this weekend’s photoblog entries are scans of an obsolete 5,000 Romanian leu bill that my brother brought back from a trip to Romania in the late ’90s. this bill is special for following two reasons:
- it belongs to the third generation of the Romanian leu (ROL) which was introduced in 1952. the fourth and current generation of the leu (RON), which came into use in 2005, revalued the new leu at 10,000 old leus.
- it features a portrait of Lucian Blaga, a highly accomplished Romanian philosopher, poet and playwright who is perhaps most famous for having the saddest face in the history of all things.
i saw a shiny blue Volvo C70 convertible on Lake Shore Drive this morning who was both speeding and swerving within its lane. i glanced over as i caught it in the bends and was shocked to see an elderly woman who looked to be at least 90 happily chatting away on a bright pink cell phone.
Beka and i watched Seediq Bale, the Oscar-nominated film about the 1930 rebellion of Taiwanese aborigines against their Japanese oppressors. the story is based on the Wushe Incident during which roughly 300 Seediq warriors led by chief Mona Rudao slaughtered over 130 Japanese colonists and triggered a counterattack which claimed the lives of over 1,000 Seediq aborigines.
as a film, it’s quite long (two parts totaling over four and a half hours) and gory (countless onscreen decapitations and other deaths) but as a story, it’s heroic.
i came dangerously close to eating only mashed potatoes for lunch today.
i spotted a nun driving a maroon Nissan Murano the other day. this struck me as odd for the following reasons:
- i’ve never seen a nun in public before
- i wasn’t aware that nuns were allowed to leave their monasteries
- i would’ve expected a nun to drive an economy car, not an SUV
- i’m incredibly ignorant when it comes to nuns
one of the major reasons for getting a Kindle was the free global 3G internet connection included. not having a smart phone means that i couldn’t look things up at the bus stop but with my new Kindle, i can now stand on the corner of Wilson and Broadway and plot driving directions to Calgary or read up on the history of the baguette all on its glorious black and white e-ink display.
if i don’t get mugged first, that is.
my wedding band came in today. we are now exactly two months away from getting married.
today, a homeless woman began asking me for money but stopped herself mid-sentence after seeing my crutch and said “i feel sorry for you” instead.
thank you everyone for your support! my brother Dan’s Kickstarter project is now 109% funded which means that he’s headed off to this year’s Isle of Man TT!