Siobhan

The Conservatives

Posted in life by Siobhan on October 2, 2008

Every day I walk 40 minutes to work and 40 minutes home. It’s such a part of my routine that I don’t even think about it. Usually about once a month I take the bus home because I’m exhausted or the weather is bad and I always regret doing it. The bus takes 30 minutes and it’s crowded and filled with people who smell like perfume, which I’m allergic to.  Anyway, today after I crossed the Cambie bridge into downtown,  I noticed a man standing on the corner approach a woman and say something to her. At first I didn’t think much of it because I was distracted by the big dirty homeless guy who was dancing around and yelling. As I got to the corner I had figured out what was going on. The guy in question was a political candidate who was out introducing himself to the public. I stood waiting for the light to change hoping that he wouldn’t talk to me when I heard, “sir, oops sorry I mean ma’am….” and then he proceeded to introduce himself as the the conservative candidate for the neighborhood (not my neighborhood anyway).  At the same time that this brief interaction was occurring, I realized that the homeless guys is not merely dancing around yelling about nothing, but is actually taunting the conservative guy. The light changes and I quickly walked away. As I walked across the street reading this asshole’s card’s pledge to make the streets “safer” the irony of the hole situation wasn’t lost on me. Anything But the Conservatives

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Hiking and Biking

Posted in Biking, life by Siobhan on September 28, 2008

Cohen and I drove out to the town I was born in , Chilliwack, and went for a hike up a mountain called Elk. It was a gorgeous 3 hour hike that resulted in some awesome and awe inspiring views. I think more remarkable than the views from the top were some of the views in the forest. The weather was really changeable yesterday and at some points we were in the clouds. There was a moment when the sun was shining through the cloud and the trees creating a heavenly scene. The air was so moist that water was forming on the leaves as we watched and all of a sudden it all vanished. It was definitely worth the drive.

Today Cohen was off early and we headed out for a ride. It was an active weekend which was made up for by eating dairy queen and copious amounts of smoked cheddar and some crazy cookie thing that I’ll post a picture of later.

Typealice is designing a website for Cohen, which will hopefully generate some clients for him. I’ll link to the new site when it’s up and running. In the meantime here are some pictures (all taken by Cohen) from the hike.

Posted in life by Siobhan on September 27, 2008

Cohen made pancakes for breakfast. What a nice way to start the day. I’d like to do something that involves being close to nature today. I wanted to go up to Squamish and do a big hike, but it was a bit spontaneous. Maybe we’ll go over to the shore. I’m sure it’ll be quite a bit busier than the day we walked in the rain.

Posted in life, work by Siobhan on September 26, 2008

Every four weeks my life starts over. What I mean is, every four weeks I get a new class full of new students and teach a new session. This week was the first week of the study block. My new students seem nice, but a little young. Most of them are around 18-20. One of my students, from Mexico, told of being robbed outside a local pub here. He has a scar across his face, where they knifed him. I hate hearing about students’ negative experiences. I prefer to hear about Canadians offering them help on the street when they’re lost or local fishermen inviting them to dinner when they visit Tofino.

In other news, I received my teaching diploma in the mail today as well as my final transcripts. You know you’re a dork when you are bummed about a 3.95 GPA.

Happy Customer

Posted in tattoos by Siobhan on September 21, 2008

Cohen tattooed my dad today and every one is really happy with how it has turned out. It’s really hard to believe he has done just over 20 tattoos. I’m really proud and amazed with his progress. He is such a hard worker. Hopefully, he’ll soon have his own site up and running which will be a good marketing tool. The shop he works at is booked solid months in advance so he may start getting some trickle down as well. I think I heard something about him doing a Garfield next week.

Posted in life, tattoos by Siobhan on September 21, 2008

Well I guess no one is willing to say hi, oh well. My dad is here for a visit right now. He is currently down at the shop getting tattooed by Cohen. He is getting a surf flower and a wave on the back of his calf. I think it’s a great design. Cohen has been doing some really nice work lately and although I’m biased I think it’s save to say that it doesn’t look like apprentice work. Unfortunately it rained all day yesterday so we weren’t able to go riding. We did, however, go for an amazing walk in the Seymour forest. Seeing the rainforest in its natural state is such a treat. It made me realize that I don’t have to stay home on a rainy day, which is a good thing in Vancouver. The sky is turning blue and it’s making me wish that yesterday had been the tattoo day and today was a riding day.

Hello strange world

Posted in life by Siobhan on September 17, 2008

Well the strange thing about wordpress is that it gives you very specific stats about how many people are coming to your blog and all that jazz. Here I thought I was blogging in secret, but in fact it seems I’m getting a bit of a readership. Why don’t we all go ahead and say hi to each other. Hi!

Posted in Biking by Siobhan on September 16, 2008

I went and rode Gear Jammer after work yesterday. It’s a black diamond trail on Burnaby mountain. I personally think that it should be rated as a blue trail, as it wasn’t very challenging, but it sure was fun. Unfortunately, it takes way to long to long to drive to the places where I ride. Yesterday I rode for an hour and a half, but the whole thing took three hours due to the driving involved. In related news, Cohen and I went out to Deep Cove this weekend and really see it as a place we might like to live. It’s in North Vancouver which has some of the best riding in the world. Not only would we be closer to trails, but we’d also be closer to nature and a generally more peaceful environment. Cohen grew up in a small town and we’ve been considering relocating to a smaller centre in the future, but this seems like a compromise. It would take me 40 minutes by bus to get to work right now it takes me 40 minutes, but I walk. We’re shooting to move at the beginning of next year’s riding season (April or May). North Van also seems like to a nicer place to have children which is something that has been on my mind a lot lately.

Kitties

Posted in cats by Siobhan on September 13, 2008

JackieD requested some pictures of the kitties. I was thinking it would be fun to write up personality sketches on them ,but I don’t have time today so this will have to suffice. Here are some shots or Horiyoshi and Haruki in bags. This was when we were still living in Taiwan. Silver one is Yoshi and the brown one is Ruki.

Really steppin’ it up

Posted in life, work by Siobhan on September 11, 2008

Wow two posts in one day and to think nobody even knows about this blog yet. Blogging in secret is fun. Anyway, I just got back from an exciting adventure. I decided to go and have an americano at starbucks after a short nap (super stressful life, I know). Anyway, I grabbed one of the free papers and sat out front in the sun- sipping my americano, reading about local events, and being mildly annoyed my the sun that I had sought by sitting there in the first place. After about 3/4 of my drink I could handle the sun no longer and decided to stroll home in the much comforting shade. I learned to fear the sun during my time in Taiwan; at least I don’t carry an umbrella. After arriving home, I couldn’t find my keys. I usually can’t find my keys or other things of importance so I didn’t really panic. After searching a little more frantically, I started to get a little more freaked out. At that point, I realized that my purse had fallen off of the chair when I was sitting at starbucks and that my keys had likely fallen out. This means that my keys were either sitting on the middle of the sidewalk on Main St, which is super busy, or they had been picked up by someone who had then followed me home and planned to rob me later. I quickly walked back to starbucks (two blocks). As I approached, I noticed the same woman sitting at the table next to where I was, this was a good sign. As I got closer, I saw the reflection of my keys and my heart rate began to return to normal. Catastrophe averted. Did I mention that it costs $100 to replace my apartment key?

Now I’m listening to the new Metallica album and I think it sounds pretty good. Tickets go on sale for their December 2nd concert on Saturday at 10 am, I’ll definitely be hitting refresh until I get a good pair. As a side note, Cohen tattooed hakuna matata on some guy in Metallica letters recently. I guess you gotta do what comes to you when you’re an apprentice. Funny shit.

I just got an email from a student who wanted to send me some pictures from our graduation ceremony and say this:

“There are two things I have to tell you. One is you are really a good teacher. The other is you look like a typical beautiful doll. It is so true.”

I am really flattered and humoured. When it comes right down to it I have a really rewarding job.