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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Trees held us in on all four sides so thick we could not see / I could not see any wrong in you, and you saw none in me.
— Woody Guthrie, Remember the Mountain Bed
July 30, 2011

Today, Salt Spring Island

It’s been a bad week, the one that ended today (or yesterday, depending on your personal calendar I suppose.)

Strike that, actually. I’ve had bad weeks before and they don’t hold a candle to this one. This one…this one…probably the worst week I’ve had in a bit more than 20 years. It’s not over for me yet: this week was a new beginning of sorts, but it could have been worse. Not for me, but for people I love very much. It could have been much, much worse.

Today was the start of a weekend I needed. Badly. It’s been nice, feeling the stress and grief of a week wash away. Monday’s a holiday, so it’s not quite back to work yet and I’m pretty happy about that.

A month from today I’ll be in Toronto with a week of great live music, spending time with people I love and I’ll be fourty years old. I didn’t expect it to start this way but you know what? I’m going to roll with it.

Let’s kick the last month of my 30s of with a bang. It’s going to be great.

Posted by skooter at 10:05 PM This entry is filed under Camera, Family, Vancouver.
Tags: Chicken, Family, Salt Spring Island, Saltspring Island, Toronto

July 13, 2011

West Vancouver vs. Vancouver: A Contrast on Two Wheels

A while ago, I moved to West Vancouver. For various reasons, when I first moved, the amount of cycling I was doing dropped dramatically and I used quite a bit more public transit. Along with the drop in cycling came a drop in my physical fitness, and I’ve been making a concentrated effort to cycle to work on a regular basis.

My daily commute is about 10km, a perfectly reasonable distance. About three of those kilometres are through West Vancouver to get to the Lions Gate Bridge. I head up and over the bridge and down through Stanley Park on the bike path (which is actually a sidewalk) before rejoining traffic on Georgia Street and heading to Gastown.

What I find most interesting is the rather stark difference between how cars in West Vancouver and Vancouver treat cyclists. It astonishes me every day actually.

Continue reading "West Vancouver vs. Vancouver: A Contrast on Two Wheels"

Posted by skooter at 8:02 PM This entry is filed under Cycling, Vancouver.
Tags: Commute, Cycling, Gregor Robertson, Vancouver, Vision Vancouver

July 11, 2011

2 Cents a Litre Isn’t Much

Faced with a rash of media attention about the fact that the long rumoured Evergreen Line seems likely to never be built Translink’s board has decided that the solution to the problem is a two cent a litre tax dedicated to the Evergreen line.

I fully support the idea of taxing greenhouse gas causing transportation methods to pay for transit. Not this tax though.

Continue reading "2 Cents a Litre Isn’t Much"

Posted by skooter at 6:54 PM This entry is filed under Vancouver.
Tags: Evergreen Line, Gregor Robertson, Public Transit, Translink, Vancouver, Vision Vancouver

July 10, 2011

Saturday in the City

A day that includes a killer breakfast, a visit to a farmer’s market, a stop at Gourmet Warehouse and, and outdoor with Neko Case and the New Pornographers in Stanley Park is a very good day.
Heirloom Tomatoes at the Trout Lake Farmer's Market Neko Case in Stanley Park

Posted by skooter at 8:57 AM This entry is filed under Food, Music, Vancouver.
Tags: Farmer's Market, Food, Music, Neko Case, New Pornographers, Stanley Park, Trout Lake, Vancouver 125

July 6, 2011

Steveston at Sunset

Steveston, British Columbia at Sunset Steveston, British Columbia at Sunset My mother’s been here for a bit, and though we’ve been other places our visit ended as it often does: with a trip to Steveston at sunset, eating gelato on the wharf. Now that summer’s arrive in Vancouver, it made for a rather nice evening. There’s more photos on my Flickr stream.

Posted by skooter at 10:55 PM This entry is filed under Camera, Vancouver.
Tags: Fishing, Photography, Steveston

July 1, 2011

A Trip on BC Ferries


This is what I do when I get bored on ferries these days and I remember to bring my tripod (which I don’t usually do when I take public transit.)

I also had dust on my sensor. Blurg.

The time lapse section was shot by hand, not by remote. I took a photo every 30 seconds while standing on the deck.

This was mostly an excuse to assemble a project in the new Final Cut Pro X and, yes, there were some annoyances. The music may or may not be Nick Drake, because I was too lazy to search for some legitimate Creative Commons music. I may recut this with something different when I have the time to do it.

Posted by skooter at 1:31 PM This entry is filed under Travel, Vancouver.

Public Dreams Society: A Midsummer Fete

A Midsummer Fete The Public Dreams Society is one of Vancouver’s most important arts organization. They play a vital role in creating public art in Vancouver, and spaces where families can experience the kind of fantastic play that children need to learn, grow, and dream.

Balance at A Midsummer FeteThe Midsummer Fete was one of Public Dreams’ first events to be held outside of Vancouver proper. Colony Farms in Coquitlam is a beautiful park along the Fraser River with a history that’s closely tied to mental health in British Columbia. The farm is managed by Metro Vancouver parks, and provided a beautiful spot for the event.

Tomatoes at A Midsummer FeteThere were plenty of children on hand to learn about life on a farm, practice milking a very wooden cow, learn about birds of prey, and farming. There were punk klezmer bands, violinists, a Mad Hatter’s tea party, stilt walkers, harpists and a young lady walking around in a living dress with produce growing from every surface.
A Midsummer Fete

A more complete gallery of photos is on Flickr.

Public Dreams’ next event is Illuminares 2011. Formerly held at Trout Lake the last one was held at the W2 Woodwards space, a cavernous public space downtown that has recently been lost to commercial development through a deal with the Vancouver Film School. Make sure to catch visit Illuminares and donate to Public Dreams to ensure these events can continue.

Posted by skooter at 10:25 AM This entry is filed under Vancouver.
Tags: Colony Farms, Coquitlam, Illuminares, Midsummer Fete, Public Art, Public Dreams Society