Canadian Pride Sharks

Flags cause wars. At least, that’s what my Dad used to say. Once when my parents were visiting me in Calgary from England, Dad asked why there were so many national flags around the gas station. This was back when Petro-Canada was a crown corporation and Canadians were […]

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The Reality of Dreams

I woke myself up the other night, shouting at a burglar. I was visiting my son and his family, and dreamed that someone was on the deck outside the room. I yelled, “Get off our deck!” Then I yelled it again. In the dream, I could only see […]

Customer Inadequacy Cards

Store cards, sometimes called Customer Appreciation Cards or Loyalty Cards or Club Cards or Reward Zone Cards, are really just a device for identifying the degree to which the customer is inadequate. By the time I have chosen the store, the product, and the checkout line, I am […]

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Being Invisible

The actor Matthew Mondine once totally ignored me. He was attending a film festival at which I was a volunteer usher, and his entourage was leading him towards the question-and-answer session he was to host. Obviously, he was focussed on his goal and I didn’t expect him to […]