Wednesday, October 28, 2009


My husband has made the most delicious soup I have ever had in my entire life. I am not exaggerating.

Hub, who I'm going to refer to, intermittently, as M3I, made pumpkin soup yesterday and while it was delicious yesterday, it is ambrosia today.

The recipe? I haven't the foggiest. I know my sister in law made us a version of it at Thanksgiving that she got out of a cookbook and amended it, then sent the details to M3I, who put his own wonderful spin on it, and what we've ended up with has made my day, week, month.

Re: my sad rant from yesterday, I committed the sin I was complaining about, going on and on about things I really know little about. I was also ranting about the folks posting on the websleuths site, and that's not fair either. I think that many of their speculations - particulary opinions of what the girl might have done based on a very cursory look at this neighbourhood - are weak, only because I know the area in question much better than they do. Which leads me to:

There's no valid reason I know of to rant at the police and their proceedings in trying to solve this rotten situation and find this girl. I don't have their files, or their expertise. Just a lot of reading of Sue Grafton. That don't make me a detective.

I saw a fellow slumped against a building yesterday. It looked like he was asleep, and there was a group of lunching construction workers nearby. So I figured he must be with them and he must be asleep. Nothing more.

However, his slumped body looked uncomfortable; not a likely sleeping posture. And he was there on my way to the bank and he was there on my way back to the office. But still, the construction workers were there, so he must've belonged to them.

It bothered me. We're all encouraged to be aware of our neighbours. We all live in this city together and we should all look out for each other. I felt like I was being cowardly for just walking on by yesterday.

So I went out there again this morning, just praying he wasn't still there in that odd position. And he wasn't and that's good, but I'm not going to let a whole night go by like that next time.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The search continues

Is this usually how a search for a missing teenager goes? I just heard that police are going to search the computers at the Forest Hill library. NOW? Jesus! Mariam Makhniashvili been missing since September 14. The library is, like, three doors up from where she and her family live. She's been described 10,000 times as a bookworm who can be found at the library. And they wait six weeks to check the computers at the library that is not only a three minute walk from her apartment, but it's located right in front of the high school she went to (for only four days).

Plus as her father said in this report, "Why would she use the library computer when this library only has only (a few) computers and it's always busy?" Yeah! He's right! You have to sign in to reserve one.

And just imagine how many different people have been on those computers in the last six weeks. Maybe the week of Sept 14th might've been a useful time, or when there were phalanxes of police officers marching up and down the street looking for... what?

Okay, now that I'm on a roll, the whole thing seems as if the search has been managed badly. Obviously, I have little idea of what else has been done, but seriously, as a citizen who lives on the same street as this poor child (who apparently turns 18 today), it'd be very nice to know.

I've already gone on about how long it took to launch the search. But the description of her says light brown hair, shoulder length. All the photos released have her with her hair in a ponytail. Was it in a ponytail that Monday morning?

And, seeing the photos and the video, there's no way she weighs 140 lbs as was described. I am a bit more than her 5'3" and I weigh just over that and trust me, I'm much thicker than she is in the video. Seriously. My bet is that her parents, being Europeans, gave her weight in kilograms, and some bonehead "translated" it. But, oh, check out the Interpol alert - it says: 54 kg, 119 lbs. That sounds right.

I look out our window and see the path she took. I take the same path myself, every day, and have taken that path to the bus, to the street, to the library, a zillion times at that time of day. And in fact, I walked it the very day she disappeared, and depending on what you read (she was last seen at either 8:30, 8:40, or 8:45) I walked by 40, 35, or 30 minutes after her. It would not be difficult to abduct someone along the street. Yes, there are lots of cars stopping and dropping off students, but there's also cars just parked there sometimes, with people sitting in them, smoking, whatever. And often even during that busy time between 8:30 and 9:00 am, there's no cars moving along the street at all. It can be very quiet.

I know that on the websleuths site thingie, people have gotten all upset at the school's principal for saying she didn't think there's been an abduction - lord knows, she doesn't want her students any more scared and freaked out than they are, but let's all save our anger for whoever is actually responsible for this girl's disappearance.

Oh, Jesus, check out the ctv news report - they've got aerial video of the top of the library, for f888 sake. Not exactly hot on the trail, eh! Boy, that's news helicopter money well spent! Plus you get to watch an AD, and then they get to torture the parents. Very, very depressing. My heart goes out to her family.