No Post Day: Counterbalance

More than 14-feet of snow
has dropped on my Little Village this winter — photo by Me, Mar. 10, 2008


“Woodstock Boogie” (the first half); Canned Heat
Let me know if the YouTube isn’t available.



I thought I’d have some time to write this week, but my grandfather’s computer, my moms delivery schedule and various WordPress / Bell Canada / 504 Messages got in the way.

I managed to go all of last week living on a “normal schedule”. But the 504 Weirdness from Thursday until Saturday threw me back into my personal “normal schedule” and I haven’t been able to straighten things out because people keep insisting on enjoying my company. Fuckers.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to be exhausted all weekend as well so I’m just going to post some photos and YouTubes I’ve done over the past few months until I have the energy to start writing again.


February 01, 2008
Let me know if the YouTube isn’t available.

This is mom and I driving home, listening to CBC Talk Radio, as the storm was just starting. By the next day another 26-inches of snow had dropped on my Little Village.


I’ve also been playing a lot of Max Payne recently which probably has something to do with my time switch. I started on Saturday while waiting for the 504 BS to sort itself out. Muscle memory is an amazing thing. I haven’t played Max in almost a year so I was staring at the controller trying to remember what the controls were, then the game started and Max got off the subway and the killing just started. I managed to shoot my way through the entire first two Parts before dying… that’s like twenty freaking levels of stone cold killing bliss.

This has nothing to do with video games… but maybe it does, but I’m interested in Balance. I left a comment on aroundnaround‘s blog a couple of days ago and I’ve been thinking about it since then…

“Taking photos and films of the things we see and do every day can be very therapeutic… especially with the blogs we have. It’s a counterbalance, we’re pouring our hearts out about the horrible things we feel or have done or have had done to us, so taking photos can be that Proof of Life we need when we’re feeling down and unknown.”

I think I’ve posted something about this in the past, about the idea that we spend all day writing / thinking / reading about tragedy in our lives and in the lives of people we don’t know, there must be something we do as a counterbalance.

So on this No Post Day (all props to Anita) what I’m asking is…

What are your offline hobbies? Mine is mostly photography.





About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression when I was nineteen, for the next 14-years I lived without treatment or a recovery plan. I've been homeless, one time I graduated college, I've won awards for reporting on Internet privacy issues, and a weekly humour column. In 2002 I finally hit bottom and found help. It's now 2022, and I have an 8-year old son, and a 12-year old son... I’m usually about six feet tall, and I'm pretty sure I screwed up my book deal. I mostly blog at
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12 Responses to No Post Day: Counterbalance

  1. exactscience says:

    I fold paper. I am quite adept at making paper frogs, lilies, cranes, ducks, ladybugs, water-bombs and have just about figured out elephants. This is more to kill time than an actually hobby – my local coffee shop has a bundle of stuff I made from the receipts.

    I have been known to write, poetry and occasionally even prose.

    I try to always have a camera with me, but frequently resorted to my cell’s cam – and take photos of fun or interesting things particularly signs and adverts.

  2. bromac says:

    Mostly hang out with my daughter and husband. We live in FL so there are a lot of outdoor activities on the weekends. I love going to festivals and art shows. Also reading and soccer/softball.

  3. thordora says:

    Work. More work.

    I knit. I write fiction. Crochet. Want to start painting again soon. Bake. Learning to sew.

    I do more than I should, and end up being equally bad at all of it.

  4. nursemyra says:

    wow thordora you sound busy. and talented.

    my hobbies are going to the movies and reading everything I can get my hands on.

    looked at your flickr photos gabriel, how’s the cat now?

  5. Gabriel... says:

    XBox? What is that, some kind of porn thing?

    Nurse Myra, the cat (Maytag) has healed but she’s no longer allowed outside because she has officially met her maximum vet bill allowance.

    ExSci: I love the paper folding thing… back in the day I had a friend who could make a crane out of rolling papers.

    Thor: somehow those seem appropriate… I would imagine finding some serenity in your home/word schedule would be very difficult so it makes sense to have hobbies which require you to find time to be quiet…

    Bromac: There used to be a 3A baseball team in Ottawa, the Lynx were the farm team for the Expos… for two summers I would see them at least three times a month. I think Mr. XBox here came a few times. It was a perfect way to blow off an afternoon. I never really had a chance to play baseball when I was younger, but I did love watching it… until they took my Expos away. The Lynx moved last year so there’s no more baseball around here…

  6. nursemyra says:

    does maytag know that’s the reason?

  7. Gabriel... says:

    She has been warned… I think there was paperwork involved. She’s always been pretty lazy anyway so I think being barred from exiting the house is something she’d be cool with.

    I can’t remember where I wrote about what happened so… she’ll pick fights with Other Cats then lay down and let them chew on her. This last time the Other Cat nearly chewed Maytag’s tail off… it was hanging by exposed ligaments and bone.

    She actually got out by accident last week, jumped off the porch into a snowbank and almost disappeared. I had to lift her out and bring her back into the house.

    This is Maytag:

  8. nursemyra says:

    she’s very cute! does she usually eat at your table?

  9. Gabriel... says:

    She definitely has a personality.

    She usually gets fed under the table… my step-father will slip her a few chunks of something once in awhile. Of the three four-legged animals in the house Maytag is the only one which gets fed at the table… she’s basically the best beggar. I generally don’t feed her there but she just happened to be sitting beside me while I was looking for something to do with my camera.

  10. It can be used for porn, yes.

  11. Gabriel... says:

    Really? My respect for Microsoft just doubled.

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