Jorge’s Guide to Inviting Children With Bad Habits

  • Buy a model of a complete skeleton. Make sure it is kid-sized. Adult skeleton will not work
  • Hang it in a spare closet in the house
  • Wait until children misbehave and then start mentioning their older brother who didn’t listen
  • Inevitably children’s curiosity will prompt them to ask about said older brother
  • Make a show of not wanting to talk about it
  • Arrange to have them find the model skeleton by accident
  • Problem solved

An Open Invitation

Contact has officially started (actually it started last week). Contact is the largest photo exhibition in North America. It runs for the month of May. Tomorrow (the 7th) there will be an opening for my work at Cornerstone Furniture.

Please come out if you are interested in seeing what it is that I like to photograph (actually, what I have on display is a small cross-section). There are also quite a number of other photographers showing their work in the neighbourhood, making it quite the evening if you like photography.

I will have some munchies and juice, and there will be a guestbook for people to sign.

Check my Photography Page for information.

My Worst Habits

I am a very enthusiastic person. I’m sure this can be quite a positive thing (infectious, hopefully), but at the same time, I know it can annoy the hell out of people.

This enthusiasm leads to some of my worst habits.

Bad Habit #1 – Unnecessary Revelation

Yes, that makes it sound way better than it is. A very annoying thing that I do is tell people that they should go look at something, and then completely describe it in the next breath, thus ruining the wonder of their discovery. This is not to say that I spoil movie endings or anything like that. On the contrary, those are sacred, and the law states that spoiling movies is punishable by castration. No, the things I am referring to are blog entries, or something publicly available for viewing. Sometimes I relate stories to people who aren’t even interested in the topic, but they listen politely, and nod in all the right places.

Bad Habit #2 – Replying to EVERY E-mail

This is a bad habit that definitely annoys everyone. I will reply to every e-mail that I see in my inbox, regardless of content. I will reply most of the time with short phrases that really are best left untyped.


To: All employees
From: CEO
Subject: Meeting

I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to the meeting today. It was a good experience and I think we are all re-affirmed of our place in the market.


From: Jorge
Subject: Re: Meeting

The pleasure was ours. The meeting was informative, and I know I took away quite a number of things to consider.


To: Jorge
From: CEO
Subject: Re: Re: Meeting

This type of feedback is most appreciated. Have a great day!


From: Jorge
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Meeting

You too.


To: Jorge
From: CEO
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Meeting

Ok, that’s enough.

With warning,

From: Jorge
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Meeting



To: Jorge
From: CEO
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Meeting

Honestly, stop it.

I’m not kidding,

From: Jorge
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Meeting



To: Jorge
From: CEO
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Meeting

You’re fired.

With Vengeance,

From: Jorge
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Meeting



It’s odd. I’m not normally about getting in the last word. But something about e-mail induces obsessive-compulsive behaviour in me.

Just thought I would share these with you. I know I torment a lot of you with these things, and so I apologize. Will I stop? Probably not. I at least acknowledge these bad habits though, which is the first step towards building a better illusion for myself.

18 Responses

  1. My little nephew loves skeletons, but is scared shitless of Yoda. Yeah….

    Hope the exhibition goes well. I guess I am one week too late with my TO visit. FYI….The other bar that was pretty cool in Quebec was Chez Maurice on Grand Allee. I couldn’t think of the name of it yesterday…

    Have a nice weekend….

  2. LMAO! I can totally see you doing that email thing!

    See you tomorrow at Contact!


  3. Hi Jorge,

    I think if I found a skeleton in a closet as a kid, I would get all ‘sherlock holmes’ until I discovered why it was there, if it was real and who put it there. Depending on their age, kids are SMART these days. This trick might even backfire on you somehow when the kid in question finds out what happened and decided to put the skele on display at a most inopportune time.

    I loved your pictures btw! My favorites where the flora and fauna….so lovely.

    Final thought: I am guilty of unnecessary revelations
    as well. More in the sense that I get giddy when I have something exciting or interesting to tell and I almost beg people to ask for more info rather then let them check it out themselves.



  4. You are too funny! Now I know why I hear Cat laughing all day long! Do you guys get ANY work done? Surprising that you have time for Compulsive Email Disorder (CED).

  5. Hey Jorge,
    Thank you for the comment. The weirdest thing is that I was actually on your space today. I clicked on it to check out some new spaces and then today I get a comment from you. The connection intrigued me. I am usually an upbeat person. I love to live with a smile on my face. I find it helps to vent by writing. Your space has a lot of neat stuff in it. I will be keeping my eye on it.
    Thank you, Crystal.

  6. Jorge! Stop It! … No Don’t Stop., I almost peed! That was great! Please write a guide to Succesful Blogging, it would be great! I’m goin’ to the Medical Supply House tomorrow. Thanks for the guffaws.

  7. Oh! By the way Jorge, have a great weekend at the Photo Show. Here’s hopin’ that it’s memorable. Do you take photos at a photo exhibition?

  8. funny funny! i know of 1 other person with reply-itis. i make fun of him mercilessly.

    always enjoy reading your blog. best wishes on your upcoming show.

  9. Have a great weekend Jorge. Loved this post, it gave me a giggle. Pure Jorge!

  10. ROFLMAO!!! you’re boss is awesome!

  11. Lol! Love the emails…
    I unfortunately have the opposite problem and respond much too erratically to emails… sigh.

    Good luck with the exhibition!

  12. Jorge,
    I thought that I was the only one who did that with e-mails… Although I have a great boss who gives up after the twentieth one and concludes with a “you’ve won Leandra” and I respond with “Steve…I knew that I would”… Quite funny…
    I like the skeleton idea… I may use this information for future roomates (although I can picture my flatmate Chris and I living together until we have gray hair~dyed blue-ish~ and a million cats and yell at the odd teenager to get off of our property)… I may tell them to quit eating my food or stop misplacing the cap of the toothpaste with a warning about the last roomate who did such a thing… Ahhh…yes…good idea…
    Will your show be coming out west? Would you like me to find out from the Victoria Art Council if they’ll be having a photography display this summer from Canadian artists? (I have a good friend who puts together the shows out here)…
    Cheers and hugs,

  13. Drea,

    This is probably why it’s best that we have never e-mailed each other. The resulting meaningless single-word responses would overload the internet!


  14. WOW is all I can say Jorge!..Love your space! Thanks for the comments, and I’m putting you on my bloggers list…Lord knows I can use a good laugh each day 🙂 and the Haikus…wow…your fellow bloggers are GOOD at them!
    Catch you on the flipside 🙂

  15. LOL…i know the email bit is true… that day we were chatting..and also emailing back and forth…i felt rude when i didnt email back…then you did, it was a vicious cycle of fun.

  16. Ha!!!!

    I do that too!!!


    The emailing….

    the skeleton is a great idea. 🙂 *scratches head* why didn’t I think of that?!

  17. When my brother was little, and up until about last year(j/k) he was scared to death by skeletons, but he was the worlds most best behaved child, so there was no need to exploit his unfortunate fear… Sadly I was skeletoned many a time…though i was not scared of them. Go figure. I turned out okay:)


  18. I truly laughed aloud at your email sequence…I am sure your revelation of this quirk will result in massive amounts of communication aimed to observe it first-hand!

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