I knew it was going to be fun when she walked into the room of eleven women and said, "I brought a man. I brought a man." and they all started laughing. What a faithful group of folk. They meet twice a month for fellowship over lunch and sometimes they have a program and other times they just share and support each other. I was privileged to share a bit about what I do and why I do it. I continue to be saddened (not surprised anymore) about how little people know about corrections and how there is sympathy and empathy for those who are incarcerated but that this response gets trumped by the fear that is so well fed by the media. Thanks for a great afternoon of conversation ladies!
Back at the manse, Clancy the beautiful but not so bright Irish Setter wanted to play! He has a new trick! He can sit still long enough to balance his toy on his nose. A huge accomplishment for this dog whose favorite past times are head butts and nose surfing the tables of the house!!
Andrew arrived home with a treat: Sapporo, a Japanese beer! Awesome. Must keep and eye out for this stuff - but the odds of it coming to New Brunswick are probably pretty slim. After a few beers in the back yard and conversations about economics and how Canada has sold its soul to China - all for cheap goods, we headed into the city for the nickel tour and supper.
Through the garment district, across the tile area and into the heart of Montreal via "the sneaky way" as Andrew called it - all in an effort to avoid the least favourite past-time of all Montrealers: sitting stopped in traffic beside a line of orange cones wondering where the work is happening and why, knowing that tomorrow the short cut you are figuring out in your head while you sit here will be under construction too!!!!
I had a great meal: chicken kabob, rice, fries and lettuce and tomato all washed down with a local beer: Bisson (I think?). After supper we walked five or six blocks up St. Laurent and Andrew gave me a running commentary on the neighbourhood and how it has changed over the years. St. Laurent is quickly becoming a chic shopping area and less and less of a cosmopolitan home to the diverse ethnic communities that make up Montreal.
|Andrew and Helen outside of what|
I believe Andrew said was the oldest
synagogue in Montreal
...on the Sabbath Road...