Monthly Archives: November 2015

Entering The Season

Yesterday was the first Sunday in Advent. My wife insists that is when we have to put up the Christmas tree. To me that seems very early. She says December is a busy time, and if we put it off it won’t get done. I agree in theory, but somehow I don’t think we would […]

Grey Cup 2015

Today is the big day for Canadian football fans, the annual Grey Cup championship game. Unlike our cousins to the south, we don’t get all fancy and use Roman numerals to describe the game. We don’t need to add artificial gravitas to it – our trophy has been around for more than a century, something […]

The Shopping Trip

I try not to have preconceptions, but this is not what I expected. When I think of the Middle East I think of traditional markets, like Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Not an upscale shopping mall that would not seem out of place anywhere in North America. Okay, I have heard that they have places like that […]

Black Friday Once Again

It seems like only a year since I was spending my time avoiding Black Friday, that orgiastic explosion of consumerism the seizes the United States at this time of year and which is slowly creeping across the border into Canada. For the past three weeks I seem to have been inundated with emails and flyers […]

Thoughts On The Refugee Crisis

As broken election promises go, this is probably a good one. Canada’s new government has realized that it was unrealistic to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees before the end of the year. The target remains the same, but now it will take a couple of extra months. It is still an ambitious goal. The United States, […]

Waiting For A Plane XV – Security at Ataturk

Airports can be dehumanizing, and probably nothing in an airport is more dehumanizing than the security screening process. Empty your pockets. Take off your belt, your watch, and your shoes. Put everything on a conveyor belt to be fed into the x-ray machine. While that is happening step through this arch. It buzzed? Get patted […]

Love & Mercy

I think it was about 1979 that I saw Brian Wilson on stage with the Beach Boys. I don’t know when I have been more embarrassed for someone. Brian at the time was dealing with mental health issues, had been for more than a decade. The stories were legendary, how he had stayed in one […]

Lorne’s Law

I vaguely remember studying something called Ohm’s Law when I was a secondary student. I have completely forgotten what it is. Something to do with physics and electricity perhaps. I suppose I could‎ look it up, but I really have no reason to refresh my memory, so I won’t. You can feel free to check […]

Waiting For A Plane XIV – Early Morning In Erbil

It seems no two airport experiences are alike, even at the same airport. The last time I  passed through Iraq’s  Erbil International Airport my bottle of water breezed right through security. Not this time. I had to drink it before proceeding any further. The rules were posted, but last time they weren’t enforcing them. This […]

Waiting For A Plane XIII – Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

On a Friday evening in November the place is almost deserted. This is nothing like the summer bustle I have seen before. I guess no-one travels this far from summer or maybe I should say this close to Christmas. There are 25 flights on the departures board. Ours is the last to leave. And then […]