Yesterday was the sort of day which one might term "fun and productive", because it was both fun and productive.
nyxie and I went down to Montreal for the day. While we were there, we:
- Went out to St Hubert Airport to pick up my Pilot Training Record, which I talked about over in the other place you should be reading regularly.
- Stopped by a couple of Structube stores, which ostensibly sold the couch that we wanted, but despite being listed on the website it's discontinued. Drat. Looked at one of these instead, but I don't know that I want something armless — it's a little too futon-like. We're going to take a look at some of the sofas that EQ3 offer too. Outside of that and Ikea there's really no affordable modern furniture here though — Van Leeuwen and Alteriors and Ligne Roset all have fantastic furniture that costs an order of magnitude more than I can afford.
- Stopped by Zone to pick up two Delta chairs. Those were the first modern classics I set my eye on, and it's nice to have a couple of real modern pieces instead of modern-ish. (Not that there's anything wrong with that, but there's history here too — the Delta chair, also known as the S34, was with the armless S33 the first cantilevered chair, designed in 1929 by Mart Stam.)
- Went to the Montreal Biodome! I've been there a few times before but I couldn't imagine getting tired of it. I didn't have a camera this time, but I have older pictures. The rainforest was quiet, which meant no playing monkeys, but we did get to see the lynx roaming about and meowing like Mouse does when she wants to play, and in the Antarctic area we saw the penguins being fed! Cutest thing ever. All of the little penguins crowd around, or wait out in the water to catch thrown herring, but the emperor penguins pretty much just line up for food. When the feeder goes to another part of the area, the emperor penguins went with her, some following and some leading the way — I think maybe they've done this before.
- And spent a lot of time sitting on cafe patios watching the world pass by. It was a beautiful day and Montreal is such a great people-watching city.