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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wiener dog races

I am told this is a new popular thing: racing dachshunds (wiener dogs). This weekend there was a series of races outside of the German Club in Regina. I think it was more of an excuse to sell pretzels and set up a petting zoo with goats and a pony, as the "race" had only the vaguest of rules and consisted of two lines drawn on the road. The running technique might even include the owners running out into the "track" to chase or catch the dogs. Other leased dogs are in the vicinity as distractions. It was what a show. William decided that it was too warm for a jacket, so that limited how long we could stand around in the 8 degree weather. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Leslea and Leif present "Losing Our Religion" at RPL

Leslea and Leif are in town to talk about their new feature length documentary about clergy who have become atheists. Multiple stories are woven together in a mesmerizing way, showing us the tip of the iceberg of the rising secular communities. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Deck progress

Simon and his crew made quick progress on our deck. My doubts that it will be in place this fall were unfounded. They discovered a paved sidewalk running along the back of the house (about 6 feet out) that I'd not known about before. It was covered by a few inches of soil and I think was likely the continuation of the lower sidewalk I knocked out from the north side of the house many years ago.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pumpkin harvest

The shock of last year's gigantic pumpkin harvest can only be surpassed by the shock of the minuscule harvest this year. All the pumpkins we planted fit easily into Gertrud's small trunk of her car. I carried all of ours into the basement in two armloads. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Lunch with Erik

five of us lunching ... or is it six?

Erik was in town this past weekend but we didn't know it until  he texted me during our drive to Winnipeg. Our only opportunity to connect was lunch on Tuesday before he headed home. Margaret picked up William during his spare and I drove Geremy from the university. The old car has something wrong with it so Margaret had it towed to Steve's garage during lunch.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Last day in Winnipeg and the return home

Instead of leaving right away to get to Regina for a second Thanksgiving supper, we stopped in to a giant flea market in Winnipeg. We picked up a couple of nutty things such as this tv rabbit ears and a spyrograph set. We were home in time for more food and to get a look at the state of our deck. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Kent Monkman at WAG

The final event of WNDX was a collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery to show some films by Kent Monkman and host a talk with him at the WAG. He gave a very interesting artist talk in which he chronicled his transition away from abstract painting to figurative painting.

We had breakfast at a little underground place called the Clementine Cafe and it was amazing. Fortunately we were hungry again for turkey that evening. The end of a great weekend. Thanks WNDX and Leslea and Leif.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Second day in Winnipeg

Our experience with other holiday weekends in Winnipeg is that everything shuts down, so we spent part of the afternoon running around picking up things for tomorrow's supper. In fact, the stores will mostly be open all weekend, but it got us out and about. We lunched at Stella's and popped by the Kaldor/Mair house and dropped William to hang with the girls for an hour. The evening screening contained many by nearby filmmakers, including a number from Regina (Berny Hi, Matt Ripplinger) and others from Winnipeg and other prairie cities. The later screening was an animation retrospective with Patrick Lowe (passed him a Wheat Soup beer) and the venerable genius Ed Ackerman, whom I've never met face to face.

Friday, October 6, 2017

arrived at WNDX

We drove out to the WNDX (pronounced "windex") Film Festival in Winnipeg for the weekend. The festival began a couple days earlier but we couldn't get away from Regina for the whole time (work, school, contractors). We arrived between screenings, catching only the last one of the night which included two film performances by Aaron Zeghers and Scott Fitzpatrick. Tremendous.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

William's first gallery exhibition

We held a terrific opening for the "Tree-Kill Tim and His Friend Swampy" comic series at Amber Phelps Bondaroff's Salt Gallery this evening. We had about 43 people attending, which is a solid number for the intimate sized space. For those who missed it, the work is available from the street (just west of Atlantis Coffee on Victoria in Regina) for the rest of October. For those who made it, including friends, family, teachers, and other interested people, thank you. While both his and my names were on the work, it is really his big event, a showcase for the zaniness he channels through his pen. I'm so impressed with him.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Basement wall mystery

We have a new basement wall at the back of the house. It rained and we have a wet area, but strangely just one spot and only at the bottom by the floor. It appears that the old coal shute, which is now being torn out and patched, allowed water to seep through the wall and channeled it down to the floor.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Installed Swampy

William, Allan, and I installed the Tree-Kill Tim and Swampy artwork in the Salt Studio space this evening. The opening is not until Thursday (5:00-7:00) and the work will not be seen publicly until then. We shopped for green food at the bulk store the other day so there are some thematic snacks prepared. The opening will also feature William's video "Hallucinacia" and some special give-aways.