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waiting for the bus this morning i witnessed a motor vehicle accident that, really, i should have been witness to many times before — because every time i see this happen (or attempt this myself) it’s always a gamble. so here’s the scoop…

all along robson there are flashing green lights (aka pedestrian controlled) and the streets which run north/south that intersects these have stop signs. so it’s a common misconception that if you have a stop sign you can roll right through it without a pause if the traffic in the other direction has a red light at that particular moment in time. stop signs are stop signs. what makes crossing robson even more tricky are the pedestrians. so if you’re trying to cross with a flashing green light one way and a stop sign in front of you… once traffic is out of the way (or that light turns red) you still have to dodge, pause, yeild for pedestrians who will still come at you from every which way.

so this morning a car is trying to cross Robson. he’s got a stop sign and the traffic on Robson has a flashing green light that turned red. so he’s thinking – score! time to roll. so as he does so, pedestrians cross the street in front of him on the other side — he gets stuck in the intersection and the light turns green for the Robson traffic. When that light turns green -BAM! a car that was waiting at the line nails him. He spins about 180 degrees and the two cars pull off to the side.

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Here’s the thing… should stop sign guy have crossed the intersection? Even though the other traffic had a red light – there were still pedestrians crossing. OR should the car waiting at the line have noticed that car stuck in the intersection and not even accelerated.

Both cars failed to remember a major rule — enter the intersection when it’s clear and safe to do so. If you can prevent an accident – you must. I think they both made bad decisions but ultimately (in my opinion) the car waiting at the line shouldn’t have even accelerated – he could have prevented this entire mess and the first car would just look like a jerk for getting stuck. fortunately, no one was injured, they were both fully capable of getting out of their cars and having a heated discussion.

Vancouver traffic is fun.

watch that first step, it's a doozy

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okay so i really really like this band but they rejected john’s request to play them on his podcast so i’m not sure how much i want to promote them, but i really do and i wish they were coming to town… okay well it’s Aberdeen City and yeah… they’ve been on my ipod for several months now and havent left my on-the-go lists.

john blogged about SO many shows that are coming to vancouver – we HAVE to get the chance to attend at least some of them. i’d like to see dallas green/city and colour at mesa luna, and of course matt good at one of his solo accoustic shows. we want to make it to more canucks games, do the sun run, explore more parks around the area and about 50 billion other things – we’re coming out of the winter grey-dopeyness and rubbing our eyes open to what springtime in vancouver is all about.

one with the squirrels

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There was an article about this live-action Simpsons opening sequence – it’s pretty darn good.

My husband and I did a lot of walking this weekend… Saturday was awesome – sunny, warm, crisp – so nice to get outside… especially after having that nasty cold when I got back to work on Wednesday from the wedding haitus. Life is slowly getting back to normal around here… although it was never really “normal” to begin with – we’re just getting back into the swing of things. the grocery shopping, the walks, being on our own again with nothing to plan and no one to worry about but ourselves. we did our thank you cards last night while watching the Oscars. there are so many places we need to go and people we need to visit. just as soon as life gets on track again we’ll want to stir it up and take a trip or have people visit because it’s just what keeps everything that much more interesting.

And… I will have to do another canucks post soon… so many games, so little time…

4 years to go

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so yeah i’m sick. can’t stop being mrs. sneezerpants. last night we went over to english bay for the lil ‘ceremony‘ as a part of … some special olympic week thinger. it’s been so chilly lately – except last night wasn’t too bad – even by the water. we stood next to the dude carrying the black skull n crossbones flag, 2040 being the year he says that we’ll finally pay off our olympic-sized debt. it was really interesting to hear folks walk up to him and talk about their opinions, points of view, and to hear his in return. as john commented… we were “so vancouver” last night. soy lattes in hand, at an olympic ceremony by the beach, choir of lil kids (who walked there from the Roundhouse btw) and standing next to peaceful protestors. throw in the mounties on horses and a group of people who kayaked to the event and yeah… it was a pretty okay time — the sunset being the most amazing of all.

the luckiest

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not much time or brainpower to blog. first day back at work, last day with house guest, still coming down off the high of being married and the feeling of not being able to sleep in past 830 am since… well i can’t remember the last time…

john’s meeting me after work, hopefully we can spend some more gift cards at Hbc then head to English Bay for the lighting of the Inukshuk.

as my brain re-adjusts to normal life, more will follow…

check out the amazing race 9 blog in the meantime or any of the other blogs/vancouver sites on the link sidebar… oh yeah… and we posted a podcast with Don last night too :p pics of our fun times are up on flickr.