Monthly Archives: April 2005

It’s almost May!!


It’s almost May!!, originally uploaded by Becky B..

This is the view outside my window. Note that tomorrow is the month of May, and there’s snow outside on the ground. I’m one bitter woman.

School mistakes huge burrito for a weapon
(no I don’t make this stuff up)

CLOVIS, N.M. – A call about a possible weapon at a middle school prompted police to put armed officers on rooftops, close nearby streets and lock down the school. All over a giant burrito.

Someone called authorities Thursday after seeing a boy carrying something long and wrapped into Marshall Junior High.

The drama ended two hours later when the suspicious item was identified as a 30-inch burrito filled with steak, guacamole, lettuce, salsa and jalapenos and wrapped inside tin foil and a white T-shirt.

“I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry,” school Principal Diana Russell said.Russell said the mystery was solved after she brought everyone in the school together in the auditorium to explain what was going on.

“The kid was sitting there as I’m describing this (report of a student with a suspicious package) and he’s thinking, ‘Oh, my gosh, they’re talking about my burrito.’”

Afterward, eighth-grader Michael Morrissey approached her.

“He said, ‘I think I’m the person they saw,’” Russell said.

The burrito was part of Morrissey’s extra-credit assignment to create commercial advertising for a product.

My sleep-deprivedness finds this hilarious.

MayWorks: The Art of Labour
Saskatoon 2005

MayWorks is held in Saskatoon annually. It celebrates the building of communities and people’s struggles for social and economic justice.

Our Festival brings together workers and their families, musicians and artists to celebrate. Each year we have programs that are focused on, and related to, different facets of labour, workers and the individual’s place in the community. MayWorks attempts to celebrate, and bring back, that which has traditionally come from the people, the creative, intellectual and community building aspects of our everyday lives.

The schedule of this year’s events is here. I’m looking forward to the collection of movies playing at the Broadway this week. There’s also an “ethical fashion show” on the 10th, which will show where to locally buy non-sweatshopped clothes.

Check out the official brochure and I’ll see you at one of the events around town!

I’m currently stranded on thesis-island. Well, make that the deserted computer lab on the second floor of the Arts building. I’m onto draft I-don’t-know-how-many of my chapter 2 — but I think it’s good. Well, make that — tolerable. Then again, I’ll not really know for sure until I talk to my supervisor who I’ve been avoiding lately. Ah, the furtiveness that is being a graduate student!

Anyway, thanks to the ever-handy Explore Saskatoon website, I found out that Pearl Jam is coming to Saskatoon (!!) this year on their Canadian tour. I’ve had a secret crush on Eddie Vedder since high school. (yes, I was more Pearl Jam oriented than Nirvana) Hopefully tickets won’t be too exorbitant, and I’ll actually be able to go.

While I’ve been pounding away at this draft, I’ve been contemplating giving up meat. Yes, I tend to think of anything OTHER than the subject matter I’m writing about, and tonight’s topic is becoming vegetarian. I’m curious if I’d be able to do it. I’ve already successfully given up red meat (‘cept for the occasional break-down of bacon eating) — and I’ve convinced the husband that veggie burgers are even better than the real thing. I was reading some articles about becoming vegetarian online, and it’s intriguing me. I’m already not that big of a meat eater, so I don’t think it would be that hard to go meatless (‘cept for fish, maybe).

I don’t know — we’ll see. Any veggie-heads out there that want to further convince me? Or, for that matter, carnivores that think I should stay meat-oriented?

Ok. Back to the blinking cursor I go. ttfn.

News flash: my good friend LT is now officially engaged to the lovely Carol! Congrats, you two! I wish you both much happiness.

The president does it again!

No, I’m not talking about his meager press conference last night (of which I blissfully missed) — I’m referring to his recent ambassador appointment to Canada. Let’s just say it follows in a long line of familiar, Bushian reasoning. For example,

  • He nominated his National Security Advisor and chief war monger Condoleezza Rice to become the US’s head diplomatic voice in the world. This is the same woman who spearheaded most of the push to invade a country under false premises, against the opinions of the ENTIRE world. And now she’s supposed to be all diplomatic with them? Doesn’t make sense.
  • Or Bushie’s last nomination for UN representative, Yosemite-Sam-mustached John Bolton. Bush nominates a man who not ten years ago publicly denounced the very institution he’s now supposed to work under. That, and he’s an “angry diplomat,” apparently. This definitely doesn’t make any sense, but looking at the previous appointment, I think I’m seeing a trend.
  • There’s still Paul Wolfowitz’s nomination for President of the World Bank, and a number of others I could question, but let’s move on to his latest nomination…

David Wilkins, of the South Carolina state legislature , who will now be the go-between of the US and Canada. From the CBC article:

President George W. Bush on Wednesday officially nominated David Wilkins, 58, the Speaker of South Carolina’s legislature and staunch Republican ally with close ties to the Bush family.

On Thursday, to a standing ovation in the South Carolina Assembly, Wilkins began to say his good-byes: “President Bush has nominated me to serve as United States ambassador to Canada, our friend and neighbour to the north.”

That was his only reference to Canada during his five-minute address.

Wilkins has no experience in U.S.-Canada relations and political observers said he didn’t seem to have any interest in Canada up to now — with the possible exception of the longstanding trade dispute over softwood lumber. South Carolina is a big lumber state.

The southerner admits his lack of knowledge about the country, which he has visited just once — in the 1970s.

I saw this on the news tonight, and I just groaned — aloud, even. The president would rather appoint one of his money-raising buddies to an important diplomatic position rather than someone who is actually qualified. It’s all too typical, and it makes my country look worse than it already is.

My campaign of trying to convince Canadians that we’re not as dumb as we look is getting more and more difficult with this Administration’s “help.”

My friend Randall recently answered a question of mine on his blog:

The whole issue of “calling” is one that’s interesting to me. Not too long ago, someone tried to explain to me that they were “called” to a ministry where all signs pointed the OTHER way. But if we questioned, we weren’t questioning the person, but essentially God, and God’s call on their life.

So, what is a call? Is it something only you, the called, can see? Or is it something others can also discern? How do you really know when you’ve been called — or just have persuaded yourself this is the direction you really want to go?

I have no idea.

He’s given me a good answer, plus a lot to think about — while also reminding me of this quote from Killing the Buddha, and a section I read in Elmer Gantry where the main character essentially manufactures his call to ministry.

I think that Randall’s answer is good, and helps give me some balance amongst my other rather cynical sources I have in my life.