1.04.2007

easy

Compared to what we did last September, this is a piece of yummy cake.

No complicated logistics, no driving back and forth to Buffalo, no being without our stuff for a week, no sick pup that has to go out every hour. No paperwork, no applications, no money transfer headaches, no car salesmen. No filthy walls to paint, or dust-caked fake chandeliers to remove, or the dozens of other things we did to make the old house livable. And somehow this list is only a vague summary. Although it was incredibly exciting and fun, it was also incredibly complicated and stressful.

Now all we have to do is unpack and get set up. It's a pleasure.

It's going really well. There will be the inevitable trips to Canadian Tire and Ikea coming up, but I enjoy that.

I see while I was in my own world, there was this great story in my hometown (today's follow-up here). Closer to home, the Ontario Court of Appeal issued an excellent court decision, legally recognizing that there are many ways to make a family. Progress.

10 comments:

M@ said...

I had heard some vague stuff about that New York subway incident before, but hadn't really read what happened until today. I'm really impressed -- not only with the guy, who seems like a really decent sort of fellow, but also with people's reactions to him. Giving his daughters scholarships is a really nice thing to do.

I am generally opposed to how when something is a big story in the media, people should treat the celebrity differently and not actually change their view of the world (e.g. does anyone want to do anything else for the working-class blacks of NYC? Is there no one more deserving of a scholarship that the two girls?)

But this is a guy who's impressed that, because he saved a life, he gets a free sandwich. I can't not like this guy.

I'm glad the move was so relatively stress-free. Glad to hear it!

L-girl said...

I am generally opposed to how when something is a big story in the media, people should treat the celebrity differently and not actually change their view of the world (e.g. does anyone want to do anything else for the working-class blacks of NYC? Is there no one more deserving of a scholarship that the two girls?)

I know, I'm the exact same way. Those easy feel-good stories about individual acts of human kindness, but nothing about the systems behind them and what could change. Not that individual acts of kindness are not important, but they don't change the world.

What this guy did was more than run-of-the-mill heroism, if there is such a thing as that. He actually threw himself on top of someone in the path of a moving subway train. Mind-boggling.

James said...

I know, I'm the exact same way. Those easy feel-good stories about individual acts of human kindness, but nothing about the systems behind them and what could change.

We had a disgusting case up here a few years back; the media started running a story about a woman and her sick son, who was dying of cancer (or something like that, I don't remember the details). Donations came pouring in to a special charity account set up by City-TV (or some such). The account quickly ran up into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Then it came out that the woman's son wasn't sick at all; it was a scam she was running using her son (and, IIRC, it wasn't the first time she'd run such a scam).

City-TV ran a poll to ask people what should be done with the money in the charity account, and most people said, "Let her keep it", apparently on the grounds that "She touched our hearts" or some such. Meanwhile, the people who are *really* dying of cancer apparently aren't touching their hearts enough to rate a donation.

M@ said...

What this guy did was more than run-of-the-mill heroism, if there is such a thing as that. He actually threw himself on top of someone in the path of a moving subway train. Mind-boggling.

Oh, no question. Like I say, he seems like the kind of guy who could do with a little recognition.

But stories like James's really bug me. I think I'll start a new policy: every time there's a story like the one James described, I'll personally send ten bucks to a charity that really needs the money. Planned Parenthood in my area has been really strapped in the last two years, and there are numerous medical and educational foundations I could help out.

It'll make me feel better about myself, and hopefully less rage-filled when it comes to those disgusting displays like the mountain of flowers outside Buckingham Palace in '97 when some rich lady died or something.

L-girl said...

Agreed.

The scam itself, well, there are scam artists everywhere. The people who said she should keep the money? I just want to smack those people.

By the way, M@... eschewing the feel-good individual charity story to examine the systems behind them... you sure sound like a leftist to me. :-)

James said...

The scam itself, well, there are scam artists everywhere. The people who said she should keep the money? I just want to smack those people.

City-TV's poll had choices such as "Let them keep them money", "Return the money to the donors", and "Donate the money to the Canadian Cancer Society".

IIRC, "Let them keep the money" came in frist, with "Donate to the CCS" second. But I may be misremembering, or remembering the poll numbers before it was finished.

M@ said...

eschewing the feel-good individual charity story to examine the systems behind them... you sure sound like a leftist to me.

SHHHHHHHH!

:)

M@ said...

Interesting postscript: today an anonymous commenter dropped in on a blog that I update very infrequently to call me a "leftard".

I know that this must be a daily occurrence for you, but it made me feel I've actually, you know, arrived.

L-girl said...

I know that this must be a daily occurrence for you, but it made me feel I've actually, you know, arrived.

Well, congratulations!!

You're one up on me, though. I don't think I've ever been called a "leftard". It has a nice ring to it! :-)

M@, the simple truth of it it, you're too intelligent to be right-wing.

There, I said it.

M@ said...

"Proud member of the leftard community." Yeah, I think I've got a new banner.