Tuesday, January 23, 2007

CTV.ca | Family booted from plane after tot's tantrum

Does anyone see anything wrong with this item? CTV.ca Family booted from plane after tot's tantrum

I suppose I'm in the minority, but the story rankles and not for the reason the writer seems to have intended. My viewpoint is that the airline was entirely right. In fact, the airline offered the family a full refund AND a free flight at a later date. When did civilization and common sense expire? I suspect it was during my lifetime, but I didn't notice the obituary...

Sunday, January 21, 2007


I lost again. Clare had a BAFAB contest asking for "the most original/worthwhile/fantastic/exciting thing (although it doesn't have to be all these) you intend to do this year ". I couldn't come up with anything original, fantastic or exciting but I thought mine sort-of qualified as 'worthwhile'. Now, in fairness, I didn't deserve to win. I personally voted for someone else's entry. I'm sticking by my 'resolution' though. I quite like it, actually. Here's my entry:

Life experience has taught me to be grateful for small things, so I'm crossing Everest and all the lesser Himalayas off my 'to-do' list this year. My hopes and dreams are purer, simpler things.

I hope to get up each morning whether I feel like it or not. I'll face the worst day of the year in the same way I face the best. If I fall into a lake of mud, I will not wallow. I'll claw and kick and find my way out.

I'll try to be pleasant to people who don't seem very pleasant themselves. In the face of incivility I will try to be civil myself.

I'll look into people's eyes and if I see pain, I'll look for something I might do to help.

I'm going to try to feel less 'responsible' this year. I might even leave dirty dishes on the counter sometimes.

I'm going to read more and work less.

I'm going to be less serious about life! I'm going to draw lots of happy faces and little waving hands.

I think I'll get a scooter. (Not a motorized one - one that looks like a skateboard with a handle.)

I'm going to try not to break any bones!


Kimmy and Debra have recently been slavering over Kiefer Sutherland. Of course, I felt it my duty to be the voice of reason. I wouldn't be so rude as to point out Mr. S's deficiencies, but I did offer a much better alternative. All of this led me to give some serious consideration to mating preferences...

When we were children my sister and I played 'dressup' and we chose dressup husbands for ourselves. She chose Hugh O'Brien. I chose the ever-so-much-better Brian Keith. At the time our choices were limited by the celebrity pool we had access to - television stars. Let's play dressup right now!

Your choice is limited to 'public' people, people we can all recognize. Imagine yourself without that charming cookie who's sitting across from you at the table... Who would you choose? I think we need one further stipulation: You will have to imagine this as more than a 'one night stand'. Imagine yourself stuck with this person for at least five years.

At Kimmy's blog I commented on the attractiveness of Benjamin Netanyahu, but the 'stuck for five years' rule eliminates him.

When all is considered, I have to go for intelligence myself. My choice probably wouldn't make it to the final round in a beauty contest, but I could stand his company for five years. James Carville. (I'll take Netanyahu for the one night stand.) Now, who would you choose?

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Wonder Woman

Kimmy did the "three things" meme and you've got to go look! Look at what she can do!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Three Things

Douglas from Crossword Bebop has tagged me with the "three things" meme:

Three things that scare me: Noisy, crowded rooms; idiot politicians; bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

Three people who make me laugh: Stephen Colbert, Woody Allen, Rodney Dangerfield.

Three things I love: My family, my country, and anything growing (mold excepted!)

Three things I hate: Idiot politicians, violence, messy bookkeeping.

Three things I don't understand: Narrow-minded people, bigotry, homophobia.

Three things on my desk: Digital camera, telephone, television remote.

Three things I'm doing right now: Breathing, typing, smiling.

Three things I want to do before I die: See our never-ending renovation finally completed, find my half-brother, get the house tidy.

Three things I can do: I can keep a secret. Boy, can I keep secrets! I'm keeping secrets for people both living and long-dead. I can do most things I'm interested in doing (fortunately I'm not interested in acquiring any Olympic medals or acting awards.) I can 'read' people instantly. If I was a fraud, I could get away with claiming to be psychic because I have the sometimes-uncomfortable ability to spot every twitch and know what people are thinking.

Three things you should listen to: My instincts, your own better nature, and common sense.

Three things you should never listen to: Other peoples' negative opinions - if you're going to come to a negative conclusion at least make sure it's your own; telephone salespeople; rude people.

Three things I'd like to learn: more about the computer, more about digital photography, how to paint.

Three favorite foods: Oranges, tomatoes, chocolate.

Three beverages I drink regularly: Tea, milk, and more tea.

Three TV shows/books I watched/read as a kid: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Norah Lofts, William Faulkner. TV: Meet McGraw, Riverboat, The Crusader

Three bloggers to tag: Tom at Random Thinking, Maxine from Petrona, and Kimmy from the Smug Cloud.