January 8 09

so…you know how i always talk about how i’ve never been “hit on” or “picked up” or whatever it is the kids are calling it these days…

(and no…for the record…i don’t count the cute little old men who buy me coffee at Tim Horton’s or the 14-year-old boys who ogle me at the library)

…well, last week i thought my luck had changed. The husband and i had gone to dinner and were waiting outside for the valet to bring our car around (free valet! awesome!) and this very, very, very good looking man came and stood beside me.

and then he started talking

(he may have been slightly inebriated)

and asking about my new year’s and if it was good and he told me about how he was still celebrating and was in denial that school wass starting back up again because he loved being off for the holidays and then he started asking some more questions.

and here i was feeling all proud of myself.

and then i realized.

yes, he was flirting.

but not with me.


apparently, he’s not into the ladies who like to lick their children’s gingerbread houses to get them to stop eating them…


or the ladies who look HOTHOTHOT in McDonald’s uniforms…


or maybe it was my lack of penis that was focusing his attention elsewhere…


it’s no secret that i’m an audiophile a music lover and not an audiophile like i’d once thought because apparently, an audiophile is someone who not only loves music but is obsessed with high-end audio equipment…and i, well, i just like to listen. a lot. on my ipod. in my car. on my work pc.

and i’m also a huge lover of Canadian music


(NO! not Celine Dion. why does everyone automatically go straight to Celine when we talk about Canadian music)…no, i’m talking about Arcade Fire, and Broken Social Scene, and Wolf Parade, and Feist – yes, she’s Canadian!, and Metric, and Stars, and Sunset Rubdown, and City and Colour, and Bedouin Soundclash, and The New Pornographers, and Alexis on Fire, and Protest the Hero, and Tegan and Sara, and Sam Roberts, and Emily Haines, and Hot Hot Heat, and there are so many more but i see you have left me to go and download some new music…

BUT WAIT! don’t go yet… my friends at
itunes canada asked me if i’d be interested in giving away a $25 itunes gift card to my Canadian readers (sorry, all my lovely non-canucks, these only work in the mothercountry), i was all, heck ya! I am a big believer in giving music as gifts. i make cds. i buy my sister ipods and fill them with music. i give itunes gift cards all the time.


Seriously, anything that can be purchased at a grocery store, while i’m already there doing my shopping? BEST. GIFTS. EVER.
the folks at itunes wanted me to let you know that you can buy them at Sobeys, Mac’s and A&P (in the Toronto area) and Safeway, Save-on Foods and Coop (in the Vancouver area)

just tell me the name of the last song you listened to in the comments and you are automatically entered!

  1. cool .. am I first?

    Dave Matthews – Bartender/Don’t Drink the Water

    Happy New Year Ali!!

    so how did your hubby feel about the man flirting with HIM lol?

    Comment by Sarah on January 8, 2009
  2. Same old Song and Dance – Aerosmith. Sorry, I know it’s not very Canadian, but Sam Roberts was playing in the car this morning if that helps!

    Comment by Kyle on January 8, 2009
  3. Last song I listened to was Whiskeytown’s Jacksonville Skyline on last.fm (phew…that’s one I can admit to).

    Comment by Jennifer on January 8, 2009
  4. Seriously??
    I read this now?
    When the LAST song I listened to (not by choice) was Lovebug by the friggin Jonas Brothers…?
    Does that even count???

    Christines last blog post..

    Comment by Christine on January 8, 2009
  5. last song? Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers

    and yeah, I never get “picked up” either.

    Comment by Holly on January 8, 2009
  6. It’s new!
    Tug of War, by Carlie Rae Jepsen.
    Bouncy little tuneage.

    Comment by sherendipity on January 8, 2009
  7. The glaring lack of Bryan Adams on your list of Canadian artist is both disappointing and disheartening.


    (that’s me. winking at you. also known as hitting on you!)

    differentkindofgirls last blog post..sledge, sledge, sledgehammer. wait! why do you have a sledgehammer out?!

    Comment by differentkindofgirl on January 8, 2009
  8. Funny we’re doing this on the same day! Figures 🙂

    I just downloaded the new live DMB album. Awesome.

    Comment by Angella on January 8, 2009
  9. Not a Canuck, so not eligible BUT I was waiting for the shout-out for Bryan Adams. So so so so disappointed… I thought he was worshipped in your country. Am I wrong?

    If so, it Cuts Like a Knife that you’re not Waking the Neighbours with his music. I could Take to the Road and Run to You with a CD if you’d like because (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.

    Yeah, I’m done. 🙂 That came Straight from the Heart.

    lorens last blog post..It’s not just me they do this to, is it?

    Comment by loren on January 8, 2009
  10. Love Lockdown Kayne West…really, really loud on the drive back from preschool drop off…will I survive two more months of the snowsuit battle?!

    Comment by Dawn on January 8, 2009
  11. Darius Rucker, Don’t think I don’t think about it

    Comment by laura on January 8, 2009
  12. Miss Independent by Ne-Yo, I think? It was on Virgin Radio on my way in to work this morning. The only reason I remember it is because I really don’t like it…
    Feist rocks.

    Comment by Laura on January 8, 2009
  13. *looks around room*

    I secretly way love Canada for the bi-lingual-ness and because so many fine tv shows on US tv are produced over here. I also enjoy South Park, which pokes fun at Canadians.


    And I am sad I can’t get an iTUnes gift card because I don’t live there – maybe I should convince my husband to move to Vancouver Metro or Toronto Metro (only two places I could handle, sorry).

    Comment by Maryann on January 8, 2009
  14. As I normally listen to podcasts on my way to work, the last actual song I listened to today was the Diego theme song.

    Help me.

    Emmas last blog post..Purge

    Comment by Emma on January 8, 2009
  15. Help I’m Alive – Metric.
    Love Emily Haines.

    Teris last blog post..The Itch is Back

    Comment by Teri on January 8, 2009
  16. Adore Adore by Yoav

    Just finished that song, listening to “one by One” now.

    Comment by Neo Geek Girl on January 8, 2009
  17. Of Montreal – Gronlandic Edit.

    “I just want to hold the div-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ine in mi-i-i-i-i-i-ind…”

    Comment by mamatulip on January 8, 2009
  18. well aint this some shit! I blame Canada. You know, your itunes gift cards work the same as ours. Heh. 😉 I’m listening to The Beatles right now. But that doesn’t matter now does it? Haha.

    And PS – I’d totally hit on you.

    Misss last blog post..Flash Backs

    Comment by Miss on January 8, 2009
  19. OMG Ali! you crack me up sometimes…did your sweet husband know he was being hit on? mine used to work with a guy who used to flirt shamelessly with him in front of me and my beloved didn’t have a clue…last song listened to was Suzi Quatro devils gate drive..

    Comment by LAVENDULA on January 8, 2009
  20. the last song I listened to was Vegetable Car by Joshua Radin and it was fabulous

    Comment by hillary on January 8, 2009
  21. Clocks by Coldplay (on the radio in my car.) This I-Tunes card rocks since they just announced that they are going to take the copyright rules off their purchases and allow non apple products to access their catalog (I only have an old Scandisk MP3player)

    Comment by Chantal on January 8, 2009
  22. Hi Ali, I am also a big fan of Canadian music but more of the acoustic/country/rootsy sound such as Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards,Neil Young type of sound. Last song I listened to was The Wrestler, a new one from Bruce Springsteen which he wrote for the movie of the same name.

    Comment by Pam on January 8, 2009
  23. “Red is the Colour of a Valentine…” – sung by the Monkey.

    Comment by Lori on January 8, 2009
  24. viva la vida – cold play

    Comment by jana on January 8, 2009
  25. last song i listened to? it’s a constant cycle between ‘ode to my family’ by the cranberries and ‘innocence’ by avril lavigne, at the request of my 2 1/2 year old son.

    Comment by chrissie on January 8, 2009
  26. Right now it’s “Soul Singing” by the Black Crowes playing on the radio
    Going to see Sam Roberts tonight here in Victoria. Can’t wait!

    Comment by Sam on January 8, 2009
  27. So What – Pink. But it might have been Cecelia by Simon and Garfunkel. Both are awesome running songs.

    Comment by Krista on January 8, 2009
  28. Losing Touch – The Killers

    Comment by Tamara on January 8, 2009
  29. I’m not Canadian, but on our honeymoon (in Palm Springs where everyone is either old or gay or both) my husband got hit on WAY more than me!

    Comment by Kaleigha on January 8, 2009
  30. Oh boy. It’s a song by Crazy Frog. I’m listening to it right now. My grade 3 classes wish and it’s lunch, so I obliged. They were really good this morning.

    Comment by Heather on January 8, 2009
  31. Scott gets hit on way more than I do by dudes, which is no surprise, seeing as a) we live in San Francisco and b) those curls! (In all fairness, I get my share of female pick-ups.)

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on January 8, 2009
  32. I was listening to the Unforgettable Fire by U2. Gotta respect classic U2.

    Today I will be listening to whatever CBC will be dishing out. 🙂

    Comment by Gwen on January 8, 2009
  33. There you Canadians go, leaving us out again. j/k

    I’ve never seen my bf get hit on but he says it happens a lot in San Diego. He’s pretty cute, though. What did hubby say?

    Comment by mary on January 8, 2009
  34. not a canuck, but have to share a story about a trip to the san diego zoo. it’s downtown in balboa park, where there’s lots of…activity…anyhoo, yeah, my husband was getting the eye. a lot. we had to leave, he couldn’t handle the attn.

    just mes last blog post..i may have a stalker

    Comment by just me on January 8, 2009
  35. the last song I listened to was “Grace too” by (the awesome Canadian band) The Tragically Hip.

    joyces last blog post..not that I have anything better to do…

    Comment by joyce on January 8, 2009
  36. Nickelback – Gotta Be Somebody

    I love their music, it’s stuff I can actually sing along to 🙂

    Lesleys last blog post..We are about to embark on an exciting adventure

    Comment by Lesley on January 8, 2009
  37. Last song was Miley Cyrus’s “See you again”.

    I find it very catchy?!

    Comment by Cindy on January 8, 2009
  38. I am also a member of the never been hit on and/or picked up clan.

    And old men don’t even buy me coffee!

    Comment by Miss Britt on January 8, 2009
  39. I felt like getting my Jr. High/ High School dance bump and grind anthem on this morning and blasted UB40’s Red Red Wine through the house. At 7am. While both my kids were sleeping.

    Comment by Sleepynita on January 8, 2009
  40. If it weren’t for iTunes gift cards, there would have been no Christmas gifts for my staff, because you can also buy them at Shopper’s Drug Mart on your way to work! Merry Christmas everyone.

    Last song? “Boa Sorte” by Vanessa de Mata and Ben Harper. It’s awesome!

    Comment by JennV on January 8, 2009
  41. last song, ‘Promiscuous’ (sp?) by good old Canadian Nelly Furtado

    porters last blog post..How would you…

    Comment by porter on January 8, 2009
  42. Hey there. Visiting you from Steenky Bee. Apparently, I came by on a good day. And I’ll be back, too!

    Last song? “Last Saskatchewan Pirate” by the Arrogant Worms! (Great sont. And it’s even Canadian!!) 🙂

    Momma Trishs last blog post..It’s in his kiss

    Comment by Momma Trish on January 8, 2009
  43. Oh… I’m Canadian… and I listen to music… and the last song… none other that Summer of ’69 by fellow Canadian Bryan Adams…

    Comment by Carmen on January 8, 2009
  44. Last song I was listening I was listening to while reading this. It was Sleeping Sickness by City & Colour feat. Gord Downie.

    Comment by Mark on January 8, 2009
  45. Last song I listened to was I dream by Billie Piper – Cheesy pop music Rocks!

    Canadians don’t get enough credit for their music – thanks for putting it out there.

    Kalles last blog post..Busy Busy

    Comment by Kalle on January 8, 2009
  46. Kay, I would love this card. BUT, I just got a free one and gave away a free one — so I’m going to give my chance to someone else. The last song I listened to, most definitely, was the Backyardigans!@@#!$%!$#@!!!

    And, THAT’S what you’re doing to that gingerbread house!!! OHHHHH! Love it!

    Sorry the dude wanted your husband. It’s pretty shocking that you don’t get picked up….

    Comment by Haley-O on January 8, 2009
  47. Last song I listened to was Love Story by Taylor Swift. Love her!

    Comment by Lindsay on January 8, 2009
  48. most of all by morgan geist

    Comment by hettie on January 8, 2009
  49. Come Again, by Thornley

    Comment by SciFi Dad on January 8, 2009
  50. Human by The Killers…in my car..yes, to this song I totally sing AND dance..even at red lights.
    I’m both human AND dancer.

    Comment by Suzanne on January 8, 2009
  51. You are kidding me with the guy and the husband right? You poor girl. I just don’t understand it.

    As for the music, would you make fun of me if I said The Laurie Berkner Band is the CD in my van, so one of those songs is the last I heard. I love her as much as my kids do. 🙂

    Comment by Karly on January 8, 2009
  52. the city, joe purdy. can’t help it, like him!

    Comment by Jaclyn on January 8, 2009
  53. MGMT’s Kid’s …only because that’s what Mark plays in the car these days!

    Comment by Syd on January 8, 2009
  54. Kenny Loggins, “The Real Thing.” Over and over and over.

    Comment by Heidi on January 8, 2009
  55. Totally busted.

    The last song that I listened to was When Didn’t Start The Fire – Billy Joel.

    That’s reason enough to just gimme the card, right?

    Comment by sam {temptingmama} on January 8, 2009
  56. My last song was The 12 Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser. Love them!

    Comment by Carmen on January 9, 2009
  57. So the first time I comment it cause I want to win something…which I am notorious for my NOT winning anything at all! Here goes…Johnny Cash “Jackson”…cause J always requests it and sings to it! At least its not a Boy named Sue! ;P

    Comment by Naomi Jesson on January 9, 2009
  58. The last song I listened to was Britney Spears’ Womanizer. Heh. Which tells you exactly how badly I need new music. 🙂

    Comment by Courtney on January 9, 2009
  59. Xmas pals! I’m drunk as a lord !!! Lying against the monitor alone and singing a song…! Join me tonight!

    Linkin park & Jay Z !!!

    This is final

    Ladies and gentlemen, put our hands together for the astonishing…

    Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the 8th wonder of the world
    The flow o’ the century…always timeless…HOVE!
    Thanks for comin’ out tonight
    You coulda been anywhere in the world, but you’re here with us
    We appreciate that…uuunnnh…

    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    Fo’ shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA
    Was herbin’ em in the home of the Terrapins
    Got it dirt cheap for them
    Plus if they was short wit’ cheese I would work wit’ them
    Boy and we…got rid of that dirt for them
    Wasn’t born hustlers I was burpin’ em
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    Fo’ sheezy my neezy keep my arms so breezy
    Can’t leave rap alone the game needs me
    Haters want me clapped and chromed it ain’t easy
    Cops wanna knock me, D.A. wanna box me in
    But somehow, I beat them charges like Rocky
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    Not guilty, he who does not feel me is not real to me
    Therefore he doesn’t exist
    So poof…vamoose son of a bitch

    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    Fo’ shizzle my nizzle used to dribble down in VA
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    That’s the anthem get’cha damn hands up
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    Not guilty ya’ll got-ta feel me
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A

    Yo, It starts with
    One thing, I don’t know why
    It doesn’t even matter how hard you try
    Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
    To explain in due time
    All I know
    time is a valuable thing
    Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
    Watch it count down to the end of the day
    The clock ticks life away
    It’s so unreal
    I Didn’t look out below
    I Watch the time go right out the window
    Trying to hold on, and didn’t even know
    Wasted it all just to
    Watch you go
    I kept everything inside and even though I tried, it all fell apart
    What it meant to me, will eventually, be a memory, of a time when I tried so

    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    LP, Jay-Z, help me out
    Oh, they havin’ a good o’ time out there
    It starts with
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    LP, Jay-Z, help me out
    Oh, they havin’ a good o’ time out there
    It starts with
    H to the izz-O, V to the izz-A
    LP, Jay-Z, help me out
    Ladies and Gentalmen
    It starts with

    Comment by enginycle on January 9, 2009
  60. The world spins madly on by The Weepies

    tuesdays last blog post..Is This Week Over Yet?

    Comment by tuesday on January 9, 2009
  61. I Will Posses Your Heart – Death Cab For Cutie

    Comment by LovingDanger on January 9, 2009
  62. Little Red Corvette by Prince… What can I say I have 104.5 Chum FM on.

    Comment by Laura on January 9, 2009
  63. Danced around the kitchen with my kids to It’s my Party… and I’ll cry if I want to cause the house is a mess!!

    Comment by Lindsey on January 9, 2009
  64. Glitter in the Air -Pink

    Another great lesser know Canadian band, the Weakerthans. I’d start with Tournament of Hearts.

    Comment by Jenn on January 9, 2009
  65. Pink – Sober

    Tragically Hip is my all time favourite Canadian Band…oh and Blue Rodeo…Tom Cochrane…I could go on and on!! 🙂

    Comment by Jen S on January 9, 2009
  66. Opening from the Brokeback Mountain sound track is playing on my ipod as I type this!

    Comment by Ginny on January 9, 2009
  67. Love Story – Taylor Swift.

    Comment by teresa on January 9, 2009
  68. Beyonce..Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)..and I AM Canadian!


    Comment by Diane on January 9, 2009
  69. Who the hell typed all those lyrics?

    I only knew 2 of the Canadian musicians you listed – Feist and Tegan and Sara.

    Also, where’s my CD? I’m still WAITING.

    Kristabellas last blog post..E-Mail Etiquette

    Comment by Kristabella on January 9, 2009
  70. The last song I listened to was “Songbird” by Melanie Doane featuring Jim Cuddy! Canadians!

    Sarais last blog post..Overachievers Anonymous Does NaBloPoMo

    Comment by Sarai on January 9, 2009
  71. The last song I listened to? Passenger Song, by Great Lake Swimmers. Currently listening to? Very Good Year, by Frank Sinatra.

    Yes, I’m suffering from the musical equivalent of whiplash – why do you ask?

    Comment by Rob in Victoria on January 9, 2009
  72. because i listen to it all the time i consider it one big hour-long song…the jersey boys soundtrack!

    Comment by Julie on January 9, 2009
  73. “Jesus Was Once a Teenager Too” by the Rheostatics (from Etobicoke!).

    Comment by Lu on January 9, 2009
  74. Would you hate me if the last thing I listened to was by Celine Dion? 🙂
    No, it wasn’t — it was Promiscuous by fellow-canuck Nelly Furtado.

    BTW, the gingerbread house thing is a HOOT!!! I just pitched my kids’ gingerbread house… you’re so much more creative than I. 🙂

    Comment by Nenette on January 9, 2009

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