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This is why am I a doofus

I’m walking around Vancouver, taking in all of the differences between Canada and the US (The differences are particularly striking when it comes to candy bars…more on that later). And I notice the Gas station prices

89.9 cents is the price displayed.

“Holy bejeezus, that’s cheap”, I think to myself. “I have to get some of that action!”

Of course I failed to realize that the price reflects the price per litre, rather than per gallon.

Oh, I am such a doofus. The plural of doofus by the way, is doofi, as in “Hey look at all the doofi!” This statement is often said by Canadians looking at all the US tourists trying to figure out how to convert litres to gallons. For the record: 1 litre = 0.264172051 US gallons, which means I paid $3.36(canadian) per gallon in Gas while in Canada.

Vancouver: Terminal City

VancouverI walked out the hotel clsoe to seven thirty in the morning. It was Saturday. I love cities at this time of morning during the weekend, as you get to see them slowly wake.

It was a brisk fall day, a mere 11 degrees celcius, which, if you’re from the States, converts to (lessee here, multiply by 2…carry the reminder..add the average IQ of a Fox News Anchor…and then divide by the width of a pin head….) Fifty two degree Fahrenheit. Clouds surrounded the city like wolves circling their prey. We would wait to see if they would attack.

As I walked around, I decided that Vancouver is a city in the best definition of the term. And like a true great city, one goes there not necessarily to be a tourist. One goes there because it’s simply the place to go. They can be pardoned if they don’t seem to highlight their tourist activities. You see, Vancouver is a major port on the east side of the Pacific Ocean bringing billions in goods and services from througout the world, it’s a major financial center, it does a brisk business in the television and film industry, there’s quality shopping throughout, there’s a highly influential Asian community, it has over two million residents, and.. oh yeah, now that you mention it, they do have some tourist destinations. One goes to Victoria for Tourism…one goes to Vancouver because…well it’s Vancouver!

The places that the tourist bureau highlights aren’t necessarily the places I would go to. Gastown is nice, and has a great history to it, but is inundated with tourist shops and bistro restaurants (not that that’s a bad thing). Still, you have got to give a city its due when ot owes itself to a man called Gassy Jack. They say he got his name Gassy because he could talk up a storm and embellish with ease. I say it’s just as likely that he was called Gassy for his fondness of beer and the side effects that follow.But what do I know, I’m a simple out-of-towner.

I loved Chinatown, which had more food markets than I knew what to do with. And Sun Yat-Sen Park was a peaceful retreat deep within the very urban neighborhood.

Stanley Park was spectacular, and could easily compare with Central Park in New Yorck City as the place for a picnic, or a hike minutes from any major downtown. To give you some sizes for comparison, New York’s central Park is 843 acres, Stanley Park checks in at just over 1,000. And I’m willing to bet Stanley has better sunsets.

I did learn the city’s nickname. Vancouver: Terminal City. Which probably is why it didn’t take off. Who wants to admit that their city is terminal?

On to Vancouver, BC!

I will be heading to Vancouver this weekend…the land of milk and hone (no wait, that’s not right)…

Vancouver! The City that never Slee….(Damn… that’s not right either).

Vancouver – whose official motto is: Thank GOD we’re not Calgary!

Vancouver – named after Captain George Vancouver, (who also discovered Vancouver Island and Vancouver, Washington right here in the US), to celebrate the fact that one day, he entered the natural inlet and famously exclaimed “Oh crap! The Spanish have already discovered Vancouver!” and promptly left the next day.

Vancouver – who has an area of their city named after someone called “Gassy Jack”.

Vancouver- who still has a chip on their shoulder about not being the provincial capital of British Columbia.

Vancouver – home to nearly 50% of the entire population of British Columbia…Yowza!

Vancouver – the city that killed Errol Flynn! Well, not killed as much as Flynn died upon.

Vancouver – hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics!

Can you tell I’m a bit excited about this? I cannot wait to be in Vancouver, the Windy City.

Crap, that’s not right either! What the heck is Vancouver’s nickname?