So this is my shoulder:
I had surgery about 5 years ago to stop it from dislocating… the fix was to add 3 surgical anchors. As you can see above, one of them’s come out, and I’m having surgery to fix it tomorrow in Ottawa with Dr. Liew (the same surgeon who did the original repair.) This is a bit last minute but he had a cancellation and I really want to get this fixed because it hurts a lot so… here we go :)
If all goes well, I’ll be back in Montréal on Wednesday and I’ll be spending a few days not typing. If you want to come over and watch movies or play board games, you’re more than welcome – give me a call or send an email with your phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
I visited Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories in October last year, and I was struck by the number of 3 legged polar bears I saw.
So, onto the 3 legged ones. This is the bear that started my obsession with leg counting. He works for the Northwest Territories government, and he doesn’t really seem to care. “Hey, this is a government job. I just have to do this for another few years and I can retire with a nice pension.”
My apartment was available Jan 1, but it got rented. Sorry.
I just bought a house. Buying a house is a lengthy process but my closing date was today, which means it’s legally mine and I have the keys.
I bought 3522-3524 rue Coloniale, which is the house on the right. It’s the same construction as the houses on the left but it needs a lot more love and attention. It’s what’s called “fixer upper”, which is what I was looking for. I don’t want to pay for someone else’s renovations and taste. I want to renovate a place the way I want :)
It’s a 3 story duplex with a fully finished basement, so there are actually 2 units with 2 full floors of 600 square feet each. There’s also a 700 square foot backyard! Those of you who live in other places may not think this is much, but I assure you it’s huge for Le Plateau Mont-Royal (my favourite neighbourhood in my favourite city). I’m not sure when I’ll be moving in – both floors are currently rented – but hopefully soon!
And of course I have so many projects. I need to do some fairly boring things immediately, like change one of the water heaters, and I’m having the roof replaced in the next few days. Next spring I hope to build a shed for Bicycle Storage and Large Projects, both things that have been lacking in my life of late. Then, next time I get bored of the computer industry, I’ll take over the whole building and renovate ALL THE THINGS. I plan on taking “eccentric homeowner” to the next level. Just to warn you…
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This morning I bought a house.. Coloniale below Prince-Arthur. Details later. Right now I’m off to Playa del Fuego, the twice-yearly Burning Man-inspired event in Delaware I attend whenever I can. Have a great weekend!
This weekend was our mostly-annual Ride For Pie, where we cycle out of town to buy the best apple pies in the world. I forgot my bag on this year’s ride… so I invented a pie sling using a bicycle inner tube. The pies survived admirably.
In related news, life is good :)
As usual, I’m heading to Burning Man soon. Unlike every other year though, I’m taking it easy. No theme camps, art projects, or anything like that. That hasn’t stopped my campmates from producing some art… I’m extremely impressed with how the “NOW Sundial” led by Simon is coming along! I’ve helped them out a bit and it’s been really nice to be able to spend a few hours helping build a Burning Man project I am NOT responsible for :) :) I definitely needed to take this year off.
I’ve signed up for a few Greeter shifts (again, happy to help with projects someone else is organizing.) Greeters are the official welcoming team at Burning Man, and we greet every vehicle that comes in – to explain the basics to new Burners, and to welcome everyone home. I’m greeting from midnight to 4AM on Tuesday and Friday, and from noon until 4PM on Wednesday – which is the naked shift. Yay for socially appropriate public nudity!
For those of you participating this year, I’ll be camped at NOW camp around 8:30 and D. See you on the playa!
I just read some of the Toronto Pearson Wi-Fi acceptable use policy. It’s even more full of crap than your average AUP.
You agree to not use the Wi Fi Service to:
[…] disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, cause a screen to “scroll” faster than other users of the Wi Fi Service are able to type, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to engage in real time exchanges;
So, if I load a webpage and scroll it down while reading, I have to scroll slower than everyone else using this service can type?
I’m convinced nobody actually read this AUP, including the people who wrote it.
Here’s a link to the AUP that may not work if you’re not actually at Pearson airport.
Long time no blog. I’ve been busy as usual. I flew to Ireland for a family wedding in April, then drove to Scotland for a day, then flew home via Iceland! Iceland is a neat place but it’s still winter in April. Oh well, I met some great people, did some fun hiking, and enjoyed Reykjavík.
Most of the doors in my apartment suck. Why are North American doors so bad? Doors in most of Europe are much better designed and always latch solidly and seal well. I’m always impressed by the door when I go to the bathroom in Europe. Do you know what it’s like being impressed every time you go to the bathroom? I told you this blog post would be random.
What else? So much else, but it’s Caturday and I have awesome people to see! Here’s a present you’ll enjoy if you love timelapses or Montréal as much as I do.