Vancouver views


Vancouver (Photo credit: ecstaticist)

To my friends and followers here is a gallery of views of Vancouver.


As you can see water, sea water, is a big part of our viewscape. Yes, it is a visually beautiful city!

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May 10, 1940 only 72 years ago

Top left: German Panzer IV tanks passing throu...

Top left: German Panzer IV tanks passing through a town in France Top right: German soldiers marching past the Arc de Triomphe after the surrender of Paris, 14 June 1940 Middle left: French soldiers on the Maginot Line Bottom left: British and French prisoners at Veules-les-Roses, France Bottom right: Column of French Renault 35 tanks at Sedan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes that was the day that my jumbly life in France began coming to an inglorious end.

I was soon travelling with my mother to fetch my older brother and sister who were in private schools southwest of Paris. While in Verneuil-s-Avre my mother gave birth to my sister Annette on May 16. In seven hectic days we went from life in Paris to being on the run from the Nazi Panzers heading to the southwest of France.

Whatta time! Yes we got out, by the skin of our whatevers. We got out by ship from Bayonne around June 25, 1940 and arrived in Halifax via Plymouth, London and Greenoch on July 13, 1940.

The next 40some years of my life were an uncertain quest for a personal sense of confidence in myself and my future.

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I am 76 and it surprises even me sometimes!



Yesterday, I was introduced to an attractive and much younger Chinese woman, Cici.

When I told her, to answer her question to me, that I was 76 she said that seemed impossible to her. She talked about my mental alertness and clear eye for business detail. I confess I felt flattered again and deep inside my soul a sense of satisfaction that my life didn’t seem wasted to her!

Since I met her with an acquaintance who was trying to recruit me into a new Chinese product pyramid scheme, I admit I am being sorely tempted to join based on her words and appearance. Women do that to me!

When I described the scheme to E she was immediately and derisively dismissive referring to my own past bad experiences with this kind of venture. But here about 10 hours later I can still recapture that nice feeling and her attractive personality. She brimmed with optimism and good thoughts about me and about how I might work with her and her associates. So tempting!!!

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