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July 25, 2005

They're Not Made Of Real Meat Anyway...

Overheard at a restaurant this weekend:

"She's a vegetarian except for Corn Dogs."

07:44 | Stuff | Comments (2)

July 21, 2005

There's A World Going On Underground

American officials have just announced the closing of a metre-wide tunnel dug between a shed in Langley, BC to a house in Lynden, WA, built presumably to smuggle drugs.

And all this time I was waiting in line at the border crossing like a sucker.

08:09 | Stuff

July 20, 2005

E Pluribus Napkin

I was at the grocery store the other day buying napkins. I picked up a 500 pack of "Everyday Napkins" but I seriously considered shelling out a mere dollar more for the 100 pack of "Patriotic Napkins", which featured blue stars and red stripes.

I mean, what can be more patriotic than wiping your face with your nation's flag?

Apparently my local grocery store isn't patriotic enough for some folks, who would rather shop at stores that deal exclusively in patriotic paper products

Clean up spills with the absorbent powers of democracy and liberty!

07:47 | America | Comments (4)

July 17, 2005

Lasso The Blazing Head

A couple of weekends ago, T, Amanda and I met up with Pete in Vancouver.

We checked out the Aquarium, Chinatown, Granville Island and ate a lot of good food (including a Japanese-Tapas fusion restaurant's foie gras and unagi).

But my favourite sight was at the Templeton restaurant for breakfast. We were seated at a table which was decorated with old Wonder Woman comic panels. I took a picture of my favourite one: Wonder Woman trying to lasso a comet:

Wonder Woman lassoing a comet

10:04 | Stuff

July 9, 2005

Civil Unity

I rarely see eye-to-eye with Alberta Premier Ralph Klein when it comes to social issues. But a few weeks ago he mused that his government "wouldn't be involved in the solemnization of marriage", as a way of opposing the recently passed Bill C-38, which if made into law, would make gay marriage legal in Canada, under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Since in Canada marriage is federal jurisdiction, Klein has no other recourse. In my opinion, his comment about solemnization is a perfect solution. This was actually an idea I had thought up months ago, but for the opposite reason Klein has.

Imagine a system where the government only recognizes civil unions, and has no concept of marriage. Marriage would be a purely religious rite with no legal standing. Before or after the wedding ceremony, the "newlyweds" would stop by the local judge's office and sign a civil union license. Obviously property and tax laws, etc. would have to be changed accordingly, but we skirt the entire issue of the government condoning an untraditional form of marriage.

I really hope this idea catches on, and people in support of gay marriage don't reject it just because Klein proposed it.

12:54 | Canada , Politics | Comments (5)

July 1, 2005

Canada Day Quiz

Happy Canada Day!

Take the CBC Canada Day quiz to find out how much you know about Canada's past. I scored 17/20 :)

I'm off to Vancouver this weekend to celebrate. I'll be back in time to enjoy the 4th of July celebrations here.

07:59 | Canada