This afternoon, I was among possibly thousands of motorists stranded for about a half hour going both ways on the Sea to Sky Highway.

It was because of a car accident just north of Britannia Beach.

Fortunately, the ambulance that left the scene didn't have its siren on, which I took as a good sign.

As the traffic moved past, I was surprised to see a forest-green classic car with fairly serious damage on the rear of the driver's side.

I'm not sure what the model was, but it resembled those old roadsters from the 1920s.

I wish I could have taken a picture, but it wasn't possible with road-safety personnel directing traffic to keep moving.

Some in the media are still getting used to the Chinese president's first name.

Xi Jinping is a little more challenging for English speakers than the name of his predecessor, Hu Jintao.

But perhaps the worst version came when an Indian newscaster with the state-owned broadcaster Doordarshan referred to China's political kingpin as Eleven Jinping.

It resulted from mistaking Xi for the Roman numeral for 11. (In China, surnames appear first.)

The anchor, Nidhi Mehra, was sacked, according to the newslaundry.com site.

What's worse is the blunder came while Xi was visiting India.

On Monday (September 8), the Easter Seals Drop Zone landed in Vancouver.

It's an annual fundraising event which sees participants each raise $1,000 or more in support of Canadians with disabilities, and get rewarded with the opportunity to rappel down an office tower.

In the above video, Kevin Getz, a host on The Beat 94.5, documents his experience of descending the exterior of 999 West Hastings Street.

A small plaza at Clark Drive and Grandview Highway used to be home to a Christopher Columbus statue. But that was years ago.

News reports indicate that, this morning (September 9), East Van commuters noticed that another figure, known by such names as Satan, the Devil, and the Beast, had taken up residence there.

That's not all. This Satan statue bore an erect penis. OMG.

With all the fuss, city crews hastened to remove the statue. It was gone after 3 p.m., according to Global and CTV.

This weekend, the annual Zombie Walk took place in Vancouver.

It started at the art gallery, headed down Robson, and then moved along Denman Street before winding up at the A-maze-ing Laughter sculpture in Morton Park.

Below, you can see how the images appeared with the help of Magisto software.

A concerned reader sent us a photo of what looks like a U.S. Department of Homeland Security truck.

The anonymous reader said the vehicle was spotted August 29 on Stewardson Way in New Westminster.

Perhaps its driver (and passengers) was in town to take advantage of the free admission deal on the final weekend of the Fair at the PNE.

What's your theory?

There's one more opportunity on Monday (September 1) to check out the free Taiwanfest celebrations on Granville Street.

In the 600 to 800 blocks, you can take in noodle and rice dishes as well as traditional Chinese medicine, musical performances, travel information, and a whole lot more.

On the north lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery, there are children's games and other activities.

Meanwhile inside Pacific Centre, you can catch a glimpse of the Pili puppets, who've achieved great fame in Asia thanks to a popular movie and TV show.

Cosplay characters of the puppets have shown up at the Metropolitan Hotel and at Holt Renfrew.

Below, you can see some snapshots I took while I was downtown this weekend.

Above is a photo taken on August 26 at Millbrook, New York, at the Hitchcock Estate that was loaned to Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert in 1964 and 1965. 

Normally, the zombies come out in the summer in Vancouver.

But this year's annual day of the living dead will take place on September 6, which is the first Saturday after Labour Day.

For inspiration, check out some photos from last year.

The march begins at 4 p.m. at the Vancouver Art Gallery and continues along Robson Street to Denman.

From there, the makeup-covered ghouls carry on with their procession to the A-Maze-Ing Laughter sculpture near English Bay.

Bring your cameras.

Maybe cute marmots aren't your cup of tea.

How about adorable sea otters?

This one was filmed rubbing up against a man at Cadboro Bay, near Victoria.

(Don't try this at home, folks. Your results may vary, and may including being bitten or catching a disease.)

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