March 7th, 2002

snow

Mary Sue sighting at twelve o'clock...

Wow. I just had a fangirly me-at-thirteen moment. I just discovered the Queen's Own website, the official Mercedes Lackey fan club. (I'm seriously considering offering to re-do their site for them. Yeesh.) Do you know what you do in order to join? You first create a "Herald Persona." Then you write a story (minimum of 10 pages) about how your persona discovered that s/he had Mage Gift, and send it to one of the QO zines.

A whole fan club of Mary Sues. I love it. ;) And the best part is, all these rules, Mercedes Lackey came up with *herself*. Now that's loyalty to your fans. *stupid grin* This is so cool.

Okay, okay, I'm done. Stop looking at me like that. *g*

It snowed again last night. I didn't even notice, until I looked out the window and went "Hey, snow! Where the hell did that come from?" at like two this morning. I finished my essay, though, and it kicks much ass, if I do say so myself. (Anyone really bored who wants to read a lowly first-year paper that amounts, essentially, to high-minded bitching about some really stupid Canadian laws, it's here. I don't reccomend it, though. *sheepish look*)

I realized this morning, not for the first time, tht one of the major consequences of having to think on the academic level at 8-anything in the morning is the strange thought processes in which one... thinks, and the vaguely ridiculous images that pop unbidden into your head. Discussing Liberalism in Practice in sociology today, the IMF and loans from Western countries to "underdeveloped" ones, I started thinking about how similar this was to house mortages, and I wonderd, idly, what would happen if some countries couldn't pay back their loans - in real-life terms, the bank reposessesyour house, your car... and I had a momentary image of the IMF walking into Parliament, wearing brown coveralls and carrying clipboards... "Sorry, everyone, but the IMF has foreclosed on yoru country. We're reposessing your capital cities, the thing you call an army, and all three submarines..."
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Okay, what the hell...

Grr.
Okay; here's a fun one... smoking on public school grounds. I'm not talking about University or college campuses. I'm talking about high schools. High schools!
It's illegal (illegal, not just prohibited) for public school teachers to smoke on school grounds. And good for that. They shouldn't.
What really gets me, however, is that in most provinces in this country, students *are* allowed to smoke on school grounds. *Students* are. And you know what? This is *wrong*. For one thing, it's not even legal for most high school kids to *buy* cigarettes (personally, I think *smoking* them should be punishable too, but maybe that's just me. If they *have* them, doesn't that mean they probably *bought* them? Or better yet, stole them. Or got someone else to buy them for them, which is even *more* illegal. The point is, they can't have gotten them legitimately. Grg.).
But do you know what really pisses me off? No matter how many times smoking on school grounds is outlawed, it gets brought back. Not because of the school board, not because of evil tobacco industries that get their yellowed fingers into the system and make it so, not even by students campaigning for their "right" to smoke (don't even get me *started* on that... on the issue of smoker "rights", I'm totally in agreement with Matt), but by parents, who demand it.

Now, I'm not saying that only a bad parent would do this...

...wait. Yes I am. It's one thing to know your child smokes, and in all fairness it's difficult to get them to *stop*... but when you contact the child's school, and demand that the school *allow* them to smoke... only a bad parent would do that. Doing that is tantamount to encouraging the smoking. And only a bad parent would encourange their child to smoke. Yup. Bad. Parent. Bad. Encourage your child to kill him or herself in a slow and painful way that endangers the lives of innocent bystanders. Yes. That makes you a bad parent.

I get absolutely livid when I hear about these parent groups ranting and raving about their children's "rights", and about how if the kiddies have to go off grounds to smoke, they can get hit by cars and things.

Pbbt. So what? If you're so worried about their well-being, maybe you should try to get them to stop inhaling toxic, carcinogenic fumes. It's not rocket science. Really it's not.

I'm going to go turn off the news now. There's also apparently idiot teenagers in Vancouver wrapping their cars around telephone poles street-racing and things. Argh.

I'm going to... go do laundry now. Or something. Sigh
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