…of “just yourself”…




“Canada Line turns 5yrs old with all the signs of a success story”…”The perils of a table for one”…

The 16 station transit skytrain link between YVR airport-Richmond and downtown Vancouver was expected to reach 100,000 riders by 2013 but surpassed that in 2010 and now exceeds 124,000.

With four stations along Richmond’s “car-choked No.3 Road”, its transformed the area into a more walkable part of the city.

Cheers to the Evergreen Line too, now under construction!…

By all reports, the 1st weekend of the August tradition–BC’s PNE-Pacific National Exhibition experienced “uncharacteristically” sunny skies & smiles all around!

Many changes at the fair they say. Longtime food vendors gone, new programming and a facelift in an attempt to boost attendance rates that have been in decline.

Will there be cotton candy or mini-donuts in your week?!…if win is your middle name you
might even take a prize home!!…

Apparently, restaurants are “waking up to the fact they must be more welcoming to single diners, a demographic being too powerful to ignore.”

“Just yourself, is it?” says the maître d’, an oleaginous smile smeared across his face like cheap jam. There’s something about this question – the graceless, unkind way it is framed; the hint of snideness in the word “yourself” – that makes me shrink inwardly. But if this chap notices my embarrassment, he gives no sign. He simply turns on his heel and leads me rather briskly to my table. Perhaps you know what’s coming next. In this situation, there are only two possible outcomes. Either I will be stuck in a corridor close to a flapping kitchen door, friendless and forgotten. Or I will be carefully placed, in the manner of the class dunce, bang smack in the middle of the room, the better to take in all the couples, families and wedding parties. Either way, my breakfast, however hearty, will feel more like an admonishment than a treat. I loiter for a moment, wondering which it is to be today. Oh, right. It’s the latter. Hello, everyone! Yes, do have a good gander. This sunny Sunday morning, I am very much going solo.”

Life can be like that sometimes. Cheers in its solos, duets, trios, quartets & great times of togetherness too!!

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings, 1955

One who trims oneself to suit everyone will soon whittle oneself away. ~adapt. Raymond Hull

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. ~David Carradine

I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part. ~Shirley MacLaine

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~Dr. Seuss

When you dance to your own rhythm,
Life taps its toes to your beat.
~Terri Guillemets

Cheers to a toe tapping kinda summer Monday!


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