Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, July 11, 1958
Wilbur Harden - Flugelhorn
John Coltrane - Tenor Sax
Red Garland - Piano
Paul Chambers - Bass
Jimmy Cobb - Drums
We have arrived in Canada!!!. Finally!! This marks a new chapter in
our lives. It’s very nice here. It’s a little cool, but who needs HOT
This is perfect: Not too hot; not too cold.
It is getting a little cooler, but we are adjusting. We bought some
sweaters today and went for a short walk. Loving Toronto!!!. This is what life is about!!!
The weather is definitely cooler now. We taped all the windows
shut, so cold air cannot creep in. Outside may be cold, but it feels like Port-of-Spain in this house.
The news reports say snow is on the way … we cannot wait!!! We
have never seen snow and it should be pretty exciting to see it for the first time.
It started snowing. The first of the season and the first real snow
we have ever seen. The wife cooked Pelau and we sat by the window watching soft flakes drift down, clinging to the trees and covering the ground. Could never do anything like this in Trinidad … IT AS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT!!!
We woke to a lovely blanket of crystal white snow covering the landscape.
What a FANTASTIC sight! Every tree and shrub was covered like a
beautiful white mantle. I shovelled snow for the first time and loved it.
I did both our driveway and the sidewalk. Later, the city snowplough came along and accidentally covered up our driveway with compacted snow from the street.
The driver smiled and waved and I waved back and shovelled again…
Torontonians are so friendly!!!
It snowed an additional twelve inches last night and the temperature has dropped to around four degrees. The cold weather is not so bad. We can take this. Not at all as bad as we imagined. several limbs on the trees and shrubs have snapped due to the weight of the snow. I shovelled our driveway again. Shortly afterwards the snowplough came by and did his trick again. Much of the snow is brownish grey.
Warmed up enough during the day to create some slush, which soon
became ice again. Bought snow tires for both cars. I slipped and fell on my backside in the driveway, paid $130 for the chiropractor, but fortunately, nothing was broken. More snow and ice expected.
Still cold. Sold my wife’s car and bought a 4 X 4 in order to get to work.
On my way to work, the 4 X 4 skidded into the guardrail and did
considerable damage to the right fender.
We had another 15 inches of white shit last night.
The vehicles have salt and shit all over it.
More shovelling in store for me today!
De dam snowplough man did he job again. Watch me an’him!
Yuh believe dis? De first heating bill just come! How de hell it come up to so much???
Is two frigging degrees outside! an’ more snow on de way. Every dam tree in de yard geh damage up. An’ to crown it off, de power went out mosah the night. We try to keep from freezing to death wid candles an’ kerosene heater, but de heater tip over an’ nearly bun dung de kiss-meh-ass house. Ah manage to put out de flames, but end up wid second degree burns on meh hans.
Ah nearly bun off meh eyebrow an’ eyelash. Den de car slide on de white shit again on the way to de hospital, an’ we had to write it off.
Look at meh crosses! Dis snow ain’t plan to stop soon. De ting comin’ downand down as if it go never stop!! What de arse is this?!!! Ah had to put on all meh clothes dat ah own just to go out to meh mailbox. This is real shit!
If ah ever catch the prick dat drive dat snowplough, ah tell yuh, ah go cross one lash in he arse. He go bawl like ten Tarzan when he get it. Ah really tink he does hide round de corner and wait ‘til ah finish shovelling, den come down the street fas, fas, an’ cover up we driveway again. Boy, ah tell yuh!!!
De power still off, de toilet freeze up. Some part ah de roof look like it ready to cave in.
Another mudder arse eleven more inches ah snow an’ ice ! ! ! ! God know dis aint right. Ah put ah hole in de snow plough with me pick-ax but the driver get away by the skin of he teeth. If he feel he go be so lucky next time, he lie!!!
De wife take off and lef me,
De car cyar start an’ ah tink ah goin’ snow-blind. Ah cyar feel meh toes an’ ah din see de sun fuh weeks ! ! ! ! ! An’ guess what? De weatherman predict more snow ! ! ! ! Yuh believe dat?!!! An’ de win-chill is 30 friggin degrees below zero! !
Dis TRINI moving back home TODAY before dis God forsaken,
kiss-meh-arse place done kill mih arse an finish mash up mih family!!!!
If ah ketch a flight, at least a could reach Port-of-Spain fuh Christmas and some good liquors an Parang.