washington dc photos

for those of you who went to the recent Baha’i Youth Conference in Washington DC, and for those of you (like me) who didn’t, here’s a gallery of photos courtesy of my friend Sam (Sam from Sherbrooke/Chicoutimi). Twelve pages of road trips, workshops, arts, and great people from everywhere and anywhere. Time to spot the mugshot!

pour ceux d’entre vous qui sont allés à la conférence des jeunes bahá’ís à Washington aux États-Unis, et pour ceux (comme moi) qui n’y sont pas allés, allez voir cet album de photos préparé par Samuel et Shamim de Sherbrooke. Douze pages d’autos, d’ateliers, d’arts, et de gens merveilleux de tout partout. Allez-y!

[NOTE, 11:53AM: Martin’s put up his pictures too — go see!]

i keep crashing

i keep crashing every time i try to add something to my blog. hello, everyone. I’m coming to you from Warwick tonight. I’m actually at work — and about to leave, because I’m tired and my back is killing me.

the fast started on sunday morning and so far it’s going well. I have been pretty scatterbrained lately though. I’m told this is normal. Maybe I should buy eggs on the way home. it’s going to be a bit hard to do a whole lot of cooking in the mornings, though, given that my landlady would rather not be woken up at 5 AM to listen to me open cupboards and use the toaster. I can understand that. I feel blessed to be a deep sleeper. I even slept through an accident that happened friday morning in the intersection just down the street. a van ran into a fire engine. high speed collision. the guy in the fire engine was killed — no seatbelt. that was a real bummer. think about it… someone was killed just down the street as i slept. it’s creepy. nobody should have to die that way. which is just another reason for me (and everybody) to drive more safely 😛

hmm. work is going very well. things are really starting to happen now. I’m wrapping up my computer classes at the Golden Agers’ Club, and work is advancing on several other projects. All in all, things are doing all right and I think I should be able to make up all my time and get all my goals achieved.

on friday I went up to Montréal for my first meeting of the 3CJ. Lots of people were missing, unfortunately, but we had a good time anyway and I took back a bunch of work (people to contact, and so forth). Look at all this. I wonder if I would ever have been able to do this stuff before. I mean, I used to be deathly afraid of using the phone to call people. Now I’m just nutty telephone and email man. I call people quite often as part of my work and it’s no longer a problem. Anyway, I digress. The meeting was at the Commensal, a vegetarian restaurant 🙂 🙂 🙂 that’s just down the street from McGill. It’s just like the Green Door in Ottawa. What did we do? A lot of consultation and speaking in french and english. man. I’ve never been to a meeting where everyone was consulting in french and english. One person talks in french, the other responds in english, the whole thing goes off without a hitch and everybody’s cool with it. I LOVE BEING BILINGUAL. it is just so cool to know more than one language. It makes me feel so open and in touch with everybody.

Oh, and after the meeting, I dropped by the Pardis residence on Lorne St. for a phat Ayyám-i-Há party. Quite nice. I like celebrating Ayyám-i-Há. I’m not much for planning things for holidays or celebrations, but I do love parties. Anyway, a whole bunch of people I know were there; people from McGill, Université de Montréal, and various other universities in Montréal. I got to catch up with a bunch of people. I even met Olinga Walker, who had apparently just flown in from French Guyana. Olinga was staying in Victoriaville a while back, before I came here. I had never met him before, and it was cool to meet him. He had a nice tan.

Oh, and saturday morning there was a sleighride in Victoriaville, at once to celebrate the Feast and to celebrate Ayyám-i-Há. That was real cool. We had these horses pulling us around in the snow, with a St. Bernard jollily running after us, barking merrily every now and then. We sang Québécois songs and revelled. Then we drank hot chocolate. A good day!

Today, I called around for apartments in Drummondville, and made an appointment to go see one next Saturday morning, at 10 AM. It’s in an apartment block in the St-Jean-Baptiste quarter. I’ll let you guys know how it goes.