Monthly Archives: May 2011

When will Canada grow up?

I’m curious about when Canada will cease to be a constitutional monarchy and become (I think) a republic?  It’s definitely some degree of ignorance on my part, but I don’t know what benefit we have from having the Queen as the head of state.  I’m guessing it’s just tradition.  But we’ve branched away from the UK, and it’s probably time to be fully independent.

I look forward to when we get to decide who will take the Queen’s place on all the coins, and the $20 bill.  The $20 would probably be another prime minister, but so many of the recent ones have been divisive (primarily east vs. west) so it might be hard to choose one.  Maybe Pearson for the peacekeeping, new flag, etc.?

For non-PMs, there are probably a lot of good choices for many different reasons:  de Champlain, Banting, Secord, Fox, Thomson, Gretzky, Bondar, Bell, and Tecumseh are a few that come to mind.  I would love for some famous Canadians to take the Queen’s place on our currency.

When might this happen?  I don’t think we’ll have our act together for when QE2 passes on.  If it happens by the bicentennial, well, better late than never.

“And gas prices expected to go up by point-four cents tonight”

As heard on radio and TV news.

Thanks for the warning!  If I buy today instead of tomorrow, I’ll save 24 cents when I fill my aircraft carrier Cadillac Escalade.  Because there’s such a significant difference between $70 and $70.24 that I just can’t bear to spend the extra quarter.  Also, my local greengrocer upped the price of celeriac from $2.39 to $2.79 without informing customers beforehand.  I ought to write a stern letter of complaint.

Televised games

What games would people watch on TV?  They probably all exist already in some fashion, but here are some thoughts:

Televised Chess
Televised Bridge
Televised Scrabble
Televised Poker (nobody would ever watch this, right?)
Televised Call of Duty
Televised Magic: The Gathering
Televised Beer Pong

When I thought about things like poker and darts, I wondered where the line is drawn between “game” and “sport”, and also “activity”.  Is darts a sport?  If a sport involves physical ability, including dexterity, then beer pong is just as much a sport as darts.  And considering “activity”: I would think that snowboarding and biking are sports when you race or do tricks in competition, and activities otherwise.  It follows then that individual things can be “activities” but team things can’t.  No matter how little you care about winning, I would still call volleyball and rugby “sports”.  Golf is some sort of exception, because playing a round alone, even if you don’t keep score, I believe would still qualify as a sport.

And now I can’t stop thinking about this.