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Guide to umbrella etiquette for Vancouverites

Byline : Jeremy Baxter

November 10, 2011

It’s rainy season here in Vancouver and that means Stormtech jackets, gum boots, and umbrellas. Recently, there’s been an explosion of poor umbrella etiquette in our fair city and what better time for an annual refresher of the top five keys to proper and polite umbrella practice.

1.    Don’t poke someone’s eye out

Walking with an umbrella is equivalent to wearing a hat with scissors pointing at everyone you pass. Be careful. There’s little worse than having to duck out of the way of someone barrelling through an intersection on their phone taking out every poor bystander.


This leads to the key move of any umbrella user: When I lift my umbrella up to avoid yours, you react appropriately by tilting / ducking / altering your umbrella height. It’s simple. Pay attention please, for all of us.


2.    Using an umbrella gives up any right to building overhangs and awnings

It’s not necessary to cover yourself with a building’s awnings to protect the dryness of your umbrella. The simple fact that you have an umbrella means you are prepared to brave the weather, and others might not be so lucky. If carrying an open umbrella, all rights to a covered area or sidewalk are forfeited and the covered spaces must be provided to those people not so fortunate to have remembered their umbrellas.


3.     If an umbrella is forgotten, don’t steal someone else’s

Just because you forgot your umbrella at lunch does not provide permission to steal an umbrella from the drying vase at the office building of your afternoon meeting. Sure, it looks like there’s a lot of umbrellas in there and no one will notice but someone will; the person who’s umbrella you stole. And please avoid trying to scam the coat check staff into handing you another person’s umbrella, it’s not nice. “Uh ya, mine’s the black umbrella with the handle…”


Contrary to popular belief there is no umbrella carousel whereby one forgets an umbrella and picks up a different one at the next location. This is called forgetfulness and theft.


4.     Be mindful of where a wet umbrella is drying

Don’t shake a soaking wet umbrella inside a dry lobby or waiting room. It’s much better trying to remove all excess water before entering the building than shaking it in a corner and pretending no ones sees you. The security guard definitely sees, and so will the security camera should someone slip and hurt themselves on the puddle you created.


This also applies to an open umbrella left out to dry. If people can’t comfortably walk around your umbrella, whether in the office or at someone’s home, you need to find a new drying place.


5.     When stuck outside, share.

Sometimes an umbrella is forgotten in the morning and then the rain comes. If you’re smart or lucky enough to have a rain saviour in your hand feel free to share it with someone waiting to cross the street hoping not to get soaked. This applies to friends, colleagues, and others that you already know, but don’t rule out that stranger at the crosswalk because your generosity could be the smile that changes both your days.


Not allowed: randomly walking with strangers holding an umbrella over their head for blocks, this will get you some weird looks.



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green iced tea w/ agave.

5 easy steps to iced cold refreshment:

1. Steep your favourite green tea for 4 minutes

2. Pour into large clear glass cups and let it chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours

3. Remove from the fridge and sweeten with agave nectar + stir

4. Slice some lemons and add them to your drink

5. Add ice and serve


-use at least 10 ice cubes for that extra cold chill

-try lemongrass green tea for an added zing

Summer’s Day (Taken with Instagram at 33 Water Street)

Summer’s Day (Taken with Instagram at 33 Water Street)

chasing the summer sun #vancouver (Taken with Instagram at Sunset Beach)

chasing the summer sun #vancouver (Taken with Instagram at Sunset Beach)

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Another incredible sunset #thisismyvancouver (Taken with Instagram at Beach avenue)

Another incredible sunset #thisismyvancouver (Taken with Instagram at Beach avenue)

Polka dot beach day (Taken with Instagram at Sunset Beach Park)

Polka dot beach day (Taken with Instagram at Sunset Beach Park)


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And here is my United/World of Love line:

My heart sank a little bit. The World/United States of Love line that I created is one of the reasons that I was able to quit my full-time job. They even stole the item…

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