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(Some Guy)   Vancouver, B.C: "the most depressing place in the world"   (vancouversun.com) divider line 257
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2009-08-07 12:03:45 PM  
You can smoke weed in the streets and pay someone for sex in Vancouver, so clearly it must be a cesspool of human filth and squalor.
 
2009-08-07 12:03:48 PM  
Yeah! Suck it, Sudan!!
 
2009-08-07 12:04:05 PM  
But San Diego blogger Arthur Saim uses Vancouver as a place that sinks him into depression - when he compares his own fair city with ours.

What the fark do Vancouver and San Diego have in common aside from being west coast cities?

/would've been more valid if this guy was from, say, Seattle...
 
2009-08-07 12:04:58 PM  
Howie Spankowitz: I'm heading to Vancouver and Victoria for my anniversary Sept. 19-25. I've been once and loved it. It's a beautiful city. Can't wait.

I'm happy to take restaurant/activities suggestions from any of the circular bacon eating, polar bear dodging Farker/ettes.


Restaurant-wise, check out Chowhound (pops) for local reviews and advice. Lots of good high-end and moderately priced places around.
 
2009-08-07 12:05:03 PM  
They are sure going to be under the microscope in a few months. In the summer Vancouver is wonderful, but it's a cold, wet, overcast, depressing place in the winter.
 
2009-08-07 12:05:30 PM  
I like Vancouver.
 
2009-08-07 12:05:56 PM  
My friend just vacationed there, and would contrarily argue.
 
2009-08-07 12:06:17 PM  
The Onanist: Rev.K:

Meanwhile in Calgary, it's -32 and my balls are frozen to my taint.

Incidentally, I'll be in Calgary in the first week in March next year for a hockey tournament. Any highlights in Calgary I should see? Bear in mind I'll be playing hockey (one game) during the day and probably drunk later that night.


Nope. Play hockey, get drunk. You've pretty much got it all.
 
2009-08-07 12:06:24 PM  
If Vancouver is the most depressing place you can think of, you seriously need to get out more.
 
2009-08-07 12:06:28 PM  
I'm closer to Vancouver than Seattle and know the city well enough to give directions to tourists. The columnist is right: visiting Vancouver then returning to the US is depressing. Vancouver is clean, beautiful and vibrant and a truly international city. Seattle is grungy, bleak and provincial in comparison. Crossing the border from Canada back into the US reminds me of crossing from Austria into the Czech Republic. The landscape is the same, but everything is just a bit more run-down, pot-holed and grim.

It comes down to public investment. Canadians are willing to sacrifice to make their community better. Americans are willing to sacrifice to make their military better. You get what you pay for.
 
2009-08-07 12:06:32 PM  
LittleSmitty: I bet it's a little slice of Heaven compared to Florida

Let it be known that Florida is humid and smells of salty farts.
Seriously, that is the first thing that came to mind when I stepped off the plane.
 
2009-08-07 12:06:38 PM  
dj_spanmaster: My friend just vacationed there, and would contrarily argue.

So he thought it sucked? Why?
 
2009-08-07 12:06:43 PM  
Vancouver is like a whore at a Sunday church service, very prim and proper for that one day a week but Monday to Saturday she will gouge your eye out with a broken beer glass for a dollar.
 
2009-08-07 12:06:47 PM  
Russ1642: They are sure going to be under the microscope in a few months. In the summer Vancouver is wonderful, but it's a cold, wet, overcast, depressing place in the winter.

Again. See my previous point about Vancouver winters.

Those whining pussies can STFU!
 
2009-08-07 12:07:03 PM  
NikolaiFarkoff: Doesn't Vancouver typically come in the Top 5 in best cities in the world (to live)?

Been there a couple times and it deserves its ranking. Obviously the blogger is one of those people that is used to sunshine. One fellow traveller put it nicely: I'd love to live here, but I'm afraid after 3 months of clouds and rain I'd slit my wrists

Some people seem to need regular sunshine and some don't.

/personally felt uneasy with the number of Starbucks outlets all over the city.
//Didn't feel the same about Tim Horton's.
 
2009-08-07 12:07:10 PM  
I am getting depressed. I blame all this good pot, the great weather, the beautiful natural scenery, the giant open spaces of wilderness, too many friendly people, peace, too many valuable natural resources and a tolerant multicultural citizenry who love to share in each others' foods and festivals.

Damn you, BC! Damn you all to hell!!!!
 
2009-08-07 12:07:49 PM  
Vancouver is German for a "salmon's vagina".
 
2009-08-07 12:07:50 PM  
They must be doing something right, everyone seems to be moving out there.

Though most of them do so because they mistake "moving somewhere" with "doing something with your life". The number of people who respond to "so what are your plans?" with "moving to ____" is huge and most of them respond with a blank stare to the follow up question "So what are you doing out there?"

/Rant
//Yeah Canadians get upset because Americans act like dicks because they know it makes us upset
///Circle of life
 
2009-08-07 12:08:41 PM  
Come talk to me about depressing when you've been to any major city in FL.
 
2009-08-07 12:09:02 PM  
Bill_Wick's_Friend: Damn you, BC! Damn you all to hell!!!!

The missus and I are on the prowl for property on the Sunshine Coast. I'm getting so sick of living in Eastern Canada.
 
2009-08-07 12:09:14 PM  
Wizzin: People should probably read the actual article, not the blurb this link goes to. As someone who lives in San Diego, I completely agree that Vancouver is what San Diego could have and should have been.

I'll reiterate this point. Subby's headline is slightly misleading in that the guy's blog is suggesting that Vancouver is so depressing because of how farking awesome it is, making him feel that his home of San Diego could have been as nice, had they only done things slightly differently.
 
2009-08-07 12:09:51 PM  
I'm from Hamilton so I'm getting a kick out of these posts!
 
2009-08-07 12:10:02 PM  
British Columbia is beautiful in the spring. I'm not sure about the other seasons, but I can't imagine it's that depressing.
 
2009-08-07 12:10:31 PM  
I'm heading up there in October, so I'm really getting a kick out of these responses.
 
2009-08-07 12:10:31 PM  
Russ1642: dj_spanmaster: My friend just vacationed there, and would contrarily argue.

So he thought it sucked? Why?


to clarify: Subby, my friend just vacationed there, and would contrarily argue.

Which is to say, she thought it rocked.

/darned understood subjects
 
2009-08-07 12:10:42 PM  
Hey Iron Maiden ... Well at least you have a mountain, so you have that going for you.
 
2009-08-07 12:11:05 PM  
The original blogger was using sarcasm which was poorly translated in the linked article. See the below quote from the original article.

"In short, Vancouver is what San Diego could have been. For anyone who loves San Diego, that's ... depressing."
 
2009-08-07 12:11:45 PM  
worsley.podomatic.com

O RLY?

I think US PRISON might beat Vancouver...
 
2009-08-07 12:12:03 PM  
Bill_Wick's_Friend: the great weather,


???
 
2009-08-07 12:12:07 PM  
Rev.K: Russ1642: They are sure going to be under the microscope in a few months. In the summer Vancouver is wonderful, but it's a cold, wet, overcast, depressing place in the winter.

Again. See my previous point about Vancouver winters.

Those whining pussies can STFU!


I'm grew up in the Vancouver area and now live in Edmonton. I'll take a very cold but beautiful day over that drizzly, wet, dark weather they have almost year round. Speaking of whining pussies, I love the Edmontonians who pull out umbrellas and plastic ponchos as soon as a single drop of water falls out of the sky.
 
2009-08-07 12:12:34 PM  
Vancouver rocks. How seriously can you take an article written by this guy:

static.sdnn.com

Nice beard, beardy.
 
2009-08-07 12:12:46 PM  
As a Vancouverite I can confirm that this is a pretty great place to live, but it's not all good.
Our bicycle infrastructure is seriously lacking. Any attempts at progress generally get shot down before they get a chance to take-off.
This "underground Transit network" only serves a limited area of the city and the extension opening next week is above ground through the southern suburbs and is a visual blight on that area.
Homelessness is rampant, and the police have been known to be heavy handed.
But if you love beaches and mountains, there's no place better.
 
2009-08-07 12:12:54 PM  
Subby has never been to my office.
 
2009-08-07 12:12:54 PM  
Dude in the orange shirt needs to learn how to hook the mayor in the nads from behind with that stick. That's the way to get the ball(s) from him.

/Vancouver always seemed like a nice place to me
 
2009-08-07 12:13:34 PM  
imgod2u: Come talk to me about depressing when you've been to any major city in FL.


Miami and Tampa aren't depressing.
 
2009-08-07 12:13:41 PM  
I can see how someone used to sunny San Diego might think that Vancouver is depressing, but we usually rank among the top cities in the world to live in so I'm taking this one guy's opinion with a grain of salt.
 
2009-08-07 12:14:08 PM  
Rev.K: Meanwhile in Calgary, it's -32 and my balls are frozen to my taint.

This wouldn't happen if you'd discovered indoor plumbing.
 
2009-08-07 12:14:24 PM  
Wow, some of you really didn't get the point of this article at all. The guy finds Vancouver depressing not because of any negative points it may have, but because he believes it to be much better than SD for the reasons he listed, which is what depresses him. Don't even need to follow the link to his blog to figure that out.
 
2009-08-07 12:14:54 PM  
What's wrong with SD? I moved here two years ago and like it more than any other city in CA. I guess it depends on what parts of it you're exposed to.

/North Park FTW
//Chula Vista FTSuck
 
2009-08-07 12:14:54 PM  
Generation_D: Canadians in the USA cannot shut up about how much better Canada is. Its in their DNA. Goes with those little maple leafs they wear on everything.

Really Canada, you're cool, you can play with the big countries now.


// Not really.

See, Canada's main problem is they only have the USA as a neighbor. All over the world Canadians get respected as a real country, complimented as a great one, even. Validates them. Then we just look at them and laugh. Or shrug. And it gets to them.

So I keep doing it.


Yeah cause if there is one thing the US Residents are good at its being self-effacing. None of that nasty "were the greatest country in the world" "USA number 1" Flags just farking everywhere, constitution worship, the expressed desire to export your societal system to the rest of the world. No complete inability to accept or even consider that another country may just have something to teach you, no just a nice reflective consider opinion of the plus and minus of the Good Ole US of A

So forgive the odd mistakenly patriotic canadian who in the midst of the great big self-suck fest that is the Americian society, feels the need to mention that Canada has some positives too.

/note I like americans
//i dont like America tm
 
2009-08-07 12:15:07 PM  
Walker: Not really fair to compare them. They are almost complete opposites.

Vancouver - wet, cool, and green
San Diego - dry, hot, and brown

They both are good cities though. I have visited both and wouldn't mind living in either one. I don't drive and they both have very good public transportation systems.


I prefer cool and wet to hot and dry.

Also, the fishing's probably a hell of a lot better near vancouver.
 
2009-08-07 12:15:43 PM  
RollingThunder: Rev.K: Jesus Christ, and I thought Calgary was sensitive.

So some asshole blogger thinks your city is depressing. Boo f*cking hoo.

Reading comprehension fail.

He finds (the existence of) Vancouver depressing (because he's not there).


Rev.K: See my other point that I'm not interested in following this "news" article to some dude's blog.

Some of us got it without going to the blog...

Though by the amount of reading comprehension fail in this thread, I'd say the "news" article wasn't very well written.
 
2009-08-07 12:16:50 PM  
You want depressing? Welcome to my hometown - Newburgh, NY

www.gsmrrclub.orgwww.hudsonvalleyruins.orgwww.hudsonvalleyruins.orgwww.hudsonvalleyruins.org

That last one is the street I grew up on.
 
2009-08-07 12:17:32 PM  
DronePrime: LittleSmitty: I bet it's a little slice of Heaven compared to Florida

Let it be known that Florida is humid and smells of salty farts.
Seriously, that is the first thing that came to mind when I stepped off the plane.


True and true. And it's full of bugs, alligators, poisonous snakes and old people. That last one may explain the salty fart smell.
 
2009-08-07 12:17:56 PM  
My god. Just look at what journalism has turned into. CNN sits there for 30 minutes reading twitter to a live news audience. FOX news creates a news flash to let its viewers know that shark week is on a completely different channel to get out of a losing arguement. And now some dying news paper website is reporting that some guy on the internet says vancouver sucks.


Hey Toronto Sun/post any other news station. A guy on fark says "journalists are retarded these days" Go run with that story please.
 
2009-08-07 12:18:07 PM  
Obviously, none of these people have been to Aberdeen in Washington State. That town is truly a sad, sad pocket of humanity.
 
2009-08-07 12:18:54 PM  
Vancouver is a great city once you get used to the junkies begging on every street corner.
 
2009-08-07 12:20:38 PM  
Wanted to move to Vancouver for awhile now. Always looked like a nice place to live.
 
2009-08-07 12:21:06 PM  
They haven't been to Cleveland or Detroit huh, especially Cleveland in the winter.
 
2009-08-07 12:21:12 PM  
eggrolls: You want depressing? Welcome to my hometown - Newburgh, NY

That last one is the street I grew up on.


Are there any photographers in that town not named "Rob"?
 
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