10.03.2005

we're in

The Red Sox won the wild card yesterday, and all eight playoff teams are set. High-anxiety fun starts Tuesday at 4:00.

That's about it for our house. Either unbridled joy or crushing heartbreak await on the horizon.

No work for either of us yet, which is strange. It's not a concern financially, because of the book I completed before we moved, and the one that I'll start sooner or later. But it certainly is odd for two people who have always worked to be unemployed for so long. We are certainly enjoying it.

The CBC and the locked-out Canadian Media Guild have reached a tentative agreement, so maybe I'll soon watch interesting and informative TV news - a novelty for Americans. I used to watch CBC News on something called the International Channel on cable in New York, but the time was inconvenient, and I rarely managed to coordinate it. And yes, I promise I will watch Rick Mercer.

For what it's worth, the weather service predicts that Ontario and Quebec can expect normally cold winters, while the rest of Canada will be spared the deep freeze.
Large parts of Canada are promised an unseasonably mild winter this year, but not so Ontario and Quebec, which can expect a normal dose of cold and snow, according to Environment Canada.

The two central Canadian provinces are the odd men out this year in the weather agency's preliminary winter forecast that predicts most of the country will get some respite from the deep freeze.

"What we're saying is from Vancouver to Thunder Bay, Ont., that western part of Canada is looking like it'll be warmer than normal, so it's a continuation of what the fall has been like," says senior climatologist David Phillips.

"And then also pretty much the Maritimes, Gaspé and Atlantic Canada is also going to be warmer than normal.

"But in Ontario and Quebec, (the forecast) is near normal," he says.
And in case anyone has forgotten, the U.S. is still slaughtering Iraqis. This is the never-ending war. I can only wonder when their mission will be accomplished, again.

9 comments:

James said...

Have you noticed that the proposed Iraqi Constitution, while claiming to be "dedicated to the principles of Democracy" (without defining what those are) manages to enshrine Islam as the basis of all law? Wouldn't Bush's boosters love it if they could do something similar in the US? They keep claiming that US law is based on the Ten Commandments (even though all but two Commandments describe acts legal in the US), but they'd be ecstatic if they could actually write Biblical law into the Constitution.

Kyle_From_Ottawa said...

No work for either of us yet, which is strange. It's not a concern financially, because of the book I completed before we moved, and the one that I'll start sooner or later. But it certainly is odd for two people who have always worked to be unemployed for so long. We are certainly enjoying it.

Are you really actively job hunting, or just passively looking? I mean, even people who are actively looking usually require 2-3 months to find a job (as in skilled jobs. It doesn't take long to find a job at Home Depot or some such).

L-girl said...

I mean, even people who are actively looking usually require 2-3 months to find a job (as in skilled jobs.

That doesn't really apply to us, becuase we're not looking for career-oriented jobs.

I'm waiting for my freelance projects to begin. They are delayed, which is typical.

Allan will be temping in law firms. He's registered with the agencies, then you just get the call and go. He'll also be interviewing for permanent positions with law firms. He wants a position with non-traditional hours, they don't open up often. People get these spots and keep them, like we did for the last ten years. Whenever a suitable spot opens up, Allan is sure to get it. Until then, he'll just temp 2 or 3 days a week.

There just hasn't been temp work yet. Law firms generally want people they know, temps they've used before, so you have to wait for an "in". But it will come.

G said...

Sox fans everywhere should be sending gifts to the city of Cleveland. Perhaps some Barry Bonds skin cream, or some Giambi Juice, or some Palmeiro Puffs? ;-)

Glad to see the war mention also. So much going on lately, it's easy to put the war out of mind ... and that can't happen, especially now with military officials coming out and countering the admin claim that the policy is "working".

L-girl said...

Sox fans everywhere should be sending gifts to the city of Cleveland.

Not so! The Red Sox finished with the exact same record as the Yankees. The Sox won their game yesterday, and so won the wild card outright.

I think Cleveland fans were teased by the White Sox near-collapse.

Wrye said...

The CBC will be back soon? Excellent. Rick Mercer isn't quite as edgy as he used to be (becoming a national celebrity and spokesperson will do that to you) but he's still got most of it.

And of course, the Daily show is on the other national network up here, so bonus points for everyone. Thanks to Rob Corddry's pioneering work in this field, even we non-baseball fans can appreciate the special link between the Red Sox and their fans.

L-girl said...

Thanks to Rob Corddry's pioneering work in this field, even we non-baseball fans can appreciate the special link between the Red Sox and their fans.

Hooray for Rob Corddry!

I feel like a bit of a fraud claiming to be part of that special link. I came to Red Sox Nation late in my baseball-fan career, and only after having glutted on excessive winning in Yankeeland. I didn't suffer through a lifetime of near-miss heartbreaks.

That said, the first year I loved the Sox, my heart was crushed to smithereens by one of the most spectacular blunders in baseball history. Somehow that seems appropriate.

David Cho said...

Yeah the Iraqi constitution.

We are replacing Hussein's secular government with an Islamic state and Christians there will be persecuted more than ever.

Nice going, Bush.

The American evangelical Christians unconditional support for Israel was a huge contributing factor to the persecution of Palestian Christians as well. There used to be a sizable Christian population there living side by side with Arab Muslims, but not it has become an unbearable place for Christians.

Nice going.

James said...

We are replacing Hussein's secular government with an Islamic state and Christians there will be persecuted more than ever.

Remember, there are lots of folks out there who believe having religion -- any religion at all -- is better than having none.

After all, the single most popular adjective used in describing totalitarian communist states was not "totalitarian" -- it was "Godless".