Monday, May 27, 2002, 9:28 am, Victoria, BC
We went to Sooke yesterday morning, and, after time, found an excellent cottage – indeed, a house – for this evening. The owners are Dutch, the man, Ernie van Beers, from Leiden, and about the same age (79) as my father would have been: they may have gone to school together. Odd, these coincidences, in a place called Sooke (‘zoek’), and our ending up staying at the Gorge in Victoria at the Dutchman Inn.
We lunched overlooking Sooke’s little harbour and then made for Victoria, where, after fighting traffic for two hours, we settled into our room and then walked the pedestrian paths on both shores of the Gorge.
For the evening, we brought in pizza and watched a Stephen King film, Needful Things. Max von Sydow is good at everything he does.
Somewhat depressed this morning — the City crews promptly woke everyone in earshot at quarter to eight — but it’s partly dissatisfaction, and, partly, mortality.