Quiet Halloween

We had a pretty disappointing Halloween – only four batches of kids showed up at the door. Even though I set up a creepy ghost-pumpkin hologram and everything! 🙂 I pointed our projector with a polarizer on it against the plastic in our window – it looks really neat as you walk past it, fading in and out.

To be fair – I only got home at 6:00, and I saw a bunch of little kids roaming around out the bus window, already heading back home from their early trick-or-treating. I don’t know when Halloween officially starts, but these early-birds are missing out on all the tasty treats! (More for me I guess!)

Food Contamination

You know, for a guy who hardly ever eats out, I run into a lot of gross stuff in my food. Last night I picked up a slice of pizza downtown, and when I finally got around to eating it (after a meeting more than an hour later), there was something chewy I couldn’t quite bite through – turns out they’d left the plastic on the ham before it went through the shredder and I ended up pulling little plastic rings out of my mouth.

This is not the first time! A litany of gross things found in my food over the years:

  • A rusty deep-fried bolt in a box of fries at a chip wagon
  • A chunk of a plastic dish in a dumpling at dim-sum
  • A staple in a microwave burrito
  • Beetles in my soup

It’s obvious someone’s out to get me. I should hire a poor kid to come taste my food for me – King Louis XIII style.

What’s the grossest thing you’ve found in your meals?


I finally had an excuse to ride the O-TRAIN! 🙂 It’s a rail line running North-South through an odd collection of stops, so it’s hard to find a compelling practical reason to ride it. The few times I’ve made an effort to ride it just for the sake of being on a train, it’s been shut down for repairs or off-season. Yesterday I was going to Carleton University, and rather than take a 15 minute walk in the rain, I waited patiently for the chance to get on board.

It was pretty fun! The cars are surprisingly wobbly considering the slow speed and the investment in new rails – you have to have your sea legs to stand up on the short bit of track between Carleton and Confederation station, but the chairs are tall-backed and comfortable, and there’s lots of open space inside.

Up With the Birds

I got up this morning before dawn to tag along with Ken and Greg on a photo hike into the Gatineau Hills, hoping to catch the sunrise over the city. It was a pretty productive shoot! There were lots of great views along the path, and it was fun to be able to do portrait series of lichens and mosses without holding anyone up. 🙂 I’ll post a few highlights over the next few days.

This is a squadron (a fleet? a wing?) of Canadian Geese that took to the sky just a few minutes before sunrise. Early birds!