I've visited smaller communities surrounding Vancouver: Steveston, Fort Langley, White Rock. Just a brief visit for an afternoon, it feels like a breath of fresh air. Proud of their history, mellow jazz quartet in the park, farmer's market on the weekend, easy walk along the promenade. Sometimes I think I could/should settle in a community like that, but there's not a lot of services or employment available if I can't 'get by' on selling art alone (not that I've really attempted to do so thusfar). Idyllic and cute, but at the mercy of tourist dollars - then again, much of Vancouver is too. Maybe it's enough just to visit. Maybe it doesn't matter where I am, given that I carry my "home" on my back.
I've been alone and with friends. Had conversations both light and deep with people I see either rarely or often. Good to bounce ideas off of, so thank you all for that.
I still wave at the trains as they pass, in case the engineer waves back. There's no more caboose at the end of the trains, just an electronic eye I suppose is for safety. I wave at that too.