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|Monday, December 7th, 2009|
|winter driving, round 2
so, i bought a car and learned to drive it about a year and a half ago, at the ripe old age of 31. it was only really last winter when i finally got my "driving legs"; funnily enough, it was one of the worst winters for snow and ice i can remember. i know embarrassingly little about how my car works, and as a result i often visualize a bike drive train when i'm driving. my car's a rusty 20-year-old diesel vw with manual transmission, and it really doesn't feel like a stretch.
often, i imagine it's a rattly old 3-speed ladies cruiser.
this evening it was snowing pretty hard and the temperature hovered a bit below zero. i haven't put my snow tires on yet, and this summer i busted the motor on my back wiper by leaving it running with the bike rack on the hatch, but this guy in CDN was selling a TANDEM for cheap and wanted me to pick it up tonight, so i drove anyway. i forgot how much driving stick in bad conditions feels like riding fixed gear. it was dark and quiet out, and i experienced a pretty similar feeling of elation.
the guy who sold me the bike couldn't have been more than 4'5", and he claimed that he had ridden it as both captain and stoker. it's a purple singlespeed ccm cruiser with upright bars, springy seats, and a coaster brake. It needs a bit of work on the back wheel; other than that, and the addition of a good basket (probably powdercoated purple), and it'll be a mean picnic machine. remind me to schedule in some leisure next summer.
my camera's terrible in low light, but i swear the tandem's in the front passenger seat of my car here:
|Monday, November 30th, 2009|
So, I've been totally negligent with the garden this year. It feels like the summer went by with hardly any down time, or that my down time was otherly occupied. In any case, it didn't yield much in the way of food; i managed to kill most of the seedlings before they were plantable, and half of what actually got into the ground bore fruit which rotted on the plants with all the rain. I had thought that the broccoli would count amongst my many failures.
This spring, I ordered "Small Miracle Broccoli" seeds from the Eternal Seed Company. This broccoli was supposed to have a short season and be frost resistant. I planted it late, and it spent the whole summer and most of the fall looking like a sorry excuse for a wilty collard-type cabbage. Things started to change when the rest of the garden began, however. About a month and a half ago, it took on the aspect of a very healthy portuguese collard (which, coincidentally, it was planted right beside a big patch of). I ate some of its leaves, and assumed that was it. Fast forward a month (that's about the size of my lapses in attention to the garden), and everything but the cabbages is dead. We've had a handful of serious frosts.
Now, Small Miracle has a head of broccoli, and 5 or 6 more mushroom sized ones starting. I ate the big head for dinner tonight, and it was probably the best broccoli i've ever eaten. The stems were sweeter than cooked carrots. That's all.
|Saturday, November 21st, 2009|
|i'm sure it's old news,
but why didn't i know about ernst haeckel
til now? i feel like i just heard Focus' Hocus Pocus
for the first time.
anyway, i'm sorry i haven't posted, written, emailed or called. life is generally good. it's not winter yet here, but maybe when it comes i'll write more.
-grumpy's feeling better (aka stopped pissing everwhere), even though nora moved in in october and brought bear with her. nobody's lost an eye yet, but there may be a fair amount of flying fur before a viable social hierarchy can be established. there are now 18 legs but only 6 hands in the house.
-my new enterprise is called Vélove. it's still a little amorphous and living in my former living room, but i've had enough repair and build jobs in the past few months to cover a modest workshop's worth of tools. eventually d and i intend to get a space and do some more structural and elemental things to bikes...
-i didn't go to school, and i feel really good about that choice
-the garden has suffered from neglect and bad weather
-every week there are about 4 more queer events than i have the energy for, and most of them somehow involve people who i care about or who generally seem to have good priorities
-despite all my best intentions, i seem to be involved in A Romance. it is a very lovely situation
-i have guests in town and have to go to the bar with them now
|Friday, April 10th, 2009|
|Wednesday, March 11th, 2009|
my favourite new word of the 1980s Current Mood: nerdy
|a new millenium
Ok, here it is: it's 2009 and I'm back on lj after an extended absence. Boy, has this town changed. I hardly recognize the landscape. If you're reading this, chances are we used to be friends who kept in touch enough to comfortably comment on each others' lives. Who knows what we are now: i've shed my skin a few times in the intervening years, so you might not recognize me anyway. Or we've gotten so old that years can go by and we can pick up exactly where we let off. If you feel weird about reading this, or about me reading your posts, please unfriend me, and I'll do the same. If, on the other hand, you're one of a surprising number of friends who also chose this week to return to lj, let's try to keep better tabs on each other.
I just spent a month in New Jersey/New York. It was sort of my own private emergency february party, minus the party. I successfully escaped the brutal middle of Montreal's ghastly season, and am returning post daylight savings. Mostly, I hung out one-on-one with good friends and relatives (and a hot new lover!); I did go to one event, but it barely counts because it was a talent show at sky's house.
Actually, that's not true. My dad came to visit and took us to see Antony and the Johnsons at Town Hall. The show was incredible. I wanted to be Antony's groupie . . .
This Saturday, it was 20 degrees in New Jersey. Ali came up to Jersey, and we went on the most marvelous bike ride. We left at 4pm, and rode into the night on the Delaware and Raritan Canal Tow Path. I did the daylight part of the ride in a sleeveless shirt! In early march!
The tow path is unbelievably beautiful. It's like being able to ride down the middle of a river. It was created so that donkeys could tow boats down the canal. Here are some pictures:
and here are some cute little molds from a university in florida that i was using to experiment with the automatic animation properties in the GIMP: Current Mood: surprised
|Sunday, March 4th, 2007|
if i haven't replied to your comments or posts, it's because i got caught up in internet slackerdom and then fell off my bike and broke my collarbone. hopefully i'll be able to reach the keyboard with both hands in a couple of weeks.
i',m totally grouchy about it right now, but actually lots of people have been amazing about helping me out, doing up my pants, helping me up, laundry, handjobs, dishes, cooking, homework, etc. you know who you are and you rock.
if only i'd done more one-handed typing in my day...
|Sunday, December 31st, 2006|
|where i will be at midnight 2007 (and you should seriously think about it too)
arrive between 10 and 11 if you can
dress is formal/semi-formal, and the theme is time-travel or something . . . as in wear something from another era
bring music you want to play/want us to play
and you might want to get down like never before, since "suggestive dancing and music" is being banned in canada these days. Current Mood: excited
Surgeons in Montreal have successfully implanted a long-term mechanical heart in a 65-year-old man, making him the only living Canadian with no pulse.( Read more...Collapse )
|Wednesday, December 13th, 2006|
wah! my math exam starts at 7pm tomorrow at loyola and the shuttle ends at 7pm!
|Wednesday, December 6th, 2006|
|Friday, December 1st, 2006|
|Wednesday, October 25th, 2006|
-i hooked up wires to my head and got a reading when I blinked!
-my birthday dinner was amazing. all these amazing people came and brought me strange candy gadgets and the food was great.
-my dad gave me his old stereo amp, which I hooked up to leah's huge speakers, and now I have a great stereo in my room
-after the neighbours left with their cat that I loved, my sisters and some friends took me on a surprise trip to the spca for my birthday. (i chickened out, but the thought was really nice.)
-there's still arugula and lemon balm (and a really slow zucchini) growing in the garden
-i built a wheel with one eye shut
-i went to see xiu xiu on a whim, after not going to a show in months, and it was amazing
-my eye's still not working right, which makes reading and homework and fine mechanics take me a really long time
-even though i'm enjoying my classes, i'm not sure this type of school is what i should be doing now
-i keep accidentally saying mean or negative things that i don't even really mean or that i know aren't true
-i'm on a late-rising schedule which means that i never hear the news anymore and have no idea what's going on in the world unless someone shows me something horrible on youtube
-my body hates me for not being a courier any more
-i'm moving in slo mo and can't find enough time to hang out with everyone i want to
|Tuesday, October 24th, 2006|
|Thursday, October 19th, 2006|
whoah. if you haven't already, you must check out cannibal_x
's amazing accordion videos on youtube.
|Wednesday, October 18th, 2006|
|Saturday, October 14th, 2006|
|Tuesday, October 10th, 2006|
come to the sala rossa restaurant with me on thursday for my birthday. I'll be there by 9:30 at the latest.
|Wednesday, October 4th, 2006|