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Rick Blue's Other Life
Ricky Blue
Rick Blue
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is a Montreal-based humorist, singer, and writer. He and partner George Bowser are the famous Bowser and Blue comedy act. Here's his bio from their Bowser and Blue website.

Rick Blue was born in Liverpool, England, but raised in Maine, New Jersey, and Toronto. He has an MA in English from Concordia University. He has been involved in bands and media music in Montreal for over twenty years. In 1981 he won an international 'Clio' award for excellence in advertising.

He once appeared on television naked.

His life had no real meaning, however, until he began to play with Bowser and Blue. Rick plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, and sings in a rather pleasant baritone when George will let him.

He is also a columnist for Montreal's outstanding West Island Gazette..

His LCC columns are archived here

Posted 11.09.14

RICK BLUE

Cleaning out the garage not always easy -- or straightforward

MONTREAL | It's that time of year again. The icy claws of winter are about to grab me around the neck and squeeze. I can feel them. And so there is an annual task with which I am once again struggling.

I have been desperately trying to empty my garage so that my car can fit so that I won't have to dig it out from under a snow bank each day for the next six months. Not much to ask, is it? But you would be surprised.

The first hurdle is knowing what to throw out and what we have to keep. Apparently, my spouse and I have differing opinions on this topic. But a month ago we finally came to an agreement and created a pile that we could get rid of. But that wasn't enough.

She was convinced that we should try to recoup some of the value of these objects by having a garage sale. Now, I was against this because it once again delayed the dumping process. But being a gentleman, I deferred. So we had one of the last garage sales of the season. And, indeed, we did manage to sell some of our stuff. But my heart sank as we dragged the rest of it back into the garage.

I was so determined that I put some of it curbside with a sign that said: 'Free.' Surely, I thought, someone would need a child's table, an old set of golf clubs, some skis or a bird cage suitable for a cockatiel. No such luck.

My friends in N.D.G. tell me when they leave anything out, it is gone within an hour. But this is Beaconsfield. There's not much through traffic. And most of the residences have garages that are just as full of unwanted stuff as mine.

All through the next day I glanced out the window to see if I had any takers. I spotted a woman going through the stuff from my upstairs window. There was a birdcage and feeder and birdbath on top. She ended up only taking the birdbath and feeder and leaving the more difficult to dispose of, and much larger, cage.

One time I checked out my window I saw something new. I went out to make a closer inspection. Someone has actually added something to our stuff. A golf caddy cart. That was cheeky, I thought.

Later, I noticed someone's car outside. I went to my window. A man was taking the golf caddy cart and leaving everything else. To read Rick Blue's complete column on the West Island Gazette, click here Rick Blue in the West Island Gazette
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