Monday, 10 August 2009
About the funniest thing talked about on last night's CTV Toronto News was a small boy catching a really big fish. I know.
There wasn't even any awkward banter or unintended puns.
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Friday, 7 August 2009
Monday, 3 August 2009
- Plane movies: Adventureland (boy meets girl with issues, they have a misunderstanding and end up together in the rain. A bit like The Graduate replacing the older woman with an older man and set at a theme park), In the Loop (Billy Connolly is no longer the funniest swearing scotsman), Fast & Furious (a car movie that kept on stalling; bit like Paul Walker and Vin Diesel's careers), Star Trek (just as good the second time even though it was on a small scene and I was eating reheated roast lamb with plastic cutlery).
- First restroom I used in America had a Dyson airblade. Good start to the trip.
- Loo seats are bigger here: feels like you're squatting over a swimming pool.
- Chose where to eat the first night based on the photos of Bill Clinton and Deepak Chopra in the window.
- Taken on a winery tour by the awesome Jessica and Garyn. Lots of grape varieties that we hadn't tried before but it seems wine lushes are universal.
- Remind me to tell you about my
- Robyn is a magnet for winery dogs.
- The chocolate bars you've seen on American sitcoms are just chocolate bars and no better than the ones back home but I now know what a 3 Musketeers tastes like.
Next time - Fisherman's wharf, Alcatraz and trying to find a resturant that doesn't serve broiled steak
Friday, 31 July 2009
Where possible I’ll be blogging from the road so check back here over the coming month to follow our tales of getting into a “Who you looking at?!” fight with Jimmy "The Guppy" Whale, having to evade the Mounties over a Maple Syrup misunderstanding (thanks Anna!) and saving the Queen from Voldermort’s plot to replace her with enchanted House Elf.*
Be seeing you.
*Disclaimer: Trip reports may not actually follow the plot of Sopranos/Due South/Harry Potter fan fic. More likely to contain pictures of funny signs, descriptions of meals I’ve eaten and complaints about how North America isn’t actually like it is in the movies.
Monday, 23 March 2009
Sunday, 22 March 2009
It's also a buzz because I know that an empty condensed milk tin is a precursor for LMP.
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Up until yesterday, after the all clear from a hand specialist, the two fingers were strapped together. This protected the fingers but has caused stiffness in my knuckles. Since they removed the bandages, I've been given couple of exercises to do in order to regain the mobility in my hand. One involves making a fist (well as much of a fist as I can with the munted digits) and then extending my fingers. Repeat.
I'm supposed to do this every hour but as I'm sitting at my desk most of the day, I tend to forget. The times I do remember are when I'm on the way to meetings, wander to the kitchen or go and get something off the printer. In other words, as I move around the building I'm walking about with my left hand in front of me doing power-crunches as if I think I'm holding an invisible stress ball. So now not only do I have a seriously reduced typing speed, people are getting the impression that my hand has been possessed by the spirit of an anemone. I can't imagine that either is going to have a positive effect on my workplace prospects.
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
I was listening to The Seldom Seen Kid on the way to work the other day and as I walked up the hill past parliament, “The Bones of You” arrived in my ears and I swear I got goosebumps. And that's just the second track; you haven't even got to "Mirrorball", "Weather to Fly" or "On a Day Like This" yet.
The guitar at the start of the chorus of “Ground for Divorce”, Mwerah-bierrr - the bit that sounds like Satan's gear change - makes my diaphragm contract every time I hear it. I know the whole thing about the Butthole Surfers playing low frequency noise at their concerts to make the audience shat themselves is all myth but I wouldn't be surprised if the crowd at an Elbow gig needed new new pants once Messrs Garvey, Potter, Potter, Turner and Jupp get through the chorus a second time.
Come to think about it, I'm not sure I want to see them live any more.
* In case you were wondering:
Jonathan Coulton / MC Frontalot (in this ideal gig, they're playing together at PAX)
I know, they bumped Tenacious D out of the top five. I didn't expect that either.
Note - Strangely, this was written with Vampire Weekend and not Elbow playing in the background