I was originally going to write to complain about the violent reactions to a “Love The Way We Bitch” online post (Top 5 Reasons why it sucks ass to be a waitress in the airport bar) and to say, what others have said, that it’s a “bitch” column dunderheads, not a love-in. If you must comment, please don’t criticize the bitcher for bitching! But, then I realized that what The Coast really needs is not a bitch session at all (I mean, we all know there’s plenty to bitch about in this shitty little town, it’s TOO EASY!) but rather a place to say something positive. I lived out west for a number of years and in winter the local newspaper ran a segment entitled “Sub Zero Heroes” where people could write in to express gratitude to a complete stranger who performed a random act of kindness to someone in desperate need in what could be -40 temperatures. It was exciting to read about how someone, out of the blue, DID SOMETHING voluntarily to help someone out. Does that ever happen here?? I know, seemingly not often, what with all the bitching going on but I have actually been the recipient of a few such activities myself. Here’s one: once, at the toll booth, I dropped my token and rather than blow the horn (as a great many “friendly” Haligonians have done before), the guy behind me actually GOT OUT OF HIS CAR, picked it up and deposited it in the slot! I was floored. I know, maybe he was really thinking of getting through the booth sometime that day rather than wait for me to lamely search around but, I must tell you, it made my day. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and it was a simple thing. I’m sure people would get so much more positive energy from a “Hero” segment than any benefit derived from a few moments spent bitching and bellyaching. Maybe we can have both??
By Sandy Tulloch