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Homeward Bound

Posted by Marlinee on Nov 9, 2014 in Houses

I have not rented anything since about 1987, until now that is. I have discovered that re-entering the rental market in 2014 is kind of like re-entering the dating market if you have been off the shelf for a few decades. In fact there are many similarities. 1. The photos (or lack thereof). As you [...]

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We are the world

Posted by Marlinee on Nov 2, 2014 in Middle Age

It seems like no one is ever happy these days. I think we can blame this on Maslow and his hierarchy of needs, although apparently he never depicted his theories in pyramid form. But I digress. Maslow theorized there are basic and essential needs that must be met before we can turn our attention to [...]

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Train in vain

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 5, 2014 in Travels

I rode on a berserk subway train the other day. At every stop the woman inside the PA machine issued a different Cassandra-like announcement: “this train is delayed due to weather” “this train is delayed due to mechanical difficulties” “this train is delayed due to signal problems” “this train is delayed due to passenger illness” [...]

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Summer in the city

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 22, 2014 in Travels

There is no better cross section of fashion than public transit. Or let me correct that, public transit in a large metropolitan centre. I have had the good fortune not to take the subway for a while, however recently it was necessary to brave the experience of teaming masses of commuters. But I pride myself [...]

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Please Mr. Postman

Posted by Marlinee on Feb 17, 2014 in Houses, Middle Age

You probably know that Canada Post has decided to phase out the remaining bastions of door-to-door delivery. This would include me (the knowing part, as well as the soon to be without delivery part). The decline of mail delivery has been going on for a long time, so I am mildly amused with those who [...]

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To avoid complications, she never kept the same address

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 27, 2012 in Houses

When I was younger, I had no conception of how fortunate I was. I think this is true of most people. That’s because unless you have a certain amount of life experience under your belt, it does not occur to you that anything can go wrong and probably because of the sheer force of this [...]

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Ricky and me

Posted by Marlinee on May 17, 2012 in Middle Age

Ricky, who died last week, was the longest lived of any of my cats, which was definitely an accomplishment (and not a testament to my dubious cat parenting skills). He is also the reason for my decidedly racist views on the most desirable cats. If you look carefully at virtually any cat food packaging, cat [...]

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Some things are better elsewhere

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 13, 2012 in Travels

Although I dearly love living here, I cannot deny that some things are better in other parts of Canada. And at the risk of getting deported from the GTA, here are some examples of stuff that is better in Montreal, courtesy of a recent visit to a GMA client. • In Montreal, they pay attention [...]

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Who are the people in your neighbourhood?

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 16, 2010 in Work

The Flower Guy About 25 years ago when I first lived on the Danforth in Toronto, we went out for dinner a lot. This is because there are lots of restaurants and because I was too lazy to cook after spending all day at business school. Just about every time we were out for dinner, [...]

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My First Job: Computers Are Us

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 5, 2010 in Work

When I graduated with my library science degree I was pretty sure I didn’t want to have anything to do with actual libraries. In the library world, these non-libraries are called special libraries, which now that I think of it, makes them sound a bit learning disabled. Anyhow, special libraries are usually corporate libraries. I [...]

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