Monday, May 31, 2010
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Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Now, I didn't really know many of the neighbours. Sure, I said hello if I saw someone in the hallways, but that was seldom. For me, this was perfect. I had this idea of anonymity, it was what I was looking for. You see, when I wasn't at home I was on the road, in a rock band. This was a time in my life when sometimes up to 10 months would be spent in a van, loading or unloading gear or at a motel. Of course a small percentage was the stage performance but all things considered, this didn't take much time. We had A LOT of fun but I was always around people, even our motel was shared. I was lucky since my band mates and tour manager were my friends, but being a kind of independent person who likes their down time… touring was a challenge.
With this new apartment came a new sensation…the magic of closing the apartment door and knowing it would only be me.
One of the few times I was back in Vancouver, I came up the front steps, checked my mailbox and opened the shared door to the entrance hallway. I was met with a bit of a bad smell. As I walked up the stairs it got a little worse, and more so as I walked down my hallway. I was a little nervous to open my apartment door. But when I did and went inside the smell was almost indiscernible. Apartment hallways often had strange smells, so I guess because of this I didn't worry too much about it.
The next morning however, as I left my apartment, the smell was much worse. The odour hit me hard in face. It was the kind of a smell I had never experienced. Was it mold? Was it garbage?
When I returned the smell again seemed worse, so I decided to call the landlord. We chatted about the kind of smell it was and wondered if a rat or a cat had died in the walls. Hmmm. I certainly didn't like the sound of a rat, but the idea that it could be someone's cat made me sad.
The next morning there was a kerfuffle in the hallway. When I peeked out my door I saw a whole fleet of men in hazmat suits…and the door to my neighbours apartment was open. A woman who lived in the floor above, the most prestigious apartment since it was the biggest and at the top, told me I should come to her house to hang out.
Very mysterious and definitely not on my solo agenda.
She introduced herself as Maryann and made me a cup of tea. She was older than I was and her place reflected this advantage over me. The view from her window was spectacular.
“Do you know the guy in the apartment opposite of you?” she asked
“Not really” I said. “I've seen him collect his mail once, but that's it”.
“Well, he died in his apartment and that's what's been smelling up this place for weeks.” she told me.
“Weeks?” I asked
“He was in there for 2 weeks… “ then with a change in her voice she added “No one called him. No one came by. No one missed him.”
This of course got me thinking. How long could I be dead and alone before someone missed me? People who knew me, knew my hermit practices. If I died people would just assume I was antisocial!
Well, I would like to wrap this story up in a tight bow and explain how I immediately changed my ways and welcomed friends and family into all parts of my life at all times. Change doesn't happen so quickly for me.
But it got me thinking.
by lisa g
inspired by The Columbia House
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Lisa W. met with Ben of Lucky's Comic Store. Ben works for Gabe, who opened the store 15 years ago. It used to be in the storefront where Regional Assembly of Text is, a few doors down. Here is what Ben had to say:
Above: Ben poses for a few snapshots.
"I really liked comic books as a kid, yeah, I still like them. I don't like the super hero stuff, I like the kind of underground more avant garde, stuff like that; graphic novels that tell really good stories, something that's different. You can only read X-Men for so long……..for some people.
Gabe opened up Lucky's 15 years ago. It used to be at another location for about 4 years. I came here 3.5 years ago. I think it used to have a bit too much of a Magic Card feeling to it. I'm happy with the new colours it is painted, it brightened it up.
Lucky's used to have this gate with skulls all over it. I was like, "You want kids to come in here?!"
A lot of regulars help support us for sure. They're the ones that know to come here to get different stuff. I think the general public is either totally blown away by this store or totally don't understand it at all. I've had a lot of people come in here and be like, "So, adults read these?" and I'm like, "Yeah, you'd be surprised."
We have a very specific selection of books. We are a niche store that is well known for that. Lucky's is the place to go to get really good graphic novels and lots of local artist's work.
I have had to run down shoplifters a few times. There were some kids here once who stuffed their bags with comics and then ran off. So I ran after them and brought them back here. I gave them two choices, I could call their parents or call the cops. They cried. One of them came back here and apologized.
It's a really hard business, especially right now. On the flipside there is so much amazing stuff that no one's buying. It's not a cheap hobby to have.
Above: Children's drawings inside Lucky's
I love this neighbourhood. I hope no one purposely burns down our building and opens up a Tim Hortons. No one wants that.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Tailored Memories is a video story about honouring the building's Tailor Shop past where Matt's current coffee shop business resides.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I like taking pictures of corners!
This picture is blurry but I like it...
just in case the windows get washed...
and they did get washed!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Here is a good example.
Camera and camera lenses also change, trees get planted and electrical wires installed -- all things that make recreation photographs challenging.
As well, the ability to move as far back as necessary to get the same shot! For the picture below my back was right against the building on the other side of the street!
by lisa g