How many countries have you visited? Have you ever lived anywhere other than Hamilton?
I’m woefully undertravelled. Just the U.S. (I’ve seen lots of it), and Canada (everything from Vancouver to Quebec City). I’d like to visit the U.K. and Spain. I was born and grew up in Oakville, spent time at the University of Toronto and a brief stint in Saskatchewan.
We don’t. Canada officially abolished it in 1976, though in reality it was 1962 when the last person was hanged.
What amazes me is that it remains on the books in a society as litigious as America. With the expense of appeals and the sheer weight of “reasonable doubt”, one wonders how it’s stood this long. Are innocent people convicted? Of course. Is the justice system exacting enough in its methods to prevent wrongful execution? Recent evidence suggests not.
I think there’s a scism between the corporate face of justice in America and the response of its individual citizens. If capital punishment exists, I’d like to see those states which maintain capital verdicts employ a different strategy for carrying out execution. As far as I’m concerned it should be televised, and the executioner picked at random from among citizens of voting age in that state as in juror selection or selective service for the military.
Blood-thirsty idiots aside, I’d be interested in the reaction of Mr. and Mrs. Middle America if their 18 year old daughter were to be selected and legally obligated to throw the switch in a televised execution. I imagine things would change.
Amanda was probably the second or third person who started following me when I started this blog. It’s funny how these things get lost - I have no idea how she came across those early fumblings. But it was through her that I was introduced to so many wonderful personalities, people who posted honest slices of their existence. People who are now a big part of my life.
We only sent half a dozen messages back and forth in the course of a year but she was this quiet, positive force. In those early days of my tumblr she put a heart on *everything* I posted. It was nice to know that someone was listening.
I’ll think of her smile. That shy grin. Her almond eyes sparkling with their sadness. She asked me to draw her. That was brave. I’m really glad I did.
Just what kind of “vegetables” were in them potstickers Ted?
-The spooky kind. I’m guessing napa cabbage and lots of five-spice powder. You must remember Wok with Yan? (I’m talking the Canadian version, the guy with the silly aprons.) He always used to add a dash of “wonder powder” to whatever he was preparing. Eight seasons and he never once mentioned what made that white powder so wonderful.
I don’t know when I got into this habit, but I tend to watch Food network cooking shows while I eat my lunch. Today Jamie Oliver has been teaching me how to make a quick, cheap and healthy dinner for two, suitable for busy weekday evenings. Simple? Sure. Fast? Well, he did seem to get it done in half an hour. Cheap? By my reckoning the ingredients cost about $65. What segment of the population can support a monthly grocery bill of $1200 per person?