Tuesday, June 20, 2006

But if you drop your sub-machine gun, a passer-by picks it up for you

Some concurrent headlines don't add up. Like "Head injuries on decline in Okanagan" along side "Stockwell Day wins by landslide".

Today, I'm having trouble reconciling "T.O. third most polite city in the world: survey" with "One man dead after shootings continue in T.O.".

Hmm. Guess the folks at Reader's Digest didn't consider 'tendancy to not riddle fellow citizens with hot lead' as a valid measure of politeness.

Or maybe it's all about whether you say "my bad" afterwards?
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13 Comments:

At June 20, 2006 10:08 PM, Blogger Scout said...

could we call this 'humour in non-uniformity', 'media says the darndest things', or 'strife's like that'?

thought i'd look up reader's digest online for you
RD. they have a courtesy quiz. i started it but was close to barfing by question #4.

 
At June 21, 2006 6:04 AM, Blogger cheezwhiz said...

Thank you.

 
At June 21, 2006 9:23 AM, Anonymous Boo Radley said...

T.O., just like any large city, might have some crime but I think that compared to other large cities, Toronto is quite disciplined. Adding the fact that Canadians have a good reputation of being nice and it’s not surprising that T.O. is the third most polite city in the world (amongst large cities only I guess?).

But I think that people are much politer and friendlier in smaller cities.

 
At June 21, 2006 11:31 AM, Blogger cheezwhiz said...

boo - but a lot nosier, too. I like the balance and anonymity of a mid-sized city. More opportunities for education and employment and culture, more variety of people (ethnicity and otherwise). I agree with you aout Toronto. I'm an hour and a bit away and I love to have the option of visiting. In the burrows and neighbourhoods there is a lot of comraderie and exchange; sense of belonging between neighbours from all walks of life and origins. it's stimulating. Not to mention the fantastic food (most important point).

 
At June 21, 2006 1:53 PM, Blogger Havril said...

Whoah, kids. Who said you could actually have a serious (albeit polite) discussion here? Please, more nonsensical potty talk and gratutious lewdness. Thanks.

 
At June 21, 2006 5:04 PM, Blogger cheezwhiz said...

You're welcome.

Hey Havril, you have good taste in music (peeked at your profile).

And...Have A Good Day, as they say in Toronto before they shoot.

 
At June 21, 2006 11:30 PM, Blogger Apteryx said...

Yer funny mate! Too bad we can't see your cute mug under that hand.

 
At June 22, 2006 8:08 AM, Blogger Havril said...

Thanks, apteryx. I think you are my first Kiwi commenter. I was sorta hoping it'd be Nicky Watson. But you'll do.

About my mug... you do know that I lost my nose in a coffee-grinder accident, don't you? My wife tries to get me to wear a prosthetic, but I think it's just becuase she's embarrassed we go out in public during hayfever season.

 
At June 22, 2006 8:11 AM, Blogger Havril said...

cheezwhiz. Why thank you, kind soul. How polite of you, not to mention observant.

 
At June 27, 2006 10:01 AM, Blogger Scout said...

coffee grinder? i read in the globe and mail it was caused by attempting to sniff an overhead fan. sheesh! just stick some silly putty on when you go out in public....that way you'll have the option of changing your prosthetic to meet your mood.

for instance , are you having a 'jimmy durante day', or an 'alfred e. numan night'?

 
At June 29, 2006 4:16 PM, Blogger James Bow said...

The sad truth is, you can walk past 999 polite people in a day, but it's the 1 rude person you remember. Or, in this case, the one gun toting crazy you remember.

 
At June 29, 2006 5:31 PM, Blogger Havril said...

Too true, James. But I guess I'm not helping matters by reminding folks about the alleged gun toting crazies (and the gun toting cops that not-so-allegedly shoot them). Did I say my bad yet?

 
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