Do you ever notice a date, or a time, or a person over and over until it/they gets kind of etched in your brain, and you notice it more often than other times / dates?

1982 kept coming up in late January. Mostly birthdays, but some films and albums that came out that year.

And now Feb 24.
I just noticed I have exactly one year left on my TELUS contract. (After an hour long Christmas Eve chat with one of their loyalty people, I finally got my bill to a place where I don’t feel like I’m getting b̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶o̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶a̶ ̶s̶t̶a̶c̶k̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶i̶p̶h̶o̶n̶e̶s̶ completely taken advantage of. So we’ll see.)

And tonight, making egg salad for lunch, I noticed that my mayonnaise expired to-frickin-DAY – Feb 24, 2014. Seriously. And yes, I threw it out. I’m a wuss with potentially rotten food. And I’m a salad dressing bachelor, so there were tons of other non-expired options.

And Rae Spoon.

It started with a photo by the amazing JJ Levine in the vitrines at Gallery 44 – then I saw them on the cover of Broken Pencil. Then in an online thing. Then in another online thing. Then on a postcard for My Prairie Home. In cool graphic cutout. Imagine being recognized for your glasses and haircut? So-swoon.

And yay! My Prairie Home is screening wednesday night at cinecylce. The week of Feb 24. I wonder if Rae was born in 1982?


Next Repetition column — 12:34 am, 12:34 pm.

Title Credit: The oft-cited This Year by the ineffable Mountain Goats


Chuck Norris Zombie

12 Things that make me feel better, right now:

1. Chuck Norris Jokes on Soup

2. Wearing my papa’s painting overalls and finishing up a cottage painting blitz for the evening.

3. The Five Stairsteps coming up on my shuffle at exACTly the right moment.

4. Toronto address, phone number and a plan that doesn’t cost 80cents a minute!

5. Festival of 24 Things: 401 Edition!

6. Shooting stars at the end of the dock and the Vaccuum Cleaner constellation. And nighttime sweaters.

7. The Weakerthans at the Red Dog!

8. Staying up late, ’cause that’s what you do when you are wearing the painting overalls (flashback to undergrad painting class, when I stayed up all night painting in my studio, wearing the overalls)

9. Leonard and Joni, back-to-back.

10. Cool haps at my former school alma mater (oooh, someone has a few letters after their name).

11. Finding one more roll of Kodachrome in my messy bedroom.

12. A blog post sounding like it’s going to end with the Mastercard phrase: “Priceless”.

Title credit: The Five Stairsteps, Oooh Child. is one of my favourite feeds to skim when I am looking for something distinctly, but not obnoxiously Canadian. Bill Rodgers work is heart stopping and Kim Neudorf has a great review of his autumn exhibition at Skew Gallery.

Kim Neudorf’s Bill Rodgers at Skew Gallery

The books we encounter and live with, particularly the antique or flea-market find, eventually take on a knowingness and even a gaze. These books not only link to the past but link to the moment of the find, unexpectedly reactivating traces of ourselves. The statement for Bill Rodgers’ recent exhibition Studies in Citizenship echoes the ceremonial, austere presence of his chosen subject: the early 20th century reference book for rural Canadians. These books evoke a “rigor of self-reliance”, declaring themselves through modest covers and “self conscious and distilled” titles which suggest the boundaries and necessity of their contents.

 Bill Rodgers at Skew Gallery | review by Kim Neudorf for

Title credit: Joel Plaskett Emergency, True Patriot Love

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