we’ll be moving to a different dock, one further away from the seedy part of downtown to a spot in front of the old empress hotel. you can’t get a more dramatic change of environs in one city. there are two realities in Victoria, and we live about at the interface, perhaps a bit towards the more desperate parts.
the interesting thing is while the homeless have caused us an expensive amount of grief, day to day living is bothered more by the fat, well-to-do kids coming in from the suburbs and uvic and raising hell at the pub above us. drunk twenty-somethings own this city core at night, and the city fathers are happy because a lot of moola is made getting these punks drunk, and they don’t have to put up with the resulting hooliganism.
anyway, we’re pulling out for greener pastures. we would have a long time ago except we were lead astray by the harbour authority, who told us that marina is really for winter storage and not liveaboards. what garbage; half the boats there have folks living on them.
we’ll have to move along for june-september, but i was thinking a change of scenery might be good for us and to stay a spell in sidney. we’ll be a lot closer to the gulf islands and hell, it’ll be quiet for a change.
not only is this marina a lot quieter, it’ll be close to underground parking for the car, which would be a nice change. the view is better. further from the floatplanes. it’s the best marina in the harbour, which is why it’s reserved for tourists during the summer. makes me think of a t-shirt i saw downtown: “if it’s tourist season how come we can’t shoot them?”
squalls are blowing through the harbour today. one moment it’s sunny, then it goes very, very dark as these clouds from hell move in and the wind is shrieking through the rigging and all the boats are bouncing and tossing like crazy. it’s a cliché but fainleog really does seem alive and it’s wonderful to be aboard listening to the howling and feel like living is an adventure.
despite the fact the rest of the country is in a deep freeze, I found a cherry tree starting to bloom. eat my shorts
i got another lesson in the other reality today. i had to go to a currency exchange to convert some euros – a lovely gift from john in ireland for my ebay homeless shelter auction – and there was a lineup in the place. it was quite interesting listening to the exchanges taking place; people were getting thousands of dollars in pounds and euros for holiday trips. thousands! i know it’s all relative, but in my lifestyle 30 dollars is a lot of money, and tracy and i often waffle about spending that much when we go out to dinner. so to stand behind these folks and see them throwing around cash like that i realise that other people’s lives and worlds are so much different than mine.
maybe we should stay on the poorer side of the tracks; we are certainly closer to that community – at least economically speaking – than the one we are moving to in front of the empress, the hotel that serves high tea for what, $75.00?
sewer line still giving a problem so i pulled out the line and anti-siphon and replumbed it straight to an adapter fitting on the thru-hull valve itself. we’ll see how smoothly the poo flies now.
The world’s first cargo ship partially powered by a giant kite has set
sail from Germany to Venezuela last week. “Beluga SkySails” is fitted with a giant computer-guided kite, which
helps the engines to power the ship – thereby reducing fuel consumption
and emissions. (Video)
for people who think housing costs are ridiculous, look at this gem i found in fox valley, saskatchewan for $24,000.00. it’s an old timer, sure, but with stained glass windows and hardwood floors? the lot even has a tree! hard to buy a decent used car for that price. wonder what the mortgage payments would be?
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