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Random nonsense - in 1000 Words or Less

A bi-weekly blog that will be close to, but not necessarily, 1000 words or less.

Legal cannabis - in 1000 Words or Less

When it comes to our country, Canadians have many reasons to be proud. We’re surrounded by incredible beauty and abundant natural resources. Most people enjoy an adequate standard of living in generally safe, clean cities. We’re known around the world as tolerant, friendly people. We all have our reasons to feel patriotic… …perhaps even superior, especially when it comes to our southern neighbours. Admittedly, the Cheeto running the USA has made that easy over the last two years but who hasn’t watched Leno (or his ilk) ask Americans basic questions, and then sat a little straighter when we got the correct answer and they did not? Never mind the clip was edited, so we saw the most humoro

The finality of funerals - in 1000 Words or Less

I said our next post would be about originality and the movie, Pulp Fiction. Something came up though, so we’ll get to that topic in a couple of weeks. Not too long ago, I had to attend a funeral. “Had” is the right word because the…event…is inherently sorrowful and miserable and as much as everyone wants to be there, nobody wants to be there. The individual whose life we were celebrating, and whose loss we were mourning, became sick and succumbed to cancer quickly. In a matter of four weeks he went from doing typical old guy stuff—doctor’s appointments, crossword puzzles, television with the volume way too loud—to passing away. For the immediate family, that was a long four weeks, incre

Customer service - in 1000 Words or Less

The other day a friend of some 40 years picked me up at the airport. We exchanged the usual patter… “How are you?” “Okay. How’s it with you?” “Same as always.” Then we moved on to other stuff, because it was a typical everyday conversation and after 40 years, nothing else needed to be said. But, for some reason, this brief conversation raised two atypical thoughts. First, it reminded me of a different conversation I had years ago, in which I maintained, “How are you?” (in the same context as above), was synonymous with, “Hello.” It wasn’t an invitation to, you know, tell me how you’re doing. The person I was speaking to said, “In that case, say ‘Hello.’ Don’t ask the question if you do

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