There are a few anniversaries right now... feeling nostalgic... Ten years ago was the contaminated water crisis in Walkerton Ontario and plans are being made to commemorate the tragedy. The drinking water supply of the small town was contaminated with a deadly strain of E.coli. The people in charge of the water supply KNEW the water was toxic yet did nothing...no they did do something, they falsified the results of the water safety tests they were required to do and reported that the water was all fine and dandy and not causing people to sicken and die.
What I recall about that time: I babysat my SIL kids on Wednesday mornings so she could take one to Kindermusic. One morning she needed to go to the hospital because she was suffering a mild infection and because she was still nursing a baby ithe infection needed to be taken care of immediately. We figured Wed. morning...shouldn't be any more than a hour wait at most... Well, five hours later, she was still waiting and baby Vanessa was hungry and I lacked feeding equipment, so I took the two kids to the hospital so mom could feed the baby. That's when I stepped into the twilight zone. There were signs everywhere...all hastily written in sharpie markers saying any one with gastric problems should report to a nurse immediately. There were gurneys everywhere, people puking everywhere, and I had to go to the fifth floor to find an unoccupied washroom! When I went to the emergency area, one nurse ran to me and tried to grab the baby from me. I said she was fine. The nurse looked at Kaitlyn, and I said she was fine. She tried to grab me and I said I was fine...but the baby's mom wasn't and baby needed feeding...
She spent almost eight hours there and had to have a bunch of bizarre tests that made no sense until the next morning when the whole story broke, including the parts about the water commission knowing there was a problem. Suddenly the trip to the bizarro land hospital made sense...these people were all from Walkerton and they were all incredibly sick, some maybe were dying. The nurses thought the kids were sick because the children were being hit much harder than the adults.
It's also coming up on the 30th anniversary of UK band's Joy Division's greatest hit and eventual destruction. Thirty years ago today "Love Will Tear Us Apart" was released, and shortly after the song writer and singer, Ian Curtis killed himself. While LWTUA is not as good a piece of music as the classically ethereal and aptly title Atmosphere, it is far richer song lyrically, coming from a far deeper and sadder place where love doesn't conquer all. It is starker, pared down, the minimalist production suits the deep despair of the song. It is a song that you don't want to understand on a personal level -you don't want to say "yeah, I've felt that way" but it is an emotion everyone feels at some point in their life. Joy Division didn't produce a a vast quantity of music, but what they did produce is timeless and unforgettable.
Here's an article I found from the site "PopMatters" http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/125101-love-will-tear-us-apart-the-30th-anniversary-of-joy-divisions-most-e It's my second favourite JD song, right between Atmosphere and Decades. I discovered Joy Division in Feb.1980, I dated a DJ and he had a strange Joy Division obsession we met on Groundhog Day...name was Tom or something...not Mark, Mark was the other DJ.
Wait...THIRTY YEARS?!holy Fark! I'm getting old!
There are also a couple special days to celebrate today, not only is it Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday, it is also National Hoagie Day, so go out and eat a sandwich. It is also national Oyster Day, so go down to the Gulf Of Mexico for some fresh oysters...wait... aren't they contaminated with crude oil? So I guess oyster day should be postponed?In other news, May 8 is international no socks day and the day after is "lost sock day"
And that's all for today. I couldn't find any interesting news stories from20 years ago, except something about Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch releasing a single, and Rico Suave by Gerardo topping the charts, so it's best we ignore 1990 and maybe it will go away.
Posted by lincatz
at 11:38 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 5 May 2010 11:56 AM EDT