braking teeth

nine nights ’til we neglect the north
Thursday 1 April 2010, 13:08
Filed under: explore, lists

We set out for Coachella in less than two weeks.

Our journey itinerary resembles an amoeba of continental proportions complete with a flagellum propelling us away from and back to home (zoom out to confirm). The GPS has been given a name, Tomatilla, which should ensure accuracy, loyalty and spunk. Dixie Cup, our white ’89 Civic DX hatchback, has all new speakers, a small selection of thrifted 80’s new wave juxtaposed with Canadian fringe cassettes and ipod via car kit. As of last night Dixie also has a properly functioning passenger belt and an oil change is scheduled. She’s pushing 300,000 but doesn’t look a click over 250.

We are now outfitted with carefully chosen Coleman camping paraphernalia. Just a couple more items culled from MEC and family then we’ll be road ready. No sight of our third roadtripper, Shamira’s brother Sean, or my passport as of yet.

Here begins my photo research. Feel free to suggest any of your favourite holes in walls, back road oddities, or typical landmarks.

Today I look forward to finding:

Stomach turning chasms

Religious Kitch

Sacreligious Kitch

Woodland rest stop playtimes beneath anonymous overpasses.

Thaw fed waterfalls

An Experience Music visit extending beyond the foyer


Monday 22 March 2010, 16:54
Filed under: bike, job, lists

2010. We’re going.

The boss man gathered us up for a Teddy’s breakfast this past Saturday. The anticipated staff meeting lasted for about 5 seconds with only one request, “it’s gonna be real busy. make sure to put everything away.” Then Bill dropped a huge bomb on us. He’s taking everyone – all of the staff and their partners – to Interbike in September. I guess we’re doing something right. Once more for good measure: Thank You Recession!

Las Vegas has never been on my must see list but I’m unquestionably giddy about going for Interbike. It looks like we’ll be walking the strip at least twice this year between the Coachella road trip and work adventures. I love my job.

My Interbike Must-See/Wish list:

1. Dashing Tweeds – It is highly unlikely that they will bother hopping the pond but a girl can wish.

stripey cycle trousers

2. Charge or 14BikeCo or Hell Yeah – Maybe all in one!

3. DVDs – GOrilla, Macaframa, Bootleg Sessions

Hooray for bikes.

the sewage album
Wednesday 13 January 2010, 16:47
Filed under: film, lists, projects

1. Black Sludge/Basement Flood

2. Taken Care of Business Plan: AAA – Alberta Arts Activism

3. Boyfriends are Recording at My House, My House

4. Moving In February Part II Feat. The Perfect Walk-up

5. No More Moves Unless/Until We Leave Edmonton

6. I’m Not Sure How I Feel About ‘Eating Animals’ by Jonathan Safran Foer

7. Sweat Pants Summit 2010 Feat. Sarah P Missing: KC

8. George Washington Was Even Better The Second Time

9. ACE BUTCH/ShitFr3nzy Is In The Mix

10. The Weird Canada Forum May Change Your Life

11. Resolutions

I. Do Not React

II. Listen

III. Process

IV. Responses Can Wait

12. Our Life Works

the london cure
Thursday 3 September 2009, 17:43
Filed under: absorb, bike, edmonton, job, lists, shows

Started this one nearly three weeks ago.

Cassie said something to the effect of, “When I told people I was going to Edmonton no one knew what I was talking about. I almost don’t want anyone to find out because that would ruin it. I could live here.”

There you have it. Edmonton is the London cure.

Things have been happening. In no particular order:

1. It has been what some would consider oppressively hot for the last few days. If you say so people. I’m still wearing two layers under flannel and breaking in two new pairs of skinny jeans (from goodwill!). The heat hasn’t really hit me.

My office mate is a (lovely) middle aged lady with a heart condition. She had to leave before lunch because the heat had totally drained her. Now we have a new over sized air conditioning unit in the office. I hate it. Everything I listen to needs more volume thus costing me valuable dicking around discretion points plus it all sounds like lo-fi while accompanied by this new humidity sucking hum. That’s alright.

If you have a desk job and know of a good moisturizing nasal spray, please recommend it to me.

2. BRAIDS (fma the Neighbourhood Council) played at a ‘secret’ house venue called Castle Awesome two weekends ago. Ace. They easily defended their title as my favourite unheard of Canadian band, not that any one was challenging it. Maybe Colourbook if they tried. BRAIDS didn’t play a single track from their first release. I wasn’t disappointed.

A CJSR host, probably Aaron Levin, said there were 150 kids at that show. Many of them were crammed under a low ceiling in a what was effectively a sauna yet they were remarkably reverent of BRAIDS performance.

People keep saying, “the singer is obviously influenced by Bjork.” I was defensive. Who isn’t? Just because a girl uses her natural voice, pushing it to its ragged edges rather than trying maintain some level of pretty composure doesn’t mean she’s imitating Bjork. I am a huge Bjork fan but I think Raphaela is legitimately doing her own thing.

Ok, it’s a fair comparison but it just feels too obvious to bother mentioning- like all dude harmonies default to a Beach Boys influence. Right Doug? If I truly enjoy something I become oblivious to its predecessors. When Shamira pointed out the glaring similarity between Rural Alberta Advantage and Neutral Milk Hotel I was both incredulous and dismissive.

Check out the BRAIDS blog.

3. We are playing more nerd games, more frequently. Shamira was shuffling a deck and actually said, “Hey, is there an expansion pack in this? It feels thicker”

4. Still decompressing from the awful realization of #3

5. Keep forgetting to post pictures from the Steel Wheels show. I will do it soon.

6. The study is finally in use. Shamira got a 24″ iMac last week and an interesting glass desk to suspend the iMac’s beauty. I’m trying my best not to leer at it.

7. Caylie is heading off to the far reaches of the continent again. Safe travels cdg.

8. bikes bikes bikes

9. My boss asked me to leave the office for a few minutes yesterday so he could talk with Carolyne. That meant someone(s) was about to be fired. Taking advantage of their misfortune and our waning sales, I took a few bikes for a spin upstairs.


I want a new bike but not badly enough to buy one. The new rides gave me plenty of overhaul ideas for my own fall/winter projects. Here’s what I tried: Norco SixTwo, Giant Bowery ’72, Devinci Tosca, and a Norco Ryde.

The Bowery didn’t really impress me. The SixTwo felt like a guilty pleasure. The Ryde was god-awful – no dirt/street riding in my near future. The Tosca was the only one that really piqued my interest. It felt perfect. Maybe I will reward myself with a new cyclo-cross bike in a couple of years when I can really appreciate it.

10. For now I will stick to not messing up my $10 headset. Note: don’t throw away parts of your steering mechanism just because your friend says it will be more smooth. Just don’t.

how would you like 1000 tiny punches to the face?
Friday 10 July 2009, 17:06
Filed under: bike, kitties, lists

1. Ethel has a skin condition
2. She is still cuter than Fred
3. Megan Heather returned from Victoria with designs to live in our apartment but I freaked out at the thought of a third person (or fifth if you count Fred & Ethel, FRETHEL) cohabiting  so we’re moving
4. Our new house is only a few blocks away but it is a beautiful bastion of the days when Albertans valued character above montrous displays of oil money (and oil money spin offs)
5. why do we live here?
6. Cherry Whiskey & Movie Studio Salt Saturated Free Popcorn sponsored Wii Mario Kart tournaments at Jamie’s new apartment are swell
7. Shamira and I bought two Norco Origami folding bikes from my place of employment
8. jealous?
9. I don’t want streamers on my handlebars but if you do I won’t judge you

you can’t dance like that to klezmer
Friday 10 July 2009, 16:49
Filed under: bike, edmonton, kitties, lists

…And so continues my total lack of effort in choosing an entry title.

This is what happens with blogs and journals. I am too busy living to comment on life.

July 1st, Canada Day, was P2P aka Captain Apollo’s maiden voyage. Associated words would include:

Ismaili pancake breakfast, Leila, Emily, Shamira, $10 VV boombox strapped to seat post, Bike Month, B-list of priorities (batteries beef booze), klezmer tape, samosas, itty bits, gross, waxy, riverside tall cans, klezmer tape, cat pics with cringe causing captions, shitty weather tea, Megan Heather!, spiced rum & coke water bottles, Marshall & Jamie, claustrophobic pre-firework streets, dusk bushwhacking downhill, victoria golf course, fireworks, proposal