Final days of Minto

Well, today is our last full day in this apartment, although I suppose we do officially have it until the end of the month. Tomorrow both this apartment’s contents and my storage unit will get moved to the new studio. We’ve been moving little things over in dribs and drabs but this will deal with the bulk of it. Nefarious has been loving the giant space. A full swing will go up soon, but in the meantime I hung a climbing/swinging rope from one of the I-beams, which are strong enough that I could likely winch my truck into the air from one.


It’ll also be nice having some pavement again — Caitlin picked up a couple boxes of sidewalk chalk (which we enjoyed many times in the past). I was really inspired by the recent “Chalk Flood” in Grand Rapids in which something like 30,000 sticks of chalk were given out to the public to decorate the streets — what a wonderful, and low cost, public art festival that’s much more community oriented than most street fairs and other somewhat analogous celebrations.

Timing was right when we finished off at the studio yesterday (getting new keys, feeding the fish, and so on) that we stopped by the park to see what food vendors were there. Since the weather is so summery now (although it was windy enough that Nefarious did end up borrowing my jacket), there was a hot dog cart, an ice cream truck, and a chip truck, so that was a very nice luck.


The water at High Park is teeming with minnows right now. I don’t know if that’s natural or if the ponds have been stocked (people do go fishing in Grenadier Pond), but there were tons of them.


Speaking of breeding, Oddee has a good list on Medieval sex practices today that I think most people will find interesting. Oh, and did you know slow loris love getting tickled? Anyway, depending on the schedule of the cable company, I may or may not be online over the next few days.


  1. peteD3 wrote:


    Monday, April 20, 2009 at 10:36 am | Permalink
  2. Nicole wrote:

    Have a happy moving day!

    Monday, April 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Permalink
  3. Thomas Moore wrote:

    Hey Shannon,

    I’ve always wanted to live in a studio like yours. How much would something similar set me back per month if I was to move to Canada?

    Monday, April 20, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
  4. Shannon wrote:

    Studios have been pretty consistent in Toronto for a long time at roughly $1/sq ft/month.

    Monday, April 20, 2009 at 7:02 pm | Permalink
  5. Caitlin wrote:

    To be fair, Canada is big and rent depends on where in Canada you want to live. Toronto and Vancouver have higher rent than, say, Windsor or Lunenberg.

    Monday, April 20, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Permalink
  6. Tera wrote:

    I’ve read a few things you’ve written about police brutality before, so I thought you might be interested in this:

    It’s absurd.

    Monday, April 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Permalink
  7. Steph wrote:

    Oh man I want to come and play at your house!

    Good luck with the move, I would KILL to have that kind of space!

    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Permalink
  8. Allahkat wrote:

    Have you considered getting some of those wall-climbing…knobs (handles? contraptions?) for your new place? It certainly has the ceiling height for it!

    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 4:43 am | Permalink
  9. Shannon wrote:

    Yes, we’re totally considering a climbing wall, we’ve easily got the height for it.

    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 11:26 am | Permalink
  10. Gillian wrote:

    Can we come visit? PAH-LEAAAASE???

    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
  11. Shannon wrote:

    Please do! We have lots of room for guests.

    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Permalink
  12. Darcy wrote:

    I live in Grand Rapids and went to the Chalk Flood. It was wonderful! :)

    Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 2:36 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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