Category Society

The Joys of Bureaucracy

Changed dental plans. Not a big deal. New plan came into effect on specific date. Went to the dentist on two days after that. Submitted claim. Claim denied. Telephoned to enquire as to why. Simple explanation. Plan went into effect on X date. I had gone to dentist on X plus two days. Asked them […]

Phone Fever

It would probably be a bit extreme to say I hate my new phone. Would deep loathing be appropriate? It is state of the art; I shouldn’t feel this way. But I do. It probably isn’t the phone’s fault. I’m blaming it anyway. When all is said and done, it really isn’t much of an […]

The Goal

It was a moment that defined a generation. Any Canadian my age, and many much younger, can tell you exactly where they were 50 years ago today, the afternoon Paul Henderson scored the goal. Americans my age know where they were when they heard about the assasination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. For a previous […]

Tuesday’s Truth

I was going to expand on these words of wisdom I found online. Then I thought that if you don’t already understand, no explanation will make it clear.

Is It Monday Already?

I couldn’t resist sharing this one to start the week. My first Zoom meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. (Well, I also have one at 4:30 a.m. that I routinely skip. Everyone else on that call is based in Europe, and we have an agreemment that my sleep is important.)  I’ve never suggested that Zoom […]

Catching COVID

In early 2020, when news first came of a pandemic sweeping out of China, my wife’s first thought was to not worry about taking precautions and to get it over with. “Everyone is going to get it eventually” she said, “so we might as well do it soon.”  That was before the first wave hit Germany. […]

Reasonable Doubt?

Do you remember where you were thirty years ago today? What you were doing? Can you prove it? I’ve been thinking about our criminal justice system as I follow news coverage of a high-profile sexual assault trial. One of Canada’s top generals, the person in charge of the logistics of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, is […]

More Thoughts on the Queen (and King)

I must admit to not watching the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It isn’t that I wasn’t interested. A state funeral says a lot about the nation and the individual, and the British know how to do it right. I thought though that watching it would be depressing. I think I was right. […]

The Train

Homesickness is a weird emotion that can strike at the most unlikely times in the most unlikely places. I shouldn’t get it in Canada, should I? As I took public transit downtown Wednesday morning, I had a flash of homesickness as the train pulled into the station. There’s a warning announced in English and French telling […]

The Big Ask

The phone rang and the question was: “Could you answer a couple of questions on provincial government policy?” I agreed. It wasn’t a pollster calling, but a fundraiser from Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party. Once he’d asked his two policy questions, he wanted more. Specifically a donation. To keep the governing party going in the right […]