Every ten years or so, my friend Gary in Ottawa sends me a box of gifts. Just out of the blue, and always quite fascinating.
One came the other day, and included:
A plastic alarm clock that looks like sticks of dynamite and which needs a battery.
A cassette that’s seen better days and might have Genesis on it.
A paragraph from a newspaper about how an underwater mountain in BC was destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions.
A newspaper story from Jan. 16, 2012, after the Habs had just picked up Rene Bourque, and their recent success against the New York Rangers.
A clipping about the Habs drafting Dalton Thrower.
Two Montreal Canadiens 2011-12 pocket schedules.
A postcard of the old Ottawa tavern, the Elmdale House, along with a flyer listing the band lineup for July.
A 2012-13 Gatineau Olympiques pocket schedule.
Two beer receipts from a grocery store in Alymer, Que.
Four golf tees from Mountain Ridge golf course.
A hardcover book called Death of a Dissent, about the KGB, and which is quite interesting.
A pocket reading light.
A clipping about Wayne Gretzky’s daughter Paulina, who was seen leaving a restaurant in West Hollywood dressed in a skimpy outfit.
A brochure about exotic spices.
A 2010 Journal de Montreal.
A tiny plastic Devils goalie stick from cereal.
A full page newspaper story about Paulina Gretzky sunbathing in a tropical location.
A 1997 Memorial Cup pocket schedule.
A Scotiabank hockey magazine.
An All-Star Weekend Ottawa Sun insert.
A 2005-06 Ottawa Senators Sun insert.
Beer prices advertisement from a grocery store.
Sidney Crosby Dempster’s Bakery card.
A Senators ad.
a Shania Twain photo of her in her Habs outfit.
A Star Trek expired video card.