Winnipeg, Ontario?

It was an embarrassing moment for CBS this past week when they interviewed Kris Doubledee as the inspirational man from… Winnipeg, Ontario?


Winnipeg may not be the most well-known city, it is guilty of making their mention on television show The Office a newsworthy event – but c’mon, this city bred Neil Young. Do your homework CBS.

Like all relationships, I have a complex love/hate dynamic with Winnipeg. I love the smoldering summers, quaint big city vibe. I am also fully versed in the Manitoba way of going to socials, eating ‘nips’ at Sals, wearing Jets attire whenever (and wherever) I feel like, Folk- Festing in the summer, and of course… drinking slurpees.

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“If it’s a soul mate, it’s not supposed to end right?”

About a year ago I wrote this.

“Soul mates can be considered two people who are inexplicably meant for each other on both a physical and emotional level. It is a person you fiend out of explosive attraction, someone whose flaws only add to their perfection, someone who inflicts you pain when you are out of their presence..

We live amongst so many people, but have meaningful connections with very few. Why is that? If we never end up finding that ideal person, is it possible that our “soul mate” could come in the form of a best friend, or mother?”

Café de Flore

It is interesting I had these thoughts as the film Café de Flore deals with similar subject matter, exploring the question: could finding a soul mate happen twice in a lifetime?

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Montréal: Piknic Electronik

After spending a month in Montreal this June, I have decided that I am hopelessly in love with this city. Out of anywhere I have been, this place stands out. It is alive and full of culture; with their unbelievable arts scene, festivals, huge selection of lounges, clubs, and restaurants, beautiful parks, wicked fashion, “French-ness”… I could go on all day.

I was lucky enough to live at the UQÀM residences (I was studying French with Explore), located right at Place Des Arts, the forefront for festivals, perfectly located just minutes from well known streets, St. Laurent and St. Catherine.  Throughout June I got to experience: Grand Prix, The International Jazz Festival, Les FrancoFolies, St. Jean Baptiste, Fringe, Mutek, their annual Beer Festival, and I’m sure there were multiple other things going on that I wasn’t aware of. It was common to wake up and notice stages freshly set up, new posters scattered about – it was never a dull moment.  Sometimes it was hard to believe that I was still in Canada. I have been to almost every province and major capital city (besides the Maritimes unfortunately) but Montreal is remarkably different, and reminded me more of Europe than any other Canadian city.  The whole look, especially Old Montreal, is quite European; with cobblestone streets, and narrow buildings brimming with history.  Also, the city’s more lax approach to things was a refreshing change. Lounges and clubs were open later (typically until 3 or 4 am, and there were also many after-hours choices), the common “apportez votre bière ou vin” (bring your own beer or wine) option at restaurants, multiple 24 hour poutineries, law where you can drink alcohol in any park as long as you have food with you … where was I? These were concepts that Winnipeg has definitely not acquired.

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Right now I find myself lounging on my bed doing homework, yet again. (Well procrastinating currently..) It is a Wednesday. Bright, warm, obnoxiously jubilant – and I haven’t done one thing unrelated to #CreComm today.  I can’t think of one thing I feel like doing to blow off some steam? I’m too lazy to venture outdoors, I still only have basic cable so TV is out.. Guess I’ll get back to scouring the internet for Anti-Republican/Anti-Mitt Romney facts. I’m writing an editorial on the subject, and gotta say, I don’t think it will be too hard to find material. .

Also, veering off topic completely, I really enjoy this bit from the movie Garden State.

[Andrew Largeman: You know that point in your life when you realize the house you grew up in isn’t really your home anymore? All of a sudden even though you have some place where you put your shit, that idea of home is gone.
Sam: I still feel at home in my house.
Andrew Largeman: You’ll see one day when you move out it just sort of happens one day and it’s gone. You feel like you can never get it back. It’s like you feel homesick for a place that doesn’t even exist. Maybe it’s like this rite of passage, you know. You won’t ever have this feeling again until you create a new idea of home for yourself, you know, for your kids, for the family you start, it’s like a cycle or something. I don’t know, but I miss the idea of it, you know. Maybe that’s all family really is. A group of people that miss the same imaginary place.
Sam: [cuddles up to Andrew] Maybe.]

For some reason that line, ‘it’s like you feel homesick for a place that doesn’t even exist’ really resonates with me. Thoughts?

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First Post

My name is Audrey Neale, and I’ve created this blog partly for my Public Relations class, and also because I have a lot of thoughts and opinions I’d like to share with the world – or more realistically: my family, classmates, and teacher, who I anticipate as being my only readers.   Unfortunately it has taken me up until now to finally start a blog.  I’ve bought journals, have email and social networking sites (ie. facebook, twitter) at my disposal – yet I still fail to adequately communicate with people, and fully detail what is going on with me. I fear I have already forgotten exciting adventures, and am unsure what people care about/find interesting, but from this day forth, I will include a weekly post (perhaps daily – if I’m feeling ambitious) and either describe my day; including the trials and tribulations that came along with it… or post random videos, pictures, outfits, film reviews…  Things I learn, stories I hear, people I meet;  all those wonderful experiences will be documented on here. I feel slightly self centered writing this.. a blog devoted entirely to me and the things I do, but hopefully I can keep it interesting!

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Insatiable Appetite

“All my life one of my greatest desires has been to travel-to see and touch unknown countries, to swim in unknown seas, to circle the globe, observing new lands, seas, people, and ideas with insatiable appetite, to see everything for the first time and for the last time, casting a slow, prolonged glance, then to close my eyes and feel the riches deposit themselves inside me calmly or stormily according to their pleasure, until time passes them at last through its fine sieve, straining the quintessence out of all the joys and sorrows.”

– Nikos Kazantzakis