Will Downtown Montreal’s New Normal Become Just Normal?

Downtown Montreal is all ready for the first weekend in the latest phase of COVID-19 related deconfinement; one that allows stores with dedicated street entrances to reopen. If your store is in a mall you are still out of luck. Welcome to downtown Montreal. Please spend your hard-earned dollars in our stores. So sorry youContinue reading “Will Downtown Montreal’s New Normal Become Just Normal?”

Pandemic Relics, Get Them Now

The Internet has changed the world of collectibles. People on the hunt for Coca-Cola items, or wartime artifacts used to troll flea markets and rummage sales in search of something of value. Whether monetary value or just a missing piece to their collection, there was legwork involved. … my family being Irish Catholic, in honestyContinue reading “Pandemic Relics, Get Them Now”

Can Physical Distancing And Retail Shopping Coexist?

Let the shopping begin … or resume. Today is the long-awaited day when Montreal stores, those with dedicated entrances from the sidewalk, not those located in malls, can reopen. Back to normal you say. Nope. There is something wrong with governments that implore people to both practice social distancing and take public transit The cityContinue reading “Can Physical Distancing And Retail Shopping Coexist?”

COVID-19: Walk As You Drive

While out for a pleasant stroll with my wife yesterday I realized that I have started to suffer from “Covidium”. By which I mean the little, day-to-day changes in our lifestyle have started to shift from novelties to annoyances for me. Don’t get me wrong, although these things irk me, I understand they are essentialContinue reading “COVID-19: Walk As You Drive”

Quebec Referendum Forty Years Later

Today, May 20, 2020, marks the fortieth anniversary of the first referendum in the Canadian province of Quebec. I recall casting my vote on that day at the school across from our home. It was, much like today, a beautiful sunny spring day. … were those who wanted to begin the process of establishing anContinue reading “Quebec Referendum Forty Years Later”

COVID-19 Long Weekend Social Distancing Challenge

It’s the first long weekend of the summer in Canada. Known as Victoria Day, a throwback to our colonial days, or Journée nationale des patriotes in the Province of Quebec, it traditionally heralds the unofficial beginning of summer. By this point in the calendar, it is assumed to be safe to plant annuals without fear of frost.Continue reading “COVID-19 Long Weekend Social Distancing Challenge”

COVID-19: Oops Too Soon

The perfect poached egg takes about four minutes in a pot of water that has come to a boil then removed from the heat and the lid placed on it. Removing the egg before the time is up will result in a half-cooked mucky slimy mess. Oops, too soon. Many a teenaged romantic dalliance hasContinue reading “COVID-19: Oops Too Soon”

COVID-19: Herding Cats and Drunken Bro-Hugs

There are many idioms that refer to undertaking a difficult if not impossible task. One hears that something was like herding cats or nailing Jell-O to the wall. Or occasionally pushing water uphill with a rake. Just imagining how hopeless any of these chores would be may give one an idea of how difficult applyingContinue reading “COVID-19: Herding Cats and Drunken Bro-Hugs”

COVID-19: Shaq and the NHL

I’m not much of a basketball fan. I played it as a kid but can’t say I follow the professionals. However, some athletes transcend their sport and Shaquille O’Neal is certainly one of those. “I think we should scrap the season. Everybody go home, get healthy, come back next year” In a recent interview, ShaqContinue reading “COVID-19: Shaq and the NHL”