Normally I don't post anything here that I didn't have a hand in creating myself. However, I also believe it is important to help out fellow creative folk. So on rare occasions, I'm gonna forgo my little policy and share the love of my small audience with bits of genius of which I am professionally jealous.
There are two different kinds of jealous in my mind; the nasty sort that makes even the most beautiful people suddenly seem ugly, and the professional sort which is motivated by sincere admiration. The sort of feeling you get when you smile at something and ask yourself "why didn't I think of that?"
The above video is just such an example. It was shot by my new online friend Tony Leech. I believe he captured Vancouver just the way I see it in my head... and when I look out my incredibly perfect living room windows.
Despite the reputation for being a no fun city, and even with its latest fascist no smoking anywhere in the city limits rules (slight exaggeration. Vancouverites do seem to like rules.), I really love it here in Vancouver. No French/English divide, like in Montréal, which was charming for the first month and then very disappointing. I'm not sure I understand everyone who told me Montréal was the friendliest city anywhere. It wasn't. Edmonton is friendlier by a factor of 5. Those of you in Montréal who are now defensive, I loved living in Montréal too, but not because it came anywhere close to being friendly.
There are annoyances here and no city will perfectly suit my tastes, but I'm comfortable and seeing as I love the rain, the ocean and mountains, and the ability to find a decent espresso.... this may be as good as it gets.
Please enjoy Tony's video.