What’s with the dangling shoes anyway?!

Dangling Shoes Alley
I don’t mind the dangling shoes, but having a family of running shoes as a neighbor, does seem a bit ridiculous, though. :s

My travel credentials are nothing to rave about yet, so I don’t know if it’s more common than I think, but in my limited experience, I don’t recall seeing this “phenomenon” as plainly as in Vancouver. What’s with the dangling shoes anyway?! Is it just immature silliness or is there some urban legend behind it?

Whatever it is, you can barely walk a couple of blocks without spotting these “decorations” hanging from the electric lines. Sometimes they give me a good laugh: the best one was when I was biking to work and spotted not the usual running shoes, but ski boots hanging from the electric lines at the corner of Union St. and Jackson Ave! lol  It’s a shame I didn’t have my camera with me to snap this most unusual sight, then.

Oh well, dangling shoes are part of the scenery here. Vancouver still manages to get rated among the most beautiful cities in the world even with them. So, no worries, really. They’re just odd enough in this author’s eyes to entice him to write an article about them. :)

LOL!

Me and my wife (yup, we got married recently :D) are planning to go to Thailand this year, so I’d better brush up on my Thai before I get there.

I’m just starting to learn the Thai language and, according to a language learning software (which I won’t name), I apparently have better pronunciation skills than she does — and she’s a native Thai girl! :s lol

My wife is vehemently protesting against the software, saying it’s buggy. I like to think I’m just good at learning new languages. :p

We’ll see when we get to Thailand… ;)

2008 PRIDE PARADE

Umbrellas

After the hugely popular HSBC Celebration of Light fireworks came to an end last night, the stage was set for the just as hugely popular pride parade and its very colorful participants. It seems like every year is a record year for this event. So much so that the organizers extended the route this year and it was estimated that the parade would last 2 1/2 hours. When you consider the fact that you have to get there one hour early or so to get a good spot, it means you’ll be standing on the sidelines for more or less four hours (the closer you are to the start line, the quicker it’s over).

Gilbert Baker
Gilbert Baker, artist behind the rainbow flag, created 30 years ago

Green Queen of Samba
Hey, I saw them at the Caribbean Days Festival last week!

Drunks
One of the funniest moments of the parade, for me

Rainbow Flag #1
Love the reflection on the… concrete?! :s

Spanking
Hanky Spanky

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman

Royal LePage
lol

Disabled Man and his Dog
What a pose!

Rainbow Flag #2
The rainbow flag, a symbol of diversity

YOU KNOW YOU’RE IN VANCOUVER WHEN…

1) A bucket welcomes you — and your umbrella — at a restaurant’s entrance.
2) -5 degrees Celsius is considered a “deep freeze.”
3) In a public washroom, you can see someone poop behind a 3-foot high stall door (“Say what?!!!” :s).
4) Calling customer service begins with a pre-recorded message saying: “for English, press 1, for Mandarin or Cantonese, press 2.”
5) Real estate prices increase three times faster than your salary.
6) Downtown back alleys are as large as the streets of Montreal.
7) Putting your little toe on the street makes cars come to a screeching halt.
8) A 5 centimeter snowfall makes schools close and people call off from work.
9) You can see two Starbucks’ at the same intersection.
10) Most people you know were not born and raised here.