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Went to the Montreal Pride Parade last Sunday, which wasn't all that much to speak of, this year, in my opinion. There were some good floats, but they were few and far between, and there's a lot of ads, it seems. Some of them have a decent float, like that bank one, but some were so utterly boring and out of place, it was stunning. There was a juice ad, and really, there's no other way to call it, that was just one of those trucks with ads on the sides. That's it. Nobody walking along with it giving out samples or flyers, or even just waving, and, you know, being alive. Nope, just a guy driving a truck with big signs on the side. Nice. Thankfully, the company was much nicer, and [livejournal.com profile] liberation_now led us through some very nice alleys, good to know!

I also found out that my awesome new mini U-lock is only bare millimetres too small for those parking markers that replaced parking meters. The problem seems to be that plastic covering. Argh. But I think this is still vastly good in its lightweightness and ability to fit easily in my mini-messenger bag (or my jeans back pocket, in a pinch). It works just fine with "no parking" signposts, and there's no shortage of those around Montreal. ;-)

The after-parade barbecue at [livejournal.com profile] archdiva was much more fun than the parade itself, in fact. Met some fun people from as far as England, and apparently managed to have a conversation about where Ubuntu is going these days. The latter doesn't sound very surprising for me, but considering the locale, it was rather unexpected. There was burgers, and as per [livejournal.com profile] archdiva's requirement, big fat sausages.

I spent most of Monday cursing at the sky for being so sunny when I had left my bike home because of severe rainstorm warnings, but no worries, I got the rainstorm all right by the end of the day, just as I had to walk home with a heavy piece of hardware. How convenient!

But the weather was good yesterday (even took some detours, blazing down University and taking in the view along the Lachine Canal), and it looks very promising today as well!

Date: 2008-08-20 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dzuunmod.livejournal.com
even took some detours, blazing down University and taking in the view along the Lachine Canal

I assume you're referring to the two-direction part of University, and not the majority of it which goes north, *up* the hill? ;)

Date: 2008-08-20 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pphaneuf.livejournal.com
Yeah, I'm at Ste-Catherine and McGill College, so down via Cathcart, I catch it exactly where it becomes two-direction. :-)

When I used to live in Ville St-Laurent, some years back, my commute included going up that hill, then up Pine, then up Cedar, then up Côte-Ste-Catherine. That was, uh, not blazing. ;-)

Date: 2008-08-20 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dzuunmod.livejournal.com
Oh dear. And I thought I had it bad the summer I biked up Guy from Notre-Dame to de Maisonneuve every morning!

Date: 2008-08-20 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pphaneuf.livejournal.com
That's what I just did now! Well, from St-Jacques to Ste-Catherine. I find Guy somewhat annoying, though, I've taken to prefer Atwater (except there's construction now, argh!), it's steeper, but much shorter, you get it over with, and worst case, walk it. De la Montagne is the easiest, I find, but I guess would have been a bit out of the way for you.

I learned to shut the fuck up after a few weekends in San Francisco. ;-)

Date: 2008-08-20 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dzuunmod.livejournal.com
Yeah, when I was in SF, I had that thought too. :p

I went with Atwater some of the time as well - the part of it I didn't like (other than the giant, steep hill, I mean) is the fact that even though it *feels* like the worst is over, there's still a whole 'nother section of not-so-steep hill that just drags on and on...

Date: 2008-08-20 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pphaneuf.livejournal.com
Below René-Levesque/Dorchester? It's still fairly short. I definitely go that way when I'm going to the Plateau, since Sherbrooke is lower at that point, and goes up almost imperceptibly to the east, it's not as bad as going up St-Urbain or something silly like that.

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