Pursuant to yesterday’s Olympic tirade comes word out of Montreal that, after 30 years, the city has finally paid off the cost of its Olympic stadium. Congratulations to all those who helped make Opération Elephant Blanc such a rousing success.


The news didn’t do much to inspire the dogs who are clearly resting up for the big week ahead. I, on the other hand, have no time to rest as it looks like my wife’s Christmas gift isn’t going to buy itself. So I headed downtown today, determined to make it as short a trip as possible. After all, I had finally decided on the perfect gift: one of those new WII Nintendo gaming consoles. No, really! Alas, by the time I stepped into Future Shop, they were all sold out. I hit the streets in a panic. What should I get her? What? Well, jewelry is out of the question as she’s a diamond broker and can certainly get herself a better deal than I ever could (if any of you are looking to purchase, say, a tiara for that special someone). She’s very picky about her footwear so those yeti boots that seem to be all the rage may not be the best way to go. I could buy her some really nice imported chocolates but I fear the same reaction Marge gave Homer when he got her that bowling ball for her birthday. Think, think, think. What does Fondy like? Hugh Laurie. Chicken shwarma. Books. Yes, she loves to read! I hit our local bookstore and made some terrific purchases in no time at all: Neil Gaiman’s collected short fiction “Fragile Things” and “Smoke and Mirrors”, Heinlein’s “The Puppet Masters” and Robert Silverberg’s “The Alien Years”. Truly a great score. Now if only my wife liked scifi or fantasy. I kept looking and, in the end, picked up two books – one by Amy Tan , who I know she likes, and another by Winston Choy, who I thought she liked – but it turns out she doesn’t.

I finally met up with Fondy and we took a break from shopping for a nice dinner at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants: Sun Sui Wah on Main Street. In preparation for the big holiday foodfest to come, I’ve been eating light of late. In keeping with that game plan, I started with a soup. In this case, the superior sharkfin in broth with crab meat. Very nice, very subtle (I prefer mine without the added red vinegar), but still nowhere near as good as Sea Harbour’s version. We followed that with the steamed abalone in brown sauce accompanied by some slightly bitter greens I couldn’t identify for the life of me. The abalone was the highlight of the meal so far as I was concerned – very tender, it’s the best in the city. Then came the fish: steamed rock cod with soy sauce and green onions. Again, very tender and meaty – Fondy’s highlight of the night (next to sitting down to dinner with her husband, natch).

Well, another day draws to an end and I’m about as close to finding my wife a Christmas gift as I am to finishing the first act of my script. Maybe if I wake up early to work on it.

Or try another Future Shop location.

5 thoughts on “December 19, 2006

  1. OK, what about…. something like this: http://www.xperiencedays.com/ or http://www.signaturedays.com/ you can also try going on the internet and entering three words of her favorite things and see what does google do with it, you would be suprised ;-0

    You have mentioned your favorite Chinese restaurant several times, do you have many favorites or is it always the same :)?

  2. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite finds of this past year. If you havn’t already, check out “Neverwhere”.

    Best of luck with the shopping.

  3. Joe,

    Apparently the Nintendo Wii is sold out in pretty much all stores. I tried to get one for my fiancee and the only way I could get it was to order it from Rogers online.

    P.s. Fondy’s website is great.

  4. Maybe you can get Fondy this cool applicance called ‘Blendtec’. You can check out their website at http://www.blendtec.com. They even have ‘will it blend’ video clips. This machine is amazing. Our friend has one and he demonstrated for us. He blended ice into snow! Good Luck!

  5. Whew, for a minute there I thought you’d turned the three pups into the three dishes!! 😉

    Yum, craving Chinese…luckly some leftovers in the fridge…maybe I should go for a run first!!

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