My Goals & Resolutions for 2010

As 2010 really begins for me, several days after the fact, I’ve given some thought about the resolutions and goals I would like to set. The resolutions are as follows: Curse less. It’s been brought to my attention that the amount of cursing I do at work bothers some of my colleagues. I’m going to … Read moreMy Goals & Resolutions for 2010

Week At A Glance

You know what? I had a pretty good week.

On Sunday, I noticed that someone has finally decided to go toe-to-toe with Caldense Bakery in Strathroy. They’re opening up a Coffee Culture at the southwest corner of Caradoc St S and Erie St (2 doors south of McDonald’s). That will be a hell of a welcome addition to Strathroy, although admittedly I doubt the longetivity of a place like Coffee Culture in such a small town. I hope it does well though!

And you know what? I just did some research and discovered that there are Coffee Culture locations in towns like Hanover, Mount Forest and Tillsonburg. If those towns can support it, so can Strathroy!

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Generation X & Y

I originally posted this at another blog platform I used to use. I’m re-posting it here because I’m really glad I wrote this a little over a year ago. Originally published April 21, 2007.

As I sat in my car earlier today listening to Placebo’s “Once More With Feeling,” I got to thinking about the differences between my parents’ generation, Generation X, and the ever originally named Generation Y, of which I am a part of.

As a 23 year old male living in southwestern Ontario, the child of migrant parents and whose grandparents barely speak any English, I don’t believe I’m in a terribly unique position in my life. Many of the members of my generation who also grew up in Strathroy have a very similar background, the only real differentiation that their parents might be from a different part of Portugal or that their parents are actually of Dutch descent.

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2008 Federal Election

Well I must say that I’m pretty disappointed in the results of last night’s election. While the Election Prediction Project was predicting that the election would actually hurt the Conservatives, instead they came out stronger than they were going into it.  Now holding a commanding 143 seats, only 12 short of the majority Prime Minister Harper was looking for, I fear we’re in for a repeat of the past few years.

In fact, the only bright spot for me is that the NDP gained several seats. If you take a look at the CBC’s election map, the NDP painted large swaths of the country orange last night. While heartening, especially when you see seats that the NDP took from the Conservatives, it’s still a reality that the Conservatives are more powerful now than they have been in over a decade. The amalgamation of the majority of the right-wing vote has done them well, and I must say they’ve also done well courting centrists.

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