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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!

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“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

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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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