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Travelling by train

  • 1st Dec, 2005 at 11:58 PM

I picked up some train tickets today.

One pair of those tickets are for going to Waterloo next week. I'll be arriving on late Thursday night and will be staying until Sunday afternoon.

I'm a little tired from this heady lifestyle of mine, so I figure I'll throw a potluck party on Friday night. My plan is to take over someone's house, put on some good music, invest in some drinks, and make something simple to eat. Then anyone who shows up with refreshments and munchies and a good sense of humour gets let in the door.

Then, on Saturday, I can go about hanging out with people that don't like big parties. There are a few of you I really do want to see, so let's make sure to get together. I figure on maybe cooking something for dinner at someone's house. Because I always go to Waterloo with a huge knife.

Sunday will probably involve some early dim sum so that we can beat the rush. I wonder what Cameron's would think if a big block of us took over their dining room? Good things, I hope. Then it will be away to Montréal again, before I miss my train.

If you would be happy to show up to any or all of these events, please leave a comment below.

P.S. Some of you are expatriates of Montréal. I'm planning on bringing some Schwartz's smoked meat and some tortillion down. I can be bribed, at very reasonable rates, into bringing other rare and exotic comestibles. Let me know.


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2nd Dec, 2005 08:01 (UTC)
Hi Simon,

I'm thinking of heading to Montreal for New Years--I was wondering whether you could give me any tips for things to see and do there, and give me the scoop on any New Years festivities. I plan to stay at Auberge Chez Jean because it is fantastic.. I am also very curious about this artists' collective Casa Magica you mention. Maybe heading up to Quebec after Montreal. Anyway, any hints or tips would be super.

2nd Dec, 2005 09:13 (UTC)
Oh goodness. Montréal is such a big city that I wouldn't know what to suggest. And it's starting to be winter, so it's a little less exciting then. I understand that Québec is more fun on New Year's, but try not to speak any English while you are there.

Wikitravel has an article on Montréal that you might find helpful.

I suggest e-mailing Robin Millette <millette@waglo.com> who lives at Casa Magica. Tell him that Simon Law, the Debian Developer, sent you.
2nd Dec, 2005 15:19 (UTC)
are you kidding ? Montreal is filled with indoor activities: art galleries, museums, the planetarium, the insectarium and botanical garden greenshouses come to mind immediately. And outdoors isn't too bad on a nice day: walking around snowy old Montreal and stopping off for hot snacks at a cafe, viewing the city from Mont Royal. I'm sure there's tons to do.
2nd Dec, 2005 18:51 (UTC)
Ooo, sounds great! Do you have any specific recommendations?

And any ideas what happens on New Year's Eve?
2nd Dec, 2005 15:22 (UTC)
You might want to avoid interchanging "potluck" and "potlatch". Potlatch is not a fancy way to say "potluck". It has a very different meaning.

* Potluck: a communal meal to which people bring food to share -- usually used attributively as in "potluck supper".

* Potlatch: ceremonial feast of the American Indians of the northwest coast marked by the host's lavish distribution of gifts or sometimes destruction of property to demonstrate wealth and generosity with the expectation of eventual reciprocation.
2nd Dec, 2005 17:58 (UTC)
Hmm... I've always had two different defintions in my mind. Where potluck as "eating whatever is on the stove" and I've been to real potlatches that were basically people showing up with casseroles and presents for newborns.

I guess I'm easily confused.
2nd Dec, 2005 18:10 (UTC)
Potluck also has that meaning in terms of "come take your potluck with me", which means to have a guest for a meal where no special preparations take place.
2nd Dec, 2005 18:06 (UTC)
Will you be seeing Timin? If you are let me know how he is I miss your stories about him...
2nd Dec, 2005 18:22 (UTC)
I hope so! I miss Timin quite a lot.
3rd Dec, 2005 20:16 (UTC)
if you have some extra time, let me know and we'll figure something out.
3rd Dec, 2005 20:20 (UTC)
Please send me an e-mail with your contact information, and I'll call you when I'm in the city.
5th Dec, 2005 16:05 (UTC)
It seems something has been sorted out about there being a party at Julie's? I'm not one for partyies, but if there's food and good company I can probably be tempted. Now the question is what should I bring...? Julie is a big fan of our pulled pork, but that might not be to everyones liking. Ummmm!

Oh yay, Dim Sum!
5th Dec, 2005 16:06 (UTC)
annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd it would help if I read over things before I posted. Ignore the spelling mistakes and focus on figuring out what I should bring.

5th Dec, 2005 16:17 (UTC)
I'm not sure where the big party on Friday is being held; but you should totally come. There ought to be tasty things to eat, even if it is just gorging on smoked meat and yuppie things I buy from Vincenzo's.

If the pulled pork meets Julie's seal of approval, I don't know how bringing it could be wrong.
5th Dec, 2005 19:37 (UTC)
I don't know how bringing it could be wrong

It could attract hobos.
6th Dec, 2005 18:17 (UTC)
Did you find a place?
6th Dec, 2005 18:21 (UTC)
I found a place for Friday night. But I don't know with whom to host a dinner party on Saturday.

23rd Jun, 2006 18:11 (UTC)
Just found your home page its great, it looks like you folks do great service keep up the good work.
26th Jun, 2006 01:00 (UTC)
So interesting site, thanks!
21st Feb, 2007 08:27 (UTC)
Hello! Nice resource. Thanx.
14th Mar, 2007 17:23 (UTC)
business blog
I've just been letting everything happen without me lately. I've just been hanging out not getting anything done, but eh. Maybe tomorrow. I just don't have anything to say. I've pretty much been doing nothing worth mentioning. Nothing seems important
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