Well, I had a lot I wanted to get done to day and, although I didn’t accomplish everything, it was a nice, full day…
1) The Running of the Bulldogs
Akemi and I headed down to Yaletown early this morning to register our french bulldog, Lulu, for “the running of the bulldogs”, part of a HUGE dog-themed festival that included various vendor booths, complimentary dog treats, and doggy wading pools. I registered her at 11: 00 a.m. as per the instructions in the flyer, specifying her name, my name, her weight (21 lbs), and her nickname (LeLouche). Unfortunately, when it came time for the actual races, we could hardly hear the host and his ineffective bullhorn. Perhaps more frustrating was the fact that they were calling in the participants out of sequence, NOT in the order in which they registered but some weird, randomized order known only to them. I was eager to have Lulu run (she had carbed up that morning), but we were dog-sitting our old friend Petunia who was so exhausted that Akemi feared she might pass out. So we left early. Lulu missed out on her chance to run. And I had to carry Petunia back to the car.
2) Garlic Fest
We dropped off the dogs, then headed over the Richmond for the Garlic Festival – to try the much-hyped garlic ice cream. A potential weird-food-purchase-of-the-day perhaps? Alas, the garlic ice cream was sold out by the time we got there – so we had to settle for garlic scape pizza, roasted garlic, and six bulbs of Russian Red!
3) Pie Championship!
We returned home, walked the dogs, then hopped back into the car and headed over to the city’s east end for the Incredible Pie Championship! $5 got you a taste of all 21 pies competing across five categories: Sweet, Savory, Structural, Vegan and Best in Show. We met up with friends (Nicole and Lan), made new ones (Kirsten, Liz, Wendy, and guy standing in line who looked like Ronon Dex), and enjoyed A LOT of pie.
We came home, exhausted. Akemi took her shower and was ready for bed. At 8:00 p.m.! Also, she sunburnt her ears.