Too late now to say sorry?

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Dining forgiveness

Posted By on Sat, Feb 15, 2020 at 11:20 AM

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To the two couples having a posh dinner at around 6pm. I AM SO SO SORRY. I thought I could be as quiet as I could in blowing my nose but failed. My dear friend did mention it and I felt so very embarrassed. I was very tempted to pay for each of your desserts but I only thought of that gesture too late. So I ask you to please forgive me, and I hope both tables who heard me had a good night. Once again, I apologize. — Malh

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Thank you for not driving

Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 4:17 PM

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Let’s think about all of the common reasons why drivers get frustrated with pedestrians—they’re slow, they’re erratic and unpredictable, they’re distracted or inattentive, they don’t obey traffic signals, they don’t wear visible clothing and so on. (There are good pedestrians too, but we don’t complain about them.) Now let’s imagine those people driving the way they walk. A slow, erratic, inattentive driver who doesn’t follow the rules of the road, is WAY worse for everyone who uses the roads; drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

You never know why someone has chosen to be a pedestrian. For many people it’s for financial or sustainability reasons. It could also be that they have an intellectual disability making it difficult to understand the rules of the road; they might be responsibly staggering home while drunk; they might be on a medication that affects their response time; they might be rushing inattentively to get out of bad weather or home to a sick dog; they might be a teenager whose brain hasn’t fully developed the protective awareness measures that adult brains (typically) have; or they might be a terrible driver whose license has been suspended.

As drivers, we are assumed to have adequate reaction times, have committed to minimizing distractions in our cars, to follow road rules,and to look for erratic pedestrians (or cats, or stray children). We have the onus of government-issued responsibility, a pedestrian doesn’t have the same—and might not even be capable of assuming this responsibility. So to all the pedestrians out there who aren’t walking because it’s cheaper or more environmental—THANK YOU! You keep walking, and I’ll pay attention so as not to scare or squish you if you’re walking irresponsibly, even though you might frustrate or startle me. I hope other drivers do the same.

TLDR: Some pedestrians are better off walking; drivers please be patient and attentive to this, and thanks for keeping our roads safe(r) by not driving if you can’t or shouldn’t.
—Pedestrian-compassionate Driver
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

To the guy whose heel got stepped on

Posted By on Wed, Oct 2, 2019 at 1:19 PM

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Sorry for stepping on your heel! I was obnoxiously distracted by my phone, not paying attention to my surroundings, and didn't even see you in front of me. I wanted to apologize, but you kept on walking and had headphones in. Hope your heel is healthy and your shoes are not scuffed up.
—Distracted Student
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Multi love

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 3:42 PM

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To the workers of the shop on Barrington, to the two ladies with two daughters watching the parade, to my friends who I play D&D with and to the dear friend who drove me home at around 1am: I hope the cupcakes/cake were yummy!

To the group of people in front of the library who wanted cupcakes, and to the mother and her daughter at the bus terminal: I AM SO SORRY IF I SEEMED LOOPY AND JUST SMILED AND WAS TALKING GIBBERISH. I had been out in the heat all day and regrettably didn't have much to drink since my mind was set on delivering cupcakes and waiting till 6pm to bus it out of Halifax. So all the hugs to everyone and a big SHOUT OUT AND HUG to those who were cleaning up the streets after the parade. <3 <3 <3
—The Boy with Cupcakes
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Apologies for the sad tip

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 7:38 AM

I've always tipped well for every service in Halifax because I know what it's like out here in the hospitality industry—but my hanger got the best of me at a certain pizza place on Saturday, where I angrily put in a $0 tip because my pickup order had been delayed for an hour due to a glitch in the online order. You didn't deserve that. I'll return for more 'za soon and, this time, leave and doubly good tip. —Hangry, now regretful, gal
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Cyclists in Shubie

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 10:07 AM

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Not a Bitch but an apology to the couple riding in Shubie on Saturday afternoon. My daughter wiped out as we met you on a blind corner. I was rude to you and I had no reason to be, nor excuse. I’m sorry. I hope my behaviour didn’t detract from your ride on what was a beautiful day in the park.
—Sincerely
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Monday, April 23, 2018

I am so sorry!

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 10:58 AM

I dented your car last night.  I wanted to leave a note but had nothing on me to write with/on. Tobin Street. Black Toyota I think? Comment if this is you. —I’m Really Not That Much Of A Jerk


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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Sleepy bus rider

Posted By on Sun, Oct 8, 2017 at 9:30 AM

To the guy on the bus that that was sleeping, sorry for waking you up. You were sleeping for the last 10 stops though! I just didn't want you to miss your stop. I hope you can forgive me and I hope you make it home soon so you can finish your nap. —Trying Too Hard to be Helpful


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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Missed Collision

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM

To the driver of the black car that almost hit me on August 19 around midnight. I might have overreacted. True, you almost hit me but I was also wearing all black with my hood up in the rain. Not very easy to see. so sorry cursed you out! —Hard To See





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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sorry, little lady

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 12:00 PM

To the little blonde at the Common who told me to have a happy Canada Day, who I gave a grave look to, who responded with a look of shock, maybe dread even...

I'm sick, just wanted some fireworks footage, was miserable among everyone there and right before you said that, I thought "I can't get along with anyone,” which was then proven.

You didn't do anything wrong. I’m an asshole. —Piece of gutter shit





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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

I'm sorry!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 7, 2017 at 12:09 PM

To the blind woman on Gottingen Street Monday night: 

You were trying to cross at the light at Cornwallis and the beeper was broken so you couldn't tell if you could go or not. I watched you tentatively step out into the street just as my light was about to turn green. I tried to get your attention but you couldn't hear me so I gave you a little honk which just scared the hell out of you and you stepped backwards and almost fell over the curb. I am so sorry for scaring you! You looked terrified and must have thought I was just some asshole. I swear I was just trying to help and make sure you wouldn't get hit by a car. It's hard enough to navigate Halifax crosswalks without being blind.

Should I have just let you cross at a red? Should I have gotten out of my car and helped you cross the street or would that be rude to assume that you needed help? What's the right thing to do here? —I think I’m the bitch





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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Coolness interruptus

Posted By on Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM

To the cute girl in the white rock band t-shirt—pretty sure it was AC/DC or Def Leppard—who I shot tequila with at the bar last week. I'm sorry I was an asshole at the end of the night. No wonder you stormed off! I'd like to make it up to you.  yesiwouldlikeyournumber@gmail.com —That guy





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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dear Drivers of HRM

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM

I'm sorry for the disregard of traffic rules and any indecent gesture that may have occurred Friday night on a drunken skateboard excursion. My bad, won't happen again. —A reckless, embarrassed sk8er girl





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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ma Chouette

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Hi beautiful, been a long time.  I sort of fell off a cliff when you left.  I applaud you for doing so, it needed doing.  I am slowly starting to climb out of this hole I have dug for myself.  I love you, more than you know.  Not contacting you earlier has been one of the hardest things I've ever done.  I miss you something fierce.  I was bad to you and for you, and for that I am truly sorry.  I hope that in a few weeks when I return, you will let me see you, hold you.

Additionally, I have been saving my loonies for you. –Hug it the bear









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Monday, November 21, 2016

I'm sorry that I almost ran you over!

Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 12:34 PM

I was driving down Barrington on the way to pick my girlfriend up after her shift late Saturday night when you stepped into the intersection. I almost hit you because the left side of the crosswalk was obstructed by a large truck. I'm very very sorry. You probably saw me hang my head in surprise shame after I couldn't slow down fast enough and had to cruise through the crosswalk. —Another terrible Halifax Driver
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