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Mad Dog

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Mad Dog and his adorable pug, Yoda, are local fixtures, and he generously shared a few of his thoughts with me today.

In terms of why Mad Dog loves Vancouver, he thinks that it’s because: “I came from Alberta when I was 13 years old, and, like, if you were gay you had to stay in the closet or else you’d get beat up. I love Vancouver for being who you want, and, like, no big issue about it, right? That’s what makes Vancouver”.

My obligatory second question “If you’ve ever felt like a freak or an outsider, what helped you through it?” generated the following response: “I’ve always been a freak, and that’s fine because I’d rather be a freak than a straight normal person”.

Michelle Makes Me Laugh

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On my way to use the steam room at Mount Pleasant Community Centre on this beautiful day I noticed Michelle and her friend adding some vibrant colours to bright-up Main Street. I stopped to ask if I could interview her…and the rest is history!

In Michelle’s opinion if you haven’t felt like a freak or an outsider then “you’re doing something wrong”! I love it. Well-said. On a side note, I ended up finding out that Michelle has owned Antisocial Skateboard Shop for the last 14 years.

I’m not a skateboarder, but I absolutely adore the shop’s name, and yeah, it is nice to meet a female business owner (I wish it wasn’t noteworthy, but I still don’t think it’s the norm…especially in the typically male-centred world of skateboarding).

 

Amanda’s Got Lots To Say About Vancouver!

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I had the pleasure of teaching Amanda for 2 months at the end of 2015, and I loved getting to spend time with this passionate 18 year-old from Belgium! Amanda actively sought out all of the fun places to go and great places to eat in Vancouver. If she ever wants to have a job as a tour guide in Vancouver, I think there’s one waiting for her!

While Amanda is travelling back to Belgium this Saturday, she is still making sure each of her days are jam-packed with activities in Vancouver. Poutine is the last meal in Vancouver she’ll be having before heading to the airport Saturday. If you want to get some info about Amanda’s favourite places in Vancouver, then please watch her interview.