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Mother Jones: You Are What you Shoot
Think of some of the border guards you’ve encountered. Would you trust them with a gun, a real one.
From CTV.ca news site:
Conservative justice critic Vic Toews announced Wednesday that Canadian border guards will be armed as soon as possible.
“I think they need to be armed,” B.C.’s Solicitor General John Les said, according to CP. “We sometimes have some not very nice people who want to try and get into our country.”
So lets shoot em up! I’m thinking of my Mom here. She brings back plants from her stay in Florida. She’s 62, travels alone, a real dangerous character. I know for a fact that she’s had days when she wasn’t very nice.
Maybe Canada just wants to get rid of their aging population. After all, there are only so many ice flows to go round.
Canada’s border services union threatened to strike in 2005 in an effort to force the government to provide them with guns in order to protect themselves.
Maybe I should buy a gun to protect myself once she gets here.
Where does it end? Should kids in school have guns, fashion accessories, to protect themselves.
Can I get a lasso with that? How about a side of spurs and a few beers, buddy! Maybe a shot in the dark for the road.
I want to keep track of this link but not get sidetracked by it right now. I’ve been looking for any groups, organizations or associates of people who work in web design in Ontario. Not a lot of luck so far.
This is interesting too but not really what I need at the moment.
The Software Human Resource Council (SHRC) is a not-for-profit sector council, working with industry, education, associations and government to address employment issues that affect information technology workers at all points of their career paths, in all sectors of the Canadian economy.
The Trickery that is Me
Sunday January 06, 2002
I’d like to virtually dissect my brain and find out what’s in there. I’d sort it all out into neat compartments and then carefully put it all back together without juggling it all up again.
I want to write about being a publisher online but I can’t find a beginning or an ending. Its such a long winding path to where I am and its hardly over yet. When I just wanted to be a writer and wasn’t doing much about it I always had that problem. The writing I most want to do is a personal column about life and people, the sort of stuff you would find in Family Circle, Victoria Magazine, or Canadian Living. The problem is that my story is never finished. They kind of expect you to have a happy ending tacked on at the end. at the very least some kind of good conclusion and a resolution to the conflict. Well, I’ve never gotten to that part yet. So how do you write a story about something when it has no ending?
So I’m not writing. Can’t you tell how I’m not writing? Look, its right here in front of you. Plain as black and white and red all over I’m not writing.
Its all a trick you see. The best trick I’ve ever pulled on myself. I’m not writing and yet the words are appearing mystically on the screen and my fingers are tapping away at the keyboard. The thoughts are circling like baby vultures in my mind.
The other great trick I pull on myself is self confidence. I have none you see. But I pretend I do and oddly enough it works. People I knew in high school wonder how I changed so much when I barely dared to breathe in high school. They think I’ve changed but I haven’t changed at all, its all an act, the best trick in my bag of tricks.
This whole not writing thing is just a new trick. I’m not good at it yet that’s why you’re stuck reading all this dribble out of the corner of my brain.
You know, we were driving along on Saturday, my husband and his Mother chatting away, they didn’t need me. I was thinking about that woman I always want to be but can’t quite catch. I’m sure she is there, in my brain somewhere. I was thinking that its time I stopped trying to catch up with her and just met her half way. Surprised me a little when she agreed. So, if I have any highly breakable New Years resolution that’s it. I’m going to meet her half way and finally give her a chance to pull us both out of the quagmire and get on with all the things we know she can do.
Did you know she opened HerCorner finally? Yes, I know it was me, I’m not developing a split personality. Though I have thought about how much simpler it would make things. I’ve also considered a lobotomy. But, I seem to conclude that you just have to learn to live with yourself. Trickery works much better, its all a matter of learning the tricks.
I can write a sensible article about HerCorner and publishing later. I’ve really given you the nitty gritty already. Its all here amid the trickery that is me.
Sunday September 09, 2001
Here are my answers to the questions. Pass the list on to your friends with your own answers. Who knows what interesting things you could discover about someone you think you really know.
1. What’s one thing you wish you could do but can’t?
Fly above the clouds and mountains or swim to the oceans depths and see just what sunken ships and odd fish are down there. Swimming almost feels like flying.
2. What is your ideal marriage location?
A spring wedding in the forest, a summer wedding in a huge garden with tents for shade, an autumn wedding on the edge of a tall cliff on the ocean with lots of wind, or in winter right downtown with all the Christmas lights, carols and decorations. My wedding was a couple of weeks before Christmas and a few days before my birthday.
3. Which musical instrument do you wish you could play?
The harp or the piano.
4. Favorite fabric?
Cotton and cotton blends.
5. Something you love and hate?
I’m not that flexible with love and hate.
6. What kind of bedding do you use?
Cotton with a good thread count. I had some of those new jersey sheets but they were ruined by my husband’s toenails. I still sleep with the top sheet wrapped around me if its chilly.
7. What kind of soap do you use?
Anti bacteria, seems to keep me zit free (more or less) and not aggravate my sensitive skin or allergies.
8. Do you tell your friends about your sex life?
To a degree.
9. What’s the one language you want to learn?
10. How do you eat an apple?
After washing it, sometimes in fruit salad.
11. What do you order at a bar?
Regular coffee most of the time. I used to like Long Island Iced Teas. I still like an Irish coffee or a margarita. I’ve also been known to like cherry brandy and vanilla schnapps.
12. Have you ever pierced your body parts?
Ears, twice. Long since closed over.
13. Do you have tattoos?
14. Would you ever admit to having done plastic surgery of any kind if confronted?
I’d probably admit it. But I can’t see myself spending my money on it.
15. What’s one of the “funnest” things you’ve ever done?
Traveling to BC by myself on a shoestring budget.
16. What’s one trait you hate in a person? Belittling other people to make themselves feel bigger.
17. What kind of watch(es) do you wear?
I can’t wear a watch. They always lose time when I wear them but work great for the people I have given them away to.
18. Most frivolous purchase?
Probably my new computer though I really wanted it I could have done just fine with the old one for another year or three.
19. Do you consider yourself materialistic?
No. I seldom buy new clothes and such. My sister is disgusted with how little I care about fashion.
20. What do you cook the best?
Homemade bread, cheesecake or cabbage rolls and lasagna. Not all at the same time.
21. Favorite writing instrument? My computer. My penmanship is awful since I stopped writing longhand.
22. Do you prefer to stand out or blend in?
Some of each.
23. Do you have anything monogrammed?
24. Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex?
25. What’s one car you will never buy?
One of those low to the ground gas guzzling sports cars. I’d like something you can take anywhere.
26. Have you ever done drugs?
27. What kind of books do you like to read?
Historical fiction (not romance), non-fiction about computers, writing or whatever else catches my interest and mystery novels.
28. If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
Buy lots of land so I can build a small house and garden for myself and have the rest made into a wildlife park.
29. Burial or cremation?
Not cremation but I really haven’t thought much about it. I’ll be dead at the time.
30. How many online journals do you read regularly?
I’d like to read more journals and ezines regularly. I spot check several, I guess 20 to 30 of them.
31. What’s one thing you’re a sore loser at?
I don’t mind to lose now and then but I don’t like losing too many times in a row and I especially get angry when someone tries to make me feel bad about it.
32. If you don’t like a person, how do you show it?
Completely ignore them. If they have made me angry I try to leave before I say anything.
33. How many drinks before you’re tipsy?
One or two, but I don’t drink more than a few times a year.
34. Do you have problems changing clothes in front of friends?
35. Do you cry in front of friends?
I have done a couple of times.
36. What kind of first impression do you think you give to people?
Depends on my mood. Sometimes I’m quiet and sometimes I’m outgoing. People have always told me what a nice girl I am.
37. What’s one thing you like to do alone?
Most things. I’m not good at asking for help.
38. What’s the worst thing you ever said to someone?
I really don’t remember but I know it was pretty awful. I was surprised when I said it.
39. Are you a giver or a taker?
Some of each but I have to work to give less.
40. What have you stolen before?
I found money and didn’t give it back. I badly needed it at the time and no one seemed to miss it. Its one of the little mysteries in my life.
41. When’s the right time to go to the bathroom in front of your significant other?
Not something I can see myself doing.
42. Favorite communication method?
Email, you can reach so many more people and its fast and cheap.
43. What is one thing you don’t leave home without?
My purse with an inhaler, notepaper, pens, and whatever book I’m reading.
44. What’s the most painful experience you’ve ever had?
Really believing I was in love for the first time and then finding out it was all a lie, a joke he was playing on me.
45. What are your favourite hobbies or things to collect?
I like to sew, garden when I have the space, browse the Internet when I have the time, create ASCII art and I collect postcards and old Canadian coins.
46. Where would you travel to if you had unlimited money to spend?
I’d sample each continent and spend extra time in Russia, Australia and Britan.
47. Whats your favourite feature?
I like my eyes.
48. Would you kill someone for money?
I might, it would depend on circumstances.
49. Whats your favourite smell?
Vanilla or lemon, not together.
50. Whats your favourite sound?