Our obsession with technology 

Over the weekend we had a huge storm which blew out cell phone towers and knocked out power for hours. This gave me a lot of time to think about how reliant we are on technology.

When driving to work I see several people looking at their crotch, I assume on their phones. When waiting at the doctors office, everyone sits and stares down at their phones. I see people pull out phones when they’re eating meals with loved ones. I see teenagers charging their phones at malls, others walking into traffic while texting.

Technology has been used for awhile now, but I feel like it’s getting out of control now more than ever. Why do we need to scroll through our Facebook feed 27 times an hour? We don’t.

I believe technology is taking away from social opportunities and perhaps the sense of community we’re to feel in public spaces. I remember riding the bus when I moved to the city, when people chatted and joked, which made me feel a sense of community. I loved meeting people when waiting for a table at a restaraunt or making small talk while in a line up. These times are no more.

Whenever I am in public, I try to make an effort to put my phone away and connect with strangers around me. This doesn’t mean following people around yammering, ha! Even smiling at others as you walk by, or looking to make eye contact on the bus. Let’s be honest though, no ones perfect, almost everyone has some sort of technology these days and we’re all guilty for checking a text at the dinner table, or reading as we walk down the street. But why? It’s as if it’s a strange addiction. What caused this?!

How is your community doing for technology use? Is it a problem?any advice for those over-users? How can we improve?

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Bubble wrapping playgrounds: why?

Why are we protecting our children from failure?

Yesterday I was at a playground and noticed they’ve taken out all the “unsafe” play equipment or modified it to be “safe”. The firemans pole now has platforms(photo below), the climbing walls are now stairs with railings and god forbid they leave a tree standing near the playground in case kids decide to climb a tree!

This is such a disappointment…I mean it’s one thing to make it so children can’t fail inside the classroom, but now outside during play?! Play should be filled with experiments, risks and learning how to challenge yourself and body. When I was a child we played for hours on end, unsupervised, in a large dirt area filled with “unsafe” hazards such a tall trees to climb, fences, animals, a stream & prickle bushes, etc. Our playgrounds were wooden, slippery, tricky to climb, and yes, we fell off them all the time. But here I am, alive and well!

Instead it seems we are failing our children. Children need to fail! Failure develops character and resistance. Life is filled with bad and good times, success and failure…so why on earth are we setting our kids up to expect success? They need to learn to work for success and prepare and know how to deal with things when they don’t go so well. The toddlers I work with have mastered the playground which states it’s meant for children 5-12 years old. This is a prime example that we are not challenging our children and therefore we are hindering their development.

Besides the whole overuse of cellphones we see these days, I would say this is the most concerning trend within our generation. Kids expect to have things given to them, rather than knowing they need to earn it.

I see this all the time at work since I work with kids and from watching young adults in our society. I’d love to hear your take on this…do you see it? What’s your experience? How can we change this? Do we need to? What’s the future like for these kids?

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the whole home ownership thing 

I just had my birthday, meaning I’m now legal to drink everywhere…woohoo. But anyway this got me thinking about my future a little more than usual. I’ve been thinking and owning a house/my own place is something very appealing to me. I think it would teach me a lot, as let’s be honest I don’t know how to take care of a house or what to do when a leak happens. I’ve just started understanding what a mortage is, and it makes me want to work towards owning something instead of paying rent. I currently pay about $600 for rent every month which is VERY low for where I live. In my mind that $600 would be better spent towards my mortage. Plus I want a home…which I feel like I’m lacking (I live in a house with 5 smelly guys). But a few problems:

1) I live in one of the top two most expensive cities in this country. Seriously, my budget would be $180,000 and all that will get me is a box in the sky(apartment), with about 600sq feet. Painful I know.

2) The market is getting worse, and worse! I’m worried if I wait much longer that there will be no more homes within my budget. This may seem drastic but seriously, a year ago I could’ve got something significantly larger for $180,000.

Do you own a place? Rent? What are the challenges you have faced? Opinions? Do I wait, or buy now? Help!

What happened in university…

I went to university. The second person in my family after my mom to ever go to university, let alone graduate highschool. I decided to go the same school she had attended.

Maybe I don’t see the point in sitting in front of a teacher with 500+ students, listening to him try to explain a subject. I don’t see where this is going to take me.

Maybe this is because I’m an arts student and there’s that stereotype that most people who get arts degrees work at Starbucks etc. If ONLY I had a sciencey mind, engineering anyone? Well not me.

I like talking to children. I would much rather talk to a toddler than a grown up. Disgusting I know. Plus toddlers are just SO much cuter. Toddlers are curious, loving, and eager to learn.

So wise girl over here decided to “try”(didn’t give it a real effort at all times), earning a degree. I studied Sociology and GRSJ (Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice) for 2.5 years; learning a ton out of the classroom and almost zero in the classroom. What I did learn however was that the education system is a joke…I can sit and “learn” for 4-5 years just to what..? Earn 3 extra dollars an hour? To be able to write Bachelors Degree on my resume? This isn’t my world. I have no interest in earning a degree.

I know there are academic people, but wow am I not one. Or maybe I’m just in denial.  I am not saying in any way that some people don’t thrive and learn a bunch. Absolutely, people with an academic mind who strive for a job that requires a university education will likely flourish in an environment like this.

Despite all of this I am going to apply for another year of school, in early childhood education, which I will hopefully like more than the crap I was previously studying. Maybe you’ve been through this? Do you hate/love school? What are your feelings about this?

Opinion: chuck wagon racing

Also known as horse execution. For those who don’t know, chuck wagon racing looks like this:

 Gongshow, yes? Basically hoards of horses that are tied together pull these wagons around tracks. These horses are roped together in 4’s or 2’s. I know if I was roped to 3 humans and made to run around, that wouldn’t go over well. All our different weights, speeds and our legs moving around, someone would be bound to get hurt. In the horses case, imagine if one wagon hits another, that’s not going to be pretty.

This is dangerous for many reasons. The Calgary Stampede in the prairie city Calgary, Alberta, is one example. 50 horses have died in 20 years. FIFTY. This year alone, 4 animals have passed due to leg injuries. And as you know, if a horse breaks it’s leg, there’s no way it’ll ever heal normally. So you euthanize it.

Yes, animal rights groups are objecting to this(minimally) but HOW on earth hasn’t the Stampede staff cancelled these events? Is it really worth all these horse lives just to entertain people?

Have you seen chuck wagon racing? What are your thoughts on this?