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743. Get an umbrella

Works wonders.

(New co-worker, new to the city. First tip I gave him.)

744. Sometimes it gets really cold

But it’s also really pretty because there’s sun and all.

It might not be as cold as the rest of Canada, but it’s still really cold. Layer up for at least the rest of this week!

746. Fall

Rain all day, almost everyday. Get those umbrellas ready.

Also, pumpkin spice everything.

(And I just realised that my last post was in mid-summer, about the awesomeness of summer. I enjoyed summer way too much and kind of neglected this blog. Rain is back, and so am I with procrastinating.)

745. Bodhi Jones


I found his music via the Peak Performance Project, a contest for emerging artists, when it first started in 2009. He used to busk downtown, and I met him busking once, and he was pretty awesome. This song is my favourite, and it’s in my Rainy Days with a Cup of Tea playlist. It rains pretty often in this city, and I have a ridiculous amount of tea, thanks to people who don’t know what to get me as gifts.

747. Summer classes

Bad, bad, bad decision.

Last year was bearable because there was almost no sun until the beginning of July and it kind of died down mid-August. And there were some cloudy days and rainy days in between and and and and… Summer last year wasn’t as nice as this year.

And now you get to stare at your prof babble and babble and babble about a topic you really wish you couldn’t understand (and, wish granted, you don’t), all in a room with no windows and pungent odours.

748. Celebration of Light

Pros:

- Awesome fireworks, accompanied by some cool music. Just some.

- Beautiful sunset on English Bay, ready for photos you can brag about.

- Amazing free live music pre-fireworks.

Cons:

- So many people going there that you have to get there at around 4pm to get a really good spot. Fireworks don’t start until 10pm.

- So many people already there that a 5-minute walk turns into a 15-minute people-dodging practice.

- So many people going home at the same time that there is no way you will actually get there within the next 1.5 hours or so. Unless you’re one of the lucky people who live nearby. In that case, my lack of fitness envies you.

- Oh poop, the porta-potties.


What I now do: I only go and stay there for the music. I did the whole staying for the fireworks thing last year. Yup, scared shitless.

749. Summer is

TRAFFIC DETOUR SEASON.
Construction at almost every single major street in the city.

Also, the Skytrain is on maintenance, so expect delays and the train not getting to your stop. Or getting there with so many people that it could be its own country - Skytrainland.

750. On washrooms during the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival

No such thing as finding empty toilet stalls.

Port-a-potties are just a HUGE ‘NO’. You will be forever lost in them. Or faint before you get in due to the smell.

751. On parakeets at SFU
Apparently we keep poisoned ones. In the library.
That, or we just make warning signs look more awesome. Except that they’re not supposed to. 
Yeah. SFU, everyday is a different learning experience. Of sorts. And of something.

751. On parakeets at SFU

Apparently we keep poisoned ones. In the library.

That, or we just make warning signs look more awesome. Except that they’re not supposed to.

Yeah. SFU, everyday is a different learning experience. Of sorts. And of something.

752. Hats Off Parade

Along Hastings street, on the Burnaby side.

There will be car floats and balloons and fun and, according to the weather forecast, SUN!

This year’s theme is Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

It’s a community event, so don’t expect a Macy’s kind of parade. Nope. Instead expect more creativity, more local businesses and community groups, less corporations.

(And I’m really just promoting this because my paddling team has an awesome float that I helped decorate. Oh yeah, there’s an actual boat attached to the float. A 400lb boat that we will have to, eventually, take off from the float and use it for practice.)

It will take place this Saturday, June 1st. It goes along Hastings street, from Beta Ave. to Boundary Road, right one the limit between Vancouver and Burnaby. The parade starts at 10am, but if you really want to save your spot…

More info here.

SUN, SUN, SUN!

743. Get an umbrella

Works wonders.

(New co-worker, new to the city. First tip I gave him.)

744. Sometimes it gets really cold

But it’s also really pretty because there’s sun and all.

It might not be as cold as the rest of Canada, but it’s still really cold. Layer up for at least the rest of this week!

746. Fall

Rain all day, almost everyday. Get those umbrellas ready.

Also, pumpkin spice everything.

(And I just realised that my last post was in mid-summer, about the awesomeness of summer. I enjoyed summer way too much and kind of neglected this blog. Rain is back, and so am I with procrastinating.)

745. Bodhi Jones


I found his music via the Peak Performance Project, a contest for emerging artists, when it first started in 2009. He used to busk downtown, and I met him busking once, and he was pretty awesome. This song is my favourite, and it’s in my Rainy Days with a Cup of Tea playlist. It rains pretty often in this city, and I have a ridiculous amount of tea, thanks to people who don’t know what to get me as gifts.

747. Summer classes

Bad, bad, bad decision.

Last year was bearable because there was almost no sun until the beginning of July and it kind of died down mid-August. And there were some cloudy days and rainy days in between and and and and… Summer last year wasn’t as nice as this year.

And now you get to stare at your prof babble and babble and babble about a topic you really wish you couldn’t understand (and, wish granted, you don’t), all in a room with no windows and pungent odours.

748. Celebration of Light

Pros:

- Awesome fireworks, accompanied by some cool music. Just some.

- Beautiful sunset on English Bay, ready for photos you can brag about.

- Amazing free live music pre-fireworks.

Cons:

- So many people going there that you have to get there at around 4pm to get a really good spot. Fireworks don’t start until 10pm.

- So many people already there that a 5-minute walk turns into a 15-minute people-dodging practice.

- So many people going home at the same time that there is no way you will actually get there within the next 1.5 hours or so. Unless you’re one of the lucky people who live nearby. In that case, my lack of fitness envies you.

- Oh poop, the porta-potties.


What I now do: I only go and stay there for the music. I did the whole staying for the fireworks thing last year. Yup, scared shitless.

749. Summer is

TRAFFIC DETOUR SEASON.
Construction at almost every single major street in the city.

Also, the Skytrain is on maintenance, so expect delays and the train not getting to your stop. Or getting there with so many people that it could be its own country - Skytrainland.

750. On washrooms during the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival

No such thing as finding empty toilet stalls.

Port-a-potties are just a HUGE ‘NO’. You will be forever lost in them. Or faint before you get in due to the smell.

751. On parakeets at SFU
Apparently we keep poisoned ones. In the library.
That, or we just make warning signs look more awesome. Except that they’re not supposed to. 
Yeah. SFU, everyday is a different learning experience. Of sorts. And of something.

751. On parakeets at SFU

Apparently we keep poisoned ones. In the library.

That, or we just make warning signs look more awesome. Except that they’re not supposed to.

Yeah. SFU, everyday is a different learning experience. Of sorts. And of something.

752. Hats Off Parade

Along Hastings street, on the Burnaby side.

There will be car floats and balloons and fun and, according to the weather forecast, SUN!

This year’s theme is Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

It’s a community event, so don’t expect a Macy’s kind of parade. Nope. Instead expect more creativity, more local businesses and community groups, less corporations.

(And I’m really just promoting this because my paddling team has an awesome float that I helped decorate. Oh yeah, there’s an actual boat attached to the float. A 400lb boat that we will have to, eventually, take off from the float and use it for practice.)

It will take place this Saturday, June 1st. It goes along Hastings street, from Beta Ave. to Boundary Road, right one the limit between Vancouver and Burnaby. The parade starts at 10am, but if you really want to save your spot…

More info here.

SUN, SUN, SUN!

743. Get an umbrella
744. Sometimes it gets really cold
746. Fall
747. Summer classes
748. Celebration of Light
749. Summer is
750. On washrooms during the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival
752. Hats Off Parade

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Lessons learnt in and about Vancouver, celebrating the soon-to-be 1000 days of living in Raincity.
Edit: 1000+ days have passed, and I'm not even near #1.