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~ Saturday, July 12, 2003
We're back, after almost a week away. Our first stop was in Lillooet, where we just spent the night. The drive was gorgeous, with twisty-turny roads that dropped precipitously and cooked the brakes so bad they smelled for three days afterward.
The next location was the Sunshine Coast. We stayed for a night in a hotel in Sechelt, and visited Gibson's Landing, home of The Beachcombers and Molly's Reach. The next day we hiked to Smuggler's Cove and then Skookumchuk Narrows Provincial Parks. The Narrows were a real treat, an incoming tide that was more like a river; the roar could be heard a half-hour away, deep in the temperate rainforest. A five mile walk, return, and the boys handled it like troopers.
More next time up...
~ Sunday, July 06, 2003
In one of the great odes to colonialism, Kipling notes:
Take up the White Man's burden,
And reap his old reward--
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard--
This excellent post by Billmon (you may have to scroll back up just a notch) shows just how the Americans seem to have taken on the role the British knew so well when the Sun Never Set.
Do read the poem, and make sure to cast a critical eye on the amazing similarities between it and comments such as "I thought they [the Iraqis] would be more enthusiastic. I mean, who wouldn't want to live like Americans, to live in democracy, to send your children to school? I'm surprised at how naive the Iraqis are..."
In other news, we're out of here for about 6 days, and it's unlikely I'll be posting much, if at all. In the meantime, if all works out (I may be doing some edits on the road later today), cast your eye towards Strange Horizons tomorrow for my academic paper "Interstellar Conflict Across Time: Military and Structural Similarities and Differences Throughout the History of Space Opera."