If you live in Canada, you probably know that in less than a week, we will be heading back to the polls, and if you're from out of the country, then, Ayo! Suprise, Canada has another election that you may or may not have heard of. I think it's always an interesting idea to take a step back, and try to explain the election from the point of view of one outsider telling another outsider about the election, similarly to me talking about American or British politics to one of my friends, so I'll attempt to do the same thing here.
So, if you've been on social media lately, you'll probably have seen the photo of Ellen and George W. Bush floating around where they look like they're having a good time. Apparently, they're actually good friends and they enjoy having a laugh. Of course, criticism arose due to the fact that, primarily, Ellen is an out woman, married to another woman, and is vocal about her support for the LGBT*+ community. George W. Bush, however, is... well, he's George W. Bush, the republican 43rd President of the United States, who among other things, was instrumental in the invasion of the Middle East after 9/11, along with proposing numerous social policies at home, including, but not limited to, limitations against the LGBT*+ community.
Something that has become very popular online as of late is the idea of Angel Investing, and how it is getting more and more accessible for individuals to do these days. While I have been interested in the idea for a long time, I never thought that I had enough capital to truly make a difference in any sort of investment portfolio, that the few hundreds of dollars that I could spare to invest would be wanted by any sort of organization for funding. In many investing communities, they outright say that it is too little—many sites online have regulations that require you to start investing at one, five, or ten thousand dollars. Now, my problem is that I have the patience of an ant—I like getting things done right away, and for me personally, I don't have the patience or care to wait until I save up enough to invest, or to try to cut out the extras in my life that I enjoy (I am not going to stop my venti vanilla latte from Starbucks habit solely to invest, sorry not sorry.)
For the past three weeks, I've spent at least one day each weekend seeing a drag show. Not watching RuPaul's Drag Race, not watching one of the popular queens from the show on her tour, but seeing local, wonderful, drag talent. Trading in my... ahem... expensive V.I.P. tickets to have a meet and greet with Trixie Mattel before being in the third row for her touring concert, I instead paid a nice five bucks (well, one show was ten dollars, but that included a free drink) to see the "lesser-known" drag performers. This in no way means they were any less enjoyable than the queens that you see on Drag Race; in fact, I could make a list of the effortless and passionless lip-sync for your life's on Drag Race that were eclipsed by these performances. What is noteworthy about these shows, however, was the fact that it wasn't just a bunch of men appearing as drag queens.
Flying is getting cheap in Canada. Now with four Ultra-Low-Carrier-Cost airlines either coming to, or already operating in, Canada, from a financial standpoint we should ask ourselves: is this really a good thing?
What is the price of fame?