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July 12, 2010

Happy Monday everyone!

I suppose with my regular Monday Check-Ins, we’ll all have a great reason to look forward to the start of the week!


So today I’m writing from the bustling “Quartier des Spectacles,” it’s Montreal’s entertainment district. Currently they’re gettin’ set up for the Just For Laughs festival, which is most definitely one of my fave Montreal festivals.  Incidentally, a shirtless boy somehow jumped into my photo. Weird.

Anyway, it was a productive and reenergizing week past. After consecutive weekends away in Provincetown and Toronto, I was more than happy to stay put and enjoy my apartment, city, friends, etc. There was BBQing with PascAlex, brunching at Dusty’s with the Globe & Mail, grocery shopping at the Jean Talon Market, partying at Mec Plus Ultra, Dim-Sum-brunching with Katerine Rollet at Le Petit Italien and 10 km jogging from Parc Jean Drapeau back to the Plateau (stay tuned for a potential marathon announcement!)  — all were wonderful ways to love my city life.

Also got my hair did. What do you think? I suppose you can’t see it super well in the photo. It’s a bit lesbionic, with a small reference to a mullet, yet still long enough on top to cover my slow receding hairline forehead emptiness. I’m trying to master up some hair illusions. Humor me, please.

I was able to sneak in two movies: Toy Story 3 and Don’t Quit Your Daydream. TS3 was amazing; it featured great animation and humor that appeals to grown ups as much as kids. As for DQYD, I found it mediocre. I really wanted to love it, as the concept was appealing: a band travels across America recording songs with various musicians. But ultimately I didn’t feel like cheering on the two main fellows featured. Suck it up mid-life musician whiners.

Finally, the World Cup is now over. Thank God. Can we all start talking about something else? I think I was stranded in Chicoutimi four years ago when the last tournament happened, and I have NO recollection of the football madness. This year, I could not escape it.

Ultimately it seemed a World Cup win became the perfect reason for people to get drunk and act on their nationalism. In my neighborhood, this takes the form of getting into a car and honking the rhythm of “Shave and a haircut, Shampoo.” Wow, you’ve really convinced me that your nation is culturally, spiritually and politically evolved. Thanks. Way to win with dignity.

Okay, I’ll stop ranting now.

This weekend my Dad is set to arrive to Montreal. Some of you might recall the creative ways that he has visited in the past, including 6 weeks cycling from BC, and then two years later deciding that hitchhiking would be fun.  I hope craziness is not too genetic. Anyway, he called me up a couple a weeks ago and announced that this time he would take a ‘car’ to reach me. If you ask me, that’s just lazy!

Anyway, wishing y’all a great week.

Stay cool.



4 Comments leave one →
  1. Donnie Claudino permalink
    July 12, 2010 5:38 PM

    Your hair “did” good!

  2. July 13, 2010 9:51 AM


    Love the haircfut~very spunky!

    Hope your Dad has a safe trip…seven days ago I was heading to Alberta by car and a lady decided not to make the right turn she had signalled as I was turning left and rammed my car so I’m back home deciding if I will bike, bus or hitchhike to see my parents.

    If you don’t want the shirtless boy, I’ll take him!|

  3. danbaylis permalink
    July 13, 2010 3:18 PM

    @GreggRowe Thanks! On account of your unfortunately care situation, I’m giving you the shirtless boy.


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