Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I remembered when I arrived on the coast. I’d decided to leave Wyoming and all the shit that was going on there and make a clean sweep of it. A fresh start. Especially, I though, a good one where I knew no one and no cared if I came or went or even knew I was around.
1979. a year or so after I had discovered there was more to life than sitting in a bar listening to the same people, the career drunks, tell the same fucking stories over and over and over.
She was part of that. Part of getting me out of that hole, one I had dug for myself. And as much as she helped me, she hurt herself. Late nights trying to keep up with me and the crowd I was running with, to try and keep me straight and get me to work on time after long nights out. She was able to sleep at her job and take time away when the boss wasn’t around to catch up on her sleep after nights with me. Keeping me away from the needle. She was a chambermaid. I’d often take my clothes to her work and mix them in with the wash she was doing. Any money saved back then was more money to drink or smoke or.
She lost her will to help and it seemed like it happened almost all at once one night. A night not much different than a thousand others we had had together. The look on her face said it all and when she left I knew she wasn’t coming back. Ever. Two-thirty a.m. in Billings and I was left with twenty-two seventy-five in my pocket and a bill at the bar for three times that. I’d never walked out on a bill before but I did that night. And as I stood at the gas station across from the Denny’s I knew I was fucked.
I hitch hiked back to Wilson and after working some odd jobs for a few weeks headed to the coast. A thousand dollars in my pocket and a carload of clothes and a few memories.
It may be no better here.
I heard she died last night in a car accident on the I-80.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
i was talking to one of my suppliers today, mick at ACT Equipment, great guy and when i was talking to him i could feel the tiredness in his voice and asked him if he was having a bad day...he said yes. i asked him, "why do we work mick. why do we come to work, get up early...?"
"because we're not rich garnet."
now i know.
when does that daylight savings thing kick in? because that's always good for a laugh this time of year. the darkness is a sure savings for sure. go to work when it's dark, drive home in the dark. so awesome.
the lawns are coming to a close and it will mark the end of the seventh season of lawn order very soon. and it's now that i'm ready for it to be over, and really, only because it becomes hard to cut, the lack of light at the end of the day, the rain on the weekends - when i have to get all the cuts done, the wet boots and shoes, less sun to burn my neck. all that. still love it and will be back next year - though i am breaking up with at least one client (they don't know yet but i am...) breaking up is hard to do, even with people who pay you cash to come to their place and manage their shitty 'lawn'.
and so it goes. today.
have you heard the new Girls album - father, son and holy ghost? get on it. sappy songs for the young at heart and the freshly dumped. maybe i should sent it to my lawn order client i'm trying to break up with...
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Yesterday was a barnburner. Three lawns cut by 11:30 am, at the pickle by 12:45 pm after picking up Fiona from her art class-she hung out with me at the pickle and made her mom a little treat out of some silver we had hanging around, then home to get my hockey gear to go defend the bombers honor against the tigers... 10-1 final for us in the end. Sure it was a blow out but I like to use those games to practice things you can't in tighter games...then off to garvie's for a late dinner and laughs with her pals Alan and Elaine.. Good ones.
Then bed. Happily.
Now a little more pickle then out to ailsa's parents for some dinner before my hockey game tonight with Corie and the cowboys.
I feel tired already.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
for sure and it's over now..sort of.
brain overload at the salt mine, late nights - dinner with issy, hockey with the bombers (that included me showing my now less seen pissed off side...oh well..), talks from accountants, numbers missing in excel sheets - then found, plants looking the same and hoping they would look different...by now.
stuff. it's all just stuff. and i'm thinking of buying some more stuff...just because.
have a great weekend. i'll be bombing and playing another game with the cowboys...
Thursday, September 22, 2011
i had, for years, read about lou reed, patti smith, mink deville and the ramones but couldn't find any of their albums in the regular stores i frequented. now i knew i would be able to. i, up until that point had been listening to kiss - huge fan, bad company, nazareth, foghat, reo speedwagon, angel, and sweet. but i wanted a ramones album. and today i was gonna get one.
and i did. tower records was ripe with records - all manner of records. it was hard to choose. but i did, eventually. i chose 'road to ruin'.
and the die was cast.
soon after it was more ramones records, talking heads - after seeing them at the gardens at the pne in late 1979. and others soon followed.
that ramones record changed the game for me. i could tell by the pictures i had seen that it was interesting, that i wanted to hear it, and now i was. and it was good.
sure, 'i wanna be sedated' was on there but, 'don't come close', 'questioningly', and 'i'm against it' made a bigger impact in the end.
i'm telling you this now as i'm going to be telling about more albums i think shaped my life somehow. sweet, bowie, nazareth...
don't let anyone tell you any differently. it's wet and for the next, many, moths it will be so. sure, there will be breaks here and there, maybe, but throw away your bikini and board shorts and get a big piece of rubber for a raincoat. and, as i was telling erin - art dept. head honcho, today, we, as a province, reply on the rain to help with certain industries so, a little rain is good for us. kind of. even though it fuckin' sucks.
last night i whipped out to T-town to have dinner with issy at brown's social house, a place that's not so bad, and invited my good pal dave to join us there - dave and i went to high school together and i don't see him nearly enough. he and i played rugby together in high school and later on hockey on various teams but now don't play on the same teams so...less hockey time for me and dave. he also bought an apartment across the hall from me in kits years ago and was a great neighbour. the boys from snfu nicknamed him kramer as he was always at my place - borrowing things, eating, hanging out... good guy. perhaps the only guy i went to high school with that i ever see...i think. anyhow. nice to have dinner with issy and him.
a little pick up hockey tonight, love it, with the bombers and some others. a little late fr the old guy but good for me...
ok. back to it.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
and i have a new haircut courtesy of k-win. nice.
maybe some cereal.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
ailsa was saying this morning that she may make some pumpkin soup from the two pumpkins i picked from my garden...i have left one to grow - hopefully larger - for fiona to carve to a halloween pumpkin. though, she may have to carve this one sooner than later and then do another one closer to the actual day of tricksters.
the garden is dying at a rapid rate, the maryjane is, i think, budding and doing what it's suppose to do - a couple more weeks and i should know for sure if i've been doing anything right - though still fun to grow.
ok. off to my second hockey game of the day.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
dan called me on the phone and told me to come outside...so i did and right next to the BOC shop were more birds than we've seen before - i think...high on the wires and on the telephone pole itself. pretty cool. hundreds of them. maybe this show really is getting weird...
i have mentioned this before but i will, again, now because i think you should know...
tania campfield, my mortgage broker, rocks!
she watches what's going on and when the time is right - strikes. and what i mean by this is this...she called me the other day and told me if i moved my mortgage to XXX from YYY i'd not only get a lower rate than i have now - this is on my kits place - but even with the penalty for leaving the other bank early, and the other associated costs, i would walk away with a nice little 'thank-you for coming over to our bank' bonus cheque to spend how i see fit...pretty good.
if you ever need a great mortgage broker give her a call...her number is 604.376.4997 and if you're into the e.mail like the kids are these days:
just sayin'...it may be very worth your while.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
but it was fine...and i'll tell you this...it's awesome. fuckin' scary at times, and slightly cold as you whip around in the air high above the park and if it went another 90 seconds, i may have lost my mind. it's good. but at times, unsettling. i'd do it again.
fiona tried win an ipod by climbing up a near impossible ladder, we all did the bumper cars, rode the scrambler, i rode the corkscrew - alone, they rode a few rides i don't know the name of, including the log ride - twice...fiona will sleep well tonight as will garvie.
i'm home and am gonna relax and make more ketchup. want some?
me and my pal ride the atmosfear.
fiona tries to win an ipod.
bumper car action.
to fast to catch.
ready to ride.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
i said before that the new richmond fontaine concept album, the high country, scared me a little, and it still does, but it's getting great reviews so...maybe i know nothin'...could be true. i listened to some tracks and it sounds good...you can hear some of it here...and if you want buy a digital version of it - i did...'lost in the trees' is a return to the rock - there's a video you can watch while you rock out to it.
now...a nice smoothie for lunch, picked more tomatoes and am gonna do a little house cleaning to end it all as far as work goes today...
go have fun. i need some shade right now but you should go see the sun - it'l be gone soon.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Monday, September 05, 2011
ailsa and fiona came over tonight for burgers - fiona's last before she heads off back to school for grade 3 and her seeing her pals again for the first time since leaving in june...i made ketchup today with a bunch of my larger tomatoes and if i do say so myself - it tastes pretty fuckin' good.
now it's a little breaking bad and then off to bed...back to the salt mine tomorrow and the magic of the movies...
these became a very nice ketchup...
fiona learns i like burgers and giving the finger.