vancouver – day 4

the last several days have been pretty good.  i get to see the mountains on the way to work every day.  it’s been a little chilly but for most part sunny.  and work has been interesting.  the brewery is this weird mix of mad science, delicious beer, the occasional homeless person dropping in for a cup of brew and other not so homeless people dropping in to say hello.  and have a cup of brew.  when it’s nice outside like it has been the past few days, down time is spent sitting on the loading dock, chatting and drinking.  otherwise, there’s much to be done.  brewing, transferring beer, filling kegs, delivering kegs, cleaning….

it was my intention to explore the drive today but when i woke up, instead of seeing the sun, i was greeted with gray clouds and a god forsaken drizzle.  still, i got out of bed early-ish, drank some coffee that my roommate had made (coffee!), did some usual computer things and made some brunch.  when the rain seemed like it was going to stick around all day, i motivated myself to go out anyway.

i walked down the drive with the goal of finding a good used book to read on my days off, finding more coffee and a grocery store to buy more stuff for the week.

the small but stuffed to the brims bibliophile bookstore was cute and a welcome respite from the rain but being on a fairly tight budget, i didn’t feel comfortable buying a used book for how much they were going for and wanted to price shop a little.  otherwise, i thought it had a pretty good selection of books and perhaps i’ll return for a not so common title.  such as ‘a history of the world in six glasses‘.

next stop: santa barbara market.  i happened to walk by this small-ish grocery store and had to turn back to check it out.  i used my asian instincts which are: if a place is super crowded, it’s probably worth the check out.  though slightly claustrophobic, at least it seemed to be crammed with all sorts of interesting goods.  i was slightly curious about their house peanut butter for $1.99/lb or so.  but i chose to get the organic variety instead since it was on sale (and also better sealed).  maybe next time.  the deli was probably the most packed section of the store so mental note to check that out during their off-peak hours.  their produce seemed decently priced which is nice and an indication, at least in my opinion, of how they mark up the rest of their stuff.  so all in all a pretty good grocery store experience.  i will return for sure.

east end food coop was next.  are you starting to gather that i really love grocery stores?  i had failed to acquire some cereal so i thought i’d try at the coop.  they happened to have a bulk bag on sale so i got that and was on my way once again.

final stop: value village.  the size of this thrift store was amazing.  in total, i think they had 2 entire floors’ worth of stuff but i thought i’d save exploring the rest of their offerings later.  my focus was on getting a book to read.  and books there were.  fiction, non-fiction, childrens’, cooking, travel, vintage…anyways, i have always wanted to read the classics so i had to choose pride and prejudice (circa 1962) when i chanced upon a copy.  and for $2, even if i hate it, i’m not going to be too upset about it.

this week, i’m looking forward to learning more at the brewery and checking out more of vancouver.  there are already so many places i’d like to eat and drink at!  i’m also trying to look for a good place to get my hair cut.  katherine very kindly pointed out before i left that i may perhaps be approaching mullethood. and that is not one of the mid-west things i’m trying to hold on to.  that said, my 6 year relationship with jeffrey is not something i’m willing to let go of quite yet.  so, if you’re a hair stylist in vancouver who’s willing to deal with that and also not eff up my hair, please let me know.

more as things develop…

p.s. did i mention how much i miss my social life in baltimore?

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