a banner year

Comments 18 by Rebecca Bollwitt
I’ve never been up GrouseMountain nor have I visited the CapilanoSuspension Bridge. I’ve never worn Lululemon, Ugg boots or shopped for clothing/shoes on Robson or West 4th. I’ve never eaten at the Naam.

I used to rollerskate at Stardust, shop at A&B Sound and commute through Gateway every day. I remember when there were more trees than houses in Annmore and getting floats at A&W drive-ins in Langley and New Westminster.

I used to take the bus (not the skytrain) to New West for $2 movies on 6th. The tugboat at the Quay used to be featured at Expo. The Coquihalla never used to be an option.

I remember when Woodward’s $1.49 days jingles were addictive and informative, Wal-Mart was Woolco, ToysCity and Toys n wheels were abundant in malls.

I’ve come a long way since then (and so has John). We love watching Canucks games at our local pub, browsing the Robson Market, going for walks, and although you can rant all you want, transit usually gets us from A to B.

This weekend we were out and about in False Creek. John introduced me to several places that I didn’ know existed. Sure I’ve lived here my entire life and I can see beyond the boundaries of Vancouver proper. I have probably camped & swam in every body of water from here to Norbury Lake – but that doesn’t, by any means, imply that I know everything about the city (and you already know my feelings about the rain [604]). I discover new things about Vancouver every single day [mbv].

This Surrey girl is going to keep on blogging about the city she loves, through her eyes, for Vancouverites, new and old as the blog approaches its 2nd anniversary.

I’ve changed the banner to celebrate the new season. It’s a pic I took of some graffiti under the Granville Street bridge. If I knew where to give credit (to the artists) I would – if you know, let me know.

Thank you for reading Miss 604 (and forcing me to invest in more bandwidth :p) may the fun continue.

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  1. GeneMonday, September 18th, 2006 — 6:14pm PDT

    I enjoy your fresh approach to writing about our city. Great stuff!

  2. SoultranceMonday, September 18th, 2006 — 7:56pm PDT

    *gasp* You never said you used to be a Surrey girl. Mayde I can stop HR from looking at your resume before it’s to late. 😛 j/k

    I’ve always loved that work under the bridge and have wondered many times what the list of names on the left are for. Perhaps the artist’s of the piece of maybe the piece was dedicated to those people, always been kind of curious about that.

    What really surprises me is that no fools have tagged over it yet or otherwise wrecked it with crap.

    Keep on blogging! It’s a pleasure reading your blog everyday. 🙂

  3. Miss 604Monday, September 18th, 2006 — 8:09pm PDT

    haha don’t I just emmit Surrey-ness?

    I’m pretty glad people haven’t tagged over it, it’s really cool. I saw it a few weeks ago and was hoping to snap this pic for the blog, finally got around to it this weekend 😛

  4. SandyMonday, September 18th, 2006 — 11:01pm PDT

    I love to read your blog, and I’m not even a Vancouverite. :p (I’m an Aussie hoping to be one, one day, though!).

    After hearing so many people bitching about the city and the people in it, it’s refreshing to hear someone who really loves Vancouver.

    I hope you continue blogging for a while yet. 🙂

  5. MattMonday, September 18th, 2006 — 11:28pm PDT

    You know, the food at the Naam _is_ pretty good. It’s worth a try, at least.

  6. Miss 604Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 — 6:59am PDT

    I’ve heard mixed opinions – although I think the only bad one was from someone about 4 years ago :p

    I was kinda just going for… seems like everyone’s doing it but I never have – sorta thing.

    We don’t get over to those parts often but I think it’s on the list, just after Pepitas.

  7. AnonymousTuesday, September 19th, 2006 — 9:17am PDT

    That was a fantastic post, Rebecca.

  8. melTuesday, September 19th, 2006 — 11:49am PDT

    whoah.. back the train up… *NEVER* shopped on Robson or 4th. God. I thought that was impossible. Huh… that’s an impressive claim to fame. I shall carry your legend on…

  9. JennyTuesday, September 19th, 2006 — 1:06pm PDT

    What about when we went shopping with Mum and Lexi huh?…ok so you didn’t BUY anything but you were in those stores, I saw you.

  10. Miss 604Tuesday, September 19th, 2006 — 1:10pm PDT

    oh yeah, we hung out on the bench in the store while mom tried to find a
    ‘pretty skirt’

    i’ve never shopped in them for myself for reasons such as: constant lack of funds, they’re annoying and our USA trips are always more productive – speaking of – when you gonna take me again? … i guess when i have money eh? :p

  11. JennyTuesday, September 19th, 2006 — 1:15pm PDT

    Ya, I seriously need a good shopping trip south of the border. We should go soon. I need a nice black hoodie. Let’s go to that wicked good mall outside of Seattle. The one you made us drive to so you could get a free lipstick from VS.

  12. wynTuesday, September 19th, 2006 — 3:54pm PDT

    Like the new banner. It’s the best yet. =)

  13. VinceTuesday, September 19th, 2006 — 6:39pm PDT

    Never been up to Grouse? But that’s a must! The air is fresher up there, the sky is closer and the view makes you feel like you own the world. Forget about the tourists, it’s just about going higher.

    Besides, as someone famous said it so well, why do we climb mountains? Because they’re there. 🙂

  14. gusgreeperWednesday, September 20th, 2006 — 10:03am PDT

    i have been up grouse just never RAN up. been to the suspension bridge but only to take other people.
    i love lululemon i don’t so much care for their customer service it really lacks in SOME of their stores and some of their advertising is beyond bad, i like that it is Canadian although they did fully sell out, not a surprise mind you…but i’d rather be their bitch..i was nikes for years then helly hansens and now lulus..[those damn hoodies are seriously the warmest and best thing ever] i guess i do need some saving
    . ….i’ve only been here i guess 11 or so years now i did live in surrey as a kid though went to newton…but i love and hate vancouver im really looking forward to the reading of the locals experiences with changes we have no control over and have to pay for. doesn’t make me love it less just miss things. i can deal with the change i just am not going to like it all.

    i think i’ve completely broken every commenting rule today 🙂

  15. KevBoSunday, September 24th, 2006 — 7:51am PDT

    Ive lived in London my entire life, and yet I was out with people the other day, people that arent from around here, and they introduced me to things I have never seen before.

    Im a little upset about this weekend. Its out Doors Open weekend, and again, I have to work the entire weekend, so I dont get to enjoy this weekeend of heritage, but I guess, there is always the rest of the year.

  16. Miss 604Monday, September 25th, 2006 — 3:05pm PDT

    that sucks, i hate working during the week let alone on weekends :p

  17. RodSaturday, November 1st, 2008 — 9:57am PDT

    Do you remember the name of the roller rink in north van?

  18. hollyWednesday, December 10th, 2008 — 8:29pm PST

    it was the Stardust Roller Rink. I remember skating to “Wipeout” there. Miss 604, I do hope you’ve tried the Naam by now!

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