Ritual Confessions

January 31, 2008

Adventures in Vancouver

Filed under: Uncategorized — elissakaren @ 5:23 am

Today I went to the Vancouver Mall and got halfway to the psuedo-Borders (which had been the draw — I had mapquested the nearest bookstore and supposedly there was a Borders at the mall) before nearly losing my will to live. Even as malls go, this one is horrible — chock full of the cheesiest stores and the skeeviest people. The bookstore turned out to be a Borders Express, a concept I hadn’t been familiar with before today. It was about the size of a closet and had nothing I wanted. It sounds very melodramatic, I know, to say that the experience left me feeling nearly physically ill, but it did. I’m not sure what this was about. Maybe it’s about my low-grade fear about the area in which we now live. We are so happy, despite all the difficulties, with our house… but I have this vague fear about the denizens of the neighborhood. If I had to articulate this fear as succinctly as possible, I’d say I’m afraid that they’re the kind of people who would swerve to hit an animal in the road.

An antidote of sorts came an hour later, when I brought Charlotte to the Firstenburg Community Center for our first visit. They have an unbelievable indoor pool. Some of its features include an area for kids with zero depth and dramatic, brightly painted equipment (spinning wheels, stationary water “rides,” little fountains, a bright pink pail overhead that flips back and forth as it fills up with, then empties of, water). There’s also a giant water slide, a section where you can float around a serpentine little maze on a current, and lots of colorful kickboards and floats shaped like animals. Charlotte was enchanted and entranced. It’s a beautiful community resource and it made me feel that this area has its redemptive aspects.



  1. Borders … Express? What the hell is that? Condensed versions of your favorite books?

    Comment by davidrochester — January 31, 2008 @ 6:33 am

  2. Skeeviest!? I haven’t seen that one in ages.

    It’s great you and Charlotte found such a nice place to play together. It sounds wonderful.

    Comment by Shawn W — February 1, 2008 @ 5:30 am

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