Saturday, June 28, 2008

Welcome to Victoria...

This is what happened 10 minutes ago - not even lying....

So I am walking around trying to find some wifi, trying to catch up on Chicago emails. Figure after 20 minutes of that, I could go watch tall ships fight in the harbor (Actual Photo. Canadian Independence day is this week... lots of fireworks and happy Canadians milling about....) So again, I am walking - and this 20-something kid rides up on his bike and starts smoking a crack pipe right in front of me. Just like, pulls out a rock in a baggie and his pipe and lights up. "So, do you smoke?" Haha... and I am just staring at him like is a Canadian from Mars.... He starts telling me about how he is an entrepreneur, a man of many trades.... and I am peering around the houses, waiting for the candid camera or some kind of Mountie or something to gallop from around a corner... because that kind of stuff just doesn't happen.....

What to say? I am extremely happy about getting back to Seattle tomorrow - I want my car and I want my freedom back. While Alaska is amazing; the cruise ship was nothing but debilitating. I will never in my life get on a cruise ship... ever again.... in my life. That was absolutely the worst way to see Alaska..... Four hours to eight hours in a port - is nothing at all. Especially when they drop you off with 10 blocks of commercial shit to wade though... the jewelry, the diamonds, the cheesy Alaskan shirts with moose on them - the stuffed bears and the fur companies and the leather companies..... and eventually if you can manage to wade through all that.... maybe you will find what used to exist of a small town in Alaska.... maybe. If you have a big family, do a cruise - if you are traveling by yourself, just skip it.....

I sound like a whiny little kid.... I am sorry. I will stop.

As for Alaska itself - the place is like a dream. This morning I was drinking my coffee on the back deck and a pod of orcas surfaced about 30 feet from where I was sitting. No one else was around (they were all at Bingo or something)... just me, a cup of coffee, and about seven killer whales.... the water was so glassy.... the whales are so silent and beautiful. It was a moment.

Right now I am sitting in someone's lawn, with my computer plugged into their back deck, watching the sun go down in Victoria ... they have no idea that I am here, they probably will never know that I was here.... Tomorrow when I get back to Seattle, I am headed over to go visit Fedora for awhile. Hoping to make it to Doe Bay tomorrow.... hope it turns out the way I see it in my head...

6 comments:

Richard W. said...

If you think the Crack thing is bad in Victoria, just wait until you walk Downtown Eastside. No, better not walk...it's not a safe bet. Not at all. Vancouver may be a beautiful city but not everywhere or everything is Roses.

PD said...

Did the Mounties ever come riding around the corner? Thats nuts. I'm sure the Mustang will be glad to see you to & is dying to get out and run. As for the cruise/Alaska, just remember the moments that blew you away. Forget the other stuff. Gotta admit, nice send off by those Killer Whales. What the people in the house dont know, wont hurt'em. Go have fun with Fedora.

Dave said...

The Mustang is awesome - best way to go get some barbeque!

We miss you London.

forestviking said...

The start of Your cruise sounded so promising, You being aware of things You disliked and sucessful to find Your ways to joy and happiness nevertheless. May I ask what made this change towards the last days of the cruise? Where did all the energy go from the hike trip?

London Andrews said...

I am sure all cities have their vice... but even in NYC, in the Bronx, I have never had someone come up to me smoking crack on a street corner.... it was just the oddest thing I could imagine... some 18 year old, with a helmet on, lighting up his crack pipe.... wow.

The things that blew me away had nothing to do with the cruise itself - it was all Alaska's doing. I love beautiful places and Alaska has that going for it, hands down....

I did end up meeting the lady who owned the house - she said she was happy to help me out. She was really cute and really old, definitely a grandma.... when you get old you either become incredibly nice or incredibly bitchy... happy I met the nice lady....

Dave! 5 more weeks mo-fo! Until party time at the con... I am really excited this year. Everyone that I know and love in the business is going to be there.... including yourself.... I tried not to book a lot of work, but failed miserably - luckily I left the evenings open.... whoooo.... I am really excited - hot tub party on the roof. : )

I was excited about the cruise the first day I got there. Big ship. Lots to do. Going to Alaska. But I don't know, I suppose it is the same reason that I do not like Vegas. I don't like big flashy things that eat your money.... I didn't like casinos, or the couples game shows, or the broadway shows, or art auctions.... being on the ship, I started to feel trapped around all this stuff that I loathe in our society - and I couldn't get away from it. And there was no place to go but out on the deck, and we were rarely ever near land. So it was just this big lonely ocean and it was so cold out...and I just felt miserable more and more everyday that I was stuck on that thing. The ONLY time that I was happy, was when were were on land and I got to go hiking... or when I went out in the canoe with the little fisherman guy.... or sitting in Victoria in some nice ladies lawn.... I don't know, does that make sense? I hate to whine about "ooooh I went on a cruise and I was so miserable".... but at the same time, it is the truth....

coryinvic said...

i'm sorry that the first person you talked to in victoria was a piece of junkie scum. it is embarrassing to everybody here. van city is by far worse but for its size, downtown victoria is pretty bad. just gotta get outside the city a bit. hopefully your next visit will be better.