I don't remember! Maybe Ocho Rios? From the front of the Coral Princess in January 2012.

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The 2017 Archives

Just look at all of the great stuff that I wrote in 2017

(or move on to the gems from 2016)

 

A Great Trick

The next time you enter a restaurant, choose a random stranger of your preference.

When you catch their eye, maintain eye contact for a while, look away, and act like nothing happened.

After a while, do so again, this time keeping contact for a longer period.

The stranger will most likely start paying more attention to you, but act normally.

Keep this up for a while, before walking up to them.

Greet, and ask them to close their eyes and picture a playing card.

Now, when they are doing this, eat as much of their food as you can and run away.

People are weirdly willing to obey instructions when they think it’s for a magic trick! :)

Escaping North Korea

It's very difficult to watch Yeonmi Park recount the incredible story of her life so far, both in North Korea and after escaping to China.

She certainly makes me feel more grateful for everything I have, feel helpless to do anything to help her and those like her, yet still she makes me feel like I have to do something, no matter how small, and perhaps my small contribution combined with everyone else's can result in some change.

But what? Today's culture feels that posting, re-posting, sharing, and tweeting bits of media, or dumping buckets of water on each other's heads somehow shows solidarity and therefore obviates the need to actually do something useful to effect change. Sure I'm going to do all that tweeting bullshit as well. but what is something useful that I can actually do? I'm not sure yet.

The Crystal Ball

A handy little chart from the smelly folks at the Pew Research Center

Use this handy chart to plot and plan your entire future, everything from the job you'll have, to the career you're shooting for, to whether or not you'll buy or rent your home. The answers are all here in this deceptively simple chart!

The Beer Store

Two years worth of bottles. Riiiight....

My son and I are returning a couple of weeks' worth of my wine and liquor bottles to the beer store for refund. (That's how you do it in Ontario.) The clerk and I are remarking at how diligent he is as he brings the bottles in and puts them on the conveyor. I explain that he's interested because he gets to keep the money.

The clerk says, "Oh, did he go around the neighbourhood collecting bottles then?"

Long pause. "Uh no, they're just my bottles."

Jerk.


See the literary classics from 2016

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Maybe read No Big Deal, a story I consider to be the very best thing I ever wrote.