After a well fought class, pouring over the 16 pages without which there would be no continental philosophy, I returned home to excellent news. It seems that I will be able to participate in the Algonquin trip leaving tommorow morn. We leave by noon, to arrive by five and hopefully in time to canoe far enough to feel “in the woods” when we set up camp. Saturday is to be a day of canoeing and hiking, and sunday aswell, returning back Toronto. I look forward beyond words to leaving this great city that I might return having breathed air fresher than I can immitate by running in the cold. (I will bring my F90x, 28-85 lens, circular polarizer, and several rolls of kodak gold 200 to document the trip. And, since shoppers developing includes CDs, you will see the results.
On a not unrelated note today was the first cold day. I knew it as soon as I began walking towards the subway this morning. (“Morning” is dependant on when one’s first class is). It was also the first day it felt cold enough to wear cords. I do love chords. My outfit today was my second favorite (but possibly best coloured) green shirt, green chords, and green fleece coat. I recieved several compliments. Well, one compliment.
This evening I had the pleasure of meeting Alice, the wonderful French exchange student whom I met at Tina’s party last friday, for a drink. Actually, we ended up first going to a talk put on by the U of T political science department at which two former Canadian diplomats spoke about the Fish War (alas M, I missed that part), Kosovo, and various other diplomatic endeavours. The most contentious moment was when a student asked why Canada had played the role it did in support of the new Haitien interim government, including the way that the World Bank was aiding privitazation of national industries in this interim period (the support in the actual coup was not mentioned). The awnser was a loose avoidance of the real substance of the question, stating that Canada’s diplomatic stance towards Haiti is distinct from the United States despite having the same appearence. When, in response to something the diplomat had said the student responded “But the OAS [possibly faulty acronym] recognized the election as valid” the student was told “one question per person”, and several people yelled out “that’s not a question” when he phrased it in the form of a question. When he as a last ditch addressed the audience saying it was something we could look up when we returned home, he recieved ravanous applause.
Comments concerning the Haitien situation, whether for or against the position that even re-iterating this question takes up, are always welcome on this blog. One of my former professors is there, or said he would be there, now. I actually believe that incidents like Haiti are of almost infinitely greater value for young intellectuals to be aware, as opposed to say Heideggerian philosophy. If this post begins a comment debate about the Haitien situation I would be more than impressed. Unfortunately, I would be able to participate because – I’m going camping and hiking!
Concerning Alice, the date ended up being more of a non-date, as after the conference we went out for a drink with her friends. I enjoyed myself immensly, as I was afforded the oppertunity to speak french amoung francophones for several hours. Alice, aswell as her friend _____ are both ravashing young maidens, and I dare say, both smiled at me quite a bit.
One person has asked for me to post the link to my photo.net page. So here it is