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[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 15

In this episode: I successfully make it out to the Musqueam Reserve and back, exploring the Southlands along the way, the cats help (Tharsis even helps with the voice-over), dashounds are encountered. Probably the last one of these for a while now that the rainy season is in full swing.


[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 14

In this episode: The second half of my ride downtown where I go around Stanley Park (I contemplated calling this something like 13b or 13½.) I talk about the realisation of why I hate my apartment building, my wedding anniversary, the anniversary of my mother's death, and offer no explanation for the the missing 18 minutes.


[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 13

In this episode: I take my bike downtown and ride from Granville & Pender to Dead Man's Island along the Seawall bike path to meet a friend, dodging dodgy tourists and special snowflakes the whole way. The ride continues in episode 14, where we circle the park.


[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 12

In this episode: My wife moves out and I try to deal with what that triggers. I learn the cycling-enthusiast-jargon pejorative for the people who dress like they are in a race, and learn about a the "Bike Snob NYC" blog ( http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com ). I get caught trespassing. I muse about my father's post-separation situation in terms of 7th C. Rome. I have a last-minute Classical epiphany.


[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 11

In this episode: I re-do my first ride to see how I am doing, with a side trip to another park. I realise just what it is about full-on douchebag cycling gear that annoys me. I skirt around some pretty major emotional distress. Life goes on. Cats help.


[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 6

In this episode: I replicate my first ride to see if it has gotten any easier, except it is a weekday and Kent is busier and scarier. The f&^%ing basket falls off again. I try pointing the camera down river as I cross the bridge. And I try doing the voice-over right after the ride so my so I can remember what I was thinking better.


[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 4

In this episode: I am actually am 49 now, use two cameras, the basket falls off, getting back on the bike becomes a metaphor, I discover a museum, I probably over-share, and both figuratively and literally look at my life as, in, on and above a trash heap.


[Gothic BC] 49, going on dead: episode 3

In this episode I go for a 40-block walk in 30 ⁰C weather, buy a bike lock, avoid talking about what is really bothering me and babble about the significance of dead topiary hedges, Senate reform and other things that really don't have much to do with how I am feeling.


[Gothic BC] Bad Vibes Radio Set List from May 25

Last week I was on Bad Vibes on CFRO. This is the set-list from that show. My bit starts with The Vampire Club by Voltaire, and you can listen to it here. From that point on Marc Godfrey and I were picking from a list of music that I brought with me depending on how the conversation went. I came armed with almost three hours of music for a one hour interview, with everything picked for a reason. What I want to do for the next little while is run through those choices, including the ones that we didn't get to, and talk about why I picked them. 


Lunar New Year

It bugs me when Chinese New Year is called "Lunar New Year" (as the City of Vancouver is wont to do). Areas with large populations of Chinese ex-pats follow lock-step with the timing as it applies to the Chinese time zone, so calling it "Chinese New Year" is wholly appropriate. In the smattering of countries that officially use the exact mechanism of Chinese calendar outside of China occasionally the day for the beginning of the year is different because local time causes the first new moon after the winter solstice to fall on a different day.


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