I was fortunate enough to attend the Tragically Hip concert in Kingston, Ontario. Here is a clip from when they first came on stage. Lots of energy in the room that night!
A friend and I were discussing the US Presidential election and he passed me this observation from the Age of Dryden.
I think we’ve seen this before. In 1681, John Dryden penned the following description of Donald Trump:
“A man so various, that he seemed to be
Not one, but all mankind’s epitome;
Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong,
Was everything by starts, and nothing long;
But, in the course of one revolving moon,
Was chemist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon.”
[Pt. I line 545-550. – Absalom and Achitophel]
Part of our summer was spent exploring with our new Dutch Star 4002. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Petoskey, Michigan, located in the Upper Peninsula, where we stayed at a beautiful motorcoach resort property. This was a shot of one of the coaches as it was leaving the property. The coach is very similar to ours. The one pictured below is a Dutch Star 4369.
We were located on site 4 of the park.
We enjoyed panoramic views of the property from inside our coach.
This was our view from the front of the coach.
Wonderful trip and wonderful memories.
A bubble? An abrupt halt? Say it isn’t so. I thought buying Nintendo would be as secure as buying Toronto real estate. The price has to keep going up.
Go, Pokemon, Go!
Henry’s sent me a letter, not an email mind you but a personally addressed envelope. Inside the envelope was a gift certificate for $25 off my next order with Henry’s. And they thanked me for being such a loyal customer but I would have to shop differently from now on.
I would have to buy online.
Because they were closing the local store where I live.
I am a camera enthusiast. I have purchased a lot of gear from Henry’s over the years. Although I generally know what I want to buy, it has been helpful for me to connect with the shop, physically handle and try out the gear, ask questions and generally enjoy a bit of an experience with buying new photography equipment. The employees were great and when it came time for trading up, they handled that part of the process in a painless fashion.
The website experience? Not great. And since I can buy camera equipment from any one of a number of online sellers, the site with the lowest price and the best reputation for fulfillment will prevail. There really isn’t much of a customer experience with online retailers of camera equipment. It has become, for the most part, an order and ship business.
I could tell that Henry’s was about to close. They had very little stock in the shop and they did not have much in the way of customers dropping by anymore.
My sense is that the local Best Buy is next. Last time I was in the store, there was very little in the way of stock and very little in the way of customers.
My experiences with buying online are so-so. The last item I ordered online took almost two weeks from the time I placed the order until it finally arrived at the house earlier today. And that was after having paid for expedited shipping. I called the online retailer and they did credit me the cost for expedited shipment.
I understand the business model that online retailers are exploiting: lower cost of operations, lower price for customers, with some degree of convenience.
All that said, I will miss not having a Henry’s nearby.
That was the subject of an email I received from TRX Training.
I first started using the TRX Suspension Training System when I was working with a personal trainer. Sadly, my personal trainer, after 5 years, decided to leave me for another career. Very sad, but I am slowly getting over the loss.
I have fallen off my core conditioning program and I could lay the blame on a multitude of factors. I could lay that on not being able to find another personal trainer. I could lay the blame on having too many competing priorities. Really, though, laying blame is more about finding excuses than making something happen.
With a lot of issues in life, stress inevitably creeps in. And stress can do weird things to perspective. I have been in a bit of a funk lately and blaming my lot in life: too many issues, too many commitments, not enough time, too busy. Many of the things that are important to do in life are getting dropped because I am too busy.
Too busy being stressed out.
I need to remind myself that life is not my enemy. My thinking is my enemy. If I want a different experience, I must change the way I think.
Lorraine bought me a book last night called The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha.
“You need to read this book and you need to act on it.”
No more excuses. Tomorrow never comes. Time to get on with it.
It seems a bit tiring, doesn’t it? The fear. The uncertainty. The volatility. Today it is Brexit. Tomorrow it will be something else.
This is not only echoed in the media that we read and watch but also in the everyday issues that we face. How important are these everyday issues really?
Ask yourself this question: will it matter a week from now? A month from now? A year from now?
Once in a great while an issue may well be that important. But, for the vast majority of the time, it simply isn’t.
This is a hard and important lesson for me to learn.