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How shopping math works

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

1. Get cheque from friend for money owed and deposit. Start off in the black.

2. Make several key holiday purchases that may or may not have exceeded the cheque amount…


3. Make no purchases for self despite touring an entire mall.

Way I see it, I’m still in the black and I have stored some self-spending bucks for later :)

Must-see TV

Monday, November 20th, 2006

Battlestar Galactica.

If you’re not watching it, you should be.

Meme on a Sunday

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

from Melle and Dana

1. Have you ever been searched by the cops?

Yes. Grew up in Niagara Falls. Sheesh.
2. Do you close your eyes on roller coasters?

Not in the past. Not sure I could get in one now.
3. When’s the last time you’ve been sledding?

A looong time ago. I’m contemplating taking some visitors from Belgium out sledding this winter though. I will need the flask o’ scotch.
4. Would you rather sleep with someone else, or alone?

Alone if it’s overnight, but I LOVE sleep-togethers in the middle of the day.

5. Do you believe in ghosts?

Not really. But the human mind is a mysterious thing.
6. Do you consider yourself creative?

Of course.
7. Do you think O.J. killed his wife?

Well, duh. And this little book project makes me shake my head every time it’s mentioned.
8. Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie?

I’d do Angelina. (Was that the intent of the question?)
9. Do you stay friends with your ex’s?


10. Do you know how to play poker?

I’ve only every played for clothing, so I’m not sure if my intent/understanding is all about winning.
11. Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight?

Yes. Used to be an easy thing before I got old.
12. What’s your favorite commercial?

Seriously, I love the Space Channel commercials for the Space Channel.

13. What are you allergic to?

As we all now know: cats, grass, sheep, horses, ragweed.
14. If you’re driving in the middle of the night, and no one is around do you run red lights?

Have done.
15. Do you have a secret that no one knows but you?

Quite a few. I likes my privacy.
16. Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees?

Not a big baseball fan, but between those two, the Sox (and I got to go to Fenway in the 80s which was awesome).
17. Have you ever been Ice Skating?

Yes. I live. in. Canada.
18. How often do you remember your dreams?

Most of the time. I’m an active dreamer and will restart a dream if it’s not going the way I need it to. And most of my big problems have been worked out via dreams.
19. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?

I while ago. No doubt with Melle, though.
20. Can you name 5 songs by The Beatles?

Sure. But I don’t like the Beatles at all.
21. What’s the one thing on your mind now?

What to do next – work out or rake leaves??
22. Do you know who Ghetto-ass barbie is?

23. Do you always wear your seat belt?

Yes. Even when in other countries when they don’t seem to care.
24. What cell service do you use?

Rogers. cuz it comes with the BlackBerry.
25. Do you like Sushi?

Not at all. Raw seafood is just gross.
26. Have you ever narrowly avoided a fatal accident?

Twice. And I experienced that weird time thing where a few seconds feel like many minutes and everything goes in slow-mo.
27. What do you wear to bed?

Depends on climate and partner. At this time of year when I’m alone, it’s yoga pants and a sweat shirt and thick socks.
28. Been caught stealing?

Never got caught :)
29. What shoe size do you have?

6.5 usually.

30. Do you truly hate anyone?

No. A few institutions and certain ideas, though.
31. Classic Rock or Rap?

A bit of both, please.
32. If you could sleep with one famous person, who would it be?

I request a sandwich: Joao Magueijo and Mark Morford, please.
33. Favorite Song?

Too hard. Depends on many factors.
34. Have you sung in front of the mirror?

Not recently, but I like to belt it out in my living room.
35. What food do you find disgusting?

Sushi. Much of the “seafood” family. Cauliflower (shudder).

36. Do you sing in the shower?


37. Did you ever play, “I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours”?

Good gods, yes. Great adult game.
38. Have you ever made fun of your friends behind their back?

Yes. But usually I then recount it to them.
39. Have you ever stood up for someone you hardly knew?


40. Have you ever been punched in the face?


Nice to meet you

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

For a host of reasons that I won’t go into, I didn’t really “grow up” with my siblings. We have often joked/remarked that we had different parents, different childhoods… And since we don’t really look that much alike, it’s really the birth certificates that keep us relatively convinced that we are siblings.

Long way around to saying that my sister came to visit me last night. Not a big deal for most, perhaps, but we haven’t had alone time since I babysat her when she was 5 or so.

We had a nice dinner and settled in with some beer and scotch social lubrication, and set about getting to know each other as we are now. My sister and I are vastly different in temperament, interests and primary passions (which I knew), but what I discovered was what we had in common: intelligence, interest in science, sense of humour, and a pretty strong need to get done what needs to get done.

I’m not sure how she felt driving home, but I feel like I’d like to do it again some time.

The perp

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

The Dutch cabinet recently backed a proposal to ban burqas in public. Veils are banned in France, headscarves in Turkey, and the debate continues in England.

When I see a burqa, my immediate responses are:

  • incredible feeling of subjugation projected onto the woman
  • need to “free” her
  • quiet respect that she does what she wants with her own body.

But that’s the thing: is it what she wants? When I was 13 and working at a snackbar in Niagara Falls, I saw my first old order Mennonites. The girls, of course, were in their calico dress, heavy sensible shoes, and caps. I was livid. I wanted to steal them and take them home and give them lipstick and smokes and my favorite AC/DC tape. I could not comprehend how this forced “simplification” and submission was something that women would choose to do.

Through the lens of years of feminist criticism and more worldly discourse with real people, I resent also any hint that women are some way because they are “forced” to. With men and institutions and religion and the media and other women (depending on the decade) as the perp, and the individual woman always forced. If we are always forced, we are always victims. Always put upon, put down, put up, put in place. This philosophy leaves no room for responsibility. No room for forceful or not so forceful making of YOUR OWN LIFE.

Government interventions play out this tension on a larger scale.

And so the burqa. I don’t understand it. I think it makes an icon (a fetish? a devil? a slave?) of the woman who wears it. It is an explicit marker of secondary status and dirtiness… or maybe danger. But I’d be less of a Canadian, less of woman, less of a person, to try to force something else on a woman to make me happy. I’d be… the perp.

Reading, water, AIDS and lights

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

A new site from the World Resources Institute provides canned and ad hoc visual and statistic reports on things like:

- literacy rates

- fresh water

- % population with AIDS

- lights concentration (beautiful, for some reason).

If you are feeling deprived, contrast your country with Burkina Faso and then shut up.

Putting my ass on the line…

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Latest Freewill Astrology: According to my analysis of the omens, Leo, you’re at the end of a phase when caution and self-preservation have made sense. Don’t wait too much longer before you put your ass on the line in search of too much fun.

Anyone care to join??

Let me explore your innards

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Haven’t done a test in a while, so took the Buffy Personality Test. With tonight’s mood, apparently I’m Adam! Me? Amoral?

72% amorality, 45% passion, 72% spirituality, 36% selflessness

Interesting. Do not be fooled by his rough exterior; Adam was much deeper than most have given him credit for. Like most, he sought answers to the harder questions of existence: who am I? what is my purpose? You might ask those same questions, yourself.

Like Adam, you’re calm, and dispassionately work to achieve your ends.

Also, you may just have a nuclear core.

We’ve tried everything else…

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

From Melle:

and how can it be bad to feel so good? Global Orgasm Day.

(only to be improved if Mark is participating…)


Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

In my continuing adventures with medical specialists in Southwestern Ontario, I met my allergist today. Here’s what can kill me: cats, dust mites, grass, horses, sheep.

Cats. Yep. The “cat” spot on my arm was big. Huge. Angry. Red. Splotchy.
Upon returning home, I immediately kissed Jean Luc’s head and called him a “sneeze-causin’, runny-nose catalyzin’, furry SOB”. I think he knows he can kill me, cuz he kinda meowed a dismissal and promptly went for a nap on the chaise lounge without a care in the world.

And I’m now contemplating the worth of hiring a fine young gentleman to mow my lawn (interpret as you will…).