A fellow photog and mac addict, Stephen Hackett, of ForkBombr fame has been going through a pretty tough year! His son Josiah, who is just over a year old has been fighting a brain tumor. He’s such a remarkable little guy, and even though I don’t Stephen and his family personally, Josiah’s story has really touched me and I’ve been rooting for his progress from up here in Montreal. Just about 9 months ago, our little monkey above had his own scare at birth, so Josiah’s hit pretty close to home.
I’ve been wanting to take this shot for a while, but tonight little cousin Eddie’s visit was just the right setting for the pic.
Les Girondins de Bordeaux took on l’En Avant de Guingamp in the Le Trophé des Champions. Final score was 2-0 for Les Girondins in front of 34,000 Montreal soccer fanatics. This was biggest crowd in the history of Le Trophé and the first time it was held outside of France.
It was also Chloé’s first time to the Big O and her first real soccer/footie match. We took one of her best friends and they both had a blast. None of had any allegiance to either of the teams, but after hearing about the “next Zidane”, Joann Gourcuff, we were leaning towards Les Girondins. The first goal conveniently sealed our fellowship and after the second goal we were raving about like silly Frenchman.
We took Les Boys to the Cap St-Jacques beach this Saturday and they really loved it. The whole family had a great time and if ever you looking for something to do on a sunny day in Montreal, this beach is a great little urban getaway. The beach has a very low gradual shelving so 25 meters out your still only waste deep. The sand is pretty soft and the lake bed is made up mostly of clay so it can feel a little funny underfoot, but it’s great for your skin. In fact many of the kids and women where applying the clay as mud packs for there legs and bellies. Funny enough no one was applying it to their face.
Friday night was not a very good night at all, the pediatrician came to see us in Denise’s room and told explained to us that Jacques had aspired some liquid from the delivery into his lungs and that his little body had spent the last two days fighting to expel it. In the process he worked himself up pretty badly and took in too much air. Because he was breathing in so much and not giving his body the time to exhale, some of the air in lungs had leaked into his chest cavity. This extra air was starting to create pressure around his lings and it his body was no longer able to get rid of it. Basically he was having suffering from something called a pneumothorax (the link takes you to a Wiki article). This was not very good at all. They had increased his oxygen level greatly to help him out but his body was now so tired from the marathon it had been running that it could no longer deal with what is essentially diving into the water after hyperventilating. He needed a lot more help than the Lakeshore could provide, our pediatrician was very good and he understood this early on, so he contacted the Montreal Children’s Hospital who found him a bed in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Jewish General Hospital. The Children’s also arranged for the transport. So at 4:00 AM, they put Jacques inside a 100% pure Oxygen bag to stabilize the pressure in his chest and then rushed him downtown for what would likely be an intubation and the insertion of a chest tube.
My partner at work got me this amazing Chinese calendar, which I have been twittering almost daily (follow @JohnnyCanuck) cause it’s just so damn funny. The calendar is from Hui Tack Wing Ginseng & Tea Inc and can be found in Montreal’s China Town. From what I can tell they are wishing every plenty of FU (luck, charm, prosperity: "all of the good things put together"). You might recall the 5 FU WA (mascots) from this summer’s Olympics. They are the babies of FU.
Nestled on the side on Mount Royal in the heart of La Ville Marie that we call Montreal is this magical architechtural mashup that has now become know as the Royal Victoria Hospital.
The buildings have long been part of the McGill Univeristy grounds and never get more of glance from the regular patrons of the Pericval Molson Stadium, home of the Allouettes. Most have only ever seen the emergency entrance or the birthing centre. How did you even know that the hospital has it’s own outdoor pool? Or that Harry Potteresque turning staircases unite almost all of it’s buildings. Even the doctors who work there refer to it as Hogwarts, they even employ little men with beards to sit in certain corners and point lost souls in the right direction. Throughout the pregnancy of the twins we have had some pretty amazing adventures on these grounds and met some truly wonderful parents to be, some students doctors whom we wish will hold to their their empathy and some very very patient nurses.
Next time your in Montreal, go to the top of the mountain and then look down and think about how busy it gets in those tall glass building and remeber that all of that life start right here on this very hill.
This picture is made up from 7 shots taken from my Pentax k200d set to the Mountain setting with the Focal length set and 18mm,
Aperture set to f/11.0
Exposure Bias -2.0
Flash did not fire (it’s always funny to say that out loud)
Metering Mode Matrix
It was stitched together effortlessly on my work’s Dell (MacBook left at home) with Photoshop CS3′s File>Automate>Photemerge built in feature.The resulting image was 65 Megapixels and once composed, it was was then merged, flattened, cropped, resized and jpg’d. The only adjustment done was Photoshop’s auto level.
I hope you enjoy my entry for another great weekly project in the 2009 in Photos group.
We had are last appointment downtown at the Hospital today before the twins are born, as it’s 30 below freezing in Canadian Money and the Sun is Shinning I had to bring the camera. And I was all set to pick on of these from downtown. I especially liked the Cabbies view on Montreal, anyone ever having driven downtown would know why.
However as I was dropping Mrs LeCanuck back at the house, I saw a hint of this Ice Fog and had to follow it down to get a better look. Just goes to show that even on a cold day like today, when your bristles freeze to your nose, you can still grab a nice shot.
I like the way the light plays with the ice in the fore front of the picture. And feel free to check out the “30 Below” set and see what a hard decision is was to make.
So last night was the opening of Montreal 15th annual beer fest, la Mondiale de la Bière, and I manage to catch the train into town after work to do some serious sampling with a co-worker Nick.
First of all the train ride in is always pretty cool, you hop on and in less than 20 minutes you are smack in the middle on Montreal. The train pulls up right outside the Bell Centre which is literally sitting on top of the Old Windsor Station platforms. The mondial itself was being held inside the station and spilling out into La Place du Centenaire which is where I would stand everyday to board the train home as a school boy. All this to say that is make it the ideal location to taste the worlds finest Ales, Stouts, Porters, Bitters, IPAs and the odd Lager!
So here it the set list for the evening:
1) WIESEN EDEL WEISSE @ 6,2% from Le Petit Pub
2) LOULOU PORTER À L’ÉRABLE @ 8% from Hopfenstark
3) MCAUSLAN SCOTHCH ALE @ 8% from Les Brasseries McAuslan -Thanks Margo!
4) FULLER’S ESB BITTER @ 5,9% from Société Commerciale Clément International
5) DOGFISH HEAD 90 MINUTE IPA @ 9% from Le Petit Pub
6) BORÉALE CUIVRÉE @ 6,9% from Les Brasseries du Nord
7) BIÈRE DU 15E ANNIVERSAIRE DOUBLE TRIPLE @ 10-12% from Les Brasseries Dieu du Ciel
STOUT IMPÉRIAL @ 7,5% from la Barberie
9) ROGUE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT 11,0% from Le Petit Pub
10) I bailed…
If the slide show does not load you can view the set on Flickr
No you only get 125ml (4 oz) or so of every beer unless the brew master thinks you are worthy of more or he is finishing off a bottle. But you the beer you are drinking is also a lot stronger, we were trying stuff between 6% and 12% which is fine for taste and the occasional pint. I don’t think I ever drink 90 Minute IPA all night. On the train ride home, I was thinking that if that had been drinking full pints of this stuff on an English Pub Crawl through the Dorset Coastal Paths between Christchurch and Swannage, we would have made it onto the Poole Chain Ferry.
The train ride was a very wise idea and if you decide to make it down to the Beer Fest make sure to get the Souvenir tasting mug!
And Yeah! I did label this as SCIENCE, after all I did take Chemistry of Beer Making in College, pretty much majored in beer tasting in University and did a Masters in Pub Crawl and Real Ales whilst living in England.
I have very few little pleasure in my life. You know those little things that you treat yourself that you make you feel good all day long. My one little pleasure that really makes my work day is when I treat myself to Tim Horton’s coffee and cherry danish. I personally consider coffee to be my fuel through the work day, but whenever I really want that little extra touch, I get my self a cherry danish.
Well today I had the shock of my life when I ask for a cherry danish to go with my large 2X milk and they gave me the one in the above picture. It’s no longer a moist well wrapped ample serving of cherry and cheese filling. Instead, the pastry is hard, the cherry and cheese filling look like they have been rationed, and they haphazardly covered it with some icing sugar. SIGH…
This is the what they used to serve up (it’s the one on the top):