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  1. This happened to me Friday night. While driving I was having a conversation with a friend, how it be funny if I would get a flat because of a pothole. A few minutes later, there it was a flat
  2. Le forum est vraiment mort depuis 2-3 jours... par grand chose de nouveau. Hey, il va faire 25-30 degrès et beau samedi! Quels sont vos plans, qu'est ce que vous allez faire en fin de semaine pour en profiter? Moi je travail de 8am à midi et après je ramasse ma blonde et on va à Ottawa. Des marches dans la ville l'après-midi, souper dans un resto, et on se trouve un bon club jusqu'à 2h (2h... ils sont fous ces Ontariens.. hey à NYC c'est 4h, et Miami c'est 24h sur 24!) Dimanche on fait les musées et on retourne à Montréal. Vous? Hey just trying to get some conversation going around here. Mtlurb has been DEAD!
  3. Intéressante conversation: MF ont créé les spectacles de Madonna au Super Bowl et JZ au Carnegie Hall. Bravo! http://www.985fm.ca/audioplayer.php?mp3=123762
  4. Anyone here ever have Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints) try and recruit them? Talk about awkward. I was walking along a random street in Greenfield Park, when suddenly two young women approach me (one of them was kind of hot, LMAO). They gave me a warm greeting as if they knew who I was (I was trying to figure out who these people were). Anyways, they start asking me if I believe in God. I told them I did, and that I was a non-practicing Presbyterian. Then they tried to "build on" that. They started rambling about the modern prophets after Jesus' death up until 400 AD. Then they started talking about the Book of Mormon (claiming it to be something like a Third Testament). This sort of thing went on for a while (I was kind of smirking the whole time, but perhaps they took this as a positive sign). Then they wanted to set up an appointment to convert me to Mormonism. They wanted to meet at my house, or over coffee (I thought Mormons weren't allowed to drink coffee???). Fortunatley I did not agree to set an appointment. I compromised and took one of their cards which they wrote their phone number on, "In case I changed my mind". Talk about awkward. If it had been a two guys I might have ended the conversation sooner, but when an attractive young woman enthusiastically wants to talk to you, you don't exactly want to end the conversation then and there. Part of me wants to meet them to try and debate them, because I do find history/theology/philosophy can be a little interesting. However, the rational side of my brain is scared of being sucked into this peculiar religion, which I perceive to be something of a cult. I know I sure as hell don't want to be wandering around finding new recruits.
  5. Tourisme Montréal annonce que plus de 10 millions de dollars seront consacrés à la promotion, aux relations de presse et à des offensives de vente afin d'augmenter le nombre de touristes. L'organisme précise que les efforts seront consentis principalement dans les marchés du nord-est des États-Unis, de l'Ontario et du Québec. Selon les prévisions de Tourisme Montréal, 8,5 millions de touristes séjourneront à Montréal en 2013, soit 2,0% de plus qu'en 2012, alors que des agitations sociales avaient marqué le printemps et le début de l'été. Les dépenses des voyageurs devraient atteindre 2,5 milliards $ en 2013, soit une augmentation de 4,7% comparativement à 2012. Quant au tourisme d'affaires et aux croisières, leur progression prévue est de 9,0%. Tourisme Montréal entend miser sur la diffusion des expériences uniques vécues dans la métropole. Cette campagne vise à accroître la notoriété de la destination mais aussi «à entamer une conversation avec le visiteur potentiel avant même qu'il soit sur place», en faisant usage de médias sociaux. L'activation sur le terrain et des concours sont notamment prévus pendant les événements phares tels qu'Osheaga, le Festival international de jazz de Montréal, Zoofest, les Francofolies et Igloofest. http://affaires.lapresse.ca/economie/quebec/201305/28/01-4655158-tourisme-montreal-investit-10-millions-dans-la-croissance-touristique.php http://journalmetro.com/plus/vacances/317868/plus-de-10m-pour-stimuler-le-tourisme/
  6. I've lived in Montreal almost 10 years, and I've come to the pretty clear conclusion that we have a huge litter problem in the city. I've decided to start a conversation and to try to do something about it, so I'm going to go ahead and gather some thoughts, and I invite anyone interested in the subject to pitch their ideas. Step 1. Admit there is a problem. It seems that this is one of the hardest steps for us to take. Try taking a walk down a couple of residential streets in the Plateau for example, or up Du Parc or Cote Des Neiges. Have someone from another city visit you. A couple of people from Latin America have said to me something like "people here are disgusting" while looking at all the litter in the street. I've pointed out how offensive this is by the way (it's common in some Hispanic cultures, including my own, to say things like this), and I don't think the same way, but it does highlight our litter problem. A friend who lives in New York thinks that Montreal doesn't "need" to be this dirty. Many arguments against the idea that Montreal is dirty are based on comparisons to other cities; "it's the same everywhere." Although I don't think this invalidates the point that Montreal streets are dirty, I'm also sure that it is not the same everywhere. You don't find this much litter in dense neighbourhoods of Chicago for example. Other arguments are about Winter, but then again, just take a walk today. It hasn't snowed in months. You may not notice the issue if you have lived here since childhood, but visitors do notice it, and people from outside of Canada are the most surprised. Step 2. Identify the direct causes of the problem. There are many causes of this problem. I'd like to identify the direct ones, even if they are not to be tackled directly. Let me explain what I mean; Instead of saying "there are not enough garbage cans" I will say "Many people don't wait to see a garbage can before they dispose of their garbage". It is important to understand direct causes because it allows us to break paradigms and think of the problem from different perspectives. Here is the list of direct causes I have noticed over the years (in no particular order): 1) Many pedestrians don't wait to see a garbage can before they dispose of their garbage. 2) Many drivers throw litter from their vehicles. 3) Many residents dispose their garbage outside without using proper garbage bags. 4) Many residents dispose their garbage outside during the wrong hours/days (see the next point). 5) Garbage bags are attacked by squirrels and other animals, as well as by people looking for cans to recycle. 6) Often garbage bins/cans overflow. 7) Garbage collection is often done without care, letting some of the litter fall off the bins and trucks. 8) Many people leave their litter behind in public parks and squares. 9) Sometimes wind blows garbage out of bins/cans. 10) Many smokers throw their cigarette butts on the ground. I'm going to pause here for now, but I'd like this conversation to go on and produce ideas and solutions. Feel free to give me your thoughts!