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Yesterdays, Todays and Tomorrows

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Growing Old Together - 01

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The Big Lie

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Taxi - No Service For You!

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- j im Young “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” - Joni Mitchell I don’t have much use for Uber Drivers. While that may sound like a derogatory statement, the truth is I really just don’t have much use for them in the literal sense. I live in a remote area in Northern Ontario and I doubt there are very many, if any Uber Drivers around. Of course I’d have to download the app to be certain, but I’m not anxious to clutter my cell phone with apps that I won’t likely use anyway. Why buy a colour TV when television stations only broadcast in black and white? Oh! And there’s one other small critical detail I forgot to mention. Where I live, my cell phone service is sketchy and unreliable at best. I still rely heavily on our landline. But I will soon be attending an event that will require me to stay in Barrie and travel 16 km out of the city. There will be drinking involved so I will need to find alternate transportation. Now, I would think that any Taxi Service would jump at the

Canada No Longer Needs A Border Wall

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License Plate Renewal

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Published In The Great North Arrow, June 1, 2023: Do You Want Fries And Taxes With That?

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- jim Young “Anytime you’re tempted to upsell someone else, stop what you’re doing and upserve instead.” - Daniel H. Pink We joined a couple of old high school friends for lunch recently. When Deana ordered the Chicken Club, the waitress asked if she would like Sweet Potato Fries with that.  Deana politely declined. When the waitress left, Deana said, “I hate it when they try to upsell you like that.” We hadn’t really paid attention to what had just happened. “They ask you if you want Sweet Potato Fries but they don’t tell you it’s extra and all of a sudden your $17 meal becomes $20. AND…” Deana explained, “you don’t even get the French Fries that come with the meal, they just substitute the Sweet Potato Fries and charge you more!” To add insult to injury, every $3 upsell increases the server’s tip by almost a dollar because, yes, your tip is calculated on the tax as well. I suppose the adage “buyer beware” comes into play here as the upcharge is clearly described on the menu, (whi

Will That Be Cash Or Credit?

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Uncle Sam Saves Cuba Money

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- jim Young    “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” - Buddha From 1994 to 2020, tourists had to exchange their home country’s currency into Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) to spend when visiting Cuba. The exchange rate for the CUC was usually valued pretty close to the U.S. dollar. As of January 21, 2021 the CUC has been discontinued. Tourists typically now exchange their home country’s currency into U.S. dollars prior to visiting Cuba. Manufacturing money that is difficult to counterfeit is a costly process to say the least. In addition to the initial costs of printing currency, the average lifespan of paper currency is 4.5 to 8.5 years depending on the denomination, after which it needs to be replaced. While I could find no data to indicate how much Cuba actually spent on manufacturing the CUC for the past 25 plus years, the U.S. 2023 annual budget, has allowed $265.5 million for variable printing costs such as paper, ink, labour and direct overhead

Published In The Great North Arrow, May 1, 2023: Rationalizations

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- jim Young “Don't knock rationalization; where would we be without it? I don't know anyone who could get through the day without two or three juicy rationalizations. They're more important than sex.” - Jeff Goldbum as Michael in The Big Chill. I recently listed my boat for sale on Kijiji. It’s a nice boat and if you’re interested in buying a boat you should check it out. Search for “ 14’ GRUMMAN ALUMINUM FISHING BOAT, MOTOR & TRAILER ” in Kijiji or the “Argyle Buy Sell and Trade” page on Facebook. (Shameless self promotion). Author's Note: Since I wrote this article, the boat has been sold. Kijiji recorded my ad live at 9:52 am. My first offer came in 8 minutes later at 10:00 am. It is not my intention to ebararrass or shame the person that made this offer if it was a legitimate offer so I am reluctant to provide too many specific details. Suffice it to say, the offer was $1,800 short of my asking price with an explanation that it was the most he could afford for

The Longest Night Of The Year

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  This is the ideal time and place to spend the night with your girl.

Obituary: 173 Big Bay Point Road

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- jim Young “You can’t go home again.” - Thomas Wolfe. There isn’t much that is more exciting to a 7 year old boy than hanging around a construction site. Once the vivid imagination of a young boy begins to stir, the excavation for the basement will take him on a journey to China, the cement blocks of the foundation transform the hole in the ground into a formidable castle, scrap pieces of wood cut at a 45° angle become the bulky sails of a sailboat, the studded walls, as they are erected become prison bars that the young lad can escape through and rafters, when hung, will serve as monkey bars. At least that’s how it was for me. Most children are denied this experience today for the sake of safety. But in 1960 these opportunities were more readily available. And when your grandfather was building the house, even more so. That your grandfather might be building that house for you, well, that was the icing on the cake. I remember my grandfather letting me help him “build” our house. Und