Month: November 2009

Let it snow. Shit.

Well, this might come as a surprise to you, especially if you’re kinda new around here, but I hate snow with a passion.

I know, I know. Canadian dude who hates snow, what are the odds right? Actually there’s at least another Canadian that hates snow that we all know. Moving along.

So this morning I woke up to a slight dusting of snow:

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Look! White stuff!!!

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Are we moving to Florida soon?

As you can see, nothing too major, but it’s snow! And of course, you noticed that I put up the Holiday thing (what’s that called?) wreath, dork on the door. And just so you know, during the non-holiday months, it’s just on the inside of the door. Seriously.

Anyways, there’s one thing that I hate more than snow, and it’s idiots who don’t know how to park a car. I think I’ve mentioned it at least once here, but look at that:

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Idiot.

That person should be shot. “Hybrid” doesn’t mean “between two spaces”, especially when there’s no one to your left for the next 4 spots. Sigh. I think you should drive an “Inbred”.

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Survey Says…

What better way to waste a Saturday Sunday after a(n American) holiday than to create my own steal Avitable’s survey, then fill out said survey, then encourage all of you to steal said survey and fill it out yourselves?

Just pick the first word that you think of when you associate yourself with that category. Don’t overthink it.

If I was a/an _____, I’d be ______

TV show: Arrested Development
Song: What a Good Boy
Movie: The Boondock Saints
Book: The Delicate Dependency
Fictional character: Keyser Söze
City: Paris
Verb: Investigate
Color: Black
Animal: Polar Bear
Emotion: Mischievous
Article of clothing: T-Shirt
Flavor: Caramel
Food: Pizza
Vice: Sloth
Plant: Orchid
Mythological animal: The Sphinx
Letter: M
Inanimate object: Computer
School Activity: Talent Show
Positive attribute: Stability
Negative attribute: Laissez Faire

Thanks Adam for the inspiration!

Old Friends and Good Beer…

What a nice mix!

I must say, ever so often I have the idea of getting rid of my Facebook account. I mean, people do it and they survive, right?

But ever so often Facebook pulls a miracle out of its digital ass, and I end up having a beer with a friend I haven’t seen in 20 years. and having a great time in the process. So thank you Facebook.

🙂

Now I’m going to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Later all!

The origin of American Thanksgiving

After yesterday’s post, a lot of you* asked me if I was serious about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade starting in Ottawa and making its way down to New-York via Montréal. Of course I was serious.

I even dug up some video evidence.

Let me point out a few things about this video for the few of you not versed in Canadiana:

  • 00:00 – The hunters are making sure the bears are kept at bay for the duration of the parade.
  • 00:10 – The first float rolls in. You start hearing the Thanksgiving Day Anthem.
  • 00:17 – You can see the magnificent float with the lights on. Looks like it’s a good one this year!
  • 00:21 – The Anthem is sung by the Canadian Winter Olympic team. They paired the reveal of their Olympic gear with Thanksgiving.
  • 00:27 – That’s Denise. She’s pregnant so her presence in the skeleton event is doubtful, but she was still included in the video. We’re a friendly nation.
  • 00:36 – You can see a beautiful panning shot of downtown Ottawa.
  • 00:49 – You can see all the Ottawa people gathering around the float. Here’s a confession: Those are not all people living in Ottawa! Just for the video, extras from Gatineau, Aylmer and Buckingham were hired. we really wanted to make this “larger than life”.
  • 01:15 – You can see the Rideau Canal right there. Longest natural skating surface in the World!
  • 01:50 – Another confession: This guy is not really the Prime Minister of Canada – you knew Ottawa is the capital of Canada, right? The PM was on a diplomatic visit in Northern Québec when the video was shot. But that guy is a fairly decent look-alike (he’s actually Ottawa’s baker from La Boulangerie Française,  hence the France colors on his sash).
  • 01:58 –  Some crowdsnowmobilling. Very popular up here.
  • 02:38 – We just got lucky here. The snow was totally not planned – but it snowed anyways! We were a little worried because it hadn’t snowed in three days at that point!
  • 02:53 – Shot of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, located at Ottawa’s intersection.
  • 02:56 – Our PM’s dog – Mister Timmy.

There you have it, video evidence the genesis of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  We do all of this for you, American friends.

You’re welcome.

* I might have a different definition of “a lot”.

Thanksgiving Questionnaire

I know it’s not thanksgiving here. Gimme some artistic freedom, will ya? 🙂

I stole this from BlondeFabulous, who stole this from this from Ren who got it from here. Happy Thanksgiving everyone people south of the border!

1. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on television. Yay or nay?

We watch the parade live as it makes its way from Ottawa to Montréal (It’s called the Rideau Centre Parade while in Ottawa and the Hudson Bay Parade while in Montréal), and then we watch it on television as it makes it’s way to New-York to finally become the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. And that’s why our Thanksgiving takes place 43 days later – those floats drive really slow!

2. What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? You can’t say turkey!

Cranberries muffin from Tim Horton’s.

3. What is your favorite beverage (alcoholic or nonalcoholic) to go with your Thanksgiving Day meal?

A Coffee from Tim Horton’s.

4. Cranberry Sauce. Delicious tradition, or evil jello wannabe?

Even to us Canadians, this is considered Evil Jello Wannabe! Yuck!

5. What is your favorite pie?

Maple Sugar, eh!

6. Match the following pies with the following toppings. Apple, Pumpkin, Blueberry. Reddiwhip, Cool Whip, Ice Cream.

Apple + Ice Cream, Pumpkin + Ice Cream, Blueberry + Ice Cream. Cool Whip and ReddiWhip are Evil Jello Wannabe’s sidekicks.

7. Complete this sentence: The secret to a delicious post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich is:

…to follow-it up with a second delicious post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich. Who eats just one sandwich?

8. What is your post-Thanksgiving meal ritual? Don’t say pooping, you gross bastard!

Making fun of my American friends who still have to wait 43 days for their Thanksgiving.

9. What is your favorite Thanksgiving Day themed movie or television episode?

Gotta go with the classic A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. We don’t mess with tradition – even the ones that are not ours. 🙂

10. What are you most thankful for this year? You can only pick one!

Not dying is pretty high on my list, friends and family too… it’s really hard to pick just one. If you force my hand, I would go with finally taking better care of myself.

One bullet short of a full gun (24)

  • Oh look, here’s a good thing about posting late. Avitable is mentioning me on his blog today. His quote is “I’ve lost almost 120 pounds […] It’s not close to a LeSombre.” Dude, if you were to lose a LeSombre, you’d probably end up weighting 2 pounds. What would happen to your giant dick then? Trust me, you don’t want that. 🙂
  • I spend Monday listening to my son sleep off a fever. Hopefully he’ll be better today because I’m running out of parental days to take. 😦 Hey, this is mainly about my Son getting better, not my vacation days.
  • I also spent Monday playing Dragons Age: Origins. What a kick-ass game! I might get a PS3 just to be able to enjoy the high-end graphics. Seriously, how much would a computer capable of running this game at the highest settings cost? Anyone? A Ps3 + the game would cost me only 370$, Would play Blu-Ray discs, and would be an excellent Christmas gift, no?
  • Speaking of Christmas, the dreadful Christmas talk has begun. I love Christmas but I hate all the travelling. I wish I could invent teleportation.
  • The other night I Tweeted this: “Waiting for wife and daughter to come out of New Moon. Might have to go topless tonight. Damn werewolves”. That made a few people laugh. Really what I wanted to Tweet was: “Waiting for wife and daughter to come out of New Moon. Might have to do a sit-up once in a while. Damn werewolves”. But I was afraid it would’ve made people laugh more.

In pure Call of Cthulhu tradition, I’ll keep the last bullet for myself for when the madness finally comes.

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