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I live in Vancouver and often rue its “Vancouver reality distortion field”

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I thought we were in a period of economic crisis with over the top budget deficits, job losses galore and tough times ahead. That’s the reality described to us daily by the PM, the BC Premier and all the media spokespeople.

But I live in Vancouver, which has a “reality distortion field” like no other locale I have known and lived in. It begins with “Beautiful BC” and constant repetition of how glorious it is to live in Vancouver the best city in the world.

And our hockey Canucks are the greatest team since . . .

Now there is another area reality distortion seems to be rampant. Unions and union strike action is not much talked about, except in Vancouver where the ambulance drivers have been in the middle of a STRIKE since I don’t remember when and now it’s the Handy Dart drivers and support staff. It is so tough to drive in VAncouver with all the construction sites, road repair and on and on and on.

Here’s part of the HandyDart story via

HandyDart workers could strike Monday

Last Updated: Saturday, October 24, 2009 | 5:24 PM PT Comments24Recommend16

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Hundreds gathered outside TransLink headquarters in Burnaby on Saturday to rally for HandyDart workers preparing to strike. Hundreds gathered outside TransLink headquarters in Burnaby on Saturday to rally for HandyDart workers preparing to strike. (CBC)Those who rely on HandyDart buses to get around Metro Vancouver may need to find an alternative as early Monday morning as drivers and other staff prepare to strike.

The HandyDart service provides door-to-door public transit around B.C. for people with mobility impairments, but the dispute applies only to the union workers in the Metro Vancouver area.

It ain’t so glorious to live in BC these days, especially now that the cold rainy season is underway. And with the city lockdown due for the Winter Olympics it will soon get much worse and we will be offered all kinds of “reality distortion” BC and Vancouver style. Ahhhh me!

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I can’t decide whether my change gene was hyperloaded at birth or not. But I have experienced many changes in my life.

And in the first month of my 75th year I have decided on a course of business and living that should bring an end to my Vancouver Sojourn.

Me and my wife have decided that we are moving back to China to pursue a line of business involving e-commerce, fine spirits made in the Okanagan and other North American products that we can bring into China as well as order fulfillment beginning in Dalian, the city we are going to live in.

I am no stranger to Dalian. I lived there from Oct 2004 till Oct 2005 and then for 5 months in 2009, this year. My wife is no stranger to Dalian because she was born, brought up and worked there for at least 22 years. So its not a completely foreign land to us. And here’s a snap of she and me!


During the next few months I will be completing negotiations with the owner of the distillery that will supply us with fine eaux de vie and liquers. I will also be looking for other products that we can add to our catalogue, but we will be starting with fine products produced in a magnificent distiller installed in Penticton BC. I will eventually say more about individual who triggered my interest in this line of business. I will also be setting up a BC corporation and developing a working agreement with my buddy Hodge Zhou, who is CEO of Dalian Advanced Backoffice Technology Co Ltd in Dalian.

If any of my friends read this I trust they “won’t be surprised” that this old fox is still up to “his tricks”. This business feels like a natural to me and more than ever I feel it’s not too late to get something meaningful started in China. After all the market there is big enough and growing as wealth spreads across that giant land, the Middle Kingdom!

Normally I would have posted this news at but for some peculiar reason it feels more comfortable here. I will not be moving 100% to China because I will be maintaining a residence here in Vancouver since the supply part of my business model will be in North America, probably mostly Canada.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/10/23 at 20:34

The caption on this photo from a G&M collection must have been written by an eaterner

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It reads “A black bear hustles to catch dinner as the salmon scatter in utter terror”. I don’t think that any Westerner would find the idea of salmon in utter terror very plausible, especially salmon fishers.

But you  got to admit it’s a hell of a pic. The photo credit belongs to Andrew S Wright. The river scene is in BC‘s Great Bear Rainforest.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/28 at 04:58

The latest view of Vancouver, BC

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Vancouver has been photographed from many perspectives. But it seems to me that I have never seen this perspective of downtown Vancouver looking northwest over False Creek:

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Borrowed from

Here’s another perspective of my home city drenched in fog looking south probably from Cypress Mountain:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/06/15 at 06:43

Will a Vancouver winter storm in 2010 cancel the Olympics?

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The Globe and Mail does a national service now by raising this very practical question given the experiences of air travellers, drivers and citizens in Vancouver since Dec 21 or 22 or …

I love Vancouver. It is beautiful here even in the snow, fog, rain, and whatever. I live in very modest circumstances but I enjoy very much most minutes that I spend outside in the ordinary or picturesque parts of the city. I don’t wish the worst for the city or its citizens or VANOC in 2010, but I agree with most of what is written in the Globe. Winter like we have experienced during the last week could cancel the 2010 Winter Games.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/12/30 at 06:28

November and December in Vancouver brings fog

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Vancouver Sun Run

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and here is a great view of for clinging to parts of downtown:

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Vancouver Sun’s web site gets credit for this clip.

And then I found this neat clippable image of unfoggy downtown Vancouver on the same site:

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Contrasting images!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/18 at 06:58

China Bar in the Skeena River Valley

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Originally uploaded by fishwithjd

I found this image via lazy tagging. China Bar is not in China. I have been aggregating to Google Reader from Flickr collections with the “China” tag.

It’s a BC view but quite handsome anyway.

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/04/30 at 14:10