Archive for September 14, 2012

 

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen any sour patch children and I wonder what happened to them. Are they grown up now or did something happen to them? Were they swallowed up by life?  Did they ever find their real biological parents? It must have been quite an enlightening experience growing up in a pack with children of all different colours. Most of us are lucky if we grow up with a few people a different colour than ourselves. I mean there were very few African-American, Aboriginal or Asian-American children in the very homogenic classrooms of my childhood. Not for those sour patch children, however.

    I wonder if they ever found their real parents, I mean I am assuming they are orphans I have never seen a sour patch adult before. I wonder why they were given up for adoption? Whether they were mistakes and their parents simply could not afford to take care of them any longer. Or if they were the result of teen mothers from very conservative religious upbringings.  Were there parents all different colours too? Or is the different colours a result of a genetic defect or something done to them? Are they the children of a mad scientist? An experiment that went wrong?

   I would be very sour too if I was in their position. I wonder if it was something that they were able to grow out of, however, as they grew up or if they never found happiness and remained sour throughout their lives. How long is a sour patch’s life if they aren’t swallowed by life? Do they have a different size lifespan?  Did they ever get married and settle down to have their own children?

  Isn’t it quite terrible that we never had any problem with eating sour patch children? I mean after all they were only children. Some people have problems eating baby animals such as cows and pigs while no one gives a second thought to eating a sour patch child.

Oh well, I hope wherever the sour patch children are, they are happy.

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This is my first foray into the world of political blogging so please be gentle.

A country, city or municipality cannot prosper without good leadership and a trustworthy opposition to keep our leaders honest. Governance is such an important field and it attracts people from all walks of life bringing a variety of expertise that a government needs in order to be strong. Canada is lucky to have pretty good leaders. Sure they are not faultless and have been caught doing things which are wrong with the taxpayer’s money such as going to NHL hockey games or using their expense account inappropriately. This abuse of power, however, should be expected to some degree after all they are only human and we should be glad that we have watchdogs who are able to speak out. A good government can only work if there are many checks and balances to keep everyone honest. Individual indescretions are not what concern me what concerns me is the crazy amount of money these politicians are earning as a base salary.

  Some people argue that if you want top notch people in office you have to pay top dollar in order to compete against the corporations. This is faulty logic as many of the politicians have had long successful careers before they become elected officials. Being a leader of a city or country should be  a way of people giving back to all  the people who have helped them along the way by doing good for the public good instead of themselves. Therefore, they should be willing to work for far less money than CEO’s of corporations who are doing their job to make money. Instead many of the politicians are giving themselves raises while other public employees are seeing cutbacks and lay-offs. People who need the money, because they are young and not as successful and may be struggling to eke out money to pay their rent at the end of the month. People who still have young families to feed and care for. Politicians already have money the majority of them because they come from successful careers where they were leaders in their field. I sure hope that we are not electing people that have had relatively unsuccessful careers that they are turning to politics in order to collect their retirement paycheck.

It is not long like most of our politicians are in their 20’s or early 30’s even. To be considered young as a politician a person is usually 45, which is plenty of time to have made a good living and a good chunk of money to rely on. It’s not like we are electing comedians or struggling artists into positions of power. I am not saying that politicians should not be paid, but their salary should be $50,000 a year. How did I arrive at this number? Simple, it is the amount a hard-working teacher who are responsible for educating the future minds of our country makes. Teachers work incredibly hard just like politicians, therefore, it makes no sense that one group makes so much more. Especially when a teacher does not have the money a former lawyer or professor has to fall back on as many politicians were previously.

April Dawn Plett

One thing that I have learnt  is bad, and am guilty as the next person of, is comparing myself to others. Comparing yourself to others will only bring you disappointment, because there will always be someone worse off than you and someone better off than you and if you are anything like me, you will only compare yourself to people better off than you. In addition, as a quote says that I read somewhere, therefore I am giving credit to another source, even though I am now going to butcher it by getting the wording wrong, you compare your behind-the-scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel.

  Going on Facebook you can see people having the time of their lives. That’s because no one ever posts pictures of themselves having a bad time because first off, why would they take such a picture, and then why would they be posting it to share with the rest of the world. Don’t think I am putting this down. This is how it should be. No one wants to see you having a sour look on your face . Frankly it makes you look depressing and not someone who anyone would want to hangout with or be friends with. Keep your nightmares in the closet, where they belong.  

    However, if you don’t take this into consideration you can easily believe that everyone else’s life is much better than your own. This is a horrible way of thinking because it only lets you feel let down and depressed about what you think is such a “sucky life”. Plus you end up wasting so much time feeling sorry for yourself that you miss out on all the awesomeness around you, no one wants to hangout with you because you are bitter and jealous of the rest of the world, and are simply a big stink.

  I am in the comedy industry, I understand how easily it is to become jealous of others success and be confused about why you can’t have it. In your mind you feel like you deserve it as much as they do because you think you have put in as much work as they have which is often not true because they may have simply been doing it longer or been putting in work that you simply can’t see because they don’t go around bragging about how hard they work. In addition, while people generally get what they deserve in the entertainment industry hard-work=success.People do not always get what they feel they deserve or want, but that is something else.  They may not even get what other people feel they deserve. All you can really say is you get what you get and you better make the most of it. People who can be grateful for what they have are generally happier and more successful than people constantly looking over the fences and thinking everyone else’s grass is greener.  In the end it doesn’t matter how green it is because it is their grass and you can only look after your own grass so what’s the point in comparing? Instead get a sunchair and a glass of lemonade and sit back and enjoy your front yard.

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photo by April Plett.