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Shopping with Julie

  • 25th Apr, 2005 at 10:12 AM

Casa del Popolo
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

I met so many people last night, whose names are fading away like old photographs. Jessica, Greg, Maggie, Richard, Francis, Julian, Rachel, Kingsley, Chris, oh I've run out of names to put to people. But they were all very interesting. Which is an interesting assessment for me to make because I was in a sleepy stupor that evening, having walked around with elliptic_curve in her quest for new clothing.

Let me back up.

Sunday morning was miserable. Moments after we stepped off the bus onto Mont-Royal, the rain started to come down hard. We ran into Casa de Popolo for sandwiches and coffee. It's a vegetarian restaurant with good coffee and good beer. As well, they seemed to be booked with bands every night which makes it a place to keep an eye on. My vege-paté sandwich was fulfilling and so was the goat-cheese sandwich. The soup, however, was a little weak so I'm glad I didn't order it. With food inside me, I got fairly sleepy so I think I passed out on their green velvet couch. I only say this because I distinctly remember elliptic_curve waking me up.

By now, the rain had abated, so we headed out once more. We ran about the rest of the afternoon looking at plaid skirts, black boots, warm hoodies, and colourful tops. None of which was clothes-shopping for me, thank goodness. Sadly, I think that elliptic_curve's tastes and styles are quite different than mine. We resolved to avoid clothes-shopping together in the near future, so we could continue being friends. Friends, instead of mortal enemies who would gouge each other's eyes out—with egg spoons.

Pop-tab mail
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

As we shopped, I noticed some interesting things about clothing in the Plateau. In "goth" clothing stores, it's fairly easy to feel out of place in them, what with all the skulls and corsets and black and red. Which I did, until a guy wearing cargo pants and a beige sweater walked in the door with his more fashionable friend. There was this store that had a mail shirt made out of pop-tabs on a clothes-hanger. I managed to snap off a couple of photographs before the clerks asked me to stop. American apparel brands itself as an ethical place to shop and it also has decently-tailored clothing. They also have a large photograph on the checkout counter of people cycling in the nude. An ironic statement for a fashion company. Another obvious observation is that clothing-store clerks are all universally young and good-looking. They are also dressed very well, which probably reflects the impact of their employee discount.

We had lunch at La Piazzetta and it was quite delicious, although I'm sad to say that I didn't have a bigger appetite. They serve thin-crust pizzas there with rather exotic toppings. It was nice to sit out on the patio and enjoy the afternoon sunshine and the moist Spring air. By this time, it was getting quite late so we decided to skip exercising at the gym and head directly to evildrgo's potlatch. We detoured momentarily to get a pie, had that wrapped in a plastic bag to protect it from the resumed rain, and dove into the Metro.

Jessica and Julie
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

We emerged and dashed into his apartment. Already, things were in full swing and the table was ladened with food. We set our pie down on the dessert table and proceeded to chat and mingle. Or rather, Julie did, because I was having difficulty forming complete sentences. I think I made a couple witty interjections but was really unable to keep a conversation going. The pile of food was really good and mostly vegetarian. I quite enjoyed the lasagna as well as the chilli. There was also some very nice tofu that seemed to be well-enjoyed. I passed on most of the desserts, being in a nibblish mood, but apparently the pie that we bought was incredibly tasty.

It was all too soon that the night was coming to an end. I was wilting in my chair and many of the guests were gainfully employed so we all decided to leave before midnight. Before I left, I got a photograph of Jessica and her brilliant T-shirt. I had hoped to get more pictures of the party, but forgot that I even owned a camera. That's how out of it I was.

I must try for more sleep before going to parties. I think being cogent really helps my enjoyment.


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25th Apr, 2005 14:56 (UTC)
Hmm... Black boots...
25th Apr, 2005 18:53 (UTC)
Sorry I missed your comment. It sounds like it would have been fun to hang out, and I certainly didn't do much productive on Sunday beyond laundry, though I was making up all kinds of funny stories in the morning about what I'd get done during the day.
15th Dec, 2007 17:35 (UTC)
American apparel rules!Especially mens outdoor apparel.
Good post.
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