Friday, July 20, 2012

notes from the west coast


Two houseboats.  Coal Harbour, Vancouver, Canada.  (2012).  Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2.  Film: Impossible PX 70 Color Shade Cool.

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Saturday morning, I'm on the first flight west over the Rockies.  Destination: Vancouver.

This is Canada's Lotusland, gorgeous sea-to-sky gateway to the Pacific Rim.  On first glance, it's small wonder that most Canadians would choose to live here before almost anywhere else ... never mind the bubbly real estate or ever-present threat of rain.

Just my luck, it's blinding sunshine the entire way upon arrival, and it drives the locals outdoors in droves.  Truly, there is no living like west coast living on a sunny day.

"Would you ever consider moving out to British Columbia?" asks a colleague.  (Technically, I'm in town to get some training with the Feds).

I would (to answer his question).

But for now, we have other things to address.  We will, however, file this thought in the back of our minds for later.

Next summer stop: Chicago.

More starfish and waffles to come. 


Pacific skyline.  Vancouver, Canada, as seen from Stanley Park.  (2012).  Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2.  Film: Impossible PX 70 Color Shade by Nigo.


Breakfast at the Giovane Cafe + Winebar.  A famous GC+W sugarbun is on the left.  Vancouver, Canada.  (2012).  Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2.  Film: Impossible PX 70 Color Shade Cool.


The Gelato King.  Bella Gelateria, Vancouver, Canada.  (2012).  Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2.  Film: Impossible PX 70 Color Shade Cool.


Polaroid reflections.  Coal Harbour, Vancouver, Canada.  Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2.  Film: Impossible PX 70 Color Shade by Nigo.


Sidewalk citrus.  Robson Street, Vancouver, Canada.  (2012). Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2.  Film: Polaroid 600 (badly expired).


Sea otter back float.  Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, Canada.  (2012). Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2.  Film: Polaroid 600 (badly expired).


Stanley Park Totem Poles.  Vancouver, Canada.  (2012).  Vancouver, Canada.  (2012). Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2.  Film: Impossible PX 70 Color Shade Cool.


Great sashimi, too much sake (sorry for the blurry photo).  Kingyo Izakaya, Vancouver, Canada.  (2012). Vancouver, Canada.  (2012). Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2.  Film: Polaroid 600 (badly expired).

Sunday, July 01, 2012

the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind


Soar like an orca.  Note the little kid in the bottom left of the frame, doing her best impression of the orca.  Love it.  Vancouver, Canada.  (2012).  Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2.  Film: Impossible PX 70 Color Shade by Nigo.

***
A week before I'm slated to leave for Vancouver, I give in to friendly peer pressure, make the phone call, and set up the date.  It's true. At this point, there really isn't much to lose.  More than anything, it's just healthy to have someone else to think about for a change.

A few days later, I arrive early and find a seat along the brick-side of the university-area coffeehouse.  I wait, mind half-calm and half-jittered, thinking to myself how, even after 34 years, this never seems to get any easier.

Just then, the front door swings open, and the soft light of the 7pm sun fans across the room, and there she is, tall and brunette and pretty, and she walks towards me before she meets my eyes and stops.  

"Hi, I'm Tara," she smiles.

"Felix," I reply.

We hug.

It's a nice moment - and we go on to have a nice evening.

So happens, nothing much becomes of it, but I guess that's dating.  There are a couple of more outings and nice moments after that first night, but we go our separate ways from there.  But that's ok.  As summer breaks, at least things seem to be moving in the right direction again, and it just feels good to be back out there.

Hope springs eternal amidst the sunshine of the spotless mind.

More starfish and waffles to come.


Rachel and a bunch of balloons at the Ping Spot.  Edmonton, Canada.  (2012).  Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2.  Film: Impossible PX 70 Color Shade by Nigo.


Big yellow taxi at the corner of Granville and Helmcken Streets.  Vancouver, Canada.  (2012).  Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera Model 2.  Film: Impossible PX 70 Color Shade Cool.