July 1st, 2017

A New Month, and a Reminder

It's July 1st.

The start of a new month. I'm not going to dwell on June, 2017, other than to say, "So long, farewell."

And just a reminder that I cross-post all of my LJ blog entries to my WordPress blog as well. Call it redundancy, call it for safekeeping, whatever you like. Hope to see some of you there as well. :)

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Birthday, Canada!! :)

Today is Canada Day. I want to wish all my Canadian LJ friends a very happy, very safe, Canada Day. Go out there and celebrate our country, the fact that we are unique and diverse, but the fact that we are stronger together than apart. Just remember to play safe! :)

Happy Birthday, Canada. :)

Canada Day Trivia

In honour and celebration of Canada Day, I thought I would offer some trivia on things Canadian today:

"O Canada" was commissioned by Théodore Robitalle, the Lieutenant Governor of Québec, for Saint Jean Baptiste Day in 1880. While it has been sung since 1880, it wasn't proclaimed Canada's National Anthem until 1980.

The Canadian Flag was inaugurated on February 15th, 1965 at an official ceremony on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Queen Victoria selected Ottawa as the capital of Canada, then a province, in 1857.

Canada is a name derived from the Iroquois word "kanata", meaning a "village" or "settlement".

There are three oceans that touch Canada - the Atlantic on the east, the Pacific on the west, and the Arctic to the north.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was included in the Constitution Act in 1982. Unlike the majority of democratic countries whose basic law derives from one document, Canada's basic law derives not only from a set of documents known as Constitution Acts, but also a set of unwritten laws and conventions.

The name of the highest mountain in Canada is Mount Logan. However, having said that, on October 4, 2000, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien announced that Mount Logan would be renamed Mount Pierre Elliott Trudeau. After a public outcry against the idea, it was decided to keep the name Mount Logan. Sir William Edmond Logan was one of Canada's greatest surveyors and scientists. Without getting political here, for many people the issue was not so much whether or not Trudeau deserved it, but more the importance of retaining the history of Canada which is too often forgotten.

Dinner and a Movie (No Spoilers)

Had a good evening yesterday.

The Friday night group and I went out to see the new (well, not really these days) Wonder Woman movie. We went and saw the late afternoon show, as that was the only one at South Keys that wasn't in 3-D. (Most of us can't go see 3-D movies because frankly they cause us headaches.)

I'm not going to spoil the movie for folks, but will say that the acting in the film was better than I expected, Gal Godot was terrific in the title role, and it is the best film DC Comics has done to this point. Period.

After the movie, which ended around 7:15 pm or so, the five of us went to the Baton Rouge steakhouse, and had a fine meal with good conversation (discussing some of the movie elements, and explaining about the history of Wonder Woman, whom Ellie is now besotted with!), and then ended the evening with some ice cream at the local Dairy Queen.

Got home before 10:15 pm, and was pretty tired and sleepy.