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[livejournal.com profile] stalkingsilence provided me with seven questions:

What is your current favourite song?
I think "Shake it Out", by Florence + The Machine. It's ludicrously catchy, anyway.
What is your ultiamate comfort food?
Galumptious Mac and Cheese, or maybe a bit too much Bridge Mixture. But there is lots of good comfort food out there, so it is hard to choose.
What book are you currently reading? Or what book would you like to read but haven't yet?
I just finished The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood. It was a fun read; I think the characters were more relatable and had more interesting problems than in Oryx and Crake, but Atwood was still having the same sort of parody-dystopia-building fun.
What's your favourite part of being a dad?
Being a toddler amusement park is pretty fun, and so is realizing that my learning curve is starting to catch up with his (for now).
Favourite Canadian museum that you've visited?
I have a soft spot of the National Gallery. When I didn't live here, I would take a couple of hours to visit it almost every time I came up. I should go back more often now that I live here. It's too bad it isn't free like it used to be — it's a bit of a disincentive, particularly if I may be with an awake toddler with a short attention span, to pay by the visit. Maybe they could charge by the hour!
Describe the best holiday you ever had.
I think our cross-country train trip (wow, I didn't really blog that — here are some pictures, behind Facebook security in Elizabeth's account) may have been a once-in-a-lifetime thing.
What does a typical day off for you look like?
Breakfast could be the usual toast or baked goods, coffee and juice, or Elizabeth might make biscuits or pancakes. I'll manage to get some unstructured time to myself for reading or Internetting while Elizabeth and Oscar take a nap. I'll take Oscar with me on some errands to give Elizabeth a break to practice music. We may go as a family off to some happening out of the house, and we'll almost certainly get some Oscar playtime. I'll catch up on laundry, cat boxes and other chores, and Elizabeth will probably clean a bit and get the dishes under control. It's usually a pretty low-key sort of day off, but it's a nice change of pace.

If you want some questions to get your writing juices flowing, let me know in the comments!

metawidget: A platypus looking pensive. (Default)
I'm writing on the night of St. Patrick's Day, on the train in the dark. We're sleeping in seats for this leg of the trip, right behind a family with a young child who's uninterested in sleeping just now.

The vibes in sleeper class and coach are quite different; our travelling mates in sleeper seemed like fellow summer campers — lots of interaction, kicking around the club car and talking, and stuff in common — VIA employees on retirement or vacation and teachers were way overrepresented back there, and our companions were on average gayer and greyer than the general population. Up here in the front, people seem to tend to have their own built-in groups: families and travelling companions, including the group of barely-eighteen Swiss kids who, on boarding in Edmonton, proceeded to jam barely-eighteen porn magazines in the window shades somehow, which the staff and older passengers studiously looked away from until one of the crew encouraged the youths to take their porn down from public display.

Sleeper class food is excellent and plentiful. I think K. at work warned me that we might put on weight on a trip like this one, and she may be right.

The views out the windows have been very pretty — most of the time the weather out here has been clear and bright (and not too bitterly cold when we've gotten out of the train to stretch our legs). Most of our time in Saskatchewan's famed flatness was in the dark, but we did see those rocking oil pumps in fields in Alberta, and a lot of countryside that looks kind of like Ormstown, with a different mix of trees — or not. Today, however, was my first time ever in the presence of mountains with pointy tops capped in snow, as opposed to the rounded, smaller mountains we have back home.

Tomorrow (most likely today by the time I touch the Internet and post this), we're going to spend our first significant amount of time on solid ground in Vancouver, but then get back on a wobbly surface for the ferry trip to Victoria and [livejournal.com profile] aeon_of_maat.
metawidget: A platypus looking pensive. (Default)
I'm writing from Toronto, waiting for Elizabeth to catch up with me in the lounge they let us sleeper-class passengers use. I hope her audition for the Folk Festival went well... because now it's basically vacation time!

...aside from the little bit of contract programming for an old client of mine that I picked up and procrastinated on a bit. But I think the really important parts are done, and the files are sent off. I hope any little fixes will feel like recreational programming.

I can't quite believe we're actually doing this Crazy Cross-Country Rail Trip — it came up fast, but it should be fun. We'll have somewhat intermittent Internet once we get beyond Windsor later tonight, but I'll try to record the bits of our journey in blog posts and pictures, and fire them off when we have a signal. We leave Toronto at 10, so we'll grab some good food (I hope) near Union Station.




Good blog post on protectionist sentiment, the economy, gambling ads and appearing concerned:

http://ansuz.sooke.bc.ca/ephemera/too-many-symbols.php

Also, I'm a bit disappointed in our Liberal senators, who earlier this week seemed ready to strip un-stimulus stuff (bashing public service unions, removing women's right to go to court for pay equity) out of the budget and pass the actual spending stuff, only to be pressured, it seems, by the MPs to hold their noses and pass the whole omnibus shebang. It's back to the last Parliament, where the Cons are evil and the Libs have no backbone — same strategy, too: the Cons do something all-or-nothing with a few reasonable elements (stimulus package, not having another election), the Libs object briefly, the Cons accuse them of obstructing the few nice things in their package, conveniently ignoring the ideological payload, and the Libs fall over themselves trying not to look obstructionist, whether it's sitting out votes or pushing senators to skip the due dilligence. I think it actually kind of tied in with Matthew Skala's article above, it's all about perception and symbols and not much about what a measure actually does.

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