I know I've been AWOL. Partly that's because I was kind of transfixed by the gong show that was going on in the comments of my last post, but mostly because of another project I have going on. Some of you may know that I am in a feminist gumbooting troupe. We recently expanded the troupe (we actually doubled in size) and taught the new members how to gumboot, learned new moves, and choreographed an entire routine from the ground up in about six weeks. We had two gigs on Monday for International Women's Day, so in the last couple weeks I have been really preoccupied with that and haven't had a lot of time and energy even for normal things like doing the dishes, let alone blogging.
The gigs went well, but that's a story for another day.
Last week we didn't have a clinic, as it was March break and a lot of the staff was away (myself included - took a little trip with some friends to Halifax to see Wilco). This week the protesters were somewhat subdued. They came out pretty late in the morning and there were only three or four of them out there. Of course the escorts can't really afford to be complacent, especially when one of those protesters is Pink Hat. She wasn't too bad this week, but she was still out there, with her little Jesus on the cross and her scowl.
One of the escorts suggested that some of the protesters were giving up saving babies for Lent, and that's why they went so crazy around Mardi Gras. I kind of like that. The problem with the protesters is that we can only rarely estimate how they are going to behave; I can never give my volunteers a week off on the assumption that the protesters will not be there. Sometimes we'll go for weeks without seeing them and then all of a sudden there will be a swarm of twenty of them, or they will have invited some ridiculous group like Show the Truth or Bound4Life.
Anyway, spring is almost upon us.