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For Fluffy

Monday, January 5th, 2009

calgary
(Credit to R. Stevens)

The truth will set you free

Monday, September 12th, 2005

Qouthe a well-respected canu^Hadian friend of us all (while walking the streets of Stockholm in the middle of the night):

“is much more expensive in Canada than it is in the rest of the United States”

Living the Dream

Friday, December 3rd, 2004

Mullet + Spandex + Synthesizer + Rock & Roll = One Man Band of the Future.

More silly place names

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

Rural Quebec is definitely a source for quirky place names. As you’ve noticed, the french ones: Tete a Baleine (Whale’s head), La Tuque (famous Canadian hat), Ste-Emelie-de-l’Energie. The Inuit ones too: Kangiqsuajujjuaq and Kujjuaq, Puvirnituq, Inukjuak, Sanikiluak, Kuujjuarapik.

But for my money the Maritimes have the best place names around: Meat cove, Money Point, Dingwall, Roaches Line, Dildo and South Dildo, and from there Heart’s Content and Heart’s Desire are right up the coast.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the Little Feat songs listing Texas places… they could have sung “Ontario is a world all of it’s own” because it has London, Stratford, Cambridge, Paris, Moscow, Cairo, Delhi. It had Berlin (except it’s now called Kitchener after the British Lord during the Great War) which is twinned with Waterloo.

City Names

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

So, growing up in Texas, I’ve become somewhat accustomed to somewhat unconventional city names. “Cut and Shoot, TX” comes to mind — as do names like “Snook” and “North Zulch.”

But I’ve found one that really takes the cake. I want exclamation points in my city’s name!