The Wonderful World of Mr. G #22

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The End of the Affair…

All good summers must come to an end…

Holy moly, folks. What a summer. This has definitely gone down as one of the best summers I’ve had in a while (especially after LAST summer when we had the nightmare of moving to Bangladesh…but I digress…). We have been zipping all over the continent, doing all kinds of strange and unusual things, so I thought I would write up a post that would fill people in.

TWO ten hour flights from Dhaka left us absolutely exhausted, but there was no time to waste, as we quickly found ourselves in Oklahoma (as documented in a previous post). We were back in Toronto after that, followed by a lovely trip to Montreal! We rented an apartment in that lovely city, and despite not speaking a word of French, found it to be a wonderful place.

Here’s a picture from Mont Royal, a largish mountain in the center of the city.

Little did we know that the first weekend we were there, a comic convention was happening. Naturally, we decided to go. Comic conventions are always populated by freaks and weirdos, which means that we fit in perfectly.┬áMy daughters got to meet and get an autograph from Haley Atwell (and it only cost $55!). Haley is the star of “Marvel’s Agent Carter”. She was in the Captain America movie, as well as Age of Ultron. And yes, boys, she is just as good looking in person.

Very cool. The funnest part of that was that I tweeted her the photo and she retweeted it to her thousands of followers, so Harper and Abbey were famous for about 12 hours. My phone started dinging nonstop with alerts tell me my tweet was favorited.

But we couldn’t stay in Montreal too long, because we had tickets to see U2 (!) in Toronto, so off we went. Our seats were in the nosebleeds.

It was a great show nonetheless.
Here are some pics…


The big screen in the middle was part of the show. They actually performed inside it. It was a really cool effect, and if you like U2 (and stage shows), then it is well worth looking at.

Then, we went back to Montreal, where we had a quick visit to Mont Tremblant…I had a peanut butter cup.

Then, Tracey and I went out for our fifteenth wedding anniversary. I ate food. Here’s a picture of the lovely couple.

Oh, but that’s boring.

I wasn’t actually done with U2, so we flew down to New York City to see them again (this time with a couple of friends). Here’s us in Times Square…

Here’s a painting we saw…

But then, it was time to see U2 again. The first night, our seats were just okay…

But the next night, our seats were pretty good…


I can say that it is quite weird to be so close at a concert like that. First, I was on my feet from 5:30 PM until Midnight, and sure, you yahoo youngsters might think that’s no big deal, but I’m almost 29 years old and that was tiring. I also made some interesting observations about performing. Bono (pictured above) never made eye contact with the crowd, which was weird. I guess that’s what you have to do as a performer…you have to really shut yourself off and just go for it. Still, I thought it was strange. The other thing that I noticed was how short Bono was. Check out those platform shoes. He was probably only up to the bottom of my nose. That must be why he is a rock star. He’s got a huge chip on his shoulder.

So, the very next day, I got to visit a very special place…

I was a “special” guest. Not a lot of people get to go up there, which is understandable. I didn’t take a lot of pictures, because I was trying to be too-cool-for-school and pretend I wasn’t totally geeking out, but in reality, I was geeking out. Every conference room in the building has a theme. This is the “Hulk” conference room:

I wasn’t able to go into the “Thor” conference room, because they were having a meeting, but trust me when I say it was cool. Entering the Marvel offices was like entering the Pentagon. I had to be signed in in the lobby, then I had to present a photo ID and sign in at the entrance, and then I had to be buzzed through and have a guide through the offices, which was also cool. I met a lot of the editors and had a great time.

When all was said and done, we flew back to Montreal, and we immediately hit the ground running at the “Just for Laughs” festival. Basically, the “Just for Laughs” festival is a giant gathering of comedy greats. We had tickets for every night that week. We started by seeing Dave Chappelle, then Wyatt Cynac, then Trevor Noah (the new host of “The Daily Show”), then we saw a live interview with Mike Myers, followed by something called the “Live Reading”.

Basically, the Live Reading is where they take a famous movie script and recast it with new actors, who read it on stage in front of a large audience. This year, they did “The Big Liebowski” and the cast consisted of Jennifer Lawrence, Patton Oswalt, Michael Fassbender, Olivia Munn, and others. It was a lot of fun. Here’s a bad picture from the back of the audience.

During the festival, the family and I were walking down the street in Old Montreal, and I was walking behind a couple of really slow people. I was getting vaguely annoyed at the whole thing, thinking, “You’re so SLOW. Why are you SO SLOW? I want to go AROUND you, slow-poke!” Then, I heard a familiar voice and thought, “Holy crap! It’s Professor X!” Yes, I was getting annoyed with Patrick Stewart, Captain of the Starship Enterprise. Tracey snapped a stealth picture of me and him.

That was kind of cool.

But alas, we had to go back to Toronto, which is where I find myself now, writing this lovely letter. Good news arrived in the mail today, for it seems I will have several books published soon…

You can await word on these soon…

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Randall