Saturday, March 24, 2012
Sunrise: A Saturday Snapshot
For today's Saturday Snapshot I am displaying my laptop's current desktop wallpaper.
It happens to be the sunrise as it appears from my balcony here on the 14th [technically the 13th] floor. This has been my morning scenario for fifteen years now.
And the sunsets are even nicer.
I live in Ottawa, Ontario -- capital city of Canada. And I LOVE it.
Just this past week, for the third consecutive year, Ottawa was ranked by MoneySense magazine as the #1 Best Place To Live in the entire country.
The criteria involved important things like: income, low crime rate, doctors per 1,000 sick people, amount of drive-thru hamburger joints -- things like that.
I'm so proud of my city, even though in the same week it was also ranked as the #1 Unfaithful City in Canada. As a confirmed bachelor, this more negative news does not greatly affect me one way or the other.
In the last chapter of the book I just finished reading [W.G. Sebald's The Emigrants] one of the characters reminisces about emigrating to England -- "I can no longer say exactly what thoughts the sight of Manchester prompted in me then, but I believe I felt I had found my destiny."
And later, he says "…with every year that passes a change of place seems less conceivable. Manchester has taken possession of me for good. I cannot leave, I do not want to leave, I must not."
These sentiments reflect my own feelings of Ottawa.
[Note: Clicking on the photos will make them considerably larger.]
The pointy thing in the more panoramic photo below [not the smokestack column, but the other pointy thing to the left of it] is the Peace Tower of The Parliament Buildings -- Canada's equivalent to Big Ben, in London.
Hence, I live in the very heart of the action -- but just far enough away that when birds glide on by, I hear their wings in the air.
Thank you, Alyce -- for hosting this terrific Saturday Snapshot meme @ At Home With Books.