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Hard Graft …

“Everyone lies about writing. They lie about how easy it is or how hard it is. They perpetuate a romantic idea that writing is some beautiful experience that takes place in an architectural room filled with leather novels and chai tea. They talk about their ‘morning ritual’ and how they ‘dress for writing’ and the cabin in Big Sur where they go to ‘be alone’ — blah blah blah. No one tells the truth about writing a book. Authors pretend their stories were always shiny and perfect and just waiting to be written. The truth is, writing is this: hard and boring and occasionally great but usually not. Even I have lied about writing. I have told people that writing this book has been like brushing away dirt from a fossil. What a load of shit. It has been like hacking away at the freezer with a screwdriver.” — Amy Poehler

Apple Watch

Apple Does Time

Dick Dick Tracey   This is Alexandra are you receiving me, over?

So, what does everyone think of the new Apple watch? Is this something you even care about, are you foaming at the mouth to get your hands on the first one, or do you have a more laid back approach with ‘I’ll wait and see’ what’s what first?

And who in their right mind, as my other half asked (pointedly looking at me) is willing to pay $360+ for the basic model … let alone the silly prices being asked for the gold versions?

Though I am sure as the Pope is Catholic, and as the sun comes up every morning, there will be enough people out there who will not only buy, like me, the basic version not just because they are Apple fans. Or that they like new shiny tech, or want to be first in the queue, but because of the potential they see in what these watches can do for them.

Of course the geek in me, never mind sheer nerd-factor of owning an Apple Watch, says I will buy one regardless of what you think or what you say. Because …

Because I can have fun, and waste endless hours of daylight sending silly smilies to people who will (no doubt) quickly un-friend/block/nuke me faster than the plague kills. Spend endless daylight hours playing with apps and check my pulse rate every other second to check I’m still alive … send myself notes/email/calendar events just to hear my watch ping, or feel it gently vibrate on my ever thinning wrist …

And when they find my emaciated mottled corpse on the couch, decaying finger poised over the watch face, empty eye sockets staring lovingly at my beloved dayglo lime-green watch that ran out of juice five minutes after I expired … they’ll nod and whisper …

Damn fool, what she go buy one of those for?


RIP Leonard Nimoy

OMG! Leonard Nimoy was beamed up … and has left us way too early.

Damn that Scotty, his timing is out of whack!

I am so saddened to hear of Nimoy’s passing. My sincere and deepest condolences to all his family and friends. I am sure we will all remember him with many a fond memory!

To quote Nathan Fillion, “I have been, and always shall be, your fan.”


Quebec at night

You Know You’re A Quebecker


You know who Bernard Landry or Pauline Marois are
You eat poutine at least once a week
You take offence if you are called French
You watch Le Canadiens, religiously
You still eat ice cream when it’s minus 30 below
You know the words to the National anthem, in French
You discuss sovereignty over beer while watching a hockey game
You measure distances between cities in hours not kilometres
You know there are only two season, Winter and July
You lived through the 1998 Ice Storm, or know someone who did
You know what a Sugar Shack is
You take your holidays at the same time as the “Construction Holidays”
You order your pizza “all-dressed”
You can add GST/sales tax in your head faster than IBMs Watson
You “Interac” when you go shopping at the mall
You do the “Québec Lotto” every week though no one in Québec has ever won
You regularly see rubber chickens hiding in potholes
You laugh at 10 feet of snow and drive 100 km to visit friends
You know what a CEGEP is and went there before university
You know who Luky Luke, Asterix, Gaston, Tintin and Marsupilami are
You read Safarir magazine, L’Actualité and 7 Jours
You watch Passe-Partout, Les Filles de Caleb, La Petite Vie and Omerta
You know the difference between the SQ, SAQ and SAAQ
You know what BS is
You live in the only province that has to fill out TWO tax returns
You carry a RAMQ card
Your girlfriend is a Blonde
You know who the PQ, PLQ, ADQ, QS or CSN, FTQ and CSQ and SFPQ are
You still mourn the loss of your Labrador
You know what the Caisse de dépôt is
You eat at Frite Alors or Ashton