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We’re moving to Vancouver, Canada, in about a month. Here are all of the reasons why.

o Clean air and beautiful light
o Vancouver has the most festivals annually of any city in North America
o Vancouver has had about 17 murders so far this year.  Los Angeles had about 24 murders last year BY MINORS.  Los Angeles County had about 19 murders LAST WEEKEND.
o The Canadian dollar is cheaper and more colorful
o It’s on the ocean, near the mountains, on a river. It’s heaven for people who like prepositions and wilderness, like me.
o We hated the censored version of Trailer Park Boys
o Weather.  Not necessarily good weather, but there’s lots of it.
o Some of Travis’ closest high school friends live here
o Candied salmon—it’s delicious!
o Because we want to
o Living in Vancouver’s downtown, we can sell one car and walk a lot more. (That’s the theory at least)
o The cost of healthcare per month for a couple in B.C.: $76 U.S., with no co-pays or deductibles
o British Columbians listen to country music less than any other province except for Quebec. And they listen to French pop less than Quebec.
o Progressive social policies
o People are nice
o No, really, they’re very nice
o We’re beating the rush to be there for the 2010 Olympics
o In the U.S., 70.3% of all American workers put in more than 40 hours a week. The average that B.C. residents work per week? 31.1 hours. (Sorry the stats don’t directly compare, I couldn’t find an exact match, but one source says Americans average 46 hours per week.)
o Stanley Park abuts Vancouver’s downtown, and it’s spectacularly large and verdant
o No Taco Bell

To be fair, we’ve also listed reasons we shouldn’t move there:
o No Taco Bell
o None of our close L.A. friends (but they’ll come visit!)
o Sun, sun, sun
o So many things to do, restaurants to try
o Our house is swell
o No TiVo
o No Netflix
o No Comedy Central
o No Pink’s hot dog stand, The Hat, Cha Cha Cha’s, Le Petit Bistro, Philippe’s or Bupa di Becco
o We’ll need to get a whole new cell phone plan
o It gets cold there. And wet.  Wet and cold.
o Will Hop Studios continue to do well? Dunno!

Please, add your own suggestions using the comment tool!


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“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

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“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

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“I play with variables constantly.”

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“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

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Argggh! Arrrggghhh! ARRGGHH! Are you really MOVING? Say it ain't so!

I'm speechless.



Posted by Spike
  at 5:18 pm on Aug. 28, 2004




No TiVo in Canada? Are they savages?


Posted by byrneout
  at 1:55 am on Aug. 29, 2004




It's so, I'm afraid.

And yes, they are the noblest of savages: true, North, strong and free.


Posted by Travis Smith
  at 2:26 am on Aug. 29, 2004




Canada! You socialist wannabes!


Posted by
  at 9:05 am on Aug. 30, 2004




Dude... you still have me stuck at "No TiVo!"


Posted by Mike
  at 7:01 pm on Sep. 2, 2004




You know the real reason for moving is that you'll be able to run out and get Canada's own Ketchup Flavored Potato chips any time of the day or night. Best of luck!

ps. Is there really no Tivo in Canada? That just sucks.


Posted by Rob
  at 9:21 pm on Sep. 3, 2004




Wow. You folks are all pretty hung up on the No TiVo thing. For me, I think it's going to be the rain and cold that will take the most adjusting.


Posted by Travis Smith
  at 2:30 pm on Sep. 4, 2004




Just had a brainwave, Travis ? why don't you go to Vancouver and leave Susie here with us? On the other hand, Vancouver sounds really nice ? perhaps I'll go with Susie and you can stay here! : )


Posted by Jerome
  at 2:47 pm on Sep. 10, 2004




We've got a Tivoesque service ( and several Netflixesque knock-offs. I get Comedy Central on my cable package from this fibre-based startup ( in Yaletown.


Posted by Darren
  at 9:28 am on Sep. 15, 2004




Well, that all sounds quite comforting, and yet I worry a little bit about something "Tivoesque." That's like saying that something is Faberge-esque.


Posted by Travis
  at 12:48 pm on Sep. 15, 2004




what the fuck is tivo?


Posted by damien
  at 3:22 pm on Oct. 22, 2004




Oh dear.

TiVo is like the butter for TV's bread.

It's like the wheels for TV's bicycle.

Basically, it's a VCR with a) a hard-drive instead of a tape, and b) a great interface that's really easy to use, and c) two weeks of detailed, searchable listings of what's on. So you can get it to tape all your favorite shows, then watch them whenever you want, and can skip commercials and pause it and come back to it and you never have to watch "live" tv again.


Posted by Travis Smith
  at 3:37 pm on Oct. 22, 2004




first of all there is tivo in canada, it's only called a different name and please, if someone wants to move to vancouver i think that's the smartest decision they can ever make. specially if they are moving from states.


Posted by
  at 7:15 pm on Dec. 5, 2004




Hey Travis,

My wife and I are seriously thinking of re-locating to Vancouver (we live in Toronto)

I know it's quite a bit different than moving from L.A. but how do you like it so far?


Posted by Adam
  at 11:51 am on Feb. 23, 2005




Well, the weather has been great, the people, great, the food, great, the real estate, expensive. Overall, we love the city. Spectacular.

However, the lack of TiVo is a real problem.


Posted by Travis
  at 8:25 am on Feb. 24, 2005




don't forget another good reason: amerika has lost its soul.


Posted by dogma
  at 12:07 am on May. 5, 2005

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