Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Adventures in Nerd Land

They say that in the country of the blind, the one-eyed woman is queen; that was me today! I spent three hours at George Brown College interviewing people who are deaf and blind, using a manual alphabet to communicate with them. It was exhausting. So exhausting, in fact, that I wasn't able to appreciate the realization of my dream to run into someone from my past (try to follow the akward syntax)! I moved here almost eight years ago, and frequently lament the fact that I never "bump into" people I went to school with, or used to work with.... Well I saw a guy today that I had a huge crush on when I lived in Ottawa. He was in the same diocesan youth group as I... but he married another. Now it appears he's on the GBC faculty - but I was too busy to catch his eye. Fantastic guy - college roomate of M. Ondaajte's hottie son, with whom I shared a dance and some lovely hooch once. Yes, we youth group types were wild ones, to be sure....

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Happy New Year, Fool!
I'm such a cynic - I was sure a holiday as inane as April Fool's Day must have been "invented" by Hallmark. As it happens, I was wrong.

In the late 16th century, Pope Gregory XIII replaced the less accurate Julian calendar, in use since 45 B.C., with his Gregorian calendar. This calendar began the New Year on January 1st, as opposed to April 1st. Well, our French friends didn't like this one bit, and continued to celebrate on the first of April. They were widely ridiculed and sent on "fools' errands". In Great Britain and North America, April 1st became April Fool's Day, to further mock these French traditionalists. So much for papal bull.