* More brouhaha up here because the captain of Montreal's hockey team speaks English at games instead of French. (according to him because he's ashamed/embarrassed about it) While we were discussing this in class, I asked if we live in a free society where people can speak as they wish. One student felt that were this America and a player spoke no English, he would be just as vilified for it. I laughed and said, "No, nobody cares what language you speak as long as the team is winning."
* A terrible angst inducing thought occurred to me yesterday. Only 7 weeks til Christmas.
* I learned this week about the MK symbol on food packaging. This came up because some constituents up here purport that we pay more for goods with this symbol. The symbol designates Kosher and is on lots of things - peanut butter and coke for example.
* What's the difference between lust after and long for. As far as a I can tell, they both mean desire strongly.
* Here's the underside of the elevated highway 40 which cuts through Montreal. I was stuck at a light under it and coming from earthquake country, it made me nervous.
* The Canadian dollar is now worth $1.06 U.S. This means that if you had bought Canadian dollars with your U.S. money in 2002 and sold it back today, you would have realized a gain of 72%. I wish I'd known that then.
* I love the very hard Sudoku puzzles because you must make a leap of faith and "guess" at a number, and follow it through until you see if you guessed right or wrong. I try to intuitively guess, which works at least 3/4 of the time.
* Are they called slippers because they're slippery on the floor or because they slip onto your feet? And loafers? To loaf around, a loaf of bread...nope, I don't get it.
* We snagged another 4* hotel in Socal in January for $55 a night. Priceline is probably my favorite company these days.
* Why do we say fix dinner to mean make dinner? Do they say this in England and Australia, or is it just North America? Students are always flummoxed by this expression.