A Day in the Couv

(I think popular consensus is that nobody calls Vancouver "the 'Couv". That's quite a pity, if you ask me. Anyhoo, it is a trend I'm looking to start, so I expect to hear you all saying it soon.)

Vancouver is a dang cool city. I know, because I've been (although not nearly as often as I should've). I've been reading much about it over the last year or so on Amanda's blog, so I got quite excited when I heard we were planning a family excursion up that way to visit an old* family friend.

To make a long story short*, the trip was awesome. We had a great visit with great friends in a great city. High points included an excellent "Malaysian Thai Fusion" meal, gorgeous weather for walking along the beach at English Bay (side note: I found it highly amusing how many folks were out sunbathing or swimming even though the temperature was no more than 74* with a not-so-warm breeze blowing off the water), the Frazier River countryside, and the little difference (we saw 2 smart cars, one of which was a convertible!). Low points included an unpleasantly long wait at the border crossing and our lunch park being closed for construction. (Where were you on that one, google maps?)

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Monday July 9 2007File under: travel

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on Tue 10th Jul, 2007 05:10 am PDT Chris said:
While I may have some issues with certain Canadian people, I got nothing agains their country. I remember the good days of camping across the border with Wren, Sean and Shane; I think we even pretended to be Canadian residents once so that we could get the discoutned rates. I think if we tried that now we might get thrown in Guantanamo.
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on Tue 10th Jul, 2007 11:12 am PDT Saxtor said:
Ehhhh, as a former resident of the 'Couv, that term is most widely and commonly used as a name for the OTHER Vancouver, to the South. I got so sick of people calling it "The 'Couv" that I made a serious effort to get people start calling it "The Vanc'" but in the end, I was the only one. Since both "Vanc'" and "'Couv" are already taken, I guess "'Er" is still available for the Vancouver to the North....

Also, that Geocaching trip we took up there was awesome....
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on Tue 10th Jul, 2007 12:34 pm PDT Sean said:
Chris, you forgot about Fatty (Brian Ashback). Shane didn't go! Unless you're talking about a time different from the Swimmer's Itch Lake Water slide rec center extravaganza of Memorial Day 97.
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on Tue 10th Jul, 2007 04:41 pm PDT Go! Turtle said:
This isn't a touchy-feely blog? Oh crap, wrong again Gay Guide to Springfield!
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on Tue 10th Jul, 2007 08:30 pm PDT MOM said:
Saxtor, I kinda like WaCouv and CaCouv. Whadda think, eh?
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on Tue 10th Jul, 2007 09:36 pm PDT Christen said:
I prefer thoughtful/sincere (to touchy-feely)
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on Wed 11th Jul, 2007 12:10 am PDT Saxtor said:
WaCouv would work, but CaCouv doesn't have the same ring. How bout CanVan?
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on Wed 11th Jul, 2007 08:58 am PDT Amanda said:
Ah, Vancouver. So nice to visit. I'm glad you enjoyed your time and had nice weather. The rain just stopped a week or two ago.
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on Wed 11th Jul, 2007 01:07 pm PDT Amanda said:
P.S. When we moved up here we called it "Van" as did other Americans and Canadian East Coasters; then we read in Douglas Coupland's City of Glass that calling it anything other than Vancouver (proper) was bad form.
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on Wed 11th Jul, 2007 09:23 pm PDT Wilbur said:
I think saxtor wins with "CanVan". hehe...i enjoy canvan and other canadian hotspots (harrison hot springs is a nice relaxing time) once i'm up there...but the thought of getting up there keeps me from going most of the time. *shrug*
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on Thu 12th Jul, 2007 10:34 pm PDT Ryan Walters said:
The probable economic benefits of global labor mobility are extremely large. I'd also argue that cultural differences are created more by distance (and access to the same television programs), than by national borders.
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