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It was extremely brief, and you had to pay very close attention, but the sugar season's passed now, and thankfully, [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I managed to catch some sugar shack action, thanks to my dad inviting us over to his annual thing (which went better than the last time, as I wasn't dying this time!). It was what, [livejournal.com profile] azrhey's third time in a sugar shack in her life? How do they manage over there? ;-)

I went for a lightning trip to New York City, where I thought it'd be a good idea to get a room at the Hotel Chelsea, since, you know, the office is in Chelsea, that'd be convenient, no? I did listen to punk music, but I don't remember stabbing anyone. I didn't write a novel either, but I did write a small piece of code, related to my most recent ranting, where my hack gets similar latency on event handling as busy waiting on the event queue, while using less CPU (and much lower latency, by multiple frames!) than SDL's built-in SDL_WaitEvent.

This last item results in myself restraining myself very hard from going off and making a high-performance game library. Add it to the list of things I could do very well, but that I shouldn't be doing because it's useless. Argh.

[livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I went to see Iron Man, which was pretty damned good, I think. I think that it was a good introduction, although the battle at the end was a bit contrived and short on time. I think Justin Hammer might have been a better choice, with multiple supporting bad guys, but Iron Monger does make for big badaboom. I liked the hints at War Machine, and the small (in that movie, at least) involvement of S.H.I.E.L.D..

I'm now about to register for the Bike Fest, which inconveniently overlaps with MUTEK. The day ride doesn't pose a problem, but I really like the night ride, and that will obviously mean that I'll be missing out on something else... We'll see.
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A few weeks back, I found myself having dinner with [livejournal.com profile] tygrbabe, where I discussed with her the fact that I rather enjoy her company. She is one of my favourite persons, after all! She seems to be enjoying my company as well, which I find to be a relief. After all, this was fairly high on my list of things that I didn't think would be happening any time soon, after the events I mentioned in my previous post. But here I was, at the movies, holding hands and giggling. Life is weird, sometimes, but it could be much worse than this, I think!

The movie, by the way, was Charlie Wilson's War, and to make a quick summary, it included much more boobies than I would have expected. It's actually rather good, with some excellent work on the part of Philip Seymour Hoffman, an often underestimated actor, in my opinion. He seems to be often put in quirky roles, does well in them, and I like quirky.

Upon leaving the movie, I glanced at one of the buildings downtown, wondering what is happening at Google with my application there... Oh, yes, I was keeping a lid on it (well, mostly, as I'm hardly the most secretive person around!) until things were becoming a bit more solid, but I have been interviewing with Google recently, after some ex-Nitiot who's now there pointed them my way. [livejournal.com profile] tygrbabe pointed out that they wouldn't exactly hang a giant sign out on the side of the building, so we proceeded to go on a walkabout, where she threatened to push me in a number of snow banks.

After that, as I entered a metro station, I pulled out my mobile phone to send an SMS to the lady [livejournal.com profile] azrhey to let her know that I was coming back, as we had agreed. Doing so, I noticed that I had left it on silent mode, from the movie, and that I had a voice mail message. I check it out, and it turns out that it's an offer from Google! Heh, while I was wondering what was going on, they had contacted me. Which makes me wonder if they have some kind of mind reading device...

A few days after that, I decided to accept the offer. Turns out that this leads to a two weeks orientation that is to be done at their Mountain View campus, the fabled Googleplex. Checking schedules, this lined up to be starting the week after [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I moved into our new place. As in, we're doing the actual moving on the Saturday, and I have to be there at 8:00 on the Monday. It certainly seems that I'm not content with my life being a roller-coaster, it also has to be doused in kerosene and set ablaze. Otherwise, it's just too boring, right? Thanks to the [livejournal.com profile] cpirate for the extra help!

Our new place is pretty awesome, if a bit dark (there isn't much lighting included, we have to get our own). The bathtub is big and deep, the shower is spacious and has a neat pane of glass instead of a shower curtain. There's a secret passageway to the bedroom. The toilets are fancy dual-flush models (about time we get them here!), albeit with non-standard fitting sizes (argh, the joys of being an owner, I guess). The shower and bathtub faucets have fully separate temperature and flow controls, like I maintain is the proper way (and is the normal way in sane countries like Denmark, and very common in the rest of Europe). We're missing a few items before we can actually have people over properly, like proper lighting so that we don't just sit in the dark.

Now, I'm writing this on the plane from Chicago to San Jose, which is going pretty well up to now, as opposed to my last trip to New York City (which the quick-witted among you will have associated with my Google employment, on top of visiting the fine people I know over there). On top of the Google orientation and overall excitement of being a "Noogler", I hope to visit [livejournal.com profile] morethanreal, see the Computer History Museum (which I've dreamed of for almost twenty years now!), and generally visit San Francisco. Maybe a bit much to pack in my free time, I'll see.

P.S.: You're reading this, therefore I didn't end up in a flaming plane wreck.
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My Sunday in New York was fine. It was rainy, but I had excellent coffee (Gimme! Coffee, and also accidentally tasted someone else's coffee, oops!), excellent pizza, played games all afternoon (Cleopatra and the Society of Architects is fun, I was hilariously bad at Guitar Hero), and had most excellent italian food at Pô (white bean ravioli in a butter balsamic sauce, yum!)) in the evening.

But the return... Oh, the return. I couldn't get any taxi that wanted me for a JFK ride (there was a smell of rush hour coming up), so I decided to be brave (the risk here being getting lost) and take the train. That worked out all right, thanks to another passenger who made me realize I was on the wrong train, which I could fix before it became too annoying.

Arriving at Terminal 2, the check-in hall I was directed to was so amazingly full of people, it was ridiculous. Thankfully, I arrived plenty early, because the place was packed with people queuing for whatever reason, and it was just pandemonium (when I left the place, the queues were extending outside, and this building isn't exactly small!). There, I was told that the booking for my return flight had been cancelled when there was some issues with my first flight. But I'm in New York, not Montreal, get me home!

I ended up on standby for the flight I was supposed to be booked on, and after some delays, didn't make it. They actually called my name by mistake, as the attendant thought there was one more seat, so it was a pretty close call. In fact, it was so close that my checked-in luggage was in the plane, and I couldn't get it back!

So I ended up in an hotel in Jamaica, because, you know, that'd be cool. Jamaica is colder than I thought it'd be. Big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and [livejournal.com profile] tygrbabe entertaining me, so that the accidental murdering rampage didn't happen (this would have hindered my return trip even further, I suspect). The hotel was just about full, and I got an "Elite" room or something, which was pretty cool, and I slept very well, strangely enough.

That next flight went just fine, no delay, my luggage was given to me quickly, there was very few people at the security check lines. Whew.

Thanks to my hosts, [livejournal.com profile] andukar, [livejournal.com profile] a_chatterbox and [livejournal.com profile] dreamage for having me over! Also, some photos from the Saturday.
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Despite many adventures (including one that, weirdly enough, fixed my shoulder blade, which had been in pain for the last few days, more time in bus and taxi than airplane and involving no less than four separate flights), I'm safe and sound in New-York. Since I'm staying at the place of well-known madmen, this might not last. In any case, heading back Monday evening.

Oh, and in other news, [livejournal.com profile] gregorama is clearly a highly-skilled assassin, [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I have seen the proof. But he's not too handy around women. Be careful.
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So that was that.

Writing this at 35,000 feet over the middle of the Atlantic, so if you're reading this, it means we didn't die a flaming death. Which is good, hopefully.

I guess I'm back, but in a sense, I'm going forward some more, not back.

Got tickets

Jun. 1st, 2007 12:01 pm
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Plane tickets have been bought. We'll be on our way to Montreal (via Casablanca, that'll be three continents in one day!) on June 16. Movers are picking up our things the day before.

It's a little better than coming here in the sense that I'm not headed into complete unknown (although there's still the question of a job, but not worrying), but on the other hand, this is a "rush job" that wasn't budgeted for in advance, and there's plenty of tricky bits.
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We're at the right place
Originally uploaded by Pierre Phaneuf.
After a smooth flight, [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I arrived in Copenhagen Wednesday evening, greeted by [livejournal.com profile] skjalm, who's kindly keeping us safe from the elements, even kicking himself out of his own bed! Not to mention use and abuse of his Internet, booze, food, and what-not! He made us a very nice dinner of home-made lasagna, accompanied with some of the tasty mead that he's made himself. And a solid eggs and bacon breakfast the next morning.

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Photos from that trip can be found here.
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Much happened. There was (and still is, to some degree) blahness, so in my usual not so good way, I didn't write. But now, that was just too much of an action-packed week-end (relatively speaking, for my sorry little expat ass, as this is merely "the usual" for those of you still reading this in Montreal, I'm sure!).

I decided Friday that I'd go out. Not content with that, I also decided that I'd do it in my own particular fashion of completely disorganized randomness, going with the spur of the moment.

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Here are some of the things I learned that weekend:

  • Vodka-tonics are nice.
  • Leffe, while good, doesn't really do it when you're in the mood for Guinness.
  • When following random people, sometimes they're just going home.
  • I should get a lighter.

Also, on another note, it's off to Pamplona, Spain by train with [livejournal.com profile] azrhey tomorrow morning, to meet with apenwarr. And at the end of April, it'll be off to Copenhagen, Denmark to visit [livejournal.com profile] skjalm, and have even more adventures!
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Better late than never, as they say... ;-)

[livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I got up at some ungodly hour in order to catch the bus at 7:00. Seems like we took off a bit late, and missed the city bus going downtown, so I called up a cab. This, in Toulouse, is always an adventure in randomness. In a metropolitan area of half a million inhabitants, at 6:43 in the morning, on a Sunday, of New Year's Eve, no less, there's probably four cabs in town, I would estimate. No such thing as hailing a cab here, if you see one (and really, you never do except at the airport and the very few cab areas), it's already busy. The driver was, accordingly to our rather high level of urgency, the slowest and most indecisive you can imagine. But I must not be in the right head-space for this place, because once we arrived, the bus driver wasn't even there and we really only left at something like 7:20.

Upon departing, the driver promptly took a wrong turn, right in Toulouse, but managed to do a quick recovery. This was better than what he managed when he took another wrong turn in Barcelona itself, oh well. Arrived at Plaça de Catalunya a bit after noon, just in time for some quick luncheon on the plaça.

We walked up the Passeig de Gràcia to head to the Sagrada Familia basilic, seeing crazy houses and the Weirdo Museum on the way. One will quickly notice that there is not much carpet in Barcelona: I suspect the architects smoked all of it, sometimes around the beginning of the 20th century, the carpeting never fully recovering after even a century.


Sagrada Familia
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The Sagrada Familia is quite impressive. You're probably not considering how impressive it is, but I assure you, it is quite the building. Amazingly huge. I'm not really a religious person, but I'm fairly sure god talked to me there. What he said was "you should get yourself a wider angle lens". Okay, that might not have been god, but still, wow, it's incredibly big. Now, if only they could freakin' finish it so I could take a decent picture (once I get a wider lens, of course!)...

We then took the metro toward the beach. Buying the tickets was a bit funny, because the automated ticket vending machine used one of the classic Mac "alert" sounds. Okay, haha, but it wasn't just at the end when it tells you to get your tickets, no, it's when you press any button! Toot. Toot. Toot toot. Toot. Toot. And there was a newspaper stand right beside it, the guy working it has nerves of steel, let me tell you! The metro itself is kind of cool, on rails. The first one we took was pretty modern and had fully connected cars, rather neat. The second one was pretty old and was a bit like taking the old TER train, just underground.


Barceloneta
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Then, the Barceloneta, the most famous of Barcelona's beaches. I had this plan of taking my shoes and socks off, roll up my pants and walk a bit in the sea, but I decided against, mainly because I had no towel. The water was surprisingly warm, though, I could totally have done it (the Crotch Threshold, though, might have been quite difficult!).


Barri Gòtic
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We walked along the promenade, toward the Cap de Barcelona and the Ciutat Vella. From there, we walked into the labyrinthine Barri Gòtic, where we found strange things, such as a empty Dunkin Donuts box (proof!) and a restaurant held by a Québecois, called "Quebec" or something similar (being a wordplay on "what to drink?"), unfortunately a bit too expensive.

A beer and some walking later, we reached La Rambla, on a search for dinner. We found the Museu de l'Eròtica instead. After that, walking some more demonstrated that there was indeed a lot of people in town that night, and they were filling the restaurants. But we found the Dunkin Donuts!

We eventually managed to get a table in a not-so-cheap restaurant, having crazy sangria and steak. We bought some sketchy Spanish sparkling wine from an equally sketchy street vendor, then headed up to the Plaça de Catalunya for the stroke of midnight. I popped the cork of our bottle high in the sky, a German girl gave us streamers, we cheered with a group of English, and there was rejoicing. I dropped a quick call to a favourite person, then we headed down La Rambla again, where the celebrations kept going.

After a while, there was some sitting in a café, having some beer, where it was getting clearer to me that I didn't drink quite as much as I once did. Whee! Another lesson was that when embarking on this kind of trip, one should take a roll of toilet paper with him. Also, to withdraw more money before festivities kick off (and ATMs are dried up).

Eventually, we went back to bus stop, where the bus showed up after some more confusion and lateness. I was sleeping soundly through the whole thing, but [livejournal.com profile] azrhey tells me the driver got lost again so badly that he stopped to get his GPS device from the holds. Why he was keeping that in the holds rather than with him is up to your imagination...

While I didn't dare bring my DSLR there, some others did, including this guy, who took some nice photos that give a good idea of the mood. He had been to the NYE party at Times Square the year before, and says "the night was definitely wild compared to NYC and was a nerve-steeling sight to see".
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Oh boy. That was something. And somehow, I feel like I haven't made the most of it, but New Year's Eve in Barcelona is still something, nevertheless.

Wasn't too hungover, despite the ingestion of various types of alcohols, some of which of rather dubious origins. I think it's more the bus ride back and the crazy non-sleep schedule that got me.

I've got some pictures, um, blurrier than I'd like, I'll be uploading them tonight and posting a more detailed account, because it certainly was an adventure! In the meantime, I'll, uh, work or something...

I brought my ergonomic keyboard and my headphones home from work for the holidays, and I forgot to take them this morning. So I stole a normal keyboard (thankfully, my coworkers are French, so half of them aren't there), and I don't have music today. *pouts*
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On the train back from Lyon, this time on a fancier two-stories TGV, and being in the daylight, I can actually see outside. No snow in the Alps for Christmas, which is pretty strange, but being at a bit of an altitude, there was frost everywhere like I've never seen before, it was quite beautiful with the late morning sun.



Nantua Lakefront Frosted Over


I didn't call anyone or put out any "merry Christmas" messages, though. I feel right at the edge, being okay, but not having anything left for what's not here and now. It doesn't seem like I can code, yet.

But still, while it might be a bit late, happy celebrations to everyone. Well, actually, you know what? Just be happy in general, and that'd be quite okay, I'd say.
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We're in Montréal-La Cluse for Christmas.

Got here after a ride on the TGV that turned out to be somewhat disappointing, since there was some cancellations and our train was over capacity. They were also old cars, since it's a peak traffic time of the year, so they're not as cool as the fancy two-stories TGV cars.

Once getting to Lyon, we got picked up by [livejournal.com profile] azrhey's aunt and cousin, but were still in for some adventures as we got lost and drove in circles for a bit. I ended up taking the wheel, which was nice, as the last time I did was last July. It was also sort of cool, since even though it was at night, the highway leads into the beginning of the Alps, having to go up a pass. It was my first time driving a diesel car, which was quite nice for the mountain driving: while it doesn't really pick up at all, it would just climb without complaining at all, barely ever changing gears. Sure was easy on my left foot!

Took a few photos, even though it's not the best time (just after noon!). I'll try again in the morning, should be quite nice.

Fog

Dec. 15th, 2006 01:42 pm
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As a proof that I'm not just blindly pissed off at the whole of France, I'd like to mention that I totally love how there's fog more often here, in the morning. Particularly yesterday morning, where I was riding the train, and temperature was just at the freezing point, so there was all these little crystals on the grass, making it seem as if somebody grabbed the saturation dial for the world and turned down. Might seem gloomy to some, but I like it muchly. There's a kind of old manor that I can see between trees and building from my desk, and when there's a fog, it makes for just its ghostly tower barely making it, it's very nice.

Seems official that the lady [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I will be taking a 24 hour blitz-trip to Barcelona for the New Year. Wondering whether I should bring my camera or not, since it might be a little crazy, but still, should be quite cool.

I have to make pictures for my work. I find it odd, because the person who asked for it is generally literate, but I just fail to see the need myself. I don't know, I might just be easily tickled these days, wouldn't surprise me.

I have an evaluation interview later this afternoon, which I have mixed feelings over, since I know very well I've been doing a rather poor job, but I'm also having a hard time caring. I've been late to work a few times recently, and I'd ask for (actual) flexible hours, but I realized that even if I get them, it wouldn't be that helpful, since I'm still bound by the bloody train schedule.

Meh.

Very much looking forward to the weekend.

Choo Choo!

Nov. 30th, 2006 01:39 pm
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Booked some tickets on the TGV for Christmas, to visit some of [livejournal.com profile] azrhey's family. I'm looking forward to finally trying this out!

I'm pondering ideas for projects, and I think I've got one or two things that could be promising, so this is rather encouraging. I'm still having more questions than answers, of course, but everything in its time...
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Ouch, that was a bad week. So, of course, I didn't write.

There was this moment, at some point, where the root causes of my annoyances here were coming together before my eyes, and I could see that they weren't specific to particular companies or individuals, but a product of the whole system, and that, therefore, there was precious little chance of avoiding it. They're not intrinsically negative things, but similarly to apenwarr, I like small and responsive, rather than big and stable.

In France (and most of Europe in general, it would seem), things are optimized for stability, from the top-down. They have a strong, controlling state, unified almost all the way down, with cities having a little control (not much), and the bulk of decisions emanating from the center. Have you ever wondered how such enterprisey things as the WS-Deathstar ever see any use? As far as making money and keeping things the way they were, they are doing a marvelous job, actually, but when it comes to things like "making a difference" or "doing something I could give a flying fuck about", well, it's rather less than stellar. For example, do you know Bull? No? Never heard of them? It's the premier European IT supplier, something a bit like IBM, but for Europe. They have such giant customers such as Dassault Aviation, EDF, Total, Boehringer Ingelheim, La Poste, SNECMA, France Telecom, T-Com and the SNCF. What, you've never heard of most of these either? I can assure you, they're all gigantic, half of them are or have been nationalized at some point, and the system will roll on forward whether you know about them or not! I do think there is change coming, but the timeframe is in the decade, I would say. I'm not that patient!

At first, I didn't know what to do anymore, and that left me very sad. This being a systemic issue means that finding another job wouldn't do it. Starting my own company wouldn't really do it either, as I'd have this system to deal with (and more pressingly, would quickly have serious problems with hiring).

That last thought kind of surprised me, though, in another way. Previously, I didn't want to start a company. I didn't want to do management, didn't want to deal with the business end of things, and I was rather afraid of the risks. I just wanted to program. But in the last few years, I did management (and actually enjoyed it, I reluctantly have to admit), I got interested in business, probably from hanging out with apenwarr, even if it wasn't to his scale. And ironically, this project of moving to Europe had me face my fear of risks, where I didn't know where I'd work, where I'd live, how I'd get to stay in the country and other such things. So, oddly enough, I'm now considering doing something I can't do here, but only because I have come here!

Now, I'm not just packing up just yet! I still want to travel around Europe some, and I can do a good amount of the early work on just about any potential idea for a startup from here. So I'll be doing that.

For the shorter term, there's a trip to see some of [livejournal.com profile] azrhey's family for Christmas, and possibly a short trip to Barcelona for the New Year, getting pick-pocketed and all, as the tradition requires. And I've discussed some idea of going to Copenhagen to see [livejournal.com profile] skjalm, which would be very nice.

I also met two hot girls on the train, Hungarian and Italian. See, it's not all that bad around here, hehe!
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Had a massive going away party for [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I last Friday at the office. Although I came in rather unfashionably late, the party then went quite nicely, with excellent food, some booze (can't really say my booze was excellent, but it was French!) and, of course, excellent company! At some point, I discovered that I couldn't fly. I'd like to thank [livejournal.com profile] sfllaw and [livejournal.com profile] gorbash_dragon for organizing it (they had some helpers too, I think, thanks to them as well!), and to all in attendance.

The next day, I woke up with a hangover, quite appropriately. Wasn't so bad, but just enough that I took an Advil (which I only do very rarely). Thankfully, that shooed it away successfully. After some breakfast at [livejournal.com profile] azrhey, I drove back to my place to meet with my mom, with whom we then dropped by the Blue Monday to say hello to [livejournal.com profile] tygrbabe and introduce them. One of my co-workers who lives in the area (and was at the party the day before) passed by and dropping in to say hello as well. Then went back to my place with my mom and helped her with some online car shopping. When she had to leave, I went back to pick up [livejournal.com profile] tygrbabe and did some hanging out downtown (after picking up a few forgotten items at the office from the party!).

Sunday was a bit loose. [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I were supposed to go out and do some photography in the park near her place, but we both couldn't scrounge up the willpower to scrape ourselves up and go out, so we hung out at her place for the afternoon. Both being slightly fried, we decided that going to see Mission: Impossible III could be all right. Yeah, well, it was okay, but not all that impressive. Thankfully, we went in there for less than $2 (for the both of us), due to some coupon.

Monday, there was some brief drama, but it wasn't something bad as much as needing to talk and hold each other for a bit, in two different cases! But I really know some good people, it seems. After work, lady [livejournal.com profile] azrhey came back to my place, and we took it easy, watching some CSI: NY episodes. She corrupted my resolve to cook with pizza. Okay, I didn't have a whole lot of resolve to start with, but oh well...

Tuesday, I went to the poly cafe. Which is to say I went to Blue Monday, sat on the couch, and looked like a zombie, as I had a pretty hardcore day at work which left me just about brain-dead.

Wednesday, [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I unlocked our cell phones. Cute, eh? We then felt the blah, as we gave up on doing some semi-active things and decided on lying in bed watching TV and cuddling instead. Not an altogether bad choice, all things considered! I also snagged a remote shutter release for my Canon EOS-20D (essential for night photography, and the one I already had for the EOS-300 and EOS-30 wasn't compatible, bastards!) cheap from my friend Jean. Nice!

Thursday (hey, that's today!), I bought another bloody bag. This one is for the tripod, and I like it already, as [livejournal.com profile] liberation_now and I have gone out to do some urban exploration, hoping to catch some nice photos. This expedition wasn't all that successful, unfortunately, but we managed to have some fun anyway, and went for coffee later on, talking politics and partying (related subjects, no?).

Today was also [livejournal.com profile] taxlady's birthday! Happy (now belated, ugh!) birthday!
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Took the lady [livejournal.com profile] azrhey off for a day in the capital Sunday. We went around the Byward Market, took a walk in the (park beside the Rideau Canal), checked out the dry locks. We tried going to the Museum of Contemporary Photography, but the exhibits were closed while they were busy installing the upcoming ones, unfortunately.

We then went to the Parliament and took the free visit (nice!). Went up the Peace Tower, which has a pretty neat observation deck, and the lady even managed to get historical bits in Portuguese! We went to the House of Commons, the Senate, the Library, and all that jazz.

They have a ceiling in the Parliament where there is the names of a number of Speakers of the Senate, as well as symbols for most of the provinces. Of course, there being limited space, there isn't the name for every Speaker (in fact, since the building was finished before Newfoundland joined, their symbol is missing from the ceiling and there isn't the space to add it). But they planned ahead! The last name that they put was "Quelqu'un". I thought it was a rather odd name (meaning "somebody" in French), but it was then explained that this cleverly stood for all the Speakers of the Senate that they couldn't fit!

We then walked a bit on Sparks street, stopping for some lunch and a pint, then walked along the Rideau canal. We felt somewhat insideish, so we went to the Rideau Centre, got some coffee, ogled some sweet Apple and Logitech gadgetry and checked out the terrasse (for all my not-quite-yearly hanging out there, I had never been on the terrasse). I had dangling snot, because I'm so damned classy. [livejournal.com profile] azrhey bought me a t-shirt, I'll have to post a picture later!

We went back to the Byward Market and hung out a bit at the Pour House, overlooking the place, observing people, bikes and cars that went by.

Picked the car back from the parking lot, and drove around for a while to see some of the farther sights, cross over the Alexandra bridge, see a bit of Gatineau, drove in front of the government buildings on Wellington, down Sussex Drive to see the embassies, Rideau Hall, Rockcliffe Park, etc... Drove around some more before trying to head over to Cafe Colonnades for pizza, which wasn't as successful as I had hoped (I was looking for it on the wrong side of Bank!).

At the Cafe Colonnades, we experienced a bit of ridiculous Ontario prudishness, as the manager lady told us to stop having public displays of affection, as [livejournal.com profile] azrhey was simply leaning her head on my shoulder, as she was very tired. She came and told [livejournal.com profile] azrhey to her ear, and I couldn't even believe it at first whe she told me.

We went straight home after that, as we were both rather tired.

That was a good day!
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Tried to take a more scenic route to the office today, but man, this was way more scenic than I was looking for. Blocked streets, detours, traffic, the works. Oh well.

Went to see my friend Jean today, with the lady [livejournal.com profile] azrhey. He's still as much fun as ever, with his distrust of Germans and carrots. He'll be hooking me up with a remote switch for my camera, which I've been meaning to buy before leaving, as they're so much more expensive over in Europe.

Tomorrow, trip to Ottawa!

I'm not ridiculously sick, I'm doing all right, but interrupting everything to blow my nose all the time is getting on my nerve, though.

*sniffles*

Apr. 28th, 2006 04:00 pm
pphaneuf: (Sleepy Head)
After getting my electricity more or less sorted out (I have a high-capacity wall outlet right above my kitchen sink, nothing can go wrong with this, can it?), the lady [livejournal.com profile] azrhey and I went out to the Superclub Videotron of Death in Ville-Émard, and rented a few flicks to cuddle up to.

We started off with Les Sous-doués, which is something the lady said I had to see. Can't say I didn't like it. It was stupendously dumb, yes, but quite funny in its own style. Maybe my weakness for teenage comedies helped, there! This is definitely not exactly for everyone, though!

For something entirely different, we then watched Immortel (ad vitam), a movie based on a trilogy of graphic novels by Enki Bilal, and directed by the same. While it wasn't the greatest movie ever, it definitely had the visuals of European graphic novels to it, with a sometimes rather clashing, but always stylish mix of real actors and computer-generated characters. The Egyptian gods playing Monopoly while waiting for Horus' sentence to go through, for example, was a nice touch. It also helped that the two lead actors were rather hot. :-)

Started feeling a bit icky between then and Thursday morning. Blast. Nothing too serious, but I expect a wave of sickness and pestilence at the office (sorry guys!).

Thursday evening, visited [livejournal.com profile] blacksquiggles and [livejournal.com profile] xipetotec with [livejournal.com profile] tygrbabe. Their creepy kids called me creepy again, [livejournal.com profile] blacksquiggles high fived [livejournal.com profile] tygrbabe, to everyone's (including the kids!) amazement.

I was actually planning on getting up early to get solid work done, but I was feeling icky again, so I decided to sleep it in, in the hope of keeping it at bay rather than stretching myself thin and breaking down. Oh well.

There's a day-trip to Ottawa in the works this Sunday, if there's any suggestions of fun things to do in the capital, send them over!
pphaneuf: (Sleepy Head)
Whew, haven't written in about two weeks. Which is well known to be silly (in my case, it's usually when there's bad shit going on). I won't go into the details of a day-to-day coverage, that'd just be too much to write (and to read!). It's not just bad shit, thankfully, there's also very good stuff, but I've just been insanely busy, I didn't want to write without covering the bad stuff at all and just skip it... So here we are!

I struggled with some uncharacteristically large amounts of drama in my love life, mainly because I'm a blubbering idiot at times. No, don't anyone argue. I am, sometimes, and that's that. I might mean good, but that's not enough to do good. My shiny white armour isn't looking too pretty. Still, I go on. Mistakes where one doesn't learn are the only real failures, I think.

Other than that, there has been all sorts of things, both good and bad... She Wants Revenge, delicious dinner at [livejournal.com profile] sfllaw, dental work (complete with temporary damage to my nervous system!), water heater going dead, Easter dinners, lazy mornings, early mornings, movies, rusty water sprayed all over my kitchen, flamenco, hot water back on, Ikea, pantslessness, various anniversaries, hot water and heating going dead, packing, cleaning...

I was having a bit of a case of the "blah" yesterday that I couldn't really identify (maybe it was just the doing dishes or cleaning the bathtub with cold water? these are things I don't like doing even with hot water, so...), but I'm much better this morning, despite a rather cold night. The lady [livejournal.com profile] azrhey might disagree, but apparently, being cold is healthier for you, they say? Oh well!

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