So I went out and found this which is for my friend Dan in Toronto, who sometimes lurks on this site:
For fulfilling a ten year old Adult-Alternative fantasy. Ah, Lisa Loeb, we always knew there was a thong-clad minx underneath those Nana Mouskouri glasses.
NSFW, unless people run around in thongs at your job (and thank Mighty Thor they don’t at mine).
Remember when I suggested that Frank McKenna was going to run for the Liberal leadership? Yeah, I was wrong on that one.
He seemed an obvious choice. His run as premier of New Brunswick was considered by many to be pretty successful (not everyone agrees on that, of course). And I have big issues with his long-running opposition to abortion clinics in NB. But he wasn’t in federal politics during Chrétien’s nor Martin’s time and therefore has none of the baggage that comes with that. He has powerful (and controversial, when you consider the Carlyle Group) connections with several major corporations so his appeal to the business community is apparent. And he’s bilingual, which always helps.
It seemed clear to me that the party would want to choose someone not currently serving in Parliament to take the controls and lead them into the next election. And yet, and yet…
Maybe he remembered that by simply sitting on the boards of directors of a number of corporations, he can make a shitload of money. So my dream of seeing a New Brunswicker running the country will have to wait a few more years.
So where does that leave the Liberals? Scott Brison, who not that long ago ran for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party may, or may not, run. He could be a good choice from a progessive-centrist point of view. Belinda Stronach, as Rachel pointed out, could charm her way to the top, Clinton style. And she would bring The Sexy. Brian Tobin has quit and re-entered politics so many times, I think people would question his commitment. And Michael Ignatieff doesn’t care about Ukrainian people.
I can’t think of anything to write today so please, enjoy one of my all time favourite songs:
I’m a sucker for anything with a Margaret Thatcher reference.
I did an odd thing today. I turned down a request to appear on CBC radio. Someone from Information Morning emailed me and asked if I would participate in a panel discussion on Saint John bloggers.
I turned them down on the basis that, having not lived in SJ for three years, I wasn’t really a “Saint John blogger.” Also, there could be employment issues involved if my employer heard me talking on the radio about what I do in my “spare” time (well, maybe not, but you never know sometimes). So I gave him someone else’s name whom I thought would be a better candidate than me.
And while those things were indeed a factor in my decision not to participate, the reality is that 5-10 years ago, I would have jumped at the chance and been happy to gather some attention for something I write. I’ve done panel discussions on CBC, Talk-TV, written for The Globe and Mail, The Telegraph-Journal, Here, and once had a thing on DNTO. When I did CBC panels, I got free coffee mugs for payment. It was simply part of my plan to break into broadcasting, albeit in my trademark lazy, half-arsed way. Today, I’m just not sure it’s what I want.
It could have something to do with the fact that I’ve become publically shy in my old age. When I try to be outgoing and witty in person, it just comes out as clumsy and forced. It’s partly why I write the way the way I do. I can be outgoing in print.
So I’m happy writing for my tens of readers and wouldn’t mind just leaving this as it is. (although if someone were to foolishly offer me a lucrative contract based on what I write here, I wouldn’t say no)
I also don’t want me mum to know I sometimes write bad words.