers, Heather Armstrong and Maggie Mason, are in town for VidFest this weekend. And they are scheduling a meet-and-greet over at Granville Island tomorrow from 5 to 7 pm. Here are those details:

Dockside Brewing Company
behind the Granville Island Hotel
1253 Johnston Street
Granville Island, Vancouver B.C.V6h 3R9

I’m going to hop on the Aquabus and take a ride over to Granville Island right after work. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll say yet, and I’m actually nervous at the thought of meeting them. I know, that’s silly, but it’s true. While I’m not a mommy blogger at all, I read both bloggers’ sites every day. And I really do like Heather’s photos.

Canada is perfect

From John Hodgman’s blog [taome]:

I CAN UNDERSTAND how I might forget that Vancouver will be the site of the Winter Olympics (a sporting event) in 2010.

BUT TO FORGET that its mascot is a Sasquatch? SHAME ON ME.

ACTUALLY, “QUATCHI” is one of three mascots for the Vancouver Olympics, all of which are either MYTHOLOGICAL or CRYPTOZOOLOGICAL, because


That is all.

(AND, PLUS: even the mascots have a mascot. FINALLY)

Since John Hodgman is well regarded as an expert on everything, including all things crypto-zoological and hobo matters, it could well be true that he is right and Canada is perfect. 

Walking around the seawall last night after work I remembered how much I really love living in Vancouver.  Sure there are problems, but I think for the most part we have it good here and we’re too quick to be cynical about what we do have.  It’s easy to make a list of thing of things wrong with Vancouver, but working with tourists and new arrivals to Canada every day has been reminding me just how much we take for granted here.

The Mystery Garden on Hastings Street

Does anyone know who is creating this garden?

I noticed the garden in progress (shown above) on Hastings Street about a block down from Main Street on my way into work this week ala the SFU 135 bus. Last night after work, I decided to head down there to see if there was any information explaining this garden. Once I got to the garden area, I realized this was not really a good plan. I was alone next to an awful hotel and surrounded by people smoking crack and ranting. I continued walking as though I knew what I was doing, walked around the block and peaked down the alley behind the garden. It seemed mostly clear, so I walked down to the fenced off area and took pictures through the fence. There were people coming down the alley and a few people huddled behind a dumpster. I packed up my camera and headed off, my heart beating fast and feeling rather unsafe.

Nothing happened to me. I made it out of the area and I’m fine. Nobody even said anything to me. But that part of town is sad and scary.

This is what makes this garden interesting to me. As far as I could tell, there was no explanation about what was going on there. It’s a full lot and someone is building a winding path with bricks in there. There were wooden barrels planted in the ground and some plants. I saw a couple of wheelbarrows and even a hard hat. I think this may be a permanent garden, right in the middle of skid row. Who is creating this? I’m very interested to know who it is. I’d love to go back to the garden (with some friends. My decision to go alone was not a good one.) and take pictures of the garden as it progresses.

If anyone has any information about this, I’d love to hear about it. I did a quick search online and didn’t find anything.

Pacific Jewel

Pacific Jewel, originally uploaded by ecstaticist.

Photo by Evan Leeson currently in flickrs Explore – the most interesting photos from the last seven days

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