Last week I was flipping through some magazines and came across an article, "The Vanishing Schoolmaster: Canadian classrooms have too few male teachers. How can they attract more?" in the September 2004 issue of Tree House Canadian Family (who aparently have no web presence, whatsoever...)
Having elementary school aged children myself, I could appreciate many of the points in the article. It was actually quite well written. What bugged the heck out of me, however, was the main illustration :
Sometimes I'm amazed at what is on the internet. Case in point, Rent-a Peasant. To quote them:
This got us thinking that there were a lot of warriors in all eras of re-enactment, some horses, lords and ladies and households of liveried retainers. There seemed to be a dearth of the basic food producing farmer, whose produce and rents maintained the whole edifice of the rest of society. It seemed there was a niche here that we could fill, so Rent A Peasant became an entity in its own right.
Now while I think there is a need for peasants in historical re-enactments, I find the idea of them having a web site somewhat anachronistic.
When we lived in Toronto, we had great neighbours. I know that many people say that living in a big city means you never meet your neighbours, but I believe that is only true in the suburbs. When you live in the city (we were at Bathurst and St. Clair) and do every on foot or by transit, you tend to meet more people and see more interesting things than living in suburbia.
One such chance meeting was with a neighbour's visitor who was driving an extremely unusual car. A Daupline Electric.