Fish in a barrel

Honestly! I live in Sooke BC, a town filled with beautiful and kind people. It has a surrounding world-class landscape that is second-to-none.

“Where the rainforest meets the sea.”
(see here for the heraldry)

But when my cousin from Europe came to visit, I got to see the town through her eyes. It’s an incredibly squalid, ugly, grey little town, where the first building with any visual impact is a grey sheet metal building. Lovely owner. Horrible eyesore. This introduction is then followed by the equally dismal. Intermittent sidewalks. A leveling of trees. A quarter of a traffic circle. Concrete traffic islands that direct left-hand turning vehicles into oncoming traffice. Gas stations that kiss the non-existent sidewalks. A few years back they tore up the sides of the road to put in sewer pipes, and then returned the roads to their prior condition — no sidewalks, no beauty, just slabs of tarmac.

Google it. You’ll find beautiful pictures of nature. And only this pic (on the right) showing the “downtown.” Why? Because there’s very little to look at.

Nice people, shame about the place!

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Whiffen Spit

Not too sure if this one needs elaboration. Except to say that I am extremely disappointed in the low caliber of some dog owners. And that I can’t believe the amount of smooshed up doggie pucks in my neighbourhood (yep, Sunriver in Sooke).

Whiffen Spit Typo

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Gifts in bad taste

Olga’s wearing the gift she got (yes, smartass, she did get one for Christmas; Santa still likes her you know!). Well, she got it, but she didn’t. Oh well. (And, yes, that’s a book on Familial Circle that she’s reading. That Billy….)

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Unclear on the concept: Off-roading

This week’s cartoon is in response to the perpetual South Island Recreation Association’s appeal for off-road dune buggy access to public parks. Sigh.  We live in a town that highlights nature: “Where the rain-forest meets the sea” we boast. You’d think that finding places to off-road would be in abundance in a place where nature is so vastly spread around us.

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Concrete barriers in unusual places

We have a new concrete barrier in Sooke. Not too sure exactly what it does.

Britt Santowski’s cartoon details her frustration with the intersection of Sooke traffic congestion and what appears to be absolutely random traffic design. What do they do? Hire engineers from pre-med school? Jeesh.

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