Archive for December, 2006

Looking to Jam

A somewhat personal note.. if you may permit.

I’ve been playing guitar now for some six years.. Five years as a teen thinking it would score me babes followed by 15 years off after I realized that the babes weren’t coming.

A year ago, I took the plunge and got myself back into it. A year of going through guitar teacher after another searching for a teacher I could click with (I have found that teacher, he’s incredible. If you are looking for a teacher, drop me a line) and I’m finally in a situation where I feel like I don’t completely suck.

It’s been a while since I followed the local music scene. I got tired of looking for the next big hyped thing only to find it just being the next big hyped thing.. They tell me the music scene here is alive and that there are great bands to be seen.

My resolution for 2007 is to bring my game up a little.. In the 6 or so years I’ve been playing I have never played in a band. I know, hard to believe but there it is. So, for those of you practicing musicians, I’m on the lookout for open jam sessions. I’m looking for gang of guys in their mid 30’s who just want to play a few tunes once a week or so and maybe have a beer after. If you know of any open jam sessions, I’d be very interested to hear about them.

Happy New Year.

New Years

Tomorrow it’s New Years Eve!

Right now the Place Jacques Cartier might be empty…
Place Jacques Cartier
Photo by Djof, flickr.

But tomorrow night there will be a giant party! The New Years Ball begins at 20h30 and ends at 1h. Traditional music all evening and fireworks to welcome 2007!

So dress warm and enjoy the arrival of the New Year with tons of fellow Montrealers!

R4 and the Red Wigglers- A Green New Year

Is one of your resolutions to become more “Green” in 2007?

R4 Concordia (Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) is a group at Concordia University which concerns itself with “environmental initiatives while integrating social and economic components in its decision making process.”

They have an ingenious services known as a Worm Swap which allows people to buy half a pound of worms (“red wigglers”) for $15 or a full pound of worms for $25. Vermi-compost kits are available for sale by R4 at $15 or $20, and include all materials necessary, except worms. What’s the “swap” aspect? Well, those who return half a lb. of worms will receive $10 and those who return a full lb. of worms will receive $20.

The very first Worm Swap will be held on January 12th, 12pm, Hall building greenhouse (13th floor)

For more information, please visit the R4 website

Snow At Last! Hallelujah! Snow At Last!

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Finally the snow that everyone’s been waiting for is here. It was absolutely lovely this morning stepping out into the snowy air and seeing a fresh blanket of cool fluffy whiteness over everything. Feeling the snow falling on my face, it was like being in a snowglobe. Here is a pic of trees at the foot of Mont-Royal and a pic of the monument. The snow was wet and heavy, perfect for packing snowballs! Not as many kids tobogganing off the side of the mountain as I would expect but perhaps they were higher up on Beaver Lake or else out Boxing Day shopping. Even though we didn’t get snow for Christmas day, it’s not too late to go out and enjoy it for those who have the week off. Season’s greetings and best wishes to all for a spectacular metroblogging-worthy 2007!

Montreal vs. Hollywood, round 1

Today — like every other musical fan on the planet — I was planning to go see Dreamgirls. Touted as “the gay man’s Lord of the Rings,” it’s a movie many of us have been waiting a year (okay, years) to see on the big screen.

But there’s all this lovely snow today… And the Old Port is so pretty… Today, it seems, Montreal defeats Hollywood.

Still things to do around town today

If you’re like us and completed all the family engagements yesterday, you might find that there’s not much going on around town even though the temperature outside is glorious. patinnoel%20004sm.jpgWe decided to head down to the old port where the skating rink is open and playing lots of fun holiday music. They are open until six today. Sure some restaurants are open (usually the nicer, pricier ones) and the movie theater too, but for outdoor fun, the skating rink really hits the spot. Need something from the market? If yours is closed like ours, you’ll be glad to know that Chinatown is open. And I mean everything. We took a stroll through there after skating and were astonished to find throngs of people milling about, there were even people getting their hair done at the salon! All the little markets are open too, so if you forgot to get fresh vegetables, you’ve still got time. It’s a great day to get outside, looks like tomorrow is going to be WHITE. Happy holidays everyone.

Merry Christmas everybody

Whatever you have done in the past few days, whatever you are doing tonight, whatever you are planning to do in the next few days, I wish you a lot of happiness and hopefully you don’t have to pursue it like Christopher Gardner had to.

By the way, about the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness”, HappYness should be spelled with an I, but that was on purpose. The scene that explains this has been cut off. The scene is that the woman in the daycare says to Chris that it doesn’t matter how it’s spelled as long as the kids have it.

Anyways, Merry Christmas everybody. I’m sure all the other authors wish it to you too, and to each other :)

Happy to see him gone?

Epitaph on the tomb of John Laird McCaffery at the Notre-Dame-Des-Neiges cemetary.

Free your body and soul
Unfold your powerful wings
Climb up the highest mountains
Kick your feet in the air
You may now live forever
On return to this earth
Unless you feel good where you are

It was ordered by his wife and his mistress and holds a secret message. Can you see it? If not, the answer is here.

I made it out alive!

So despite my best intentions, I ended up finishing up my Christmas shopping today instead of last week. I was really worried about going out with the crowds of crazed shoppers but I was okay! Granted, I had already done the Walmart and Toys R Us runs last week, so I only had smaller locations to hit today. Still, on the last Saturday before the 25th, TWO DAYS before the 25th, i braved a dollar store to get stocking stuffers and gift wrap. I thought it would be the worst, because on Wednesday it was packed with four lines snaking down through the whole store. Today there were enough people to know how close the big day is, but it wasn’t as crowded as I expected and we stood in line for the cash for all of three minutes.

I always mean to get my shopping done early but finances dictate more last minute buying than I’d like. Yet somehow I always survive. Whew.

I hope none of you have to go shopping tomorrow, but if you do, good luck, and breathe in and out!

Top Reasons to Live in Quebec

TOP REASONS TO LIVE IN QUEBEC

1. Racism is socially acceptable
2. You can take bets with your friends on which English neighbour will move out next.
3. Other provinces basically bribe you to stay in Canada.
4. You can blame all your problems on the “Anglo *#!%!”

There are many jokes on this blog. Living in Canadian Provinces…..Top Reasons

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