Hello, Internet, it’s Thursday, but I am just a basket of procrastination today, and videos take for-ev-er… so, written entry.
I have just had what I like to call a mid-week weekend. You see, for people with no 9-to-5 job, like myself, the days you take off are, if not arbitrary, at least erratic. And on Tuesday of this week, one of my best friends got married… and that was just so. much. fun.
The wedding was beautiful, and extremely well-attended. I had the video camera with me, but I was too busy enjoying myself at the reception to take much in the way of footage. I anxiously await the arrival of pictures on facebook.
On Wednesday, several old friends and I went to the beach. It has been YEARS since I hung out on the beach. There was much digging of holes and burying of friends and dragging of each other into the (incredibly cold) water. I read about a chapter of a book between all of the excitement. Really, just a fantastic couple of days.
In other news, it seems that Hurricane Earl is going to hit Nova Scotia pretty hard, but will miss St. John’s entirely, since the predicted path will go up the West Coast of Newfoundland and over Labrador early on Sunday. I have to say I am a tiny bit disappointed – last summer’s hurricane was an incredibly fun time. What a perfect excuse to hole yourself and your friends/family up and play board games all night! But then, I like lightening and ice storms too.
Still in the news… oh wait:
WARNING. POLITICS BELOW.
I think it is interesting that the CBC is reporting that a candidate in the New Brunswick provincial election was stumped when asked to name his favourite Acadian artist. Now, I don’t personally have a favourite Acadian artist, and I would probably be hard-pressed to name any on the spot (especially if I were trying to think in French at the same time), but then, I’m not running for Premier of New Brunswick. It fascinates me that for an interview designed specifically to let Acadians get to know him, PC leader David Alward (and his PR team) didn’t think to research this particular aspect of Acadian culture. Does this say something about the difference between anglophone and francophone Canadians? Between those who work in politics and those who work in media? Where does the rift lie?
Finally, an announcement was recently made that the City of Toronto is boosting its municipal arts funding to $25 per capita over the next 3 years. In comparison, the municipal funding available to artists by the City of St. John’s comes to about $1 per capita. This, in a city that constantly touts the importance of the arts… actions speaking louder than words, if ever I have seen it.
Come on, St. John’s. Artists love you. Won’t you love us back?