Friday, July 4

Thank you very much....Mr. Bush

For as long as I can remember people have referred to Canada as an extension of our neighbors to the south. People feel that we don't have a separate national identity from the United States. In highschool our teachers tried to instill in us, their students, a feeling of national pride, and they tried to show us how Canada is socially and culturally different from the U.S.
One of my teachers described it as the melting pot versus the mosaic. He called Canada a cultural mosaic, while the U.S. was a melting pot. In Canada people are allowed to maintain their individuality. We've got Muslim Canadians, and French Canadians. Chinese Canadians, Catholic Canadians, and many other types of Canadians. Essentially in Canada you are what you are, and you're a Canadian.
Whereas in the U.S. you're an American. You pledge allegiance to their flag, you are part of a melting pot. Everyone's an American first and foremost.
The similarities in American and Canadian pop culture, the environment and geography, and the basic ethnic and racial make up of both nations allowed for this attitude to spread.
Many European nations have always realized the differences between our nations, primarily the French and English, as well as other national bodies. But it has been the domestic attitudes that have been most shocking to me.
As recent as last week, I've heard people refer to Canada as being the largest of the states.
Statements like this have always bothered me. Sometimes they've even angered me. After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre buildings on September 11th I began seeing bumper stickers, posters, flags and other emblems, which displayed a Canadian and an American flag merged together. Always accompanied by some sort of slogan, including "United in Peace" or "Lest we Forget". I've considered these images a perversion of our flag, our identity and our heritage. I've always tried to distance myself from the U.S.
But recently, as I've watched televised news, read blogs, and listened to friends of mine, I've realized that Canadians in general are beginning to share my beliefs.
We as a nation seem to be creating a divide between ourselves and the U.S. From the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana, the legalization and recognition of same sex marriage, our opposition to the U.S. led war in Iraq, court decisions allowing women to go topless in public, our open immigration policies, free medicare, to campaign spending restrictions. Canada is, and perhaps always has been different from the U.S.
I look around me and see people who don't want to be lumped in with the U.S. Especially now, with the Bush administration running the entire country into the ground.
Maybe Dubya's actions have had some good results after all.
Iced

I'm not sure how long ago it was, but at some point during this most recent, and most hectic, point in my life, I was de-linked by The Ice Queen. I didn't notice at first that my link was gone, because frankly I don't look for my link on other people's pages. I do however use it as a quick method of getting back to my blog if I've finished perusing theirs. In a recent visit to Ice Queens blog I went to click on the ever present Chip Tijuana link, and much to my surprise, it was gone. At first I simply believed she was in the process of some blog roll house cleaning, and would soon realize she had accidentally taken my link off her page.
Of course, as I was one of her very first readers, possibly the first with the exception of maybe Blamb, I didn't think my missing link was an intentional thing.

Under normal circumstances de-linking a person is seen as a way of distancing yourself from that particular blog, and it's usually the result of some sort of argument or blog war. I've only de-linked one blog from my list. I removed A Small Victory, after I was told not to visit her blog due to my contradicting view points regarding the illegal American invasion of Iraq.
The Ice Queen however, seems to have removed my link, and other people's links, due to the lack of frequency and / or quality of their blogging, so I don't take it as a personal slight.
I've noticed that most bloggers simply sort their links into categories. For example Blamb sorts his links by blogging and reading frequency as well as location. I sort my links by how often I visit their pages.

So I am taking this opportunity to politely ask The Ice Queen to re-link me, and give me my former spot near the top of that list. If she doesn't believe I deserve to hold my former link, maybe make a section for blogs which aren't posting as often as she would like.
Maybe an Infrequent Blogging list. She could put my link there, and Brett's, and Lilly's.

Also, I believe the Talking Dog is back to blogging, so maybe the Ice Queen could add him to her link list once again, as I believe she removed him as well.

What are your thoughts on the de-linking issue?

Also, I will begin my own Friday Five, in the tradition of Crabby. Thanks for the inspiration...

1. Have you ever dated someone you worked with?
Oy vey! Yes, it was horrible. I dated a girl I used to work with in Ottawa. She was a cute blond girl working in the mail room. It was fun at first, I got to see her every day, had someone to go to lunch with, and she was a great distraction from the more boring aspects of work. Unfortunately she began to get a little clingy and possessive when she saw other girls in the office talking to me. That made working with her unbearable.

2. What was your longest relationship? (Only ones that have ended please)
I dated a girl in college on and off for two years. At first I liked her a lot, we got along really well. Then she became crazy, and I was kind of afraid to break up with her. And when I did dump her, she wouldn't accept it and she would stay around. I think we broke up and got back together about a dozen times. The actual amount of time I dated her was under a year. But it was spread out for about two.

3. What is the best date you've ever been on?
The best date I've ever been on was with my current girl friend, Pixi Stix. All it consisted of was walking around the Market in downtown Ottawa, but I had so much fun with her. She loves looking at flowers and window shopping, and it was really great seeing her so happy. I'm not sure what made it so special, I guess it was just her reactions to everything.

4. What was your best/worst break up? (Choose One)
I think the best break up I ever had was in high school. I was walking with my current girlfriend and a girl from my science class came up to me, handed me her phone number, and said 'Call me.'
My girlfriend thought she was trying to pick me up, but in reality I had made arrangements to get some copies of the other girls notes later that evening. Of course my girlfriend didn't want to hear any excuses, she just started screaming at me in the hall way, slapped me on the face, and ran away. The science girl saw it all and asked me out later that day.

5. What is your fantasy date?
I think my fantasy date would be a weekend alone with my girlfriend at a secluded cottage. Just the two of us, the fresh air, a nice sandy beach, and a quiet lake.

Thursday, July 3

Conspiracy!

What are the odds that the whole Mad Cow threat originated in the U.S.? I'd say they're pretty good. According to this article, it's possible that the infected mad cow may have come from a group imported from the U.S..
So it was a big anti-Canada plot all along. The Americans were pissed because they knew we wouldn't join them in Iraq, and they knew we would legalize Gay marriages and decriminalize marijuana possession.
Those bastards. They planned all of this way in advance.
I wonder what's next???
Mish-mash, junk n' stuff

Hello bloggers,

I had such a great long weekend. The weather was great, the lake was warm, and we found a small cliff to jump off of into the lake.
As you may have guessed, I ended up going to a cottage for the weekend. I had Monday off making it four days of outdoor fun.
It was definitely one of the best Canada Day weekends I've ever had. Last year I was at a cottage as well, but it wasn't quite as good, I didn't really like the people I went up with.
I ended up spending most of July 1st in the car though. My girlfriend and I went to Ottawa from the cottage to grab some more of our stuff from the apartment. But I did get to go for a nice swim when we got back.

I had a pretty good night last night as well. I fell asleep around 9:30 but awoke again at about 11:30 and decided to read a bit of the new Harry Potter book. When I looked at the clock it was 2:45 am. It's a very interesting read, and it really holds my attention. I'm not sure how much I like it in comparison to the other Potter novels, but so far I'm enjoying it. Needless to say, I'm exhausted this morning.

My girlfriend made me a 1960's mix CD. I love it. I'm really into the mellow music these days. Usually I like to have something soft in the car while I drive, it helps me control the road rage, but I'm beginning to like it in every day situations. I find that I'm losing my patience more often these days. I have a short fuse, and an equally short anger span, what I mean to say is that it doesn't take much to make me mad, but my rage only lasts a few moments. Fortunately soft mellow music helps keep it in check.

I'll probably be spending this coming weekend in Ottawa moving more of my stuff out of the apartment. If I don't go up this weekend, I'll be waiting until the last weekend in July, at which time I hope to get everything out, as well as paint one of the walls and clean the rugs. I don't want the apartment management to have anything to complain about.

I can't believe it's already July. It feels as though this year is going very quickly. Normally I've never noticed the passage of time, and when I have, it didn't really affect me, with the exception of my last year in highschool and my last year in college.
But for some odd reason I am feeling pangs of regret, I feel as though I haven't accomplished anything this year. Maybe it's because it's my first year out of school.
Luckily I'll be going back to school in September for a post graduate program in 3D animation. It should be fun.