snapshots of an idle mind

November 14, 2006

civic duties

Filed under: dating,nerddom,random,responsibility,tv — sassinak @ 11:38 am


i’m sorry but today i sucked. i completely failed to vote. i know i was supposed to but here’s the thing. mayor miller, who i don’t like, was clearly winning and i didn’t like any of the alternatives enough to care if they won either… and then in my ward? for councillor? my councillor is kyle rae, he gets more than 50% of the total vote every time.

and i can’t stand him.

right so then there’s school trustee and a couple of other things i again have no opinion about.

i just didn’t think there was actually any point voting in this election. i voted in the last civic election and voted for enza supermodel and david miller and this time i just didn’t care.

i’m sorry.

i know i have to do my civic duty i DO but i totally forgot it was election day and then i just didn’t care. i promise to vote in the provincial and federal elections i swear i will. i promise.


damm if i knew i was gonna feel this guilty i would have voted.


there has been a wonderful change in television this year. i don’t know if y’all have noticed but opening credits have been massively changed. they’re SHORT now.

so instead of having to spend a minute watching the actors of ER dance around the er under a green wash we now get a little five beat song and the letters ER and that’s it. so much better! now that minute is used for the actual show.

most of the new shows are doing it too. the longest opening credit i’ve seen on a new show is ‘the nine’ and that one is under twenty seconds.

so to the networks out there?



one of my clients asked me today if i was single and told me she had a man in mind for me.


not bad weird, just weird.


i’m trying to upgrade the server in my closet and it’s giving me a bunch of trouble. it’s been something like a year AND i was fucking up one of the upgrade steps and now i have to try to fix it when everything is so out of date it’s fucked right up.

skip to the next dot if unix bores you.

so when you cvsup you have a file that tells your computer what files you want it to upgrade… and way back when i started running freebsd i changed the one for ports (think application installer) and didn’t bring in a bunch of stuff.

what i didn’t realise was that in selecting not-all and being specific i wasn’t getting changes to the ports tree. like they moved all the instant message clients from ports/net to ports/net-im and i don’t even have that directory.

so i’ve gone back and changed this thingy now and i’m trying to match up things where some of them are five years old. and it’s messy and it may not work and i’m out of practise.

if i blow up my mail server i’ll be pissed!


i’m gaining weight.  well not so much weight as fat.

shut up i’m not being anorexic or weird, i’m really gaining weight… ask my jeans.

fucking fall… makes me get all starving and gain winterfat…

stupid harvest season

mmmmmmmmmmmm squashes….  *g*


okay it’s been a day now and i no longer feel guilty about not-voting.

should that make me feel worse?



  1. I asked your jeans if you were gaining weight but they remained zipped on the whole subject…

    Comment by John — November 14, 2006 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  2. john: eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep


    trust me, they complain when i do them up

    Comment by sassinak — November 14, 2006 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  3. Sass your crazy but your grrrrrreat and we love you. Also I really want one of your egg samiches!! MMM garlic.

    Comment by tasha — November 14, 2006 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

  4. There is a school of thought that says not voting is also a choice… Not sure if I agree, but there is definitely merit to the argument, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

    Comment by Jim McKee — November 14, 2006 @ 3:07 pm | Reply

  5. At least I’m not the only one gaining weight…….every single year……every damn year at this time

    Comment by Kristen — November 14, 2006 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

  6. Hey hey hey!!! No fuck fall at all :) I love Autumn and Winter. And forgetting to vote happens. In Argentina voting is mandatory and it happens on a Sunday. Everything stops. Everyone shows up and you are allowed to cast a blank vote. But you are required to show up, which makes most people at least think about who they want to elect. It’s not perfect. But I was always surprised that voting was optional. And I was even more surprised at the low turnout. But if it is a choice, I respect people’s choice. :)


    Comment by Natalia — November 14, 2006 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

  7. you know, i skipped voting in our primary election in june for very much the same reason. and i, too, felt guilty… but i also felt like it was an informed decision, in some ways.

    i won’t use that excuse often, though. and i did vote in last week’s general election.

    ahh, fall. i love fall.

    Comment by terry — November 14, 2006 @ 10:20 pm | Reply

  8. tasha of course i’m crazy, someone has to do it! okay i suck at phoning people back, when’s good for you?

    jim: i agree except that the news keeps saying ‘voter apathy’ and that isn’t fair. i’ve missed three elections since i was old enough to vote and all quite consciously.

    one – i was moving a week later and didn’t feel i had a right to an opinion
    two – i moved a month earlier, see above
    three – this one

    kj: i know it’s crazy. i love fall but the hibernation instinct is killing me.

    Comment by sassinak — November 14, 2006 @ 11:10 pm | Reply

  9. nat: fair enough, i really love fall i just hate the weight gain that seems inevitable for me. the time of year is wonderful otherwise. i like how argentina does it, to me it seems really like the better plan all told.

    it’s funny people die to vote and we don’t bother.

    terry: the thing with primaries is that to me they’re not as important. but i don’t really understand how that works being all not-american and stuff.

    yeah, i’m with you.

    i love the smell of fall and hate the fat *g*

    Comment by sassinak — November 15, 2006 @ 12:11 am | Reply

  10. Why does this new blog *require* my email address? I don’t like that. What will the do with it?

    About voting. If you don’t like any of the choices, you can cast a “non-vote”. You go to the polls, show your ID, receive your ballot, then hand it back saying: “I’d like to cast a non-vote”. At which point they will likely say: “What?!” But hopefully some supervisor type will be around who knows what you are talking about. That way your apathy is at least registered.

    I’m sorry to hear you are gaining weight.

    Of course I want full details on the man. :)

    Comment by Clarity — November 15, 2006 @ 1:30 am | Reply

  11. At least you guys get to CHOOSE whether your vote or not, here in Australia it’s actually compulsory, once your on the electoral roll that is, so if you never register, then they never know.
    Hey let us know if the man thing works out! Why is it weird by the way?

    Comment by debambam — November 15, 2006 @ 3:27 am | Reply

  12. How’s sunday for you Sass? Also will you smoke blunt wraps?

    Comment by tasha — November 15, 2006 @ 9:30 am | Reply

  13. credits are shorter too…they usually shrink them to the corner of the tv while they go through the commercials that go between each and every tv show.

    be weary of the set-up. very weary. they never turn out well…well, they can, but it’s rare. realllllllly rare.

    like, damn near impossible kind of rare.

    Comment by e — November 15, 2006 @ 12:05 pm | Reply

  14. clarity: i get your email address, no one else does. i haven’t figured out how to disable that yet.

    i like the non-vote, i’m doing that next time for sure.

    i think it’s not that i’m gaining weight it’s that i’m not doing enough cardio. i had some time to kill between classes today so i went swimming (it is now a plan) at the jcc. i feel better already… so we’ll see what happens. i’m certainly not losing weight.

    i know nothing about the man except that m wants to set me up with him.

    kelly: yeah i guess it’s good we get to choose but then there’s an apathetic electorate so that doesn’t work either.

    i’m not sure i’ve ever been specifically set up on a blind date… so weird.

    tasha: no. and sunday i’m busy all day :(

    Comment by sassinak — November 15, 2006 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

  15. I guess then my question would be whens good for you. Any evening is cool I just have to run it by my lady.

    Comment by tasha — November 16, 2006 @ 8:36 am | Reply

  16. Never feel guilty about something you can blame on someone else. Who’s fault was it? Answer, not yours. See how easy this is. Personal responsibility is out the door, and I feel better already.

    Comment by Yeshua — November 16, 2006 @ 9:17 am | Reply

  17. I believe that it is better to not vote in your situation. However, if you don’t like the guy, voting against him solidifies your bitching rights where he is concerned for the duration of his stay in power. Not that you really need that anyway!

    How about Belinda’s “conservative bone” ? :D

    Comment by pyrhonik — November 17, 2006 @ 12:51 am | Reply

  18. e: yeah they’ve been shortening the credits for a while now. i don’t mind that so much though i would if i were IN them.

    oh dude i have no faith in the set up, frankly i think i would have more luck with adult friend finder fer fuck’s sakes. nonetheless i’m willing.

    and yeah, i fully expect nothing.

    tasha: um, don’t laugh. monday november 27th.

    yeshua: i really do love how you think, it makes life so much more fun.

    it’s just i have a thing for personal responsibility.

    pyr: i think it’s better too, it’s just i still feel weird about it you know? i mean voting matters… and then the fucking media calls me apathetic.

    what did belinda do this time?

    Comment by sassinak — November 17, 2006 @ 1:54 am | Reply

  19. I’m still laughing about Klein’s joke at this roast ~

    I figured for sure that you’d have an opinion on this one :D

    Comment by pyrhonik — November 17, 2006 @ 10:46 am | Reply

  20. I will talk to the misses and get back to you. Oh, and hahahah I’m sorry to hear that.

    Comment by tasha — November 17, 2006 @ 11:30 am | Reply

  21. pyr: oh man. that’s funny as hell.

    poor belinda.

    tasha: cool beans dude, if that doesn’t work i have most monday nights free… otherwise i work pretty late.

    Comment by sassinak — November 17, 2006 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  22. I guess if you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain about Kyle Rae. As obnoxious as he may be, he’s done a lot of good for the downtown ward. I am hoping another high profile candidate will come along some day to actually give him a run for his money. Until then, you’re gonna have to put up with him.

    Comment by othercat — November 18, 2006 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

  23. monday is a no go my friend I will get back to you

    Comment by tasha — November 21, 2006 @ 7:08 am | Reply

  24. othercat: actually i do have a right to complain about kyle rae, i’ve made the mistake of trying to get him to talk to me… it’s kind of painful as hell and totally pointless. when he stops winning in a landslide i’ll consider voting again. next time i’m casting a non-ballot though, that’s cool.

    i know… but i don’t have to like him.

    tasha: okay! most mondays are good for me

    Comment by sassinak — November 23, 2006 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

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