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Well folks, I'm home. I realize that I didn't see everything and everyone I could have seen while in Toronto, but I'll have to live with that for a while. In a way it's nice to be back even though "back" means "in the crappy town I call home". sigh. Toronto has so much culture.

Events in the past few days: Wednesday we woke up and drove around. Our faithful tour guides (epi_lj and xtabay for that day) told us about all the sites. We drove by Casa Loma, didn't go in though. Went to some neat markets... one was a sort of farmers' market and the other was the Pacific Mall, which is like this big collection of asian stores in a barn. There were four basic types of stores at the pacific market: questionably legal electronics, very trendy clothes, toys/anime/random stuff, and Bubble Tea. Dave tried some bubble tea and it was totally nasty... sweet tea was bad enough, but sweet fruity tea was worse. Oh well, points for trying new things, right? We bought some random candies and things (mandarin oranges... mmm!) and I gazed longlingly at the clothes (which are size appropriately for cute little asian girls, not big awkward americans like yours truly). I bought some stickers and xtabay gave me a little notepad with random anime characters and poor english translations later. she's so cool, I wouldn't mind being anyone we hung out with in Toronto, honestly, they're angels. They don't talk loud enough (that's a toronto thing, uhg! c'mon and yell, all!), so I might change that, but everything else is perfect, they're adorable, love them all.

At night, epi took us all to a movie, Amelie, which I had never seen because cultural movies like that don't come to Kansas but I'd heard about it on she-net and wanted to see it. It kinda felt like a french heroine (yes, the drug) trip but it was a really interesting, creative film. I'll have to go back and read the she-net thread on it, even though I'm a few months behind everyone.

Thursday morning we left. Dave and I drove all night and stopped in Markle, Indiana (yes) at a nice little motel in the middle of nowhere. We drove all today. On the way back, we went through St. Louis, where I decided to take a little adventure to see my old house. And I found it! The streets in St. Louis are a cluster fsck and I almost hit like eight cars but it was so neat. The house isn't white anymore, it's kinda beige, and there's a new swingset in the back yard, and the gigantic cottonwood tree isn't as big as I remembered it, but it was still really fun. Dave didn't seem to mind too much, I told him all about my childhood memories and the buildings around. Our favorite grocery store is still around (of course!) and my old church is there and beautiful, it's even expanded a bit.

And I'm home! And more, I'll please you with the final conclusions from the week...
  • Toronto is an incredible town that I wouldn't hesitate to live in if it were a bit warmer. It gets to -40 degrees there! Forget that.
  • America is scuzzy compared to Canada, especially on the border towns, they're just freaking embarrassing.
  • David is a better driver than I am, even if he complains about all the other drivers a lot more and doesn't like my music.
  • Canadians are beautiful people, but I will continue making fun of them for being canadians, I hate to say it.

Anyway, I'm tired now. I need to unpack and go to bed. Maybe I'll write more when I remember, but until then, I just want to tell everyone that I made it there and back safely and owe my new toronto friends a zillion thanks for showing me such a great time. bye all! *hugs*


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Mar. 22nd, 2002 08:28 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you guys came up, and you needn't thank us! We had fun too, and it was so nice of you to drive so far to come visit. I hope we can return the favour someday, despite your warnings about that.

What's the deal with Markle, Indiana? pres589 said it like it was totally significant, and you put that "(yes)" after it here.

Mar. 22nd, 2002 08:42 pm (UTC)
oh, besides being a total hole, it's just fun to say I think. MARKLE!
Mar. 23rd, 2002 12:36 am (UTC)
Hi, I was just curious, did you do this for fun? It is so hilarious.

I am strong... I am invincible... I am woman! And I help the with their problems. Yes, here's the part where I tell everything like it is to my fellow members of the tougher sex. Let's go, ladies!

Dear Spacefem,
A reputable magazine has offered me $4000 to pose naked for them. Should I go for it?
Only if they agree to do the article on your terms. Here's how I'd do it: the headline would be giant red letters that say, "NAKED FEMINIST" and I'd have picture captions that say things like, "She's hot and nude and will kick your worthless male ass" or "Watch out boys... you've never seen weapons concealed like this!" See, many of today's Militant Feminists think that magazines like that "objectify women", but I think that all magazines objectify women, so we might as well favor the ones that pay us more, right? I think you can get a big message across by doing this, and the cash on the side is always fun, too.

Dear Spacefem,
How come all the guys I meet are rude and disrespectful assholes?
You have a lot to learn about men, don't you? They're not trying to be rude and disrespectful, it's all an act they put on to hide the fact that they're very, very stupid. The ones that aren't stupid are either dead or Steven Hawking.

Dear Spacefem,
I am a twelve year old girl. In class I am known as meanie, yes i earned it all by myself. Could you give me some good tips to uphold my torment reputation without getting kicked out of school?
What is this, I'm a cruelty expert now? Okay. I must admit, I am good at being mean to people when the situation calls for it. The first thing you should know is you should never be mean to people who are already at the bottom of the social pyramid in school, only be mean to people that everybody else likes. Breaking up stupid relationships is always fun - find the "cutest couple" around, you know, the one everybody wants to be like, and convince one or both of the pair that being a single fun loving person is the way to go. You're doing the world a favor with that. I also like picking on smart people. Find kids who take their notes in identical spiral notebooks (both green or something) and switch them around - that's always good for a laugh. Finally, spread rumors about popular people having gas problems, back acne, hair loss, bed-wetting, and other pre-pubescent nightmares. You'll have fun.

Dear Spacefem,
Do you hate men?
Hate is such a strong word, it really is. I don't hate men, no, although I can admit I do my best to discourage them. You see, as an white american woman I am faced with the nasty predicament of having almost no traceable culture, I think my family is from england/germany/sweden but I have no idea when they came over so I'm basically heritage-less. To account for this missing part of myself, I have to find something that unites me with a small part of the rest of the human race, I chose women. Women, Unite! See how good that feels? I can't say "Irish, Unite!" because it would never work, I need a cause. So I pick feminism. I don't hate men, it's just that if I tried too hard to understand them, I wouldn't have a club. And knowing your average man, I'd probably just be a lot dumber for my effort, they generally aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer, if you know what I mean.

Mar. 23rd, 2002 12:40 am (UTC)
Darn character lengths, who needs them anyways, heh.

Dear Spacefem,
I've never had a boyfriend, and recently realized that I don't really want one. I don't even like guys that much. Is it because I'm a lesbian? I don't want to think that, but my friends have suggested it a few times and I'm starting to believe it.
Honestly, now, do you really think any girls like guys? Why would we, because of their intelligent conversations? Their understanding of our problems? Their hygiene? Face it, we're all in it for their cars, money, and a little affection. That's it! None of us like them, we just put up with them because we feel sorry for them! Lesbians are women who like other women. We all dislike men! Doesn't it feel good to know you're normal?

Dear Spacefem,
I think I'm in love with two men! What do I do?
You're telling me there are two men in the world worthy of being with you, a woman? Will wonders never cease? Alright, I'll be up front about things. First, you need to be honest with both of them. Don't worry about upsetting them, guys always act tough so if they get emotional, tell 'em to suck it up and take it. Then, you need to ask yourself why you want either one, because the average guy isn't worth that much trouble! Run, don't walk!

Dear Spacefem,
I am a 12 year old girl who has lived in Rhode Island all my life. Now, my parents want to move to New Jersey, but I don't want to leave all my friends behind. They don't understand my situation at all, and keep saying I'll get over it. But I'll never get over it! My life is ruined! Ruined! Ruined!
Well, when I was 12, I had to move, also. It was a big deal at the time, but then I realized something: my old friends had body odor problems that I had adapted to and not realized it. Yes, this tragic situation was caused simply because they spent too much time with one another to take showers. We were a very close-knit group. Once I was away for a time, I realized just how dangerous it can be to have close friends. It causes air pollution, among other problems related to hazardous waste. I bet you will love New Jersey if you keep an open mind about it and don't accept hygiene advice from your good friends.

Dear Spacefem,
A friend of mine recently told me that to relax she had stolen some cigarettes from her dad and now she smokes. She also confided that she had tried speed to keep her energy up and so she wouldn't be depressed all the time. Both of these things worry me very much. She asked me not to tell anyone about the drugs, but I know I should. What should I do?
Your friend is being very stupid. Cigarettes will kill her and speed will get her arrested. As much as this sucks, there may not be much you can do about it. Thousands of teens do stuff like this, and so overall community concern is not always that high. For example, the rest of her friends may not see the light. The councilors at school may not find time to talk to her unless she is doing things like this at school, where they would actually have a problem on their hands. Parents always care, but in their anger only cause more rebellion in their children. As her friend, I advise you to use all the pull you've got to influence her. Tell her that you are strongly against what she is doing- that it isn't cool and it won't help her with her problems, it will only make them worse. And whatever happens, don't let her influence you. Keep your stand, grrrl!

Mar. 23rd, 2002 12:42 am (UTC)
(once again, continued)

Dear Spacefem,
I think my trig teacher is giving the girls in his classes the low rope in a big way! Whenever a guy asks a question in class, he takes time to answer it, no matter how stupid it is (and they do ask some stupid questions!). But when I ask a question, or any other girl I can think of, he tells them they should have read about that in the book already or would know the question if they ever paid attention in class. It sucks! How am I supposed to get educated here?

Teachers are usually pretty good at what they do, but even I'll admit, this can happen. You can try talking to the teacher, but if it's as bad as you say, he might not care. If I were you, I'd find some trusted teachers/advisors and tell them a little about the problem. Ask one of them to sit in on a class so you can provide hard evidence. If the administration knows, they'll probably help you out. In this day and age, it's unrealistic to think the world can be set against women. If you look in the right places and word your arguments right, you're sure to find the help you need. Dear Spacefem,
Do you have any favorite make-up tips you can let us in on?
Well, when you ask for make-up tips, I assume you're planning to die, because a woman's funeral is the only time in her life she should have to wear makeup. I mean, you don't want your friends and family to see you all pasty, right? I like red lipstick for those occasions to offset the black everyone else is wearing. Don't wear too much mascara, it doesn't decay right. Top lashes only if you must. And above all else, apply foundation carefully! You don't want everyone's last memory of you filed away in their brain right next to "Bondo Accidents". This is a delicate matter and you may want professional help. If you're thinking of wearing makeup anywhere else, you're nuts! What ever happened to natural beauty? Men seem to think they've got it, why can't we? Dang, all this effort you ladies go through really brings me down.

I like your site alot. This question may have been asked before, but, why don't you have a guest book? I like signing guest books.


Mar. 23rd, 2002 06:51 am (UTC)
I've never had anyone paste entire portions of my website into my journal, hmmm, interesting concept. I'm glad you liked it, and I'll work towards the guestbook idea, it would be fun to have one again.
Mar. 23rd, 2002 07:53 am (UTC)


Mar. 23rd, 2002 12:19 pm (UTC)
Amelie is a rockin' movie. And cold weather sucks.
Mar. 25th, 2002 11:06 am (UTC)
Amelie was actually playing in KC at the Tivoli from Thanksgiving break until winter. I remember it opened the same night as Waking Life when I went to see The Man Who Wasn't There and was still playing when I stopped by to see Mulholland Drive. I'm just glad that I wasn't tainted by seeing such a sappy, saccharine, everything is wonderful for the happy, pretty, freakish looking little French girl who just loves everything in an idealized world. But aside from Delicatessan I tend to have a thing against Jean-Pierre Jeneut.
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