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<dragfyre> bleargh
<Bucher> moof
* dragfyre dies over and over
<katster> DF
<katster> 🙂
<Salinnatwork> df: bad day?
<dragfyre> tires
<dragfyre> tired, even
* dragfyre just came back from children's classes %)
<Salinnatwork> df - how old of a children are you, exactly?
<Zibblsnrt> df: As instructor or pupil?
<dragfyre> instructor 😛
<Zibblsnrt> hehe
<dragfyre> grrrr
<dragfyre> 6 and 7 yr olds
<Salinnatwork> yay! I love them
<Salinnatwork> (sorry.)
* dragfyre loves them too 🙂
<dragfyre> but they do have a lot of energy
<dragfyre> which is good!
<dragfyre> but it is tiring to deal with many of them at a time
<dragfyre> on the other hand, it is an interesting challenge and teaches one many useful parenting skills
<dragfyre> I'm trying to be positive here instead of dying all over the place and/or sticking forks in my eyes

funny story

Last Monday was the celebration of the Declaration of the Báb, one of the most auspicious holy days in the Bahá’í calendar. In Ottawa we tend to do things big (bigger than a breadbox) so obviously a big hall was rented for the Monday evening and lots of people around the city invited their friends and kindred to come out and enjoy the celebration together. Well, oddly enough, 7:00 comes along and we (Marty, Matt Fillmore, Payam and I) get a call from Vafa warning us that the holy day has been cancelled. We were skeptical, so we kept on going to check it out.

Sure enough, we got to the hall and it was all locked up, with people standing outside talking, visiting with friends, and scratching their heads. Apparently there was a serious mix-up, and the hall’s caretaker never showed up to unlock the doors.

I love the way the Baha’is handled the fallout, though. Nobody blew up – the celebration was rescheduled for the next day in the homes of several individuals across town, and those people who had invited friends just took them out for coffee instead. A bunch of us went to nearby Bridgehead Coffee on Richmond Road. And rather than being angry at the caretaker, most of us were worried that he had had a heart attack or a tragic accident or something. It was a beautiful display of flexibility and detachment from all involved. Kudos to the Ottawa Spiritual Assembly’s Feast and Holy Day Committee for making the most out of what must have been a logistical nightmare. See a video of the festivities that ensued (WMV, 15MB), including an impromptu performance by the Ottawa Baha’i Choir!

And that’s it. Since we’re on the topic of funny stories, I think you all need to read about the Three Little Pigs and the Study Circle.

my heart will go on

most hilarious thing ever:
I was just watching a documentary about Beijing’s preparations for the 2008 Olympics… besides the ground-breaking ceremonies and the construction of venues, they also had a whole bunch of people learn English. This is apparently a real big image thing for China – they want to appear more open to the world and all that. So they had this big old press conference with a bunch of people all dressed up in fancy suits and speaking English, soldiers in uniform sounding off in English, and so on. And how do they end the spot? With a musical number, naturally – everyone singing Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On“.

hilarious.

bahai furnishings of calgary, inc.

…ok, this is weird. I was rooting around through Google to see if I could find the address to the Calgary Baha’i Centre (I don’t even know if there is a Baha’i Centre in Calgary). I couldn’t find anything, so I searched for “baha’i” in the Yellow Pages at Canada411. That’s how I found out about Bahai Furnishings. It has nothing to do with the Baha’i Faith, except maybe some similar spelling. Apparently they do “Asian Inspired Home Decor” – and not west asian (i.e. Iran), more like Thailand, the Phillipines, and so on. I think I’ll chalk this one up to a weird coincidence (much like the notorious refugee camp in Darfur).

fake business words

you sure learn some strange words in the corporate world. you know, like “synergy”, “leverage”, “pain points”, “spamvertise”, and so on. here are two that some co-workers coined in a meeting recently; see if you can figure them out.

  • make-suring
  • utilizatiing