Posts Tagged ‘montreal’

On Saturday, my Wife and I headed to Westboro to walk around.

Our first stop was Thyme & Again, which is a place where they make you food for a Week or something, and you can pick it up. I don’t know, something like that.
Anyways, I had an Espresso on the Patio there, which was pretty good actually.

From there, we headed to The Cube Gallery.
My Wife is from Montreal, so she wanted to see the Exhibit on Montreal.
It was small, but pretty good.

I love Montreal. I think it’s a beautiful City, but not overely Wheelchair Accessible.
The Subway isn’t even Accessible.

After the Gallery, we went to The Ottawa Bagel Shop.

This was my first time there, and I was impressed.
Besides the Bagels, & other food, they have a Restaurant, a Bar, Patio, TV’s, and a Coffee Bar.
I’ve never even heard of a Coffee Bar before, but I plan on checking it out before Summer ends.
The only bad part about the place is that the Bathrooms are downstairs.
If it weren’t for that, this would be a perfect place for me to hang out.

From there, we headed to a Store to check our Lottery Tickets, but we didn’t win.

In a funny moment, we passed by a Sex Shop, and right beside it was a Bar called “The Wood”.
So, basically, you can go have fun at the Wood, and then walk next door and buy stuff to fix your wood.

I should’ve taken a picture of the two places, maybe next time.
I personally found it highly amusing.

We headed to The Irving Greenberg Thetre to check it out.
We’re going to see “Time To Put My Socks On”, which is a Play written by, and stars, Alan Shain.
Alan’s a good friend of mine, and one of the reasons why I got into Comedy.

Here’s what the show’s about:

Time To Put My Socks On follows Marc – a 30-something year old guy with cerebral palsy who is about to celebrate his first anniversary with Linda, his nondisabled partner. Marc is bursting with excitement. He loves Linda! Linda loves him! She is poised to move in … Marc is plagued with doubts. Linda has a sock fetish. The more elaborate and colourful the sock the better! But Marc swears by white tube socks. They are quick and easy to put on. Can the love between Marc and Linda survive their war over socks?

An Original One Act
Created by Alan Shain & Michele Decottignies (Stage Left Productions)
Directed by Michele Decottignes & Nicole Dunbar (Stage Left Productions)

July 8, 9, 10 @ 8PM; SATURDAY MATINEE@ 3PM
Preview July 7, P.W.Y.C.

THE IRVING GREENBERG THEATRE CENTRE STUDIO, 1233 WELLINGTON (at Holland)

TICKETS $15 /$13 students & seniors/$12 MATINEE

CALL 613-236-5196 TO RESERVE
NO REFUNDS OR TICKET EXCHANGES
WARNING: Nudity & Adult Content

If you’re in the Ottawa Area, I urge you to please check it out.
I’m really looking forward to it.

Anyways, we headed home afterwards to get out of the heat.

A few hours later, we headed to see the Movie, The Last Airbender.
It was ok, but for $13, I expected a little more.

On Sunday, I headed downtown to have Beer, & walk around.

On Sunday Night, my Wife wanted to see Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.
We saw them last year at Bluesfest, and they were great.
We didn’t want to pay $50 for Tickets, so we watched it from the outside.
Eventually, we got in and caught the end, which was pretty good.

Today (Monday) was interesting.
I got up at 10, and headed to the site of Bluesfest to check out Wheelchair Accessibility.
I was mostly concerned about the new Comedy Tent that they’ll be using.

One of the Organizers discussed the specifications of it, and how to get in.

When I first arrived, I noticed that the floor was two inches above the ground.
For people in Wheelchairs, that would be a problem, so I suggested that they put a Ramp.
I just received word (as I wrote this) that a Ramp will indeed be installed.

Voila!
It feels good to actually be listened to.

The Wheelchair Area will be along the side of the Tent, and you should have a clear view of the Stage.

The other problem that I brought up previously was not being able to see the Main Stage if people are standing. The fix for that was to add an elevated Platform, so we can see.
I checked it out, and it seems good.
It could be a little higher, but it’s a good start.
It seats between 10-15 Wheelchairs, and it’s really close to the Stage.
Unfournately, they weren’t able to put a Platform on any of the other Stages.

Personally, I’m very proud of the work I’ve done for the past three years at Bluesfest.
They’ve come a long way, but there’s still alot more to do as far as making it more Wheelchair Accessible.
It’s a great feeling watching it grow, and get better every year.
I plan to continue doing this for many years to come.

As far as being interviewed about being a Wheelchair Accessibility Advisor, that’s still a go. We’re just trying to figure out when, but it’ll either be this Week or next.

Speaking of Bluesfest, the fun starts in less than 24 hours.
If I get a chance on Tuesday, I’ll run down who I plan on checking out at Bluesfest this year.

I headed home after checking out the site.

As I turned the Corner, I saw Fire Trucks outside my Building.
Luckily, it was a false alarm, but the Elevators stopped working while people were returning home.
I decided to go have a few Beers at The Royal Oak.
An hour later, everything was back to normal.

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As you all know, my Wife and I went to Montreal for the day yesterday.

We left Ottawa by Train at 10 AM and arrived in Montreal around Noon. Going to Montreal is a breeze compared to all the travelling I did last year when I played Boccia.

When we arrived, I got a Coffee and then waited for our Cab. The Wheelchair Accessible Cabs in Montreal are pretty good, just for the fact that Wheelchairs are able to sit beside the Driver.

Here in Ottawa, we sit sideways behind the Driver, or in the very back, or behind him, but further back. Apparently, we’re no better than a Bike or oversized Luggage.

Our destination was The Biodome, which is about 20 or 30 minutes from the Train Station. I got to see another area of Montreal, which I really enjoyed.

When we arrived, I was amazed at the size of The Olympic Stadium and the Biodome. Right after we got off, we headed to The Olympic Stadium to take the Elevator to the Observation Deck.

Personally, I thought it was almost better than The CN Tower. I say that because from my point of view, the view’s not that good, just because the bars are too high for me to see as good as others. The Olympic Stadium’s better for me because of that.

From there, we headed next door to The Biodome. I’ve been wanting to go there for awhile now. I was pretty stoked to be there.

Our first stop inside was the Jungle. I was in there for a few minutes, when a Common Trumpeter (Bird) casually walked up to me. He started checking me and my Wheelchair out. For a few moments, he looked like he wanted to jump up, but no, he walked away afterwards. He was really cute.

From there, I saw Parrots, Monkeys, an Alligator, different Birds, Puffins, Penguins, Fishes, a Gecko, a Chameleon, and even watched him eat a Worm. From there, we saw Lemurs as well.

I LOVE animals, so this was pretty fun for me. It sure beats feeding Horses and Goats. No offense, but Chameleons, Geckos, and Birds are alot more cooler to look at, especially if you can interact with them.

We tried to get to The Insectarium, but it was hard to get to, plus we were short on time. We hung out for awhile in The Botanical Garden. It was pretty, but not really my thing.

By this time, it was time to return to The Train Station to catch the Train back to Ottawa. One of the Elevators wasn’t working well while I was on it. Luckily, it was able to go up, so I could get off.

We managed to get on the Train in time before it left. On our way back, we relaxed with free Wine and Chocolate. It’s a hard life in First Class, what can I say?

We got back to Ottawa just after 8 PM and were home by 9.
After we looked at the pics and emailed some, my Wife went home to sleep.
After getting up at 6:30 AM, I slept like a baby.

I’m a big fan of Montreal. I think it’s a beautiful City, and I love the designs of some of the Buildings. There also seems to be a crapload of things to do.

For example, there was a NASCAR Event held there yesterday, a Film Festival was going on, and while I was at The Biodome, a Major League Soccer game was going on. We only had one big Event here in Ottawa yesterday. That was The Gay Pride Parade. I heard it was pretty fun. I hope to one day attend the one in Toronto.

Ottawa’s a very dull, uptight City.

There’s at least two things wrong with Montreal though, at least to me.

1. It’s not very Wheelchair Accessible, especially the Subway and Old Montreal.
2. If you don’t speak French, you’re screwed. I found that out about 10 years ago.

Long story short, my Map flew away. I tried to ask for directions, but it took awhile because everyone I asked were French.

As for today, I headed to the Bank to pay a Bill.
The rest of my night will be spent doing Laundry.

Back to reality.

Thanks for reading.

I had a blast in Montreal.
I’ll write all about it on Monday.

This is my 200th post.

I didn’t really do much last night.
I was kinda in the dog house, but everything seems ok now.
Even Crips mess up. The only difference is that we can’t backtrack, mostly because Elevators tend not to go backwards.

Yeah…think about that…

Anyways, today, I went out to get a free Coffee with a Coupon cause I’m just that rich.
After I returned home, I went to see my Wife to get a few things to continue my plan of World Domination.

On Sunday, we’re heading to France Light aka Montreal.
We’re gonna spend the Afternoon at the Biodome.
The Biodome houses different animals from around the World.
I’m hoping to see at least one Monkey in a Diaper, just for amusement purposes.
I’m sure I’ll see a bunch of Frogs in Montreal too.

*coughs innocently*

Ahem

Well that’s it for now.

Have a good weekend.

Au revoir!

Nah, not really…

So my Wife’s Niece left just after 7 last night with her Grandpa.
My Wife’s place suddenly felt quiet for awhile. We hung out for awhile without the TV on even, which was nice.

We came back to my place and emailed some pictures to her Relatives, and then she left.

As for myself, I twittered chatted with some people, which was fun.
Most of the people on my Twitter list are complete strangers. Either, we met through a certain topic and they like what I said or through something called Follow Friday. Basically, you whore yourself on Fridays to get more followers.

My Wife tends to get suspicious with me talking to Strangers online. She doesn’t think that I’m gonna cheat or anything. She’s just worried that I’ll share too much personal information and someone will use it against me or something like that.

While that’s a legitimate concern, I’m pretty careful when it comes to posting pictures online. I only put personal pictures on Facebook, where I know everyone personally in some way.

I mainly use Twitter to (corrupt) meet new people and show them that I’m just a regular guy who happens to be Physically Disabled.
That’s also the main reason why I blog.

Update on the Montreal Trip:
As alot of you know, my trip to Montreal today was cancelled due to a Staff shortage of my Personal Care Attendants. I’m happy to report my Wife managed to exchange the Tickets for next Sunday instead. Keep your fingers crossed for us cause it’s been a rough year for both of us, so we deserve this.

It’ll also be our Third Anniversary of our Engagement. As most of you know, we can’t get married or live together. If we did, I’d lose my funding.
Wednesday is the actual day of the Anniversary. I’ll share the story of how I proposed on Wednesday.

My Wife and I are going to a Movie soon.
We’re gonna see The Time Traveler’s Wife.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a review.

Thanks for reading.

So the last few posts have been about America’s Got Talent. Now, I’m gonna write about my life, for the next few days.

So my Wife got back to Ottawa on Wednesday, along with her 10 year old Niece from Halifax.

We spent Wednesday Evening together playing the game, Trouble. I’m sure most of you know about the game, so I won’t go into details, except that I won. After that, I headed back home for the night.

On Thursday, we headed to the Central Canada Exhibition, which is a yearly Fair.
We walked around a bit, fed some Animals.
The rest of the time, they went on rides.
As some of you know, I’ve been on a few rides, but I didn’t feel like doing it this year.
I headed home shortly after that.

A few hours later, the girls returned home and we got to hang out together.
We ate Ice Cream, played Sorry, and then we watched Marley & Me.

In case you haven’t seen it, it stars Owen Wilson & Jennifer Aniston as a Couple. They get a Dog named Marley, who’s extremely hyper all the time and always getting into trouble.
Eventually, Marley gets old and sick, and the Family has to make a very imortant decision about the fate of Marley.

It’s a good movie, but pretty sad, especially for a kid’s movie.
At least, it’s realistic.

There’s a lack of realism in movies today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure Shrek is 100% realistic.

Right?

Anyways, that was my Thursday night.

As for today.
Today hasn’t exactly been a good day. Soon after I woke up, I received a phone call informing me that my trip to Montreal has to be cancelled.

The reason is that the Staff person (Attendant) that was supposed to come with me had a Root Canal and got an infection in her mouth. Nobody else is availiable to take me.

As of right now, the plan is to HOPEULLY be able to go next Sunday. It all depends on if there’s no other Wheelchairs on that Train. Via Rail only only has room for one Wheelchair on its Trains. It MIGHT be two, but my Wheelchair is pretty wide.

They definitely need more spots for Wheelchairs.
This isn’t the 50s anymore, Crips like to get out of Town sometimes.
Why?
Cause that’s how we roll, baby!

One good thing has happened to me today. I was able to go to the Bank to deposit money, which is always a good thing.
Just to make sure, I didn’t have too much fun doing that, it rained the whole time I was out.

So my Wife’s Niece is leaving later today. I’m gonna miss her. It was nice having her around for a few days. She’s a great kid and has fed me Ice Cream two different times now, and even Wine. It’s never too soon to teach kids that even they can help a Disabled person out.

I guess I could say that I like kids in small doses.

Well that’s it for now.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to go to Montreal next Sunday.

I hope you all have a good weekend out there.
Thanks for reading.

My Wife managed to get Train Tickets for us to go to Montreal for a day trip on August 22nd. I think Montreal’s a beautiful city, especially Old Montreal. It’s not exactly overly Wheelchair Accessible, but I always have a good time there.

Actually, today’s childhood memory has to do with Montreal, but I’ll get to that later.

So, I had a busy day so far.
I went to the Bank this morning to pay bills. This Afternoon, I went to Walmart to buy household items. So long story short, I’m a poor man.

Tonight, my Wife & I are heading to a Photo Exhibit sponsored by World Vision. We actually sponsor a Child from Africa, and it’s been just over a year now. I have to admit it’s kinda fun hearing from her & being sent drawings from her. It’s pretty rewarding too. I suggest that if you can afford it, give it a try.

After the Exhibit, we’ll be heading to The Sparks Street Mall for the Busker Festival. Most of the acts were here last year or previous years, but we’ll still check it out. Tomorrow night, we’re heading to the Rideau Canal for the Rideau Canal Festival.

So, I’m gonna be busy for a few days, plus it’s a long weekend here.

So here’s another childhood memory.
My Classmates & I went to Montreal when I was a kid. This was my first time there, so I was pretty excited. One day, we decided to go to Park Safari just outside of Montreal. Our Bus is going down the Highway & we see a barriade set-up by the Police. I think there was an Escaped Convict or something, so the Cops were stopping all Vehicles.

So, put this image in your head cause it’s pretty funny.
Our Bus had four kids in Wheelchairs, including me. We’re all about eleven or twelve years old, give or take a year or so. Also, on the Bus were four Adults, including the Driver. We pull up to the Cop Cars and he’s talking to our Driver. She explained who we were & where we’re going. Next thing I know, the Cop gets on our Bus with a HUGE Revolver Shotgun, which I nearly crapped my Pants looking at. He assured us that nobody would get hurt & he was just looking around.

After we felt safe with the mystery man with a HUGE gun, we asked if he’d take pictures with us. So, sure enough, we all took turns posing with him. There’s a picture of him, me, & the Gun in my Living Room. If I remember right, I look horrified in the picture.

Well, that’s it for now, but I’ll be back tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.