Archive for April, 2013

April 24, 2013

roll the dice… and go all the way!

For me, these days, it’s all about letting it roll

Monday, I posted a quote by Franz Kafka where he mentions being quiet and still and solitary… and having the world roll in ecstasy at your feet. Here now is Charles Bukowski’s take on life and how it rolls.

“Roll The Dice”
—Charles Bukowski

if you’re going to try, go all the
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,

isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, it’s
the only good fight
there is.

I do LOVE and miss good ol’ crazy Buk…

April 23, 2013

my submarine in the mountains

Posted in MUDD VLOG, videos

Well, brothers and sisters, I’m moving out on July 1. I’m leaving St-Jovite, a.k.a. Mont-Tremblant, and I’m going back to the city.


Here’s a tour of where I’m living now, in case you’re curious. Sorry about the video’s bad quality, all I have is my Sony photo camera, circa 2005 — call it guerrilla filmmaking, HA!

April 22, 2013

it will roll in ecstasy at your feet

Posted in quotes

“You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait, just learn to become quiet, and still, and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice; it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”

—Franz Kafka (from Senses)

 FEET drawing by MUDD LAVOIE

April 1, 2013

Easter at La Roulotte in St-Jovite

Posted in books, happiness

T’was a very quiet Easter, yesterday. My son Vincent had to work at the Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort so we didn’t get to go down to the city for the family festivities. Ever since I moved up north, I’ve missed quite a few holidays; I must say, it’s starting to weigh on this little ol’ heart of mine. But hey, that’s life, and it’ll soon be taking another turn — stay tuned.

Determined to resurrect my happy mood,  I took my solitude for a walk to downtown St-Jovite. After stopping at Jean Coutu to buy a pair of mini Cadbury eggs — to sweeten up my evening —, I decided to treat myself to a fast food feast at La Roulotte which reopened its doors on March 1st, a sure sign that spring has arrived. Yay!

La Roulotte, St-Jovite (Mont-Tremblant) photo MUDD LAVOIE

The owner, who preferred not to be photographed (too bad, because he’s a damn good-looking man), told me — after I mentioned his fries were the best fries in the whole wide world — that this resulted from 35 years of making French fries… no less. His journey started in Senneterre, Abitibi, where his first restaurant is still in business, and for the past 10 years, he has spent his energy here in St-Jovite, perfecting his very own recipe for barbecue sauce = absolutely delicious!

fries and sauce and Coke at La Roulotte / photo MUDD LAVOIE

Even though it was a balmy 10 degrees Celsius outside (50F), I chose to eat inside at a table right by the windows. The sun was kind as can be: breaking through the clouds just for me, it kept me company all through the meal. I stretched the moment as much as I could, reading two chapters of The Guru Looked Good, a memoir written by Marta Szabo, a Facebook friend of mine. The Imposters, Marta’s second memoir, is due out in paperback and e-book on April 8.

Having soothed my craving for fries and sauce, I headed back home, another 3.5 kilometre walk during which I merrily burped my Coke into the pure mountain air.

LA ROULOTTE St-Jovite Mont-Tremblant Québec Canada photo MUDD LAVOIE

I leave you with this photo taken last summer
La Roulotte in all its coloured splendour!

Address: 795, de St-Jovite Street, Mont-Tremblant, Québec
(parking at the back, picnic tables, mini putt)

flowers / drawing MUDD LAVOIE