There’s a Shoppers Drug Mart right below where I live. It’s very convenient to have a drug store nearby. The neighbourhood where I live is being gentrified and it’s become amazingly better in course of 15 years ago. It’s used to be crack central. Anyways, it’s still rough around the edges here and there, especially since I live over a transit hub where the trains and buses make it easy for people to come and go. As such, there can be a lot of shoplifting in the retails stores downstairs.

To prevent this, I’ve now recognized plain clothed loss prevention officers that work in the drug store. I go to the drug store enough to recognize one LPO in particular. If you’re observant, it’s easy to see them working. They dress in normal clothing so they look like just regular customers. They might be holding one or two items in their hand so they don’t look suspicious. They’re not shopping however. They’ll be watching people who they might be stealing. Usually they’ll be at the end of aisle so they can look like they’re examining something on a shelf but they’re actually looking down the aisle at their subject.

So I’ve seen this one LPO so many times. He’s always at the store. Once you see him, it’s hard to forget what he looks like. He’s at least six feet tall and handsome. He could be a male model if he wanted to be. He has this amazing head of dark, coiffed hair. Usually he also has just enough five o’clock shadow to add some rugged handsomeness to his look. I don’t know what his ethnicity is exactly but I’d have to guess somewhere from the Middle East, though his complexion is lighter. Whenever I see him, he’s also got this intense look on him. I’m trying but words can’t really express his fiery expression.

Well, anyways it may seem like I have this huge crush on this guy but I don’t. I’m not gay or anything but I am comfortable enough in my sexuality to acknowledge when another dude has it totally going on. Alright, I hope no one from work reads this.


It’s the middle of April and we’re into the spring season but it’s been miserable weather so far. I get that April showers is a thing but the lows have been four or five degrees Celsius each night for the last week or so. With the driving rain (not the delightful spring sprinkles), it makes for a really grey and depressing spring.

This probably means the sunshine is still a long ways away. It maybe one of those summers where the sun comes out in late June.


This evening I went to a restaurant called the Smoking Pig for dinner. This place is right next to a Hell’s Angels clubhouse, so I was somewhat leery of parking in a spot that wasn’t going to get anyone mad. The location is kinda off the beaten path but the reviews for this place are really good. There were people constantly coming in while I was dining.

The food itself is great. I had their standard ramen bowl which was easily better tasting, larger, cheaper, and had more ingredients than the ramen place that is just downstairs from where I live. It had large chunks of tender pork, corn, green onion, homemade noodles, a whole egg, green veggies and a broth that was not overly salty, which allowed you to really taste the flavours. I was stuffed when I finished my bowl.

The menu is very interesting and I want to come back and try other things. They have this smoked pork dish which has great reviews. They also make this special ramen that needs 24 hours advanced notice.

Overall, I was impressed by the food and will come back to sample the other menu items.


On the night that the Sedins played their final home game of their careers, I only have one Sedins anecdote to tell. I saw the Sedins live and in-person before most Vancouverites did. I actually was in the FleetCenter arena in Boston when the Sedins were drafted by Brian Burke. I was there to see another draft pick, the brother of a friend of mine. Anyways, I had no idea who these guys were, all I knew was that the Canucks had taken two players at once. Nearly two decades later, Henrik and Daniel are at the end of an illustrious pro-hockey career. I feel lucky to have seen all of that in between.

I was told the name of the movie would not appear on the hotel bill