Happy New Year

I see a lot of people complaining that 2014 was the ‘worst year ever’. Actually, it happens at the end of every year. Granted, 2014 saw more than its fair share of bad news across the world. But for me personally, it was a great year and I am both grateful for it and looking forward to what 2015 has to offer.

I think it’s going to be fun. Just start with these…

Why 2015 Won’t Suck

Eastern Ontario Ghost Towns – Mini Road Trip

I just finished booking a trip to London, England. Heading across the pond with some friends to see Kate Bush live in concert. This is pretty much my all time bucket list concert, so I’m really excited about it. But booking everything made me think… why do I never travel in Canada?

I suppose its because I’m not originally from here. Every time money and free time permit it, I make a beeline home to the UK and Ireland to see my family and explore Europe. But while England my be my birthplace, Canada is now my home. I’ve lived here for more than half of my life. I’ve got a life here and, while I may not live here forever, I’m happy here for now. Yet I’ve barely seen any of it. So this is my pledge to travel more within Canada.

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Nice one, Telus

I was sifting through a seemingly endless barrage of junk mail today and I came across a flyer from Telus. In their defense, it did have a cute monkey on it so I was less annoyed by it than by that the paper spam companies like Scotiabank and Casinorama keep sending. Telus flyer Now, my iPhone is in terrible shape. It’s been dropped from moving vehicles, it’s scuffed, it’s scratched – there’s even a complete black spot the size of a quarter on the screen. But I’m sticking it out until the end of my contract out of principle. I always buy out when a shiny new phone is announced and I’m sick of it. So I have suffered with my iPhone 4S for almost three years and it’s been just fine.

But… my contract is almost over! So I thought I’d open the flyer, assuming the ‘gift’ it promised would be new promotions. I don’t normally enjoy saying these words, but… I was wrong! Telus flyer gift offer It was a genuine, no strings attached gift. For being a customer. What a nice surprise. Strategic timing? Sure. But does it make me warm and fuzzy and want to go to their website to look for my next device? It sure does. In fact, I think I’ll place my order tonight. The old 4S is looking pretty ratty.

It’s the little things. A small gesture like this can put a human face on even the biggest of corporations. Thanks Telus, I will take those two movie tickets you are offering and I’ll enjoy a nice evening with my better half. But don’t worry, I’ll turn my shiny new iPhone off when the previews start.

Thanks Mom

It’s been 5 1/2 years since my mother passed away.

We had a rocky relationship from the beginning. She was never a big fan of children and I wasn’t too enamoured with adults or authority, so we went our separate ways for a while.

As I got older, our phone calls turned from nagging and fighting to conversations about art, music and our lives. Our occasional coffee dates went from awkward meetings to wandering around art galleries and talking about the future. Turned out we weren’t that different after all.

When I hit my mid ‘20s, we became friends. I started to let her in and she did the same. We had some great times together. We got close.

Then, out of the blue, she got sick.

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Say Goodbye to Productivity

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