Friday, May 7, 2010

Another Friday Night

I'm not feeling the Friday festive spirit. Traditionally, Friday is our Family Pizza Movie Night. Original, no? After a day of dragging kids all over Vancouver (my own kids... just to be clear... not out dragging around random children), I'm just kinda phoning in the Fun Mommy thing. I'm not feeling fun. Mostly just tired and impatient. My solution? Costco pizza and another viewing of The Princess Bride. It'll be good.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The *I'm Awesome* thought of the night

My classes start on Monday. I'm going to finally finish my degree.

I am so ecstatic about this.

Unnatural Causes and Nice White People

Last night a friend and I went to the first of a series of lectures/community meetings at the library. The series orbits around the documentary, Unnatural Causes... is inequality making us sick?

The documentary portion was really quite good, creating the space for many good questions and not (as of the first portion) offering any tidy answers. One thing I found exciting was that the meeting itself wasn't just a bunch of upper middle class white folks sitting around tut-tutting about how to help those people. There were actually some first generation immigrants who seemed to have a lot to contribute. I hope they will be at future meetings.

One thing I that made me cringe (repeatedly) was the explicit and implicit lamentations about the breakdown of society and the wish to get back to The Good Old Days -