Our dirt bikes bring all the boys to the yard. Damn right, they're better than yours.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Why is this so hard?

So, as most of you know, I'm moving to Ottawa in just under two weeks to go to j-school. This was a pleasantly exciting abstract concept until about a week ago, when I was all like, "Oh, shit, I actually have to leave Edmonton. Like, forever." Yeah, I know, you all had to do it too, but at least most of your parents still live here so you know you can come back whenever you feel like it. Me? I'll be spending holidays in Kelowna from now on, which I know isn't exactly the worst thing in the world, but it sure makes leaving the only city you've ever lived in a hell of a lot harder.

I mean, it's not like I wish I was staying. I'm going to be unemployed soon, and I have approximately one friend left here. But I know you all went through the exact same thing when you left: didn't really have any reason to stay, but were totally sad to be leaving. What can I say? Despite everything: despite the weather, the oil money, the lack of urban planning, the complete absence of anything interesting to do for nine months of the year, I like this city. I like it a lot. I remember Mike calling Edmonton the only city he'd ever love on Covered In Oil and, while I'm sure I'll feel ridiculous saying that once I've lived in Monteal for 20 years as a wealthy journalist (what?), it definitely resonates now.

Anyway, sorry for all the sadness, but I spent the day being a tourist in my own city, so I'm feeling a little nostalgic. These photos are from a little community garden I'd never noticed before between 105th and 106th on 86th. I only noticed it this time because I was walking down the train tracks holding my camera, and some guy came up to me and was like, "There are some huge pumpkins in that garden over there! You should go get some shots of those!" Wasn't that nice? AREN'T PEOPLE IN THIS CITY GREAT? ISN'T EDMONTON THE BEST PLACE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!????

This pumpkin is named Russell:


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