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Archive for April, 2015

Passing the Service Torch

When I departed the financial services industry in late 2013, one main reason I was able to do so economically was being eligible for a five-year income payout.  This was part of company policy in place for years for consultants departing under good terms, although until the year I left the payout was for a shorter period (one occasion on my part of really good timing). It was based on a valuation for assets passed on to other consultants, i.e. clients for whom they would take over servicing. (more…)

Clichés Upgraded – Part XXVII

More technical glitches preventing postings – hopefully all O.K. now…

As spring battles to catch a foot hold, here’s some vitality from more enlivened clichés (with the original in italics):

  • The comments expressed on a soap box should stand on their own
  • Packing it in your overnight bag is going to make for one tight squeeze on the bus (more…)

TOP 10 Ways to Recognize EARTH DAY

(due to technical difficulties, I was unable to post this yesterday)

It would seem every day implicitly should be Earth Day, but it ain’t necessarily so…

  • Take a plant out to lunch
  • Put together a time capsule, but store it in your attic instead of in the ground
  • Don’t complain about the weather today (even if it’s justified!)
  • Avoid the temptation to distribute ‘Earth Awareness’ kits which will largely end up in regular garbage (more…)

Getting Tire-d

Today has been one of those ‘getting new summer tires installed’ days – of course, in this part of the world in conjunction with exchanging the services of winter tires.

In past years it was customary for waiting areas in auto service departments to be rather non-descript and borderline comfortable.  Magazines and chairs tended to be old and somewhat dingy, dimensions generally small.  Nowadays, as part of the evolution of surroundings, likely more amenable to customer repeat business or upselling, environments have been enhanced with more modern and (more…)

Memorable Quotes # 21

Gestures Come in Clusters:

“Each gesture is like a word in a language. In order to be understood in a language, one must structure his words into units, or ‘sentences’, that express complete thoughts…  Some sincerely believe that a cursory exposure to the world of non-verbal communication equips them to speak the ‘language’ fluently.  On the contrary, this only serves to bring their awareness to a conscious (more…)

Clichés Upgraded – Part XXVI

It’s time for spring to sap forth inspired by more enlivened clichés (with the original in italics):

  • Only pens and erasers are in there, so what you’ll find is not the sharpest pencil in the box
  • Since the only spray paint to miss its target was on the fly we can consider this job a success (more…)

Ways to Make Tax Filing Season More Tolerable

It’s that time for tax filing deadlines, i.e. April 30th in Canada and April 15th in the U.S.  How can this process be made less stressful or perhaps more rewarding?

  • Allow returns to be filed any time in the calendar year (which altruistically helps stagger workloads for tax authorities)
  • Permit opting out of completing schedules too complicated (i.e. ‘taxing’) to understand or interpret (more…)

Memorable Quotes: Tales of Screenwriters – Part Ten

The First Taste of Success – careful what you wish for:

(a) “I’ve seen a lot of writers who have gotten that first big break, and then they have gone off and partied and hung out and gone to lunch with everybody in town.  Six months later, they’ve been having lunches and they haven’t done the work.  It’s very important to keep doing the work, because you’re a writer. That is now your career…. And then I’ve seen people who have a lot of success act like, you know, they’re the Second Coming – and they never are.” (more…)

Clichés Upgraded – Part XXV

Spring seems finally to be raining in, so here’s some dry humour from enlivened clichés (with the original in italics):

  • I’m concentrating on my own sales today, so none of your business takes precedence with me
  • The ship’s captain was annoyed because his off-duty crew was not playing with a full deck
  • The old ball and chain didn’t bring nearly as much at the auction as we were hoping
  • I know it’s the world’s largest handkerchief, but in public it’s nothing to sneeze at (more…)

TOP 10 Bureaucracy ‘Should Be’ Rules

With bureaucracies, it seems their modus operandi includes being self-serving, or unclear, or worse…

  • When municipal departments are doing traffic studies, they should ensure that more than 2% of the local population is in favour of a proposed change
  • When you have a photo I.D. picture taken, it should be your choice of facial expression (more…)