Whining as an Olympic Sport

Nova Scotia is a great place and I love living next to the ocean.

However, we have raised whining to an epic level here. We find fault with everything! The weather for the Parade of Lights is too hot/too cold/too wet/too snowy. Local radio host Rick Howe goes off like spoiled three year old because Andy Fillmore is late calling into his show. The snow plough did not come soon enough. The snow plow comes too often. This building is too tall, this one blocks my view. I want everything to be different but I don’t want anything to change

A Dal student shoots off in a childish way and she is the recipient of a torrent of even more silly attacks online. Every decision by our governments must produce a victim if only some hurt feelings.

Stuff happens and it always will.

All your outrage, real and imagined won’t change anything. If you really care about changing what you are whining about – go out and make the change.



Trump Bashing

I love a well-crafted rebuke of President Trump as much as the next person, however, all the Twitter and Facebook outrage does not accomplish anything.

The first opportunity to make real change in the policy direction of the Trump Administration is currently passing many people by.

The mid term elections can reshape the playing field and candidates and incumbents and currently staking out the ground across the US. If you truly want to do something to fix the Trump issue, work for a great non-Republican candidate now and in 2020.

Who Are You?

I was away sailing in two model sailboat regattas at the end of May this year when I received a voice message on my phone.The message contained a male voice and originated  from a phone number in Nova Scotia. The man was shouting and swearing and the message ended with a death threat.

My first reaction was puzzlement, I did not recall anything in my recent past that would generate a death threat. I googled the telephone number which generated a name and then I googled the name. I found his FaceBook page and picture, I did not know him. I thought it must be a misdialed number, but who knows?

I called Silvia at home to let her know what had happened and together we decided to call the police in Halifax. I called the non-emergency number and filed a report. The police took the information and treated it very seriously. They dispatched two officers to my home, talked to Silvia and then called me. I played the message for them over the phone and gave them the information I found online.

When I followed up with them a week later I learned it was a wrong number, I was not the subject of the threat. The man was angry with someone and made a stupid call. He was “spoken to” by the police but as I understand it no charges were laid. I have no quarrel with that result, people make mistakes.

I know that these kinds of calls and threats are a regular part of the landscape for the staff in the offices of our elected officials. I wonder if people become accustomed to it, or are they puzzled and concerned as I was.

I am left to wonder what kind of people think this is OK. Are they the same people that bully the cashier in a store, or go bananas when their special coffee order with 1-1/2 of this and 2/3 of that is not perfect?

Who are you people? What is wrong with you?



I woke up at 3:30 am today and inexplicably had this thought about zombies.

Why do zombies want to eat brains?

To create fans! Clearly, you have to be brainless to care about a TV show featuring zombies. It had to be said, hate me if you must but you know I am right.

Just Coffee Please

OK, this is not a world shattering problem.

Why can’t we have a coffee shop or a line for people who just want a simple cup of coffee.

You want a sandwich, muffin, skinny latte or some other special concoction get in the other line. In my line we only serve coffee, no special blends or roasts and you can only add one cream and one sugar. Really I think we should stick to black and make a spot where you can add cream and sugar yourself.

There is a proliferation of shops that will cater to the precious sensitivities of coffee snobs. I doubt many of you can tell the difference but if you want to pay $5 for coffee go ahead. I just want a single line where we can get coffee, quickly without fuss – it’s early and I am not ready to deal with the existence of a machiatto. #justcoffeeplease

Administration of my site

I have received a few comments on my posting about the current state of Nova Scotia that used the conflict among the teachers and the negotiation with the government as an example.

Without exception the comments questioned my motives, my intelligence or who may be paying me to share my opinion. If such comments were not about me they were made about the Premier. A couple of people took time to investigate my political affiliation as if that was a secret.

There were some valid points raised in competition with my opinion which I may choose to comment on in the future.

I won’t allow these kind of comments on my site, I am under no obligation to do so. If you want to have your hate posted on the internet, start your own site.

Polite Debate is Welcome

Well apparently having an opinion runs against the grain for some people, especially teachers.

I am happy to have comments and engage in discussion, but please use spell check.

Feel free to send all your ad hominem attacks but I won’t approve them, they don’t contribute anything.