Sitting watching the end of Traffic on Bravo, this is a culmination of a number of things that I’ve been wanting to mention.
Winter’s come early it seems. According to the news, it’s going to be the coldest winter since 1994. It’s certainly started early enough, with the ground being white since the end of November and the temperature being solidly in the negatives since then as well. Even right now, there’s a storm blowing in, the power is flickering and I’m hoping that I get a three day weekend.
The same time, it feels like Christmas has come early too. I know, it’s foolish to say that now as it’s only a week away, but seriously, they had the Christmas parade…sorry, the Parade of Lights in the middle of November! I know it’s a great chance to jump start the holiday gift-buying season. Hell, I’m quite sure the whole thing is put on by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, but it just seems so early and forced.
Somewhere in the past few weeks, I caught myself watching a documentary on Victoria Beckham. The whole thing focused on how ridiculous she was, with the weight loss and the fake breasts and the lack of singing talent and the big sunglasses and the whole shebang. Curiously, the documentary was followed by a reality TV show on Victoria Beckham moving to LA. In it, she struck me as being a truly “real” person, focused on her family (all of her tattoos have to do with her kids) and not really understanding the attention she gets. It was an interesting look, the public and private personas of people.
The Peel Pub closed down. Allegedly the staff showed up on Monday two weeks ago to locked doors and no idea what was happening. I went there for lunch a bit, but in the end, it was in direct competition with the Oasis and I’d rather see the Oasis prosper then the Peel Pub. Super Video and the thrift clothing store beside it also closed down.
I never completed my NaNoWriMo story. In fact, I wrote on the first day, about 850 words and then got to about 1200 over the course of November. Far short of the 50 000 goal, but in the end, that’s alright. I thought I’d handle this failure a bit differently, but it’s not really a failure. What I needed from NaNoWriMo wasn’t a novel, it wasn’t slaving over a keyboard with a plot I didn’t like with characters who were shallow. All I wanted, all I needed from the experience was the motivation, the kick in the pants. And I got it. I did roughly 9 interviews over the last six weeks and I’ve got enough content to fill out a good three additional articles for HF in addition to the two I’ve already done for HF and the two I’ve already done for FC. Finally, I feel like I’m making use of the access and position that I’m in.
Interesting: Superstore is advertising their President’s Choice brand as being so good, “it’s worth switching super markets for.” Perhaps an indication of them not getting as many shoppers as desired? At the same time, Sobeys is marketing themselves as being “just food” as a swipe towards the ever greying line between places like Superstore and places like Wal-Mart.
I’ve said this before, but the first week of December is particularly solemn. Lennon’s death, Dimebag’s death, the Halifax Explosion, the Montreal massacre. Yoko Ono has this Imagine Peace website set up to commiserate John’s death as a base point for action and positivity. She wrote a letter to him, 27 years after he died, although on the same page, there’s this big video that takes forever to load. So be warned.
Interesting: On Fox Rochester, they have the holiday messages from soldiers abroad. Instead of saying they are stationed in Iraq or Kuwait (it’s displayed on the screen), to a man, they all say they are stationed in South-West Asia. It’s all the same, but one has to wonder if someone decided that the words Iraq or Middle East were too polarizing.
I took a cab home one night and as I normally do, I tried to do a little small-talk, the usual how is your night going, are you busy, stuff like that. The cabbie didn’t really say much and he didn’t seem up for talking. Then all of the sudden, he just starting spouting off. It seems that Halifax Regional Police is doing spot-checks this time of year, checking for drunk drivers and the like. The cabbie’s problem with this: they only do it Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. By his witness, they didn’t have any of these things set up on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Now, what nights of the week do you think people are going to be more likely to drink and maybe consider getting behind the wheel?
Like last year, coming near the year end, I have so much that I want to write about. I also have three articles to do for HF and a bunch of other stuff that I want to wrap up before 2008 could officially come to a start. So, hopefully there’s no work tomorrow.