One serious, one less so.
On a serious note, like most Canadians, I’ve been reeling as I’ve watched the post-Stanley Cup loss riots in Vancouver. Surely this cannot be the city I came to love? The city of bike lanes, granola and Co-ops for Everything?
As I look through these pictures I’m filled with anger and confusion. Who would do this? How could this happen? I’ve walked these streets, shopped in these stores. Vancouver is not in a war-torn country, these people weren’t risking their lives fighting for freedom. Why on earth would this happen?
When Varun walked in last night, I had a headache and was feeling grumpy. I greeted him with annoyance and quickly lost my temper. Just minutes later, I found myself showing him the pictures of this riot, asking innocently, “Why would they Do that? What’s WRONG with people?!”
And then it dawned on me. While there is no excuse for rioting and what they did was 1000% wrong, what motivated them is the same thing that motivates me: selfishness. When I get upset or mad, I throw tantrums, not the way 5 year olds do, not the way rioters do, but in my own Mature Married Woman Way: slamming dishes, ironing angrily and checking email repeatedly to avoid conversation.
G.K. Chesterton once responded to the question “What is the biggest problem in the world?” with two words: I am. It’s true. The cause of the riots and the cause of arguments and distrust in my relationships have the same root: me, myself and my desires.
But, luckily for Varun, I don’t set cars on fire.
Okay, peeps. On a less serious note: I have a packing crisis to handle.
I found out that the airline we’re flying allows us one checked bag (23 kg/50 lbs) each, and ONE CARRY-ON (8 kg/22 lb). Think I can sneak on an extra carry-on? I don’t think so, in addition to my one carry-on,”passengers travelling in any class may take on board a small handbag, a small camera or binoculars, baby food, reading material, an overcoat, and a necessary mobility aid (such as a cane or elbow crutches)” Not exactly a lot of room for smuggling an extra bag.
Here’s the challenge. Pack two weeks worth of clothes, including some of the heaviest clothing known to mankind (read: Indian formal dress: beading, layers of fabric, bells), toiletries, books, presents. Not to mention snacks and toilet paper. These are essentials, people.
So, this is where I need your help. How do I reduce weight as much as possible? (Ahh, the age old question. I’m talking about my luggage, not my mid-drift. Although if you have advice on that I will be wearing a sari in 7 days, so…)
Any thoughts on how to pack light? Help!