CSN:AFU Week 18 In Review

The Weakerthans: Canadian

“The Reasons”; ‘Reconstruction Site’ (2003)
A Request (sort of) From Amy:
“I know you might roll your eyes at this, but I’m so glad that you exist.”


CSN:AFU Week Eighteen



My sister came up for a visit… this weekend so I took the week off from my blogs to get the dishes done. It’s her first time in my little village so I’ve been showing her the sight. I did have a Letter To The Editor published in the local weekly newspaper so I’ll post that at the bottom of the page… and I did write a long post on dentistry on [my other blog] that got a lot of ‘notice’ this week. I also changed the headers on Cultural Snafu and [my other blog]… I thought checkmarks were a little more positive than a chunky “x”. 


The Lists:

Five Strangest Search Terms Used To Find CSN:AFU

5) will weed affect hockey
4) news story dont eat fish on a monday
3) does lithium reboot the brain
2) in what time of the year start buzkashi
1) uncle toms cabin porn

Honourable Mention: news story of children who were killed


Top Five CSN:AFU Posts Since Last Friday:

1) CSN:AFU Week 17 In Review
2) ...eh?
3) Canada: Where Abortion Is So Legal It’s Retroactive OR Why You Never Piss Off Your Canadian Mom
4) Short Cuts: The Duck Hunt Is Over OR The Senators Were The Wind Beneath Their Wings
5) Canada: Offering A Safe-Sex Environment Where Humanity Can Fuck Itself Back Together Again

Honourable Mention: The First Ten Things You Need To Know Aboot Canada


The Five Blogs I Visited Most This Week

1) Second Thoughts
2) A Wide Angle View Of India (Nita!)
3) Kamangir.net (real news from inside Iran)
4) Sex In Canada
5) Dead Robot



This Week In General:

I got the dishes done, I swept the dirt… into new places, I managed to get enough laundry done so my Sister had enough towels for four days. We watched “Phil The Alien” last night, she really liked it. We’ve been swapping photos and talking aboot family. This is the first time in two years… maybe three, that we’ve seen each other. We email a lot. Or at least we probably should. And that’s been my week.

Oh, and… WordPress cut off access to some stats this week and I got into a weird argument with a someone on their support forums aboot writing aboot WP policy in the wrong place. WP, since I got on anyway, gives us a graph which — they said — tracked the number of people who read our blogs through feeds… anyway, they took it down because it didn’t work properly. Which is fine… but why was I staring at those things for the past six months thinking they meant something, when — apparently — they were nearly-random numbers? Anyway. Apparently I have a “reputation” or something. We made up.

And now, a Letter To The Editor… the only lighted intersection in this Village is right under my bedroom window and a little to the right of my living room window. It’s new, it replaced one that was new thirty years ago. This one has LED lights and a beeping thing so blind people can cross the street. Last weekend the beeping thing broke and started beeping at random times and for long durations… between 10pm and 4am. Which is, mostly, when I write. With the windows open. Anyway… this is the letter.


To The Editor:

“Okay, I get it. [Our Village] needed a new… intersection and now we have one, and it’s very pretty. The poles are very shiny, there are three colours on each sign, the lightbulbs have been switched to LED’s so the county and province can save eight cents on their annual Hydro bill, it’s all wonderful. Even the beeping. Even the beeping is fine because, sooner or later, some blind person will visit [Our Village] and they’ll need to cross the street and — eventually — one of them will find one of those shiny posts and — eventually — one of them will find the little, black rubber button that activates the beeping. So, yes, the beeping is necessary. But, right now, the beeping thing is broken and it beeps every half minute for thirty seconds — which leaves me silence I can enjoy for thirty seconds out of every minute because I live right on top of the bleeping things. The bleeping things need to be fixed. I don’t know who’s in charge of the bleeping things, I don’t know if there’s a Bleeping Things Section at the Ontario Ministry of Whatever, but I know there should be and it should be a lot better funded than it is currently.”


Next Week:

Global Warming, A Movie And At Least One Short Cut.

I may need some time to decompress from my sisters visit. But probably not.


-30- banner


About Gabriel

I’ve lived in more than fifty places. I've been paid to pick stones out of fields, take backstage photos of Britney Spears, and report on Internet privacy issues. My photos have been published in several newspapers, and a couple of magazines.
This entry was posted in Canada, CSN:AFU Weekly Review, Punk. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to CSN:AFU Week 18 In Review

  1. Dame Garbage says:

    I like the Letter to the Editor. It made me laugh….which is a good thing….because before I had been crying.

  2. feartheseeds says:

    Thanks, “make people stop crying” is actually one of the mission statements I wrote up back in February.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s