When I left Montreal at the end of May 2002 I had every intention of returning. Unfortunately, through my own fault, I was unable to do so and have been living in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia ever since. I was born here and am geographically at home here. The mountains, the Fraser River, the local flaura all give me that sense of being home. Vancouver though, has a long way to go as a city - it needs to grow up. Unfortunately, however, this city shows no signs of really wanting to grow up.
Talking with a guy from Brooklyn recently made me acutely aware of just how much I don't fit in here. I start thinking about Montreal and all the things I like and miss about it. The fact that people really are much more relaxed there. Vancouverites play at being relaxed, but really we're pretty uptight. It's a fact that many ex-Vancouverites living in Montreal will atest to.
I'm frustrated I guess. I had a whole five paragraphs that I just erased. I'm spinning my wheels here and have nothing to show for anything. Vancouver is a hard luck town for me, it is for others as well. I need to get back to school, get my teaching credentials and get out of here soon.