Homeless in Vancouver: The leaf of things to come

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      Every day It feels more like autumn and I mean that in the nicest possible way.

      I think four of the last five days—Tuesday to Friday morning—Vancouver has enjoyed rain. Thursday evening it was really coming down!

      Of course the rain has been wet but refreshingly so. Never cold or annoying.

      This is autumn on it’s best behaviour. We’ve been getting a deliberately soft, lulling rain, for public-relations purposes. It’s rain with a message:

      “Hello there,

      Sure autum is coming, it’s the natural cycle of the seasons. But it’s not so bad.

      Summer’s good but you can get too much of a good thing.

      Weren’t you getting a bit tired of that blazing sun?

      Isn’t this soothing?

      Of course it is.

      Fall is your friend. Not your fair weather friend like some seasons we could name but your true friend; your BFF if you will.

      And you know, fall is the season that likes you enough to give you back the hour of sleep that spring stole from you. Don’t forget that.”

      Sure. Let’s all try to remember that, particularly in November.

      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 18, 2014 at 8:11am

      It was like being in the tropics which I cant stand for more than the standard 2 week vacation getaway in the middle of winter anyway since I am white and adapted to the cooler temperate zones of this planet.