Trip to Trois-Rivières
10-12 September, 2004 - a photo
day 1: Friday, 10 September
Friday afternoon, I packed up my bags and hopped on the
bus to Trois-Rivières [map],
a city of about 46 000 people (137 000 if you count the whole
metropolitan area - some of which is composed of farms). I
went to visit a good friend, Jeremy Barr, originally from
Goose Bay-Happy Valley, Labrador [map].
The main event, apart from the birthday of Jeremy's brother
Evan and an impromptu video shoot, was an information session
to start the very first Bahá'í study circle
in Trois-Rivières: Ruhi Book 1.
the bus depot in trois-rivières.
that's my bus parked there.
The bus arrived at the depot in Trois-Rivières
around 7 PM, whereupon I found the nearest phone to let Jeremy
know I had arrived. I was tired from having (perhaps unwisely)
stayed up until 3 AM the night before, playing the bag
game, so I got myself some coffee (cut with hot chocolate).
this is a coffeeshop chain that's all over trois-rivières.
waiting at the ticket booth...
inside a shopping mall.
Jeremy arrived quickly, and, after fond greetings, we
left to fill up his gas tank and go pick up some pizza for
dinner from the grocery store. After puzzling over a broken
can-recycling machine for a moment, we picked up what we needed
and headed for his apartment to join up with the gang.
the broken can-recycling machine...
run by a pentium 166 MHz. if you look
closely you can see us in the reflection.
same machine, but an overall view
(with the "brisée" ["broken"]
That night, a group of Jeremy's friends from university
were gathering with us to celebrate his brother Evan's birthday...
with a movie. Which movie? Resident
Evil: Apocalypse (the French version, of course), which
opened that day. We drove over to Cap-de-la-Madeleine, about
ten minutes away, and got into the theatre with plenty of
time to get good seats.
jeremy (closest to the camera)
and a gang of his blurry friends.
The movie was good, if you like zombies sneaking up on
people, biting them and getting shot in the head. The coffee
I drank earlier on wore off in the movie theatre, and I dozed
off at key points during the movie. Maybe that's why it didn't
seem all that scary. Once the movie was over, the night pretty
much ended for me, seeing as I was completely exhausted. Evan
and friends stayed out a while longer, while Jeremy and I
headed for home.
day 2: Saturday, 11 September
It was a quiet night, apart from one incident where Jeremy's
cat, Fisher, started yowling out the window at 4 AM. Once
we were up, we basically rested and hung around for the whole
day. Jeremy has a very busy schedule during the week, what
with university courses and two jobs and all, so he takes
his weekends to rest (and study).
jeremy (before showering - sorry man).
jeremy's cat, fisher.
|I also got to see Evan, Jeremy's younger brother.
I had met him earlier in Montreal, but this was the first time
I had seen him in Trois-Rivières -- he moved in with
Jeremy after I moved back to Ottawa. Evan's in Trois-Rivières
to complete high school. He likes the city a whole lot ("it's
more exciting than Goose Bay"). Oh, and he has a pet iguana.
evan's iguana, alice.
close-up of alice's skin.
evan poses with alice.
|Jeremy has another roommate, Alex. Alex has
quite an impressive collection of artifacts. First, there are
the swords. They're the kind of swords that make people freak
out when they see them. They're big. Alex is also a fan of Anime
(japanese animation), and he owns several Final Fantasy figurines.
As well, he has a definite interest in Lord of the Rings, as
evidenced by several more figurines and posters.
some of alex's swords.
figurines that grace the tv cabinet
(oh, and more swords).
close-up of one of the figurines.
|Jeremy is very good at Playstation games. Every
time I come to his place he usually trashes me and everyone
else in the room. So when we pulled out Smackdown,
it was clear that we were in for some electronic carnage. Jeremy
even showed me how to create my own wrestling character (it
even looked like me). You can spot it by its bright pink socks
jeremy and evan, getting ready to smack
each other down on the playstation 2.
a screenshot from the game. that's
jeremy throwing me onto the ladder.
i wasn't much of a match for jeremy.
here he is throwing me into the mat.
day 3: Sunday, 12 September
|Sunday was a busier day. Jeremy's friend Pascal
had invited us to be extras in a movie he was producing with
Alex. Why? The two of them are part of an amateur film club,
and they regularly work on short films just for the fun of it.
We woke up early (10 AM?) and had our breakfast.
jeremy, starting his morning with cereal.
the curly-haired mafia?
The film was shot on location in a wooded, sandy area
next to the train tracks. In fact, it wasn't far from Jeremy's
setting up the first shot of the day.
The concept of the film was: a scientist has created a
powerful robot and needs a newly discovered chemical element
(played by Nic, another one of Jeremy's friends) to power
it. A group of explorers sets out in search of the element,
and finds it growing out of the ground.
a hefty deposit of "nicodium".
They dig up the precious element, and carry it off across
the forest. Unfortunately, the forest is jealously guarded
by armed guerrillas, who demand jelly beans as payment for
the explorers' safe passage.
pascal, in his role as head guerrilla.
evan holds a BB gun in the background.
evan, doubling for jeremy
as head of the expedition.
jeremy, as a guerilla henchman.
that's alex in the back -
he was the cameraman.
getting ready to start filming.
quiet on the set!
After shooting was done, we went to go get some pizza
for lunch, chat, and talk about movies, film festivals, and
random other topics. I really enjoyed hanging around with
Jeremy's crew - they're funny. Most of them are fellow students
at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
Jeremy is taking a Bachelor's program there, in primary school
education. Along with the University of Sherbrooke, UQTR is
one of the highest-rated schools in Canada.
this sign, on boul. des récollets, marks
to the university campus. it's about a five-minute
walk from jeremy's place.
Later in the evening, we spent an hour or so at an information
meeting with several Bahá'ís from Trois-Rivières
who were interested in participating in a study circle on
Ruhi Book 1, also known as "Reflections on the Life of
the Spirit". The meeting was at the University, in a
small chapel which is often used for Bahá'í
meetings. Geneviève, a Bahá'í youth from
came to Trois-Rivières to participate in the meeting.
She's the current area institute coordinator for Trois-Rivières,
Victoriaville, and Drummondville, so study circles here are
her responsibility. She's a baker by trade and drives a car
filled with Tweety stickers.
geneviève and the tweety-mobile.
At the meeting, we talked about the origin of the Ruhi
materials, about study circles and their place in the Five-Year
Plan, and about how the Universal House of Justice encourages
everyone (not just Bahá'ís!) to participate
in study circles as a way of interacting and learning about
the creative Word of God. All those present were very enthusiastic
about starting the study circle, which was scheduled to start
on Monday evening, 20 September, and weekly from then on.
Geneviève and I were so excited that we started hopping
up and down and group-hugged Jeremy.
ruhi book 1 (the english version - the study
circle will be using the french version).
If you've read my blog, you probably know why
were excited - there haven't been regular Bahá'í
activities in Trois-Rivières for close to fifteen years.
It's at times like these when all the suffering and hardship,
all the hard work and sacrifice really seem worth it.
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