COVID’s moving front line

The COVID19 pandemic has thrust some people, some positions, onto the front lines. These positions, such as shelf-stocker, usually required a minimal amount of social interaction. Traditionally the term front line workers referred to doctors, nurses, indeed most medical workers, police, firefighters and, other life-and-death professionals. Now, because the front line itself has been movedContinue reading “COVID’s moving front line”

How Do Costa Rican Motorcyclists Survive?

During my second trip to Costa Rica to visit in-laws over the holidays, I could not help but consider yet again how it can be possible that any motorcycle riders survive the roads and traffic. Those of us who are used to more recent urbanization, including streets set out in a grid formation, are atContinue reading “How Do Costa Rican Motorcyclists Survive?”

Roosters Need Snooze Buttons

When your rooster crows at the break of dawnLook out your window and I’ll be goneYou’re the reason I’m a-travelin’ on But don’t think twice, it’s all right -BOB DYLAN, Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right While in Costa Rica recently we stayed in a semi-rural area called San Josecito de San Isidro de Heredia.Continue reading “Roosters Need Snooze Buttons”

Online Banking: Kafka Meets Catch 22

In my last post, I wrote about my experience of being robbed by an ATM while visiting family in Costa Rica. This had nothing to do with my own bank, in fact, I am currently relying on them to help me get my money back. However, I discovered another glitch in the banking system asContinue reading “Online Banking: Kafka Meets Catch 22”

Robbed by a Canadian Bank at ATM Point in Costa Rica

My wife and I spent the holiday season in Costa Rica visiting her family. It was my second time there and it is a beautiful country at the best of times, and even during a pandemic, they seem to be able to handle things. I’ll write more on this in a subsequent post. In aContinue reading “Robbed by a Canadian Bank at ATM Point in Costa Rica”

UPDATED: Montreal’s free parking not so free when using the app

UPDATE: I believe in the concept of credit where credit is due, so I am posting this update. In response to my post last week, the parking authorities have contacted me to ‘own their error’, apologize for it and assure me that all who paid will be reimbursed. Just when you thought customer service wasContinue reading “UPDATED: Montreal’s free parking not so free when using the app”

George Carlin had his list of words – now the CBC has theirs

In 1972, the late great George Carlin introduced his list of the Seven Words You Can’t Say On TV. Clearly, George was talking about a time before cable and specialty stations because many of the seven words are heard often now. I’ll not list the words but will suggest you have a look at thisContinue reading “George Carlin had his list of words – now the CBC has theirs”

Supply chain woes and blood donations

I am a big proponent of donating blood. I’m a coward when it comes to essentially all things medical but I can assure you that the process is painless, and not even terribly wooz-inducing. I’m up to thirty donations now and my only regret is that I didn’t start earlier. During the preparation for oneContinue reading “Supply chain woes and blood donations”

Odd cheer for classic country lyric

According to Wikipedia, Country is a genre of popular music that originated with blues, church music such as Southern gospel and spirituals, old-time, and American folk music forms including Appalachian, Cajun, Creole, and the cowboy Western music styles of New Mexico, Red Dirt, Tejano, and Texas country. Growing up, it was referred to as CountryContinue reading “Odd cheer for classic country lyric”