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I dunno, Canadian immigration people have always been the biggest hardasses to me. Sometimes I fly home with Air Canada and have a layover in Toronto and always get GRILLED. Why am I here? Well, I have a flight to catch and will be leaving in 45 minutes, so I don't really think I'm a danger to your country.

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:08 (nine years ago) link

It is a VERY great place, and I only really spent something like a day and a half there. Everyone should visit.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:08 (nine years ago) link

well maybe I think you're a danger to my country adam

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:09 (nine years ago) link

Well I am a bit messy sometimes.

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:09 (nine years ago) link

Still, I like the idea of living in Canada. You never know.

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:10 (nine years ago) link

You have to watch out for him, he likes to film things. (Wait, who am I warning against who?)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:11 (nine years ago) link

Stayed at one of those boutique hotels by the water (one with awesome fucking room service), went to a ton of restaurants, bought a ton of records, hit that Miles Davis exhibit at the art museum, saw some sights and witnessed some of the glory that was Canada Day and the boiling heat wave that followed (if it had been any other type of vacation I would have dropped you a line, Slock). Don't recognize most of the places in that article but oddly enough I ordered all three things (foie gras poutine, duck-in-a-can, and seafood platters) mentioned being at Restaurant au Pied de Cochon. Even splitting the poutine and the seafood, this was in hindsight a bit too ambitious.

My only complaint was that I couldn't seem to get the right kind of iced latte and wound up hitting starbucks more than I wanted to.

da croupier, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:12 (nine years ago) link

oh i coulda helped you with that

glad u had a good time and of course i understand you wouldnt exactly want to be like hey new bride, can we take some time on our honeymoon to meet some random bon vivant from the internet

but if u ever come back, lemme know!!

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:13 (nine years ago) link

hey new bride, can we take some time on our honeymoon to meet some random bon vivant from the internet

Le Proposal Indecent

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:14 (nine years ago) link

How big is Montreal? DO many people live in quaint Olde Worlde apartments with high ceilings above patisseries and such? And ride bicycles in elegantly faded clothes?

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:15 (nine years ago) link

They definitely ride bicycles.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:16 (nine years ago) link

but if u ever come back, lemme know!!

definitely!

da croupier, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:16 (nine years ago) link

actually yes

sean gramophone, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:17 (nine years ago) link

Is Montreal on a river? What is the countryside like outside of Montreal?

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:18 (nine years ago) link

it's IN a river

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:18 (nine years ago) link

(it's an island)

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:18 (nine years ago) link

Wow!

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:19 (nine years ago) link

I just don't know much about Montreal. All I know is through s1ocki and rrrobyn and I think there were once some olympics there or something. It sounds nice.

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:19 (nine years ago) link

there's some really nice countryside not too far away. the laurentian mountains. the eastern townships (really old settlements). vermont is like 45 minute drive.

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:20 (nine years ago) link

The mix of stations in French and English was pretty awesome. Loved little details like Two And A Half Men being called "Mon Oncle Charlie." Also appreciated the French pronunciation of "Jack Donaghy"

da croupier, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:20 (nine years ago) link

hahaha

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:21 (nine years ago) link

i love the movie titles too

for some reason the one that always stood out was BOOTY CALL which was called ALLO BABA! (exclamation mark included)

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:22 (nine years ago) link

Montreal film title translations vs. Helsinki film title translations.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:22 (nine years ago) link

I love the alt. Twilight titles. So much more appropriate.

Simon H., Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:23 (nine years ago) link

i used to enter the movie listings for my paper (worst job ever btw) and so i read all of them

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:23 (nine years ago) link

o ya simon i was just chuckling about that today.... eclipse is called TWILIGHT: HESITATION

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:23 (nine years ago) link

hahahaha

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:24 (nine years ago) link

also came across some kind of candid camera show called something like "droll and sexy" that seemed to mostly be people being squirted with water and topless women walking out of closets in department stores.

xpost was just about to mention the posters for Twilight: Hesitation

da croupier, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:24 (nine years ago) link

that's actually what life is like most of the time

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:25 (nine years ago) link

btw mazel tov on the whole getting hitched thing

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:25 (nine years ago) link

thanks!

da croupier, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:26 (nine years ago) link

Haha Hesitation

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:27 (nine years ago) link

o ya simon i was just chuckling about that today.... eclipse is called TWILIGHT: HESITATION

I saw one of those posters and thought, "Instant improvement."

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:27 (nine years ago) link

i mean it sort of cuts to the core doesn't it

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:28 (nine years ago) link

I need to see Twilight

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:29 (nine years ago) link

How big is Montreal? DO many people live in quaint Olde Worlde apartments with high ceilings above patisseries and such? And ride bicycles in elegantly faded clothes?

The population of the island is ~1.5 million, the metropolitan pop. is ~3.5 million.

sofatruck, Thursday, 22 July 2010 19:37 (nine years ago) link

Can I move there? Do they like foreign people?

Do you speak French? Then, yes!
Seriously though, if you want to immigrate to Canada and plan to live in Quebec, the province (in addition to the federal government) has to approve your residency there.

kate78, Thursday, 22 July 2010 20:02 (nine years ago) link

I used to speak ok French, I went to school in Paris for a brief while. But it was long ago and my French is embarrassing these days. I'm sure it is all in there somewhere.

Hey I was born in 78 too! Or maybe your name is ref. to 78rpm vinyl records

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 20:41 (nine years ago) link

xpost- I lived there for 7 years and barely spoke any French. I think it matters in the rest of Quebec but almost not at all in Montreal (unless it's a really francophone neighborhood).

the subject of many men’s thoughts (daavid), Thursday, 22 July 2010 20:52 (nine years ago) link

it matters if you want to live there as an immigrant.

yay, 1978, xpost.

kate78, Thursday, 22 July 2010 21:02 (nine years ago) link

Yeah my French is embarrassingly bad... grew up in the west and haven't had the chance to take classes here but I get by quite easily. But yeah, immigrating is another issue. Have a friend here who did it though (from the USA). She had to do an interview in French, for which she studied like mad for about a month, and passed quite easily.

sofatruck, Thursday, 22 July 2010 21:03 (nine years ago) link

for some reason montreal attracts the coolest anglos from the rest of canada, and has a pretty thriving english cool kids community. a lot of the less corny bc dudes move here, loads of haligonians and nova scotians. they're a good crowd. many of my friends live fulfilling and happy lives without significant contact with francophones.

that's not to say you're not missing out, though. french girls are way cuter and often more fun and outgoing than english ones, and although quebecois culture in general is not as appealing to me they are a people who have deep reverence for the sanctity of the leisurely life. lots of drinking beer and just hanging out and cracking jokes goes on.

there are some radical-minded francophones who can be unpleasantly forceful and militant about it, but generally speaking people do appreciate any polite attempt at speaking french. you probably have a better chance of kissing french girls if you've got a bit an accent, anyways.

young monet (samosa gibreel), Thursday, 22 July 2010 21:58 (nine years ago) link

LOL I'm married and this is an entirely hypothetical situation so...

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:01 (nine years ago) link

sounds fun though!

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:01 (nine years ago) link

lol, well your future children will kiss many a cute french girl should you choose to born & raise them in mtl

young monet (samosa gibreel), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:05 (nine years ago) link

also u guys might find your attitudes get more liberal in this swinging city of bons vivants

al-goreda (s1ocki), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:10 (nine years ago) link

Is it full of vice and delicious sin?

European Bob (admrl), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:13 (nine years ago) link

thinkin bout movin to montreal with bad french

conrad, Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:17 (nine years ago) link

full of copies of vice magazine tbh xp

young monet (samosa gibreel), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:23 (nine years ago) link

I love Montreal so much...just been there passing through to and from Victoriaville (2x), but I'd live there in a heartbeat based on a couple of days.

Grisly Addams (WmC), Thursday, 22 July 2010 22:29 (nine years ago) link

I have never heard anyone refering to any place as ‘north of the train tracks’ in my 20 years here. Which train tracks? There are 3 tracks that go east-west across the island.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 04:42 (three months ago) link

Maybe this whole time Fields was a senior living in VMR who sure hates the sight of youngsters hanging around Canora station.

Van Horn Street, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 04:44 (three months ago) link

I assume he's referring to Mile Ex.

xp

pomenitul, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 07:00 (three months ago) link

"do you have any sour beers" is usually my first question on entering any soi-disant craft beer pub. i won't come to montreal

imago, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 07:41 (three months ago) link

Ask if they have 'de la bière sûre' and fields of salmon will have no choice but to relent.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 07:53 (three months ago) link

having read his posts itt i'm genuinely concerned fields of salmon might be a member of gy!be

imago, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 12:08 (three months ago) link

I doubt a member of gy!be would live in the plateau during the peak horribleness years.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:37 (three months ago) link


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