Birdie num num

by Carol Browne on August 13, 2014 · 0 comments

in Festivities, Vancouver

Birdie num num!I just have to say I had a BANNER day at the office today. I really did. I won’t go into too much worky work details, but know that I went on a “studio crawl” put on by the Vancouver Economic Commission. They put us on a bus that dropped us off in Yaletown and some of the other buses went to Gastown, Mount Pleasant and Railtown? What’s that? I learned today that it’s right next to Gastown. I guess that area is also becoming more commercial (probably since that new overpass has been under construction over the last 3 years? No idea if that’s true, just a guess.) and some businesses are moving that way. Sadly, I didn’t make it to Railtown today. But I did make the most of the open houses in Yaletown and one in Gastown. The studios were generous with treats, beverages, and of course, swag. I picked up a pencil, a magnet and a pad of paper. I sat in a few screening rooms and watched the studios’ “demo reels” – snippets of movies they’d worked on. I chatted with several HR people – all very friendly and helpful. It was very nice to be invited in and not feel like a pest and/or a door to door salesman.

Which I did try to do one time. Yup. Really. Selling encyclopedias in 1991 door to door.

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I am ready for it. I’m not sure why I’m in such a hurry for these days off, but I just am. Maybe it’s the pie and cake I’ll be baking. Pretty sure that’s amping up my eagerness for the weekend. And the sewing. I just don’t get to sew during the week very often, so I get itchy to sew up squares.

Here’s something I’ve been thinking about since I took this photo yesterday on the street. What does this mean?

A quick google search revealed it’s a line from a poem by a local poet named John Alan Douglas.

Here’s the whole poem:

Postcard Poem #1

by John Alan Douglas

This poem has amber wings

like olden postcards

no postage stamp

only my open heart

it flies to any readers

upon the fickle wind

and hopefully nests

in their avian souls.


Mystery solved.

And I like the choice of colours for the lettering.

Very nice!


Clearly, our visit to the race track has affected me. I’ve been talking about it whenever I can squeeze it into a conversation and can’t wait to go  back.

Friendly horse at the track

Part of the reason for my enjoyment was the laid back atmosphere. The people with the horses were happy to have kids pet some of the horses – but I don’t think any of them were race horses. I think these horses had jobs around the track. They seemed to be the guides or the sweepers when walking the race horses back to the barns. I’m not sure. Luckily, we were able to get as close as we wanted to this friendly horse.

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I spy with my little eye…

by Carol Browne on July 8, 2014 · 0 comments

in Street photos, Vancouver

…something that is German! In fact, it could not be MORE German. I spotted these three German things moments after checking the soccer score through the window of our friendly, neighbourhood pub I like to call, Bologna‘s (correct pronunciation: Ba-lone-ees).

But back to Germany! Cheggit!

All the German.

Quick! Do you count 3 German items? I’ll let you find them.

Ouch. Sorry Brazil. The score was 5-zip for Germany when I took this photo. We all know how that ended. 7 right in the onion bag for Germany, 1 for Brazil. It was a tough day for Brazil, that’s for sure.

About an hour after I took this photo, I was on the skytrain back to work and spotted these poor souls waiting for the Canada Line with me:
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Way funner than I ever thought it would be

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This may look like a jumbled mess of legs and blurry heads and a smear of a soccer ball, and that’s because that’s exactly what it is. We went to the Whitecaps game today and it was FUN. SO FUN! The crowd was AMAZING. We were greeted by the sounds of those soccer songs that […]

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