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I’ve been cycling a lot lately, which is probably why I haven’t been blogging. Most of my cycling has been along the great network of paths. It’s probably the one thing the NCC does right.About a week ago I discovered Watt’s Creek Path, which takes you from Andy Haydon Park all the way out to Kanata. It’s about a 40k round trip, and when I added to my ride on the QC side out to Aylmer beach, you can really get a good workout. I love riding the paths, not having to worry about traffic, just the odd spandex jerk who doesn’t call out and passes on blind corners.

Today’s rain was not going to deter me. After all, if I’m going to do a cycling holiday, I may have to cycle in the rain. I wanted to test a theory about cycling in the rain. A former cycling buddy swore merino wool was the only way to go when cycling in the rain. He said you need to stay warm because you’re never going to stay dry if it really rains. His point of view was confirmed in a couple of blogs and by a Berlinerin I recently met in Bushtukah. Read the rest of this entry »


A lot of people stumble across my blog looking for Westboro movies on the beach. So for those people, here’s what’s up for 2013:

BOB FM is once again organizing free movies on the beach, and personally I think Westboro Beach has the best location. The hill up to the parkway provides ample seating, and you can buy yourself refreshments at Moe’s beach location. This year’s show will be on July 5 and feature Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I’m sure the beach will be full of Kinder so I’ll likely have to borrow one of  my neighbour’s Kinder to not seem out of place. I’d like to see this movie because I watched a show where they explained how the sound effects were done. The meatballs splatting on the ground were done with a wet sponge being slapped on a piece of wood (if I remember correctly).

In other neighbourhood news … we noticed on the weekend that the for sale sign at ProShine was gone. And then we saw the small sign in the window saying “CLOSED”. I would have posted earlier but we wanted to get verification from our city Councillor. And I have to say that our current one is much faster and more helpful with responses that our previous one. Here is an excerpt of the response:

It is our understanding that Mizrahi has closed on the property. Since the open house, Mizrahi have had extensive meetings with all area community associations and with residents living directly behind the proposal. Last Tuesday, we received the attached email from their representative saying that they will be taking June and July to come up with some design options and bring them to the community in August.

You can see my previous post about the first open house here.

I really hope that the parking garage exit is not located on Wellington. There are already too many hazards near an extremely busy intersection (Richmond and Island Park). At Carleton and Wellington, pedestrians and cyclists have to deal with drivers going to the Metro, coming out of the ugly new condo, the car wash and the not-quite-so-ugly-but-very-boring Piccadilly condo. Adding another entrance/exit, especially with Bella’s relocating to the new condo would make my neighbourhood experiences very unpleasant.

So look for a future blog post when I know where the traffic will go.


Let me begin with: I love Canadian football. Not 4-down American football, but good old 3-down Canadian football, where if you miss a field goal but get it through the endzone, you still get a point. It’s an exciting game where a team can come back from a 20-point deficit with 2 minutes on the clock.

I was a season ticket holder for the Renegades. A Southsider, because the NORTH SIDE SUCKS! I sat in a great section, where I got to know my season ticket neighbours: Narcisse, Narcisse’s friend, Narcisse’s other friend and quatrevingt dix sept est, to name a few. I survived Mardi Gras beads and the last Grey Cup in Ottawa. Read the rest of this entry »


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