Engine Down in an empty lot next to the Roses on Somerset St W., Ottawa, June 28, 1998.
Richmond, VA's 400 Years and Engine Down made the trip up to Ottawa to open for Three Penny Opera's CD release shows. it was great seeing 400 Years again and meeting the guys in ED for the first time. it was especially great finding out that Bull Gervasi was 400 Years' new bassist. i hadn't hung out with him in a long time. the show at the Liquid Monkey (r.i.p.) went really well with the bands playing to around 180 kids. belleville's Mach Tiver kicked off the evening.
we invaded the Roses the next morning for sunday brunch. it's always more fun eating in large groups, high school cafeteria hijinx aside. we commandeered the whole front room of the Indian restuarant, with 15 of us squeezing in around a table that usually would sit 12. after many trips to the all-you-can-eat buffet, i shot off a quick roll outside the restuarant. this is the shot Lovitt used for the publicity photo for Engine Down's debut.
that was the last time i ate at the Roses. a good friend of mine worked there, and after hearing stories of alleged (i am covering my ass here) incidents where the owner/employee relations were slightly skewed, i don't feel comfortable patronizing that establishment anymore. there is a permanent help wanted sign in the window... go figure.
my favourite place for Indian food is actually a Sri Lankan restaurant called Ceylonta. i think the majority of the Ottawa punk community will back me on this. i recommend the vegetarian string hoppers (without egg) -- fine noodles stirfried with potatoes, peas, carrots, onions and spices. the eggplant curry and the kothu rotti (chopped flat bread, stir-fried with onions, green chillies and spices) equally rock.
i guess this has turned into a testimonial for Ceylonta. i might as well go all out, completing the advertizment, with the link of the day...
link of the day
word of the day
pilfer  - to steal in small quantities.
example: "One might think that Sean at bonrop.net pilfered the word of the day idea from here, when
in all actuality he had already planned on doing it. I just beat him to the punch."
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