Turbans Are Fine After All

Let me preface this by saying that I am not a soccer fan. On TV, the only thing worse than watching soccer is watching reality shows. I also resent that soccer can be found and watched for free, but until TSN just recently inked a deal with Rugby Canada, I was required to pay upwards of $16 per month if I wanted to watch any Rugby on TV. Even now, English Premiere League matches can be easily found, while Top 14, Heineken Cup or Super Rugby matches are conspicuously absent.

I mean… you’re more likely to see Aussie Rules on RDS than you are to see rugby!

That being said, this whole “turban ban” in Quebec has really pissed me off. Not because Continue reading

Luxury On A Budget

So, its snowing here in Montreal. In November. I know…. shocker, right? It never ceases to amaze me that people somehow forget how to drive every winter, making the first snowfall the busiest time of the year for tow trucks, body shops and insurance adjusters.

For me, the first snowfall of the year has me looking out my window and wondering what coverage is like on my area mountains. Typically I’m disappointed, as there is rarely good skiing before Christmas anywhere near Montreal. So, to assuage my disappointment, I find myself watching ski videos and planning a trip out west.

This year is no exception, and I’m currently looking for ways to manage a trip out west. When you combine airfare (~$700) and lift tickets ($~500/7days), you’re already looking at a $1,200 cash outlay. Not the cheapest trip, considering that I’ve not yet accounted for anywhere to sleep, transportation between Vancouver and Whistler, or budgeted for food. Continue reading

Steep and Deep

My uncle, Ken Paynter, left eastern Canada long ago, following the call of the Great White West. After some time in Banff and Lake Louise, he settled down in Whistler, British Columbia. Well… perhaps “settled” isn’t the word… ending up in Whistler is far from settling.

I must admit, every time I visit, I can’t help but feel a little jealous. Forget the skiing for a second… the view alone is a reason to pick up stakes and head out west. I mean, who wouldn’t want to wake up every morning and look out the window to see the sun peeking out from behind the majestic Coastal Mountain range?

But the skiing…. my god, the skiing! Continue reading