Jack Chow’s Junk

If you live in Vancouver then you must know about the famous “narrowest building in the world,” located on the corner of Carrall & Pender. The Sam Kee building is 1.5m wide and is currently home to Jack Chow’s insurance business.

I walked by it today and was struck by a stack of empty boxes. I don’t want to get all up in a businesses’ business, but given the limited space and its visibility, Jack should clean up. I am not a consistently tidy person nor do I have a street level business, but if I did, I wouldn’t use junky boxes as a window display.

There is a large neon rainbow that ends in a gold pot. It is cool to own such a thing but uncool to let it sit amongst junk. It sends out a message: at the end of the rainbow, you will find empty, junky boxes. How sad!

On another note, did you know that you can get married there? Yup, they issue marriage licenses. You could literally get married on the sidewalk. It could be as simple as buying car insurance. If you are against the wasteful consumption of wedding ceremonies then this might be the way to go.

And listen, girls (and guys too) who want a proposal, instead of hinting at rings & leaving wedding magazines around, I recommend taking your partner for a walking over there. Point to the sign and exclaim, “Oh! How crazy! We could get married right here!”

But do your homework. Make sure those boxes are gone. Don’t try to induce a wedding proposal at a site where your target sees a rainbow ending in a mess.


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