Rock, Paper, Scissors

Many years ago, when my eldest nephew was attending university as an engineering student, he called his father: “Dad, be sure to watch the 6 o’clock news. There’s will be a segment filmed here at the university. An opportunity presented itself and I seized the moment.” I forget what the controversy was, but I think… Continue reading Rock, Paper, Scissors

St. Peter

A few weeks ago I ran into a former student. I was in a local retail outlet. I taught him in 1991. He didn’t recognize. “Excuse me, it’s Jason, right? Gary Caines – I taught you at KVHS.” “Oh yeah, Mr Caines. I remember you. You made fun of my cross.” I immediately recalled the… Continue reading St. Peter

Toronto or Montreal?

Toronto or Montreal? A former student works for the City and is a parking enforcement officer. Mike probably has the ideal temperament for such a position. He has a good sense of humour, is very respectful and polite, and doesn’t take himself too seriously. He has had people upset with him, but he doesn’t take… Continue reading Toronto or Montreal?

Pinch and Spread

I was chatting with a retired couple, husband and wife, from the United States, both of whom were teachers. We were sharing insights. The topic come around to technology. She mentioned that she had been watching her 3-year-old granddaughter leafing through a catalogue. At one point the toddler placed her thumb and forefinger on the… Continue reading Pinch and Spread

I Wanted To Express My Opinion

One evening recently, my phone rang; in fact, it was at 8:28. Karen was on the line. “Hello. My name is Karen and I am calling form X and am conducting a short opinion survey regarding the economy and the environment.” She was interested in talking to someone between two particular ages much younger than… Continue reading I Wanted To Express My Opinion

RAPIDMAN 800

RAPIDMAN 800 Just as the calendar was changing from July to August, the Back-to-School signs came out. I must admit that I experienced a small internal giggle. While shopping at a local office supplies store, I noticed a bin of 4-function calculators. They were selling for $1.99. I thought of the RAPIDMAN 800. The above photo… Continue reading RAPIDMAN 800

Politically Correct – PART II

On the same day I was in the coffee shop, I had been listening to the radio. Much attention was being given to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. During one particular broadcast, one of the interviewees offered the following bit of trivia: “Did you know that Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was… Continue reading Politically Correct – PART II