Livin' the era

I don't mean to sound like a snob but, when you listen to a song from the 80s and 90s, and can proudly say that you lived both decades up close and personal, and the way Vancouver was back then, then even after all these years... they take on a whole other dimension. The concerts, mosh pits, tapes, videos, MS DOS, archades in 7-11s, the distinct street smell of carmelized onions and Players cigarettes, the memories both good and bad, horsing around, prank calls on pay phones, the crude technology that didn't yet run your life, Expo, PNE parades on Hastings, picnics at Second Beach, Duffie's book store... Maybe it's just me but there was a wonderful innocence about it all, even if the drugs and people's woes were just as present then as they are now. Those born after all that sure missed out on one heck of a ride.


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Before that…

Aug 31, 2023 at 2:58am

You should have been here in the 1960’s and 70’s. It was still so beautiful and mostly peaceful.

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Gen X can relate

Aug 31, 2023 at 10:45am

I love this post. Brought great memories of mix tapes created by friends, hanging out with people talking face to face with NO phones present….

One thing I totally miss is seeing the cool fashion expression of the punks hanging out on the Vancouver Art Gallery steps. The Mohawks, black leather, safety pins, dramatic makeup, I miss this deeply. I guess when people defined themselves in person rather than defining themselves digitally. Now a days, downtown Vancouver is boring AF. It’s just investor backed companies with street people sleeping in front of storefronts. I miss my live music venues. The good old days….

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Expo 86

Aug 31, 2023 at 1:02pm

Expo 86 changed everything...from the eviction of downtown eastside residents to 'clean up' the city for visitors to major land development exploitation. Although Expo was fun, it gentrified and ruined what was a relatively quiet city. There are trade-offs for everything.

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It was the best of times.

Aug 31, 2023 at 1:26pm

We lived in the golden age. Thank god I took advantage of the real estate market.

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I love how

Sep 1, 2023 at 7:10am

All the nightlife was spread all over downtown not concentrated in 1 area,
Bill Kees on Kingsway 2am Wonton Soup for 2.99
Kits Pub Carnegies people were genuine no social media what you see is what you get,phone numbers of people you meet in places the energy and atmosphere.
I'm glad I was born in the 60 s and got to see and do it all.

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@Gen X can relate

Sep 6, 2023 at 4:01am

Saw some good bands at the dump and the starfish room.

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one heck of a ride

Sep 6, 2023 at 6:05pm

let's not forget the bus home after a night on the town. Lurching along on a 14 Hastings full of lunatics not quite ready for bed. I got a round of applause exiting the bus one night after helping a couple of drunks with their argument.

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