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21 February 2012 @ 08:36 pm
Who is the best James Bond?

It's a bit of a toss-up for me. Sean Connery did lead off and set the standard for Bond, while Timothy Dalton actually played him closer to the Ian Fleming novels. Plus, Pierce Brosnan (except for the last film) definitely was the most suave and debonair of the Bond actors.
30 October 2011 @ 12:37 am
Do you play a musical instrument? For how long?

The first instrument that I ever learned how to play was a recorder in early (Pre-Grade 5) elementary school. The summer between fourth and fifth grades, I started to learn how to play an alto saxophone, which I played for about a year or so. Between fifth and sixth grades, I was asked to step in and learn the tenor sax in order to cover the previous player's advancing to high school. I played the tenox sax for all of junior high, plus a year (?) of senior high. I ended up learning how to play the baritone sax to fill in for a graduating senior in (I think) tenth grade. I was the only bari sax player in the senior high band up until I left the band in order to focus on college prep classes during my senior year. I still remember playing Honor Band (a regional performance that gathered students from different schools) at Northland and trying desperately to keep up! Sadly, I haven't played in a long time, since I no longer have any of the instruments that I played. My alto sax went to my sister when she was deciding what instrument to learn and I rented the others from my school. I've actually thought about brushing up on one of the saxes.
Current Location: TC Metro
Current Mood: determined
01 September 2011 @ 10:27 pm
Do you pick truth or dare? Tell us why?

Both. It all depends on who's asking the question and who's all in the room...
Current Location: TC
Current Mood: discontentdiscontent
Do you think women are treated as equals? What changes would you like to see?
Sadly, no. I do believe that there has been some progress over the last several decades, but there is still room for improvement. Inequality still exists in many forms, including financial inequality and gender roles. Financially, women still make less than men, despite gains made in education levels for women. A woman with an undergraduate degree is still likely to make less than a man with the exact same degree and qualifications. Women (especially single parents) are more likely to live in poverty than their male counterparts. As for gender roles, there are still gender-normative roles that women (and men, to an extent) are expected to fulfill, including professional and sexual roles and expectations. There is still a double-standard for women when it comes to the question of sexual partners. For example, when a man brags about his number of partners, there is less stigma than if a woman was to do the exact same thing. With this in mind, I would have to say that equality is still a goal that every woman should strive towards.

What changes would I like to see? For one, I would love to see more women consider becoming politically involved. If women are not speaking out, how will change occur? Also, I'd like to see more women consider math and science-based careers. While women are increasing their education levels, the question is what types of degrees are they going for? I'm a recent university graduate and I was shocked to realize how few women are in fields such as engineering. Then I started to look at the numbers of women in fields such as social work and psychology (my own field), where there were much higher numbers of women. Long-lasting changes are truly needed in order to foster equality and need to happen at all levels of society and life.
Current Location: Twin Cities
Current Mood: determined
26 October 2010 @ 04:45 pm
This morning, I was on the bus heading downtown to catch another bus to the U of M. It's my early start day, so it was about 7:45 a.m. I was just standing on the bus when this older gentleman tugs on one of the buttons that I have on my backpack. When I turn around, he tells me that he likes my sentiment. He explained that he liked my "Students Against War" button, and told me that he'd served 25 years in the navy. All I could do was say 'Thank you" to him.

Meeting that gentleman made me stop and really wonder for a bit. My uncle is in the National Guard and has served in Iraq, while guys that I graduated with are in the Guards or Marines and have served in Afghanistan and Iraq as well. How many of them will come home and actually get a "Thank you" or anything like that?

Yes, I'm a student against war, but I do respect the soldiers who serve. Maybe that's a contradiction, but it's the truth.
Current Location: Winnipeg
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
If you could change or create a new law, what would it be, and why?

Create a new law? That depends on a few things. Do I have to get it by Congress or anything like that? If I didn't have to, I would try to legalize same-sex marriage. Why? Well, that's easy. I left the U.S. to study in Canada because I decided that I really didn't want to live in a country that wouldn't acknowledge my commitment to someone that I love just because of their sex or gender.
Current Location: Winnipeg, MB
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
09 September 2010 @ 12:57 pm
Well, I'm finally back in classes here at the good old University, and I have to say that things haven't changed at all. The campus looks officially like a construction site now, rather than just places here and there. University Centre is all torn up, with hardly any stable flooring on the first level at all. Honestly, there's plywood everywhere that vibrates as if you were trying to walk on a trampoline as you walk across it. Plus, some bus stops are still stuck right next to the on-campus residences, so commuters still have to slog through the dorm areas to try and get to their classes.

Ugh. Plus, now The Powers That Be (Winnipeg-style) have started construction of a new stadium right on campus. Who even asked us, the students who are definitely going to be affected by this, for our opinions? Traffic and parking in that area isn't great as it is, but now they are going to add all of the traffic from sporting events? Not good.

Yep, as far as I can tell, it's business as usual here at the University. A handful of people make random decisions that will affect numerous people with no outside input.
Current Location: U of M
Current Mood: discontentdiscontent
10 June 2010 @ 05:20 pm
How would you describe your sense of humor in six words or less?

Six words or less? Sarcastic and dryer than the Sahara.
Current Location: Winnipeg
Current Mood: rushedrushed
Current Music: Gary Allan--"Learning How to Bend"
08 June 2010 @ 04:24 pm
If you could have one--and only one--wish granted in the next five minutes, what would you wish? How do you think it would improve your life?

This may sound absolutely pathetic, but I'd like to get a decent summer job. I'd like one that does not involve me dunking fries at McDonald's! It would improve my life by helping me to pay bills and rent this summer.
Current Location: Campus Computer Lab
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Dierks Bentley
03 June 2010 @ 05:14 pm
If you had the opportunity to know everything about the person you love, would you take it? Or would you avoid the possibility of getting hurt?

I'd take knowing everything. In my experience, the things that you hide cause greater damage than if you had just admitted to it. Plus, there were some issues that, if admitted to right away, could have dramatically changed the way that events played out in my life and that of my family.
Current Location: Canada
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: Black Eyed Peas