That Guy!

You've seen him.  He's behind the wheel of his big, bad pickup truck every day.

He's a tough guy.  He rides high in that truck with the big wheels.  It runs on diesel and comes complete with the sound of authority.  He's got white-rimmed sunglasses and he wears a hoodie - not a bunny hug - a hoodie because tough guys don't wear bunny hugs.  He turns the corner and as he passes by he looks down and sneers at you.

I saw that guy yesterday - well, in my peripheral vision.  I don't look at him directly because I don't want to give him the satisfaction of knowing I see him.  He's not worthy of my attention.  He thinks he deserves it - he's an entitled young man.  He wants to make me feel uncomfortable for some reason.

I think he drives on with some sort of pleasure and pride - feeling like he intimidated me.

And, I drive on and wonder....what made that guy so angry?

Don't Say It

I felt for the players when I saw and heard the video.  In fact, I was so uncomfortable I was squirming in my seat.  

A number of Ottawa Senators players, riding in a taxi cab, were talking about their special teams and complaining about their penalty kill - all-the-while cutting up one of their coaches.  The cab driver shared that video and reportedly wrote the caption, "Cheap, entitled kids."  Maybe he didn't get the tip he wanted.

Put yourself in their shoes and think about the times you and a co-worker may have spent some time talking about your day and, perhaps, cutting up your boss or supervisor.  Now, what if someone captured it on video and shared it for all to see?  Awkward and embarrassing it would be.

It all reminds me of one of my Dad's rules.  "If you can't say anything good about someone, don't say it at all." 

Not many of us can say we live by that rule, can we?  

More Government Waste

It's usually the Canadian Taxpayers Federation uncovering the appalling government waste but, the National Post is doing a pretty good job too.

Just days after reporting on the former Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson and the expenses she's claiming, the National Post has found our federal government spent "$23 million buying more than 600 brand-new cars for use at this year's G7 summit."

The RCMP answered some of the questions and confirmed some of the numbers.  431 vehicles were purchased for "motorcade" purposes with another 200 for "administrative" purposes.

In fact, an RCMP spokesperson explained, "buying the automobiles...was considered the most affordable choice", "...more cost-effective to purchase rather than lease."

Interesting, they have been able to sell 167 vehicles and recover $6.3 million but dozens of the now "used" cars and SUVs up for sale are receiving no bids.

That's our government.  That's our money.

Old Days

Remember when you were a kid and the telephone would ring and the kids in the house would race to pick it up?  I do.  My sisters couldn't wait to find out who was calling.  Each would hope it was for them - perhaps a friend or a boy wanting to talk.  That was the 70s.

In the 80s I was the only kid left at home.  I'd spend hours on the telephone, usually downstairs, sitting on a stool beneath the black, rotary dial unit on the wall with the short cord.  

I saw a video not long ago showing a bunch of teenagers, I think they were out at someone's cabin, trying to figure out how to use a rotary dial telephone.  They had no clue.  It's funny!

You know, I haven't had an actual landline telephone for 7 or 8 years now.  I was paying $40 a month for it when it dawned on me - the only people who ever called were telemarketers and one of my sisters.  

It was a year ago the stats showed 67% of Canadian households still had landlines.

I'd be willing to bet close to 100% of those people still listen to the radio every morning. 

I love you people.

MJ Talks!

I like to look in to see what locals are talking about.  It's a pretty good gauge most days.  It's the MJ TALKS! Facebook page.

Today, for example, I see the locals are complaining about their garbage not being picked up.

There's some useful information on this page from time to time but, quite often, you find a lot of belly aching about local issues - from potholes and traffic trouble to picket lines and politics.

The other day, a friend of mine pointed out the fact there are over 7900 members of this Facebook page.  That's remarkable.  Assuming they're all Moose Javians, that's close to 25% of the local population.

But then, to the point, he said,  "We only had 3162 people who voted in the recent by-election.  What does that tell ya?," he asked.  

I shrugged my shoulders and he said, "It tells me these people are keyboard warriors who just hide like they're some kind of avatar."

I didn't know what he meant.  But, I've found the word "genius" is a synonym of the word "avatar".

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