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Have a great holiday – make Brussels Sprouts great again.

Here’s hoping, for those of you in the retail trade, that you are raced off your feet!  The Holiday season turns on strongly held traditions, and although we have commercialized the heck out of it, it really comes down to sharing, smiling and celebrating friends and family with great food.  Everything isn’t the same as when I was a kid.  Stores used to close at 3:00 on Christmas Eve and not open again until the 27th or 28th.  Boxing Days were illegal, at least in Vancouver, until the mid-80’s.  People didn’t shop for Christmas presents on the 26th and delay the family get-together until Boxing Day night so they could buy presents cheaper.  All presents came with batteries.  People went to church on Christmas morning before racing home to stuff the turkey.  But that’s about it – I think the rest is about the same, and for most families, it is getting together to celebrate a holiday, whether it’s Christmas or the holiday of any other religion, and eat, drink and not answer work emails, at least for the day.




HOT SHOTS – AUG. 22ND, 2016

Dear Ones, 

I’ve been working here for what I think of as a very long time and I finally got the promotion I’ve been working very hard to earn: I’m the greeter.

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HOT SHOTS – JAN. 24th, 2016

Dear Ones,

I had the experience this week of becoming hoppin’ mad with the readings I had for one of my classes, a history class.  I have become distressed often, in school, learning about the horrible ways that human beings have treated each other and the earth, mostly because looking around, old ways of thinking don’t seem to be unravelling fast enough.  I asked a teacher I had last semester how she remains objective, and she said she doesn’t.  But she said that she sometimes takes a break to cuddle her cat, or her kid, and that she tries to remember that the reason we study is so that we interfere with making the mistakes over and over and over again, as a people, as a species on a planet.  She said to focus on proof of change and to throw yourself headlong into commitment to change.




HOT SHOTS – DEC. 6TH, 2015

Dear Ones,

There are a lot of things that I love about working here, but one of my favourite parts of the day is towards the end of the day because at some point while closing, either Nick or James or both will come in and chat with me while I make invoices.  It’s all very quiet around here at the end of the day and as they come in and drop off paperwork we chitter chatter, we check in.  And it’s my favourite part.  Now, these are very amazing human beings and yes, they pull your orders at night.  They are both deeply hilarious and they are both deeply kind although Nick is a harder version of kind, but at the end of the day he’s really very kind.  When I was relearning how to do this job, damn if those two weren’t so freakin’ patient with me and my questions and my slowness.  And when I hurt my hand and was stapling by putting the stapler on the ground and stapling with my foot because I couldn’t use my hand, James would come in and help me with my stapling if he had time.  And Nick would sometimes come in and put the day’s invoices in order for me and because of that and because they are awesome, I feel very tenderly towards both of these fine human beings.  I never once asked them to help me, they just saw that I was struggling and they stepped in and stepped up, because that is the kind of people they are.  They’re good people.