Sweat, Canadiana and Tasting Sweeter

Sometimes it’s great to sweat. I’ve been working at the hotel lately preparing it to open and today was nominated to unload a trailer of boxes for use in the hotel. I’m not one to do things without full effort, so I spent a long while tossing boxes around, salting my skin. It was refreshing to have a responsibility I could exhaust myself with rather than the usual, rather plodding work. That’s the one thing I miss about my days as a grounds keeper; it was easy then to physically exert.
After one session of box tossing I walked up the stairs and overheard a conversation among a few of my co-workers that almost had me cracking up with its absurdity. Before I share it, I should mention that I’m slightly scrawny. Ok, more than slightly so. Anyway, now you have some context for this.

“That Apollo guy is strong, isn’t he?” says the new girl.
Another girl says, “And he’s quick too.”

I’d never claim to be strong, but the quick bit may be true. Whatever the case may be, the second girl began calling me Speedy Gonzalez the day before the conversation. I’m amused, whatever that silliness may have been.

Tomorrow morning an official announcement will be made to name Canada’s new Governor General. The role is a diplomatic and symbolic one (she’s our de facto Head of State), mostly, but I’m quite facinated and excited by the choice, Michaelle Jean. It seems she’ll be a great representative of Canadian multiculturalism (she was born in Haiti, raised in Quebec and speaks French, English, Spanish, Italian and Haitian Creole fluently) as well as a great example through the objective and inquisitive tendencies her career in journalism instilled. In such a tumultuous time of Canadian politics, I think this appointment is, beyond some obvious political playing, an excellent change that has to potential to shift Canada more toward unity.

I often have to explain why I am a vegetarian to people and that can lead to a lengthy and complicated conversation. Rob Daugherty wrote a wonderful piece, “The Life of a Vegetarian in a Meat-Eating World,” on the arguements that can ensue as we defend vegetarianism. My reasons for vegetarianism are multifaceted and interconnected, so to give my point of view clearly is especially hard when people are inclined to look down upon it. I’ve mentioned it before, but to keep it simple, I’m mostly inspired by benefits to wellness, societal, environmental, spiritual and moral aspects of our lives (and, of course, knowing Albert Einstein endorced it, saying, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet,” only helps). There’s one reason I tend not to mention with most people that is also of value to me. Vegetarians smell and taste better. No, it’s not a myth (at least it’s confirmed true in my case). Who wouldn’t find being able to improve our scent for all and our taste for lovers to be an appealing aspect of giving up meat? Anything I can do to improve intimate experiences is worthwhile (it is also commonly said that vegetarians make better lovers, but I make no claims in that regard, other than affirming the increased energy).

Sleep calls, so here ends this jumpy entry.

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