In my line of work, there’s an expectation in adapting to new technologies, which some staff are wary about. First of all, they are required to change (which is naturally stressful) and secondly, they have witnessed over the course of their career how new technologies are often embraced without taking into account the good of the old technology being replaced. For example, there’s talk every now and then about doing away with the book altogether one day, to be replaced by computers, handhelds, and the Internet. But what if the Internet connection is down? Or there’s a power outage? Or you want to read in a bath?

So my middle manager (one of the wary ones) recently shared the following with me, which pokes fun at the tension I described above:


Picked up this funny bit of animation from whip up. Heaven forbid that my obsessions (of any sort) would take me this far to near insanity!

I don’t normally buy graphic tees to wear because they are absolutely unnecessary, but time and again, I will come across something irresistably funny that warrants acquiring to spice up my oh-so-sensible wardrobe. This weekend, enroute to yet another visit to Three Bags Full, we popped into Voltage, a store that sells novelty tees and knick-knacks, where I saw this:

I managed to resist it at first, left the shop, and in fact clean forgot about it after hitting the yarn store. But Angela remembered, so I went back in for a second viewing and allowed fun to trump sensibility.

Is it me, or is there a bit of Debbie Downer here in this prognosis?!

You Are Most Like Carrie!

You’re quirky, flirty, and every guy’s perfect first date.

But can the guy in question live up to your romantic ideal?
It’s tough for you to find the right match – you’re more than a little picky.

Never fear… You’ve got a great group of friends and a
great closet of clothes, no matter what!
Romantic prediction: You’ll fall for someone this year … Totally different from any guy you’ve dated.

Which Sex and the City Vixen Are You?

If you haven’t already found it, here’s another test from the BBC Human & Body website, where I got the Sex ID test from. The purpose? Figure out which smiles are fake. I scored 17/20. My sister Anita scored 18/20. You have to stay sharp because you can play the smile footage of each face only once.

If you like black humour, body humour, tongue-in-cheek parody, and musical theatre, you have to go see Urinetown. It’s running from Nov. 2 to Dec. 10 at the Firehall Arts Centre. It’s one of the funniest and cleverest musicals I have ever seen. Urinetown is written to mock the genre of musical theatre. In fact, each of the Urinetown numbers pay tribute to a well-known musical, so if you know your musicals, it’s fun to try matching the songs up. One of my favourites is “Don’t Be the Bunny.”

Here’s a pretty accurate review by Jerry Wasserman (of UBC English Department fame) when it did its first run not even a year ago. Also, it came highly recommended by Valerie, my musical theatre “insider” and middle manager at work. Her track record of recommendations has proven to be dead on to my quirky sense of humour and tastes.

It’s bound to sell-out, so I’m going to look into buying tickets very soon. Get hold of me if you want to come along (if I haven’t already approached you first).

As the by-line says, “You gotta go!”

My fashionable and trendy colleague Susie, who is working on her PhD in Linguistics, is one of the wittiest and most scintillating conversationalists I know. She’s loads of fun and is always thinking about something interesting.

One day, she comes up to me and asks me who my secret celebrity crush is. I was really puzzled by this concept, so she clarified for me, “You know, someone that you find attractive who’s somewhat well-known or familiar to the general public, but because of the way that person became famous, you worry people might think you’re weird if you admitted your attraction.” The context: Susie has a friend who plans to pursue an art therapy project hinged on people’s secret celebrity crushes as a way to explore their inner psyches and hidden desires.

It took me a long time to think of one, so Susie offered a few examples to get me started. Here are a few that came up in conversation with her other friends:

For a while, the only person I could think of is the CBC news anchor Ian Hanomansing. Thinking aloud here, I wouldn’t readily volunteer this information (unless it’s to entertain you at my expense) because it seems so uncool to admit that I would find a news anchor hot. But he IS good-looking in a chiseled sort of way, well-mannered, and intelligent, n’est-ce pas?

The other person that’s kinda growing on me (dare I say it? 😳 ) is the taller dude of the “Back Dormitory Boys” (the guy on the right). Hahahaha! Go ahead and mock me! This is even MORE uncool than the news anchor, for downright mean reasons I can’t say here. But he certainly cleaned up well for his graduation! I think he also has good features, but more so, I find him attractive because he’s so shameless and self-deprecatingly funny. Takes guts to huck off self-consciousness and dignity!

Anyhoo, this makes for interesting water cooler conversation at the very least.

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