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I'm watching the opening ceremony in full. I downloaded the NBC broadcast. Couldn't see Ashley, but I saw her on TV last night. I have cried so much watching this, and I feel so silly but I love it. Shane Koyczan performed slam poetry at the ceremony and it resonates so much with me. I want to use this when I finally become an English teacher.

We Are More by Shane Koyczan

When defining Canada
you might list some statistics
you might mention our tallest building
or biggest lake
you might shake a tree in the fall
and call a red leaf Canada
you might rattle off some celebrities
might mention Buffy Sainte-Marie
might even mention the fact that we've got a few
Barenaked Ladies
or that we made these crazy things
like zippers
electric cars
and washing machines
when defining Canada
it seems the world's anthem has been
"been there done that"
and maybe that's where we used to be at
it's true
we've done and we've been
we've seen
all the great themes get swallowed up by the machine
and turned into theme parks
but when defining Canada
don't forget to mention that we have set sparks
we are not just fishing stories
about the one that got away
we do more than sit around and say "eh?"
and yes
we are the home of the Rocket and the Great One
who inspired little number nines
and little number ninety-nines
but we're more than just hockey and fishing lines
off of the rocky coast of the Maritimes
and some say what defines us
is something as simple as please and thank you
and as for you're welcome
well we say that too
but we are more
than genteel or civilized
we are an idea in the process
of being realized
we are young
we are cultures strung together
then woven into a tapestry
and the design
is what makes us more
than the sum total of our history
we are an experiment going right for a change
with influences that range from a to zed
and yes we say zed instead of zee
we are the colours of Chinatown and the coffee of Little Italy
we dream so big that there are those
who would call our ambition an industry
because we are more than sticky maple syrup and clean snow
we do more than grow wheat and brew beer
we are vineyards of good year after good year
we reforest what we clear
because we believe in generations beyond our own
knowing now that so many of us
have grown past what used to be
we can stand here today
filled with all the hope people have
when they say things like "someday"
someday we'll be great
someday we'll be this
or that
someday we'll be at a point
when someday was yesterday
and all of our aspirations will pay the way
for those who on that day
look towards tomorrow
and still they say someday
we will reach the goals we set
and we will get interest on our inspiration
because we are more than a nation of whale watchers and lumberjacks
more than backpacks and hiking trails
we are hammers and nails building bridges
towards those who are willing to walk across
we are the lost-and-found for all those who might find themselves at a loss
we are not the see-through gloss or glamour
of those who clamour for the failings of others
we are fathers brothers sisters and mothers
uncles and nephews aunts and nieces
we are cousins
we are found missing puzzle pieces
we are families with room at the table for newcomers
we are more than summers and winters
more than on and off seasons
we are the reasons people have for wanting to stay
because we are more than what we say or do
we live to get past what we go through
and learn who we are
we are students
students who study the studiousness of studying
so we know what as well as why
we don't have all the answers
but we try
and the effort is what makes us more
we don't all know what it is in life we're looking for
so keep exploring
go far and wide
or go inside but go deep
go deep
as if James Cameron was filming a sequel to The Abyss
and suddenly there was this location scout
trying to figure some way out
to get inside you
because you've been through hell and high water
and you went deep
keep exploring
because we are more
than a laundry list of things to do and places to see
we are more than hills to ski
or countryside ponds to skate
we are the abandoned hesitation of all those who can't wait
we are first-rate greasy-spoon diners and healthy-living cafes
a country that is all the ways you choose to live
a land that can give you variety
because we are choices
we are millions upon millions of voices shouting
"keep exploring... we are more"
we are the surprise the world has in store for you
it's true
Canada is the "what" in "what's new?"
so don't say "been there done that"
unless you've sat on the sidewalk
while chalk artists draw still lifes
on the concrete of a kid in the street
beatboxing to Neil Young for fun
don't say you've been there done that
unless you've been here doing it
let this country be your first-aid kit
for all the times you get sick of the same old same old
let us be the story told to your friends
and when that story ends
leave chapters for the next time you'll come back
next time pack for all the things
you didn't pack for the first time
but don't let your luggage define your travels
each life unravels differently
and experiences are what make up
the colours of our tapestry
we are the true north
strong and free
and what's more
is that we didn't just say it
we made it be.
aide: (斗真 → OH CRAP)
#2 on Himitsu no Arashi-chan's まさかの結末 this week hails from Canada.

And of course it happened in Durham, Ontario. And I love how they are making fun of them in their commentary. XD I would too!

ムカツク! They are obviously running out of ideas if they have to stretch Mario out for 3 episodes. Original Mario looks so easy now. It's been years since I've played but I suppose you could say my マリオゲーム歴史 is 19 years. I must have been 5 or 6 when my parents bought the NES for my brother and me. It wasn't terribly long before we moved to Singapore and had to sell it. I never got much passed world 5 (with warping) and never remember actually beating the game. But give me fucking Ninja Turtles 4 and I can beat it every time!

I think they put out original Super Mario for DS. Too bad it will never get cheaper.


Jan. 31st, 2009 02:47 pm
aide: (相葉 → Eat like a man)
Justin just informed me that Becker's burger chain serves poutine.  I was talking to Ro last night about things I miss from Canada and I forgot to mention poutine.  They have 5 flavours but only one of them is really poutine, though the bacon & cheese one sounds good.  However, mentaiko and ebi mayo do not.  There's a Becker's outlet inside Kashiwa station and also one on my side.  I should go in and check it out.  For 320 yen, why not?  Justin said it wasn't swimming in gravy as much as he would like.  Which is ironic because they love to drown things in mayo here.
aide: (大野 → Unimpressed)
I don't know why I torture myself. I was stalking people on Facebook, old friends and people who I haven't added but went to high school with or university etc etc. So many of them are either a) still dating the person they were dating 2-3 years ago, b) are engaged, b) are married or d) have kids. Or some twisted combination of all of the above. It's kind of depressing... and yet I feel quite satisfied not to be tied to the same person for that long especially in this tumultous period of post-grad. And that at least I haven't gained weight since graduation. I haven't lost much if anything but I'll take that. I saw pictures of JC and his girlfriend from some holiday party and I hardly recognized him! He's got some cheeks on him now but he looks healthy and happy so that's all that matters. It's all the studying I guess. And you can't go running in the winter. I tell myself that everyday and that's why I haven't started. Yet.

It just made me think (as I am wont to do) about life changes and where I'm heading and all that. I'm not going to get into the whole relationship hang-up (again) but it made me think about that. An old friend from middle school reconnected with me and she's married and having her second baby this week. And another friend from middle school who now lives in Australia and its all pierced up with a kid (I don't know that story though). And then there's Christina but we won't get into that. Rebecca's gained weight too and looks exactly like her mom. Facebook is so devilish... I tried to get in contact with a good friend from high school way back when since we lost touch after I moved to Vancouver but she didn't even reply when I got her university issued email address from a mutual friend. It really makes me wonder... Christina, Rebecca and Nashifa are all pretty religious girls and I am fairly certain that was the driving wedge between Christina, Rebecca and I but I don't know about Nashifa. I tried to call her when I was home last but I guess she never got the message I left with her dad. Or she got it and didn't want to call me back. It's makes me sad.

All I can say is that I'm so fucking glad I left Ontario. Everyone there seems to be settling down and getting fat. And dating ugly people. Not all, but some. It just seems so poisonous. But maybe that's because it's Brampton. If I do ever move back to that pit, I will make damn sure I'm living closer to the city. Or surrounding myself with ... I don't even know if the option of people who are small-minded and backward is available. I guess I'll be reading. Lots. Or going to JC's every free moment. Move over Belinda.

Yeah, I don't know. It just got me thinking. I don't like to sound pretentious, if that's even how I should describe this, but I feel like I'm doing the most interesting thing out of most of the people I went to high school with. I might not have a fancy career or a mortgage or even a fucking car, but at least I'm not living at home anymore. Which is more than I can say for almost everyone. But then again, in Japan, that's not a bad thing.

In other news, I'm meeting an old friend from high school tomorrow for dinner in Ginza. And I have a date on Thursday. ♥
aide: (Bitch slapped)
As great as it is to be able to watch the Olympics LIVE, I am sorely missing Canadian coverage and I can't even watch it online on CBC!  FUcking server blocks the video, "not available in your region".  D<  What the shit! 

The men's gymnastics team failed to qualify.  I'm disappointed.  Although, Shewfelt did break both his legs last year so you can't really blame him, I suppose.  At least he made it to  Beijing.  I don't think I'll be able to see any of the Canadians in competition until the finals, if the girls make it... although I don't think so because they do every event at the same time.  Although I seem to remember seeing other countries on CBC.  Maybe Japanese TV isn't like that. 

I saw Kitajima Kousuke win his heat (or did he come 2nd?) and he's made it to the semi's in the men's 100m breast stroke, but Brown didn't cut it for Canada.  In Kitajima's interview he was rather... haha funny?  He just kept saying his performance was まぁまぁ even though he won his heat.  I had never heard of Brown before so he might be a newbie.  Granted, I've been out of the swimming loop for a while since Brad quit.  The women's freestyle relay team rocked and have made it to the final.  I wonder when that's on, and if I'll get to see it?  The only name on the team I recognize is Tanya Hunks but I'm not exactly sure why.  Did she swim with Brad?  I'm trying to look up her profile but the internet is not cooperating.  I need to check the diving schedule to see when Alex Despatie is on.  I don't know if Japan has any divers so I might not even be able to see that.  D:  If he makes it through they should have clips on CBC, but even that isn't working right now.

Edit:  Gave up on CBC because that site is so stupid to navigate and went to the official Beijing Olympics site.  Alexandre Despatie made it to the men's 3m synchro springboard finals!  I thought he was doing 10m platform but he's only doing springboard this time.  He took silver last time in the 3m springboard event but I won't get to see it because Japan sucks at diving so they won't broadcast it.  I'll just have to check the results on Wednesday and see how he did. :3

I'll need to watch for kayaking news.  Van Koerverden, make me proud!  I want a repeat performance of Athens.  Although, I don't think those events start until next week?

What the shit is with all these technical issues?  I don't live in China!  Or maybe THAT'S the reason it's not working -- the video feed is from China?  I don't know.  I don't really care, I just want it to work.  CRY.
aide: (Ohmiya rabu)
JPod is the best thing CBC has produced in... ever.  Too bad the quality of it (at least this episode) is complete trash.  It'll definitely be on my list of DVDs to buy when I get back. 

I am going to write a post about Miso soup for my vox blog after watching the GRA episode this morning.  I made some nice miso soup tonight for dinner/snack/sustinance.  I am getting quite adept at just throwing whatever I have in the pot.  This time it was: a potato, onion, garlic, shiitake mushrooms and green onion with red miso.  Delish. 

Shukudai-kun is pushed back again but I don't have to work tmrw so who cares!  AND!  The guest is Haruna Ai~  Everyone's favourite new-half.  :D  I can't wait. 

Now back to the insanity of urbanite Vancouver gamer paradise. 

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