Difficult weekend emotionally. Sunny day in Vancouver, yesterday and today, though. About 10 degrees Celsius. Caught a bit of the San José Sharks at the Vancouver Canucks yesterday at a bar- went home to watch it.Gave up on myself for the day after a Temugumai sake and three double Baileys on the rocks- a coffee liqueur. Alcohol can do that to you. Despite it all a wonderfullly sunny day after a lot of snow for this rainy city in the midst of a temperate rain forest. I did not watch the Canadian Juno Music Awards which are like the Grammies, ADISQ for Quebec, I think, or the British Music Awards.
I used to know lots of Quebec artists in French from the 1970s and 1980s, or at least their music, and it was surprisingly good: Harmonium, Beau Dommage, les Séguin, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Diane Tell, Monique Léyrac, Robert Charlebois. Others were born in other provinces such as CANO, Daniel Lavoie (Manitoba), Richard A. Séguin, 1755 (New Brunswick) or Beausoleil Broussard (Nova Scotia).
I use to know Breton rather well but now can read, and to a degree. write it. I now speak English and French much better, but can read some German, Spanish and Scottish Gaelic as well.
I also took a course in Cantonese in the 1980s,and courses in Swedish, Russian, Japanese (I failed miserably at it! But I was the only white guy or white person left in the class...), as well as anthropology, urban geography, economics and economic geography, psychology and abnormal psychology, regional geography (China, the Soviet Union while it was falling apart!, Eastern Europe, Europe, and Urban North America. Oh and North American aboriginal linguistics. And biology and satellite mapping.
I was also in the German Club where they joked they were plotting to take over the world again...but were not serious!