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Benjamin
01 January 2010 @ 02:30 pm
Wtf? :) How could I not update for over an entire year?!
 
 
 
Benjamin
05 May 2008 @ 12:40 pm
Curt and I went to Canada last weekend.

We went to Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was my first time in Canada, and I really thought it was going to be just like America. And, the truth is - it isn't. It's a whole different world! And it's so confusing because there's so much that is the same. But the differences are there. And they are pronounced and subtle all at the same time.

Now, I guess I can't judge the entire country by Winnipeg - and really I am absolutely enchanted by PEI (and we heard on the CBC that they just lifted a ban on canned pop in PEI, so you can now buy pop in cans rather than just in glass bottles. Hooray for PRO-gress!) so we're going to have to get there aboslutely, but I can say that I love Winnipeg. It's such a strange feeling there. It's obviously a vibrant city - multicultural, diverse, historical, and fairly modern. It's much more of a capital-C-city than I ever thought. Yet, there's also this melancholy that seems pervasive. Not that people don't enjoy life there, but there's like this undercurrent of broken-ness. Unfulfilled dreams and uneasiness. I guess people once referred to Winnipeg as the "Chicago of the North." Now, people call it that in a kind of a loving, but mocking, way. I guess it's kind of like the kid who goes through high school with straight As and then decides to go to trade school instead of the Ivy-League college she was accepted to. It's like the city itself is mourning it's lost potential...and what other way could it be? There was this guy on the radio talking about Winnipeg's history and he summed it up by stating that "Winnipeg endures." He also mentioned that in the early 1900s, Winnipeg was thriving and booming -- a true railroad town. That all stooped though with the opening of the Panama Canal -- since rail traffic declined as the canal opened a whole new cheap and fast way to get things from the east to the west and vice versa. But it's far from a ghost town up there...although it is in the middle of nowhere.

City aside, Canada rules my world. I think it's like America doused with Maple Syrup. I got pics on my Facebook.
 
 
Benjamin
Is it appropriate to call a First Nations person an American Indian? A Canadian Indian?



Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Deep in the Earth
Cover me with pretty lies
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee.

But the part that gets me is: "They tell ‘ya 'Honey, you can still be an Indian down at the ‘Y’ on Saturday nights.'"

I would have been a militant member of AIM back in the day.

 
 
Benjamin
01 April 2008 @ 05:36 pm
I just got rick rolled for the first time today too. wtf. omg.

;ldsag
 
 
Benjamin
01 April 2008 @ 05:32 pm
http://www.google.com/virgle/index.html

Stupid billionaires with stupid too much time on their stupid hands with stupid april fools tricks that are stupid.
 
 
Benjamin
21 March 2008 @ 11:23 am
since i don't really post "content" to my journal, i don't feel bad for posting today. long-time friends of mine know how inane my posts are, and really, i'm probably helping the strikers by posting.
 
 
Benjamin
19 March 2008 @ 06:06 pm
First The Band:


And, of course, some random internet guy:
 
 
Benjamin
14 March 2008 @ 06:09 pm
 
 
Benjamin
13 March 2008 @ 07:39 pm
Curt internet-adopted two elephants...one for each of us.

I got Shimba - this cute little elephant who's mom fell ill and died soon after he was born. 



He's currently in the elephant nursery!  And he's very cute.  Watch Elephant Diaries on Animal Planet!  And adopt an elephant! :) 



http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/