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Neighbors, bah

I have neighbors who are playing country music very loud. Being that it's now... 20 after midnight, it's pissing me off, and I'm actually awake now. Imagine how happy I'll be when I go to bed if it's still on. They did this Sunday night, too.

What they don't know is, I have a much more powerful amplifier and speakers than they do—a professional sound system, it is—and they might find themselves rousted out of bed at 7 a.m. to the strains of "Whistle Dick Magoo" by Mike Dorn. And if you think that might be an irritating song at 7 a.m., you're right, and they'd deserve it. (No offense, Mike.)


So now that I'm tired of neighbors, I'm thinking a lot of Nunavut these days. That's mostly because the late CBC News show The National is doing a special "Road Stories" called "North of 60." Their lead anchor, Peter Mansbridge, has been in Cape Dorset (more properly known these days by its Inuktitut name, Kinngait) for the last two nights, and tomorrow he's going to Rankin Inlet (Kangliqsliniq). The scenery is beautiful, the people are interesting. But it's not all good news: There's a severe housing shortage (this in a land where one cannot be homeless, of course, and where building materials must come from hundreds of miles away), and milk costs $17 for the metric equivalent of a gallon. It's all fascinating to me. I'd love to see the far north someday.


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Mar. 16th, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
Did you hear the journalist's comment back when Nunavut was split off from the North West Territories? He thought the remainder of the Territories should be renamed "Restofit." It's rather puzzling really. Nunavut doesn't seem to have the economic wherewithal to stand on its own (truthfully, Newfoundland/Labrador has been hanging by a weak thread for decades.)
Mar. 16th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
"Restofit"... I love it.

Now that you mention it, it does seem like Nunavut isn't exactly a growth proposition. Creating the territory did solve an issue of cultural identity (Nunavut is almost completely Inuit, and the rest of the Northwest Terrorities are almost completely not Inuit), but it didn't improve the economic situation.

I'd guess northern Canada has some of the same problems as Siberia: conditions are way too harsh to support much of an economy. But at least Canada didn't exile a lot of people to the north to try to build great cities like the Soviet Union did.
Mar. 16th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
I guess I should say that the music was off by around 1:00 and I was able to go to sleep undisturbed (since I was online till about 1:20). But STILL.
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