Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Catching up

Ugh. Is December over yet? No, three more days left? This has not been my favourite month. I got very sick, ended up in hospital, suffered a very sad loss, then got a whopper of a cold but yet I was still able to get all the gifts for family and friends and get them wrapped. Christmas was a muted affair, foggy through a Nyquil haze and residual sadness.

The election has not been on my radar at all but I'm not sure how much it has been on everyone else's either. There are blogging controversies and the press is making a big deal of some tasteless comparisons of Olivia Chow and a Chow Chow dog with headlines like "Blog bombshell hits Grits" even though I heard not one word spoken about the "bombshell" over the holidays. For that matter, I have yet to hear one word about the upcoming election from anyone over the holidays. The only signs that it was ongoing were the Christmas cards from politicians which seemed even less genuine than ever. After New Year's now, I suspect things will heat up when we are all bored and there are no big parties on the go or shopping frenzies to partake in. Then maybe we will take notice of things like that. As for me, wake me up when December ends. Happy New Year and I'll be back to more regular blogging in 2006.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Slapping Wrists

So, you’re a driver who feels its okay to go get drunk and drive your vehicle, smash a car, kill a woman, and horribly injure two other people. Don’t worry about the law. While the people whose lives you have destroyed and maimed, along with their families, suffer forever, you only have to get sentenced to jail for five years. With good behaviour you’ll probably be out in two. Or if you’ve had say, several previous alcohol-related convictions, you could smash into someone’s car and seriously injure a person then receive only five months in prison and then a few months later you could drive drunk again, kill someone and then get five years and three months for your trouble. Then again, if two people are killed while you’re driving drunk, just make sure the cops get a blood sample nice and quick so you can get off with it altogether.

All this slapping wrists in our courts pisses me off. If you poach a moose or a salmon around here and you get caught, you better watch out because you’ll lose everything—your vehicle, boat, atv, and everything else you have with you but if you drive drunk, even repeatedly, you get a little pat on your finger. You have to kill someone to move up to a smack on the wrists. And what is there to dissuade these people? A prominent businessman in St. John’s just got his second impaired driving conviction and he got 14 days in jail. Don’t worry though, they won’t inconvenience him too much. He’s going to serve it on weekends and, as many people know, the pen is so full on weekends, that most times if you go there, you’ll be sent home because there’s not enough room for you to serve your sentence. Awww, it all makes me so freakin' MADD.

Monday, December 05, 2005

What Kind of Book Are You

Yay, one of my favourite books!! (Yet, probably the opposite of any description of moi)
(via magicfirefly)

You're A Prayer for Owen Meany

by John Irving

Despite humble and perhaps literally small beginnings, you inspire
faith in almost everyone you know. You are an agent of higher powers, and you manifest
this fact in mysterious and loud ways. A sense of destiny pervades your every waking
moment, and you prepare with great detail for destiny fulfilled. When you speak, IT

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Oh darn (dripping sarcasm)

Now, they're telling me I can't eat bean sprouts. :(

New forum on NL lit

Paul Butler has created an interesting forum on writing and books in Newfoundland and Labrador. If you're interested, check it out.

Five percent

Well, Mr. Harper has pulled out the old "Me no likie the GST" card used by so many politicians. This time no one is promising to ax the thing, just cut it by 2%. Big whoop. I know 2% can add up but it really is very small carrot to entice voters to vote for a party that is still made up of many Reformers and who wouldn't mind taking away some of our charter rights if they get elected. I think I'm going to vote Liberal just because they didn't cause this stupid election. I'm sick of it already and if we don't get a clear majority, we could be doing this again in a few months/weeks. Ugh.

BTW, is it just me or does Stephen Harper always look like a little boy who's mother just combed his hair and pushed him out in front of the cameras, saying "smile now, sweetie"?