I'm not one to really believe in destinies or divine messages or anything, but sometimes, when strange things happen in threes I get a little perturbed. For instance, a couple days ago I had a day off, or so I thought, and while I was out for a stroll nice and early I see this guy on a scooter bail hard into the rear of a truck... or I almost see it, at least. He blazed by me, then I heard this skid and crunch well over my own ipod noise. So I get to this embarassed lad, try to help him up but he's more concerned with getting on his way 'cause he felt he pulled some amateurish move or something. I was like, ok cool, if you're alright I'll just help your scooter up for you and that's that. Then, on my way back I came across this jogger flat on her ass, I ask her if she's alright, she says she didn't see the ice, gets up and staggers away.
Finally, on my way home after I get a call that a colleague of mine is in the hospital and can I come in and cover for him in the studio (thus ending my day off) I hear this guy behind me fall down hard, so I turn around and walk back up the street over this guy to see if he's okay and expect him to get up and be all embarassed and tell me he's fine, but this elderly fellow was barely conscious, and had a face covered in blood with a half-cocked nose on his face. I tell him to keep still and call him an ambulance, while two other ladies pull over, and some jock dude who knew first-aid comes on by (allegedly pulling a u-turn on the street, though I didn't see that) while some other lady who lived down the street got him a blanket and some water. All the while, a few passers by, from scenester kids to older Chinese gentlemen I'd say half if not most, stopped and offered a phone for an ambulance, which I have to admit is a lot more generous than the pretentious and pushy Vancouver I thought I knew. There were a few rubber neckers that we stared at and complimented their silent uselessness amongst ourselves, but otherwise, this town stepped up in a way I thought was long-gone.
Anyway, a couple days later I went to this party at a warehouse where these guys from LA were DJ'ing and taking photos in a makeshift photobooth. Rony's Photobooth was his name
(see if you can spot a j-bro). I guess there is someone out there with a crazier setup than what I have, it's a little reassuring. I said something to him while he took someone's photo about his lens, and he was the nicest dude on the block, he even came back over while a hundred people where hollering for his attention to tell me something about much the same lens I've been wanting for awhile.
So, speaking of photos, I've been to Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park several times in the past week. With Jo, then with Lia, but most of the time by myself. One early morning I went there to capture a sunrise and some ducks (since all of the birds you'd find there are friendlier than anyone you'd meet on Granville St., hell, the lady geese trot out of the water like dinosaurs and practically mate with you... good lord are those beasts huge), then this jogger passing by tells me about his Heron that was chilling in an obscure spot. I'll be damned if this wasn't the most perfect thing I've seen.
I also picked up a fish-eye Lomo camera the other day and tried some stuff with it. I've always loved the Lomo's style even though it's been a couple years since I've used one
In other news, I did this radio show last Sunday with some members of a local band Adjective
that I think went down most triumphantly (photo taken by said band's Ryan Riot). In fact, for once I feel inclined to tell you where you can download the post cast from (here
). I hope that works. I never edit the time well on my podcasts, so it starts two minutes into it, but after a bit of dub and a couple ads you're well into it. I've sacrificed my radio skills for the sake of having a bi-weekly party ... mission accomplished!
So, I think that about covers whatever I wanted to get out there. "Juno" is full of lol's on nearly "Lil' Miss Sunshine" scale (though any man in that movie aside from J. Jonah Jamison is a total douche), "Atonement" has nice war scenes but is otherwise weak on story and kind of unrealistic. "No Country for Old Men" is pretty intense and rad but has too many stories and I don't think the ending made much sense.