Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Green phlegm and leprous zebras

Vancouver has been showing its not-so-glamorous side for the past couple of days. The weather this morning at 8am was brutal - rain drizzling off the trees, my usual mellow path slushy and slippery, ice cold greyness creeping its way into my lungs. I am beginning to master the art of dragging my carcass out the door, down the stairs, across the soccer field, onto the Skytrain, off the Skytrain, onto another Skytrain, off the Skytrain, and into the Blenz coffee shop on Burrard street. A small medium roast for 1.73, out the door, to the waterfront, into a giant glass building, into the elevator, arrive at work. That is when I slowly but surely begin to wake up. It feels great to work when it's raining because you can't go running around the parks like a wild child when it's soggy and wet.

I've managed to catch one of the colds that the Vancouverites have been talking about. So much for making fun of them for dissing the weather - now I am hacking up green phlegm myself. Very appropriate for St. Patrick's Day - at least something within my bodily system was green today.

Speaking of missing holidays - something seems to have happened to Easter this year. For some reason, it is happening in March. I thought the Canadians had gone absolutely Easter mad, since my coworkers had started asking me about my Easter plans. This gives April a whole new meaning.

By the way, Vancouver celebrated St. Patrick's Day with a huge parade yesterday. Check out the pictures and read the comments here. Why are lepricons called lepricons? To me that sounds like a leprous zebra.


Cara said...

If you're interested, there's a book by David Duncan "The Calender: The 5000-year struggle to align the clock and the heavens -- and what happened to the missing ten days" that explains why Easter moves around each year.

By the way, your earlier posting about Vancouver makes me very homesick. I was especially struck by what you said about people hanging out in cafes. Someone from Ireland once observed that in Vancouver people go out to eat/socialize but stay home to drink. This is opposite, he explained, to how it works in Ireland. I wondered if it is because living spaces in Vancouver can be so small that cafes and restaurants become "living rooms" for entertaining.

Before my husband got a job in Ontario we used to live near Trout Lake and Commercial Dr. I love that part of Vancouver. But then I love Vancouver. Period.

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