Bohemian Waxwing

I took a few photos of a poor, little bird after coming back to work from lunch one day.

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

It was found hurt after flying into a window, so someone put it up in a tree next to the doorway of the college’s Technologies Building. As some lady was performing Reiki on it (crazy?), I decided to grab my camera and take some shots. I can’t believe how close I was able to get!

What a beautiful bird – it was so puffed up! When I came back later, it was gone. Hopefully, it met up with its friends. There were A LOT of them!

Bohemian Waxwing

Recently on Lethbian Love

It’s been just over a week since I launched the blog. I can’t believe the great response – 1 comment so far! Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read some of my banter. There’s a lot more to come, so please invite your friends!

Here’s the run-down:

I went deep undercover to reveal the dirty truth behind “Buy a condo, get free tuition.” A few events, including Black History month, Freedom to Read week, The Homelessness Marathon, The World’s Best Commercials and free a movie night, courtesy of Lethbridge College. I rambled about live music, as well as The Slice making top 50 in CBC Radio 3’s Searchlight for “Best Live Music Club in Canada.” Then I got hungry and ate some Tacos. Also mentioned was local graffiti and artists losing their last graffiti-safe area. And I briefly introduced this blog to you and asked some people what they love about Lethbridge.

Celebrate black history tonight

THE DEBUTTHE DEBUT is supposedly Lethbridge’s first celebration for Black History Month. The show is a commemoration of traditional and contemporary fashion and will include performances, giveaways and “more surprises throughout the night!”

It all begins at 7PM in the University of Lethbridge ballroom (adjacent to The Zoo) and tickets are $8 at the door. Best dressed will win $70 cash. There will also be an after-party at Studio 54, so look sharp and get crunk!

THE DEBUT (via Facebook)

And the #1 live music venue in Canada is…

…not The Slice.

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Initially I questioned how they even made the list, but the reality is that competition for live music in Lethbridge has been sorely lacking. But when opportunity arose, they successfully filled the void that the Tongue ‘n Groove had left behind. So I must congratulate the owners of The Slice, Jesse and Tyler Freed (brothers, not husbands), for making top 50 in CBC Radio 3’s Searchlight for “Best Live Music Club in Canada!”

CBC Radio 3 Searchlight

In case you were wondering, the winner is Phog Lounge in Windsor, Ontario. They are the smallest venue on the entire list! They must have mirrors in their washrooms…I’m sure that’s their edge.

CBC Radio 3

What do you love about Lethbridge?

Yesterday, I implored my friends on Twitter and Facebook to answer this question. Here are some of the responses I received:

kim Kim: I loved the the people, the scenery!!!, the college, the nightlife, the shopping, the warmth.
 
karla Karla: the city being surrounded by nature! Coulies! It being small enough to initiate some sort of change…am I dreaming?
 
damian Damian: THE WIND! (haha thought I would be the first person to make that terrible joke) I like how it has a smaller town feel but not being extremely boring like a smaller town. smaller town.
 
conrad Conrad: The landscape. I love the coulees in the fall and summer.
 
wendy Wendy: it is very easy and time-efficient to get from one side of town to the other. In fact, it doesn’t take much effort to get anywhere in town…easy peasy!
 
kristine Kristine: dollar giant… and the thing I hate is the stench. smaller town.
 
martin Martin: friends and family that reside there.
your work is cut out for you ruzek.

My work certainly is cut out for me! I was hoping for more responses than just that, but it seems that apathy runs rampant. That or I don’t have any friends. Probably the latter, but your mom says I’m cool. And Kristine, I don’t smell THAT bad.

So what do you love about Lethbridge? Let it be heard!

TacoTime: A Lethbridge first

TacoTimeYes, it may come as a surprise to many of you that Lethbridge was the location for Canada’s first TacoTime! Unfortunately, it came as a surprise to me today to find out that TacoTime is an also American brand.

Regardless, in 1978 the first TacoTime was opened on Mayor Magrath Drive, in the location currently occupied by The Front Row Pub. Heralding back to my youth, I can recall a time when my father, sister and I ate there. He and I both had a “Super Soft Taco” that was the size of a premature infant. I tore into mine and dad, who’s blind as a bat, accidentally picked up a real baby from the patrons sitting next to us! Good thing for hot sauce.

I know many of you don’t consider TacoTime to be “authentic” Mexican cuisine, but I challenge you to find any other restaurant that serves escamoles in their burritos!

TacoTime

Pardon the mess

The site is currently in its infancy (only launched last Thursday) and I’m still working on a few things, including a Facebook app to make it easier for you to join, comment and share.

If you come across any glitches or have any ideas for future topics, please let me know. I’m happy to receive your feedback!

Cheers,
Jonathan

But you don’t have to take my word for it

It’s Freedom to Read Week from February 22-28, 2009.

So often, books are censored or removed from bookshelves in libraries and schools because their content is deemed unsuitable for children or audiences in general. I remember reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” in school as a part of my curriculum; it’s now banned. Another childhood favourite, Huckleberry Finn, is considered racist, yet (to many scholars’ opinion) it was written against that.

We sometimes take for granted the freedoms we have available to us, whether it be net neutrality, free speech or the books that sit on our shelves. This week, I encourage you to be subversive; go to your nearest library and read a “challenged book,” if you can find one. Make Mark Twain proud:

I am always reading immoral books on the sly, and then selfishly trying to prevent other people from having the same wicked good time.
– Mark Twain (regarding banning of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the Denver Library)

Freedom to Read

CKXU broadcasts “7th Annual Homelessness Marathon”

CKXU 88.3 FM, Southern Alberta’s only campus-community radio station, will be broadcasting live the “Homelessness Marathon: Radio Reflecting on Ending Homelessness Tomorrow.

The Homelessness Marathon is an annual 14-hour radio broadcast featuring the voices and stories of homeless people. The Homelessness Marathon features live call-ins all night long via a national toll-free number (1-866-594-7729).

This year’s Homelessness Marathon will broadcast live from the streets of Montreal on Monday, February 23rd, starting at sunset and running all night long until sunrise on Tuesday, February 24th.

The seventh annual Homelessness Marathon will once again serve up 14 hours of people-powered radio, broadcasting this year from outside of the Native Friendship Center. With the goal of being a consciousness-raising event, the Marathon will provide an opportunity for homeless people and their supporters to take to the airwaves, and allow a nationwide discussion on homelessness issues and possible solutions.

Listen to the broadcast here (requires iTunes, Winamp, etc.)