Sunday, November 13, 2011

As Good as it Gets...

Correlate that, and intoxicate the flower of power presumed dead all its living days!

This came out of my little buffed head as I conjured the task of writing a new blog entry.

It's been some time since I have written something original for you, and the winding road that is life has empowered me to do so again, tonight, alone but gathered in this place, we all call, the RRG!

I like observing my own behavior. Ok, I like looking in the mirror. Is that wrong? I like my shirts to match ( as much as I can ) and I like my shoes to be clean. I like a clean bed, with warm blankets and fabric softened silk sheets. White covered walls and alabaster toilet seats.

I like my designer jeans, and not wearing underwear in the summer, and getting on my longboard and riding the waves of pavement in Montreal, ipod blaring a recent trance podcast. I like making sure I have a good
bottle of wine during supper, and transit in an Audi.

I like my girlfriends in high-heels and tight jeans. I like watching them walk while I straggle behind and melt.

Then, as if God was my only witness, why am I sleeping in my truck tonight? Why have I eaten the same dish for three straight nights? Ohhhhhhhh man do we love this. My vacations are filled with week long dirty days without showers, freezing nights that see the ice form on the interior of my beat up 4 runner and my days filled with pointless attempts at climbing some piece of rock some 12 year old onsighted yesturday after his fruitloops.

But fuck, do I ever love my life. I would not trade it with anyone else's.

And that, is my days entry.

Sleep tight everyone, for tomorrow is another sandy day at the crag, another rope stretcher attempt, another whipper from the anchors, and another time I will fail at pretty much every attempt. Let it be on the rock, or my pretty neighbour who refuses to acknowledge my over excited exsistance and obnoxious behaviour with whom which I cannot control.

Dreams, oh what dreams may come.


Francois Lebeau in Action @ The RRG
Genevieve Demers Photo

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

My Village! :(

If the World were 100 PEOPLE:
Gender50 would be female
50 would be male

Age20 would be 0-14
66 would be 15-64
14 would be 65 and older

Geography5 would be from North America
9 would be from Latin America & the Caribbean
12 would be from Europe
61 would be from Asia
13 would be from Africa

Religion31 would be Christian
21 would be Muslim
14 would be Hindu
6 would be Buddhist
12 would believe in other religions
16 would not be religious or identify themselves
as being aligned with a particular faith

First Language17 would speak Chinese
8 would speak Hindustani
8 would speak English
7 would speak Spanish
4 would speak Arabic
4 would speak Russian
3 would speak Bengali
2 would speak Malay-Indonesian
2 would speak French
45 would speak other languages

Overall Literacy82 would be able to read and write
18 would not

Literacy by Gender87 males would be able to read and write
13 males would not be able to read and write
77 females would be able to read and write
23 females would not be able to read and write

Education76 males would have a primary school education
72 females would have a primary school education

66 males would have a secondary school education
63 females would have a secondary school education

1 would have a college education

Urban/Rural47 would be urban dwellers
53 would be rural dwellers

Drinking Water83 would have access to safe drinking water
17 would use unimproved water

Food17 would be undernourished
Infectious Disease<1% would have HIV/AIDS
<1%would have tuberculosis

Poverty53 would live on less than 2USD per day
50 would live in poverty

Electricity76 would have electricity
24 would not

Technology34 would be cell phone subscribers
17 would be active internet users
1 would own a computer


In the world today, more than 6 billion people live.
If this world were shrunk to the size of a village of 100 people, what would it look like?

59 would be Asian
14 would be American (North, Central and South)
14 would be African
12 would be European
1 would be from the South Pacific

50 would be women, 50 would be men
30 would be children, 70 would be adults.
70 would be nonwhite, 30 would be white
90 would be heterosexual, 10 would be homosexual

33 would be Christians
21 would be Moslems
15 would be Hindus
6 would be Buddhists
5 would be Animists
6 would believe in other religions
14 would be without any religion or atheist.

15 would speak Chinese, Mandarin
7 English
6 Hindi
6 Spanish
5 Russian
4 Arabic
3 Bengali
3 Portuguese
The other would speak Indonesian, Japanese,
German, French, or some other language.

In such a village with so many sorts of folks, it would be very important to learn to understand people different from yourself and to accept others as they are. Of the 100 people in this village:

20 are underonurished
1 is dying of starvation, while 15 are overweight.
Of the wealth in this village, 6 people own 59% (all of them from the United States), 74 people own 39%, and 20 people share the remaining 2%.
Of the energy of this village, 20 people consume 80%, and 80 people share the remaining 20%.
20 have no clean, safe water to drink.
56 have access to sanitation
15 adults are illiterate.
1 has an university degree.
7 have computers.

In one year, 1 person in the village will die, but in the same year, 2 babies will be born, so that at the year's end the number of villagers will be 101.

If you do not live in fear of death by bombardment, armed attack, landmines, or of rape or kidnapping by armed groups, then you are more fortunate than 20, who do.

If you can speak and act according to your faith and your conscience without harassment, imprisonment, torture or death, then you are more fortunate than 48, who can not.

If you have money in the bank, money in your wallet and spare change somewhere around the house, then you are among the richest 8.

If you can read this message, that means you are probably lucky!

(The statistics were derived from Donella Meadows "State of the Village Report" first published in 1990)