On July 31st, 2010 I took Mr. 6 out with me on my Big Day Downtown. Needless to say that was an Adventure we would remember for a long time. It was great to explore many of the nicks and crannies that the downtown has to offer while trying to find some of the geekiest objects known to humans.
Mr. 6 was a great moderator on my geekiness. I guess he’ll have to grow into his Dad’s obsessions. But, by way of intro – here is us going into Strange Adventures:
I wanted superheros, zombies, weird star trek stuff. Mr. 6 wanted Calvin and Hobbes. I think our final purchase is a testament to the level of flexibility both of us had to display during this trip.
The next stop we made was to The Loop Craft Café on Barrington Street where I was kindly helped to find a nice baby alpaca light-blue wool for a scarf idea I have (I will share it when it’s done. Clue: it will be of interest to people who use Twitter.) The product they offer is very high quality, and great for very special projects – like the stuff you might find on Etsy. We chatted about yarn bombing, knit-ins and that sort of thing. I also took a look at some drop spindles and raw wool. I have carders to help me spin my own yarn – i’d love to try it sometime. Mr. 6 was also impressed with their balling machine.
Our next stop was to share a root beer at Just Us Coffee on Barrington Street very close to a few other community-minded businesses that I love very much: The Halifax Hub and Splice Training. I realize that business is ultimately about making a profit, but the community does alot also to help make that profit happen (everything from roads, police, education, social services and so on), so I always appreciate a business that gives back. Just Us serves fair trade coffee, helping to decrease the impact my caffeine addiction has on the third world. Mr. 6 loved the ‘South at the Top’ map they have there – it’s a great reminder to me that ‘up’ is relative to where you are standing. Splice training helped me out with some USB drives when I put on a ‘geek guys’ program last year. In the end, about 8 young men (don’t know where the young women went) learned a whole lot about coding in Python and were able to keep their copy of Python so they could continue learning on the library computers! Maybe in a few years they’ll be able to up their learning to some Objective-C coding with the help of Splice’s iPod/iPad development courses.
Splice also supported this year’s iphone Hackathon hosted at the Hub Halifax via Apps4Good. The Hub, if you didn’t know, is a great co-working space in the middle of downtown. They are always helping to support groups with their whatever-camp and know a heckofalot more than I do about such things.
Now back to my spending. The next stop was Rock Candy – where there were all kinds of crazy Hard-rock and Punk periphernalia for sale.
I have to say that I was really impressed with the selection and quality of Rock Candy’s offerings. My hat is excellent and fits really nicely. I’ve had a hard time keeping it off my head this summer.
The last part of our trip was food – Lunch at The Bluenose II Restaurant, Candy at Freak Lunch Box and ice cream at Cows. The fun is probably best told in pictures: