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Transit Adventure Du Jour

It started snowing a little before 4:00. I left work at UBC at 5:00 and walked to the diesel-bus loop. It was already a tragic shit-show. One articulated bus as stuck at one end of the loop. There were multiple "transit supervisor" vehicles, but no actual supervision and a lot of chaos. I walked over to Bay 1a for the 480 and there were already enough people to fill an articulated bus waiting in line. I waited for a bit and watching what was going on with the other buses. A 43, a 49 and 41 went by, all stuffed past the red line.


[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 20

In this episode: I ride to Vancouver's butt-hole, literally. A 90-minute ride run at 415%. Who doesn't like a time-lapse? I get rained on. I discover there is still a farm on Sea Island and I survive the Bog of Eternal Stench. I also get rained on.


[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 19

In this episode: This first not-freezing not raining day since Christmas so I head out to explore the Arbutus Greenway, which turns out to be unfinished and covered in packed snow, so I try a different way down to Fraser River Park, which is icy, muddy, and not so great. I also talk about the collapse of courtesy evidenced in the "free salt" debacle.


[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 18

In this episode: A short ride on Christmas Eve, voiced on Ukrainian Christmas day wherein I ramble about my new camera, the closing of the local garden shop as a result of the housing crisis in Vancouver and point out the worst of the criminals fuelling it, attempt to use a drive-through bank machine, discover a newly finished bike path to explore later, dodge dogs, do some more exploring, and talk about the very dark place I got to this past December (recovery is not linear.)


[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 17

In this episode: I take advantage of another break in winter rain to get a quick ride in. I had a hard time voicing this one. I babble about Christmas ornaments and why I am not going to decorate my tree this year.


Special Deal at Shannon Mews, Half the Space for Twice the Money!

Going by controversial Shannon Mews (the complex at 57th Ave where they moved the previously convenient Marpole post office to, see http://www.mbarrick.com/blog/160805/gothic-bc-49-going-dead-episode-3 ) this morning on the way to work I noticed they had at least half a dozen "Now Renting" signs spaced along the Granville side of the development.


I just rode my 45lb bike to the literal asshole of Vancouver and (mostly) back—the furthest I've ridden a bike in over 30 years.

[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 16

In this episode: Taking advantage of a break in the rain to do a baseline-run. Why you not only can, but should, judge people on their clothes. Why generation X (and Y) will all die alone. My stream of consciousness derails into a mud puddle. Send more cops.


[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 15

In this episode: I successfully make it out to the Musqueam Reserve and back, exploring the Southlands along the way, the cats help (Tharsis even helps with the voice-over), dashounds are encountered. Probably the last one of these for a while now that the rainy season is in full swing.


[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 14

In this episode: The second half of my ride downtown where I go around Stanley Park (I contemplated calling this something like 13b or 13½.) I talk about the realisation of why I hate my apartment building, my wedding anniversary, the anniversary of my mother's death, and offer no explanation for the the missing 18 minutes.


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