vancouverisawesome

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).