Nothing inherent

So many families are growling at one another. Family member fights family member. I remember when I was a little kid my father — who was under great pressure, which I didn’t and couldn’t comprehend — came up to the kids’ hall and flung all the Christmas presents out onto the floor. We all — […]

Moulin Rouge

The Tim Hortons coffee-and-donut shop has expired. In its place, rising like a drunken phoenix, is the Moulin Rouge bar. The decor is mainly black and red. I’m not sure that the Entertainment District needs another bar — whereas I needed that Tim Hortons. It’s strange that the Timmys went under — every day I […]

End game: Russia

Ah Russia, sweet Russia! Still firing them howitzers in the golden-fielded West. Still ignoring the declamations of the rulers of the West! How could they? Russia has three stages to master. The first two stages were the preparation for a Ukraine assault and the actual warfare. The third, and end-game stage, is getting friendly with […]

Story: Terminator Blues

The Terminator was in the valley, hunting humans. It scanned from left to right without end. Its vision was in red, red like blood, red like iron. The Terminator was made of titanium, strong and inflexible. There were people down there, it knew. Tribes of humans had come together to try and defeat its kind. […]

The ether (OVR)

People choose to remember what is important to them personally. But it’s more than that. They choose to remember that which has been presented to them powerfully. The dance of presentation imprints itself on the mind’s eye. Think of something like natural gas. Natural gas is like electricity: it is an important concept that is […]

Negotiating with chicks

Here is an excerpt from this month’s backlog of ZMan’s quotations. Read closely: In the business world, all negotiations start with a central question. Is there a deal to be made that both sides will accept? There is no point in negotiating if one or both sides is not willing to strike a deal. Salesmen […]

Personal update (O.D. Central)

I have the best location in the city of Vancouver. The middle of the Entertainment District. Most nights, you spill onto the street and the city is roaring with twentysomething visitors from outside the District. How many of them, I wonder, will die of a drug overdose? This last week, two residents of my building […]

Easy money

. . . . . . . Money. Big money. It’s out there, waiting for you to grab it like an octupus. . . . . . . . The problem is, everybody else wants to grab it, and it’s a limited supply. That means it takes real determination, talent, and effort to get it. […]