- I am thankful for the great group of friends I have in Ottawa, Montreal, Kingston, Toronto and elsewhere in Canada. Some stereotypes are actually true--most Canadians I have met are friendly and polite and funny. We truly feel at home.
- I am thankful for the two cool jobs I had. I loved teaching at McGill, and miss the students who went there as well as most of my former colleagues. It was a great opportunity, and I will always be thankful for it. Carleton has been mighty, mighty good, with five years flying by. Sure, I ended up hiring my friends (ok, not so much as I got bounced off of the committees when my friends got short-listed), which makes the place even better, but I felt very welcome even before that. And the folks at the Dean's Office have recognized my contributions (of course, I then end up doing more stuff for them ...hmmmm).
- I am thankful to Canada's grant agencies as they have funded my research, which has included a lot of sweet travel around Canada and far, far beyond. The forms are not fun, and the big partnership grant is a tough nut to crack, but my research ambitions have been very high ever since I moved here since I can get funding to the work I want to do.
- I am thankful for being in a national capital. Studying international relations, especially defense and national security stuff, is so much more fun and interesting when one is close to the action (or non-action). I regularly meet military officers, diplomats, officials across the government, ambassadors and personnel representing their countries to Canada, media folks, and on and on. It is just so very interesting. As a deeply curious person, I enjoy this so very much.
- I am so very thankful for being able to continue to play in a very vibrant, friendly ultimate frisbee community which owns its own fields only 12 minutes from my house. I am, of course, thankful the chance to play so much in Montreal as well.
- I am thankful for the great skiing although I doubt I will be returning to Whistler this winter. Maybe Banff if I am lucky.
- I am thankful that the 2015 election went the way it did. Perhaps because the Conservatives had been in power for ten years or so, incumbent fatigue led Canada to move left instead of right, bucking the future trend. The Liberals are not perfect, nor is Justin Trudeau, but damn near all of my friends would trade their government for the Canadian one in a heartbeat. I have had the chance to give them my feedback more directly from time to time, and it is an homor to be asked to do so. I do gripe about them, but the Liberals made their big move around this time two years ago when the Conservatives shifted to an Islamophobic stance and the Liberals, as well as the NDP, refused to go along. That the NDP is now led by a Sikh makes me more inclined to take them seriously in the future. The multiculturalism of Canadian politics is a tonic these days as I watch the White Supremacist in Chief degrade American politics.
- I was going to be thankful that I can get the new Star Trek on TV weekly without having to pay CBS streaming, but, well, the show is not that good.
- I am thankful for better snow removal service! It took some trying, but we finally found a reliable company.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving, Eh?
I was away last Canadian Thanksgiving, and, yes, I am still giving thanks for that terrific time last year (facebook reminds me I took a bus tour to Mt. Fuji last year and encountered ninjas along the way). So, I don't think I properly gave thanks last year. Moreover, with the past year of US politics, well, it makes Canada's joys stand out just a wee bit more in stark relief. So, let me give thanks: