3.13.2007

open thread

I have a deadline this week, and am feeling a bit pressured. It's possible that by the end of the day, I'll be in great shape and ready to blog again. Until then, please feel free to post off-topic, recommend websites, link to YouTube clips, mangle the English language, or ridicule the government. Any government will do.

18 comments:

M@ said...

If anyone can think of good reasons to move to Montreal (or reasons not to move to Montreal), I'd really like to hear them. On the horns of a bit of a dilemma right now.

Anyone?

(Good luck with the deadline work, Laura!)

(Literally!)

L-girl said...

(Good luck with the deadline work, Laura!)

Thank you!

Ironically, I was just thinking about Montreal. But irregardless of that, at this particular point in time, I should be working. ;-)

reasons not to move to Montreal

Are you guys bilingual?

James said...

If anyone can think of good reasons to move to Montreal

Bagels, delis, and history.

Jere said...

My girlfriend took a trip there a few years back, before she knew me, and thought it was a wonderland of de-freakin'-lights.

And a woman I know who grew up there but was forced to come to NYC 30 years ago talks about it like it's a utopia. She said you can eat off the streets.

So it's 2-0 Montreal. But I've never been there.

L-girl said...

So it's 2-0 Montreal.

Wait a sec. We're not talking about whether or not Montreal is a nice place. It's a fabulous city, one of my favourite places in North America. If Allan and I were bilingual, we'd probably be living there now (no offense to Toronto).

But relocating to a different city isn't only about whether that city is nice or not. There are lots of nice places, but that's not why we uproot our lives and start all new somewhere else.

I'm sure M@ knows that, but...

So we need more information. Personal pros and cons.

What? You don't want to list the pros and cons of a major life decision in comments on someone's blog?? What's wrong with you? :)

Jere said...

Bear in mind I am in the smaller office...

"2-0 Montreal"--just meaning, of what I've heard in my life about the place, I've gotten 2 positive and 0 negative comments.

L-girl said...

Newsflash!! I have my window open and fresh air is coming in!!

That means (a) I now have windows that open on demand and (b) it's not freezing cold outside.

Yay.

Peregrinato said...

If anyone can think of good reasons to move to Montreal (or reasons not to move to Montreal), I'd really like to hear them. On the horns of a bit of a dilemma right now.

If you're moving from the US, the provincial government of Quebec has an added layer of bureaucracy. Since I don't know where you're from, I don't know whether this applies, but it's an answer nonetheless...

L-girl said...

If you're moving from the US, the provincial government of Quebec has an added layer of bureaucracy.

It does indeed. And you need French language skills to get through the application process.

Since I don't know where you're from, I don't know whether this applies

M@ and his wife are Canadian. So if they decide to relocate from Ontario to Quebec, "all" they have to do is pick up and go.

I'm using quotes so to not minimize this enormous decision...

Scott M. said...

Positives:

- Subways on the island
- The Mountain is a nice place to bike or hike (occassionally)
- Weekend trips to nature is very doable as it's close to Mt. Tremblant and Mont St. Hilaire.
- St. Huberts (yeah!)
- Much better snow removal services (though they dump it in the St. Lawrence)

Negatives:
- Nutty Drivers
- Horrible traffic across bridges (live near AMT [commuter train] if you're living in Laval or on the South Shore)
- I highly recommend you do NOT choose to commute to the island via car
- The island can make some people feel "trapped" with very little access to day-to-day nature (like beaches, forests, etc).
- Some people (not me) don't like the fact they get more snow.

Thoughts:
- All services available on the island, good restaurants, etc.
- You can get by without much problem speaking only English, however a bilingual speaker will feel more included in the city.
- Many government services are offered primarily in French.
- You may find it helpful to examine the AMT maps and schedule(only available in French) and the STM Metro maps and frequencies.

L-girl said...

Scott, great list!

When we drove up to Quebec for the ice hotel, we got a sense of that island traffic. I could see it being nightmarish.

Of course, the 401 in the GTA is no picnic.

* * * *

When I first started blogging, it amazed me how many people warned me against Toronto because of the traffic! I mean, I'm from New York City. We have traffic.

For that matter, where on earth are high concentrations of people and jobs without traffic?

That's just a thought, not connected to M@'s decision.

redsock said...

Continuing my periodic Dylan mentions, there is this website:

Dylan Hears A Who

Amazing stuff from ... well, no one knows who is responsible for this.

Once you get the idea, the songs will likely drag. Only insane people will listen to all 12+ minutes of The Cat In The Hat.

The vocals could have been a bit more varied (Miss Gertrude McFuzz does a little bit). The music (and album art) is uniformly great.

The Zax is my favourite; Too Many Daves is also cool.

L-girl said...

Oh my lord, that's hilarious. "Seuss via Zimmerman". Wow.

Amazing really. So creative.

Anyone ever hear Joni Mitchell sing like Dylan? She's dead-on.

L-girl said...

OMG, The Cat in The Hat is a Blonde On Blonde outtake! I swear it is.

well, no one knows who is responsible for this

Has anyone asked?

info@dylanhearsawho.com

Scott M. said...

Traffic is not that bad on the island itself, it's the bridges that are killer. STM has plans to extend the orange metro to Laval this year which will make things better on the North bridges... though, unless there was an actual need to cross the bridges by car, I would myself stick to the Subway.

L-girl said...

Traffic is not that bad on the island itself, it's the bridges that are killer.

Right. That's what I meant. When we've driven in Montreal, it's never been a big deal. This was the first trip we crossed over the island. The congestion was bad, and I got the feeling it always is.

L-girl said...

Do you know, since I turned off word verification for comments, wmtc has not had one bit of spam?

Blogger says they have upgraded their spam filters, and it seems to be true. Maybe word verification is not necessary anymore.

M@ said...

Gee, I pose a question, get hit with a bunch of work, sit down after supper... wow. Thanks for all the input, guys.

Let me give the pros and cons:

Pros: SuMei will be getting a great job and an immense increase in pay. She's not very happy with her current job. We've visited Montreal and like it. I'd like to learn French. I will be able to get work, at least part time, from my current employer. The new employer will pay for a premium mover and even the packing, and will provide help with the real estate question.

Cons: We've spent three years and somewhere in the $40k area fixing up our current house and making it what we want. Moving is an immense hassle that we've done too often in the last few years. We have no family or friends in Montreal. We don't speak French to any useful degree (though we both can read it well enough to get around). We don't really know Montreal at all and will need time to adjust.

So in the end... who can say. We're going to go there for a visit this weekend to look at some houses (we want a house, not a condo or apartment, and we're okay with a bit of a commute).

I just don't know. Neither of use were really looking for the adventure and fun of getting to know a new place. If there were any compelling things driving us away from our current home (in Cambridge, ON btw) it would be a lot easier. But there aren't, and we remain on the horns of a dilemma.

And yes, I'll be starting WMTM to compete with WMTC! Look out! :)