talkin' mainly West of Kits. East of Granola. This is
a semi-desolate area that stretches from Trafalgar St to Dunbar.
Then we continue for a bit at Jericho. All these places are
named after Biblical or Anglo Saxon conquests. Makes
you feel right at home, n'est-ce pas?
Drive. It's all
there, and it's all gone. Shades of the 60's, left-leaning
dykes, italian barristos, organic grow-ops, a real "community
buzz", poets, scholars, therapy and the marginally deranged. Wear
shades on your skateboard. This place cooks in the summer.
More Drugs, Sex
& Color. Humanity always has its "armpit". And,
humanity always has its deoderant. We've merged four
hot Wall-Mark-Its under DOWNTOWN: Cordova, Gastown, Main &
These are many small hands on many big walls. Teamwork to a "T". More rainbow real-estate than one man can visualize in a lifetime. From the Nortorious Blue Pharoh, covering Cold World's "cold world" and stretching south to Venice Beach.
The climate on the mountains is rugged, unforgiving. Bears
roam the streets, looking for handouts. Somewhere in
the night, two young men fall between the cracks on an overpass.
Trains pull into Lonsdale and life moves on, a Slug's Pace
in the steamy Esplanade.
SkyTrain. One of the few reminders
here that we actually are a "big grown-up city". Or
are we? At least the driver's not talking on a cell phone. This
elevated subway carves a handy diagonal corridor thru the heart
of Lotus-Land - providing ample concrete for the Bomber's Creed
to fulfill their duty. Ditch your BMW and let a sexy computerized
female voice massage your testicles.
East. That term says it all.
If you grew up east of Main, then this is your legacy. The
future is uncertain. Your deck is stacked with wild cards.
It's a slow night of Solitaire on the Orient Express. Count
to 10 backwards; the world will slowly drift away.
"Other" means "other". Not "mother". Not
"brother". Not "under-cover". Not
"smother". Not "if I had my druthers". Perhaps
a tiny cup of distilled madness to caress the end of your tongue
after it runs out of coffee. Perhaps, just another cheap
high on just another blind date.