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The Friday Five

These questions were written by jesse_the_k.

1) What is the first song you remember from your childhood?

Puff the Magic Dragon

2) What is the first music you purchased with your own money?

Elton John's Greatest Hits, I think.

3) What's a piece of music that you know by heart?

Probably none, any more. I used to play a lot from memory. I can still sing a few Girl Guide songs, but I don't think they count.

4) What's a song that makes you turn off the music right away?

I don't think there is one. Mind you, I rarely listen to pop music stations.

5) And why?

I just don't seem to have time for music these days. I'm looking forward to retirement so I can get back to playing.

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1. How did you choose your LJ/DW username?

It's also my name in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

2. What has been your favorite day this year and why?

I can't choose just one. Overall it has been a pretty good year. I have had great fun with friends, traveled, had some lovely swims, started an interesting new job, and enjoyed time with my family. If I stretch the year slightly, it was about a year ago that my son graduated from university. I spent a week sightseeing in Halifax and had some very proud moments.

3. What is your favorite film you've seen in the past year and why?

Wonder Woman. It was the only movie I went to see in a theatre. I don't bother going unless I really really want to see something. This was worth it.

4. What is your favorite book you've read in the past year and why?

I don't remember because they all blur together. Maybe one of the books on medieval gardens?

5. You get to program a half-hour of music videos on MTV. What videos to you pick?

This question was obviously written by someone much younger than me. I have never appreciated music videos. This one, however, is special. It was a bit of a cult favourite back when I was in university. It still amuses me. https://youtu.be/cn73Wtem0No



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1. What's the happiest thing to ever happen to you?
2. What's the saddest thing to ever happen to you?
3. What's the thing that got you the most angry in your life?
4. What's the most frightening thing to ever happen to you?
5. What's the most unbelievable thing to happen to you in your life?

1. The arrival of my children. Geoff's birth mom went into labour on my birthday and I couldn't wait to see him. I was terrified she would change her mind, but everything went smoothly. I still remember the joy of sitting down outside in the terrible heat in China, as my baby doll ShuLing fell asleep in my arms. She was so tiny and calm, and then incredibly curious to learn all about the world she had scarcely seen until then.

2. The ending of what I thought had been strong friendships.

3. I'm not sure. I get steamed sometimes, and I get very angry about injustice (both global and in my workplace), but I try not to let anything stick. I either work to get over myself or to change things (or at least not repeat the bad behaviour I loathe in others).

4. I have no idea. I dislike heights, so standing on the glass floor section of the CN Tower was scary - but it didn't happen to me, I did it to myself. Same with roller coasters. I am no longer afraid, but no-one made me go on the first one (or the second, which was when I discovered they were actually fun).

5. Nothing truly outstanding. From a Canadian perspective, searching through a temporary morgue on a street in San Salvador, trying to find the body of a Canadian we were told had been killed in an earthquake and landslide was pretty unbelievable. We never did find her, though her son eventually confirmed her death to us.

One that still amuses me is when I was about four or five. I had a pair of oh-so-fashionable orange pants with white coin dots. Rather than true bell bottoms, they had a double layer of ruffles. My family went to Paris on holiday and the man running the Eiffel Tower elevator admired them with an "ooh la la les pantalons". It seemed pretty unbelievable at the time that I would be considered fashionable in the heart of Paris.

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1. What is the most embarrassing piece of clothing you own?

Probably my Olaf onesie - at least when I wear it outside the house for something besides winter swimming.

2. What old trend do you wish would come back?

Cooking and eating at home. I think we have way too many restaurants and fast "food" items at the grocery store, and therefore far too much food waste.

3. How have your goals changed over your life?

I used to be ambitious. Now I just want to retire and enjoy my hobbies.

4. How much do you plan for the future?

Not nearly enough.

5. When was the last time you had a food fight?

I don't think I have ever had one. I think they are silly and gross. Besides, I hate food waste.


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Anais_pf posed in thefridayfive These questions were written by gh0sts.


1) What is the most outrageous style you've ever rocked?

I used to do my hair in tiny braids with lots of little clips and beads. Not quite cornrows (usually), but close.

2) As a teen, were you an emo, goth, punk, grunger, or prep?

None of the above. I managed a new wave (punk lite) look in my late teens.

3) Have you ever had a crazy hairstyle/colour?

I had one that was asymmetrical long before it was fashionable - almost shaved on one side, and below my chin on the other. The closest I ever got to a crazy Colour was pink in the two sections I pinned away from my face. Mostly it was crazy because the dye washed right out and permanently stained everything except my hair!

4) Do you think we ever really grow out of our teen selves?

I hope not. I liked the brash, hopeful pRt of my teen self.

5) Is there any fashion style you wish you could wear but maybe don't have the confidence?

Not really. There are some I wish I could wear but can't find the right occasion (that 1920s dress pattern that really needs to be worn to the theatre but I would rather wear it to the office, for example). I wear what I consider to be flattering, or fun, and don't care what anyone thinks about my choices.

Back from holidays

They were brilliant. It was so much fun to see old friends again and to make new ones. Labrador rdor was amazing. The scenery was beautiful, despite all the black flies. Having dinner where the floor show was humpback whales chasing capelin in the bay was outstanding. The seal swimming up while we played on the beach, and the dolphins chasing our ferry back to Newfoundland were also pretty darned cool.

I have a bazillion pictures but can't download them to my computer until I take it in to be fixed. In the meantime, here is a video shot while we were there. I'm the one in the blue cap, making a fishing net.
https://www.facebook.com/CanadaC3/videos/397347560663417/?hc_ref=ARRT_JkF83FlCaXvEMHm54nOecX7f3srrBb7rtrFurCO7YDz2QHCY29dAkhMyZ2ITYU

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Some day, I want to be a silly old aunt

This is a Prayer to Ama-no-Uzeme, Baubo, and Silly Old Aunts. This is a Prayer for Resistance.

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This is a prayer to Ama-no-Uzeme.  This is a prayer for Resistance.

This is a prayer to her sister, Baubo.  This is a prayer for Resistance.

This is a prayer for the old women who dance naked to make us laugh.  This is a prayer for Resistance.

This is a prayer for jokes about drinking, jokes about chin hair, jokes about gas.  Old women make up the Resistance.

This is a prayer for laughing at yourself, taking no one too seriously, being self-aware. Old women make up the Resistance.

This is a prayer for the tricksters, a prayer to old broads, a chant about tennis shoes and walkers.  Old women make up the Resistance.

When the Moon is full, I call to them.

I bring wine to make them bawdy.  I bring mirrors to hang upon trees.  I bring a long history of getting over yourself.

I bring breasts that droop, Shelia Na Gig t-shirts, and gin (old women always drink gin).

“Come, Ancient Tricksters,” I say.  “Come dance and make our laughter turn into freedom.”

They come as they have always come.  Laughing among themselves at some old secret.  Carrying casseroles, wearing shawls, with purses that hold Cherries in the Snow lipsticks, worn down, half-full, years old.

They come as they have always come.  Singing old songs only they remember.  Tickling babies and pinching cheeks, exclaiming in awe over the miracle of children growing taller.

They come as they have always come.  In sweaters, even in June.  A box of rugelach, divinity in a metal tin, a cardboard box that looks like the car in a circus train, filled with animal crackers.  Soup.

“Grandma!” I cry.  “Aunt Ester!”  “Great Goddesses of mirth!  We can’t laugh when our democracy is failing.  We can’t be happy when injustice has won.  We want to hide.”

“Old Ones,” I cry.  “You who drool and wheeze! Forget Vaudeville, forget stand-up, forget old knock-knock jokes!  All is in ruins and we are bereft.  No jokes can save us; we want to retreat from this fight!”

They poke us in the ribs, Ama-no-Uzeme, Baubo, and Shelia Na Gig.  They pinch our cheeks and tickle us under our chins.   They tell us to eat, get some rest, go for a walk.

They whip off their jogging suits.  Drop their house dresses.  Stomp on their own dignity.

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid to look silly?” they challenge us.  “The only way I can teach you how to fight is to slip this lesson in between your pride and your fear,” they tell us.  “How would you do this if it were the last thing you would do?” they insist upon asking.  “Strip away all your pretense.  Do the one thing that needs to be done.  Never be afraid again.”

Listen.

This is a prayer to foolish old women.  Old women make up the Resistance.  This is a prayer to  Ama-no-Uzeme, Baubo, and Silly Old Aunts.  This is a prayer for Resistance.

Picture found here.

Happy World Refugee Day

There are now more refugees than at any time since WWII. I'm not sure whether that includes all the internally displaced people. Amid all that, I want to follow up on a conversation I had with spikesgirl58 last night about weird names. It struck me that my radio station is fairly representative of my Canada, full of immigrants and refugees who are proud of their heritage. We have a Wabkeshig (Algonkian, so not an immigrant as he is First Nations), Omar (Middle Eastern but I don't remember the country), Ali (Pakistani, I think), Piya (Indian), Ify (Nigerian, I think), and the best last name ever: VanOuldenbaerneveld (Dutch). Then there is Judy (Trinh - Vietnamese). She came as a four-year-old refugee after escaping Vietnam during the boat people crisis in 1979 and is now an independent journalist who often reports for CBC. She settled into a smaller city in Alberta, one of four refugee families there. The Vietnamese boat people crisis was a big deal in Canada, and was the first time to my knowledge that Canada used a model of community sponsorships to bring in thousands of people with no ties to Canada, or education/business prospects, to increase their chances of success. I remember the pride in my Grandmother's small town when they collectively sponsored a Vietnamese family who lived there for many years.

It was only later that I discovered the history of the Vietnamese in Ottawa. Our mayor at the time, Marion Dewar, who led the push to sponsor refugees; the federal government yielded to the pressure and opened up the doors, allowing 4,000 Vietnamese to settle here. This commemorative statue was erected in Chinatown, where many of them originally settled, in 1995.


Judy Trinh wrote an essay about her experiences that was the inspiration for a Heritage Minute. You can read more about it, and watch the clip, here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/trinh-family-boat-people-inspires-heritage-minute-1.4167835.

Since then, the sponsorship model was used far less, and I think it is reflected in who succeeds. Our Somali and Ethiopian communities, for example, have had taken much longer to thrive. The Syrian refugees sponsored by communities have five times the support of government-sponsored by refugees, tend to learn English or French much more readily, and are finding work. One of my friends spends hours every day tracking down furniture, bicycles, and even clothing for some 150 government-sponsored families who are really struggling, so that they can afford to continue in language lessons or job certification courses, and find decent work.

The Friday Five

Are you ready for the Summer?

1. Have you ever been to summer camp?

2. If so, was it fun or did you hate it?

3. If not, did you ever wish you had?

4. What movie says "Summer Time" to you?

5. Did movies like "Friday the 13th" put you off summer camp?

1. I did a lot of camping with Brownies and Girl Guides, but not summer camp as in "a week or a month away, living in bunkhouses". I also dis quite a bit with my parents.
2. I loved camping. Still do, though I don't go very often any more.
3. n/a
4. Meatballs, of course. I couldn't even read the title of this Friday Five without singing that song in my head.
5. Never saw it.

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Ice cream and a glass of wine makes a perfect dinner in the right circumstances. Will report more on my busy long weekend once it's over.