Date: Sun., Nov 4, 2018, 8:09 PM
Hi Kato, my smiling bohemian,
Wow! Five weeks back in Japan.
You really are good to keep in touch with your roots and hope the temperatures have dropped a bit so you don't melt ..
Global warming is seemingly affecting us all.
Here in Vancouver we're brrrr cold, and wet today, so really feeling like the wet coast.
Grateful for a nice warm dry place to come home to every day that's for sure.
VIFF is always fun and saw a few good movies.
There's such a spirit of excitement around the theatres at that time and it feels like you belong to a select group of movie lovers who are all anxious to explore other worlds and other realities.
When I was younger and still working I'd sometimes even take a week off just to concentrate on going to as many as I could fit into a day without losing my mind.
Guess I'm a lot more conservative now ... two a day at tops. :)
Well, got interrupted so now it's a day later and the weather is glorious .. perfect fall day.
So the usual up and down Vancouver weather which you'll know all about.
Hallowe'en was also mild and perfect for the trick or treating kiddies.
Peter decorated a pumpkin and his yard a bit and I went over to help him hand out candy.
We had about 30 or so neighbourhood kids and were they ever adorable.
Fingers crossed for Tuesday in the USA and we're all hoping they'll show that Trump that he has gone TOO far with his fear mongering and lying/cheating ways.
What a sad excuse for the President of the USA. Ugh.
Have a good trip back and look forward to hearing about it IF I ever see the elusive Kato.
One day I just know we'll bump into each other, at least I hope so.
Thanks for the information.
Keep happy and hopping and hopeful, kiddo,
Luv, Diane ~
I'm back in Vancouver!
Date: Tue., Nov 6, 2018, 2:50 PM
I'm back in Vancouver!
Wow! What a beautiful day!
13 ℃ at 11 AM and almost clear at the airport.
This morning it was raining in my Japanese hometown and the temperature dropped to 19 ℃ this morning.
Here, 13 ℃ isn't too bad, is it?
I didn't sleep at all last night because I watched inflight movies as usual.
I walked to the central library from the city centre station and now writing this mail.
Talking about Trump, the whole world is worried about him.
As you say, Trump has gone TOO far with his fear mongering and lying/cheating ways as if he was a born-again Hitler.
I really hope the democrats will take as many seats as possible tomorrow.
In any case, have a nice day and enjoy a beautiful evening.
Date: Tue., Nov 6, 2018, 5:50 PM
Welcome back, Kato.
Let's keep our fingers crossed that the moron gets put in his place tonight.
There's also supposed to be a big debate on Canadian TV about proportional voting.
Lots going on ...
Sleep well tonight.
I'm sure you will.
As ever, Diane ~
Kato, have you watched the debate about proportional voting on TV?
Since I don't have a TV set, I watched a couple of YouTube clips.
So, have you decided which one you're gonna vote?
Yes, of course I have... I'm in for proportional representation.
I understand there are three types of proportional representation---Dual Member Proportional (DMP), Mixed member Proportional (MMP), and Rural-Urban Proportional (RUP).
Which one are you gonna choose, Kato?
I'm gonna choose RUP.
Why is that?
Well... DMP is too simple.
You vote for one option... MMP is somewhat better.
You have two votes... and RUP seems the best for voters...
...'Cause you can rank any number of options in your order of preference... By the way, Diane, have you mailed the ballot?
Yes, of course, I have... I'm glad your choice is the same as mine.
So much for the BC ballot.
Now talking about Trump, I suppose he is acting like Hitler these days.
Well... even so, I hope Trump would never become another Hitler.
By the way, if Hitler had won the war, what kind of world do you think we could see?
Here's one such possibility.
In any road, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.
Kato watched "The Arabian Nights" or "One Thousand and One Nights" as his 1001th movie.
You might just as well want to view it.
The stories in "the Arabian Nights" were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.
The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.
In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.
What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.
The stories proceed from this original tale.
Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.
Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.