Don’t worry, this isn’t some sort of “succeed in school” disclaimer, clearly I don’t want to be a hypocrite. I was just reading the paper, well, continuing to from yesterday, when I stumbled upon an article on suicide rates. It would seem that I have, unwittingly, landed myself in the suicide capital of Canada. This worries me, because I think, since moving here, that I have developed ADHD and what I’m hoping will be temporary, insomnia. Last night, I laid in bed for five hours before I fell asleep, well I didn’t just lay there, actually, I got up and did things after two hours. I washed the dishes, swept the floors, continued to work on the windows, and it still took me three more hours to fall asleep. I blame Quebec.
While I love Montreal, don’t get me wrong, I feel as if I’ve become a bit of a psychotic recluse since I’ve arrived. However, I’m quite sure that once I get this place fixed up, I’ll be fine. I love order, you see. And when I start a project I do it right, and I see it through, and this place that I’m in, well it is way over my head. I don’t want to say I’m drowning, because using swimming metaphors with me is just plain ironic, I failed level six Splash, after all. Anyways, once this project is done, or near done, I will go back to being a rational person. By partially done, I mean that my dad said he’d come down, bring me some of my stuff that I left in my old loft, and help me paint. So I will have perfectly sanded, even, crack-free, primed walls for when he gets here. I think that painting will be a fun thing for us to do. Plus, he’s not that big on the environment, so I want to get everything ready before he comes. Or else I’ll be living in off-gassing central, and I’m a VOC-aphobe.
Living in a fixer-upper makes me realized exactly where I want to live later on. I want a loft, with lots of windows, a balcony, and this part is essential, concrete floors. I want something very minimalistic, something easy to clean, and something very low impact and modern. I know, I know, “Lauren, concrete isn’t low impact, who do you think you are?” My rationalization is that it is in the long run. I would love to opt for cindocrete, but I think finding concrete-floored lofts is enough of a task. I want a bedroom, with lots of windows, an open concept kitchen looking into the living room, industrial lights, that sort of thing, you know? I used to want to go into interior design, but I realized that I was so into my own style that I wouldn’t be able to help anyone else out. Anyways, that’s where I want to live. And I will eventually find that place. If I could get into one of those new buildings, with LEED certification, and have a top floor with terrace, that would awesome. Although I think penthouse has far more rooms than I’ll ever need. So that may be ruled out.
In order to keep morale up here at chez Petti, I would like to report that 20k a Day is in full swing. Yesterday, I got lost on the way to Brakeless, ended up 2km away from target, but I eventually found it. Okay, well I called 411, but I was the one that cycled there. And I’m surprised that I don’t have hypothermia. It rained all day yesterday. And being as I challenged myself in writing, I had to do my 20k. So I went to Brakeless, and there is no chance of my working there. Because it’s a really small shop and I doubt they need people helping out. But the guy that works there was really cool. He was sort of an aging indie rocker; with an inch or so long beard, black modern glasses, and a plaid shirt, he was truing wheels, with some really adorable little girl, and these two incredibly hip freestylers. I’m going to assume they were hiding from the rain. All the guys were really cool to me, which was surprising because I came in looking like hell. Underneath my dinky raincoat, I looked pretty damn hip though, so I think I was tolerated. I also think they were a little surprised to see a girl in there, talking about building her own bike. This whole fixed gear thing is such a boys club, seriously. But anyways, I picked up a crazy awesome Bici Concepts messenger bag, so I’m kicking my Dakine to the curb. By the curb I mean I’m filling it up with stuff and donating it to the Salvation Army. I also picked up a 1/8 Miche chain and some bar tape. So when my Internet comes back, I’m ordering my wheels, on Miche hubs, because they’re relatively cheap and still awesome, and I’ll search how to properly wrap bar tape. This whole thing is coming together.
Back to this long-awaited messenger bag. As previously stated, it’s by Bici Concepts. It’s black with some sort of an odd, checker to circles, pattern on the front integrated pocket as well as on the padded chest strap. The cavity is of good size, but there’s a u-lock pocket which really sold me. Plus it didn’t get wet in the terrible rain storm of yesterday, which I was impressed with. The bottom is of a different, more rigid material, so the bag won’t damage when I put it on the ground. I’m just pretty impressed with myself right now. And it was only $110! I know, some people may think that’s some sort of an exorbitantly high amount, but my Freitag bag, which has failed me numerous times before, was in the realm of $300, so I’m impressed with myself.
(First posted: 13/09/08)