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Life Lesson #343803483: If someone has enriched your life and worked hard to help you discover your potential- thank them. I’m the biggest believer in this. 

I’ve posted this song here before but it’s one of my favorites. Do you have a song that you play when you’re confronted with a major life change? Well, that’s what U2- Ultraviolet (Light My Way) does for me. It’s so comforting to me…and even better live with 80,000 people surrounding you in the most amazing city ever!

Disclaimer: I’m sorry but I’m always going to be a broken record about how amazing Montreal was. And how great of a time I had. And how much I would love to live there. I just really dig cities with narrow, rustic streets and expansive bike lane systems.

Sometimes I feel like I don’t know

Sometimes I feel like checkin’ out
I want to get it wrong
Can’t always be strong
And love it won’t be long…

Oh sugar, don’t you cry
Oh child, wipe the tears from your eyes
You know I need you to be strong
And the day is as dark as the night is long
Feel like trash, you make me feel clean
I’m in the black, can’t see or be seen

Baby, baby, baby…light my way
(alright now)
Baby, baby, baby…light my way

You bury your treasure
Where it can’t be found
But your love is like a secret
That’s been passed around
There is a silence that comes to a house
Where no one can sleep
I guess it’s the price of love
I know it’s not cheap

(oh, come on)
Baby, baby, baby…light my way

Oh…ultraviolet…

Baby, baby, baby…light my way

I remember
When we could sleep on stones
Now we lie together
In whispers and moans
When I was all messed up
And I had opera in my head
Your love was a light bulb
Hanging over my bed

Baby, baby, baby…light my way
(oh, come on)

Ultraviolet…

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rattling and humming in Montreal.

Now lemme tell you somethin’. I’ve had enough of Irish Americans who haven’t been back to their country in twenty or thirty years come up to me and talk about the resistence, the revolution back home. And the glory of the revolution, and the glory of dyin’ for the revolution. Fuck the revolution! They don’t talk about the glory of killing for the revolution. What’s the glory in takin’ a man from his bed and gunnin’ him down in front of his wife and his children? Where’s the glory in that? Where’s the glory in bombing a Rememberance Day parade of old-aged pensioners, their medals taken out and polished up for the day. Where’s the glory in that? To leave them dyin’, or crippled for life, or dead, under the rubble of a revolution that the majority of the people of my country don’t want. Sing no more! 

– Bono

Boy-I-Fancy texted me with some exciting news this morning. We will be roaming the streets of Montreal together this July to see U2 in concert! I’m all sorts of excited because at first, we had no idea if he would be able to go to the concert with me. The official site said that the tickets for the Ground Floor were sold out. I bought my ticket back in January. However, StubHub came to the rescue and we found him a ticket! I’ve never been to Montreal before but I hear that it is one awesome city to be in. We will also be joined by one of my friends from the North Country so there is no doubt about it- it’s going to be a great time. 

There’s just a couple of things we need to get squared away. Believe it or not, Boy and I do not have passports to our names so we have to get those since the border rules have changed. You either have to have an enhanced driver’s license or a passport to get into Canada now. I figure that the passport would be the best way to go in the long run because one day I will find myself with a job that will let me take a paid vacation and I fully intend on going to Italy with my father when that day finally comes around. The enhanced driver’s license seems like a waste of time and money. 

After that, we will need to find some lodging. I’m looking at hostels and hotels and weighing the pros and the cons of them. The hostel will be the cheap way to go and sounds like a great way to meet new people but a hotel would be more accommodating. If anyone has any tips about where to stay and what to do in Montreal, let me know! The more I research about the city, the more I get excited about it. 

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This song is so touching. Bono wrote this song about his wife, Ali. She says to him that she wants a diamond on a ring of gold, which I can only imagine that refers to how she wants him to propose to her. To show how much she loves him, she also says that she wants to give him everything he desires, such as a river in the time of dryness. He acknowledges her affection, saying that yes, they have made so many promises to each other, yet one thing stays constant. He doesn’t want her to give anything to him that shows her commitment to him. He already has enough. All he wants is her.