Saturday, July 31, 2010


I've been asked to do a reading at a friend's wedding this summer.

Oh, and I have to select the reading. Yeah.

I'm totally up for this, but it's a bit of a challenge. We Sweets are not "wedding people," so I don't have a catalog of romantic verses (Biblical or otherwise) on hand.

Another problem is, I haven't even met the bride and I haven't seen my friend, the groom, in about 5 years. I know (at least the last time I talked to him) that he was very religious (Christian), so I assume he still is, and I assume she is, too.

Still, it's going to be an outdoor wedding, I think. The groom is very "outdoorsy" (no doubt what he would put on an on-line dating profile if he hadn't already snagged a wife).

The reading does not have to be from the Bible. Poems and prose are game, too.

No cussin'. No smut. (I know, I know... no juicy stuff from Song of Songs.)


Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Up North."

Earlier this week my good friend T invited me up to his family's cottage. I packed up my ukulele and my textbooks and took off.

It really is nice to get out of the city. Although I don't have to leave the house a lot these days, the heat is getting really oppressive. It's been a couple of weeks now that we've had highs of high-20s/low 30s with insane humidexes. Our house is fairly cool, thanks mostly to an enormous maple tree out back that partially shades us. Still, when the thermostat reaches around 27 and my brain starts to cook, I cave and put on the AC.

Well, it was nice for a couple of days to be on a lake with the breeze and be able to go for a dip. I even got a little bit of a sunburn. This shouldn't be a total shock to anyone who knows me and my lilywhite ass, but it might be surprising since I usually have a slow IV drip of SPF 60.

I guess I didn't have to take my vitamin D tablets that day.

So, I have one more week before my next Physiology exam. It's on the respiratory and renal systems. Both are very interesting, but I will eat my hat if I have to know the solute filtration rate of a kid with a speech impediment. "So, I hear you have a lateral lisp, there, Timmy. If you can just pee in this cup, we can start your session!" Most of the other systems I can see connections, and of course renal heath is inextricably linked to overall health, but in my selfish SLP-prep mind, it's hard to make connections.

Off to start my day. Happy summer, everyone!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Hot And Bothered.

Current Weather Updated: Thursday, July 8, 2010, 10:00 EDT - Pearson Airport

A  few clouds


A few clouds
Christ on a cracker. When will this heat let up? I guess not for another week, save Friday when some rain is going to drop the temperature to a frigid 25°.

I have put on the air conditioning, which I hate for many reasons. I was feeling woozy and I have a lot of Physiology lectures to get through today, so I thought I'd treat myself.

Last night we didn't put on the air conditioning, and I was a delirious, hallucinating mess. When I went to bed at 12:30am, the temperature outdoors in 29°. I woke up sticky, drugged, and with my head at the foot of the bed. Normally, I'd call that the results of a good night out. Not this morning.

Last summer was very mild. Comfortable, even. The only other time I've experienced heat like this was the summer of 2005 when I was trapped in Sodom. Sodom? No... that's not what it was called... Hamilton! It was called Hamilton. That summer, I went to see War of the Worlds just to sit in air conditioning for two hours. War of the Worlds! And it was worth it!

Ok, back to the Respiratory System.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sweet Nothings: Now In 3D!

Just kidding. The only way this could be in 3D was if it were in Braille.

Is 3D such a big stinkin' deal? There seems to have been a lot of movies have been delayed this year to make them into 3D. That is, they weren't originally filmed in 3D and required a legion of code monkeys to toil in a dark programming dungeon to draw relief out of 2D.

I saw Avatar in 3D. It was a cool effect. I heard an interview (possibly with Cameron himself) talking about how old 3D was really extreme and uncomfortable. I remember this was true, when, as a child, I saw a 3D movie and it made me feel ill. The newer 3D is more subtle and you don't notice it as much, just like we don't overthink being able to see depth in real life.

Still (and I know I risk sounding like an old codger), do we need it?

I think the point of a movie is to be told a story. Yes, of course the visuals are important in filmmaking, but the advent of films didn't bury the novel, did it?

Apparently film studios see 3D as some sort of panacea for their income woes. They can charge theatres more to screen their films and the theatres pass on that cost to us.

Do I want to see The Green Hornet? Yes. Do I care if it's in 3D? Yes, I do, because if I have a choice between paying $6 at the cheap theatre or $16 at some Flick Colosseum, sure's shootin' I'm gonna save $10. I will purposefully avoid the 3D version. Even if I had the extra money, I don't think I'd see that as good value.

(The Green Hornet, by the way, was meant to be released this summer but the studio, in its infinite wisdom gave the release date to Grown Ups, which looks abysmal. And if you had a choice for a "summer blockbuster" between an action flick with lots of 'splosions or a comedy full of actors past their sell-by date, which better fits the bill? Then the GH was meant to be released for Christmas, but it's been delayed again into 2011 to - you guessed it - make it into 3D!)

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Happy Canada Day.

I've been sitting out on our sunny deck, brewing some Vitamin D and studying for my upcoming Physiology exam. (Yes, another one - they're every 3 weeks.)

Somewhere in my neighbourhood there's a live reggae band playing. They moved from "Stir It Up" into a cheery version of "O Canada."

I find myself reveling in this Canada Day. Enjoying the sun and breeze, sitting in Little India while listening to an island band play rasta "O Canada." That's pretty darn Canadian.

I love it here.