Aboot me… eh.

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My name’s Gabriel, and since I was thirteen I’ve been a stone picker, farm hand, fishing guide, street punk, daycare manager, bouncer, large-installation landscaper, photographer, award-winning newspaper columnist and reporter — mostly I covered Internet Privacy Issues. Currently I’m mostly an amateur historian and father to my twenty-two thirty-one month-old 3.5-year eight-year old son, Victor, and my four-year old son, Quintin.

I was born in Montreal and since then I’ve had more than fifty addresses. [Relatively] recently I signed my first book deal and have already spent all three pre-published advances on hockey tickets, rent, whole wheat bagels and some very nice towels so consider this my resumé. I’m usually about six feet tall.

My advice to anyone who asks: spend at least three years between high school and university; drink a lot of pure orange juice; learn one song on the harmonica; never take nude photos of the woman you love; at least once get really baked on high quality hash, and; for at least a year live somewhere a thousand miles from where you feel safest.


Aboot csn:afu… I started this blog in November, 2006, but shut it down five months later to concentrate on another blog — if you check the archives they’ll tell another story, but the archives have been modified so this version is closer to the truth.

csn:afu is an acronym for Cultural [or Canadian, I still haven’t decided] Situation Normal: All Fucked Up.

Because csn:afu was neglected for so long, there’ll be some dead links in the older material. Let me know if you find one, and I’ll find a replacement source… because I’m Canadian and that’s what we do. Off the ice.

That’s aboot it, feel free to leave a comment below or you can email me here:


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14 Responses to Aboot me… eh.

  1. Nita says:

    Wow. your site is looking great. The pictures are really cool.
    And thanks for putting up that awesome link to my blog. :)

  2. Gabriel says:

    Thanks Nita, and thanks for sending the great photo…

  3. Queen Minx says:

    Your blog is worth $36,695.10 … hmm … have you been pimping out your blog??
    tsk tsk!

  4. Gabriel says:

    No way baby, I’m the ho… my blog’s The Pimp. And you know what? It really is hard out there for a pimp. My blog knows.

  5. Queen Minx says:

    You just keep shaking yo ass and dem bucks keep rolling in!


  6. camilla says:

    Hey Gabe,
    That Daniel Lanois CD remains a favourite. Wanna play catch-up, drop me a line. Revisiting TO in August.
    /Camilla (from Finland)

  7. Anita Marie says:

    One of my Grandfathers was Canadian and I used to think he was telling me whoppers about ( sorry aboot ) Canada and the people because he used to drink to much at Christmas…and at New Years and …um, never mind

    But I’ll be darned- it was all true.

    Really Gabriel this is an amazing blog and I intend on becoming a loyal reader.

    Gramps would want it that way.
    anita marie

  8. Well, I guess that’s it for the Sens this year. Always next year, eh?

    That’s sort of a mantra for Toronto fans, too.

  9. Gabriel says:

    Next year’s for the 28 teams that watched the playoffs from the nineteenth hole…

  10. Of course. They can proudly carry their second place statue.

  11. Gabriel says:

    Actually, it’s more of a certificate…

  12. You sir, are a wealth of knowledge. Appreciate the tips and the link back to my blog. So, I was uncertain where Vankleek Hill was, and realized we were likely a little over an hour away from you over our vacation last year in Mayo, Quebec. I’d have waved if I’d known. I’m a hop, skip and a jump away from you down the 417, 416 and 401 in Kitchener…

  13. Anna Flowergardengirl says:

    I’ve gone through all my emotions reading your blog and enjoyed every minute. You are incredibly talented. I wish you tons of success.

    Thank you so much for commenting to me about the cyber bully and giving me advice. I very much appreciate that.

    Warmest wishes,

  14. Gabriel says:

    Thanks very much Anna, for the wonderful compliments. I’m always happy to help someone with the troll or bully problems. Bloggers are treated with a great deal of disrespect by people on the Internet who should know better, so we’ve got to stick together.

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