My work buddy, Mimi, and I went for a little walk to see the solar eclipse. We walked down to the Vancouver Sun & Province building at the foot of Granville Street to get the perfect view. Sadly, it was so cloudy that we couldn't even find the sun, let alone see the moon action happening over it anyway.
That may have been for the best. I'm not sure it's safe to look directly into the sun during an eclipse. I definitely remember that from the 5th grade. What were we thinking?
What we were not thinking was that it was our lucky day. But it was, in fact, our lucky day. We saw police on horseback on Granville Street! AWESOME!
It is important for all horses to follow the rules of road in when in the city.
I like this photo because it looks like the horse is smiling at the girl walking by. FRESH!
The police and horses sauntered off down Granville and they held up traffic. HA! They totally made the buses wait for them. Heh. Can't very well honk at the police horses, can you?
2 more sleeps until Faturday. I am READY for it. And for the fancy tea. I'd better wash my fox/raccoon sweater tomorrow night after work. Looking good is important when eating cucumber sandwiches without the crusts.
Whoa! I am up late on a school night. After meeting up with some friends, I took long train ride home. A very long train ride. I won't go into the details, but I could not stop looking at someone on the train who had her thumb and her first finger in her nostril. Two digits in one nostril. Hideous and incredible. I could not look away. I refrained from all photography, but just know that at one point, it looked a little like this:
GOOD LORD. The things you see on the train.
I survived. And so did she. She got off a few stops before I did. I made sure not to touch any of the handles she did. EW. I used to work in group homes and THAT is how you spread a staph infection. BLECH. I think I'd better wash my hands again and try not to read about Ebola.
Meanwhile, in the good news for friends department, our buddy, Patrick, landed the Executive Director position at DigiBC
- a non-profit organization that works with all sorts of technology companies in the Lower Mainland. Congratulations, Patrick! Guess who's getting an invitation to VCAD's portfolio show? Yes you are!
And tomorrow, I'm off to meet Lelainia at a book tour
in Vancouver with author, Kim Werker. She's signing copies of her book, Mighty Ugly
. Kim was one of the first bloggers I met when I first started blogging in 2005. I'm looking forward to this event for sure.
I took this yesterday at the fountain at the Vancouver Art Gallery while waiting for the Murder Tour to start. Today was not nearly as exciting - I had to work and spent most of the day inside. Too bad. It was a glorious, sunny day and felt like summer. So much like summer, I even wore shorts to work. It is hard to believe in a week we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving.
This next week will be really busy with fun stuff to do every single night. I stocked up on some groceries and even picked up a sugar pumpkin to bake up for Thanksgiving dinner. There is nothing like fresh roasted pumpkin pie. It's very delicious. I already have pie pastry in the freezer, so I'm all set. I picked up cranberries, too (organic) for the turkey and will have to find a turkey at some point during the week. Good thing a few places are open late at night.
Today Mike fired up the Super Mega Slide Scanner and scanned in some old slides we found yesterday - 3 for a dollar at a Vancouver antique shop. We hunted for treasure in the old cabinet with many pull-out drawers and tried to find as many as we could with faces showing in the slides. I found a whole pile that someone had dated - someone had taken the time to label (by hand) the date of each slide.
It's a bit sad to think their memories ended up in a shop, but they've landed in good hands. We'll take care of them and have started making up stories about them on our new blog called Found.Photo
. Mike has scanned in my person. She's wearing a lovely bikini.
One of Mike's buddies accidentally bought two sets of tickets to a Vancouver Murder tour
and asked us if we'd like to join him, his girlfriend and a few others. I probably never would have even thought to do this, so I'm glad I was a recipient of this accidental purchase. I learned a few things about Vancouver I didn't know and we met Leni, the tour guide from Australia, who knows about 100 times more about our city than I do.
Leni, (in the centre) was an excellent story teller. I hung on every word and she remembered things like poems, dates, all sorts of details I would probably forget. Let me give you the an example of my memory when having to talk to a crowd:
I had to tell the newest batch of 3D Animation students about some of the companies who have hired grads and what movies they have worked on. I said, "Gener8 has hired several grads - and they worked on...uh...that movie with the racoon!" Very professional. That movie is called, Guardians of the Galaxy. SHEESH.
Leni's description of one murder victim was especially gory - "His skull was bashed into pieces the size of eggshells.". Gross. That was the designer of the Vancouver Art Gallery. He met a very unfortunate end. Also interesting? Gassy Jack was a cantankerous, unpleasant man.
His last words just before he died were, "Tell that dog to stop all that noise!". That was it. Also, the statue did not accurately portray his size, apparently he was a very large man. Such a grump.
AND...Blood Alley was given that name by someone's marketing department. Turns out the city wanted an "oldie time" name for the street. BOO! No murder or mayhem there at all.