When I’m asked about our company policies I say there’s only one: common sense. We have booklets explaining the health benefits and retirement plan but no “policy” handbook. I like to tell the story about the five monkeys in a cage. Hang a banana on a string and put a set of stairs under it. Before long a monkey will approach the stairs to climb up and get the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray the other monkeys with cold water. When another monkey attempts to go for the banana, again spray all the other monkeys with cold water.
Back in 2004, coincidentally on January 23rd, I talked about legendary baseball player Yogi Berra. It’s not too many sports figures that have an iconic cartoon character named after them and Yogi, who was a catcher for the New York Yankees, was larger than life for quotations that are attributed to him even if he didn’t actually come up with them.
I don’t pretend to be the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree and I’m not an economist. SO I guess it’s OK to admit that some things perplex me. We want our children to get a good education so they can be productive citizens, contribute to the economy and earn a decent living. Yet we make it harder and harder for kids to get that education because of the high costs and surviving while doing so. I read that 40% of university students in Saskatchewan are food deprived to one extent or another.
I like to barbecue all year long; maybe not so much when it’s minus 40 but that’s not all that often. Of course you need to clean your grill between uses and after hearing a news story a couple of days ago I am going to check my barbecue brush to see if it has wire bristles, which it probably has as they’re quite common. If so, I’m going to toss it. The number of incidents related to wire-bristle barbecue brushes reported to Health Canada this past summer more than doubled and a surgeon who has had to treat patients injured after swallowing bristles says the regulator could be moving a little quicker to take the brushes off the market.
Pardon me for being old fashioned but, while I watch with interest what goes on with cryptocurrencies, I have zero interest in getting involved. I’ll stick with good old-fashioned money that I’ve worked hard to earn. A cryptocurrency is a digital asset that is used as a medium of exchange. It uses cryptography to make sure transactions are secure and to verify the transfer of assets. Cryptography is the practice and study of hiding information to keep it secret and safe.