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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

you guys still here?

Huh. So it seems Kristine and I have kind of let this here blog fall to the wayside since we got back; sorry about that. I know that you all probably spent the last three days just sitting in front of your computer, staring at this page and hitting Refresh every five seconds, waiting with bated breath to hear what we think about things. Well, wait no longer. Here's what I think.

It's kind of nice to be back, I suppose; work is right back to being hectic and dumb, sure, but Edmonton's got a special quality to it that you sort of forget is even there until you're away from it for an extended period of time. Before I left, Edmonton was just plain boring. Now, everything seems surrounded by a kind of pitiful grandeur. I'm not sure if that's a step up or not. Also, it's just occurred to me now how completely fucking stupid it is that we have a giant, rotating aluminum baseball bat smack dab in the middle of Hookertown. Baseball? Baseball? Oh yeah... Edmonton's a huge baseball town. Just look how hard we all worked to save the stately Trappers from turning into beef-tongued, googly-eyed, oil-appreciating Cracker Cats. I mean, I would have understood a hockey stick. I wouldn't have liked it, but I would have understood it. Now I don't know what I understand anymore.

Also, it's Tuesday, and I still haven't managed to get back on Edmonton time. For the past three nights, my brain has been in Rome, where everything is eight hours later. By the early evening, my brain thinks it's bedtime--and no matter when I go to sleep, I've been waking up at 7:30 in the morning with this faint, eerie feeling that it's the middle of the afternoon and I shouldn't be lazing around. It's really odd. AND. INTERESTING.

Anyhow, Kristine and I have uploaded the photos to her computer, and if we can figure out how, will be totally posting them up here soon. And Kenny, I like your idea; we'll totally do that. And have you listened to any of those discs yet? The rest of you: hi. So, you guys like things, or what?


Anonymous Crammit said...

Yo. Right now I'm totally getting into the National. That dude has some cool tunes; I like his style.

11:12 AM

Blogger Chris! said...

Hey Crammers! Glad you're digging the National; that first song breaks my heart every time I hear it, and the album's probably my favourite release this year--although that Black Mountain and that Youth Group disc come pretty close. Give Youth Group a few more spins, for sure; they grew on me in a big way.

And oh hey, while we're talking about music: if you're ever looking for a night out and you see a band called The Ladies and Gentlemen playing somewhere, go see them. Go go go. They're fantastic. Look for their debut disc, Small Sins, online somewhere. It's so worth it.

Seriously: it's weird how many amazing new bands are crawling out of the woodwork this year--and Canadian, no less. Talk to you later, yo.


7:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ. Will you blog people ever SHUT UP??

No wait, I'm sorry. I... I didn't mean it. Sorry.

Hey Chris, sad I didn't see ya as I did a little cleanup duty following the Queen's visit and thought I'd see how things blew over in Edmonton. The Heritage Arsonist apparently continues unabated, torching the Pyrogy House just before my visit, and I'm glad I came home for the Journal's take on this interesting news of a possible arsonist; a page 1 story with the headline: "Churchill Square: Hip place to be."

Then last Saturday I flipped to that little publication called ED, and the big story opened with something like this: "For those of you short on cash, there's more than one way to enjoy the Festival season in Edmonton this year: volunteer!"

Ah Edmonton Journal, still reading like the Sherwood Park news. Doesn't a city of 1 million deserve BETTER? No? Okay.

I also got my golf drive up to 200 yards, watched my dad kill himself with butter and ciggarettes, played poker at Yellowhead Casino (impressive). Yep, Edmonton is a town ON THE GROW.

Suggestion: people help me do a blog on the Oilers next season. I'll do comics for it.

~Mike W

7:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mike,
I'm was going to head back to Edmonton for the weekend, but now I'm not sure.
On one hand I'd really like to set the torch to some local landmark. Still, it sounds like the gloss is starting to come off good ole Cabbage-town.
Oh, how I long to again watch the bulging suitcases, condoms and discarded pill containers flow by my old fishing spot, see coveralled Oiler fans indimidate cute girls in Dallas Stars jerseys, or listen to that bridge-deck hum as I jam past the old Indian graveyard.
BTW - My mom volunteers at festivals, and I resent the implication that she's not an 18 to 34-year-old with today's hip sensibilities.
Also... the flood here killed thousands, the slaughter-house is going on strike, and I've taken over the stewardship of the former business editor's Japanese fighting fish. He moved to Vancouver to work on his poetry.


1:32 AM

Blogger enthrall said...

Anyone wanna race me to torching the Sidetrack? Points for being an Edmonton landmark, and consequence-free since they're turning it into condos anyway.

"Turning it into condos" - the motto of our time. In the 70's, it was office buildings. I wonder what it will be in the 2040's? "Turning it into koi ponds"?

11:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it took 'em 8 dead hookers, found in the same area, to acknowledge that there was a serial killer. How many fires before we get an arsonist? We the hell didn't he burn down a Tony Roma's or something? HUB Cigar? Mwaaa!!

Hey I found a new pad, WESTSIIIDE. I'm now a Bloor West/Roncesvalles resident, which puts me even closer to the freakishly named Runnymede neighbourhood.

It's at the north main gate of Toronto's High Park, which is like Central Park.


Um, yeah. $695 for a smallish bachelor is a good deal here, so I'm pretty dammit happy.

Off to see Dave Alexander...he's fucking 30 today!

~Mike W

7:58 PM

Anonymous Crammit said...

Damn, now I'll have to start digging an entirely new tunnel that links my building's carpark with your bathroom, Mikey! FUCK!

8:29 PM


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