airrickthinks 5.0: Vancouver 2.0

So I moved to Vancouver. And that was awesome, just kind of being here in general has been really great, but at first was a little expensive I’ve never lived in a city with all of my favorite stores before… Which combined with staying at a friend’s place who lives a block away from all of them. It was really easy to buy all of things. Green Lantern Statues, Record frames and more such things started to pile up. Luckily I have saved up a good amount and it wasn’t a big issue.

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(The ones I recently bought are Sinestro [far left] and Hal Jordan Green Lantern [far right])

I also was introduced to Ikea…. Which felt like a maze and I honestly expected to find a minotaur around a few of the corners… but i found some awesome new furniture for my bedroom. Such as the bookcase in the picture above. Also a awesome bedside table.

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Oh yeah, that is my new place. It’s right in east van where I want to be living and is really nice. Hardwood floors and the works. I’m living with my friend Riley and it’s been awesome.

And I got a job. I will go into detail a bit more in a another post, but I’m now a cook for cafe bica, near Granville Island.

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It’s really great I’ve learned a lot more about cooking and food and I am getting paid decently for it. Not only does it cover my expenses, but it gives me a little extra to explore the city. Which is exactly what I wanted when I decided to move here. I’m sure there are much more adventure to come soon, but for now I’m just getting into the swing of being up early and getting used to vancouver. 

I intend to be out & about with my camera this weekend so expect more pictures soon. For now I’m just using some from my instagram. Feel free to follow me for more pictures as I take them. my username is airrickd

 

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much love to everyone.

 

– Airrick

 

 

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airrickthinks 4.0: Vancouver Happened

So as you may or may not know I’ve moved to Vancouver after going to a personal workshop last week (which was amazing to say the least).

It’s amazing here. I love how green the city everything here is moving and growing whether it’s the people going about their routines or the nature on the side of the road it’s a very “living” city. Which was a little overwhelming at first, but thankfully Riley and Jenny (a new friend from the workshop I went to) have really made me feel welcome.

The last few days have been a mix of searching for a place to live come April, shopping and exploring. To be honest although I like this city more the people in Calgary seemed to be a little more friendly. That just means I’ll just have to search a little harder for the most awesome of people.

Tonight is magic the gathering night which makes me excited because I’ve never really played it before.

Also adventure time is fucking nuts.

– A.

airrickthinks: about family

I feel like there is at least two different kinds of family. I guess there could be a lot more than that, but for me there has really only been two. Sometimes one becomes the other and other becomes the first, but ultimately there they were always two different groups. First there’s the obvious, the family you don’t choose. Your Mother, your Father, your siblings etc. They are alway supposed to be there even though they aren’t for some people. You yell, scream and disagree at times, but you want them to succeed and chances are you know them, for better or worse, better than they may even know themselves. And then there’s the family you choose, your friends. They become your family momentarily or forever. Sometimes you date the shit out of them, sometimes your best friend dates the awkward sibling that you were sercertly into (this hasn’t happened in my chosen family yet). This chosen family is where you get a lot of strength from. It changes, comes and goes, or develops online in a guild and it’s awesome

I like it.

Anyways I’m blessed that I have an great versions of both. My mom is battling breast cancer, and this weekend we finally got some good news (my mom had lost a breast and some lymph nodes at that point) the second set of lymph nodes the doctors took were clear of cancer. I’ve never seen someone almost collapse because of relief and happiness, but I did when my mom heard the news on the phone. She used my dad to keep herself up and then proceeded to cheer around the room and dance. I loved it. She deserves all the health and good fortune in the world.

My mom kind of kicks ass.

Then I have a great extended family at The Art We Are. A local gallery and cafe in kamloops. The cafe is open till 11:00pm so really if I go down anytime after about 5:00 I’ll see someone I know.

We play a lot of boardgames. Catan gets intense, friendship are betrayed and people become monsters… but that’s a different post.
I should get to this weekend. We played everyone’s favourite game of martial arts tag, Ninja (see my previous vancouver post) late Saturday night, a game that has turned into a bit a national sport at The Art We Are, with challenges not taken lightly and matches that are taken a little too seriously. It started pretty uneventful with only a few silent grunts and disputes about hits. Until (my amazing friend) Kaycie destroyed my face with her hand. What happened was my hand was near my face when she swiped at it with viper like intensity it might my face instead of my hand. (Side note: While I was writing this I told one member of my Art We Are family that I dislike bright eyes… she immediately looked at me and said… Their lyrics are on my binder… Fuck). When the fountains of blood stopped she offered to buy me Pachos, so I was over my disfigurement pretty quick.

Sunday was another day with the same family… we spent the day taking family portraits for one of members whose leaving soon and going back to Australia in a week. That’s what I love about this family they do a lot to show each other they care. I don’t know if people do that enough. Anyways. I don’t know if Christina will see this, but if you go into The Art We Are in the next week make sure you  hug her or something, she tears up easy and happy sad tears are okay sometimes.

I am also happy sad about leaving kamloops. I love all my families.

– Airrick