last night was pretty good times. first, i went for dinner with greg, nick, adrian and aaron at a restuarant on lower fort st. named Siam. it is a thai restaurant and had thai food. so that means we went for thai food last night.
i didn’t take a picture of it with my camera, but they served me a big plate of (i presume chicken) animal parts, half of which were useful for eating purposes. the other half, i’m not certain about. i wasn’t too happy about that but the dipping sauce was great and so was the rice that came with it. (bit of an inside joke there..)
for desert we all (except adrian) had deep fried banana with ice cream. this was so good. i have had deep fried banana-like fruits before, but never quite like this. they battered the banana and added sesame seeds to the fray. (i use that word because i read adrian’s blog before posting this. and i can’t think of anything else that really fits as well. plus it’s interesting to make reference to the fact that reading other peoples blogs can influence the way you write on your own. neat.)
so we went off the The Mill to hang out. considering i already want to work at this place, seeing their office didn’t help matters. it looks like the coolest place to work, with blow up giant animals hanging in the air and inflatable palm trees. (you can’t go wrong with me and palm trees.) we yapped for a while in the board room and spied on a less fortunate in the alley for a bit. we got bored of that when he started staring us in the eye. i think he saw straight into my soul and then got distracted by an apple he was eating. whew! that was a close one.
we watched one of michael moore’s films, “roger and me.” it was good, not as good as bowling for columbine. i guess at the time of the film being made, michael moore had a hard time understanding why multinational companies do stuff like what GM did in Flint. it just didn’t seem as meaningful as bowling for columbine. it just didn’t have a message, really. it told the story this way:
- a company shut down a plant
- a bunch of people lost their jobs
- a bunch of people got evicted
- a town suffers as it tries to stay afloat financially
- a person at the company who made the choice to shut down the plant and move operations to a place that would be more economical had no comment on the previous three items
- a movie ends
i feel like i really know the town of Flint now. don’t get me wrong, it was a great story. it seemed more targetted at the person (roger smith) who made the decision. sort of as if, if roger smith sees this, he’ll really see what happened to the town when GM moved out.
one of his GM advocates says during the movie (something like) “people say that GM took their opportunities away, that there’s less opportunity in Flint now. i say to those people that there’s just as much opportunity in the wonderful city of Flint as when GM first came to Flint.”
i disagree with that, simply based on a guess. there’s probably about 30,000 more people after GM left. i’m just guessing. something about people having kids, and their kids having kids .. i would not use the word opportunity without considering the implications of how many people are seeking those opportunities. what i mean is something like this: if there are 5 job openings and 5 unemployed people in Flint before the GM plant opened, those are some pretty good opportunities. if there are still 5 job openings and 3605 unemployed people after the GM plant closed, i would say that the opportunities are not as good. this guy was saying that they were.
no. there were not.
plus, if we’re speaking opportunities, we are speaking in economic terms. we also have to consider all the jobs that aren’t needed any more because the workers do not have money to spend. just for example, consider people in the service industry that are no longer receiving as many shifts, as many tips, etc. or any at all. anyway, he lost his job not long after saying that kind of stuff. one of the things i really like about michael moore’s investigative interviewing process is that after a while, he really leaves people to hang and dry. they pretty much do themselves in with comments that make you say to yourself, “oh boy! i don’t know if i would have said that!” reminds me of a certain Burger King [tm] drive through worker. but, that is another story for another time.
there are mill closures all over BC these days. and so if you want to see what kind of impact this stuff has on mill towns, roger and me will give you a pretty good idea. i’m glad i watched it.
it’s nice to see stuff like that. i am not sure who wrote it, or who it was to.. if anyone. i found it though, so i say it is to me.
well, thank you someone.
and now it’s to everyone reading this.
i ended up at hush later in the night. i hung out with yoseff, talked a bit to lindsay (on the right) and met a nice person named jolene (on the left.) for my last saturday in victoria for a while, it was a good night. 🙂
tonight i am headed to a potluck at mike and steve’s place. oops! i should get cookin’.
You sir, rock! Glad you are the optimist you are.
Will we see you on the 31st?
hey davin – i don’t read blogs much (other than julie’s), but i like your humorous style.. 🙂
i think i liked roger and me a little more than you, as it generates discussions on thing like: do corporations have any other duty than to raise profits for shareholders? or why is it that many americans view it as a personal failure to lose a job when the unemployment rate is something like 80% in that town…
and makes you laugh at the absurdity of it all too. don’t get me wrong, each of his films has been an improvement on the previous, but imo, roger is still a solid film. i think ‘the big one’ is also a good view, check it out sometime.
I think Michael Moore got better with each of his films. When I watch ’em it makes me want to make films, go head-to-head with “The Man”… except that I don’t think The Man really cares.
Michael does a very good job of pointing the finger at idiocy and ignorance, but I don’t think the other side really *cares*. The big capitalists of the world just don’t see it the same way we do, and that’s that. It’s sort of like he accuses a tiger of having stripes, and the tiger says, “yep”
Where he shines though is pointing out in an approachable, friendly way that the tiger has stripes. Noam Chomsky and a host of others have had much the same message for years and years, but their books are dry and intellectual.
Not sure where I’m going with this, so I’ll quit while I’m … here? 🙂 It was great to finally hang out, we must do the photo assignment thing we talked about. Good times.
David: yes, see you tonight 🙂
paul and sandra: of course corporations have more responsibilities than just to their shareholders. but the shareholders are always #1 priority, and so..
aaron: we most definitely will 😀
The more I think about Bowling for Columbine, the less impressed I am with it.
Moore misuses and misrepresents statistics. He juxtoposes unrelated and often irrelevant sound and video clips together to powerful effect. He often degenerates into unctuous soapboxing and melodrama and he comes across as downright smarmy. Trouble is, he does it all so well – it ends up being more a demonstration of media manupulation than a documentary on gun violence.
Here he accuses the tiger of being striped and proves it by putting bars in front of the spotlight. I hope people see through it.
the thing about “bowling…” is that it’s more michael moore’s personal investigation into america’s obsession with guns than a documentary. he grew up in gun central, very close to the whole columbine mess, and he just wanted an explanation. if you view the film in this light it may make more sense (and his gloryhounding becomes a bit more understandable).
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