bigmacbear: Me in a white dinner jacket, no shirt, gold chains around my neck, in front of the RGMC (disco)
I'm not sure if I posted much about this at the time of the event, but something [livejournal.com profile] danlmarmot mentioned about his trip to Montreal, combined with some difficulties individual SMC members are having with memorization of foreign languages for our upcoming concert, reminded me of this story.

For the GALA VIIe event in Montreal in 2004, I was planning to set a smattering of "menu French" (soup du jour, boeuf Robespierre, etc.) to a possibly recognizable tune, after the fashion of "Insalata Italiana" with Italian musical directions. [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear suggested instead that I set all of the names of the Metro stops to music. So with the help of Dennis, the Rochester Gay Men's Chorus' composer-in-residence, and Steve, a teacher of French and Spanish in the chorus (who, incidentally, resembles Stephen Harper, only younger and cuter), we set all the Metro stops to the "Soldiers' Chorus" from Faust by Gounod.

Steve pointed out that Papineau (the namesake of the Metro stop closest to the heart of the gay village along Boul. Ste-Catherine) was a major military figure in the early history of Quebec, and as such is even today a revered name among Quebecers. So we made sure to repeat "Papineau" a few times, usually in the combination "Beaudry, Papineau, Henri-Bourassa".

Handy household hints for singers of foreign languages... )

By the way, SMC is presenting "Unplugged" this evening at 7:30 PM at McIntyre Hall, on the campus of Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, WA. We won't have our special guests m-pact with us but it should be a fun show nevertheless.

Hmmm....

Oct. 4th, 2008 11:01 pm
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Default)
While for the most part I have to discount conspiracy theories of all stripes as irrational, there's a little part of my brain that is drawn to them like a moth to a porch light. And so I wonder whether the folks behind Paulson and Bernanke making the request for the bailout pulled the right strings in the stock market on Monday to manufacture that big drop in the Dow, scaring the beJesus out of Congress and the American public alike, in order to get the bailout passed. Hmmm...

On a happier and more amusing front, I was talking with Mom the other day about my brother-in-law's job at GE Aircraft Engine and whether the Boeing strike had had any effect on it. She said no, he's actually busier than ever. I wondered aloud if perhaps Bombardier might be taking up some of the slack in production, pronouncing it "bom-ba-deer" as is common English pronunciation. This got [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear chuckling, as because Bombardier is based in Quebec, its name is properly pronounced in French, as "bom-bar-dee-yay".
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Default)
Naked short selling. No, this is not about day-traders operating over the Internet from the privacy of their homes without a stitch of clothes on. ;-)

In an ordinary "short sale", an investor borrows stock from a broker, then selling it on the open market in hopes that by the time he must return the stock to its owner, its price (at which he must re-purchase the stock to return) will have fallen enough that the proceeds of the initial sale will cover the repurchase and the fee charged for borrowing the stock, and leave some residual sum as profit. The broker may in turn borrow that stock from a customer, sharing a portion of the loan fee with the customer actually owning the stock.

A "naked short sale" is one in which either the broker fails to deliver the stock that was borrowed, or the investor didn't even bother borrowing the stock in the first place. If done intentionally, this is considered illegal, and may be prosecuted as securities fraud in several jurisdictions including the US and the UK.
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Default)
iPho: (n.) Vietnamese noodle soup ordered over the Internet.
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Default)
Pirate's Booty Call
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Default)
ixnaybors (IKS-nay-b3rs) n. pl.: those people who used to live next to you that you're not supposed to talk about. "My ixnaybors got put in the Witness Protection Program."

(British/Canadian spelling: ixnaybours.)

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