Archives for May 2004


I am going to go ahead and get political. Feel free to disagree, but please don’t be offended. After all, there’s no right answer, so intelligent people can have different viewpoints and still be friends. 🙂

As of today, voting day is 4 weeks away. Unfortunately, Jon and I will be in French River, PEI on June 28, so we can’t vote for our MP that day. We will have to vote early, by special ballot. This is just fine, but it means that we only have 2 weeks to make our decision. And, I have no idea who to vote for.

I am very middle-of-the road, politically. Given the right candidates locally and nationally, I could probably vote for any of the three major parties. I just don’t feel compelled by any of them, though. Here’s the scoop according to me:

Conservatives, James Moore – This guy is the incumbent in our riding. He is my age exactly, and he was the youngest MP from BC ever elected in 2000. He has political aspirations–this guy wants to be Prime Minister some day. His key issues are spending gas taxes, being tougher on crime, and ending Liberal corruption. There are no comments about the sort of corruption we could expect from his party, should they form the government. 😉 Unfortunately for James Moore, I do not like Stephen Harper at all. The two big deal-breakers for me are that he wanted to send troops to Iraq, and that he opposes gay marriage. Frankly, he’s pretty much the George W. Bush of the North, and I don’t like Dubya, either.

Liberals, Kwangyul Peck – This candidate came to Canada from Korea when he was 17. He is an economist with ties to Canada and Asia-Pacific. He was an economic advisor to Paul Martin when Paul Martin was the finance minister. No mention is made of the sponsorship scandal, though. 😉 I can’t seem to find any references to issues or political stances on his website, which is typical of his party. I think my big objection to Kwangyul Peck is that as a BC native, I’m not all that impressed with the way that the Liberal party has treated Western Canada. Plus, they just seem kind of arrogant, like they expect to win, so why bother?

NDP, Charley King – This guy is by far the most photogenic candidate, and he is also young (only two years older than me). He is endorsed by Nearly Neil, the fabulous local Neil Diamond impersonator. If I made decisions about who to vote for based on externals, it would be Charly King all the way. 🙂 His key issues are the usual NDP government spending / health care / democratic reforms, as well as being tougher on crime. My big problem with this guy is that Jack Layton, his party boss, has proposed increasing taxes substantially. I don’t object to taxation, where everybody pitches in for a higher standard of living. I’m just not convinced that throwing money at every problem will build a better society.

So, this is my dilemma. I have two weeks to make up my mind, and I am floundering. I am not looking for input, I will make up my own mind. It just might not happen until it comes time to mark that ‘X’.


So, the Victoria Day weekend was rather busy here at the Strocel house. Jon and I got our eyes examined, and visited with Rob and Aja on Saturday. Jon worked on Sunday, and on Monday we put in baseboards.

In one day, we cut and installed baseboards in the bathroom, ensuite, 2nd-floor landing, master bedroom, and family room. This week we finished things off with the office, and we applied silicone and painted. It was a lot of work, but well worth it.

Been awhile

Man, it’s been awhile since I’ve written a Blog Post. I guess I’ve been so broken up by the lack of Canuck success that I’ve been in a writing funk.

Tomorrow James begins his new job with Electronic Arts as a tester. We’re all very excited for him as it’s a great opportunity. We’re sure he’ll be great.

Today Amber and I installed more baseboards around the house. By the end of the week we’re going to have a fully-baseboarded house. I have to admit it does spiffy the place up.

I will try not to go so long between posts next time.


It’s been ten years since Jon and I graduated from high school, and they’re holding our reunion in July. In the afternoon there will be a family barbeque at the Bradner field, so people can bring their kids (!). Then, in the evening, they’re having a dance at the Bradner Hall. Drinks are cheap.

I have to be honest, I was looking at the email that Jon got yesterday. Seeing all of these names, and thinking about high school, I got all insecure. I began questioning what I would wear, who I would hang out with, all that sort of stuff. I don’t behave this way in my normal life, but I become irrational when faced with the memories of teenage social structures. Ack.

I’m sure it will be fine. It may even be lots of fun. And, if it all goes South, drinks are cheap. 😉

This is Fun?

Jon and I are planning a trip to Atlantic Canada. On Tuesday, we booked our flights. Now, we’re working on our hotels. Then, we have to arrange a cat-sitter, stop the papers, and book rental cars. I have to say, so far this vacation business is not the least bit relaxing.

Vacationing is sort of stressful. It involves huge expenses, huge inconveniences, and airline food (these days, only if you’re lucky). On the other hand, we have the opportunity to see our province, our country, and the world. This is sort of a new thing, historically speaking, and I feel so lucky to have these opportunities. But, they certainly come at a cost.

In other news my husband is, in fact, still alive. He’s just been spending his time exercising and doing relaxation excercises, instead of updating the website. You should see him now, he’s so Zen.

No Crayons for You!

Last night when I got to Brownies, our storage cupboard was locked. There was a big padlock on the door, and I didn’t put it there. We keep most of our supplies in that cupboard, so that we don’t have to lug them back and forth. However, all of that was to no avail last night.

Luckily, the weather was good. So, instead of drawing pictures, we played outside. The girls were actually thrilled, running around and yelling is really their favourite thing. Of course, I was just a little worried about what we would do for camp, since we were counting on supplies from the cupboard for crafts.

I called the church this morning. It seems that they will be running a daycare in the basement. Regulations require that all cupboards are locked so the children don’t choke on a bead, or something like that. So, I will be bringing my own lock for future use. Still, with no note or anything, it was all a little startling at 6:00 yesterday.


Today is our third wedding anniversary. Jon and I are both working, so it will be a low-key affair. We’re planning to go out to dinner tomorrow, though, to celebrate.

I remember how stressed out I was three years ago. I wasn’t afraid to get married to Jon, but I was some worried about the wedding. All of those people, so much to co-ordinate, it just seemed overwhelming. And, it wasn’t even a really big wedding, nothing out of the ordinary to speak of.

In the end, though, it was a beautiful day, and we had a wonderful time. We were so lucky to have our friends and family celebrate with us, and we were so lucky to have each other. I guess that’s what really matters, right?

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