yes, this here is ramble through the bronx, the continuing musings of a graduate student* who should be writing her dissertation, but honestly, living in new york city there's really so much else to do...
Ryan... why? That's how a girl loses her reputation!
I had a lovely lunch with my friend Ryan on Valentine's Day. Here is his mention of our lunch on his blog. All I can say is, even though I am coming up on a year now, my celibacy is entirely unintentional. Come on.
And it was a grilled cheese and bacon. Where did standards go?
My dad, of course, hates the monarchy & so hates the GG-ship in general. So that's part of it. Here's the link to my dad's comment, so you can see it in context. But of course he forwards them all to me and a few of his buddies, so I don't even have to look for them (the subject matter for this email referred to the "Suntanned GG"). Here's the text:
Another GG idiot is heard from. Wow. Who will the next one be? What racist or ethnic or tribal group will it (sic) represent? When will Canada become a republic and dump this useless nonsense? Speaking of which, it should be pointed out that there is no historic constitutional precedent or place -- in a (read this v. carefully) 'constitutional democracy' (not 'parliamentary democracy') -- for a monarch, never mind some emblematic how-many-votes-can-the-party-get-appointment of an air-head who happens to be a member of the vote-targeted community (most of whom, in this case, are too stoned or too busy faking 'make-work' for taxpayer-funded wastes of money-and-time to vote anyway). Perhaps the lady in question at the moment should do some real work and understand that racism, ethnicism, tribalism is timeless, universal, and alive and well (or bad, whatever) wherever she would like to look -- including, very especially, where her ancestors came from, where they're still selling slaves to the arabs and the chinese. Us white folks got enough problems with Saint Al Gore and Saint Dave Suxzuki trying to extort the entirety of Western wealth to the slave-owning and -murdering Chinese to be greatly bothered about something that black folk now get bothered about, when white folk sorted it out a couple of centuries ago. Get real, idiot.
Ah, thanks Dad, for reminding me that racism is alive and well....
The Eurovision song contest is back. I think it might be the reason so many people left for Canada. Worth taking a look at is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3mIvZg8XIU I think the most disturbing part is when they clap at the end.
meg 8:15 AM [+]
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
I hate Valentine's Day, but I still want your love
My 4-part argument against Valentine's Day:
1. If you are single, it is a reminder of our society's continual expectation that You Be In A Couple.
2. If you are in a relationship, you have a zillion other occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) to do nice things together.
3. If you have just broken up with someone, it is just painful.
4. If you have just gotten together with someone, the pressure of knowing what level of enthusiasm to put into the day is very stressful.
Q: What does a Buddhist ask for at a hot dog stand? A: Make me one with everything.
meg 11:51 AM [+]
Saturday, February 03, 2007
One of my favorite sections in the Saturday Globe&Mail is "The Challenge" by Warren Clements at the back of the Books section. It's where people write in witty phrases. This week's was items or pursuits that one might associate with a well-known person. Some goodies:
Lawrence of Arabia asked to see the desert menu.
Marcel Marceau uses a silencer on his rifle.
Young Rodin would play with his thinker toys.
My favorite: John Stuart Mill would seek the greatest wood for the greatest lumber.
The back-to-back wins lifted the Maple Leafs into a seventh-place tie with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference standings.
(Sorry to not be posting much; pretty much everything that's going on with me these days is related to the job hunt, which I don't want to post about in this forum - so my livejournal is getting a bit of a workout, since I can friendslock it.)