Thursday, December 02, 2004

Day 6

It’s not BAD news, really.
I heard from the editor again and she said they are now planning to use the story in January because they have some time-sensitive material to use first.
Grrrrrrrrr.
It’s all good, I just have to be patient.
And keep writing and submitting!
If nothing else, now I know I’m capable.

I also thought better of using that photo. This is the best alternative I could find:



But now I guess I have more time to scrape up a new one.

In other news:

Our local paper printed an excerpt from a Chicago Sun Times column by Neil Steinberg:



Neighbor above looks down on us below

Imagine a difficult, unpleasant task. Changing a flat tire on a rainy stretch of road, say. You're outside, drenched, cold, kneeling on gravel, grimacing, putting your weight on the tire iron, trying to crack a lug nut. A car stops. The window rolls down. And a smug voice calls out, "You know, if you rotated those tires regularly, like you're supposed to, they wouldn't wear out so quickly -- and keep a poncho in the trunk. Just a tip." Then the car drives away in a spray of gravel.
That's Canada. Misplaced superiority dipped in a thick coat of contempt. President Bush is there now, trying to slake Canada's endless thirst for American attention.
Fat chance. Does the American gaze that Canada ordinarily craves make it happy? Of course not. Our frosty neighbor to the north is convulsed in protest because the U.S. is actually engaged in trying to address the woes of the world, instead of sitting on its thumbs and complaining.
I've met Canadians, and while they can, with effort, muster periodic bursts of charm, and even express an occasional amazed, who'd-a-thunk-it appreciation of the United States, their general attitude is that of an elderly dutchess who has used tongs to pick up a bug from the Oriental carpet and is examining it through her lorgnette with open, nose-wrinkling disgust as she transports it to the dustbin.




I have trouble believing that a preponderance of Americans think that way.

Actually I believe that many Americans don’t think about Canada at all, and while that used to irritate me, maybe it’s a good thing if this is the alternative.
In any case, he is just dead wrong, and I can support my argument using only two numbers: 9-11.
When planeloads of people, many of them American, were stranded in Canada when North American air space was abruptly shut down, Canadians welcomed strangers into their homes. Some formed relationships that endure to this day.

The CBC recently aired a report on a Canadian family that threw together a wedding for their unexpected house guests, who were on their way to Las Vegas but couldn’t get there on time.
A bug in tongs? Hardly.

We don’t DO superiority. We are probably the most self-effacing nation on earth.
I’m reminded of a Canadian commercial for a hair care product that aired a few years back. The shampoo (or whatever) was touted as “as good as need be”.
Really.
That’s the epitome of Canadian-ism.

We don’t gloat, we don’t crow, we don’t throw dirt in anyone’s face. We may disagree, and in the case of US foreign policy it is a measurable fact that we DO disagree. We may protest because it is our right and even our responsibility to do so. That used to be the case in the US too, but protesting seems to have fallen victim to the restraints of political correctness in America, depending of course what colour state you’re in.

As for our “endless thirst for American attention”, it’s like saying a child starving in Africa has an “endless appetite for food”.
A little will do just fine.

President Bush’s visit is four years overdue. Traditionally, a newly elected US president’s first foreign visit has been to Canada; Bush’s was to Mexico. He is also trying to make up for taking our help on 9-11 for granted; Canada was not mentioned among the nations thanked during the speech later in September.

And I don’t believe for a moment that your president traveled to Canada in November merely to humour us. No, he wants us to join in on the missile defense project. We’re not sure about that one, yet, but we won’t be bullied into it.

Frankly, Bush should be glad he didn’t fall victim to the usual Canadian form of self-expression:A nice tasty pie in the face.


Yes, that was a dry run, to see if what I wanted to write about that, would come out. And it did.
The 500 word exercise is having an effect already!