I was feeling especially patriotic...

Patriotic Tape!

Actually, I was feeling no more patriotic than usual. But I had run out of packing tape and, while at the post office, found that the only packing tape they had was this stuff with Canadian flags all over it.

Made for an interesting package.

All but seven copies of the :Trenchcoat Farewell Project: have been mailed out. I’m hoping to have the remainder of the paid-up copies mailed out this weekend. That’s about two months after receiving the bound copies of the publication, but fortunately the readers have been very patient with me as I’ve wrapped over fifty Christmas presents.

Hi, Don!

I’d like to publically thank Don at All Things Canadian for a very pleasant lunch yesterday. He was in town and got in touch. We met up at Williams near the University and talked a bit about other bloggers, the Conservative convention, fiction and housing. He’s a really nice guy, and it’s good to put a face to what had previously been a bunch of text.

I had no trouble recognizing him, however; possibly because I recogized him recognizing me from my picture. Or maybe it’s just an invisible sign that hangs over our head as bloggers.

One funny exchange we had was when he was telling me about a conversation he was having with another blogger about grouping certain bloggers in a hockey team. Who would be left wing? Who would be right? Who’d be centre? Don said that I’d probably be the referee, to which I replied that it was better that than the goalie, since then everybody was taking shots at you.

Second Business Edge Article Now Up on Site

I’m pleased to announce that my second professional article with Business Edge is now up at their website and in the March 17, 2005 Ontario edition of their print magazine.

The article focuses on the Region of Waterloo International Airport and the prospects for its future. I entered into the article wondering if the airport could act as an alternate for Pearson, reducing the need for an airport at Pickering. Airport manager Alex Home quickly dismissed that possibility, but there should still be plenty for the airport to do in the coming years.

I’d like to thank Mr. Alex Home and Kitchener mayor Carl Zehr for their help in making this article possible. They were both very accommodating and helpful as I interviewed them.

Erin’s Busy

Erin’s second book of poetry Seal up the Thunder is set to debut this Sunday at a launch party held at the Waterloo Public Library at 2 pm. We’re setting up quite a party, and I hope that some people reading this turn out. Erin’s second book contains poetry that’s as powerful as Ghost Maps, but is more personal. The poems are Biblical. Erin’s Catholic and, although the church has loosened up since the Reformation, Catholics have never been encouraged to really sit down and read scripture. So, while Erin has been aware of this powerful and strange book, responsible for more imagery and metaphor in the English language than Shakespeare, she found herself in the odd situation of being thirty-years-old and really reading the Bible for the very first time. Seal up the Thunder is the result of this revelation.

Erin’s Toronto launch takes place at the Art Bar on Tuesday, March 22 at 8 pm. The Art Bar is one of Toronto’s premier poetry venues, located above the Victory Cafe at 581 Markham Street in Mirvish Village. Toronto area readers are invited to this event.

All in all, this launch promises to be busy, but fun. I’m looking forward to seeing the book in the flesh.

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