The Brit I mentioned earlier was on the train again last night when I went to choir. He gets on at the same stop as I do, and this time I noticed him sitting in the shelter, again on his phone. I’m starting to wonder if he does some kind of anxiety counselling by phone, because he was talking about how he felt about various things that happened earlier in the day in a way that sounded very much like an interaction with a counsellor. Who else would want to have a lengthy discussion about how missing the train to work affected how you felt about the rest of the day, in such detail?
After a while, he started talking about how he had fallen and bashed his chin against the platform, which caught my attention, because I’d noticed some blood on the cement when I walked by. It didn’t look like enough to mean serious injury, so I didn’t think about it for long, but it was interesting to find out the cause. The person he was talking to seemed concerned that he would need stitches, but he insisted he’d be fine with a bandaid. I resisted the urge to turn around and look.
I’m currently engaging in what I’ve heard described as stealth knitting. I really ought to be working on the next hat, because I’m making a few of them as Christmas presents, but instead, after having cold toes all day yesterday, I decided to start a pair of socks. This is my first attempt at starting with the toe, and I’m about ready to rip out the row of crochet holding one side of the toe stitches and start with the main part of the sock. I’m curious to see how far I can get on this in a week. If I’m not done by then, I’ll have to set them aside and get back to the hats.
Today is the 20th anniversary of the disaster at Bhopal. How can a corporation be allowed to have such indifference to who it hurts? The people living there still suffer health effects, the land is still contaminated, and not nearly enough has been done to hold the company accountable or give resistution to the victims.
Things like this get me thinking about how to avoid buying things that support such enormous crimes. So many companies are tied together, and it can be an huge effort to try to identify which brand names go with which corporations. I remember a picture assembled by Adbusters showing the large variety of products owed by a cigarette company. They commented that it was changing constantly, as companies are acquired or sold off. It’s a daunting task to try to sort that out.