Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Black and blue

I'm not. Not really.
Well, a little, maybe.
Returning to 'normal' after a dream vacation can bruise your psyche, that's for sure.
Susan actually is. Bruised, that is. Her nasty Tuscan ankle sprain still has her limping. My darling wife is a trooper, she is soldiering on.
We're both in need of some TLC.
I found a partial cure for Monday blues in a cup at the end of my lunchtime walk.
Café Myriade on Mackay street, just north of Ste-Catherine street offers some of the very best coffee you'll find anywhere.
Breaking with a long-standing ban, Montreal is allowing food trucks into the city.
I couldn't get my coffee fix from this charming venue because I was only carrying plastic. According to reviews on Yelp and UrbanSpoon, it was my loss. The truck is an off-shoot of a café I may need to find.
I have a thing for quirky vehicles. My Vespa scratches that itch.
I toy with the idea of getting a safari-ready vintage Land Rover 110 as a daily driver.
If I could throw caution to the wind, I would build a stable and throw a couple of vintage Citroëns in with the 110. An H1 truck like that coffee truck, and a deux cheveaux sedan.
To dream...
Speaking of dreams, my commutes are dreamy. On the way to work I took a minute so I could share the view here.
Looking at the day's iPhone photos, the post title sprang off the screen and smacked me right between the eyes.


Unknown said...


You mean, you walk around WITHOUT any CASH ? Did you know that you can be arrested for vagrancy ? Not that it happens, but it can. Somewhere around here there is a company that restores these Land Rovers to better than new condition. I have seen many on our streets but I like the Evoke better.

Can you get an AHPAY (ape) in Montreal ? They are hard to register here. If I could I would really want to have a Tuk Tuk. I love those things. Maybe a Tuk Tuk pickup truck so I could carry my bike too

Riding the Wet Coast

Unknown said...


PS: almost forgot . . . someone at home needs an ankle massage . . .

Riding the Wet Coast

David Masse said...

The ONLY people who reliably has cash in their pockets here are the buskers and the panhandlers. The political party bagmen used to have cash, but those that did have all been arrested as part of our anti-corruption investigation.

Almost everyone else has plastic. I'd like to see someone accuse me of being a vagrant.

And I seriously doubt that having cash on one's person would protect a vagrant from being rousted for vagrancy.

David Masse said...

There is at least one Ape in Montreal. It belongs to a small outfit that restores vintage scooters called Scootart.

David Masse said...

Trust me, a massage would be torture at this point.

RichardM said...

I went that route for a while. I had an Toyota FJ-40 then FJ-60 and was looking at A Unimog. The old Land Rover 110 was just too rare of a beast in the U.S.

But gave it up.

RichardM said...

If you had such a machine where would you go?

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

I know not of the vehicles you speak of but if they bear any resemblance whatsoever to that little blue food/drink truck, I'd like one(some) too!

Hope that ankle heals soon.....recovery can be long and painful; I still remember.

David Masse said...

Unimog... I remember back in the days when I used to be New York Times subscriber, there was an article about the Unimog, a must have toy for the folks for whom Hummer wasn't cutting it.

If I were Doug I'd definitely have one. Wouldn't ever need to shovel the driveway.

David Masse said...

Let's see... I doubt I'd have the nerve to go any kind of long distance.

I'd definitely use the H1 for shopping. And the 2CV, I'd just toodle around in aimlessly, maybe the occasional commute.

Susan would never set foot in any of my vehicles. My kids would hang their heads in shame over the 2CV and H1 for sure.

David Masse said...

Sprains suck for sure.

The Cirtoën H1 is to France, what the Ape is to Italy. Oddly, we have at least four of them here. I should track them down and do a post on them. They are basically show pieces for the businesses that own them, painted in the firm's colours, parked where they draw attention. Rolling billboards, kind of.

Why don't you have a Unimog? Richard and I want to know.

Trobairitz said...

mmmm good coffee, balm for the soul.

Hope the misses heals up and feels better soon.

Conchscooter said...

I plan to be in Montreal in a few weeks. A myriad choices for coffee, but a food truck? Nothing as exotic as Key West's South African Yebo I take it.

David Masse said...

Thanks Brandy, I relayed your kind thoughts.

David Masse said...

Michael, send me an e-mail, we'll see if we can get together:

SonjaM said...

Poor Susan, I hope she will get better soon.

Dream on, David. There is so much to see and so much to do (I like the Land Rover).

Next time bring your own mug to the coffee truck, that way you will be avoiding the plastic issue.

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