One of many Cherry Blossoms patches on Granville on a grey Wednesday April 14. We never had thick swathes of blossoms like this back in Ontario when I was growing up. Maybe that's why I never had a problem with allergies until I moved to Vancouver. This year it's particularly bad in BC and I am not alone. Check out the CBC's Allergy season in full bloom for tales of how bad it is this year.
Caterina talks about a great record store on 4th street (actually, the whole of 4th street is fun walking down, because it also has a great video store too, Videomatica):
Zulu Records is the closest thing Vancouver has to Aquarius Records,
a San Francisco institution. Both of them are little stores -- no Tower Records here! -- and what sets these record stores apart is their passionate staff who know everything there is to know about cool obscure bands, and who write up extensive reviews and recommendations for every album they like. Aquarius sends out an exhaustive email review every couple of weeks, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Who cares if the major labels bite the dust! I want these little record stores to survive the mp3ification of recorded music.
I've been to Zulu Records a few times to pick up stuff I didn't think I'd be able to find at the big box stores, like Icelandic electronica outfit Mú. Zulu has—the last time I was there, anyway—some old school video games you can play. And I don't mean Street Fighter old school. Think Pong old school. It's a great record store where the staff picks actually come from the staff, and staff who are so busy hunting down obscure stuff that they barely have the time to recognize that Britney Spears exists.
The Flames came out hitting and storming the net and speeding down the wing. Iginla looked the best he's looked all series, and the Canucks powerplay barely even looked like one. Not only that but the Flames scored a short-handed goal. In short, the Flames looked a lot like the Canucks do on good nights.
Make that two empty net goals. Crawford pulled the goalie at least 4 times, and twice while on the powerplay. Kiprusoff made it look easy. The great thing about the playoffs is that the teams play again in a couple nights, so both team make adjustments. Linden was visible this time, but only on faceoffs.