Friday, February 20, 2009

25 Random Things About Meme

Heather at Random Wandering Thoughts tagged me for this a little while ago. I think some one else or even a few people may have tagged me for this on Facebook. I'm going to do any and all Facebook tags here on my blog, because it will show up on my Facebook page as well.

My apologies for forgetting who tagged me besides Heather. I've been in the grip of The Unending Migraine From the Deepest Depths of Hell. It's a wonder I even remember my name.

Photo by Ryan Remiorz

1 - Did I laugh my ass off Thursday when President Obama arrived at Parliament Hill, shook Prime Minister Harper's hand, then basically ushered the Canadian PM forward to wave to Obama's adoring crowd of cheering admirers?

Yes. I laughed with giddy glee. Stephen Harper has been prime minister for three long, excruxiating years. He has the social skillz of Napoleon Dynamite. Does anyone line Harper's route in the freezing cold, cheering as if he were a rock star? No?

Photo by Tom Hanson

Photo by Pam Snow

2 - Yesterday three trapped dolphins were rescued by the community of Seal Cove, Newfoundland. Thank God for 16-year-old Brandon Banks, who took a 17-foot fibreglass boat out to the dwindling open hole in the freezing-over cove to create a do-it-yourself icebreaker. Brandon plus four other men rocked the boat back and forth to carve a path through the ice so the dolphins could make it back to open water. The entire town had heard the dolphins calling out at night. When their request for an icebreaker was turned down, when it was pointed out that nature culls its population in the winter, they grouped together, gathered what resources they had and found a way for the dolphins to escape. I'm so grateful to them for showing such innovative determination and compassion.

Read more - Globe and Mail

3 - I've been into serious Elvis gospel lately. Brad got me the Ultimate Gospel CD for Christmas last year. I've been listening to it over and over, the past few weeks. I get like that with music. My favorite tracks are So High, Milky White Way, I Believe In The Man In The Sky, Run On, I John and Take My Hand Precious Lord.

Photo by Glenn Meisner

4 - A few years ago, I temped for two weeks for the city of Halifax in accounts payable, and my manager was Joe Colley, who sings with a gospel choir in Preston, Nova Scotia. That's a town just a few minutes' drive from where I live (in Cole Harbour.) He told me his church was having a special prayer event with a visiting minister and Canadian Idol 2nd place winner Gary Beals, whom my mom and I just love. Plus Joe's choir, of course. My mom and I went out to St. Thomas Baptist Church in North Preston for what turned out to be an amazing, amazing night.

First of all, the small band that accompanied everyone (bass, drums and keyboard) just cooked. I mean cooked. They are the groovin-est band I've ever heard. The choir rocked the house. Gary made me cry, he was so emotional and passionate. And when the whole event started, when the congregation stood up and the church filled with song, my hands sizzled with electricity. I'm talking Science Centre Static Electricity Ball time. I kept staring at them, but the feeling did not go away until we left the church. Totally mind-blowing.

If you want a taste of what it was like, CLICK HERE and click on Track 6 - We Come to Praise the Lord in the right-hand sidebar.

Photo by Tom Hanson

5 - If I'm watching something on TV, like the news or a documentary, and someone mentions or shows the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, I start crying on the spot. Without fail.

6 - "The eight financial industry executives scheduled to testify before the House Financial Services Committee this past Wednesday learned a lesson from the Big Three auto makers: they flew commercial or took the train." - T.W. Farnam, The Wall Street Journal

*playing my pity violin*

7 - A guilty pleasure of mine is Rick Mercer's Talking to Americans. It used to be a regular feature on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, a political satire show on CBC.

Rick Mercer toured the United States, talking to Americans as if from a Canadian news program, asking them about 'Canadian issues.' The object was to see how little some Americans knew about their northern neighbours. The piece was so popular that the CBC had Mercer create a one-hour TV special based on the segment. It became the highest rated comedy special in Canadian television history when it aired on Canada Day, 2001. Mercer abandoned the concept after Sept. 11, 2001. - Wikipedia

I was just mentioning this bit to one of my co-workers yesterday:

Rick Mercer asked students and professors at Columbia University to sign a petition asking Canadians to discontinue the practice of abandoning the elderly on ice floes. - Wikipedia

Sadly, these man-on-the-street interviews showed tenured professors agreeing that yes, that was a horrible practise and should be stopped.

8 - I'm not a fan of the English-dubbed track on foreign films. *shudder* I need to hear the real actors emoting. So it's subtitles for me every time.

9 - I'm supposed to go get my breasts squished/screened sometime soon. Looking forward to that, of course...

10 - I really, really dislike being in the position that mimics hyper-extension of the arms behind the back. Some stretches move the body into this position, and a few times I've tried to do it but basically got very panicky and had to immediately get out of it.

11 - So far my favorite whisky is Glenfiddich. Neat.

12 - My favorite apple was Mackintosh, which I thought would be an unchanging feature of my life. But then my grocery store began stocking Pink Lady apples. And from that moment, there's been no turning back.

13 - One of my favorite stories as a kid was The Little Red Hen. Never liked that sense of entitlement the non-helpers had when they arrived to eat the hen's yummy bread. And how I loved it when she said, "Too bad. So sad." No bread for the ones who didn't help.

14 - There's a commercial on the air right now in Canada featuring a white shaggy dog outside on a chain through all sorts of scary, bad weather. It's encouraging dog owners to bring them inside when one would hope such a reminder isn't necessary. I can't watch this thing. I need a defibrilator...

Photo by Michael K. Harvey

15 - When herd mentality backfires... Thursday we had a bad winter storm, and most of downtown Halifax became an instantaneous gridlock of workers leaving early in slippery, unplowed snow. Meanwhile, I finished off my regular hours, got the ferry and bus, all the roads were plowed and salted by then and I actually got home ten minutes earlier than normal.

16 - Stewie Griffin makes me laugh. A lot.

Oh I know it hurts now Brian, but look at the bright side: you have some new material for that novel you've been writing. You know...the novel you've been workin' on? You know the the one, uh, you've been workin on for three years? You know the novel. Got somethin' new to write about now. You know? Maybe a, maybe a main character gets into a relationship and suffers a little heartbreak? Somethin' like what... what you've just been through? Draw from real life experience? Little, little heartbreak? You know? Work it into the story? Make the characters a little more three dimensional? Little, uh, richer experience for the reader? Make those second hundred pages really keep the reader guessing what's going to happen? Some twists and turns? A little epilogue? Everybody learns that the hero's journey isn't always a happy one? Oh, I look forward to reading it. - Family Guy Quotes

17 - I've had a lo-o-o-n-n-g week. All day I've been longing to get snuggled on the couch, curled up with Brad and my dog. Almost there...

18 - The book-blogging community I've encountered has an incredible rate of books they've read compared to me. I'm doing the Dewey Book Challenge, which gives me a year to read six books. I'm going to need that whole year. Meanwhile, some of the book bloggers have already ticked off their challenge books already. It's February, people.

19 - Brad asked me to check the waiting list at the library to see where we're at for the copy of Season 5 of MI-5. I checked. We're at 58.

20 - I'm very, very proud of Brad today. He walked home from his shift at Blockbuster. So what? you may ask. So - my husband has agoraphobia, which is an offshoot of his larger bipolar disorder. That's so what. Walking outside by himself is not one of his favorites. But he did it.

21 - Michaƫlle Jean, Canada's 27th Governor General, greeted President Barack Obama when he arrived on Air Force One in Ottawa yesterday. I get a huge rush of joy when I see how delighted they are to be in one another's company.

22 - Brad and I recently watched the first season of HBO's True Blood and totally fell in love with it. Edgy TV, melancholic vampire, shapeshifters, quirky townsfolk and a heroine cursed with hearing everyone's thoughts - just can't get enough.

Photo by Jim Ross

23 - Wait...I'm having a flashback to Canada's reaction to George W. Bush's visit in November, 2004...

Photo by J.P. Moczulski

24 - The good news is...we qualify for the GST cheque. The bad news is...we qualify for the GST cheque.

25 - If you're in the mood for a rollicking good gospel concert, join me, my mom and the rest of the Dartmouth Choral Society at Grace United Church, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia at 3:00 pm Sunday afternoon.

I won't tag anyone, but if you pick this one up, let me know so I can drop by.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I didn't know Brad had agoraphobia. Good for him, walking home like that! And hmmm.. Obama looks a bit smitten, methinks...

Unknown said...

I'm proud of your hubby, too! I also suffer from agoraphobia, so I know what he must be feeling.

I also love Stewie!

Julia Phillips Smith said...

Isabella - I think Obama's smitten, too...!

Bobbi - Hey, I didn't know about your agoraphobia. Certainly makes regular life a challenge. Once we figured his out, though, it became easier for Brad to fight it. I'd say he now has an 80% success rate against it. Never goes away, though.

Dorte H said...

Great pictures, Julia.
And all my best to your head and your husband.

RuthDFW said...

I LOVE your blog!

Anonymous said...

Your posts are so thought-provoking, diverse in subject matter, and full of fun. Congratulations to Brad! That's wonderful. :) And how heartwarming to read about the rescued dolphins.

I wouldn't be able to watch the dog commercial, either. ASPCA commercials make me sob.

Pink Lady apples -- never tried one! Looks delicious. :)

Robin said...

Way to go Brad! I can only imagine how much bravery and steadfastness that walk took.

Big fan of Pink Ladies here too. I only buy the cheaper Macks because my kids go through apples like they're going out of style, and I LOVED Jay Leno's Jaywalking shtick (we don't get it anymore), so Talking With Americans sounds right up my alley!

Sherrie said...

Great Tag Post! Loved the one about the dolphins! You have a hero there! Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!!


Anonymous said...

Oh man!!! Good for your husband!!!!
I love reading stuff like this about you, Julia.

Joanna D'Angelo said...

Love your musings/random thing about you! I agree - Harper was flat in comparison to the star power of Obama - I mean even their smiles tell a different story - Obama's smile is genuine - Harper's smile is awkward. Need I say more?

Joanna D'Angelo said...

PS - hope you're feeling better!

HeatherK said...

That's a great random 25 Julia. You make everything so fascinating.

Flare said...

The Southern Vampire series on which "True Blood" is based are well worth reading. I'm not a romance novel fan and in some ways there is similarity but the subject matter and twists make these novels very enjoyable. Some differences from the series as well. The main female character Sookie's mind is very interesting. There is the spoiler aspect - obviously reading ahead may be a problem for some. Still I recommend the books.

Clyde said...

Little doubt, the dude is completely fair.
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