Year in Review: 2020
Posted at October 23, 2021
2020 was a thing that happened, eh?
- 2013 In Review
- #YARRLAND @ One YARR
- #YARRLAND @ Two YARRS
- Year in Review: 2016 (plus late 2015)
- Year in Review: 2017
- Year in Review: 2018
- Year in Review: 2019
I had plans. Vague plans, honestly. I wanted to visit family in Arizona. I broached the idea of visiting P— and J— in Australia. I was going to read more books, go to more events, do more things.
One of those things was host Nodeschool YVR again. I got permission from $WORK to host a meetup in the office on a Saturday in mid-March. Then the NBA and the NHL shut down due to the virus. On Thursday (?) HR rescinded permission to host the event due to health concerns. On Friday they announced that people were allowed to work from home starting the next week. And on Sunday they sent out a company-wide email announcing there was a confirmed COVID-19 case in the building, and working from home was mandatory going forward. I haven’t been back since.
I’ve said this a million times now, but I’m in just about the perfect place to weather this whole thing. Everything I could need is in walking distance. Stanley Park is a few blocks away, if I need to get away from everything. I can work from home. I’ve been suffering through the easy-mode version of the pandemic.
At the same time, ugh.
My parents live in Comox. I visited twice — once over the summer, when my sister took her family to see them, and again in November, because I knew that it was very unlikely that I’d be able to see them for Christmas. I made the right call.
It was a glorious summer, until the smoke came.
It was a nice day. I biked out to the Stormcrow Alehouse to buy a facemask, and I just kept going, out to UBC, and then back along the ocean. It came out to something like 35 KM.
Just before Christmas, I met A— and R— briefly so I could give him something for a Christmas gift exchange, and get A—‘s old tablet she wasn’t using
That’s it. Aside from my cycling jaunts in the summer, I barely left my neighbourhood.
Wolf Parade @ The Commodore Ballroom
The last concert I went to, in the Before Times. Awesome show.
Dara Ó Briain: Voice of Reason @ The Vogue Theatre
Indefinitely postponed. :(
The Critical Hit Show @ The Rio Theatre and Twitch
There were a few shows at the Rio before they had to go online. But hey, that means you, person reading this, can see their archived streams on youtube.
I have a weekly Zoom hangout with friends. It’s been over a year, but we’re still going.
We moved online, using Tabletop Simulator.
East Van Panto: Panto Come Home!
They did it online. It was actually really good.
An Unexpected Wedding
Gavin ran the one-shot on Roll20. It was good!
Cindy Sherman exhibition
I checked it out at the Vancouver Art Gallery when the virus was in the news but things were still open.
The last film I saw in the theatre. It’s not a good movie, but it stuck with me for a long time afterwards. Check out Folding Ideas’ reaction video, Sideway’s video on the music, and even Lindsay Ellis’ analysis video.
Videogame. Pure class.
This isn’t a piece of media, per se, but I got it just before the pandemic and greatly appreciated having it.
There’s also WTQuest. I don’t see their stuff anymore because it overlaps with my gaming night, but they’re a local group doing entertaining actual plays.
And sometimes I lurk on Ellen MacNavin’s channel. It’s most chill.
It was a thing! A year, I mean. ANOTHER YEAR.
I salute you, Nigel Howard. (But I don’t think your arms are that long.)