Four eyes. Nerd. Geek. Loser. Freak. Bitch. Slut. Whore. I have been called all of these and worse. I was bullied a lot in school. Surprisingly, for me the girls were always the worst offenders.
I was a tall, gangly kid with a lazy eye and thick glasses. The bullying got really bad for me when I was around 12. Younger than that, kids are a little less savage, but they still do enjoy name-calling. Furthermore, children are not always nice to the new kid and I went to a new school almost every year.
There’s just no limit to the lengths people will go to suck. This beautiful little boy was abandoned outside his home near 43rd Avenue and Cactus Road in Phoenix, Arizona when his person moved away. To add insult to injury, the gentle 3-year old pit bull cross was left among some garbage at the curb. This sad photo was snapped by an incredulous neighbour who couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Continue reading “Guy Moves and Leaves His “Trash” Behind”→
So I was getting ready to prepare my cereal when I decided to make this side-by-side comparison of two Cream of Wheat boxes. On the left, we find a box purchased state-side. It has a volume of 28 oz and surprisingly, cooks in just 2 1/2 minutes. On the right, our bilingual Canadian Cream of Wheat which has 800 delicious grams but cooks in 3 minutes. Why, Canada? Why do the Americans get to eat theirs 30 seconds sooner? Is it because Canadian Cream of Wheat cooks in metric time? Is it like the ratio of 1 mile to 1.5 km? Poor Canada. We always get left behind… Continue reading “Do Bilingual Cereal Cooks in ‘Metric’ Time?”→
“Más o menos”, one can divide the world into two fairly distinct cultural groupings based on communication style, behaviour and perspectives. We can call these groups “hot” and “cold.”
Canada, of course, belongs in the cold group along with the Northern part of the United States, Northern Europe and all of its other settlements: Australia, New Zealand, Southern Brazil, White / European South Africa and European Argentina. These areas have a few things in common culturally. For example, in the “cold” countries, we value individuality and independent thinking rather than group consensus.
Well, it’s about time. Over the last two years, fourteen municipalities and two regional districts in my area have added restrictions on tethering dogs outdoors to their animal control bylaws. These include the Central Okanagan Regional District, (Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and West Kelowna) and the Capital Regional District (Highlands, Langford, North Saanich, Sidney and Victoria) as well as Surrey, Terrace, Northern Rockies, Harrison Hot Springs, and most recently, Squamish.
Too Little, Too Late?
Sadly, most of Metro Vancouver is glaringly absent from this list and the change has come a little too late for many animals. I have a neighbour I would have liked to report for this particular kind of abuse. They once had a lovely old husky-cross chained up in the backyard of their home. Sadly the poor old thing died before I had any leverage to help her. Continue reading “Don’t Chain Up Your Dogs!”→