I shot a lot of sunsets and twilight pics in the last 10 days.
First up, a nice view of False Creek taken from near Science World. That was a Friday, and also the start of my Vancouver Fringe Festival season. I’d just come from seeing Multiple Organism, a weird sexyish multimedia-slash-theatre performance at the Firehall Theatre, and walked my theatre-going friend to the SkyTrain. Instead of taking the train myself I decided to enjoy a little me time, take in the scenery, and walk the long way home.
I’ve been doing a lot of walking since I started this new job. It feels nice.
Saturday, more Fringe, this time at Granville Island: Slumber Here, an outdoor interactive choose-your-own-adventure riff on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (awesome) and The Man Who Sold The World, a pretty disjointed but engaging one-man show about innocence and authoritarianism. The guy’s American, and it’s not about Trump. Or, not just about Trump; after the show, he told the audience that the play was really born after 9/11, but he kept it on the back-burner until a friend told him last year to get it out there. It’s all right, but could have used some polishing. Or maybe there was no really good way to shoehorn those songs in the narrative Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World, and The Talking Heads’ Nothing But Flowers. Oh well, they can’t all be winners.
While grabbing lunch at the market, I considered taking a nice picture of Burrard Bridge, or maybe Yaletown, but I couldn’t resist this juvenile seagull next to a sign. I don’t remember seeing that sign before, and the gulls did seem unusually aggressive this summer. Guess the tourists have been feeding them too much.
Sunday, the first night of VGVA indoor play. My tryout scores landed me back in Intermediate after a year in Competitive and, not gonna lie, I was really disappointed. So, what the hell, I did what I’d been doing for years: dropped into Competitive and Advanced in the morning, and played Intermediate in the evening. And took this shot of the parking lot after play… I’m not really happy about it, but I hadn’t taken any pictures that day, and was worried I’d forget and break my streak. So, meh. Again, they can’t all be winners.
More Fringe on Sunday, this time at Studio 16 just a short stroll from Granville Island: ‘Tween Earth And Sky, a pretty good no-frills one-man retelling of several Irish fairy tales. Before the show I took several shots of the street, focusing specially on an outdoor sculpture of Emily Carr with several animal friends. I think they used to be her pets?
Speaking of walking, I’ve taken the very long way home from work a couple times, along the Seawall. One of these days, mark my words, I’m going to take the super-long way, around Stanley Park. Wonder if that’ll get me great sunset pics like this one?
Pivoting a bit: I need to hang out with more queer nerds. I’ve got nerd friends, and I’ve got queer friends, but there’s very little overlap between the two groups. But not for long! There’s this group that does not one, not two, but 3 monthly gaming meetups for LGBT people in the Lower Mainland. I went to their first get together at the Storm Crow, and had a great time. Played a bit of Epic Spell Wars, which I already knew about from Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop YouTube show. I’m still too much of a hermit sometimes, and groups like that are just what the doctor ordered.
Sometimes I really love the West End.
And sometimes I really love East Van. Especially when it’s advanced volleyball night at Britannia! Yes, another pic taken coming out of the gym, but I like this one much better.
And finally, I really love Granville Island. Especially when coming out of our last Fringe show of the season (Gutenberg: The Musical, Interstellar Elder and Chris & Travis). It’s the most magical time of day, isn’t it?