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Monthly Archives: February 2014


I have never understood how some people absolutely hate Valentine’s Day. I understand indifference but hate seems extreme. Every year there are always those people who complain and rant about how Valentine’s Day is so pointless, how depressing it all is or how it is just a commercial holiday. One of the most common excuses I usually hear (mostly from men) is, ‘why should I show affection on a given day, isn’t it better to show it all the time?’ Why yes, that would be lovely but how many people do that? The nice thing about Valentine’s Day is it gives you an excuse to do nice things for the people you care about. Tell them you love them, send a little card, give some yummy treats. In my opinion, the problem with Valentine’s Day is people thinking that they have to spend tons of money. Personally I think it is more about being thoughtful. If you want to spend a bunch of money on something thoughtful please don’t let me stop you but if you are spending money just because you think you have to it is kind of pointless. Valentine’s Day, to me, is about doing little things to make other people happy and let them know you care. Plus all the chocolate isn’t exactly terrible! If you don’t have a significant other to spend Valentine’s Day with that shouldn’t stop you. Send a card or note to your friend or your sister. Hang out with friends. It is a day to spend with people you care about, it doesn’t always have to be romantic. Just spread some love, that’s what it is all about!

Stop the hate, spread the love…


This is a great little comic I came across by The Oatmeal, warning: may be inappropriate for some viewers, for everyone else it is pretty good! http://theoatmeal.com/blog/valentines_day



Get your mind out of the gutter! The big “O” I’m talking about is the Olympics!

It’s that time again, The Winter Olympics. For us in Canada, this is the big one, no one really cares about the summer Olympics here, we are all about the winter sports. 

About a week or so ago during our opening meeting at work we were given a list of rules regarding the Olympics. A lot of them made sense, no talking about it on social media, no using the logos in posters etc. But then at the bottom of the page there was a list of things we couldn’t SAY. Since when can people stop someone from using certain words? I didn’t think you could copy write something said orally. Apparently I was mistaken. 

Here is a list of the forbidden words:

  • Sochi
  • 2014 Games
  • 2014 Olympics
  • Winter 2014
  • Olympic Fire
  • The Olympics
  • Olymipad 

and last but not least

  • Gold (Yup, that’s right, we can’t say ‘gold’!)

Like I said, I understand not using certain phrases, logos etc in advertising, social media and the like but not allowing people to say them seems extreme. We were told, even if someone starts a conversation with us about the Olympics were aren’t allowed to discuss it, just change the subject. Apparently there are actually people who are paid to go around and try to lure people into conversations about the Olympics and then possibly give them a fine if they use any of the trademarked words.

So much for national pride.

It makes it hard to have small talk with someone while avoiding something so significant. The Olympics is everywhere right now, tv, newspapers, facebook, yet we have to pretend it doesn’t exist to avoid possibly being fined. If I understand correctly the main reason is that they don’t want people to think our store is associated with the Olympics since we haven’t paid to use the rights. Again, I don’t understand how that can apply to small talk conversations but hey, no one asked me.