Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Leonard Frank took the top photo September 19th, 1930. Hulk 'Pacific Gatherer' snagged middle span. Tide rose pressing ship into bridge. Collapse ensued. Middle span gathered into the Pacific.  Now rail traffic. First through a tunnel then across the inlet. First across the inlet then through the tunnel. One way.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Walk east for two blocks and find the nearest painted line and take a picture of it. Glen/15th Ave. Garlic sprouting.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Nike. Adidas. Rona. Dell. Mattel. Ryobi. Samsung. Coke. Old Milwaukee. Kraft. Miller.

Saturday, 28 December 2013

River salvage. Old corporate landfill rusting away. Rust hulled the ship sinks idly. Idly sinking the rust hulled ship slowly sinks. Impressive as it rests aside smaller rusting shells. Defiant as it resists salvage.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Decorated tree hung. Tree top lynched. Baubled and belled, swinging tree top hung. In grove near river the treetop decorated hung. Tree baubles and bells hung on top. Top hung tree hung. Carols sung under top tree twirling. Bonfire pit nearby.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Groin or jetty, boom dock and pointer. Midden silt held in paw shadow. More than is told. Warmish no breeze.

False Creek Trail (1860). Westminster Road. Kingsway (1913). Joseph Jones owned a milk ranch at this intersection in 1896. A stream ran through it. Pioneer Jones dreamed of pho broth rich in star anise, ginger, clove, cardamom, fennel seed and roast onion.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Walk south for a couple of blocks and empty your pockets on the nearest surface and take a picture of everything spread out on that surface. East 16th/Knight. Very warm.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Dancers twist and pose amidst the barren lot. Threat of smirr in the air. 

Monday, 23 December 2013

The barber died decades ago or moved on down the highway away from the park gangs and drive-by dreams of teenagers off to hot bright beaches.  Yorkshire pudding batter made. Roast trimmings and claret. Crisp and sunny.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

New pole set up down the road. Heavy sounds of traffic and consumption. Drizzle.

It is difficult to part with certain objects in our lives. They connect us somehow with a sense of time and place or an imagined future. 

Friday, 20 December 2013

Hundred year old lane way home. Edge of Hicksville so named for the Hicks family who lived in a number of houses in the area. Near the banks of the old Brewery Creek  where it flowed off of Tea Swamp. Snow depth: 6cms.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Malcolm Lowry lived here. So did this salmon. They both swam across the inlet. Lowry swam for booze. The salmon swam for food or love. Overcast. 

SAFE from the Latin salvus meaning "uninjured" and so defined as the opposite of a negative state. Partially cloudy. Cool and slight wind. Prospect of snow.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Celtic Shipyard obscured by horses, private access signs and barbed wire. Fruitful day in archives. Sunny and cold.
E.V. Edmonds of New Westminster owned Lot 301 before he sold it off block by block, parcel by parcel. Known as "No Man's Land" because it wasn't adjoined to a neighboring municipality (Vancouver, South Vancouver, Burnaby) the Lot was not incorporated into Vancouver until 1911. Council voted to annex the property and approved a budget of $150,000 to be spent on infrastructure upgrades. Each of the streets and avenues was named after a relation of Edmonds. Most were renamed by the 1940's. Most of the subdivision was built on boggy swampland later named Tea Swamp after the prolific growth of Labrador Tea in the area.

A pocket park survey drew us towards the water as though we were tracing gear spokes. Overcast skies. Slight drizzle. A satisfying derive.
Retired diner: Powell St.