Friday, May 19, 2006


My absence from the blogosphere this week has not been occasioned by a big blizzard, or stranding in some tiny, remote community, or alcohol-induced coma, or a run-in with polargriz, or getting lost looking for a sewage truck, or alien abduction. The truth of the matter is that I've been buzy in southern climes meeting with bureaucrats and partners all in an effort to improve Internet access for our residents.

Yes, this lowly scribe has been lumbering around Ottawa, somewhat overwhelmed by the residents of our nation's capital all of whom seem to have Blackberries, Palm Pilots and cell phones grafted to their hands. When I was last in Ottawa it was cigarettes, beer cans and joints at the ready, even in our House of Commons, but now with our change in governing parties, it appears that anything pleasurable has been ripped from the soul of the city by government decree. Even the hockey team, the Ottawa Senators, an exciting franchise to watch prior to our January election, have morphed into some pathetically boring group of funeral home directors.

As the photo above aptly illustrates, it's been nothing but grey skies since the Tories have come to power. Even the clock on the Peace Tower only runs backwards, and I understand there is a motion now on the floor of the Commons to have right turns only at all intersections.

So I have left the phenobarbitol atmosphere of Ottawa for Montreal, a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a palpable joie de vivre, at least until May 31 when a smoking ban goes into effect at all bars and restaurants.

Oh the times! Oh the morals!


Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Ah yes, summer in Ottawa - I can see by the picture you weren’t able to work on your tan while down south. That must be something to live so far north that a trip to Ottawa for you is like a trip to Florida for us. Glad you are safe, that is definitely polagriz country. Then there’s Moose-piss poisoning from drinking Labatt’s. Lots of hazards!!

Don’t forget to recharge your Polaberry!!

1:55 PM  
Blogger nanuk said...

TPK: You will NEVER catch me drinking Labatt's, that is unless drinking American watered down kiddy beer is the only alternative.

Polaberry - LOL

5:05 PM  
Blogger Fuff said...

More pics now that we know you have a camera...? Cold, wet, white stuff (snow) would be nice.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Fuff said...

Welcome back too.

5:52 PM  
Blogger nanuk said...

Fuff: Thanks. I've been thinking of putting together a veritable vernissage of dog poo as it reappears like forgotten memories through the layers of the receding snow. Should I?

7:05 PM  
Blogger Fuff said...

Go for it, 'tis your bloog

6:49 AM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Yeah, American beer is crap, they use clydesdale piss instead fo the much more potent moose piss.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Tea and Books, etc said...

Was your 'Net trip successful? Hope so.

2:21 AM  
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