Remembrance Day, November 11, 2009: Vancouver, BC
(Cenotaph, Victory Square, Vancouver, BC)
I got a late start to the day and arrived after the ceremonies were finished.
I hadn't been feeling well for the past week. Coughing mainly and some small headaches, and I never get headaches. I went to work anyway and drew the ire of many who were distancing themselves for want of catching the H1N1 flu which I did not have symptoms.
About a week ago I went to my camera meeting and sat beside someone who was coughing continuously. I knew I should have changed tables but I am usually able to fight off the germs. So I took it like a man and said nothing. Everything was fine for a few days, then it hit.
Today was the first day that I have felt like venturing out. I haven't had an appetite and I am glad to have lost a few pounds in the interim. I decided to go downtown and check out some electronic stuff
I notice another young person begging for money. How nice it must be to be able to just sit there with your sign and hope that we would part willingly with our hard earned money.
We are standing on the corner of Granville & Robson, one of the main intersections in Vancouver and this is what I noticed
Here is a closer crop. He is also asking for some "spare change". It was hard to take his photo as he kept looking at me. When he noticed the camera he moved on to the other side of the street
I turned my self 90 degrees around and saw this
When I exited the store, he came up to the door with his hat extended towards me and asked for any "spare change" too
It's a shame that all these able bodied people are all begging in the streets asking for a handout and expect that some of us will actually throw our spare change into their hats. These street people are no longer lurking in the alleys but rather boldly venturing out into the main tourist areas of the city. Some of them are very aggressive and there have been cases where they have been physical to non contributors.
Today felt very chilly and I was thinking to myself that if felt like it would be cold enough for snow and sure enough it started to hail a bit.
Today, the weather was forecast to be the best it had been for weeks and tomorrow another rain system will be blowing in. My original thought was to take my bike out for a short ride, but as I was still not feeling well I decided against it. I also strained my throttle wrist somehow and I cannot put much pressure on it without hurting. I think I am coming down with Jack Reep Syndrome, and it is causing me some concern.
Just in case we have any readers down in Key West, FL, I mention that today our high temperature was 7C (45F) and proud of it.