How to tell you’re back in Vancouver

15 06 2016
  1. Someone on the plane (in first class) wants to put their briefcase in the overhead compartment but people are still boarding in the aisles. You stop, gesture to him to proceed. He glances at you with a blank look, puts his briefcase away, and sits back down without any more acknowledgement or thanks.
  2. In the washroom at the airport after disembarking, you’re heading inside for a quick pee. Someone goes into the handicap stall and immediately, someone else starts yelling at him.”Hey, that’s my stuff!” a man wearing all white shouts at the first man. He gestures to a shopping cart full of knickknacks parked outside of the stall. “Don’t touch my stuff. It’s taken me a very long time to get everything. Can’t you see all my stuff?””I’m sorry,” the man apologizes. “I didn’t know you were using the stall.”

    “Are you blind? My stuff is all here,” he retorts. “That means someone’s using it, ya idiot!”

    The man in white continues berating the other man, who now clearly wants to leave the washroom but still needs to do his business at the same time. Meanwhile, everyone else at the urinals pees uncomfortably as the man’s voice echoes throughout the room, and you can’t help but think to yourself, Yep. Definitely back in Vancouver.



Leaving on a jet plane

7 06 2016

And of course the day I vow to start blogging regularly again, I fail to remember I’m leaving to Halifax for a week. I feel like I’m bringing a lot of stuff, and now I’m paranoid that my luggage weighs too much, so I took out a pair of pants and a shirt which seems to have eased my mind, at least for the time being.

So long, Vancouver! Even though it’s only for a week, I’ll be glad to be rid of you for now.

I love Powell’s Books

14 08 2015

Excitedly ran around in the store today and ended up buying $60 worth of books. Money well spent, I like to believe.

I feel like I should take more pictures but it never occurs to me to do so.

To go or not to go?

1 07 2015

A literary magazine I’ve recently been published in is holding a launch party in about two weeks and invited me to come and read! The only thing is that they’re in Calgary, which isn’t super far from Vancouver but airfare is about $300 round trip, which is more expensive than I thought. Plus the late notice and having to find somewhere to stay… but on the other hand, it’d probably be a fun experience, and I’d be able to charm everyone with my traumatic sex story, so there’s that. If I’m going to go, I should book my tickets soon.


Back to the cold

12 11 2014

Holy jesus, it’s freezing in Vancouver, especially relative to California where it was shorts weather.

It’s strange. I don’t feel like I’m home.

See you in Austin

10 09 2014

I may or may not be able to/be not lazy enough to blog in Austin. And if not, see you all in a few days. First thing I’ve learned on my trip while I’m still in Vancouver: it’s never too early to plan your trip. Otherwise, you do it at the last minute and feel like an idiot.

Anyone nice in Austin, Texas?

27 08 2014

It’d be cool to hang out with someone while I’m in Austin next month but I’m not sure to go about looking for someone who is sane. I know someone who lives in Dallas, but he doesn’t seem to be responding to my messages, so I’m not sure what to do. There’s Craigslist and Jackd and between those two, Jackd might be something to try. Any other suggestions?

Travel agent is exhausted

13 08 2014

Looking up flights after 9 hour workday. Ugh. Passing out now… yay

Nothing again

6 04 2014

Looked at airfare to Halifax and St. John’s today. God, I can’t wait to get out of Vancouver.

Leaving on a jet plane

29 05 2012

China-bound tomorrow!  Not sure if I will be able to blog/update things over there, but I will do my best.  In other news, I finally finished Great Expectations today.  What an excellent, excellent piece of literature.  Loved it.

If I don’t manage to update anything while I’m away, see you all in 3 weeks!