But the event sounded so great I asked Lindsay if she was game to give it a whirl with me and, as ever, my trusty sidekick was in like a shot.
I gave her the job of finding us somewhere to eat around Main and 25th where there is abundance of options. I suggested maybe pizza and she found a little place with great reviews and booked a table.
It's Roman style pizza served in squares and it was out of this world..... with a side salad and pizza dough bread - we were in carb/pizza heaven!
I have eaten way too much pizza in my life......of all kinds.... even some local gourmet pizza......but for me...this topped them all (excuse the pun!).
I seriously did not want anyone else to know about it.....it's just so perfect the way it is - regulars coming in and out "Ciao"ing to one another......I felt like I was in Rome again.
But because you will want to go there.....I give you my bellissimo daughter and the name of the best pizza spot ever........ you are welcome! For those of you not in Vancouver - I hereby pledge to take you there as soon as you land.
So full of pizza, we wondered down to this little store on Main and 24th
On which you are free to write letters. We were early and we snagged a couple of Smith-Corona's and got to work.
Very, very, v e r y slowly.
First I showed Lindsay and a few others around how to thread the paper and then we began to..... ah.... hit the keys.....
Soon the room was awash with so much tapping and zinging and letters and poems and notes and recipes were created by a very diverse crowd (while another whole crowd waited in line for a turn at the typewriters).
It was fascinating to imagine what had brought everyone here.
I typed 5 letter in total - ok small notes - except for the one longer letter I typed to my Mother-in-law in homage to her 150 typed words per minute she could do when it was her job to type exam papers on a typewriter!!!! I cannot imagine.........
We were pretty hopeless but pretty proud of our badly spaced, badly spelled missives.