Sunday, November 10, 2019

Canadian Sith Lords

Today I have some odds and ends shots.

I start with this shot taken in October. It's a familiar view taken from the Mackenzie King Bridge over the Rideau Canal, with landmarks like the National Arts Centre, Parliament Hill, Chateau Laurier, and the government Conference Centre seen. The strange light, late in the day, caught my eye.

I bought a hoodie sweater back in September. I've never owned one of these before. I see myself in a window at night and I look like I'm about to sneer at a Jedi Knight.

"Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the dark side. You have paid the price for your lack of vision. Now, young Skywalker.... you will die."

Our LRT expansion finally opened up after many delays. I have taken a portion of the line on a couple of occasions, though realistically it is of little benefit to me at present. This is the Lyon Station at track level, buried beneath the downtown core of the city as part of the tunnel segment of the line. Back in 2017, when the station itself was ready, the multimedia show Kontinuum was held here as part of Canada 150. If you haven't seen any of my posts from that event, click here for the first of four posts from one of my visits.

Each of the stations along the line was meant to have public art. This is With Words As Their Actions, a sculpture honouring 32 women who founded the local chapter of the Canadian Women's Historical Society. The text of a speech given by one of the society members in 1954 is laser cut into the steel, both in English and in French.

This sign stands outside a pub in the Glebe.

Here it was a few days later, at the time of our setting the clocks back tradition in the fall.

I came across this old firehall in Hintonburg one day. It's been converted to other uses.

Nearby, this store caught my eye.

And over in the Westboro area, the name of this one drew my attention.

Nearby, this cheerful Medusa was painted onto the window of a hairstylist shop. Admittedly I've always felt a degree of sympathy for her. In some takes of the Greek mythology, we have a young maiden and priestess of Athena who's raped by Poseidon... and instead of Athena turning her wrath on her uncle where it belongs, she turns the victim into a monster with snakes for hair, and who turns you into stone if you look directly at her. A rather rash act for the goddess of wisdom. And then for her trouble, Medusa gets decapitated by Perseus. You'd think he could have simply asked for help, but no....


  1. Great post! Love the sleek station and the Medusa!

  2. Smashing header! Great post knocking about with you

  3. Very appropriate ... the Medusa hair in the hairstylist window!
    I mean ... which woman doesn't dream of such a hair? :))

  4. Nice potpourri of pictures, the Brexit one is funny ! I don't like the vests with hoodies and they all have them ! I had it cut off by a friend. I think everybody looks like a criminal with it !

  5. All I hear of the Ottawa LRT is a litany of problems. I hope they get it all sorted out and have a smooth, efficient, low pollution system,

  6. I never thought I'd say this, but poor Medusa!

  7. Nice variety of pictures of town and you!

  8. I am your Father, comes to mind :-)
    Kontinuum sure looks like fun! As the ... well I will not call it a wall...

    Glebe. We were in Glebe 1995, a part of Sydney, yikes. Cockroaches! But the area was beautiful.
    I cannot laugh about the signs, or.. can I?

    Hmmm, what kind of maps can you have, I wonder? Can you show?
    I like the Medusa but recon I would not want my hair like that!

  9. Hello,
    I enjoyed the tour and photos. The signs and names of the stores are cute. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

  10. I like your hoody.
    But I love the changing text at the sign of that pub. ;-)

  11. Your hoody has the same trouble as many, in limiting vision...hopefully can be remedied. Love the 3 different signs about women!

  12. That pub uses social media memes very well.

  13. i wanna check out the map store. do people still use them even with the GPS on your cell phone? we have GPS (a plural of the word) in our vehicles. i wonder about the time change, can we pick on time and stick with it or is it truly necessary to keep changing? i know Arizona (not sure if it is the whole state or only parts?) doesn't change their time each season? ( ;

  14. @Linda: thank you.

    @Cloudia: thanks!

    @Ella: hah!

    @Gattina: I certainly do.

    @David: it has been a headache.

    @Sandi: poor her!

    @Marianne: thank you.

    @Iris: one must laugh at those signs.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Tom: it is.

    @Maywyn: thanks.

    @Jan: so do I.

    @Barbara: I do too.

    @Anvilcloud: it does.

  15. I love the signage. JB finally did the clock on the car, without turning the air blue!
    There is a World of Maps store in Carleton Place that we frequent. We like maps!
    I cannot imagine taking the LRT. When we drive 90 min. to get into the city, we'd want the car with us!

  16. I like the two chalk board signs. Very witty!

  17. A nice assortment of pics, William!

  18. I like the public art piece at the station.

  19. Those signs in front of the pub are hilarious. We have a World of Maps store here and I've bought many a map there.

  20. This was fun. I want to know the people in that pub ...that’s my kind of humor. And maybe my kind of beer! Poor Medusa...but isn’t it still too often the victim who gets blamed? .... it’s hard to find a light jacket that is *not* a hoodie around here. You carry off the look ...they look idiotic on old ladies.

  21. I do like that light in your first photo!

  22. Schön die verschiedenen Bilder.


  23. @Beth: Saskatchewan doesn't.

    @Jennifer: it was ridiculous how long it took.

    @Red: that they are.

    @RedPat: thank you!

    @Marleen: so do I.

    @Sharon: I wasn't aware of how wide spread the store was.

    @Sallie: I pass by that pub quite often.

    @Lois: I do too.

    @Noke: thank you.

  24. A wonderful series of photos. I love those chalkboard signs.

  25. I so agree with the sign regarding the time change.

  26. Hello you:) what an interesting walk. I agree with Marie re: the time change.
    I have to remember that my clock in the car is one hour ahead, yikes......

  27. You look like a natural in the dark hoodie. Tweeted.

  28. @Bill: I do too.

    @Marie: me too.

    @Alexandria: time change sucks.

    @Klara: thank you.

    @Mari: I look disreputable.

  29. My goodness you cover a lot of ground in this one. Nice 1st shot, Siths, Medusa. Very funny commentary on Brexit.

  30. A super series of odd shots William. The signs made me laugh. Obviously the first shot is my favourite, the light behind Chateau Laurier looks amaaaazing!

  31. Lovely series of images. Loved the signs outside the pub.

  32. I rather liked this collection of different shots and will admit that you did look like a Jedi, William

  33. You do look a bit like the Jedi knight. And those are some funny signs, especially about how to change your clocks. :-)

  34. @Kay: thank you.

    @Grace: it does.

    @Magiceye: so did I.

    @Beatrice: I'd say Sith.

    @DJan: definitely.

  35. :) Have a funny continuation of new week!

  36. Wonderful variety of photos and fun post too ~ Hoodies are very functional as well ~ You look the part of a jedi ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

    1. I've gotten used to it. In fact I'm wearing it now.

  37. I thought this was a great variety of photographs, including the one of you!

    All the best Jan