Homeless in Vancouver: I say it’s an ostrich, others say a whale

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      Sometimes a blogger can hit the wall—run out of new and interesting topics to post.

      This might be one of those times.

      There’s this paint splash on a low concrete wall I ride past most every night. Many times I’ve noted in passing that it suggests a large flightless bird to me, such as an emu or an ostrich. Last night I finally stopped and took a photograph.

      Splatters, like beauty, are in the eye of the beholder

      Looks like (clockwise): Imperial AT Walker, emu, ostrich skeletons and a whale.

      I can’t help but see an ostrich or an emu but none of the handful of other people I showed the photo to agreed with me. They saw a whale, an octopus (an octopus?), a jellyfish, an Imperial Walker from Star Wars, and—“some paint on a wall?”

      Hey kids! Beware of searching for “whale with big tail” or “whale tail”. The results tend more toward bodacious than cetaceous. 

      Stanley Q. Woodvine is a homeless resident of Vancouver who has worked in the past as an illustrator, graphic designer, and writer. Follow Stanley on Twitter at @sqwabb.


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      Aug 13, 2014 at 3:42pm

      There's a paint stain on a garbage can at VGH (right on 12th Ave in front of the Mental Health area) that looks like Fat Elvis.


      Aug 14, 2014 at 10:54am

      test..So you say you saw a bird, eh? Hmmmmmm.....

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