The cryptic style of my first WILTW post wasn’t really what I was going for. At the very least, I can be happy that it put some content on this site, but useless content is not much better than no content whatsoever. So WILTW will instead focus on whatever lessons I managed to take out of the events of this week.
And yet, somehow, life goes on. This could have been the punchline to one of my favourite Calvin and Hobbes strips of all time, but the panel that follows is just as memorable.
I was reminded of this comic a few times by a colleague who is a fantastic complainer, finding fault in every little thing, be it the weather, the cafeteria food, or the width of the hallway. I usually find this sort of extreme pessimism somewhat amusing, but it’s actually pretty sad. As one friend liked to often repeat, “people are dying!” and we are complaining about the most immaterial things. I often find myself guilty of complaining about minor things as well.
It’s often hard to keep that larger perspective, to sympathize with the sufferings of the rest of the world and appreciate how truly lucky we actually are. Sometimes, it’s just too depressing, and instead of instilling a sense of gratitude, we simply feel helpless and annoyed. Thus, taking some time to reflect on our own happiness is a worthy endeavour once in a while.
What is the value of tradition? Apparently, it’s $2.5 million dollars. That is the price that the CBC was unwilling to pay for continued use of the famous Hockey Night in Canada theme. CTV was rather shrewd in picking it up right away, effectively usurping forty years of tradition and history. It will be interesting to see how things play out next season, if that song alone can draw people away from CBC and to the rival networks.
Unfortunately, the hilarious Colbert segment on the fiasco was pulled from YouTube.
There are some professions that just wouldn’t suit me. I’ve learned this week that the following professions would not suit me at all:
- Bus / Taxi Driver: I tend to take wrong turns way too often. Plus, I don’t even like driving.
- Collections Agent: This is ironic because my first summer job was in Collections, and I was quite good at it. But I can’t seem to bring myself to ask for things back after lending to others.
- Hitman: I wouldn’t even know where to begin here.
- Chef: Cereal doesn’t count.
- Judge / Police Man / Lawyer: I think I’d give people way too many chances if they seemed nice.
Other topics on my mind these days will hopefully come soon in the form of a more structured, better written post. Until then, have a great weekend!