Our CPO from VW

Car clean and fixed up
Everyone around me knows my love for VW.

Our newish wagon just came back from it’s first recall appointment (changed something in the airbags and steering column) plus 2 other fixes to warranty-able items (gas gauge issue and xenon turning headlights software fix).

The VW CPO warranty has already paid for itself (figure it was an extra 1k — 2k to buy it with that warranty from a dealer).

Some people hate dealerships — but I’m sold on VW’s system. They even washed and polished the car while it was there!! FTW.

Surfboard shaping class in Montreal

Johan is teaming up with the Surf MTL club to offer a surfboard building class. Johan really knows his stuff now and can offer some crazy insight. Plus you end up with a ready to ride board to bring down to the coast or the river.

“Make a surfboard with Surf Montreal?! Thats right, we are teaming up with Master Montreal Shaper Johan Elder to teach you how to shape, glass and sand a surfboard. Each student will Learn how to glass and sand a board from a pre-shaped blank (4 shapes to chose from) to a final product. We will also teach you the skills and knowledge to shape foam and make a board from scratch!

When? November 21st, 28th, Dec 5th (Dates are pending but will be confirmed shortly)

Where? Kanellos Studios, near Rosemont Metro.

How Much? $600.00 (introductory price) includes all materials, tools, and you leave with a finished board ready to surf!

Who? Chris from Surf Montreal and Master Montreal Shaper Johan Elder will be giving the course.

The minimum age to participate is 18 and you have to be willing to get a little dusty. Making a surfboard was featured on Discovery’s Dirty Jobs so leave the Armani suit at home!

This is the first class of it’s kind in Quebec and a great opportunity for anyone looking to learn how to shape a board to actually learn it with a professional shaper on hand to show you how it’s done, forget shaping video’s this is the real deal!

The class will be limited to 10 Students to ensure individualized attention and ensure everyone has amazing professional results so space is definitely limited.

Registration is open from now until Sunday October 15th or until the spaces fill up.

For additional information or the registration form send an e-mail chris@surfmtl.com

The end of tv / tivo

It’s been a great 3 years with TIVO. Easily one of the best media consumption services ever. They couldn’t make enough inroads in Canada/HD/Online services for us — plus our lack of watching “traditional TV”.

I even tweeted them a couple times pleading !! http://twitter.com/stevey/status/20346197703

We’ve now cancelled our Videotron Illico TV service and will be gracefully retiring our TIVO 2 series. Maybe it’ll go live up in the country at a nice home where it can run around and get fresh air.

Tivo is dead / Long live Tivo.

(Bring on a new giant NAS drive and a Boxee in 2011)


On the hottest morning of the year — I decided to test my max cadence (that i can sustain so far) coming down Berri with no traffic around me.

Got to work sweaty.

Oceanside confirmed

We bought our plane tickets ridiculously cheap through Delta (800$ for Both Linda and I / return / 1 stop / taxes in) and sent off our deposit $ for the condo we’ve rented (lawn is onto the sand).

Already contacted some buddies and internet peeps to show me around during a couple dawn patrols. Also have a great list of resto’s and cool spots to hit. And it’s Devyn’s birthday (Chris and Ralu’s daughter) the first weekend we’re there. We’re excited.

Now I have to get my arms back into paddling shape.

(Lovely photo by nathalie booth)