Been having a Venn sort of week, in terms of social groups. Nice to see new ones together, and how they interact and learn and laugh. I posted about these various groups before, last night we added another one. An RCMP friend met a coworker out with some of her friends while we were at D'Arcy's, and we dragged them along. (BTW - the pub was packed with a young crowd, fresh form a day on the Hill I think). Stopped at Friday's Roast Beef House for the piano bar - which was full of an older blue-haired crowd. But it was restful. Until the Karaoke started. We gave it a while, then headed to Big Daddy's Crab Shack to interesect some more - and discuss female (and male) waxing. Brazilian, The Strip(or a Vegas), and imagined variations.
Was fun (again), nice how this blending shows in a way we are all the same, and yet have differences to appreciate in each other.
- Comment Spam - had to turn comments off for a while, getting too much SPAM in them. Only authenticated users can comment for now -sorry. You can also email me. Typepad is working at improving their tools in this area.
- Katrina and the waves - Interesting bit on CBC tonight about the fact that there are still about 300,000 hurricane evacuees that have not - and can not - return to New Orleans yet. Many neighbourhoods are still clogged with mud, and the houses are filled with mold and sodden furniture and appliance. Major reconstruction needed huge loads heading for the dumps. When it is finally done, a lot may choose to not return. Especially since the levee reconstruction teams are still trying to decide how well to rebuild, what class storm do they protect against? I'd certainly wait before returning and rebuilding.
- Election mode - looks like a Christmas election campaign here in Canada after all, with the vote some time in January. And in spite of all the posturing by the various parties, as they tried to protect us from turkeys at the door while there's on on the table, recent surveys have shown while we'd be annoyed by the timing, it wouldn't really affect our vote. Or lack of it - turnout was 61% last election in spring of 2004, will be a bit less in winter. May help the non-majority parties, as their supporters may be more motivated to get out than the complacent Liberals. We'll see. Big issues I see (as a campaign manager for our Ottawa-Orleans NDP candidate) are canvassing (no-one wants to stand there with their door open), finding people at their own home over the holidays, and figuring out a way to get the signs in the frozen ground. And clearing snow away. May be a campaign of web pages, emails, phone calls - and some well handled town hall meetings.
- Flickr - as always - more posted on there. Including some older graf flics -a lot from pre-digital days to be scanned in yet.
- Einstein - check out his chalkboard.