Friday, April 13, 2012
I bought the house in 1946. I showed Eileen the house and asked her if she thought it would be a good place to live. She thought it would be okay. Actually, before I asked her if she liked the house, I had already bought it. I lied to my father about the price of the house because he would have thought I was crazy if I had told him the real price. In those days, people wanted to live close to the city, and they didn't have much interest in being on the water. Eileen was living in my father's house on Cedar Crescent. He had bought it while I was in Europe. She was a friend of my sister Marg. I had never met her. The first time I walked into Dad's house, I passed Eileen on the staircase. She claims at that moment she thought I'd be a great catch. When we got married, she thought we'd live on Cedar Crescent until we found a good spot. For our honeymoon, we rented a boat to go to Bowen Island for the day. The engine failed halfway to Snug Cove, so I had to row back to Horseshoe Bay.