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"That's it! I'm moving to Canada!"

I've heard quite a few American friends postulate moving to Canada if the Presidential election in the fall doesn't go their way. Amanda and I moved here in 2004, and we love it. Here are some things to keep in mind if you're thinking of following suit:

Most importantly, please don't come if the word "if" appears in your statement about moving to Canada. "I'm moving to Canada if $CANDIDATE wins." Canada is a terrific place, and there are a lot of good reasons to come... and a lot of people from a lot of countries with genuinely bad situations want to come as well. If you come, you'll be elbowing one of those people out of one of the limited number of places. In particular, please don't come if you're planning to then turn around and move back if things in the US aren't as bad as you feared, or after four years.

Secondly, if you're coming because you really do want to live in Canada because Canada is awesome, you need to apply RIGHT NOW. It used to be the case that it would take two or more years to process an application for permanent residence, but that has dropped to 6-8 months recently... and there's been a huge spike in interest since Trump took the lead in the GOP primaries, enough so that the Immigration ministry's web site couldn't keep up. Processing times are likely to spike if there's a big influx of people applying... and more importantly, the system has changed so that you're now competing with everyone else who is applying, and they take the top people in terms of points. Applying now means less competition, and a chance of actually getting to Canada before Inauguration Day.

Thirdly, try to get a Canadian job offer right away. The point system has been changed so that having a job offer counts for up to 600 of the 1200 possible points. And they take the top point-getters. So having a job offer in hand means that you go to the front of the line. Workopolis.com and Monster.ca are two of the top Canadian job boards. A couple of years ago, immigration was completely skewed in favour of health care and skilled trades for the Alberta tar sands, but the oil industry in Alberta has now totally crashed, and that's no longer true. The Loonie is down, which helps the tech sector in a couple of ways; if you're in technology, the job market is currently very good.

Fourthly, brush up on your French. The other 600 points come from "adaptability" factors, and both official languages contribute to your point score.

Fifthly, if you want to live in Montreal, or elsewhere in Quebec, and you're not a native French speaker, tell the immigration folks that you're planning to live in Toronto or Ottawa, and then "move" after you land in Canada. If you indicate that you want to live in Quebec, the Quebec provincial authorities have to approve you, and they want you to be a Francophone.

Sixthly, Toronto and Vancouver are both really wonderful places to live, but real estate in both cities is now stupidly expensive. (Think NYC or San Francisco.) We live in a rent-controlled house in Toronto, and love it, but I wouldn't move here now if I were moving to Canada, just because of how expensive housing is. (And traffic and transit are under stress.) There are lots of other really great places in Canada, including several tech hubs.

Seventhly, now that I've said all that, Canada is a wonderful country, and if you're musing about maybe wanting to live here, I can't recommend it highly enough! But please DO come because you've fallen in love with the place, not because you're fleeing a slightly less good result in another industrialized democracy. (This applies to non-US folks as well; Canada is a great place, no matter where you're from.)

Finally, the most important info of all: there are Naginata dojos in Toronto, Montreal, and Edmonton at the moment, as well as Hudson, QC (a Montreal exurb), and one opening in Vancouver later this year. And there's very good kendo all across the country, including in places like Saskatoon.

Trio Of Bear Cubs

These are the gladdest of possible words:
"Pitchers and catchers report."
Soon, there will be northbound migrating birds.
Pitchers and catchers report.
Farewell to winter winds' cold, icy sting.
Even if baseball just isn't your thing,
Pitchers and catchers mean it's almost spring!
Pitchers and catchers report.

This just in...

...it's a slow news day over at Gawker. Film at 11. Or, hopefully, not.

What we've been up to lately.



I'm finally home from the last trip to Erie to clean out Mom and Dad's house. It's been exhausting. I'm glad to have some time to just shut down now. I think I'll read a book....


Still here

Mom's made of tough, tough stuff. She's been at death's door five times, and rallied each time. This time looks to be for real: she's been unresponsive for 24 hours, her breath is rattling, and this after a huge pain crisis. Still, it's been about 18 hours since there's been any change, and we've been here before. We'll see.

By the way, fuck cancer.


Leave of absence

Mom has terminal cancer, and the end is approaching. I'm taking a leave of absence to go care for her.

From the news this week, it looks like it's going to be a shorter leave than I planned.

Plenary update

Wow, it's been a while since I've updated this. Most of the rest of the naginata folks in Toronto use Facebook, so I've been dragged kicking and screaming into the Facebook world, and that's taken up the time I used to spend reading and updating LJ.

The World Championship trip to Japan last year was fantastic... except for the Worlds themselves. The Canadian government didn't come through on my citizenship in time, and so I was disqualified from our team, which won bronze. If I'd been able to compete, I would have had a match against Katie (the US champion) that would have determined who went to the finals, and possibly another against Andrea (captain of the US team) for a trip to the medal round in the individuals. As it was, I won a couple of matches in the International Friendship Tournament the following day, and learned a lot from the week-long INF seminar.

And I got to train at the Shubukan! It's the third-oldest dojo in Japan, and the home of Tendo-ryu. We had a two-day seminar, and I went back again the following Tuesday for the regular monthly Shin Getsu Kai practice. I'm sad that I don't have a teleporter to get back there regularly.

Japan was fantastic. Amanda and I had the time of our lives, and we can't wait to go back.

I got home to find a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada, inviting me to my citizenship ceremony, several weeks too late. So now that's done, and I'm a dual citizen.

My gig at Rogers ended when I left for Japan, and I took the rest of last summer off. A LARP friend and I drove out to Edmonton in August for A) another group's event out there, and B) to see friends along the way. It was a lot of fun, despite one 22-hour marathon stretch that we ran into on the way back because every single motel room in southern Saskatchewan and northern North Dakota was full. (Go figure!)

Mom broke her ankle at Labour Day at Chautauqua, so I spent most of the fall commuting to Erie every couple of weeks to run her errands and so forth. She was able to drive again in January. I managed to total our car in a low-speed collision on the way to a naginata seminar in October (the other car's bumper was much higher, and struck my engine and bent my frame), so I'm car shopping now.

I spent a week out in Cascadia last month on a big interviewing blitz. Both Amazon.com and one of its subsidiaries were interested in me, and I nearly wound up relocating to Victoria. Everything looked perfect, and I got the impression that they were going to make me an offer, but they didn't, and the Toronto Amazon office did, so I'm staying put. I fell in love with Victoria, and Vancouver Island in general, though, and we're going to keep it on our radar as a relocation target for the medium term.

I got back from the recruiting trip in time to drive down to Palenville for the March holy season, but I was exhausted and not feeling well, and wound up not going. I did make it there in November and December for the court case against the town of Catskill, who are trying to deny us a tax exemption for our temple property; a verdict should be forthcoming later this spring.

We had a particularly successful trip to the New York naginata tournament this year. I won the women's division, my engi partner and I won the Funahara Cup, and I was taisho of the third place team. All my students placed in at least one division, and I got some really good feedback from the accompanying seminar. And we had fun on the road trip.

I start my new job with Amazon.com early next month. They're flying me to Seattle for a couple of weeks, then I settle in with the team I'm managing here in Toronto. It looks like we've got some interesting things on tap, as well as management buy-in to clear out several years of accumulated technical debt.

Tonight, it's off to the opera. All in all, life is good. But really, I'm updating my Facebook more than I'm updating this journal.

Off to Japan

I'm off to Japan for two weeks as of the first thing Thursday morning. I'll be competing in the World Naginata Championships, and participating in this year's INF seminar and a special Shin Getsu Kai seminar at the home dojo for Tendo-ryu. I'm very excited, if a little last-minute-panic-y over the logistics of packing, transportation, where we're staying after the INF seminar ends, and so forth.

Lots of things are unsettled about where I go next after I get back. I have at least two options for staying in coaching, and I'll most likely stay put for another quarter, but last weekend's Coaching Agile Teams class, and Agile Coach Camp in Montreal, put some ideas in my head for other directions. I'm letting it rest for the moment; we'll see.

Save the approximate date: Agile Coach Camp will be coming to Toronto next June, or possibly May. I, er, kind of volunteered to organize the thing. Luckily, there's a big, active community of clueful folks who are likely to pitch in, and we already have at least three good options for venues; unless things fall apart in unlikely ways, it's going to be great.


Maybe not quite a sign of spring

I heard bells clanging, and a diesel truck approaching. "Ice cream truck!" I thought to myself. I went to the door, and down the street came... a knife sharpening truck.

Wait, there are knife sharpening trucks?

Ice cream trucks that also sharpen knives: win. What self-respecting kid could resist the combination of sugary snacks and sharp objects?
Knife sharpening trucks that don't actually contain any ice cream: fail.


So much for 2010.

Goodbye, 2010. And good riddance. Despite being the best year so far financially (and the best naginata year), you were seriously awful.

2011 is looking promising, though.

Final score for New Year's resolutions from last year: 2 of 3.

Remember, remember, Eleventh November

From Clee to heaven the beacon burns,
The shires have seen it plain,
From north and south the sign returns
And beacons burn again.

Look left, look right, the hills are bright,
The dales are light between,
Because 'tis fifty years to-night
That God has saved the Queen.

Now, when the flame they watch not towers
About the soil they trod,
Lads, we'll remember friends of ours
Who shared the work with God.

To skies that knit their heartstrings right,
To fields that bred them brave,
The saviours come not home to-night:
Themselves they could not save.

It dawns in Asia, tombstones show
And Shropshire names are read;
And the Nile spills his overflow
Beside the Severn's dead.

We pledge in peace by farm and town
The Queen they served in war,
And fire the beacons up and down
The land they perished for.

"God Save the Queen" we living sing,
From height to height 'tis heard;
And with the rest your voices ring,
Lads of the Fifty-third.

Oh, God will save her, fear you not:
Be you the men you've been,
Get you the sons your fathers got,
And God will Save the Queen.

-- A. E. Housman

2010 CNF National Championships

Engi Kyogi

1. J. Levenstein (Toronto JCCC) and J. Sun (U. of Toronto)
2. J. Chalifour (Montreal) and A. Monette (U. Toronto)
3. H. Dube (Montreal) and Y. Crepeaux (Montreal)

Women's Individual Shiai

1. S. Davis (Toronto JCCC)
2T. M. Ochiai (Toronto JCCC)
2T. J. Chalifour (Montreal)

Men's Individual Shiai

1. A. Fromentin (Montreal)
2. J. Chiao (Toronto JCCC)
3. J. F. Brisson (Montreal)

Regrettably, we ran out of time before the team competition could be held.

Kantosho: J. Kuo (U. of Toronto) and W. Law (U. of Toronto)


Clark Spaulding Davis

Clark S. Davis, 77, known to his friends as “Spaulding,” passed away at dawn on August 7, 2010 at Hamot Medical Center, after collapsing a week earlier.

Clark Spaulding Davis was born on January 15, 1933 at Huron Road Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, where his father was the chief resident. He was the eldest of two children born to Dr. John Clark Davis, the team physician for the Cleveland Indians, and Helen Spaulding Davis. After a childhood in Meadville, Pennsylvania, he attended Tilton School in Tilton, NH, where he was the valedictorian of the Class of 1950. He matriculated to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, as a member of the Class of 1954, but was forced to return to Meadville after falling gravely ill, where he graduated from Allegheny College in 1955 with a BA in Economics and Sociology. He also attended the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Mr. Davis was employed at American Sterilizer for thirty-four years, working in sales, marketing, international marketing, and information technology. He also worked for Ohio Medical Products for eight years, during which time he founded the company's European operations. In his later years, he worked for Urban Engineers, and was a member of SCORE.

A devout Episcopalian, Mr. Davis was a member of the Order of St. Luke's, and a Lay Eucharistic Minister, lay reader, usher, and Altar Guild member at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Fairview. He was also a past member of the vestry of that church, and of the Board of Trustees of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the chapter of Trinity Cathedral. He was also an active member of the Y Men's Group. He was the first male member of the Presque Isle Garden Club, where his wife has been a member for many years, and a Life Member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania. He was an active member of the Dartmouth Alumni Association, working to organize class reunions for his class, and acting as a volunteer admissions interviewer. A lifelong Chautauquan, he was a member of the CLSC class of 1966 and a life member of the Bird, Tree, and Garden Club.

He married the former Donna Kay Elslager, of Clarion, in 1960, after meeting her at Chautauqua. The couple celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in June. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Susan Palmer Davis and her partner Amanda Elif Yilmaz; a sister, Susan Salisbury Davis Brandse and her husband Pieter Cornelius Brandse; a brother-in-law, Thomas Richard Elslager of Charlotte, NC and his wife Gretchen Faulk Elslager; and three nephews and a grand-niece.

A memorial service in his honor is planned at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Fairview at 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 14. Donations may be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, to Dartmouth College in the name of the Class of 1954, or to the Erie Humane Society.

The worst possible reason to visit home.

I'm in Erie, and I will be for the next little while.

The good news: Dad is under the care of one of the best palliative care specialists in the nation.

The bad news: Dad is under the care of one of the best palliative care specialists in the nation. The prognosis is that he has just a few days left.

I'll be here until the end, and beyond for the funeral and to help Mom. What we're going to do long term is an open question, and I'm worried about her.

When my grandfather died, it was after months of lingering in a home with very little function, and Dad has been vehement ever since that he absolutely doesn't want that. His certainty on that point (DNR et al.) has made this a little easier, and at least he'll be spared the sort of end that he feared. And in the grand scheme of things, a peaceful death with his family around him pretty much qualifies as a happy ending. It just doesn't feel that way just now.

How not to manage


Whew. What an exhausting weekend. Thanks to jackspryte and 90pointmetaphor and tocityguy and Pope John of no LJ (and a timely last minute save by enevarim), linuxspice and I are now moved out of our old apartment and into Arcadia. I need to rearrange our things and set up my desktop box, but we're done.

The PODS storage unit was a great idea. No unloading, no ramp, and it just fit everything. And it can show up in the Arcadia 3.0 driveway at our leisure later on. Anyhow, I have an interview later today, but other than that, a bit of rest is in order.

Still can't shake the feeling that I made a mistake by turning down that job in Seattle, but nice things are afoot here.

Thanks, everyone.

Thanks, everyone, for your birthday wishes. It's been a rough year, and a particularly rough month, and I feel like I've made a complete hash of the things most important to me in life. Things are going to be chaotic until at least the end of the month, when we vacate the apartment, but I hope to be better about being in touch after then.


Well, that's over.

Ye gods, did 2009 suck. On to 2010.

Resolutions? Okay. On December 31, we're going to have retired our current debt, filed for dual citizenship, and there will be a baby on the way.

Not going to Seattle

I wrote the Seattle company a note thanking them for their offer, but politely declining. I'm going to take my chances with staying here in Toronto, and sort out dual citizenship before I even think about anything south of the 49th parallel. We'll see what happens after that.

I still can't shake feeling like there's a red-hot dagger through my heart. I don't suppose that's going to go away any time soon. I can't help but think of a similar moment thirteen years ago, when I almost went west, but didn't; I hope I'm not repeating that mistake. But I need to finish what I started.

Beyond that, I have no words. This is the end of 2009, and the year can't go away quickly enough. What a disaster. The one bright spot to the whole year turned into every heartbreak from the nineties layered on top of one another, and I don't see how I'm going to recover, emotionally, any time soon. I have to get my job search back on track, and we need to be out of here in a month, so I need to find a way to pick up and keep moving forward, however I may be feeling. But how?

Sorting things out

I've been all over the map on this Seattle thing. When I left Erie, I was sure that I was going to go. This morning, before a phone call with them, I was equally certain that I wasn't. I'm back to being on the fence again, but I want to get them an answer tomorrow if I can.

I do think that for the Seattle job, a "not now, but perhaps later" sort of answer would work from both sides. I'm sort of leaning that way now, but I'm going to sleep on it. Leaving Canada before getting citizenship is enough of a wrench that I'm inclined to not do it... except that the job is cool enough to make me hesitate. And not having a replacement here lined up is scary.

In Erie

I spent Christmas at home in Erie with the whole family, which has been wonderful. My aunt and I have bonded over knitting, and I'm inheriting Mom's entire stash since she can't knit any more. It's all acrylic yarn and metal needles, but there are some nice knitting bags, and a couple of half-finished projects. We had some plans to go to a nice local yarn store that's right around the corner from Mom and Dad's, but they're closed. And now linuxspice is interested in learning, too.

I'm balanced on a knife edge about the Seattle job. I'm in for heavy emotional anguish whether I stay or go, so it really comes down to a straight-up choice between a really cool agile company and the disruption it'll cause to my Canadian citizenship, to say nothing of the 2011 world championships. My family is in favour of me going, some friends of mine who I respect think I'm nuts to even consider it, and linuxspice will support either choice. I have another 48 hours or so to decide, and there are two more people I want to consult.

A wild card might be Boston. linuxspice has a lead on a contract there, and the cool Seattle company has a project going there that I might get assigned to. I think I'd rather be in Seattle, though, or Toronto. In the worst case, I suppose, I could go for one project, then return to Toronto. We'll see.

I guess it's a nice problem to have.

I'm not sure if I mentioned it to everyone, but I had some plans laid to move to Seattle in the new year. Something wonderful was happening... and now it's not, in a really heartbreaking way. So I canceled my plans to go, and restarted my job search here in Toronto... and now one of the jobs that I had already applied to before things went catastrophically sour is hot on me.

"Hot on me" as in they're making me an offer, and want me in early January.

Which leaves me with a dilemma. I don't have any place in Seattle to stay, getting everything ready for a move that quickly is a big stretch, and I really don't want to go at this point. I don't want to leave Canada, I don't want to be away from linuxspice, and there are some cool things potentially afoot with the Arcadians here that I don't want to miss out on. And I can only guess what kinds of self-inflicted emotional hell I'm in for, being in Seattle under the present circumstances. Update: I'm in for a hard time wherever I am, and I'm starting to get over myself, so that last point is less telling.

And yet, the company in question is really cool -- exactly the sort of place I most want to land. After a couple of months, I'd have a legitimate shot at winding up moving my career in one of the most appealing directions. And flatly, we need the money, after the disaster that 2009 has been.

I have an even better lead here in Toronto, which is about a 50/50 shot at this point. I'm in, if the hiring manager wins a political power struggle... which won't be resolved until after I would need to start driving west. I shut down my Toronto job search until things blew up, and I haven't heard anything else yet in the week or so that I've been reactivating it, and decision makers are away for the holidays. So I'm going to have to either take or leave this without having anything else lined up.

Crap. It's a nice problem to have, but I wish it weren't a problem. Until a week or so ago, this would have been a moment of triumph. And that makes this twice as hard.

Travel meme

List the towns or cities where you spent at least a night away from home during 2009. Mark with a star if you had multiple non-consecutive stays.

Toronto, ON (other than at home)*
Acton, ON
Buckhorn, ON*
Guelph, ON
Hudson, QC*
Eastman, QC
Magog, QC
Erie, PA*
Cambridge, MA*
Jersey City, NJ
South Hadley, MA
Cleveland, OH
Palenville, NY
Philadelphia, PA
Somerset, PA
Iowa City, IA
Lexington, NE
Billings, MT
Moses Lake, WA
Seattle, WA*



I've done a little bit of a cleanup of my LJ friends and communities list. I've unsubscribed from many communities, including all of the ones that haven't had meaningful traffic in a while. And I unfriended everyone who A) didn't have me as a friend, and B) I couldn't remember what their real name was from their LJ handle. If I've dropped you by mistake... well, you probably aren't reading this because you didn't have me friended. But if you do see this somehow, just friend me and remind me who you are.

Trusting myself

I've had occasion lately to reconsider many of my past choices, and I've come to the conclusion that all of my major regrets in life stem from wishing I had made an important choice or commitment at an earlier age than I actually did. And in just about every case, I'd had an impulse to make the choice that I ultimately did, but was afraid to act on it, or got talked out of it, or tried it, got scared, and backed out.

Okay, there's one exception, involving a choice I flat out wish I'd made differently... but having followed through on another impulse at an earlier age would have made that one unnecessary. And would have kept the two "biggest rocks" in my life from having happened in the wrong order.

I'm just glad that I've had the opportunity and the wisdom to have a "do over" in each case. Except the one choice I wish I could reverse, but we'll wind up mitigating that one anyway.

In Seattle 12/5 and 12/6

For anyone on my friends list, I'm going to be in Seattle on the weekend of December 5 and 6. I'm planning to attend the Steampunk Exhibition Ball at the Museum of History and Industry on the 5th, and am free-ish on Sunday if anyone is free for a meal or something. And if not, I'll catch you next time!


Remembering Our Dead

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. For folks in the GTA, observances will be held at 7 PM at the 519 Centre on Church Street, and in Confederation Park in Peterborough. Sadly, there's another three-digit death toll, and statistics compiled by the Remembering Our Dead site and the main DOR site indicate that the murder rate is rising worldwide, compared to its already too-high level a decade ago when DOR first began. Whether that's an actual increase, or just better reporting, is unclear... but what hasn't changed a bit in that time is that transgendered people (mostly poor trans women), or people taken for trans or gender variant, fall victim to murder at a shocking rate.

Well, crap.

I'm currently in the middle of a job search. I had to enter a plain text copy of my resume for a job that I applied to today, which required some editing from the formatted version I've been circulating.

I discovered a glaring error in the first bullet point of the first position on my resume. It's been in every copy I've sent since mid-October.




Oh, and I passed my shodan test in naginata over the weekend.
The President signed the Matthew Sheppard hate crimes bill today. It's been years since I've been an activist, but a trans-inclusive hate crimes bill was one of the two major goals we were working toward when I was. ENDA is still out there, and there are plenty of other things wrong, but this at least is a step forward.

I support our troops more than you do.

I have a friend in the Canadian Forces. He had a "support the troops" magnet on his car. Had. Someone stole it.

Now that's chutzpah.


Happy now.

I am the luckiest woman in North America.


L'shana tova, me hearties! Harr!


Privilege Quiz

Naginata tournament

I've been studying naginata for two and a half years now, and linuxspice started last fall. We went to New York over the weekend for the annual tournament. Last year, I lost all four matches fairly quickly by the maximum score. It was my first time competing, and I was up against the captain of the British national team and one of the better competitors in Canada.

This year, I did better: I won my first couple of matches, got totally killed in the semifinals by the eventual winner, and then narrowly lost the third-place match to the defending US national champion, in a fight that I surprised myself by actually having a legitimate shot at winning. If I could have pulled it out, Toronto would have swept the medals in the women's individual division; as it was, we finished 1-2-4, which isn't bad given that we don't have an actual sensei in residence here.

I didn't do so well in the team matches. I lost the first one 0-2 on a pair of points that I should never have given up, and I had a 1-1 draw in the other match. If I had been able to salvage a point out of the first (or not lost 0-2), or won the second, we would have won first place, and I feel bad for letting my team down.

The other big highlight of the tournament for me was that linuxspice and I got to compete together as a team in engi. It was her first time competing, and though we have a lot to work on, we had our timing and distance down much better than with most other partners I've worked with. With some time and practice, I think we'll do well together, and it's great to see her get so excited about the art.

We also had a lot of fun on the trip in general, met some really cool new friends, and got to see folks we hadn't seen in nearly a year.

Even better, Mom is doing much better now. She's getting therapy at home, and is regaining a lot of function. We're going to Acton and Montreal this weekend, but we're going to go to Erie over Easter weekend... and then linuxspice has her 3rd or 4th kyu naginata test to take. Then it's Cleveland the following weekend for kendo and iaido, and probably Palenville the weekend after that. And then it's Beltane!


Time to update this icon :-)

Happy now.


The "25 things" meme from Facebook

I've found myself keeping my Facebook account up to date more than my LJ, which is why I haven't updated in a while. There's a meme running around right now where people post random facts about themselves into their profile.

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It's a brand new day, and the sun is high

Obama is President, W isn't, the Steelers are going to the Super Bowl, and I'm in love. The economy still sucks, but on the whole, things are awfully darned good.

Enough is enough.

Y'know, in some other North American countries I can name, when the government secretly records conversations at the headquarters of the opposition, the appropriate response is considered to be for the head of the government to resign in disgrace over the matter.

I'm just sayin'.

No truth in advertising

The Staples "easy button" is a big lie. I've been pushing it and pushing it all day long, and this just doesn't get any easier.


Oh, crap.

My father has been diagnosed with dementia. Today, he was pulled over by the police, and can't drive any more. This may mean that my parents won't be able to make ends meet any more. And Mom isn't doing very well, either.



Tonight's the night we make history

On my way home from kendo last night, I drove past the Paradise Theatre on Bloor. It's closed, and the building is for rent.


No! Go back! It's too soon!

Geese are migrating past my office window.



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