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Showing posts from February, 2018

The Full Experience

Well, I've gotten one thing I came for--the whole snow experience. People are shocked when I tell them I've almost never seen snow before, but what I should be saying is that until now, I've not seen it fall, nor the aftermath. Now I've seen both. It wasn't long after I last wrote that the sun came out and did what it does best, warm things up, including the snow.
Bruce claims that he's never caught up from the lost days in Bellevue so he worked on Saturday and I was to meet him around lunch time. That is when I really saw what happens in a city after a snowfall.
Like a dummy I wore my waterproof tennis shoes rather than boots and at times it was very tricky to not go into a puddle. Let's just say I walked very carefully as to not fall. Because heavy snow, or what passes for heavy snow here, rarely falls, there were families out with their children heading to the parks. I saw this Dad and his girls, in front of our building, heading to the other nearby park…

A Very Snowy Day

Before moving here, I will admit that I did not study the weather in Vancouver, figuring it is Canada, why wouldn't it snow? There is a reason I'd only heard about rain in Vancouver because, as it turns out, big snow is an anomaly, happening every so often rather than regularly. And while I'd planned to write about the adventures of the week, including some snow, yesterday's snowstorm trumps it all. Want to watch how things unfolded during a snowy day? Good, I thought that is what you would say.

Wouldn't you know it, Bruce has taken to walking to work, beginning last Monday, with yesterday, despite the light snow when he left, being no exception. It must have been about 8 in the morning when it began, slowly at first and picking up speed as the day progressed.
While we have had snow since we've been here, yesterday it kept snowing and snowing and snowing.  At first you could still see some grass under the snow but in two hours time, it was nothing but snow.

Maximum Color

It was cold on the day of the parade, not as cold as today, but enough so that we walked to Bruce's office bundled up where we planned to watch the parade in comfort. Walking down Pender we began seeing a little of what was to come.
Please note the take out sushi for $1.95 in the store window on the left! Sushi is so commonplace here that it is even sold in convenience stores!
As we approached the gate to the parking lot, performers were milling about in front of it.
We had to hunt around for an office window that looked down upon the proceedings and Bruce opened the window that I might use for taking photographs. Friends, I have pared them down as much as possible but with a parade as colorful as this one, it was a challenge to do so.

Unlike any parade we have ever witnessed, this one was full of stops and starts, loads of firecrackers as well as horrible music. Well, not all of it was bad, but they use some sort of cymbals that I was hoping to learn about from this article, howe…