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Hippies are getting me into trouble.

February 28, 2006 1 comment
I am taking a safety course called "Hoisting and Rigging". It’s a two-day course.
 
At one point, the instructor asked the class to name natural fibre ropes. Being envronmentally conscious, having attended the Guelph Hippie Festival two years in row and having dated a hippie, I contributed ‘hemp’ rope. Now, I’ve been designated the ‘pot-smoker’ in the group! That’s so unfair.
 
We also learned how to tie various knots today. I’m hoping we’ll do japanese rope bondange tomorrow.
 
And FYI: I’ve decided to register to donate bone marrow. Thanks to all who provided information. I’m not sure how good a match I’ll be for anyone as I’m not entirely caucasian and apparently, ethnic mix is important.
 
If you want more info or a registration form, go to the Canadian Blood Services website. Which reminds me – I’m scheduled to donate blood tomorrow. I’ve been eating red meat and Quaker Oatmeal to Go to stock up on my iron content. Wish me luck!
 
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Bone marrow?

February 25, 2006 2 comments
I was thinking of registering to be a bone marrow donator. Has anyone donated marrow? Does it hurt? Keep in mind I had a hysterectomy so even knowing how it compares to that would be useful.
 
A bone marrow donation would save a life and seems like a good idea but I’m a little scared by it. I’ve tried to research it, but can only find info from bone marrow donation agencies who are trying to convince me to do it, so I imagine they won’t be all that forthcoming if it’s a really painful thing to do.
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I tried to be a girl, but it didn’t work.

February 22, 2006 4 comments
My mom bought me moccasins for Christmas that were too small. I decided to exchange them.
 
But what should I exchange them for? I already own moccasins and I don’t wear slippers or any other form of indoor shoe (unless I’m at Stella’s – then I keep my shoes on because if I don’t, my socks get covered with pet hair – ew).
 
I decided that I would get a pair of plain, black, basic dress shoes for job interviews and my brother’s wedding. All my current dress shoes are men’s shoes and I may like them, but:
 
a) general straight, gender unaware interviewers would be confused and
b) my mother does not want me to ‘dress like a man’ for my brother’s wedding because my grandmother doesn’t know I’m gay and wearing shoes identical to my grandfather’s church shoes would confuse her.
 
So I went to the store and looked around. I found two pair that were tolerable – not too girly, but not masculine. I tried them on. They were narrow (as all women’s shoes are on me – blame my tiny toes) but I could tolerate them for an hour or two. If I really had to.
 
Then I tried on a pair of Blundstone’s boots – oh my holy lord they were comfortable! And they say they last forever!
 
I bought those.
 
Sorry mom, I tried to be a girl. (And technically, they are unisex – not men’s.)
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Can someone help with my love life score?

February 18, 2006 3 comments
One of the people who commented on my blog had a link to a quiz on her blog. I went. I took the quiz. I did alright. I don’t know why my family/friends section is so low because my friends and my family (especially my family) totally rock. Maybe it’s because I only have one brother. Maybe they think quantity counts over quality.
 
Anyway, here are my results:
 
This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 7.9
Mind: 8.4
Body: 7.7
Spirit: 8.6
Friends/Family: 5.4
Love: 4.3
Finance: 9.1
Take the Rate My Life Quiz
 
 
That love life score has to go. You’d think with such a healthy spirit and finance category, I’d have a great love category… 😦
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I don’t understand.

February 16, 2006 2 comments
I’m watching ‘dancing with the stars’ and they have been doing all the dances I have been learning at class: cha cha, rhumba, foxtrot but if they hadn’t told me that is what they were dancing, I wouldn’t have known! Those dances they way they are doing them, don’t look anything like the dances I’ve been learning.
 
I think my instructors are holding out on me.
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The Gretzky Blog.

February 16, 2006 Leave a comment
I just read an article on the CBC website about the whole Gretzky betting ‘scandal’. At the bottom of the article were people’s email responses to the article. The general consensus was that they were sick of the media trying to ‘create’ juicy news and that no one actually believes Gretzky had done anything wrong. Furthermore, at no point in the ‘investigation’ did anyone think Gretzky did anything wrong or was involved. If he said he had no knowledge, everyone believes he is telling the truth and had no knowledge.
 
This is amazing considering most people will jump on the chance to accuse a celebrity of wrong-doing. It’s that grand attempt to drop ’em down to our non-celebrity level. But no one did it to Gretzky. Everyone believed him. Why? Because his gentlemanly, sportsmanly conduct precedes him. Through good living, he exudes trustworthiness.
 
I want to have that stellar a reputation. That is my goal in life.
 
Vive la Gretzky.
 
 
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Gosh, I love the Winter Olympics.

February 11, 2006 Leave a comment
I really do.
 
I mean, I do like the Summer Olympics. Olympics in general are a nice idea and I do like watching people excel in sports. Inspiring for sure.
 
But the Winter Olympics have such better sports than the summer. Running, swimming, so what? Here you have freestyle skiing! It’s must more exciting than freestyle swimming. Figure skating, hockey, moguls, even olympic curling is fun. And I never actually think about curling myself, until the olympics – then it’s my must-do sport of the year.
 
And I must say I have a much better appreciation for Ice Dance and Pairs now that I’m doing ballroom dancing, and watch ‘dancing with the stars’, ‘so you think you can dance’ and ‘skating with celebrities’.
 
I don’t like Brian Williams though (I think that’s his name…). Does his dad own CBC? How did he get that job?
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