Thursday, July 8, 2010
Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver
Being in the northern hemisphere on opposites sides of the continent from Key West, Florida we also have our Quays (pronounced "KEYS") . So if Key West were actually in Canada it would be called Quay West (pronounced "Key West") . As part of the British Commonwealth we must have adopted the British way.
It was last week that we spent nearly a whole day at the Quay and we got there very early.
There was hardly any souls in sight as we made our way to the food court to grab a breakfast of bacon & eggs
As we made our way down the isles we noticed that there were few vendors actually open at this early hour . I am told that a Beavertail is a Canadian confection with lots of sugar but I have never experienced one. Perhaps one day
My stomach started to make weird noises and I was starting to panic. I needed substenance soon
(Mrs Skoot checking out the breakfast menu)
Later in the day you would be hard pressed to obtain a table in this busy area, but for now the world is your oyster
With so many tables at your disposal it is hard to choose a suitable spot
We finally made our decision and chose the table in the left corner with a view of both sides
Not that it mattered for there was nothing to see. We had arrived too early . Today was our Corvette show and shine at Waterfront Park which is adjacent to Lonsdale Quay where there is ample shopping . Every year our Club (BCCorvetteclub.ca) puts on this show and I follow the same routine. Get there early to park my 'Vette in a good spot and have a quick breakfast. It is an excellent location on the grass with a view of the Vancouver skyline in the background
For those of you who are not car affectionados there is a reason for everything and why hoods and trunks are open or not. There are trophies for every class based upon the years of the cars and a people's choice award. If you are registered you will get ballots for each class and can vote for your choice. If you wish your 'Vette to be judged then you will grant full access to your car and keep the hood and trunk open for inspection. You can't imagine how spotless some of these engine compartments are, or the suspension or undercarriage.
Since this is my Blog I just had to include a photo of my 'Vette but I don't wish to be a slave to my car and prefer it not to be judged. I hardly have any time to even wash it. I prefer to use my extra time to ride my Wee instead , or to do my chores such as cutting the grass
Here's another compressed view showing you the Vancouver skyline
After the show and shine we were invited to a private BBQ at one of the member's home.
There were 'Vettes parked all over the place and we had a fine time socializing and planing our next adventure
This particular venue is usually held on the first Sunday in July. We have a more or less standing reservation with the North Vancouver parks board for our exclusive use of this park, for a fee (of course). The Lonsdale Quay is a popular place for both tourists and the locals. There is lots to do and many vendors sell dustcatchers. There is a hotel on site and shopping on nearly 3 levels in the main building. Access by car, bus or ferry from the downtown area.
The Quay is also a destination and they try hard to have artists perform throughout the summer. We are lucky that every year they have an Elvis tribute artist perform on this same weekend and we look forward to his performance. Mrs Skoot loves anything Elvis and can often be found dancing to the music
I wish to introduce you to Steve "Elvis" Elliott . I met Steve a few years ago and often bump into him at various 60's venues and car shows. He is a recent Grand champion having won the Elvis competition in Pentiction a few years ago.
If you go to his site you will find out more about him. Better yet, book him for a private party. I can assure you that he is a wonderful entertainer and I am proud to say that " I knew him when . . . "
Turn your speakers up and sing along
Nothing stops the march of time and this year is no different . As you get older you find that "time flies" .
Not that anyone is interested but tomorrow is my birthday. I am XX years old and I feel it. I am falling apart. I am trying hard to keep the pieces together for a few more years but I notice more aches and pains than usual. Nothing special is being planned, perhaps a Hamburger somewhere, or have left overs at home. We'll cross that bridge when the time comes. In the meantime I go to work as usual and see if I get any surprises when I get home.