9:50 pm -- Burnaby: I escape a business dinner and head back to the hotel to change and go out for the night. Notice a banner on an overpass reading "Paying A Child Or Youth For Sex Is A Crime". Not unreasonable, but that seems like an odd place to put it. The taxi continues past a park with groups of slutty looking 14-year-old girls walking out of the trees -- OK, now I get why the banner is there.
10:30 pm -- Skytrain: A group of Indian girls writes "fuck u white people" in marker on the inside wall, triggering a back-and-forth of shouted racial abuse between them and some white kids.
12:45 am -- Gastown: As I'm walking down the sidewalk, something flies past my head. I look down and see a syringe with a needle, look up and see a giggling junkie on a balcony.
1:10 am -- Skytrain: One of those kids that you know is a total scumbag but whose exuberance is charming anyway is shouting into his cellphone about how he's calling it a night after his friend got arrested and locked up for carrying a knife into the movie theater.
That's quite a city they have there. The scenery makes up for it, I guess.