Discussion:
Phew! Back home.
(too old to reply)
jvangurp
2017-10-18 02:39:59 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
Back from a week in Victoria, BC where we hung out in a LaLa Land of antiques, floral furniture patterns and overly warm houses. Some good to be home! Coming back from areas like that make one realize just how poor our province is. Well, at any rate it's still very charming, and it's home.
John
l***@fl.it
2017-10-18 09:54:33 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
On Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:39:59 -0700 (PDT), jvangurp
Post by jvangurp
Back from a week in Victoria, BC where we hung out in a LaLa Land of antiques, floral furniture patterns and overly warm houses. Some good to be home! Coming back from areas like that make one realize just how poor our province is. Well, at any rate it's still very charming, and it's home.
John
That's a bit condescending :(
jvangurp
2017-10-18 17:10:34 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
Post by l***@fl.it
On Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:39:59 -0700 (PDT), jvangurp
Post by jvangurp
Back from a week in Victoria, BC where we hung out in a LaLa Land of antiques, floral furniture patterns and overly warm houses. Some good to be home! Coming back from areas like that make one realize just how poor our province is. Well, at any rate it's still very charming, and it's home.
John
That's a bit condescending :(
Oh no, it's an accurate observation. Walking around the Oak Bay and Gordon Head areas alone you can see the huge wealth in everything, from the little private school kids with their top of the line knapsacks and clothing being dropped off by parents in Range Rovers and BMWs, to the immaculately manicured gardens surrounding the multi-million dollar homes, to the perfect fire hydrants and crosswalks.That's just in the little neighbourhood I prowled around. Look further afield and you'll find the same thing far and wide. Of course there are plenty of "ordinary" people neighbourhoods and poverty as well, but the wealth is pretty obvious. I think the gentler climate draws them out. It gets pretty harsh out here but around Vancouver and Vancouver Island, winters never get truly cold.

Cheers,
John
jvangurp
2017-10-18 17:13:20 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
Post by jvangurp
Post by l***@fl.it
On Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:39:59 -0700 (PDT), jvangurp
Post by jvangurp
Back from a week in Victoria, BC where we hung out in a LaLa Land of antiques, floral furniture patterns and overly warm houses. Some good to be home! Coming back from areas like that make one realize just how poor our province is. Well, at any rate it's still very charming, and it's home.
John
That's a bit condescending :(
Oh no, it's an accurate observation. Walking around the Oak Bay and Gordon Head areas alone you can see the huge wealth in everything, from the little private school kids with their top of the line knapsacks and clothing being dropped off by parents in Range Rovers and BMWs, to the immaculately manicured gardens surrounding the multi-million dollar homes, to the perfect fire hydrants and crosswalks.That's just in the little neighbourhood I prowled around. Look further afield and you'll find the same thing far and wide. Of course there are plenty of "ordinary" people neighbourhoods and poverty as well, but the wealth is pretty obvious. I think the gentler climate draws them out. It gets pretty harsh out here but around Vancouver and Vancouver Island, winters never get truly cold.
Cheers,
John
I hate to sound judgemental but people look different too. At least where we stayed almost everyone was slim and healthy looking. Arriving back in Halifax I was struck at the airport how almost every single person was obese. Maybe the obese people in Victoria just stay home or something, or maybe because of the gentle climate, people are more prone to walking and cycling (I doubt that's it). No clue why this is.
l***@fl.it
2017-10-18 18:06:36 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
On Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:13:20 -0700 (PDT), jvangurp
Post by jvangurp
Post by jvangurp
Post by l***@fl.it
On Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:39:59 -0700 (PDT), jvangurp
Post by jvangurp
Back from a week in Victoria, BC where we hung out in a LaLa Land of antiques, floral furniture patterns and overly warm houses. Some good to be home! Coming back from areas like that make one realize just how poor our province is. Well, at any rate it's still very charming, and it's home.
John
That's a bit condescending :(
Oh no, it's an accurate observation. Walking around the Oak Bay and Gordon Head areas alone you can see the huge wealth in everything, from the little private school kids with their top of the line knapsacks and clothing being dropped off by parents in Range Rovers and BMWs, to the immaculately manicured gardens surrounding the multi-million dollar homes, to the perfect fire hydrants and crosswalks.That's just in the little neighbourhood I prowled around. Look further afield and you'll find the same thing far and wide. Of course there are plenty of "ordinary" people neighbourhoods and poverty as well, but the wealth is pretty obvious. I think the gentler climate draws them out. It gets pretty harsh out here but around Vancouver and Vancouver Island, winters never get truly cold.
Cheers,
John
I hate to sound judgemental but people look different too. At least where we stayed almost everyone was slim and healthy looking. Arriving back in Halifax I was struck at the airport how almost every single person was obese. Maybe the obese people in Victoria just stay home or something, or maybe because of the gentle climate, people are more prone to walking and cycling (I doubt that's it). No clue why this is.
You observed there is less money here, people with marginal incomes
eat fattening food mostly because it is cheaper, they would have to
justify a $3.49 cauliflower :(
jvangurp
2017-10-18 19:48:15 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
Post by l***@fl.it
On Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:13:20 -0700 (PDT), jvangurp
Post by jvangurp
Post by jvangurp
Post by l***@fl.it
On Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:39:59 -0700 (PDT), jvangurp
Post by jvangurp
Back from a week in Victoria, BC where we hung out in a LaLa Land of antiques, floral furniture patterns and overly warm houses. Some good to be home! Coming back from areas like that make one realize just how poor our province is. Well, at any rate it's still very charming, and it's home.
John
That's a bit condescending :(
Oh no, it's an accurate observation. Walking around the Oak Bay and Gordon Head areas alone you can see the huge wealth in everything, from the little private school kids with their top of the line knapsacks and clothing being dropped off by parents in Range Rovers and BMWs, to the immaculately manicured gardens surrounding the multi-million dollar homes, to the perfect fire hydrants and crosswalks.That's just in the little neighbourhood I prowled around. Look further afield and you'll find the same thing far and wide. Of course there are plenty of "ordinary" people neighbourhoods and poverty as well, but the wealth is pretty obvious. I think the gentler climate draws them out. It gets pretty harsh out here but around Vancouver and Vancouver Island, winters never get truly cold.
Cheers,
John
I hate to sound judgemental but people look different too. At least where we stayed almost everyone was slim and healthy looking. Arriving back in Halifax I was struck at the airport how almost every single person was obese. Maybe the obese people in Victoria just stay home or something, or maybe because of the gentle climate, people are more prone to walking and cycling (I doubt that's it). No clue why this is.
You observed there is less money here, people with marginal incomes
eat fattening food mostly because it is cheaper, they would have to
justify a $3.49 cauliflower :(
I'm not convinced by that argument, even though it may be true. However, the rich people living in a gentle climate have more leisure time and they have access to more and better facilities even including urban parks. I suspect the area, being costly, is more open to people of higher income seeking a place to retire. Those folks have probably always had the mindset of wanting to look good and then having the financial capacity to make sure it happens.
l***@fl.it
2017-10-18 18:05:11 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
On Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:10:34 -0700 (PDT), jvangurp
Post by jvangurp
Post by l***@fl.it
On Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:39:59 -0700 (PDT), jvangurp
Post by jvangurp
Back from a week in Victoria, BC where we hung out in a LaLa Land of antiques, floral furniture patterns and overly warm houses. Some good to be home! Coming back from areas like that make one realize just how poor our province is. Well, at any rate it's still very charming, and it's home.
John
That's a bit condescending :(
Oh no, it's an accurate observation. Walking around the Oak Bay and Gordon Head areas alone you can see the huge wealth in everything, from the little private school kids with their top of the line knapsacks and clothing being dropped off by parents in Range Rovers and BMWs, to the immaculately manicured gardens surrounding the multi-million dollar homes, to the perfect fire hydrants and crosswalks.That's just in the little neighbourhood I prowled around. Look further afield and you'll find the same thing far and wide. Of course there are plenty of "ordinary" people neighbourhoods and poverty as well, but the wealth is pretty obvious. I think the gentler climate draws them out. It gets pretty harsh out here but around Vancouver and Vancouver Island, winters never get truly cold.
Cheers,
John
I bet they would stare at you if you endeavoured to start a
conversation whereas any NSian will answer.
jvangurp
2017-10-18 19:45:15 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
Post by l***@fl.it
On Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:10:34 -0700 (PDT), jvangurp
Post by jvangurp
Post by l***@fl.it
On Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:39:59 -0700 (PDT), jvangurp
Post by jvangurp
Back from a week in Victoria, BC where we hung out in a LaLa Land of antiques, floral furniture patterns and overly warm houses. Some good to be home! Coming back from areas like that make one realize just how poor our province is. Well, at any rate it's still very charming, and it's home.
John
That's a bit condescending :(
Oh no, it's an accurate observation. Walking around the Oak Bay and Gordon Head areas alone you can see the huge wealth in everything, from the little private school kids with their top of the line knapsacks and clothing being dropped off by parents in Range Rovers and BMWs, to the immaculately manicured gardens surrounding the multi-million dollar homes, to the perfect fire hydrants and crosswalks.That's just in the little neighbourhood I prowled around. Look further afield and you'll find the same thing far and wide. Of course there are plenty of "ordinary" people neighbourhoods and poverty as well, but the wealth is pretty obvious. I think the gentler climate draws them out. It gets pretty harsh out here but around Vancouver and Vancouver Island, winters never get truly cold.
Cheers,
John
I bet they would stare at you if you endeavoured to start a
conversation whereas any NSian will answer.
Yep no question.... many snotty seeming people there. I find so many seem and act kind of stand-offish and they definitely feel superior to east coast people. There's a real snobbery. In Oak Bay especially, people act as though they're special and better than others. I encountered some racism right out of the blue too, so fast and surprising that I didn't even think to call them on it. I much prefer people here than there.
HRM Resident
2017-10-18 13:19:22 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
Post by jvangurp
Back from a week in Victoria, BC where we hung out in a LaLa Land of antiques, floral furniture patterns and overly warm houses. Some good to be home! Coming back from areas like that make one realize just how poor our province is. Well, at any rate it's still very charming, and it's home.
John
Never been there, but it sounds and looks like a beautiful place.
My son recently moved to Vancouver Island and says pretty much what you
say . . . except the real estate is priced beyond the means of the
average person. So while our province is "poor" and BC is "rich", you
need to be making a lot of money to even think of buying a house there.

That said, it doesn't get much snow . . . :-)
--
HRM Resident
l***@fl.it
2017-10-18 15:42:43 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
On Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:19:22 -0300, HRM Resident
Post by HRM Resident
Post by jvangurp
Back from a week in Victoria, BC where we hung out in a LaLa Land of antiques, floral furniture patterns and overly warm houses. Some good to be home! Coming back from areas like that make one realize just how poor our province is. Well, at any rate it's still very charming, and it's home.
John
Never been there, but it sounds and looks like a beautiful place.
My son recently moved to Vancouver Island and says pretty much what you
say . . . except the real estate is priced beyond the means of the
average person. So while our province is "poor" and BC is "rich", you
need to be making a lot of money to even think of buying a house there.
That said, it doesn't get much snow . . . :-)
Gets lots of rain though.
HRM Resident
2017-10-18 16:13:06 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
Post by l***@fl.it
On Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:19:22 -0300, HRM Resident
Post by HRM Resident
Post by jvangurp
Back from a week in Victoria, BC where we hung out in a LaLa Land of antiques, floral furniture patterns and overly warm houses. Some good to be home! Coming back from areas like that make one realize just how poor our province is. Well, at any rate it's still very charming, and it's home.
John
Never been there, but it sounds and looks like a beautiful place.
My son recently moved to Vancouver Island and says pretty much what you
say . . . except the real estate is priced beyond the means of the
average person. So while our province is "poor" and BC is "rich", you
need to be making a lot of money to even think of buying a house there.
That said, it doesn't get much snow . . . :-)
Gets lots of rain though.
Lots of hippies too! But he loves it except for the price of real
estate. I've only been to BC for 3-4 hours at the airport 7-8 years ago
on the way to Asia . . . can't comment on a province or city based on
looking out an plane window and dashing between gates at the airport in
Vancouver to catch a connecting flight!
--
HRM Resident
l***@fl.it
2017-10-18 18:04:03 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
On Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:13:06 -0300, HRM Resident
Post by HRM Resident
Post by l***@fl.it
On Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:19:22 -0300, HRM Resident
Post by HRM Resident
Post by jvangurp
Back from a week in Victoria, BC where we hung out in a LaLa Land of antiques, floral furniture patterns and overly warm houses. Some good to be home! Coming back from areas like that make one realize just how poor our province is. Well, at any rate it's still very charming, and it's home.
John
Never been there, but it sounds and looks like a beautiful place.
My son recently moved to Vancouver Island and says pretty much what you
say . . . except the real estate is priced beyond the means of the
average person. So while our province is "poor" and BC is "rich", you
need to be making a lot of money to even think of buying a house there.
That said, it doesn't get much snow . . . :-)
Gets lots of rain though.
Lots of hippies too! But he loves it except for the price of real
estate. I've only been to BC for 3-4 hours at the airport 7-8 years ago
on the way to Asia . . . can't comment on a province or city based on
looking out an plane window and dashing between gates at the airport in
Vancouver to catch a connecting flight!
I drove over with my younger daughter who was then in Edmonton, to
stay with my cousin who had bought a house up near the university. As
he says now, it became his extra pension. He sold on retirement and
now is in Peru, last I heard.

I thought it was okay as far as cities went, but did not feel any call
to me. Much prefer Halifax.
jvangurp
2017-10-18 19:50:21 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
Post by HRM Resident
Post by l***@fl.it
On Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:19:22 -0300, HRM Resident
Post by HRM Resident
Post by jvangurp
Back from a week in Victoria, BC where we hung out in a LaLa Land of antiques, floral furniture patterns and overly warm houses. Some good to be home! Coming back from areas like that make one realize just how poor our province is. Well, at any rate it's still very charming, and it's home.
John
Never been there, but it sounds and looks like a beautiful place.
My son recently moved to Vancouver Island and says pretty much what you
say . . . except the real estate is priced beyond the means of the
average person. So while our province is "poor" and BC is "rich", you
need to be making a lot of money to even think of buying a house there.
That said, it doesn't get much snow . . . :-)
Gets lots of rain though.
Lots of hippies too! But he loves it except for the price of real
estate. I've only been to BC for 3-4 hours at the airport 7-8 years ago
on the way to Asia . . . can't comment on a province or city based on
looking out an plane window and dashing between gates at the airport in
Vancouver to catch a connecting flight!
--
HRM Resident
Yes some areas are like a hippy-heaven, especially around Vancouver and some of the Gulf Islands and coastal communities. Vancouver is insanely busy now, with development everywhere. There are glass towers all over the downtown. In contrast, the Lower East Side is a drug and crime addled cesspit.
Loading...