October 31, 2004

Misty


October 30, 2004

Inukshuk


October 28, 2004


Candy floss sky

October 26, 2004

Siwash Rock


Famous Vancouver landmark in Stanley Park.

October 25, 2004

Lefty

I am proud to be a left-handed person, even though it causes stress and annoyance in my daily life. If you ask many left handed people today, it is very hard to find someone who is fully left-handed. Lots of us play sports right handed because that was the only way that we were taught. Or some write left-handed but use their fork in their right hand. It is the reality of living in a right-handed world. We always have to sit on the edge of a table when out for dinner or at a family function. If we’re lucky we can change our mouse to be left-handed though we must fear the wrath of anyone who needs to sit at our desk for a moment as they try unsuccessfully to maneuver the mouse.

I haven’t always been proud to be left-handed. In school I was pointed out for it in many ways. I remember gym teachers asking if anyone was left-handed and the entire class pointing to me. His advice? Just do it opposite of everyone else.

There are many benefits to being a lefty. While we do find ourselves using equipment daily that may seem backwards to us, it forces us to be more adaptable. We are a minority. A large minority, but we get no reference in the grand scheme of things. I think it’s because we are a minority in such a small undistinguishable way. Many people will know me for years and not realize that I am one. One the outside you see, we look just like everyone else. But to other left-handers we see our fellow comrades immediately. On television, in movies, in restaurants, it’s almost intuition.

In my family I was the only left-handed one. The only one as far back as they could remember. So guess my fascination and utmost glee when my niece turned out to be one too. Now that she’s writing I can imagine all the difficulties that lay ahead. But she’s got it better than I did. There are entire stores where she can get her own left-handed scissors, can openers and the like. But I’m betting that she won’t. She'll do as we have all done, she’ll adapt, she learn, she’ll grow. She will, as I have done, take that teacher’s advice and do it opposite from everyone else. And that might be the best part of it all.

October 23, 2004

Wishes


You can get your fortune at temples in Japan. If your fortune is bad, then you tie it here so as not to bring the bad fortune with you.

October 21, 2004


If only they'd listen...

The Marine Building


This is my favourite building in Vancouver. My photo does not do it justice, it's gorgeously ornate and all with a marine vibe.
Also currently being filmed for The Fantastic Four movie.

October 19, 2004

Market


October 18, 2004

Mush


It's freezing here today so I thought I'd post a photo from Alaska. At least there it wasn't raining.

October 17, 2004

Ghosts


from the Tenjin festival in Osaka.

October 16, 2004

Wanderlust

I've been in Vancouver for 20 months now, which is considerably longer than I've been anywhere for easily over a decade. And while I love this city and hope that someday I will live here again, I've decided to let my wanderlust loose. So next month I'll be moving back to Ontario to spend Christmas with my family and then in January I'm off to Ireland for a year!
I seriously cannot wait! I'm so excited to be going. I've only ever been to one country in Europe and the idea of living there for a year and being able to travel around is enough to keep me up at night in fits of giggles.
So maybe I don't have to grow up....just yet.

Clouds


October 14, 2004

Lions


I wish I could add the noises that they were making. No wait, I wish I could add the smell.

Oregon


I know, I know. Don't shoot directly into the sun right? But I feel in an offbeat way that this still works. Maybe.

October 12, 2004

Attitude


Fine, be that way.

October 08, 2004

Bench


I'm going to be away until Tuesday - so I wanted to post a couple. These next three are all from Cuzco, Peru. I loved the town square there.

Arches


Cuzco

Night time


taken in the town square in Cuzco

October 07, 2004

Willow


Theme Thursday: Tree

Office


October 06, 2004

Angel


October 04, 2004

Watching each other


I like how I caught him looking at me while I was looking at him.

October 03, 2004

Closed


October 02, 2004

Trains


Photo Friday: Speed

October 01, 2004

Dew


...to you

I hate the 'Happy Birthday' song. And I don't mean that I dislike it like I dislike people who slurp their coffee or use double negatives, but I seriously hate it. What song is sung with more of a ferocious apathy? No one likes it, they just choke it out at office functions over a slightly melted ice cream cake.
It doesn't show how much we like the person we're singing it for, especially if their name doesn't have exactly two syllables. It's just this song that we all know and we all are forced to sing. Enough is enough. Create your own brand new birthday song. Teach your friends and family. Start a trend. At least before my next birthday...