Clayton, N.Y. is Worth 1,000 Words

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor, Publisher & Multimedia Reporter

CLAYTON, N.Y. – ‘Show me how you’ll do‘ was my attitude going in to the Thousand Island port town of Clayton.

*Reporter’s Note: ‘Show me how you’ll do’ is a verse from the ‘Wild Ones‘ song, in which Sia collaborates with Flo Rida. This particular verse is sung by Sia.*

It was some time during the afternoon that our ship, the Pearl Mist, pulled into port and docked. We were back in America, so that meant there was going to be a hullabaloo in regards to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement division, because you know, a bunch of rich, White, old American citizens were trying to sneak illegal immigrants and other contraband into the good ol’ U.S. of A.

But enough of my anti-American non-sense, I was glad to be back in the U.S. It meant I could finally find a copy of my beloved New York Times newspaper. And enough of this French-speaking, Southern-aggressor-hating Canadian crap.

Of course, me being a young guy, full of vim and vigor, I was desperate to get off the boat and go to a few local shops, a decent local restaurant (for a change in dining options, as we had been eating a lot of the “same” meals on the ship), and also to check out the bar scene after the my family went to sleep and I could feel free to be more “wild.”

I swear, I was just about the only person on the ship to be harassed about my American status and what I was doing going in and out of the country so frequently as of late.

*Reporter’s Note: The last time I had even left the country was January 2010. I had been stopped then by Border Patrol and asked to delete photographs I had taken of the U.S.-Mexico border from the Nogales, Ariz. side. I was told it was a matter of national security and that I was not allowed to capture, retain or distribute those images. I found out later, what the agent had told me was false.

Also, as for my acts of ingress and egress, I had left the U.S. about a week or so earlier, I was re-entering the U.S. and was only planning on being back in America for about a day and then leaving for international waters and  Canada for about another day or two before returning back to the U.S.*

So, as far as the port town of Clayton, I don’t have much good or bad to say about it. It was a small port town like many on the Northeastern seaboard near the U.S.-Canada border. I would classify it as an upper-middle class town with fishing and tourism as their primary drivers of economic stability and growth – respectively. I would say the people there are about as nice as anywhere – despite the reputation New Yorkers may get. (Besides that idea that New Yorkers are supposed to be rude, I think, only applies to those who live in New York City.)

The two things that did stick out were a pub, that was tucked about as close to our dock as could be and the library. The pub, O’Briens Restaurant & Bar (226 Webb St.) was a great place for the crew of the Mist to hang out during break. My brother and I, that night went back to O’Briens after I had already been there earlier in the day for a Coke and to use their wi-fi. We saw the staff celebrating one of their birthdays with beer and wings. We asked if we could sit with them and they obliged. They made us feel welcome, not like we were intruding on their private affair. The staff genuinely got along with the guests they were serving, and it was apparent.

As for the library, the Hawn Memorial Library, was another great place in town to get free wi-fi; but beyond that, it was an opportunity to learn about the book culture of the town. From what I could gather, it seemed like only women and families frequented the library – or at least that’s what all the magazines were geared towards at the front entrance. In the back room, where I posted up for several hours, I found a nice haven for peace. I also got a blast from the past as old portraits of the town’s former dignitaries gazed upon this newcomer’s face. I could hear the conversation between a local committee planning some event while also sharing a bit of gossip. I could also see the town’s newspapers yellowing in the racks as they went unread.

For me, Clayton was a town I loved visiting. My final comment of the area might best be summed up by a thought I had while walking through a farmer’s market/festival the town was having: “This wouldn’t be a bad place to be stuck. It’s like a white-collar prison. Even the dirtiest parts of town are ‘clean.'”

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Montréal, Québec, Canada – Just Another Big City? (Read on to Find Out)

But really, it’s French influences and unique subway system still had me enthralled!

By Matt Lewis Executive Editor & Multimedia Reporter We took the high-roads; not literally, but metaphorically today. There were some steep hills my grandparents had to contend with and two very specific locations that piqued our entire Family’s interest:

  1. Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal

    1. Notre-Dame Basilica is a basilica in the historic district of Old Montreal, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The church is located at 110 Notre-Dame Street West, at the corner of Saint Sulpice Street. Wikipedia
    2. Architectural style: Gothic Revival architecture
    3. Official Website: www.basiliquenotredame.ca/
  2. Bibliothèques Montréal – Pour aller plus loin

The Montréal leg of our journey actually began the night before when we got the briefing on the ship. Sam of course gave guests the low-down on what places to visit, as well as providing interesting History and culture anecdotes that got us excited for another port – even if it was just another big city. During the pre-briefing as I’m going to be known to call it from now on, I came up with a nickname for Sam: Sam “Be a Good Lad” Ladley, in a somewhat concerted effort to remember his last name.

     “Some of the prettiest parts are within walking distance from (our boat),” Mr. Ladley said during the pre-briefing.

He told us again about how these areas in general have lots of aluminum plants. Mr. Ladley then went on to describe the “Silver” spires; which are actually made of aluminum. All churches in the region seem to have a component of aluminum, local wood, stained glass and/or stone-work. Mr. Ladley said something about Montréal being – somehow – related to head of navigation; but I was only half paying attention and couldn’t take notes fast enough. Our journey, he told us, was going to take us to the part of the river where the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers meet; or an archipelago of islands as it was described to the ship’s passengers. Both rivers have rapids, Mr. Ladley said. So, after he said this, my mind began to wander again. I started thinking about the white-water rapids of Colorado and how much fun I had rafting down them. “Lachine” is the nickname for the rivers, bestowed by Jacques Cartier, and the nickname stuck, apparently – and is even the name of an area of Québec.

     “It is very much like Long Island,” Mr. Ladley said.

Montréal, he told us, literally translates to Mount Royal in English. Once I heard this, all I could think is: I need to find a casino on the mountain that was hopefully called Casino Royale (and even if only in my own Private Idaho) maybe, for a moment, I’d feel like James Bond.

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Four @SunDevils Awarded @Pac12 Postgraduate Scholarships

Complete Release –> http://www.thesundevils.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30300&ATCLID=210189424

@Twitter –> https://twitter.com/ASUWrestling/status/619256504726777857

Pac-12 Release –> http://pac-12.com/article/2015/07/09/2014-15-pac-12-postgraduate-scholarship-winners-announced?utm_source=HootSuite&utm_medium=OwnedSocial&utm_campaign=Pac12Social


By Kathryn Roberts
ASU Athletics Assistant Media Relations Director-Volleyball, Sand Volleyball, T&F/XC, Wrestling

SAN FRANCISCO—Four Arizona State University student-athletes were named recipients of the Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships, Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Thursday.

The 2014-15 scholarship recipients are wrestling’s Chace Eskam, men’s swimming’s Zac Dalby, women’s basketball’s Isidora Purkovic, and softball’s Haley Steele.

Each scholarship of $3,000 go to student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who have also demonstrated a commitment to continuing education, campus and community involvement and leadership. Since the program began in 1999, the Pac-12 has awarded more than $1.5 million for postgraduate study.

Eskam, the 2015 Pac-12 Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year, majored in psychology with a minor in sociology. During the 2014-15 season, Eskam was ASU’s starter at heavyweight, finishing the year with a 17-14 record with a 4-1 mark in Pac-12 dual bouts. A two-time Pac-12 All-Academic first-teamer, Eskam finished as the conference runner-up in his weight class.

Dalby, who hails from Alice Springs, Australia, was a two-time Pac-12 finalist in the 200 IM (2013 & 2014), and swam a personal best in that event, 1:47.49, at the 2015 Pac-12 Championships this past March in Federal Way, Wash.

Purkovic, who earned her undergraduate degree in accounting, played in 49 career games for the Sun Devils and connected on 42 percent of her 3-pointers over her three-year career. She was a member of Sun Devil squads that qualified for NCAA Tournament each of the last two seasons (second round in 2014 and third round in 2015). The 2015 team won 29 games, which represented the second-highest, single-season win total in school history.

Steele earned her first Pac-12 First-Team nod this season on the heels of one of the most prolific RBI campaigns in ASU history. The senior crushed her previous single season best (51) with 69 this season, good third in ASU single season history and five shy of the school record.  She finished with a .330 average on the year with 13 round-trippers and 13 doubles. Steele finished her career at ASU third in total RBI (209), fifth in homers (48), tied for 10th in hits (234) and fourth in doubles (49). Additionally, Steele earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention accolades for the third consecutive season.  She finished her career as a three-time All-Pac-12 selection and a two-time NFCA All-Region choice.

To be selected for a Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must:

  • Have an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) or its equivalent.
  • Be in his/her final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility in all sports OR be in his/her final year of undergraduate studies, having exhausted athletics eligibility in all sports. The student-athlete will be evaluated on the basis of all academic work completed at time of selection.
  • Have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team. The degree of the student-athlete’s athletic achievement will be weighed at least equally with the degree of academic performance.
  • Intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time student in a graduate or professional program at an accredited institution, or in a postgraduate program for which an undergraduate degree is required for admission.
  • Have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics.

Kathryn Roberts

Assistant Media Relations Director-Volleyball, Sand Volleyball, T&F/XC, Wrestling

O: (480) 965-1237

C: (310) 210-4485

kathrynroberts47@asu.edu

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FESTIBIÈRE DE QUÉBEC 2015

Travel Blog

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor & Multimedia Reporter

Une belle femme m’a aidé à en savoir plus sur une fête de la bière locale | La Cour arrière

QUÉBEC CITY – A thought occurred to me when I was enjoying a très magnifique day. In a sprint, I made my way back to the cruise liner to throw my pack down and return to shore in my swimming gear.

I knew that if my parents saw me swimming in the local pool (which was open to the public – by the way) they would ask all kinds of questions, make some snarky remarks and take the obligatory family photographs of me splashing and frolicking around in the water. I’m sure my Father would make some kind of stupid joke that being from Arizona, his son (me), had never seen water and embarrass me publicly.

Earlier in the day, Family pressures were strong in this young Jedi traveler. First, I sat at breakfast much longer than I had planned; determined not to be the first to leave the table – as that is usually seen (at least in our proper family manners – and through my distorted lens) as rude. So, my brother lost the game of chicken to be the first to leave the table – I must admit, he didn’t even know he was playing. Ha-Ha! Makes me think of the last Port of Call we were at and how some of the local waterways there were named for that (which I guess has an actual ironic French and water traveler meaning, but I forget and digress).

When I made my way back ashore after these and other adventures around, Québec City, I wanted to relax; so that is exactly what I did. I kicked off my sandals, set my badge and room key down (next to my brother, of course) and then asked for permission to splash and play in the pool of water that was much cooler and far more refreshing than the humid, warm air of the city.

After the notion of water was firmly supplanted in my head, I began craving more and more drinking water. So that led me to meet the beautiful server, Catherine. She was friendly and full of information about the little drink stand – next to where I had just made a fool of myself – was located.

Catherine told me that coming up in August (around the 13th, 14th, or 15th – she wasn’t sure exactly what day), there would be a festival. I believe the Festibière will take place in the Old Port area of town; but she said visitors should also check out their little Pub St-Philippe (which can be found on Facebook, she was sure to add). If you’re looking for it, try:

You can find St.-Philippe Pub's Facebook Page at:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pub-St-Philippe/103462033058284 Screenshot taken by Matt Lewis on July 14, 2015.

You can find St.-Philippe Pub’s Facebook Page at:
                                                                                                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pub-St-Philippe/103462033058284
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Screenshot taken by Matt Lewis on July 14, 2015.

Today, is one of those days that – even on vacation – I think about the mistakes I’ve made around the World along the way and what things (good and bad) led me to this spot at this specific time.

Here’s my very own, original, Matt Lewis made-up quote: “I may be small, but me, I have a place in the World. I belong. You belong. We may bump heads, but don’t be afraid of me; I’m trying not to be afraid of you.”

For those looking for more information on the Festibière de Québec 2015 need look no further than:

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‘La Fabulese: Histoire d’un Royaume’ C’est Très Magnifiqu

Ville de Sanguenay, QUÉBEC – The Pearl Mist pulled into the dock smoothly and quietly on Monday, July 13 at around 8 EST and breakfast was enjoyed by the guests; many of whom were eager to go ashore and see the ‘La Fabulese’ show.

Most passengers were extremely impressed with the show after final curtain around noon. The all-volunteer cast and crew got a standing ovation for their work.

The piece had an air of self-promotion, but mostly it was about highlighting the History of the ville. Sanguenay residents are very proud of their heritage and it shows.

In many ways, the tourism bureau’s job is done without anyone lifting a finger. The views, the smells, even the French-Canadians – it is hard to find very much offensive in the town.

The tour bus that took guests to the Théâtre du Palais Municipal, was led by a woman named Bivian (although I am unsure on the spelling; she told us it was like the name Vivian, but with a ‘B’ at the start).

The tour guide told visitors that millions (over the years, of course) had visited the show. Their audience primarily made up of Europeans and Americans.

There were about 150 volunteer actors and actress and a few theater crew members working to ensure a show the visitors would not only not forget, but one they’d go home and share with their friends and family.

One of The Gilbert Gumption‘s favorite quotes from the play’s narrator was:

“While they were small in number, they had gumption.”

Bivian told passengers that our bus driver was part of a family that was well-known in Sanguenay: Tremblay.

Here is their Family Crest:

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http://bit.ly/1O7dJNn
This is not meant to be used for commercial purposes, unless given express consent from the party that maintains the current copyright for this image.

Bivian said that the Tremblays were about seven percent of the local population. The total population of the town is about 150,000 people.

About 98 percent of the residents speak French and are Roman-Catholic.

Visitors then learned that the pavilion they had exited to get to the tour buses were built in 2009 and made using local pine wood and aluminum ore.

A bit of a surprise, was the factoid shared by the tour guide, that the wharf is as long as the Eiffel Tower is tall.

The morning proved a great exit from the boat. There were local residents singing, dancing and wearing formal, period garb. They would allow passengers of the cruise liner to get a hands-on experience, as well.

Visitors could saw a log of wood and get a free Aspen sliver as a souvenir. There was also free blueberry pie and Maple-Molasse type of gooey treat to indulge in (even though breakfast had concluded merely minutes before).

The main art piece near the newly built visitors’ center was a Saguenay sign that was split between “SAG,” a heart symbol and “UE,” and on the bottom “NAY.”

Of course many of the passengers took the obligatory #selfie there. In many ways it was reminiscent of the Philadelphia “LOVE” art piece and the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign.

Bivian told visitors the port of call has been given three different awards since it opened.

     There is a saying in Sanguenay: “You are always two steps away from nature.”

For those who are looking for adventure, during the Fall and Winter, Sanguenay (or Lubbock, an nearby ski town) has a Skiing Center: Mont-Fortin: Accueil.

As the bus drove around the town, a number of trains were visible from the passenger (right) side of the bus. They are used to transport copper and aluminum ore – quite possibly to the nearby port, where Alcoa Ltée-Aluminerie de Baie-Comeau has an aluminum processing plant.

One question that came up was about the flag. The Le St. Jean flag represents a small community within Sanguenay that has an explination for every color and symbol found in their flag.

One of the local gas/petrol stations elicited a laugh (or two) from the less sophisticated of guests because the name (at least in American English) could be used as an insulting nickname: Couche-tard.

NOW, HERE’S A MULTIMEDIA GALLERY OF THE GUMPTION‘S REPORTAGE (more, different images and videos coming soon!):

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from "La Fabuleuse: Histoire d'un Royaume." © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from “La Fabuleuse: Histoire d’un Royaume.” © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from "La Fabuleuse: Histoire d'un Royaume." © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from “La Fabuleuse: Histoire d’un Royaume.” © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from "La Fabuleuse: Histoire d'un Royaume." © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from “La Fabuleuse: Histoire d’un Royaume.” © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from "La Fabuleuse: Histoire d'un Royaume." © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from “La Fabuleuse: Histoire d’un Royaume.” © Matt Lewis, 2015.

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Québec’s Baie Comeau an Unexpected Surprise!

B.C., Q.C., .ca – Am I learning #Francias through osmosis?

By Matt Lewis
Multimedia Reporter, Editor & Publisher 

After asking the Woman who was at the Lumberjack camp tour where the best place to find an American Newspaper in Baie Comeau, Québec is, I got this response: ‘Tabagie Place – Lasalle.”

She told me it was on the main street going in the opposite direction of the Sea.

Since she spoke so quickly, and my French is not ‘tre manifique,’ I knew that she meant a local shop in downtown. I had my heart set on buying a Sunday edition of the print New York Times paper.

The town used to be famous for it’s connections with the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. Robert Rutherford McCormick came to Baie Comeau and discovered the abundance of trees.

Mr. McCormick had the paper shipped from the paper mill in Canada down to America; and the rest – as they say – is History.

Okay, so back to my ‘Tin-Tin’-esq adventure in British Columbia, Canada: I took the Lumberjack tour and found another surprise; I like the culture of the Canadian loggers.

When I first got off the tour bus (which was actually a school bus used for tourists during the times when school is not in session) I noticed bugs swarming everywhere.

Our tour guide told me that there were fewer mosquitoes in the log cabin, so I followed him in and found it to be true.

I later found out from my New York friend that these bugs were actually known as “black flies” in the Adirondacks.

In the 1950’s snowmobiles were brought to the Lumberjack camp to haul the bundles of wood.

Most of the logging was done during the Fall and Winter seasons when there was snow and ice on the ground. Apparently it was easier and safer to cut and move a lot of logs during that part of the year, because they could use Horses and sleds (until mechanization came in and changed everything completely).

Snowmobiles also doubled as transportation during emergencies and to shuttle students long-distances.

After taking a photograph of a black snowmobile, I learned that it has a Chrysler motor in it; and the only reason I took note of that is because my best friend is a fan of not only engines, but also American motors – and I wanted to share this with him.

The yellow snowmobile next to the other one was made out of Iron.

A typical Lumberjack was a Farmer from the banks of the Southern parts of the St. Lawrence River area.

Our tour guide told us that the leaves don’t begin to reappear on the trees until mid-May and that the flowers don’t begin to bloom until June.

In one of the log cabins, I snapped a photographed of a stuffed and mounted Red Fox. The reason I took this photo is because the cleverness and cunning of a Fox makes it one of my favorite Animals.

The tour guide then held up a wooden-carving of a Moose; but because the antlers had been broken off, it was now a Female Moose, he said. He then was excited to share with us that his Father was the one who had carved the figure.

As I sat on the bus during our commutes between destinations, I spoke to a Hamburg, N.Y. man and was fascinated to learn how much he knew about HDMI, Blu-Ray and other modern media technology.

I think we became fast friends because he and I had similar interests. The most amusing part was that he shared with me how I could find him on Facebook.

The name of the paper mill in Baie Comeau, for your information, is called Resolut Paper, which now has a connection to the United States of America. It is the blue building in town that is hard to miss. There are two out of four smoke stacks billowing and pluming white smoke, almost as if to signal a new Catholic Pope has been elected.

The town, as I later came to find out, has at least two Catholic Churches. The Church we visited had a very beautiful granite exterior. Our guide told us that the stones had come from the North Bay.

At the tour of the local hotel, I heard an anecdote from our tour guide that there was a film the town was proud of because the director was a local Woman named Manon Briand; who had directed ‘Turbulence Desfluides.’

The population of Baie Comeau is about 22,500 people; however, the population has been declining due to young people leaving for the larger surrounding cities, and also to attend university.

Our guide was sad to report that many young people couldn’t find work locally, or they fell in love with something in the Québec City area and never came back.

Finally, as we pull back into the wharf where the Pearl Mist (our cruise liner) is docked, more questions emerge about the Aluminum ingots lying next to our ship. They are called “T-ingots” and weigh about 1,500 lbs. The nearby Alcoa Smelter was used to process the aluminum and make them into bricks ready for transport. The company used to be called Reynolds.

Sam noted that BSAF and Auswego are some local Copper companies. They produce Copper wire by using electrolysis. The ore used to come from a local mine, but now outside sources supply the Copper.

We found out that these aluminum bars were likely headed to Detroit to be used for the frames of the new Ford F-150’s.

Sam told us that this area has the largest grain silos in Canada. All the grain comes from the Midwest and is temporarily stored here for Cargill.

My Family noticed that there was lots of fog this morning.

The paper mill employs about 300 people and is no longer one of the top employers in Baie Comeau.

As I edit this post with my Father, we see what we think is a German tanker, pulling into the dock, preparing

to load the ingots.

“It blocked out our Sun when it passed by our tiny boat,” my Father said in jest.

A tale about the Îles de la Madeleine, Québec, Canada (and the Escale tour center)

By Matt Lewis
Multimedia Reporter, Editor & Publisher

“A great little town with a very big heart!” – Me (Matt Lewis)

A Travel Memory Worth Preserving Just for Yourself

     As I sit in the visitor center of the Îles de la Madeleine, Québec, Canada (also known as the Escale tour center), I listen to ‘The Lion the Beast the Beat’ and think about how I can live up to the nickname my Father gave me — “Lion Lewis.”

     As a freelance journalist, you have to have a fire in your belly and a beat in your head, sort of like Grace Potter & The Nocturnals talk about in their song that I mentioned earlier.

     So, let’s get back to this wonderful little “whaling” village in Southeastern Canada. At around 7 a.m. my eyes sprung wide open in anticipation of a chance to use (and learn a few more) French phrases.

     A professor of mine at University had taught me that speaking other languages helps you e an international freelancer. He was formerly an employee of The New York Times Company / International Herald Tribune and the Associated Press — as a bureau chief in Africa, Southeast Asia, Argentina, and France.

     I always sought his guidance, as his career (and life) were similar to what I wanted to pursue.

Here is a short list of what you should look at if you want to go to this town specifically:

  1. Google : ” isle de madeleine ”
    1. Or type in: ” http://bit.ly/1MkLl96 ” and hit “Go” or “Enter” on your electronic device.
  2. Visit the Magdalen IslandsTourisme Îles de la Madeleine ):
    1. Or type in: ” http://bit.ly/1D5Qfl8 ” and hit “Go” or “Enter” on your electronic device.
  3. Google : “quebec canada
    1. Or type in: ” http://bit.ly/1HktcXL ” and hit “Go” or “Enter” on your electronic device.
  4. Québec, Canada – Lonely Planet : http://bit.ly/1GwnCBg
  5. Canadian Immigration Information – Quebec : http://bit.ly/1NZ0zlv
  6. Quebec – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia : http://bit.ly/1LWv7F6
  7. Quebec City and Area: Official Web Site – Québec City Tourism : http://www.quebecregion.com/en/

Finally, here ( http://bit.ly/1Cv6ld5 ) was an Opinion pieced, penned in the Montreal Gazette that I found amusing while doing research on the Magdalen Islands.

The article was entitled: ‘Opinion: In dealing with Quebec separatism, Ottawa should adopt the Seinfeld doctrine‘ by Ralph Mastromonaco, a special reporter for the Montreal Gazette on July 9.

Here is the original hyperlink/URL address for the Opinion story:

http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/opinion-ottawa-should-adopt-the-seinfeld-doctrine-to-deal-with-quebec-separatism

Hiding in Plain Sight

Staff Reports

So, today was just another day, like any other. We tried to venture into a Gentleman’s club, only to feel rejected – again. UGH! *sighs* Well, I believe M also started his very own non-profit. This group focuses mostly on media, entertainment and friends and is known as this very site, The Gilbert Gumption.

This news website was started by a rag-tag group of journalists, also known as Mad-Men, by some – but now the site rejects that connection because of the connotations associated with the TV program.

Look even Matt has a hard time keeping track of what day it is, what country he’s visiting and where he wants to go next!

These days some on staff look forward to writing their own versions of the great American novel, like the ones by F. Scott Fitzgerald, or those who rejected labels and bucked the system (you know who I’m talking about, the Hunter S. Thomspon’s of the world; who freelanced for many publications and never worried about what others thought of him – heck, we hear Johnny Depp paid for his “funeral” service which incorporated a cannon of some kind.

What’s next for the GG blog? Well, some say it has been valued at $1 Billion, but we all know that’s bull-shit! So, how do you combine a work-life balance that is appropriate? First, I suppose you accept the fact that there is no such thing as “perfect.” Then you go from there. You develop positions of “power,” but we’ve found that a collective, one that hides in plain site usually lands in the safest waters.

Happy travels to all and to all a good night! – #007

Spread the Word

An advice and life column that starts today and may continue in this very spot

By Matt Lewis
Columnist

Today, I am holding my head high, even though I’m slightly confused. This morning i woke up and thought about work and play all morning long!

What was on the agenda? Well, I was trying to sell at least one newspaper subscription to my Dad, and well, so far, I’ve been doing the long-sale and broken him down to the point where he said a newspaper he stopped subscribing to years ago was one he’d be willing to rejoin (for a fee, but with a Family discount of course).

Some time the other night I got invited to blog for an off-shoot of ESPN. It was a U of A blog for wierdos specifically! I was intrigued and did a little research. It still seems like something I’m going to want to check into. How’d I find it? Facebook. I can’t seem to find the link this morning. Ugh!

Please check in with us and see how our progress here @: The Gilbert Gumption is coming along. On iTunes soon.

Blod Ideas

1) World does not always = going to H-E-Double Hockey sticks

2) Travel tips a) How to get home … safe & sound

3) Dealing with the police

4) The DENTIST … duhn, duhn, duhn

5) Applying 4 jobs/internships; in-person vs. over-the-phone

6) The BIBLE (what it is secretly not telling you)

7) SPORTS (irrelevant) 8) “New” “news” vs. “traditional media”

8 a) What will the new medium(s) be?