One Great City

Whether you have lived in Winnipeg your whole life, or you've never even entered Manitoba, check out this tour of the city. It's not only cool, but educational.

Then, listen to the song "One Great City" by the Weakerthans. Here are the lyrics:

late afternoon another day is nearly done - a darker grey is breaking through a lighter one - a thousand sharpened elbows in the underground - that hollow hurried sound of feet on polished floor - and in the dollar store the clerk is closing up - and counting loonies trying not to say - i hate winnipeg

the driver checks the mirror seven minutes late - crowded riders' restlessness enunciates - the guess who suck, the jets were lousy anyway - the same mood every day - and in the turning lane - someone's stalled again - he's talking to himself - and hears the price of gas repeat his phrase - i hate winnipeg

up above us all, - leaning into sky - our golden business boy - will watch the north end die - and sing 'i love this town' - then let his arching wrecking ball proclaim: "i...hate...winnipeg"


for Adrian.

This is for my brother Adrian who was born on this day 19 years ago.
He's a very unique part of my life - intelligent, but in a non-conventional way.
He doesn't follow the beaten path.
At school he was called a genius, and i really think it's true.
He's artistic and creative, and has a good good heart.
Adrian, may everything beautiful be carried in your direction today.

my weekend at home...

...was spent getting pampered with my Mother, lighting incense and taking a drive with Adrian, enjoying a Chai with Elena, chatting in Rachel's kitchen, driving Erik's newly turbo Jetta as an experiment, overlooking Walnut Grove with Liz, talking in the kitchen with Laura, going for a drive through the fall colors with Britt, dining with my father, admiring Christy's dreadlock and new shoes, and spending some time in Tim Hortons with my good friend Spiro.

(she insisted.)

i enjoyed the darkness of my own room, the green color of my walls, the fantastic meals, and the joy of being with the people i love and am loved by.
i stayed up late in front of a fire. i didn't do any homework.
i caught a Mark Ruffalo flick on late night t.v.

i sat waiting in Calgary. twice.

then i thought of Bonnie and how much i love living in Winnipeg.


today i miss Brittany.


Favorite Moment in Winnipeg:

Bonnie and I were walking on Friday Night to the Burton Cummings Theatre to go see the Arcade Fire in concert.
We were walking down Portage, the road we walk to school on everyday, but this day we were headed a bit more East than usual.
The wind had picked up and was almost sweeping us up off the street.
Our hair (and by our I mean mine) was whipping in our faces and Bonnie turns to me and says,

"Oh Portage,"

with a great sigh. I won't forget that for a long time.