Only in Iqaluit can you go out for supper, walk through the lobby of the hotel on the way to the restaurant and have to walk past an inuk man holding a six-foot long narwhale horn that he was trying to sell. I was curious about how much he wanted, but I don't think I would have asked because I know they're not cheap.
Fortunately, just as we were heading in, someone else asked. So in case you're wondering, the going price for a narwhale horn in Iqaluit is these days it's $2,500.
Only in Iqaluit can a steak, chicken and ribs and two bowls of French onion soup cost you an appreciable percentage of the cost of a narwhale horn.
Only in Iqaluit can you walk past Polar Man, the city's resident super hero, on Halloween and discover he's wearing a costume - a cardboard box that makes him look like a toy action figure. Which is quite clever, really.
Only in Iqaluit can you go from about +4 to -25 in 48 hours, which is essentially what happened this week. Actually, that can probably happen elsewhere, but I imagine it still sucks as much as it did for all of us this week.
I can't think of any more, but feel free to add more in the comments section if you feel like it.
Meanwhile, Cathy's begun the pre-move pack. We haven't looked at the place yet and, admittedly, the odds of us saying no to it are pretty small. Still, I find some amusement that Cathy has already begun move planning that makes US generals in Iraq look like amateurs in their preparation. Which, again admittedly, isn't that hard. But there's already stuff in boxes and I spent about 20 minutes trying to figure out whether or not various old pieces of electronics and cables need to make the move upstairs with us.
Incidentally, if you want a computer speaker system or a nice, but slightly old Sony digital camera, give me a shout. The camera in particular was pretty hot shit back in 2004 and would still be pretty good now. I'll pretty much give away the speakers rather than toss them, but I wouldn't mind a few bucks for the camera, though.
1. Square one here I come - The Hives
2. I will possess your heart - Death Cab For Cutie
3. Terminal romance - Matt Mays and El Torpedo*
4. Luno - Bloc Party
5. Let it die - Feist