In Vancouver on Day 2.

Sunday: RAIN

Wandered along another part of Commercial Drive.  Supposed to be a carless day, but no, commercialism and realism  has won.

The cars were back on Commercial Drive yesterday, after four weekends of street closings, and Ed Wilkerson of Magnet Hardware is thrilled and relieved.

So is the owner of Café Abruzzo two blocks away and the staff at Caffé Roma across the street. And they’re all hoping that the remainder of the experimental city Summer Spaces program on their street gets cancelled so their business can get back to normal on what is usually one of the city’s liveliest streets.

“It’s just not working,” said Mr. Wilkerson, who lost a quarter of his normal 300 customers the last four Sundays, during the program that banned cars for the day. “Basically it’s a waste of time.”

The problems: walking three blocks from car parks, diverting the buses, not advertising (the romantic view, this was supposed to be a local event) . . .

This part of town is fascinating.  I spent some time trying to buy a copy of the Cook the ‘Hood recipe book.  One store that features in it did not even know the book existed and that it said on the door the book was for sale.  Cookbooks are a bit out of fashion, but this is a little different.

Morning: Vancouver Eastside Vineyard.  Really cool little church.  How many places have the Sallys, Baptists & Vineyard in the same building, sharing facilities and advertising.

Afternoon: Found the Chinese restaurants I noticed were missing on Commercial Drive in Upper E Hastings.

Bought 8 CD’s for $16, all local artists, no-one at the Co-op radio stall had heard of most of them, got them on gut instinct.  Bought a cheap camera from London Drugs.  (“Any colour you like as long as it’s pink”). Pizza.  Walked & sat in cafes for four hours.

Evening: thinking about my contribution ot the OpenEd conference on Wednesday.  The conference list is here.  The sessions here.  I’m going to learn a lot I can see.  How do you REALLY explain Open Education?  I’ve tried several times when people ask “Why are you here?”  I’m really a beginner, a good basis to come to a conference.

I’m sharing a session with Arash from ccLearn.  While we have not talked in detail yet, things will I think be OK.  I think what I am saying is probably pretty basic for others coming.  I wonder what part of my life and thinking OER will assume?

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