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Leaving Las Edmonton

I’m currently sitting in the Edmonton airport, awaiting my trip home. Something about being in airports compels me to write blog postings. Don’t really have much to say1, but yet I feel the need to blog!

A few random thoughts:

  • Edmonton airport, like many an airport that I’ve been to, is seriously insufficient when it comes to electrical outlets. Given that my iPhone’s battery lasts about three text messages these days, this is a serious problem for me. Thus, I find myself sitting on the floor next to the bathroom a few gates away from my gate – the only place I could find an outlet – and it seems that every time an announcement comes on the PA system, someone runs the super loud hand dryer in the bathroom and I can’t hear what the announcement is. I really hope they aren’t paging me.
  • I got randomly selected from the security lineup for a hand swab. They pulled me out of the long lineup, gave me the hand swab – which took like 5 seconds – and then put me right up to the front of the line, saving me a good 10 minutes of waiting. So, yeah, I’m not complaining about that.
  • I forgot to mention in my posting yesterday that Katie’s upgraded suite, in addition to having the free wine & cheese, had a Keurig single-cup coffee maker, so after our delicious wine and delicious cheese, we had delicious coffee and the delicious dark chocolate that I just so happened to bring with me.
  • When I left for Edmonton, I had not yet found the energy to unpack from the Longest Game, so my living room looked like an RV had exploded into it. I’m really hoping the Cleaning Fairy showed up and my place will be spotless when I get home. There is a Cleaning Fairy, right?
  • Dan and Rick are spending this weekend in Montreal. I am extremely jealous!
  1. The workshop I was at was chalk full of information and thought-provoking goodness for me, but would most likely bore you to tears, so I shall not talk about it here []

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More On My Trip To Edmontonia

So today was a full-day of workshopping, which was jammed packed with information and so my brain is very full! I had to give a short presentation on my project, which seems to have been well-received – so that was good.

After the workshopping, I went for a walk with my colleague, Katie, who is attending this workshop with me and who also happens to be from Edmonton. She showed me the Parliament building and the river valley – much prettier than the view from my hotel room. The hotel we are staying at does free wine & cheese tastings in the evening, so of course we went to that. Then we went off in search of dinner, but the couple of places we checked out either didn’t have anything we wanted to eat, were kind of crappy inside, or were crazily priced, so we ended up just going to the hotel restaurant, where we had some delicious wild mushroom ravioli with asparagus!

But even better than that was the free wine and cheese we got because the hotel was overbooked and when Katie tried to check in yesterday, they had no room for her. So they put her up in a sister hotel down the street yesterday and today put her into a fancy pants upgraded suite and gave her a bottle of wine and a delicious plate of cheese:

Complementary Wine & Cheese

 

And lucky me, I got to enjoy said bottle of wine and said plate of cheese with Katie, and I wasn’t even inconvenienced with an overbooked room!

But now it’s late and I need to get to bed for another full day of workshopping tomorrow!

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Edmontonia

Just a quick posting tonight, because I’m in Edmonton, which is one hour in the future compared to Vancouver and thus, it’s one hour closer to bedtime! I have an early morning tomorrow – breakfast at 7:30 a.m., workshop starts at 8 a.m. – and I need to get a good night’s sleep so I’m all ready to absorb the new ideas and meet all the cool new people!

My impressions of Edmonton so far:

  • It’s very flat here. And it reminds me of Fredericton for some reason1.
  • There were hotties in my hotel lobby. And hotties on the street. And they were all very smiley!
  • Had dinner at the Sicilian Pasta Kitchen. Delicious!
The hotel I’m staying in is pretty nice, though it doesn’t have a hot tub. I don’t understand the point of building a hotel without a hot tub. It should be against the law, really.
Also, when I was checking out the room when I first got here, I noticed the “Refreshment Centre” menu. I like to check that sort of stuff out – not because I intend to drink anything from the mini-bar – I’m way too cheap for that! – but because I like to see how insane the prices are. But something different caught my eye on this one:

Refreshment Centre Menu

Look near the bottom on the right hand side. Condom tin – $7!

This, of course, lead to me wonder how many condoms were in said tin. So, of course, I looked through the basket of chocolate bars, golf tees, and other “refreshments” until I found the tin. And I think it gave me my answer:

the condom tin

That’s one hellava expensive condom! That better be some damn fine sex, is all I can say.

Also, the plant in my room is rather phallic:

This plant is phallic

  1. Probably the river and the bridges over said river []