7.27.2005

buncha stuff

Random notes today.

ALPF found two more Americans making the move. By coincidence, I registered at 43things.com a few months ago, just so I could encourage yet another American thinking about Canada.

A commenter has an alternative view on Costco.

After reading the lyrics to "The Toronto Song", Wrye had this to say, reprinted here because I enjoyed it so much.
Ah, marriage... Y'know, Canada does turn up in nineteenth century novels and early feminist/suffragette works as the place of last resort to flee to when escaping marriage and/or the patriarchy (normally invoked, as near as I can tell, in the same tones as Siberia would be, if it had been the British hands).

DISCLAIMER: Wrye makes no claim, explicit or otherwise, that Canada is currently patriarchy free. Do not consume patriarchy if pregnant, able to become pregnant, or if prone to high blood pressure, ulcers, or underemployment.

Emigration to Canada is a major step and should not be attempted without first consulting a physician or other medical professional. Discontinue emigration to Canada immediately if frostbite develops.
The first part fits right in with something I've said elsewhere, as well as comments by LonePrimate and others, about Canada as a place of refuge. The rest is just funny.

Kyle was reading early wmtc posts, and asked:
So when exactly did you make the decision to move to Canada? (I looked through the archives, and found your reasons why Canada, and why now, but not when you made up your mind)

When you started saving up money a couple of years ago, had you already decided where you were going to go?
The answer is buried in there somewhere, but since I never expected anyone to read it, I guess I didn't make it very clear.

We started talking about moving to Canada in July 2003. In response to some Moron Administration travesty - possibly involving John Ashcroft - I repeated the old American lefty cliche, "That's it, it's time to move to Canada". And Allan said, "Could we? I mean, seriously, if we wanted to, could we do that?" He said he'd been thinking about it for a while. I had been seriously considering leaving New York anyway, so it didn't seem like a far-fetched idea. At work that weekend, I started looking at CIC info.

Now, simultaneous to this, we had recently gotten out of debt. We had a sizeable chunk of writing income due in, and for once, it wasn't being used to pay off a past vacation. I'm not talking a fortune here - about $6,000. For people who've always had credit card debt, and who've never had a dime in savings, this was very significant.

We had been planning on using that money for a special trip we wanted to make. I suddenly thought, maybe we should hold off. Maybe we're about to make a big change, and that money will be the foundation.

I started to gather information every weekend at work. (I told you this was a great job - tons of down-time for net surfing.) On Sunday night, over wine and the ESPN baseball game, I'd report back on what I learned. The more we talked about it, the more we liked the idea. By September, we pretty much knew. By November, we were starting to plan.

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And last, has the heat wave in Ontario lifted yet? We are in the midst of one here, temperatures in the high 90s, heat index 105-110. Tonight it's supposed to rain and cool down to mid-80s. Selfishly, I would like the Toronto heat wave to lift before Marnie's birthday. Which happens to be the day we're moving. Please see what you can do.

15 comments:

James said...

"And last, has the heat wave in Ontario lifted yet?"

It rained most of yesterday and so far today. It's humid, but not hot -- for now.

Unfortunately, a lightning strike took out a hydro pole that feeds downtown, so about half the core was without power from about 11am yesterday until 3am this morning. Including my place. We actually had intermittent power, so all night the house would be dark, then lights would come on and things would start beeping for about five minutes, then it would go dark again.

I'm really looking forward to an end to the heat. It's been too hot for cycling, and I've only gotten a couple of decent rides in since the Ride for Heart.

Marnie said...

Hey! Thanks for the cool birthday (and moving) weather wishes. As James said, we've had lots of blessed rain yesterday and today, and I've actually got the windows open right now to cool the house off.

(Ugh, sorry about the power outage, James. I'm glad I was outside its range.)

And speaking of exercise ... there are plans for a world-wide Guluwalk in September, involving as many cities as possible. You'll be able to join us!

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

It's lifted in Ottawa.....

As an American co-worker says often "it's 70 and sunny"

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

So, I guess everybody will be happy to know that the "War on Terror" has ended.

Instead, it's been replaced by "a global struggle against the enemies of freedom"

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

Or, depending on the source, we only have a "global struggle against violent extremism"

RobfromAlberta said...

We are in the midst of one here, temperatures in the high 90s, heat index 105-110.

Ahh, glorious southern Alberta weather, sunny all week, low humidity, temperatures in the high 70s...

James said...

By the way, something that I realized I should mention as we were driving around town yesterday and wondering what was up with the power: program one of your car radio preset buttons for 680AM. That's the Toronto 24-hour news report station, and it has good traffic updates every ten minutes. It can be very useful for getting around town and knowing what routes to avoid.

Their website is at http://www.680news.com/

Wrye said...

You know, Kyle, I don't find Bush channeling Brezhnev and sounding like he's reviewing troops outside the Kremlin as funny as I would have thought. Wierd, eh?

James said...

"So, I guess everybody will be happy to know that the "War on Terror" has ended."

I guess that means that all of those PoWs in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib will be released now, as per the Geneva Conventions?

Oh, wait, that's right -- the Geneva Conventions are "quaint" and "outmoded", according to the US AG...

Lone Primate said...

Apropos of nothing, I'm not sure how the average American ought to take this... :)

James said...

"And last, has the heat wave in Ontario lifted yet?"

Today's actually the nicest day in a long time here. This is the view from my office's lounge:

http://www.rzweb.net/jredekop/downtown.jpg

Sorry for the picture quality, it's taken with my Treo 650.

[Notable buildings: CN Towner (centre), Metro Hall (in front of CN Tower), City-TV building (lower left), Bank of America (rectangular block to left of CN Tower), SkyDome roof (faint white arc against right edge of picture)]

Max said...

"And last, has the heat wave in Ontario lifted yet?"

My back deck faces directly west. For about the last 3 weeks (seems like months) it has been between 95 and 100 degrees when I get home at around 3:15 pm. It's currently breezy and 72 degrees. Thank you God!

You should be starting to translate into metric now... 22 degrees on my back deck today. On 680 News you'll hear the heat index referred to as the "humidex" reading. It's almost a different language...

L-girl said...

Just catching up on comments here...

there are plans for a world-wide Guluwalk in September, involving as many cities as possible. You'll be able to join us!

Yay! I'll be there if at all possible.

program one of your car radio preset buttons for 680AM. That's the Toronto 24-hour news report station, and it has good traffic updates every ten minutes.

Duly noted, and same as here, only ours is 880 and 1010.

I guess that means that all of those PoWs in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib will be released now, as per the Geneva Conventions?

But of course they're not POWs, they're enemy combatants, so none of those quaint rules apply anyway...

Apropos of nothing, I'm not sure how the average American ought to take this... :)

How about how the average Japanese person takes it...? "Engrish?"

You should be starting to translate into metric now... 22 degrees on my back deck today. On 680 News you'll hear the heat index referred to as the "humidex" reading. It's almost a different language...

I figure I'll change over all at once. Less confusing that way.

Thanks for the weather updates, everyone. (And for the pic, James!)If it stay this way into late August and early September, I will be very happy.

James said...

Someone decided to turn the tables on the "Engrish" website, showcasing English-language mis-use of kanji:

http://www.hanzismatter.com/

Then there's Franglais, a common dialect in Canada: French mangled by Anglophones or vice-versa. Not uncommon in Canadian politicians (though more common in the first case than the second).

There's a lot of good-natured teasing between the Francophones and the Anglos around here... Some ill-natured as well, unfortunately, but that's gotten pretty uncommon unless there's a referrendum floating around.

Lone Primate said...

There's a lot of good-natured teasing between the Francophones and the Anglos around here... Some ill-natured as well, unfortunately

I'll never forget that SCTV skit where Joe Flaherty played Guy Lafleur and John Candy played Darrel Sittler, doing a cereal commercial together, and flubbing the lines. They get more and more frustrated until "Sittler" sneers, "Hey, Guy, want some Pepsi?" and the gloves come off. :)