The Daily Commute

Tuesday, November 28

In honor of my stupidly long commute to my new job that currently utilizes 3 modes of transportation, I've decided that now and then I'll let you know something interesting I noticed when I don't completely zone out. This morning as the sun began to peak its little shiny head up over the 401 and I boarded my bus out to Missisauga, an amazing little song came on my Ipod. I found this site a little while ago, Indie, and downloaded a best of playlist of tracks that had been featured on the site.

It was while listening to this playlist that a cute little song came on that made me want to take my earphones out and take them around to everyone else on the bus so we could all hear it. I get that urge sometimes but I realize it may not be a socially acceptable form of musical enthusiasm so I've yet to actually do it.

I've decided to pull my earphones out and offer them to you however so enjoy.

Laura Cantrell & Gordon McIntire live on BBC Radio 1 Christmas broadcast from 2003
I Lost You (But I Found Country Music)
nicholas, 3:58 PM | link | 3 comments |

Oh The Places I've Been

It's been awhile since I've blogged and in that short time there's been many adventures. Too many to try to recount really but there was London then there was a surprise trip to Paris, then there was London again and then there was another airport good bye leaving my girl standing there with about 20 pounds of books she had to take out of the suitcase she sent home with me. Then there was arriving back in Edmonton in a blizzard, feeling like I was going to lose my fingers to frostbite while dragging suitcases through 6 inches of snow. And next it was a quiet farewell with some close friends before getting on a plane to Toronto and wandering the streets with my ridiculously heavy bag slung over my shoulder trying to find my friends apartment. A bruised shoulder and a short sleep later it was off to my first day of work.

I've settled in now after a couple days of work though the hour or more commute will need to be addressed. Hopefully I can find an apartment a little closer but for now I can't complain about a free place with a Starbuck on my way to the street car. Thanks Ryan!

I know that was random and badly written but hey give me a couple tried to get back into this bloggin thing. No pretty pics yet either since my computer is in a duffle bag but don't worry there's some good snoggin pics from all over Europe.
nicholas, 3:50 PM | link | 1 comments |

London Calling

Friday, November 17

A couple of weeks ago I found out I had a new job in Toronto and I'd be leaving the service industry, Edmonton and my current life of living out of a suitcase in a friends condo all in the past. Now I'm not one to sit back and relax so I quickly gave my notice at my jobs and bought a ticket to London to see someone I needed to see and have a little vacation before two weeks a year becomes a reality of corporate life for me.

As my mom said,

And, here I had been thinking that after your solo adventures in Indonesia, northern China and India that this trip would be so very tame and civilized for you! Silly me! Amazing that you found a way to spice it up a bit!

Apparently a damaged passport, in between jobs, an electronic ticket and going to visit a girl friend is pretty suspicious. Imagine that. But after hours of waiting, them calling my new company, interrogating and freaking my airport pickup we finally got out of there with just a bag search and a few smiles that eventually became laughs. Eventually!

All good now though. A little rain, the grey that is apparently a London winter and no end of great times. It's only been a day and a half but feels like I've been here forever.
nicholas, 7:31 AM | link | 1 comments |

Thursday Review - Get on the Shortbus

Friday, November 3

I've been watching a lot of movies lately. My schedule has left me with lots of cold, dark nights off lately so when I was invited to watch yet another movie with a friend I didn't hesitate to jump at the opportunity especially since it was at one of my favorite little theatres, The Princess II. The theater is in the basement of the larger Princess and is more like a large living room with about 30 big theatre chairs. There were only about 10 of us in the place to catch the movie and this made it the perfect was to view Shortbus.

If you haven't even heard of this movie you are clearly living in a box in Siberia. Actually the buzz about this movie probably even got there. Basically it's John Cameron's new movie (aka Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and the big buzz is all about how all the sex in it is real and not your usual simulated Hollywood stuff. I've read differing reviews on the movie but pretty much everything has focused on that aspect of the film which seems odd to me. Knowing that the sex is real changes how you look at those scenes in the film which is the point I think and while I don't think it's for every movie or even that it should become a standard this film in and of itself is not as sexually provocative as a movie like say, The Dreamers.

In the end, sex is not what you will take away from this movie. It's a beautiful weaving of lives, stories and characters and how sex is part of that. It's a very blatant look at modern society and what relationships have become. At first I thought this might be a movie only really relevant to a younger generation but as I thought on it more I've changed my mind. The message here is not about sex, it's about how we live our lives, how we love, the search for happiness and the search for companionship, love and some kind of contentment.

Shortbus touched so many nerves for me I left feeling a little raw, exposed but as the film says, permeable to the world. Watch this movie with people you feel ridiculously comfortable with and then let it stew. I'm going to be looking for the soundtrack if only to sit back now and then and think about it sometimes and hope there's room for me on the Shortbus.
nicholas, 10:25 PM | link | 1 comments |