Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Stormy Weather

November may be the cruelest month in Ottawa. Even Musie has pointed this out. With the rollerblades hung up for the season but with no measurable snow on the ground, November puts a lot of Ottawa’s active/outdoor people in limbo. Probably a good time to hook up with all those outdoorsy types that are segueing between athletic pastimes. You may be able to get them to stay up past 9 p.m. on a Friday night. Of course, if you’re not into the outdoorsy type, you may find out come mid-December that you need to wax those cross-country skis that have been sitting in your basement for the last decade since you’ve just discovered you are now dating Cross-Country-Girl. So be careful out there. November can be a cruel and deceptive month.

This concludes the Exile blog. I may revive it in the Spring of 2006 (or show up elsewhere in the blogosphere) but I want to take the winter off. Thanks for reading and the kind support. Enjoy the season.

- the Chair

Friday, November 04, 2005

Postcards from the Edge

Anyone familiar with cool stuff in the blogosphere has invariably come across the site PostSecret where readers are invited to anonymously contribute their secrets to site. In the words of the blog editor:

Each secret can be a regret, hope, funny experience, unseen kindness, fantasy, belief, fear, betrayal, erotic desire, feeling, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything - as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before. Create your 4-by-6-inch postcards out of any mailable material.

Thousands of postcards get sent to this guy. I’m fascinated by this project and it is one of the coolest things on the web. The postcard below recently posted on the site caught me off-guard and totally moved me. Now I can’t surf the site at work anymore for fear that my colleagues will catch me sniffling uncontrollably. Sad, I know.


Check it out more of the same at PostSecret.