A Fantino Fan?

I was reading a rant from my friend Reay about how it is a waste of time for the people to voice their opinion about what to look for in a new Police Chief.

While I can see Reay’s point about silly surface qualities, I think it is important for people to voice their opinion. After all, a Chief of Police is in charge of a body of workers who are supposed to look after the people.

I think a Chief of Police should be imbued with trace amounts of charisma (ok, perhaps more than a trace amount) and speaking skill. Someone who could think on their feet in a stressful press conference, presenting the facts in such a way as to control any panic, or to foster hope.

Maybe I’m just an idealist, but I think it’s important to have leadership ability as well as experience.

Positively Negative

I have a friend who is one of the most positive people I know. This also gives him some of the most negative moods out of anyone I have seen.

I was thinking about this last night as I was chopping up Orcs in Battle For Middle Earth (One of the Best RTS out there, as far as I’m concerned). I do my best thinking when chopping up Orcs, you see. And it came to me why my friend is unhappy.

It might be helpful to include a small portion of backstory:

We met through a mutual friend, and sort of chatted online and played Jedi Academy together. We did this for months! Over the course of these months, we would chat frequently on MSN and e-mail. We share a quirky sense of humour, and a fascination with some of the same topics, so it was easy to become great friends. When he went away over the Christmas break, I wrote a blog in his blog! Yes. I don’t just do that for the average person!

You see, my friend is a very generous guy. He would bend over backwards for those who are close to him, and I am fairly certain that he would do a lot for people he doesn’t even know. He’s got a bit of a freaky side. But then, that’s why we get along so well. His huge heart (I know it’s huge, just ask our friend Kano) makes up for any flaws that people may find (Those Jerks!). He’s an awesome human being.

And this is why he gets down. His standard for himself is so high, that when the world fails to rise to that standard, he feels disappointed. I can sympathize with this. It’s very disappointing when you try to live your life as a good person, and there are so many jackasses around who get away with murder, and seem to take the prize at the end of the day. Things like this make it easy for small, seemingly insignificant incidents to wear away at our patience. It makes it easy to focus on the negative things in life, even though we are still trying to do the positive thing.

This year, I have been trying to focus more on the positive. It’s a bit of a challenge, admittedly, but I think it’s something that I can do. I’ve been very lucky with my life. I have an amazing wife, great friends and family, cute cats, and my health. There is more to life than bitterness and despair. We all need to remember that. Especially my friend, who is a wonderful addition to my circle!

You’ve Got Mail, Man!

I was standing in line in Tim Horton’s this morning when I overheard some ladies talking about the abundance of snow. One of them complained about the fact that their neighbourhood postal worker wrote them a letter informing them that mail delivery would be put on hold until they cleared their walk. The complainer then went on to say how unfair this was, as the walk wasn’t very long from the sidewalk to her front stoop, and that the postal worker was unreasonable.


Wow. Talk about clueless. This is a prime example of the selfishness that our society is saturated in. Yes, it’s true that her walkway may not be all that long. But how many snow-filled walkways does the poor postal worker have to walk up every day?

Let’s imagine that everyone had a twenty foot walkway. And that walkway was filled with snow. Now imagine that you have to traverse up and down each walkway on top of walking your entire route carrying pieces of mail slung over your shoulder. It can get tiring. The fact that the postal worker wrote a letter should have been a cue to just clear the damned walkway. And the fact that she made a big deal about how small the walkway is should really point out how lazy her family is for not getting off their butts to do their due diligence.

Kudos to that postal person for standing up for themselves. Canada Post doesn’t really get a fair shake. They are a great service!