Trip To Old Madness

Trip To Old Québec

My wife and I decided to get away for the weekend, so we went to Old Québec City. It’s like someone took a piece of Europe and transported it to North America. The flight and taxi ride there were uneventful. Our luggage beat us to Québec by an hour, but no harm done.

We stayed at Chateau de Léry, which is simply an old house that has been converted into a hotel. It’s nice enough, but none of their seemingly new windows had any seals installed, so the wind that persisted all weekend made them rattle. I took it upon myself to fold up some tourist pamphlets and jam them in the windows to stop the noise (a la MacGyver). That did the trick.

Too bad I only figured out that trick on the 3rd night.

The hotel was non-smoking (although someone decided to break that rule upstairs on our second day there). Our actual room looks like it was an old living room at some point. They built a small bathroom steps away from the fireplace with a frosted window. Within this small room, the toilet was right next to the wall, and the bathtub was quite small. The sink was actually in the main room, situated behind the entryway. Very odd setup.

The staff was also hit and miss. Some of the people were very helpful, while the others seemed kind of lost. For the price, I guess it’s tough to expect a lot. Truthfully, I didn’t find it all that bad, but I doubt I would be staying there again. I’d like to try somewhere different next time.

We ate at l’Omelétte (a nice little breakfast place), Gambrenus (An awesome place. Dressy. They had a guy walking around with a guitar singing songs, and the staff and food were amazing), and a couple of other small places.

It was fun just walking around and taking photos, watching people lean into the wind, and just relaxing.

I definitely want to go back someday – when it’s warm.

All in all, a great way to spend a birthday weekend.



Haiku Madness

Man, you guys are insatiable! This Hai-Kuul feature is going strong.

I have to admit that I wasn’t sure how well this feature would actually catch on. Truth be told, there have been so many requests I’ve been having a tough time updating my blog with stories. However, that fact is offset by the amount of fun I am having with the challenges that people are throwing my way.

We just recently passed the 200 mark. Keep them coming. I’ll be holding another contest soon for another print, so keep your eyes peeled. The 250 milestone is fast approaching!

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Hai-Kuul – May 27, 2005

Red-Light District (Requested by WizenedDragonPK)
Do you feel frisky?
Take a walk on the wild side
Check out the windows


Cannes (Requested by WizenedDragonPK)
A film festival
Where people say good things if
They think they have to


Azure Ocean (Requested by WizenedDragonPK)
Some say ‘purest blue’
Colour of a cloudless sky
Lapis Lazuli


Absent Companions (Requested by WizenedDragonPK)
Fighting side by side
War makes corpses of us all
I miss my comrades


I Stepped In Gum (Requested by Courtney8292)
No matter how much
You try to avoid it, you
Will fall prey to gum


The Ants Are Back (Requested by Courtney8292)
I thought I killed them
Yet they resurface, always
Doubled in number


Chillattes (Requested by Courtney8292)
On a scorching day
Nothing hits the spot better
Than frozen caffeine


Praying to the Porcelain Goddess (Requested by NF_PhillyCheeseSteak)
Technicolour Yawn
After a night of drinking
Makes you feel better


How’d That Get There? (Requested by NF_PhillyCheeseSteak)
What the hell happened?
Yesterday my skin was blank
Now there’s a tattoo!


The Day After… (Requested by NF_PhillyCheeseSteak)
You have to watch out
Drinking too much might cause you
To wake up surprised


Sorry Mister (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
I didn’t see you
I was running with my tea
Sorry ’bout your face

Rosebud (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
Potential for growth
Into something beautiful
I admire nature


Come Naked (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
I want to see you
Let’s just cut to the good stuff
No clothes off the bat


Hi Mom (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
I’m a criminal
My face on the nightly news
I should wave hello


I Slept Through It (Requested by TheresaWarriorPrincess)
I barely felt it
Eight on the Richter Scale, eh?
And there I was, zonked




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