The Daily EO: February 25th, 2016

Today I walked to a chiropractor appointment, Granville Island and back again to Gastown.  If I had just walked to the appointment and back again, it would have been about 6 kms – an early morning walk on a gorgeous day (is 8 am early to people? – I’m unemployed, its early to me).  Instead, the walk was about 11 kms because I needed a chai tea – after an embarrassing incident at one of our Starbucks (without any caffeine) about their lack of chai tea bags.  (manage your inventory Starbucks – isn’t there a million stores in the city? – walk down the street and borrow some tea bags).

I was on Broadway about 5 blocks from the Granville Street bridge when I realized that I could get the best chai tea served in the city with a walk down to the Granville Island Market.  What am I doing futzing around with Starbucks when I could go to the Granville Island Tea Company for a Masala Chai tea with ginger and cayenne?

And as I left the house prior to feeling like eating, I knew the perfect pair with a masala chai is a traditional Jewish farmer’s cheese bagel from Siegal’s Bagels.  I even bought 2 extras for “later” and a smoked meat stuffed bagel for Emile.

In the nearly empty market – and that doesn’t happen often, loving this freedom – I watched the boats and water drift by, only leaving after getting attacked by a flock of bold pigeons (people! – stop feeding the the bloody birds!)  That 5 km detour was so worth it.

February 25, 2016 Extra-Ordinary:  That Bright Spot, just starting to illuminate the dark.

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The Daily EO: September 7th, 2013

Tai Chi, I know not what you are really, except for limited glances on TV.   I wandered into a Tai Chi event on Saturday afternoon.  A number of people were doing Tai Chi in the Olympic torch plaza, about 25-30, while the waitresses at the Cactus Club tried to mimic them.  This was interesting enough for me to stop and observe a while.

As I continued my journey on the sea wall, my experience became more surreal:


Look way in the background.   Closer.. .  yes!  See that?  That is Tai Chi-ers all the way up the wall.  If you looked the other way and there was another 300+ people doing flowy things.

September 7th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  1 kilometre of Tai Chi.

The Daily EO: September 2nd, 2013

Getting ready for a run at my house is a long process.

First I put on running shorts, then a sports bra. Then a loose shirt overtop. Then I settle in to do something else. Like work. Or read. Clean. Eat. Or whatever.  I eventually will then change into a running tank or shirt.  And go back to whatever else I was working on.

Then I add socks and shoes.

Then later, headphones and iPhone.

Then I make sure I haven’t eaten recently.  If I have, I have to wait a while.

So today for example, I started getting ready for a run at 7:30 am and came back to the house at 3:45 pm.  You see – I have to mentally prepare myself to go outside and make my lungs hurt.

There is a process, people, and you’ve got to follow it.

Today, when I finally got out, I ran through Strathcona and I ran by the Hendrix house – which is a protected historic house that was owned by Jimi Hendrix’ grandparents.  No, it is not a historic house because of Jimi Hendrix, but instead because his grandparents established part of the vaudeville scene long before Jimi was born or he even thought about playing a guitar.

I eked out 4.8 kilometres and came back to the building red-faced, sweating and feeling somewhat accomplished that my long preparation resulted in an actual run.  (you can imagine that such a long process can often be thwarted by opposing forces).  As I got back to the elevators, I was wondering why I hadn’t found the strength to go the last 200 metres when I ran into the same guy I rode down with when I left.

He congratulated me on my “long run”.  I insisted it was not long, but rather slow instead.  He told me he used to run ultra marathons – I then understood that I was dealing with a crazy person so I used my calm voice.   I again stated that my accomplishment was paltry today, but he wouldn’t hear of it.

“You’re building and that’s all that matters”.

September 2nd, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Fresh view from a stranger on the elevator.

The Daily EO: August 4th, 2013

Emile called while he was walking home from work – about 5:30 pm – to say he was heading to the beach nearly 4 kms away. He wanted to secure a spot perfect for viewing the fireworks at English Bay. It seemed early to me – 4 hours before it started – but Emile is like that. Once he does something, he does something. So, by the time I got home from work, he was gone. He texted to tell me of food trucks and beach volleyball, but I took a more leisurely pace and arrived only 1 hour ahead of show time.

Emile had staked out a spot leaning against a log – a coveted spot but usually more so when it is facing the fireworks barge. In this case, we were facing the opposite direction with a big log in the way when we turned to watch the fireworks. But it was ideal while we watched the crowds gather and the brave play amateur volleyball in front of a larger and larger crowd.

I bought myself a bowl of macaroni and cheese with broccoli and crispy onions and munched away waiting for the sun to drop. And watched the crowd from our beach front log.

My view:


And what do you know? – You could see from over that log for a fantastic show from the Canadian entry.

August 4th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary: Fireworks that go up, then down. The up again!

The Daily EO: July 21st, 2013

Today Emile and I were walking around the sea wall in Stanley Park and we came across this:

It seemed a strange place for paparazzi to be gathering despite the Royal Baby not being born yet at that poibt, so we directed our attention to what was causing the fervour: a full moon right at the horizon:

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July 21st, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  One of the very rare times that I wish I had a real camera and not just a cell phone.


The Daily EO: July 15th, 2013

I recently decided to refresh our living room.  Well…. actually that is not true.  I decided to refresh my living room about 2 months ago, and only recently did something about it recently.  Which was posting our existing furniture on Craig’s List.   A nice young couple decided they wanted our coffee table, but didn’t have a car and asked me to deliver.

Well, considering I asked $100 for a table – ad they agreed to – that I thought I would only get $50 for, I didn’t have a problem dropping it off.  It was only across downtown a bit.  So, after they came to our place to see it, we agreed we’d meet at their house in half an hour.  They took the bus, so we beat them there.  Just for the record – we couldn’t drive them because the car was full of coffee table.  We aren’t bad people!

Anyways, while we sat in our car outside their apartment in the West End (where there is no parking), we noticed a couple standing on the sidewalk eating grapes together.    They looked a bit impatient but were just generally chilling eating their grapes.  It seemed weird.

As we watched them a little longer, we realized they were waiting for something or someone.  And then it finally dawned on us what they were doing there.

July 15th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  We aren’t on the ferry, people!   Leave a little space.

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The Daily EO: June 24th, 2013

For some reason the city of Vancouver decided to shut down Powell from today until summer 2014. The signs state “find an alternative route”. I ranted like a fool to Emile when they first put the signs up, claiming the start of a letter writing campaign and predicting the uprising of the people. But unlike HST, nobody seemed too concerned with the new traffic direction we were having to take.

I hate driving down Hastings as it bunch of pedestrian controlled green lights. It takes forever and my commute just got worse. Sigh.

June 24th, 2013, Extra-ordinary: Turns out that traffic is pretty quiet anywhere out of the city at 7 am.

The Daily EO: June 21st, 2013

In Gastown tonight there was a music festival that shut down Water Street.  150 independent musical acts in about 15 different pavilions.  This was a dream come true for Emile – a large group of people, late evening light and music.  His camera and he were anxious to get going.

It ran from 5-10, and I arrived home at 6 frazzled due to ridiculous traffic.  And I didn’t want to go out, I wanted to rant about something that upset me earlier in the day.

He listened, wisely took my side and waited patiently while I spewed forth.

June 21st, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  A Husband that will listen to me even when he’d rather be doing something else.  Anything else.

The Daily EO: June 20th, 2013

Recently, my friend Dianna stopped by for a visit on her way to China.  She travels there often for business and Vancouver is a nice stop over from Ontario – especially when she has never been to Vancouver before.  We spent a lot of time hanging out, walking through the city and catching up.  Our her last night here, we went to Steamworks Pub (not Steamworks Bath House which is altogether a different place and would not be of interest to either of us).

After a long day of walking, some refreshments were needed, so quickly drinks were consumed and of course, then trips to the bathrooms.  Steamworks bathroom is quite nice – large and the stalls are made of highly finished – and reflective – wood product.  I wandered down the aisle looking for the best stall.  I am not really sure I one knows, but you just know which stall is appropriate.

I was half way down the aisle when I noticed a sign on one of the stall doors.  It looked like this:


I stopped, and hesitated.  It couldn’t mean. . ?  I slowly pushed the door open and discovered this:

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Blurry – a couple of White Russians.

Two toilets in one stall with a small dividing wall for . . . um. . . privacy?  I asked my friend Dianna to join me for a demonstration.  Because as you may recall – the wood was HIGHLY reflective.  So, this is what you would see whilst using the stall. (don’t be afraid to look at the picture.  We kept our pants on – this is a demonstration only).

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We were high fiving, but the mirror like reflective surface bounced back my flash

June 20th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  There is a stereotype about women going to the bathroom together – and it may be true – but it does not mean we Go to the Bathroom together.  Weird.