Thursday, November 26, 2009


Public Spaces - 2 - An old man walks onto the train. Another man beside me points to a woman sitting on a courtesy seat and says get up. She doesn't listen. The man shouts, "Get up!" The woman replies, "You didn't say please. How rude!" At the bus stop, a car passes by with a small dog barking his head off through the open window. An old lady and I laugh. I love downtown.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Customer Service

I think most Korean restaurants are understaffed and terribly managed. My parents and I went to Kyung Bok Palace. We told 3 servers we were ready to order. Then, they asked us to move tables since we weren't using the BBQ. At the new table, we asked twice for cutlery and tea. It took 45 minutes to get food. Why are Korean restaurants the only places to have a "call server" button? This place didn't have one.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Transit Nazi

Public Spaces - 1 - I met the Transit Nazi. He checked each person's ticket for validity. He argued with one man whose ticket expired. Over the intercom he gave us a stern lecture. "Proper fare must be ready before boarding the bus. If you do not comply, you can be fined up to $175. Translink is raising fares because of people who do not honour the system." Rain must have put him in a pissy mood.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


I'm in the elevator and a man says, "What are you listening to?" I say, "Music." He says, "What kind of music?" I say, "Ambient." He stretches his hand towards me (I'm thinking he's asking me for money), and says, "Country!" I say, "Country?!...maybe if I'm from the Prairies." He starts laughing and says, "I like country! I'm from the Yukon." The door opens, he pats me on the arm, and tells me to have a nice day.