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Don’t know much about history

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 8, 2013 in Work

This just in: you make more money if you decide to be a doctor, engineer, or if recent information about the distribution of wealth on aboriginal reservations is true, Indian chief, than if you choose to complete a B.A. I am extremely thankful for this ground breaking discovery. It was also partly funded by me [...]

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Beach blanket bingo

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 23, 2013 in Work

In my continuing attempt to provide simultaneous translation to those of you outside the gilded circle of professional services professionals, here is a supplementary explanation of terminology you should know. On the beach. This is actually an expression from the good old days before HR got its finger in everything. It does not mean that [...]

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The writing is on the wall

Posted by Marlinee on Jul 7, 2013 in Middle Age

Apparently hand writing is on its last legs (or more correctly, its last arms). Specifically, cursive writing is currently in the academic cross hairs, although block printing is probably not too far behind. Much like we no longer teach long division or the dreaded times tables because their efficacy has been eclipsed by calculators and [...]

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School’s out for the summer – Part 2

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 29, 2013 in Middle Age

The second time I voluntarily went to school in the summer was to attend a 6 week French immersion course. With all of the logic the Federal government (who funded the course) could muster, the location chosen to transform us to French fluency was the Scarborough outpost of the University of Toronto. I had only [...]

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School’s out for the summer

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 16, 2013 in Middle Age, Travels

When you are a kid, there is nothing better than the day you are let out of school for the summer with two whole months to do pretty much nothing. And there is nothing worse than being sentenced to go to summer school as penance for lack of judgement during the school year. The worst [...]

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Kodachrome – you give us the nice bright colours

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 3, 2013 in Travels

As you may know, I was recently away on vacation in Russia. What you don’t know is how many photos I took. Want to hazard a guess? Whatever you guessed I’m guessing you are wrong. I took none. Zero. Zippo. Not a single view of St. Basil’s church, or the church of Dimitri of the [...]

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The truth is out there

Posted by Marlinee on May 10, 2013 in Middle Age

There are many things that people who should know better say with complete confidence that turn out later to be completely false. I think this started with the caveman who stated emphatically that there would never be a faster mode of travel than your own two feet and continued on with falsehoods perpetuated by new [...]

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Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 20, 2013 in Middle Age

As we all know there are lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics. Or in my life, there are statistics, damn statistics and can you please stop with the damn statistics. The last thing I ever thought I would end up doing is working with statistics. That is because of my general lack of [...]

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My address to the graduating class of 2013

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 14, 2013 in Middle Age

When you graduate from post secondary school it is natural to have a sense of a new beginning. Who knows what adventures await? Who knows where you will end up working? Who knows when you will pay off your student loan? Who knows when you will pull those unfortunate pictures off your Facebook timeline? Luckily [...]

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How much is that doggie in the window?

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 23, 2013 in Customer Service, Houses

Anyone worth their steak knives follows the rule of ‘ABC’ (always be closing), but the true skill of the salesperson is how they finesse sealing the deal. There are many techniques in the sales manual, but none comes close to the power of the ‘puppy dog’ close. Even if you don’t know what I am [...]

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