Canada Day

From Midnight July 1, 2003.

I was unable to be online tonight because of a lightning storm here. It seems the server went down in all that bright static.

Of course I miss talking with Ashley. That’s always the highlight of my days.

The power just went out as well. Twice.

Ilea and I watched the lightning and lightning bugs for an hour or so. Lightning bugs seem insignificant below heat lightning. She and I talked about things such as horror movies and ghost stories. The poor girl’s sleeping with her light on now.

I’ve been thinking on my pride as a Canadian lately, and just why I love living in this greatest of all nations. *insert very loud thunder roll over my music* I’ve come to appreciate Canada a lot more as of late because I have been learning more about the world and also the people and land closest to me. We are truly blessed to have such a rich culture and history, such a beautiful and resource-filled land and a spirit of compassion we should all take great pride in.

*insert a downpour mixed in with the rumble of thunder*

There are many reasons why Canada is consistantly named the best nation in the world in which to live, and to try to list them all would be a great undertaking. Socialized health care, quality of education, personal freedoms, safety, multiculturalism, positive foreign relations and our wonderful landscape all are part of the great Canadian life.

We do have a long way to go in bettering our nation, and using our position to help the rest of the world. All peoples deserve this kind of life and we should work to allow them to choose it. We must work to improve the great aspects of our society and to correct our faults. We may be the best, but we can always become better.

Today is Canada Day, and it is both a time for reflection on what Canada has been in its glorious history and what it can become. With only pride I can call myself a Canadian.

Three times. Goodnight.

[Music: Sam Roberts – The Canadian Dream]

From 7 p.m. July 1, 2003.

I went out on the street today
The Canadian Dream was as far away as it’s ever been
As it’s ever been

S.O.C.I.A.L.I.S.M. is here to stay.
S.O.C.I.A.L.I.S.M. is the only way.

– from Sam Roberts’ “The Canadian Dream”

It has been a hot Canada Day here. It wasn’t too bad though. I did work, since I opted to take yesterday off instead. I won’t lie and claim I worked only because of the great sense of hard working drive I have. 😉

I was listening to some great Canadian music while I worked some Sam Roberts, The Trews, Buck 65, and Strawberry were on my Canadian M.D. All quality, I tell you! You definitely need to check out The Trews and their website. They are going to be making big names for themselves in the near future. Their growth in the past year has been remarkable.

New Buck 65 tunes will soon be released on his Wicked and Weird single. It will also have the brilliant tune, “What’s Wrong With That”, a great anthem for those with ecclectic musical taste, like myself.

Sam Roberts’ We Were Born In A Flame has grown on my immensely in my first dozen listens. It’s really a great album. The songs have taken on greater life each time I hear them, and I’m gaining new favorites. “The Canadian Dream” is definitely my top song on the CD, ahead of “Brother Down” and “Where Have All The Good People Gone?”. I really hope it will be the next single. A good socialism anthem would be a nice change for the radio. 😉 And I bet Sam Roberts will have the longevity of his fellow Canadian, Neil Young. It’s just a feeling I have.

It would be nice to see fireworks, or to take part in other festivities to celebrate my second favorite holiday, but I think silent reflection, surrounded my Canadian music, will make for time as well spent. Afterall, I did my celebrating on the weekend with my wonderful friends, so I have nothing to complain about in that respect.

One of the interesting aspects of Canadian history is how little violence or prolonged opposition occured for our groundbreaking social change. Our independence came about peacefully, as did social rights and recently our inclusion of same-sex couples in the definition of marriage. Canada has had steady-silent, though sometimes too-slow, revolutions.

We have so far to go before we can say we are where we should be as a nation, though. We still need to improve health care, education, employment, environmental protection, immigration and foreign aid much faster, and I full-heartedly hope we can work united as a social and compassionate nation in accomplishing this.

I’ve been thinking of how I can make a trip to Burning Man in Nevada happen in 400+ days. My friend Miki goes every year and she says it’s an amazing experience. For next year she would like to have a Psycho community there, and I believe that would be a great idea. Of course I’d like my disciples to join me if I go, because I know you would all enjoy it. It’s a brilliant week-long event where an entire tent city is built on a dry river bed in the desert. The only things sold at the even are coffee and ice, both funding the event and charities. It’d be a great exercise in socialism (there’s certainly a lot of sharing and bartering from what I hear), and would make for some interesting co-living conditions. Miki says you can make some amazing friendships, and that there are tons of great activities and music 24/7. I want to go very much after reading and hearing about it. I must definitely look into making it happen in August 2004. Wouldn’t that make for some great journal entries? I wonder how I’d find the desert though. I know I could take the near-zero nights, being a Canadian and used to the cold, but the 115 F daytimes could be troublesome. It’ll be awesome if I can go with some friends, though. Anyone else interested in going? We could likely van pool if we planned well in advance, and get cheap tickets if we buy them before next summer.

[Music: The Trews – So Take What You Can]

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