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Re: Vancouver
« Reply #50 on: May 24, 2014, 04:10:38 AM »
Chalk up another one in Vancouver, interested in any future meetups. I tried going to the Facebook link but it didn't go anywhere?

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Re: Vancouver
« Reply #51 on: June 08, 2014, 12:02:03 AM »
The "free entertainment" thread made me think to mention something here - every summer there's free ballroom dancing on Friday nights at Robson Square downtown, starting on the 27th this month.

If any of you are looking for that type of thing, it's something to check out - and it always starts with a beginner lesson if you've never danced before, and you can come as a single or couple or group - everyone dances with everyone. I go pretty much every Friday, except when I'm traveling.
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« Reply #52 on: June 08, 2014, 09:55:13 AM »
As someone with two left feet, that sounds scary. ;)

Would love to meet up with some Vancouver mustachians at some point - I would be happy to share early impressions of ER which will happen for me at the end of September!!!

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« Reply #53 on: June 11, 2014, 03:15:56 PM »
A few people in Victoria like me. Perhaps if we get enough we should start up a group!
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« Reply #54 on: June 11, 2014, 04:36:47 PM »
AssetGrinder, I am in the Gulf Islands a lot, so Victoria is very doable for me. Although I mostly live and work in and around Vancouver (not for much longer!), I have much more affinity for Victoria.

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« Reply #55 on: July 22, 2014, 10:00:13 AM »
A new local Mustachian meetup group has formed! You guys should check it out / join. No meetups planned yet, but I'm sure something will show up soon. http://www.meetup.com/Money-Mustache-Meetup-Vancouver/
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« Reply #56 on: July 22, 2014, 10:28:58 AM »
Please also post meet up date here, I addition to meet up site.

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« Reply #57 on: July 22, 2014, 09:12:11 PM »
Okay, whoever started the Meetup group has made me an organizer, so I just scheduled my first one!

Stanley Park has free outdoor movies every Tuesday all summer. Meetup for the one next week, Mean Girls, Tuesday the 29th at Second Beach. Me and my boyfriend will be there at 8:30-ish, movie starts at dark, around 9:30. We have a big black and orange beach mat, and a mustache flag on a broomstick. There's just one big grassy area where people sit, so it should be easy to find us.

Super casual. Bring snacks or drinks to share of you like. We'll bring some sort of cookies. Come early if you want to hang out and chat, later if you just want to see the movie.

Bike if you can! There's a free bike valet. We'll be using it.
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Re: Vancouver
« Reply #58 on: July 26, 2014, 11:25:37 AM »
This is great! I was a bit bummed when the topic slid off the first page due to lack of activity.

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« Reply #59 on: August 07, 2014, 04:59:36 PM »
How did the meetup go?
Just finished watching the CleanBin documentary filmed in Vancouver. Very cool, http://cleanbinproject.com/
They have their new one that just released , Just Eat it http://www.foodwastemovie.com/
Both are very Mustachian in the underlying concepts of buying meaninfully and not wasting your hard earned cash
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« Reply #60 on: August 07, 2014, 05:07:15 PM »
We didn't manage to find each other at the outdoor movie, but we had another meetup last weekend going for a short hike in Iona Park in Richmond that about 7 or 8 people came to. That was fun!

What kind of meetups would you guys be interested in? Right now we seem to be trending towards free events and hiking.
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« Reply #61 on: August 07, 2014, 05:39:32 PM »
Any Vancouver sea kayakers? My wife and I would certainly love to paddle with some west coast mustachians.

If not, hiking is always good.

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« Reply #62 on: August 07, 2014, 06:28:15 PM »
Any Vancouver sea kayakers? My wife and I would certainly love to paddle with some west coast mustachians.

If not, hiking is always good.

Got any spare kayaks? I've gone kayaking a few times but couldn't reasonably own/store/transport one myself due to living in a 5th floor downtown apartment with no car.
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« Reply #63 on: August 12, 2014, 06:00:16 PM »
Zikoris, my kayaking "fleet" consists of 3 kayaks, so yeah, a couple of spares.

I'll have to figure out the logistics of it all, because I keep the boats at my Gulf Island property (a 2 hour ferry ride away)- I live in a 3rd floor condo here in Vancouver, so I have storage issues as well. But I do like bringing them to the city on occasion to hit up some of the great paddling spots the Lower Mainland has to offer.

Any Vancouver Mustachian kayaking trips might have to wait till next Spring/Summer - by then I'll have been ER'ed for a while and have the time and inclination to plan something. It could be really fun.

There is always the rental option - TONS of kayak rental possibilities in Vancouver.

One month of work left for me - then I might start making some appearances at some Vancouver meetups.

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« Reply #64 on: August 13, 2014, 09:47:52 AM »
Zikoris, my kayaking "fleet" consists of 3 kayaks, so yeah, a couple of spares.

I'll have to figure out the logistics of it all, because I keep the boats at my Gulf Island property (a 2 hour ferry ride away)- I live in a 3rd floor condo here in Vancouver, so I have storage issues as well. But I do like bringing them to the city on occasion to hit up some of the great paddling spots the Lower Mainland has to offer.

Any Vancouver Mustachian kayaking trips might have to wait till next Spring/Summer - by then I'll have been ER'ed for a while and have the time and inclination to plan something. It could be really fun.

There is always the rental option - TONS of kayak rental possibilities in Vancouver.

One month of work left for me - then I might start making some appearances at some Vancouver meetups.

Spending money on the ferry might put off some frugal types but visiting your property and putting in the water on the island side would be the more rewarding kayak experience. Plus a weekend couch surfing or tenting somewhere and visiting the island farmers markets screams the ER lifestyle. Part of why I moved from SK to Van Island.
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« Reply #65 on: August 13, 2014, 10:16:31 AM »
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Spending money on the ferry might put off some frugal types but visiting your property and putting in the water on the island side would be the more rewarding kayak experience. Plus a weekend couch surfing or tenting somewhere and visiting the island farmers markets screams the ER lifestyle. Part of why I moved from SK to Van Island.

Going as a foot passenger on the ferry is usually pretty cheap - $5-$10 each way depending where you're going. Party at jon_snow's island place? LOL
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« Reply #66 on: August 13, 2014, 10:59:30 AM »
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Spending money on the ferry might put off some frugal types but visiting your property and putting in the water on the island side would be the more rewarding kayak experience. Plus a weekend couch surfing or tenting somewhere and visiting the island farmers markets screams the ER lifestyle. Part of why I moved from SK to Van Island.

Going as a foot passenger on the ferry is usually pretty cheap - $5-$10 each way depending where you're going. Party at jon_snow's island place? LOL

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« Reply #67 on: August 13, 2014, 06:31:11 PM »
Never thought of Vancouverstachians (hope you haven't copyrighted that term Zikoris) coming the other way, to my little island in the Salish Sea. It's a pretty nice spot to be.


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« Reply #68 on: August 13, 2014, 07:56:00 PM »
Nice island! Do you have some sort of house or cabin on it, or just wilderness? Which island, and is there regular ferry service?
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« Reply #69 on: August 14, 2014, 05:42:04 PM »
Nice pics, Jon_Snow! I love the gulf islands. Trying to get around to visiting them all. So far have visited SSI, Galiano, Thetis, Saturna (personal fave!), Mayne, Bowen, Keats, Savary, Denman, & Hornby...  Have considered relocating to a gulf island one day, but will probably end up on Van Isle. For now, it's condo living in Vancouver. :) love that it's so easy to get out of the city, while still having the conveniences of living within walking distance to most amenities!

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« Reply #70 on: August 14, 2014, 11:11:32 PM »
Another meetup this weekend for anyone who wants to do some easy hiking on the north shore! I made an event on the meetup group, but feel free to join us even if you're not a part of that group.

This Sunday, August 17th Lynn Loop, in the Lynn Headwaters park. About 5km, minimal elevation gain, nice well maintained trail. We meet in the picnic area, past the parking lot, near the drinking fountains and outhouses. Meet at 10:30, leave at 10:45. Picnic afterwards, since it's a loop that comes back to the start.

More info on the hike: http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/lynn-loop/

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« Reply #71 on: August 16, 2014, 03:02:57 PM »
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Spending money on the ferry might put off some frugal types but visiting your property and putting in the water on the island side would be the more rewarding kayak experience. Plus a weekend couch surfing or tenting somewhere and visiting the island farmers markets screams the ER lifestyle. Part of why I moved from SK to Van Island.

Going as a foot passenger on the ferry is usually pretty cheap - $5-$10 each way depending where you're going. Party at jon_snow's island place? LOL

It's $16 per person walk on for most ferries, $12 to Salt Spring.  Some of the smaller ones may still be $10 (Denman, maybe??) The good news is that transit is great on the vancouver side, and into Victoria, and Sechelt.  Otherwise the bus charters start to set you back $40 to $75.     

With transit, Ferry walk ons and two people, you can expect to spend $75 easy for a round trip day.  So I budget for it, it is not "Cheap", but maybe "value priced" and we rarely go unless a special trip...    taking kayaks would cost a lot more, as it is hard to get a kayak on a bus.  (LOL, I would love to see someone try that one!)

Ferries are not cheap!  We finally returned from our camping "trip of a lifetime", over 2+ weeks, and spent $1800 on Ferry fares alone (Two ferries, family of 4).   I felt very extravagant.  It did include  Prince Rupert, so not the normal ferry trip. 

I may be game for a kayak (flat water) trip locally on the vancouver side.   Ladner is supposed to be nice, or of course all those areas around Burrard Inlet.

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« Reply #72 on: August 16, 2014, 06:44:29 PM »
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Spending money on the ferry might put off some frugal types but visiting your property and putting in the water on the island side would be the more rewarding kayak experience. Plus a weekend couch surfing or tenting somewhere and visiting the island farmers markets screams the ER lifestyle. Part of why I moved from SK to Van Island.

Going as a foot passenger on the ferry is usually pretty cheap - $5-$10 each way depending where you're going. Party at jon_snow's island place? LOL

It's $16 per person walk on for most ferries, $12 to Salt Spring.  Some of the smaller ones may still be $10 (Denman, maybe??) The good news is that transit is great on the vancouver side, and into Victoria, and Sechelt.  Otherwise the bus charters start to set you back $40 to $75.     

With transit, Ferry walk ons and two people, you can expect to spend $75 easy for a round trip day.  So I budget for it, it is not "Cheap", but maybe "value priced" and we rarely go unless a special trip...    taking kayaks would cost a lot more, as it is hard to get a kayak on a bus.  (LOL, I would love to see someone try that one!)

Ferries are not cheap!  We finally returned from our camping "trip of a lifetime", over 2+ weeks, and spent $1800 on Ferry fares alone (Two ferries, family of 4).   I felt very extravagant.  It did include  Prince Rupert, so not the normal ferry trip. 

I may be game for a kayak (flat water) trip locally on the vancouver side.   Ladner is supposed to be nice, or of course all those areas around Burrard Inlet.

I haven't been on too many ferries, but I went hiking on Bowen Island a few weeks ago and the ticket was a little over $11 round trip, so like $5 or $6 each way.

How did you spend $1800 on two ferry rides? that seems.... mind bogglingly high.
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« Reply #73 on: August 16, 2014, 09:37:12 PM »
Let me just say, I'm excited to join in on these hikes one day! I should be back in bc in 1-2 years :D

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« Reply #74 on: August 16, 2014, 11:41:24 PM »
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Spending money on the ferry might put off some frugal types but visiting your property and putting in the water on the island side would be the more rewarding kayak experience. Plus a weekend couch surfing or tenting somewhere and visiting the island farmers markets screams the ER lifestyle. Part of why I moved from SK to Van Island.

Going as a foot passenger on the ferry is usually pretty cheap - $5-$10 each way depending where you're going. Party at jon_snow's island place? LOL

It's $16 per person walk on for most ferries, $12 to Salt Spring.  Some of the smaller ones may still be $10 (Denman, maybe??) The good news is that transit is great on the vancouver side, and into Victoria, and Sechelt.  Otherwise the bus charters start to set you back $40 to $75.     

With transit, Ferry walk ons and two people, you can expect to spend $75 easy for a round trip day.  So I budget for it, it is not "Cheap", but maybe "value priced" and we rarely go unless a special trip...    taking kayaks would cost a lot more, as it is hard to get a kayak on a bus.  (LOL, I would love to see someone try that one!)

Ferries are not cheap!  We finally returned from our camping "trip of a lifetime", over 2+ weeks, and spent $1800 on Ferry fares alone (Two ferries, family of 4).   I felt very extravagant.  It did include  Prince Rupert, so not the normal ferry trip. 

I may be game for a kayak (flat water) trip locally on the vancouver side.   Ladner is supposed to be nice, or of course all those areas around Burrard Inlet.

I haven't been on too many ferries, but I went hiking on Bowen Island a few weeks ago and the ticket was a little over $11 round trip, so like $5 or $6 each way.

How did you spend $1800 on two ferry rides? that seems.... mind bogglingly high.

Ferries from northern Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert are going to be a lot more than to Bowen :) $450 for a vehicle one way and almost $200 per adult. But it is a very long ride-16hrs (and very beautiful!). 

Bowen is really cheap because it's basically a suburb of west van.  Even HSB to Nanaimo is $16. It adds up, for sure. Zikoris, you might like camping on Keats island. Walk on to Langdale, then take a water taxi to Keats and hike 2k. Really nice spot.

Deep Cove/Buntzen Lake are also good kayaking spots.

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« Reply #75 on: August 20, 2014, 01:17:41 PM »
I mentioned this on the Lynn Loop hike but I'll also state here, I have access to my parents' 3-person canoe in Cowichan Bay. The MMM navy grows larger! Pic related it's an Old Town 17' fiberglass canoe.



It's also great for hauling cargo with 2 people paddling. 200 pounds of cargo in this or more is easy and almost as fast as a kayak with 2 strong paddlers.

And thx Zikoris for roping me in from the ERE forums :)
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« Reply #76 on: August 20, 2014, 02:41:40 PM »
I love how we're putting together the Royal Mustache Navy. So West Coast. We have to get everyone with boats together some weekend.
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« Reply #77 on: August 20, 2014, 08:39:19 PM »
A couple of my contributions to the Northwest Mustachian Navy. :) I also have another kayak not pictured here.


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« Reply #78 on: August 21, 2014, 05:56:01 PM »
Not to get too off-topic but I'm hoping to get a bicycle-drawn canoe trailer for fully amphibious human powered transportation!

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« Reply #79 on: August 21, 2014, 06:45:34 PM »
Not to get too off-topic but I'm hoping to get a bicycle-drawn canoe trailer for fully amphibious human powered transportation!

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That would be a brutal haul up the north shore mountains!
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« Reply #80 on: August 25, 2014, 11:30:32 AM »
We haven't made the dive into the canoes or Kayaks yet as we have taken to mountain biking in the Cowichan Valley with a passion. We have Mt Tzouhalem, Maple Mountain, Cobble Hill and Mt Prevost....the riding is some of the best in Canada. We did the MMM way though and when we moved to Vancouver Island from the prairies we sold all of our motorbikes as the whole family raced (talked about a crazy expensive money pit that was) The sales completely offset the purchase price of new bikes for the whole family and now we can enjoy a sport that is relatively cost free. We love hiking as well and plan to make some longer treks or overnight trips to learn the ropes for back country hikes. I will watch for the meetups here and hopefully find one that fits my schedule.

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« Reply #81 on: August 25, 2014, 03:25:43 PM »
I'm quite the opposite, Stasher. I am all over the kayaking thing, have been for over 20 years - but I really am lacking in the biking department. Going against one of the main tenants of Mustachianism I DO NOT OWN A BIKE. There, I said it...

My wife is quite a cyclist, and we actually hit up Cap's Bicycles this past weekend to look at getting her a new one. She is determined to ditch the truck more often and ride her bike to work, right through the winter. Her commute is only 7k one way, so very doable, though there are some killer hills to conquer. From what I saw, you can get a pretty skookum hybrid bike for between $600-800. Will probably pounce if we can get a really good deal.

I had a pretty bad bike accident as a kid (I still bear the scars to this day) and I think it's lingering memories of this that keeps me from embracing the bike culture. :(

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« Reply #82 on: August 25, 2014, 06:11:16 PM »
We haven't made the dive into the canoes or Kayaks yet as we have taken to mountain biking in the Cowichan Valley with a passion. We have Mt Tzouhalem, Maple Mountain, Cobble Hill and Mt Prevost....the riding is some of the best in Canada.

Wow mt Zoo looks amazing - my family lives in Cow Bay so next time I'm there maybe we'll ride it a bit.  I wonder how realistic a Cowichan Valley meetup is?

According to this maps there's a ton of trails, what's the skill level involved? http://www.trailforks.com/file/region/43/

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« Reply #83 on: September 17, 2014, 02:29:29 PM »
Thought I'd mention something that might be of interest to fellow Vancouverstachians: The City of Vancouver offers a worm composting workshop through the compost centre on Maple Street. They heavily subsidize it - $25 for a class, book, bin/bedding, and worms - to encourage more people to take it up. I'll be attending the next one, which they'll schedule when enough people show up - hopefully within the next few weeks.
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« Reply #84 on: October 03, 2014, 12:51:19 PM »
I'll be down in Vancouver for a couple days in November, so if you are doing a meet-up when I am there maybe I will be able to come!

I'd be interested in any nice little hikes that are accessible by public transport while I am there if any one has some suggestions. Or other cheep ideas of things to do. I've been to Vancouver before but looking for new ideas.

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Re: Vancouver
« Reply #85 on: November 04, 2014, 12:09:49 AM »
We are a family of four (sons aged 2 and 6) and live and work in Burnaby.
We also live in a Co-op, I was glad to see that it was mentioned a few times already as an affordable option to the crazy Vancouver prices. We love it.
Recently found the MMM blog and read all blog posts, it was nice to see that there are other frugal people out there and it was then also great to find that such people also exist in Vancouver!
Would love to meet our fellow Mustachians in Vancouver if a family/kids friendly event gets organized in the future.

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« Reply #86 on: May 17, 2015, 11:16:27 AM »
This thread needs an update!

I moved back to Vancouver.... would love to meet some MMM locals!

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« Reply #87 on: May 17, 2015, 11:38:18 AM »
one way is by joining the meetup group, we did a bunch last year. I suppose you could suggest one? We do a lot of hikes as less people show up to the biking ones it seems.

http://www.meetup.com/Money-Mustache-Meetup-Vancouver/

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Re: Vancouver
« Reply #88 on: May 18, 2015, 04:09:29 AM »
Just signed up for the meetup, looking forward to meeting you all. I'm new to the MMM lifestyle so would love some tips on getting started as well.

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Re: Vancouver
« Reply #89 on: May 23, 2015, 11:56:25 AM »
I'm downtown. I saw the Veggie burger meetup, but decided to pass on the meatless burger.

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« Reply #90 on: May 23, 2015, 03:34:08 PM »
i'm going anyway, I'll probably just get a coffee haha. Too bad they don't have beer. Although the lentil panini doesn't look bad

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Re: Vancouver
« Reply #91 on: May 23, 2015, 04:39:06 PM »
There are quite a few vegetarians and vegans in the group (myself included), so that's to be expected! Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight.
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« Reply #92 on: May 24, 2015, 03:32:07 AM »
Would have loved to come and meet everyone, but had prior engagements with friends I had to attend. Really hope you all get together soon so I can join.

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« Reply #93 on: May 24, 2015, 10:49:45 AM »
another hike next Sunday the 31st, I think at 11 AM. Stanley park this time, so more of a "stroll" than a hike really. Not up on the meetup page so details may still change.

http://www.meetup.com/Money-Mustache-Meetup-Vancouver/
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« Reply #94 on: June 03, 2015, 06:50:35 PM »
As one of the meetup group event organizers, I'm thinking about starting a recurring weekly casual bike ride event. It would be a weekday evening things and probably around 10km-ish at an easy pace on various trails starting around downtown or science world. Definitely could be a good way for people who aren't in the habit of biking to build up some strength and get back into it.

Is there any interest in something like that? We did one biking meetup a while back and only one person showed up, but there are a lot more people in the group now...
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« Reply #95 on: June 04, 2015, 09:55:51 AM »
i think its' cool that so many people joined the group. We've had a pretty big turnout at the last 2 events.

I'm game for bike things but I was the "only one person to show up" so it would be nice to get more people interested. Luke has said he wants to ride bikes but needs a place to store his bike, maybe he can use my spare.

Maybe pitch it on meetup instead as I'm not sure that many people check this thread as compared to the meetup page.

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« Reply #96 on: October 15, 2016, 12:31:40 PM »
Are Vancouver people still using this thread or is there another thread??  I'm new to forum and may be interested in a meetup sometime.
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« Reply #97 on: October 15, 2016, 01:05:27 PM »
Are Vancouver people still using this thread or is there another thread??  I'm new to forum and may be interested in a meetup sometime.

We've moved to Meetup - here's the group if you'd like to join: https://www.meetup.com/Money-Mustache-Meetup-Vancouver/
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« Reply #98 on: October 15, 2016, 01:18:49 PM »
Thanks @ Zikoris I joined.  I'm still somewhat anonymous but maybe you will see me at one of the events soon.  I read in your thread about cooperative housing which is something I knew very little about....so I found one in my neighbourhood that I will investigate.

Thanks for that tip!  The costs are about $380/month less than I pay in rent which is substantial.  I like the idea of not being kicked out if my owner decides to cash out of the market.
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« Reply #99 on: October 15, 2016, 02:36:12 PM »
Thanks @ Zikoris I joined.  I'm still somewhat anonymous but maybe you will see me at one of the events soon.  I read in your thread about cooperative housing which is something I knew very little about....so I found one in my neighbourhood that I will investigate.

Thanks for that tip!  The costs are about $380/month less than I pay in rent which is substantial.  I like the idea of not being kicked out if my owner decides to cash out of the market.

That's great! You should definitely apply to some co-ops - they get surprisingly few applications, because most people don't want to bother with the interview process, wait list, etc.

I'll probably schedule a potluck or movie screening or something for the meetup group sometime in the next month - my co-op has a nice big amenity room for members to use, which is nice. Normally the events are more outdoorsy stuff like hiking, but the weather is not co-operating this year!
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