Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Vancouver: city of selfish wusses


Normally I try to avoid harangue-filled Vancouver-bashing, since I think it’s a generally pointless spectator sport and because there’s good and bad to any place. (ex: Edmonton..cold as hell, people generally friendlier. Crowsnest Pass..middle of nowhere, boring, but natural scenery that beats even Vancouver to a jammy pulp.)

But this editorial about the snowstorm and boiled-water “crisis” currently enveloping the city pretty much encapsulates my feelings. Vancouverites tend to act like spoiled children when things don’t go their way, I think partially because a lot of them are spoiled adults. Of course, I live downtown and I’m only going by what I see there on a daily basis, but apparently the situation in the ‘burbs isn’t any better.

It’s times like this when I fall back on my Alberta upbringing. If it’s cold out, you bundle up. If the water’s no good, you boil it. First one to the gun store survives, and your pick-up truck better have chains on the tires and a functioning block heater. 🙂

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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