Friday, January 24, 2020

Humaning

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2020 at 8:45 AM

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A dark 6am good morning.
A shared smile over baby giggles.
A held elevator on a busy day.
A quick chat as two tails wag.
Here's to all the little things that connect us to strangers in this crazy world. — Stranger

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Snowflake wonderland

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 8:59 AM

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Shout-out to whomever was responsible for the beautiful holiday decorations off of Doyle Street. It is a visual treat that always seems to catch me by surprise. It gladdens my heart while travelling the neighbouring streets, and feels and looks as if I'm journeying through a blue and mauve shimmering wonderland of snowflakes.
—K.F.
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Bedford bagpipe long shot

Posted By on Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 12:27 PM

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I am looking for a man that I had a brief moment with at a New Year's Eve party many years ago. We were at a house party in Bedford where he played the bagpipes. We watched each other all night, or at least I think we did. We were never introduced. He hugged me when he was leaving, asked me to leave with him. I was married, and even though I wanted to, I couldn't leave. I have always thought of you. I'm not married any more. I still think about you. Maybe you still remember me? Many years later? Thought I would try...positive thoughts!
Long Lost
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Friday, January 10, 2020

Herring Cove David

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 4:02 PM

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To the people on Herring Cove Road with the reproduction of Michelangelo's "David" in front of their house: Each time I drive by I look to see if you've changed his theme. Thank you for making our little corner of the world just a bit better.
Cindy
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Should be bitching

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 7:45 AM

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What a beautiful gift to be able to feel so deeply. I didn't tell you, but I was falling in love. You wouldn't have heard me if I had, anyway. Thank you for the laughs, the dancing, the cuddling and the abandoned plans. Even if we worked harder to make it work, it would have ended in tears. But you were a lovely almost.
Tea?

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Kudos to the bridge terminal staff

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2019 at 10:43 AM

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A big shout out to Dale and Aaron at the Lost and Found at the Metro Transit Bridge Terminal. I lost my wallet on one bus going to the bridge terminal from Dartmouth, and my cell phone on the bus going across the bridge to Halifax. I got the number for lost and found at Halifax Transit, so I called them and we established a great rapport. I left a voicemail with Dale, and when I called again, he asked me to be more specific about my phone since there was something showing up in their systems. He asked me to describe it to him, and I told him the brand name only appeared near the speaker. He asked if I could wait a while, as he had to have a look in his inventory again: lo and behold, my wallet, with all the money I had, and a lottery ticket AND my phone were at the lost and found! I had my phone scan my fingerprint and: voilà! Freaking A+++ for customer service guys and for getting these things back to me.

So people, when you lose your shit and it MIGHT be on the bus, don't panic. These guys are super busy! Let them do their job and locate the stuff and stop calling every day to find out if your things are there. It must be super stressful working there. So I didn't have my cell phone for a week: it was actually nice to be flying blind and almost incommunicado for six or seven days! Thanks to everyone you two at the Dartmouth Bridge Terminal, you guys rock!
—Anonymously Happy
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Blue and Tree

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2019 at 10:42 AM

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We bicker, we disagree, but at the end of the day, I love you and you love me.
(Naïve) Best Friend

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Fire ants in your pants

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2019 at 10:42 AM

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  Before the years ends, I want to send out this thank-you from a warmer time of year. I was walking my wiener dogs around the Forum and stopped to talk to new neighbours and their pup. When we walked away one of one mine started shrieking in pain and fell to the ground. You saw us in distress and held two of the dog's leashes, while I checked out the third. I hobbled a half-block home only to discover fire ants stuck to the poor guy's penis! Thank you for stopping and being a kind passerby. I live in the best neighbourhood ever, or so says this Vancouver transplant.
—Long Dog Love
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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Secret Santa

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 7:56 AM

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Thank you for my bottle of wine! It is greatly appreciated, especially after the day I endured today. I don't know which one of you it was from, but thank you.
—A Grateful Colleague
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Saturday, December 14, 2019

To the concerned motorist

Posted By on Sat, Dec 14, 2019 at 10:59 AM

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I was walking to the bus stop a couple of weeks ago. As I was crossing a sidewalk with a walk sign on Oxford Street, some absolute moron whose windows were fogged-up blew through the oncoming traffic, narrowly avoided hitting a school bus and almost ran me down. I was furious, because in the last few days prior to this I've had way too many close calls with distracted drivers in the Quinpool area. After trying to chase down the guy, I walked back up the road to where my bus stop was, and discovered you had been pulled over waiting to ask if I was alright. It was a very kind gesture, so I wanted to say thank you very much, and I hope you never end up in an accident because of the fault of someone who shouldn't have a driver's license.
—Just Trying To Get To School In One Piece
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Friday, December 13, 2019

I never sang you a song

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 8:56 AM

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And boy I wish I did. Will we ever meet again? I search for you in everything.
—Yours
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Tatted gym-goer in knee-high socks

Posted By on Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 3:43 PM

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To the tatted man who goes to the university gym: Interesting manner about you and I have to say I’m intrigued. Could have sworn we made prolonged eye contact (maybe I’m reading into it). Next time you’re in you should bump into me at the water fountain. I promise I’ll start the conversation.
—A Gym Goer
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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Tanx bys

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 1:40 PM

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Love is alive in Halifax! My car battery died at the casino. One guy stopped with his girlfriend, but couldn't get it going and my cables fried. Another guy also came over to help, but no luck. I headed to the casino's front desk to call a tow truck, and the female employee suggested asking a cab driver. Sure enough, one very friendly driver in car #091 came to the rescue without any thought at all. I offered him money and he said no, but I insisted. You guys make this city such a great place to live.

Oh, and I wasn't supposed to be at the casino so you saved my neck also. Thank you, and a very Merry Christmas.
—Gerard
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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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Got your name, but not your number

Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 8:22 AM

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I'm generally not one to talk up strangers in grocery store check-out lines, but there was something about our exchange of smiles and gazes around the store that compelled me to check out with you. Watching you shudder, then laugh was the perfect reaction to me describing my art. I shouldn't have let you leave without my number. Here's hoping we'll meet again at our favourite north end grocer.
—The Sculptor
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Vol 28, No 3
November 12, 2020

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