Sunday, May 31, 2009
Samedi matin, je suis allée avec M. Cheong, mon mentor et directeur de conscience, visiter le Jardin Botanique de Montréal, qui organise pendant les trois jours du week-end son 12e Rendez-vous horticole (http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/propos/rendez_vous_2009/rendez_vous.htm).
Le Rendez-vous a toujours eu beaucoup de succès auprès de la population, et cette année encore, la foule était effectivement ... au rendez-vous. L'aire de stationnement du jardin botanique était plein, il nous a fallu aller dans le stationnement de l'Insectorium. Alors que je me dirigeais vers la borne de paiement pour payer, un homme s'approcha de moi. Il m'explique qu'il a payé pour stationner toute la journée, jusqu'à 21 h, mais qu'il doit partir en raison d'une urgence imprévue (il était 10h30 du matin) et qu'il me laisserait pour 5$ le billet de stationnement qu'il a payé 10$. Je vérifie les indications sur le billet: la date, l'heure, le prix, tout a l'air correct et je lui donne ses 5$. Quelle aubaine!
Le Rendez-vous horticole est censé être un événement d'éducation et de sensibilisation du public à la diversité biologique et aux pratiques horticoles naturelles, non polluantes. Mais le véritable attrait est surtout l'occasion d'acheter à des prix très raisonnables toutes sortes de plantes qu'on ne trouve pas toujours dans les pépinières ou chez les fleuristes. Pour moi, ça a été une merveilleuse découverte.
J'ai fini par acheter des orchidées et j'ai aussi reçu des tas de plantes et de semences gratuites. On m'a notamment donné un sachet de graines pour des plantes de balcon. Ces plantes sont:
Et ce n'est pas fini! J'ai aussi reçu gratuitement un petit pot de coleus et une pousse de cerisier tardif, que je vais planter devant la maison. Voilà de quoi il aura l'air dans 2 ans:http://tinyurl.com/lw7wz6
Saturday, May 30, 2009
One of my favorite songs is "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" by Bonnie Tyler (I TOLD you I'm old!). But someone went and made a spoof version of Tyler's artsy fartsy video. Behold! (Via The Confluence at http://riverdaughter.wordpress.com/)
Just so you can compare, here's the real version of Total Eclipse Of The Heart. Oh no, wait!... It's a clip of Asparagus practising on his drum, my bad (Khôi, voici la video de la rockband d'Asperge, que vous avez demandé).
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
My pride and joy Asparagus is celebrating his 26th birthday today and I want to use this post to tell you a bit about him.
Asparagus is handsome... most of the time.
He is kind and sensitive. Here's an extract from his Twitter account:
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How touching: a homeless girl gave her homeless mom a rose. The mom cried and hugged her. I was too shy to take a picture.
He is a great musician with a huge sense of humor. In this shot, he is playing lobster ocarina with his brother B-Boy.
Last month, his rock band "Flow" won third prize at the "Multicultural Youth Making the Band" event in Chinatown. Here he is being presented the trophy by the event organizer Jimmy Chan.
Unfortunately, ladies, his heart is already taken, but it really doesn't matter: he is a great individual. So Happy Birthday, my Asparagus! What can one give a person who has everything? (No, not syphilis!) I give you the world!!
Susan Boyle doesn't need any introduction anymore (or is it: She be no need no introduction no mo').
Personally, I think this performance is inferior to her first one (I dreamed a dream): she screwed up the beginning (Mii-i-id-night). But she did look better and less nervous. She'll probably win this contest after all.
Update: 30th May -- Baaah! She didn't win!!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Dedicated to an Eddie Izzard fan, B-Boy:
And a link to his sketch at the Secret Policeman's Ball in 2008 (Sorry, but they disabled the embedding): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jHaR9rRpLg&feature=related
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
If you were a long time reader, you would know that I am an unconditinal fan of Steven Seagal. I firt got interested in Steven because of his achievements in Aikido (Did I mention that I have a blue belt in Aikido? Only 276 times?): 7th dan, first non Japanese dojo sensei in Japan, etc..
Besides being an accomplished martial artist, movie actor and producer, writer, etc, Seagal is also a recording artist and guitarist and the founder of Steven Seagal Enterprises. In addition to his professional achievements, he is also known as an environmentalist, an animal rights activist and, like other actors such as Richard Gere (another actor I admire and respect), is a supporter of Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama and the cause of Tibetan independence. Spiritualism and Buddhism play an important role in Seagal's life and he has been recognized by Tibetan lama Penor Rinpoche as a reincarnated Tulku. According to Seagal in a November 2006 interview: "I was born very different, clairvoyant and a healer" (Wikipedia). So what's not to love?
First, a collection of Sensei Seagal's beautiful moves, compiled by one of his grateful students:
And now that we have established his superiority in martial arts, here are a few clips, showing Steven Seagal's multiple other talents. Take it away, Steven-san!
Steven Seagal the rock star, in London
Steven Seagal the crooner/skaa singer
Steven Seagal's Best Fight Scenes (in French)
About that so-called Chuck Norris and Steven Seagall rivalry? Nonsense! They share the same taste in drinks, even. They are practically brothers.
As to Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal, well, they are real blood brothers. Did you know?
The conclusion is that all three are to be equally feared in a fight.
But still, Steven Seagal, I bow to you in awe and admiration. Domo Arigato gozaimasu, Steven-san!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Remember the viral video of the song "Stand By Me" played by various musicians around the world in the famous documentary "Playing For Change"? Here's two more great songs from that film, called "Don't Worry" and "One Love" with some of the same musicians and some new ones.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Here's what I wanted: It's called "Wait Impatiently for Woman"
Okay, so I don't have menstruation anymore, but what if:
- I carry leukorrhoea (whatever that is)
- I workout (as if!)
- I am a woman of the etiquette (and why not?)
- I stinks (no comment)
What would I do then, without my inside cleaner? I guess I'll continue stinking ... at least for another year.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Pourquoi? Voici ce que m'ont envoyé séparément et en même temps deux amis (vous devinez leur genre).
First story: WHY MEN ARE NEVER DEPRESSED (Merci Bernard!):
Men Are Just Happier People-- What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of whic h way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $500 0. Tux rental-$100. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. !
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks.. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.
No wonder men are happier.
Second Story: THE WORLD 'S SHORTEST FAIRY TALE (Gracias Ana!) :
Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl "Will you marry
me?" The girl said:"NO!"
And the girl lived happily ever-after and went shopping, dancing, camping, drank martinis, always had a clean house, never had to cook, did whatever the hell she wanted, never argued, didn't get fat, travelled more, had many lovers, didn't save money, and had all the hot water to herself. She went to the theatre, never watched sports, never wore friggin' lacy lingerie that went up her ass, had high self esteem, never cried or yelled, felt and looked fabulous in sweat pants and was pleasant all the time.