Some Canada Day Photos

When I first got up this morning I took some photos because the sun rise was just so incredible. Seeing the sun comming in through from my North facing window is rare because it only happens for about one month each year.

Then I took a walk over to the IGA, then around the block over to the Post Office to photograph some of the rose bushes and grapevines that are just starting to bud along side the road.

Fort Langley was full of people walking about this morning. Maybe a little too much “engery” if the day gets warmer.

The classic overhead rose bush shot.

Down town, metropolitan Fort Langley, BC. The flags are out, and so were some people.

The stuffed Scooby-Doo toy, and sofa-cover mother gave me this past winter holiday. Thanks Mom! Everyone loves Scooby-Doo, and they just can’t leave him alone.

Jubjubs 1: Tom 0

Sunday night I ate some Jubjubs that a friend of mind had. I only ate about three of the little bunny rabbit shaped candies, and then went on my way. About an hour later my stomach started feeling unsettled, then later on that night it felt like a huge knot. When I got home, I went to bed to try and sleep it off; I fell asleep, but when I got up, the knot returned.

All through the night I was not at 100 percent because my hurting stomach. I ate some jam and peanut butter sandwiches and all seemed well. When Monday morning came, so did the knot.

Monday was a chore because of the hot day, lots of sun and me constantly drinking water when I was loading boxes onto skids at work. That was when the knot in my stomach retuned with a vengeance. I could not believe how much misery eating the Jubjubs would have on me. Things more or less settled down by Monday evening. Now, I’m stomach knot free, but I have developed a fear of eating Jubjubs.

What I See is What You See?

How do you view crime? Who are the criminals? What should we do about people who commit crime? Should we create more laws, or make laws tougher? Do the police need to do more?

These were some of the questions being asked at a community meeting I attended a couple of weeks ago in Langley City. At that time the infamous Bacon Brothers were making their court début at the Surrey Court House, the notorious gang members of the Red Scorpion Gang, and several gang style shootings had just taken place throughout the Lower Mainland around Vancouver too. People who attended that meeting were fairly riled up about the whole gang issue as every news cast tried to one-up itself with any developments on any gang subject that they could find. People were riding the crime wave.

I remember one person’s view about just how bad he thought crime was as he said “it’s getting out of control,” and that we need tougher laws. “No one who kills another man should ever be let out of prison…, this revolving door is a joke!” he went on to say. And after he was finished, the next person virtually said the same thing, and so on, until it was the members of the panel turn to speak.

The first panellists said so eloquently that crime was actually decreasing, and that we were seeing near 1960s crime levels. She went on to say that our problem was more to do with organized crime across the border and abroad than anything else. The Americans love our BC Bud, and in return, gangs try to fill these niches, and we see power struggles developing as different groups try to compete with one another to try to gain as much power as they can. This crime activity can be traced right down to Mexico and Central America as drugs move into the U.S., guns and money flow out.

The next speaker talked about how the changing demographic is affecting our statistical models on crime. As age and economic strata changes from one community to another, so does the way crime patterns shift also. She talked about girl crimes, and how with changing laws and shifts in demographics, female crimes are now on the radar. For the first time in the last decade the term “girl gangs” has being used by the media, and the public has reacted with more complaints filed with law enforcement officials than ever before.  Still, it is always the youth who are targets for suspected crime profiles, and any group of youths walking down the street can testify that the general public is very concerned when they see them in groups. However, as the speaker said, “It is now a fact that we can say in general terms that it is the parents who were worse than their children are in terms of crime frequencies.” Just a note, oddly enough she didn’t give out any sources for her research during the presentation.

Everyone has their own perspective on crime. For most, their opinion is formed through the media, or a general consensus that says crime is increasing at an unprecedented rate. From the small sample of people that I talked to at this forum, I got a sense that the common view of who a criminal is  was usually based on age, gender and ethnicity. This is in keeping with my academic training, so it was no big surprise, but it was uneasy to hear this first hand.

The Best Dating Tips I’ve Heard So Far!

It was back on Sunday when I was sitting back in my comfy chair that is parked in front of the T.V. when I saw the last part of a cartoon program. What I caught just floored me. I was laughing when one of the characters was trying to help his best friend find a date because he made a bet. The guy who was doing the match-making had himself a secret admirer who tried in earnest to attract his attention so he would at least see her and know she had a huge crush on him. While she was competing for her love’s attention throughout the skit, she would pop in and give tips on dating.

I don’t know the name of the cartoon, nor the names of the characters in it, but I do know that it was on one of the cable channels that regularly hosts cartoons—I just can’t find it again. So I thought it would be fun to do some of my own cartoon drawings and list what I heard on that program. I hope there is no issues with content rights?

So, here they are:

Tip #1 Cast your net wide.
Tip #2 If you are not having any success, then lower your standards.
Tip #3 Never stay in a relationship that isn’t working.

There you go, the three tips on dating success. All three tips seem to be very relevant and basic—probably too basic, but nonetheless very relevant. The first tip seems obvious as you need to advertise your availability, whether traveling to more locations, or using your network of friends to find your prospective mate. The second tip, even though it sounds funny, it has a lot of merit. I know that our social standards are extremely high and getting that “number ten” can be very difficult when only less than three-one hundredths of a percent of the population meets those standards. But of course, tip number three speaks volumes for those who seem to have gone too far from the second tip, and are desperate to be in a relationship and then find themselves stuck with someone they are not compatible with.

In the cartoon, the near by lake had nothing but “man eating fish” in it, so the “net” analogy drove home the point of one having to be careful of what you’ll catch when casting your net. It reminded me of a real life relationship I one had when I met a lovely woman who seemed to be the ideal partner but had this little problem of larceny and cheque cashing fraud. From that experience I failed miserably on all three tips simultaneously.