Shocking a Shocker

May 16, 2016 Leave a comment

Nearly a decade ago I was at a very large party on a wooded property where there was a bonfire the size of a garage and a local heavy metal band was playing.  There were a lot of people from the local trade school; including a young woman just out of secondary school who was training to be a welder.

This woman was was in a class of younger students and we shared the same shop facilities but we didn’t know each other beyond introductions and exchanging niceties in passing.   She was the type of person who liked to say vulgar things to shock people.  It wasn’t a big deal to most of us.  She was taking her first steps into the bigger world and I believe this was just her way of appearing or feeling tougher.  A lot of people do it.

Anyway….about the party:

I was sitting at a table near the generator when to my surprise she sat down across from me.  Most of the crowd was older.  I said hello and asked her what her connection to the party was.  She casually said that she was there because she was f$&*ing the drummer.  This sort of thing might shock Mom and Dad when they hear their child say this but to anybody who has done a little living it wasn’t much.  Without missing a beat I said that I was too and perhaps that kind of made us family.  I received a look so sour that it could curdle milk at 40 feet.  Needless to say our conversation was over at that point.

I haven’t seen her ever since that party but she had a certain spark that tells me she probably grew up to be a formidable person and is probably very good at whatever she’s doing now.  I have been in her position in a similar situation and it was a wonderful learning opportunity.  I hope it was for her too.


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What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us?

…apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health?
I was thinking about the different people I’ve worked for over the years and there were some real characters. I’m sure you have worked for some too.
Have any of you been told that all you need to get ahead in life is a little initiative and hard work? Probably. It was really funny when, many years ago, I was told this by a man sitting at his desk in the office of a company that his father built during boom times.
We’re all building on top of what was there before us. There is nothing wrong in having a better starting point than those around you and your work is valid even if your father spent his life making your life easier; that’s what he’s supposed to do if he can. What is wrong is thinking you did it all yourself and everybody else has the same opportunities as you.
We all owe thanks to someone who came before us. It may not be much and they may not have given any more than the bare minimum that they needed to but they did provide something you benefited from.  It’s one of the great things about being a social animal.
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Up past my bedtime sharing a ridiculous thought.

January 24, 2016 Leave a comment

I was writing some goofy prose on a website and though I won’t share it here I will share this thought about what I have written:

My words are daft and oft obscene but i must stick to my rhyming scheme.

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Gender in Language…I don’t mean anything by it.

January 19, 2016 Leave a comment

I’m on a job hunt right now and had a question for my wife about how to word my status as a jouneyMAN welder; government sites often say I’m a journeyperson and it sounds wrong to me.  My wife is the the feminist in the family and often my conscience too so I asked her to weigh in.  This is what she offered:  Journeyman is fine and journeyperson will make me sound like a mush-head….she also added that no confident woman should be afraid of a masculine default.

My experience is that the masculine default in English is often regarded as some patriarchal tool of oppression.  I was taught to use a masculine default when I learned English at home and it caused me trouble a few times in school and later in life.  I also remember when I was in secondary school there was a debate about using a neutral pronoun in Swedish(hen) that paralleled the criticism of English.  I don’t know what direction that eventually took.

What’s funny is that I have never heard a complaint about the masculine default in French…ever.

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Cougar attack!

September 15, 2015 Leave a comment

I grew up in a remote part of Vancouver Island known for the number of cougar attacks on people but I’m referring to predatory older women in this post.

Yesterday, at the dollar store, I was propositioned by a cougar.  It happens sometimes when I’m out without my wife but mainly in dollar stores for some reason.  I said that I was happily married (she said that she was too!) and politely excused myself.  I don’t believe in being rude in dismissing such a proposition because the extreme brazenness of it likely stems from extreme loneliness.

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You know it’s true.

September 6, 2015 Leave a comment

If you stop to think about it, you probably don’t listen to death metal for the same reason that you don’t listen to opera:  Not understanding the vocals.

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August 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Sharpening knives was one of my chores growing up and I loved doing it.  When I was a teenager I went to work for Mr. Oyama and learned a different way of sharpening the knives we used to butcher fish; our methods were virtually the same as in this video.  You don’t need to understand Japanese to get something from it:

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