03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004
The big news is that I have been offered a spot at the World Youth Congress, which will be held from August 10-21 in Quebec City.
What is the World Youth Congress?
The 4th World Youth Congress will bring 600 of the world's most dynamic young activists in the field of sustainable development to Québec from 120 different countries.
The congress offers a unique opportunity to meet and work alongside young people who are really doing things and going places. This event sets a new standard for international youth events, and will be the largest and most inspirational gathering of its kind for young people taking place anywhere in the world in 2008.
That's directly from the official website. I'm pretty excited, I think it will be a very cool event and if I'm lucky I'll be able to do some "networking" and find NGOs who would hire me. Fingers crossed. Plus Kate's younger sister Thea is going so it should be a lot of fun.
Interestingly when I put in what I thought was the correct url I ended up at the Wayzata Yacht Club on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota. There I found this heart warming, human interest story about ice sailing
In lesser news...
A couple days ago Kate and I watch a movie called Battle of the Brave which is about a romance between a peasant woman and a handsome fur trapper (hur hur beaver pelts hur) during the Seven Year War and the British conquest of New France. How we ended up at this movie, I'm still not sure. We were at Rogers Video and couldn't decide on anything we could agree on so we settled for this. It was AWFUL, the acting was corny, the "French Canadian" accents were dicey, it was rife with historical inaccuracies and the studio sets were pretty weak. It was nominated for six Genies and five Jutra Awards (which apparently are for film and TV in Quebec.) At first we thought it bad in an intiuging kind of way but quickly decided it was just bad and turned it off.
At Staples yesterday, we had a fat middle-age Russian man and his birdish wife, both blinged out. They were buying a new laptop, accessories and service plans. Total: $1004 (I was the cashier). They paid cash. I was pretty suprised. Who carries around at least a grand in mostly $20s and some $50? Russian mobsters, that's who. I talked about this theory with Kate. She thought if there was orgnaized crime here in K-W it was more likely to be some German family. This city is fucking overrun with krauts. Maybe they're the domesticated kind of Russian mobsters. Their daughter "Anna" is probably studying business at the University of Waterloo.
Has anyone else seen signs at the LCBO promoting eco-friendly plastic liquour bottles? I just saw one yesterday that said "Wiser: An Inconvenient Proof". HAHA FUCK YOU GORE, your stupid book is beiing ripped off to sell booze. Go home to your mansion(s) and cry to your Nobel Prize.
Hey speaking of Mr. Gore, tomorrow is his 60th birthday.
I need a space to vent right now.
So I'm at york, trying to finish up a paper in an empty classroom. Not too much work, just a conclusion and the editing. I've also been checking out the ol' web, but that's okay; I've got time. Anyways, I'm just sitting here, typing my work up, when this other guy comes into the room. "No big deal", I think, "there's plenty of room". So the motherfucker looks over the room, and picks the spot right next to me. Now, I'm still prepared to give the man his due: there are only two actual "desk" spaces in the classroom, side by side. The rest of the spots are merely desk chairs. And he is setting up a laptop, so he may need the room. But then the fucker pops out this powerfully smelling chinese food, and starts just fucking slurping it down. He sounds like a fucking pig. What's worse, he's not even working; he's watching a subtitled movie that I CAN STILL HEAR THROUGH HIS HEADPHONES. So here this subhuman fucker is, slurping and guzzling away to my right while I'm trying to get some actual work done. And that's where this post comes in. I need some way to vent this, or I am going to punch this fucker in the face. Which would be a bad idea, as by all accounts this guy could take me. So hopefully, this'll calm me down.