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possible sighting of an iratus birdus


It was a real treat, earlier in the week, to see a Steller’s jay for the first time and be able to post photographs of the bright blue-plumed bird.

I love to blog about all the urban critters I see in Vancouver, whether they scamper, run, push a shopping cart, ride a bike or fly.

My friend Murray, who lives in Fairview up near 16th Avenue, wasn’t so impressed with that Steller’s jay post. He says he sees those jays a lot. He says one of them is in the habit of flying into his apartment through the open patio door on his balcony. He says that once it came into his apartment and buried a peanut in one of his planters! He says.

Can’t top that. Not even going to try. Read more…

CBSA post gets an honourable mention


My blogging made the Province newspaper this morning. Twelve pages in, underneath a story about a Union Gospel Mission barbeque, there was a small mention of my post about finding Canada Border Security Service guard shirts in an apartment dumpster in the Fairview neighbourhood.

The Province item repeated the original post as it was reposted on the Georgia Straight’s website. But added that a spokesperson from the CBSA’s Vancouver office had told the Province there would be no explanation before Monday how the uniforms ended up in public garbage. Read more…

Wallpaper from the 1977 HoJo I stayed in!


It’s true, when I was growing up in the 1970s — well into the early 1980s (the late 1970s) wallpaper and carpets in commercial buildings — hotels, motels, fast food restaurants — often featured garish repeating patterns just like the painting I found on a the lid of a recycling blue bin yesterday.

Check out the famous carpet in the Overlook hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining.

I don’t know what excuse a Fairview resident had for painting wallpaper but nearly 50 years ago everyone’s excuse was a design style dating back to the 1960s called Supergraphics which used bold colours and geometric forms to make oversize environmental design statements. Read more…

Chalk-a-block with childish fun


Some young person or persons with a lot of chalk really played-up the sidewalk in front of their building and in front of their neighbours’ buildings and their neighbour’ neighbours’ buildings.

Who else but a child would spend hours creating art nearly a third of a block long that was temporary by nature?

Well… Tantric Buddhists would and British street artist Banksy does and then there are all the kids who grew up to be brilliant pavement chalk artists — they do it all the time.

And maybe the amateur painters of Fairview are just following their inner children when they throw away the paintings they work so hard to create. Read more…

Trashing CBSA shirts borders on careless


The Canada Border Services Agency probably, almost certainly, absolutely definitely, must have guidelines for the proper disposal of guard uniforms.

I’m guessing that a public dumpster behind an apartment building in the Fairview neighbourhood isn’t a proper place to throw away government agency uniforms but that’s where I found a whole big box-full of navy blue CBSA uniform shirts. Read more…

Someone threw out a hole laptop today


Checking to see if the coast is clear.

The dangers of personal identity theft have been drilled into people’s heads — some more so than others it seems.

The person who threw away the Gateway laptop I saw in a Fairview dumpster today obviously took the warnings to heart because they made sure no one would ever use their old klunker laptop ever again.

Actually I think they were not only trying to make sure no one could use their old workhorse for nefarious ends but for any ends.

No way this person’s garbage was becoming any scavenger’s new free laptop.

Fair enough. The laptop was theirs, they could do what they wanted to it right to the bitter end.

But gosh, I sure wanted a Gateway laptop. They leave Lenovo ThinkPads in the dust, right? Read more…


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