I feel like I’m suffocating in Vancouver. I live in a cramped condo with 2 others. Stores arrange their wares in jam-packed square footage with narrow aisles. Transit is packed, ALL the time. Too many people everywhere all the time. I honestly just want to be, without space or time pressure. If I look for an outside place to eat, again packed with people sitting too close to me with the music blaring. I feel tense all the time and I just can’t unwind. My office is open concept and I’m surrounded by people at close range. I’m planning an escape out of here because this kind of spatial in-your-faceness is killing my soul. I just want to hear the birds sing and wind blowing through the trees. My job pays well and I’m going to use my savings to buy a place where it’s mostly empty. I’m finding I’m doing things at weird hours like grocery shop at 7am and going to the mall at 8pm to avoid humans and crowding. There’s no respite.
The Georgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration Book
This beautifully produced coffee-table book brings together over 100 of Georgia Straight's iconic covers, along with short essays, insider details and contributor reflections, putting each of these issues of the publication into its historical context.