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August 3, 2010

Posted by donaldwhite on August 3, 2010

Well it is the beginning of a new week the first week of August already. I still don’t see the days and weeks race by and it is becoming worrisome for it can only mean there is nothing happening that is memorable. This past weekend was a long one for me as I decided to take Friday off as well.

Friday was a really good day as I went downtown for lunch and window shopping. The weather was great, not too hot and not humid. The downtown was a hustle and bustle of people going back and forth all with some mission in mind. I on the other hand didn’t have anything planned other that having a great lunch and enjoying the day off.  It just so happens that Apple was releasing the iPhone 4 in Canada on that day so the simple going to the Apple store turned out to be impossible for there were over 400 people waiting in line at any one time waiting to drop as much as $800 for the trendy little device. I on the other hand have no desire to have a cell phone the least of which costs as much as it does.

While downtown at one of the malls I was having a coffee at Dunkin, one of the few remaining in Montreal, when two security agents were escorting a man towards the food court when 4 uniformed police officers came in to arrest him. While three actually subdued him one office had drawn his gun however did not point it towards this individual. People in for food court were probably wondering as I was if we should kiss the floor just in case.

The day ended by my visiting my good friend Clause at Sound Ideas a high end audio store where I was able to buy his Patricia Barber Vinyl LP recorded in France live. What a great ending to a lazy day off.

The weekend was as normal, fairly uneventful. I did manage however to make my way to Fairview Shopping Center in Pointe Claire and the Apple store there. The big lineup was over for the iPhone and I wanted to get some hands on time with the iPad. When it first came out a few months ago I was only able to see one at a Future Shop location in Saint Laurent where I live. They had sold out their allocation the day before but did have a demo unit on display which was being tested by a few folks ahead of me in line. I decided to go back another day. Well Saturday was the day and with over 24 units on demo I was able to spend at least an hour or so trying out all the applications this little gem has and although I was not as impressed at the beginning of my experience with it by the time I left the store I knew that I would soon have one. I will wait until September when my cable provider will be launching their 3G network and iPad data packages to see if I want the one with or without the 3G capabilities. What can I say? I love Apple products.

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