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2006 Bus Trip Report, deuxième sortie - MrPutter: doing things the hard way, because it is there.
August 30th, 2006
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2006 Bus Trip Report, deuxième sortie

  1. When the thunder and lightning on the horizon are coming this way, tonight is not the night to set up a tent in the middle of the flat, featureless prairie. Idiot.

  2. Having lived in places like Sharjah and Calgary the last 5 years, it's very interesting to see a city with negative population growth (Ok, actually, Statcan contradicts me on this one. But very slight population growth, anyway.). After passing through Winnipeg twice, on different routes — and therefore seeing many different parts of the city — I witnessed all of two buildings under construction. One of which was a garage undergoing renovation. A very different sight from the unending amber waves of cranes smothering the UAE landcape, indeed.*

  3. Everyone should visit Chicago once. Or twice, if they are too young on their first visit to fully appreciate it.

  4. Anoushka Shankar is an infinitely superior musician to her sister. Her talents bear much further investigation.

  5. For the record: 36. AlabamaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMissouriNebraskaNewHampshireNewJerseyNewMexicoNewYorkNorthDakotaOhioOregonPennsylvaniaTennesseeTexasVermontVirginiaWashingtonWestVirginiaWisconsin

  6. Holy Jesus Fuck; rents in DC are through the goddamn roof!!?!

  7. It's not my imagination. Montréal felafels really are better.

  8. If I ever open a restaurant, I'm totally calling it "Steaks on a Plate." (Alternatively: "What does Samuel L. Jackson prefer eating whenever he has a cold?")

  9. When planning on drinking to the point where gross motor skills become impaired, consider leaving the cell phone behind.

  10. I have in mind a certain personage; Turkish, preferably. Besuited is an absolute must. Able to converse with lucidity and comfort about world affairs and foreign policy. Oh, and mustn't be afraid of a little HTML, &c. If this describes you or a person you know, then please contact me forthwith. For do I have a deal for you!

  11. The Roof Lounge at the Park Hyatt in Toronto serves a most excellent 20-year Taylor Fladgate tawny for a remarkably reasonable $23.

  12. frandroid's balcony offers the best sleep a man can get, hands down. Its view is several different kinds of awesome, too.

  13. The walls of the rest room stall at the A&W in White River, ON contain some rather interesting Trogdor the Burninator related "literature." I do not use the punctuation in the preceding sentence lightly.

  14. Nine years later, and Thunder Bay still sucks.

  15. Greyhound Canada is infinitely preferable to Greyhound USA. I have no particular opinion to offer regarding Jefferson Coach Lines, Voyageur Coach Lines or Adirondack Trailways.

  16. North America is big. Like, really big.




What is this 'pwned' you speak of, and why do you feel I am about to receive some?
"What is this 'pwned' you speak of, and why do you feel I am about to receive some?"

* Truth be told, the differences between Alberta and its provincial neighbours were multitudinous — worthy of a separate discussion, if I ever become afflicted with the compulsion to pontificate thereupon.

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From:frandroid
Date:August 31st, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
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The walls of the rest room stall at the A&W in White River, ON contain some rather interesting Trogdor the Burninator related "literature." I do not use the punctuation in the preceding sentence lightly.

Seen on the walls of a rest room stall in Kenora, 1996: "Don't get kidnapped by Indians, or else the cops with bungle the negociation and get you killed."

I have in mind a certain personage

Counterstrike, Counterstrike... But man, we really abused that suit joke.

Voyageur Coach Lines

Their seats are much better. If they did the Montréal/Toronto route, I would not bother with Via, unless I was in a hurry.

frandroid's balcony offers the best sleep a man can get, hands down. Its view is several different kinds of awesome, too.

I'm glad you loved it! I wouldn't deal with the noise myself, but open-air sleep in a mummy bag is many kinds of awesome.

Winnipeg

I sometimes dream about moving there.
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From:mrputter
Date:August 31st, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
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> Counterstrike

Gaaah! That's what it was I was forgetting! I sat in front of the computer for about an hour after this post was finished, knowing I was forgetting something, but unable for the life of me to remember precisely what.


Yes. Counterstrike indeed. To all concerned: please amend the above offer.
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From:dubaiwalla
Date:August 31st, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Montréal felafels really are better.
Certainly one of the more pleasant surprises I had on this trip.

I have in mind...
I'm waiting for a 45-year old married woman from Diyarbakir working for a far-left NGO to respond to this. Because hilarity will ensue.
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From:mrputter
Date:August 31st, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
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Dear sir,

You may anticipate the arrival in the mail presently of an invoice for one (1) keyboard.


Sincerely, etc.
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From:frandroid
Date:August 31st, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
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Hahahaha.
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