I think this is a purple hibiscus bush. It looks tropical, I don't know what it's doing in Vancouver!
Today, I had the chance to meet up with a very old friend for coffee. It's funny how when you see someone you haven't seen in a really long time, who at one time in your life you were really tight with, it can be a tiny bit awkward initially... but you find yourself talking like no time has passed at all. They're almost like a stranger and almost like a good friend at the same time. You tell them things you wouldn't tell a stranger, because you believe that at the core, they're still that same person from way back when, who you trusted. They remind you a little bit of who you were before everything in your life got so complex, before you grew up.