June 30, 2015

The Black Widow Spider


Can you tell I'm excited about Veruca Salt?

The Pride parade was on Sunday, and I had a lot of fun there. Met good people, ate good food, all the good stuff. May every Pride improve upon this.

I read a "shower thought" the other day that wondered if sleeping is our natural state, and if the time we spend awake is for gathering imagery for our dreams.

Moving on...

The Black Widow Spider
the Black and Red Spider who Just Wanted Tea; her Cogitations on the Matter; and her Observations of the Surrounding World.

My dear friend Prudence died the other day.

"Listen, Ethel," she said shortly before the event, "I've got a funny feeling."

"That's very nice," I said. "Are you coming over for tea later?"

June 27, 2015

Lady Music Saturdays: Volume Three + General Updates

Lady Music Saturdays are a countdown to Veruca Salt's new LP, 'Ghost Notes', to be released on July 10, 2015. Join our host, Tory Stevenson, as she navigates through as many musical genres as she can, introducing female artists to her faithful audience of five.


I'm sure you've all heard that the US Supreme Court ruled all same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. A fitting end to Pride Month, I think. In another (very brief) edition of "Let's Not Talk About...", let's not talk about Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomson and their blatant batshittery.

Speaking of Pride, today's the second last day of Pride Week in Toronto, and the Dyke March is happening at some point (this afternoon, I think). Tomorrow is the big parade and the closing ceremony, which sounds super exciting. And even if it's not, I'm at least glad that John Tory participated in the flag-raising ceremony. As far as Conservative candidates went, he was the best.

I've been working through a story about a Black Widow Spider, and I'm very close to finishing it! What do you think spiders dream about?

Here's a conversation I had with my mum after I killed a little moth while apologising profusely to it --

Tory (T): Hey mum.

Tory's Mum (TM): [is busy watching Chinese/Korean/Thai dramas]

T: Do you ever feel bad when you kill bugs?

TM: [non-committal] Mmm. [is busy watching Chinese/Korean/Thai dramas]

T: Because I always feel bad when I kill bugs.

TM: [steadfastly ignores Tory while trying to watch her dramas]

T: Does that leave hope for me?
[in a high pitched voice; pretends to be Tory's Mum] Hope of what?
[reverts to normal voice] Of my final re-transformation from India-rubber back to flesh.

TM: [steadfastly ignores Tory while trying to watch her dramas]

Okay, that's about it for updates. Onwards to the music!


June 20, 2015

Lady Music Saturdays: Volume Two

Lady Music Saturdays are a countdown to Veruca Salt's new LP, 'Ghost Notes', to be released on July 10, 2015. Join our host, Tory Stevenson, as she navigates through as many musical genres as she can, introducing female artists to her faithful audience of five.


After this, it's two lists down, two to go. Also, three-quarters of the way through this list, I was struck by the overwhelming number of... well, Caucasian artists I'd chosen (excepting The Bullitts, of course, but he's just an Honourable Mention). You probably haven't noticed, since I haven't posted any photos, but still -- representation matters. I'll try to remedy this over the next couple weeks.

June 13, 2015

Lady Music Saturdays: Volume One


No picture today -- there are a billion links and stuff below.

Ladies and gents, this is a long, rather uninteresting post. If you're up for some new music though, please continue reading.

In anticipation of Veruca Salt's new LP after their 18 year hiatus -- 9 years, if you count a Nina-less Veruca Salt as Veruca Salt -- I'm counting down with 'Lady Music Saturdays', in which I strive to suggest artists -- not necessarily new, but always a little different -- for as many genres as I can think of, until July 10 (release date!). Like the name suggests, female artists are featured, because they make up about 90% of my music collection, and because Nina and Louise are on speaking terms again. Please feel free to agree or disagree with anything I list.

Today, we are featuring Adult Contemporary Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Classical, and Country/Folk/Roots/etc. As an added bonus, all the artists I chose happen to be Canadian (just for today, I think). Support Canadian musicians, y'all.

June 09, 2015

Things We Are Not Discussing


The illustrious Jordan Hall telling it like it is.

June 06, 2015

Two Anecdotes


One of two waterfalls at the World Trade Centre Memorial site.

Went on a small break, travelled to Manhattan with the family for five days. It was fun.


I have a couple quick stories today; one about Jehovah's Witnesses, and the other about my friend's friend's cat.

The Witnesses came to our flat, knocked on the door. I answered.

"Hello," they said. "Would you like a pamphlet?"

"Uh, sure," I replied. I heard Julian come downstairs. I took the pamphlet. They waved at Julian, peeking around the doorway.

"What are your names?"

"Terra," Julian said quickly. I frowned at him. It was his default alias, so I ran with it.

"Alice," I said.

"It's very nice to meet you," the Witnesses said. "Have a nice day."

"You too."

A month or so passed. We mostly forgot about them, and they came knocking every once in a while with their pamphlets. Julian and I read them and had a couple laughs.

One day, our friend Mitch came over for a Dungeons & Dragons session. He's completely blind, so Julian had to pick him up early at the bus stop and take him to our flat. Julian and I were both out that day, so Mitch hung around on his own. Of course, the Jehovah's Witnesses came knocking again.

"Hello," they said, "are Alice and Terra here?"

"Who?" Mitch asked.

They repeated their question.

Obviously, we'd never told Mitch about those aliases. He was smart enough, however, to recognise that Julian and I had probably messed with these people before.

"Nobody by those names lives here," he said.

"Are you sure?"

"Yep," he said. Then, "to fuck with them even more" (his words), he added, "I've been living here for two years. By myself."

The Jehovah's Witnesses were either freaked out, or they realised that they were being played, since they never returned to our flat after that.


My friend Gail (she was the one who told me about the Christianity-spreaders in Korea as well) told me this story about her friend Melissa.

Melissa was driving on a mountain road one day when she saw a little, abandoned kitten on the side of the road. Feeling bad for passing it by, she picked it up and drove back home.

She took her kitten-rearing very seriously. She cleaned it, gave it a litter box and toys, and she fed it. And fed it. And fed it.

Every week or so, she sent updates and photos to her friends. "Look how big 'Big Boy' (it sounds better in Korean?) is getting!"

"Melissa," one of her friends said, "that... is a very large cat."

"I know," she said, "he's getting very heavy."

Melissa was not very bright.

She had to take her cat to the vet one day (I forget what for -- Gail told me this a long time ago). The vet glanced at Big Boy, and said, "Miss, that is not a cat. That is a mountain lion."

Melissa had to give her mountain lion to a place with better accommodations. Her little apartment wasn't large enough to house it, and it was illegal to keep mountain lions as pets anyway. It's a little unfortunate though, since there was probably some sort of emotional bond between them, but I guess it was for the best.