Saturday, 21 February 2015

Hurt Feelings Kit

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Your order will be promptly shipped as soon as it once again becomes available. Thank you for your patience; it is appreciated. In the mean time, please accept a complimentary Hurt Feelings Report that you can send to those who claim that your online post somehow, well, hurt their feelings. Many thousands of online hurt feelings have already been appeased by considerate offenders through the use of this popular form. We know that your readers will be delighted.

You are important to us, and as an added bonus, please accept a free box of our earlier, but equally popular,
Formal Apology Forms.

This is yet another way that here, at The Other Side of Will, we believe that we are a step above the norm in showing that we really do care; we care about you our faithful followers, and we care about your hurt feelings.

Finally, in the words of American clergyman Lawrence G. Lovasik (d.1986), "Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly."

Hmm, how did that serious quote get into this less than serious post? Oh well, no matter; it was a nice quote, despite the rest of this tongue 'n cheek context it finds itself in. Remember, "Care like you mean it" (anonymous). Peace.

Photo Sources: Unknown; via social media.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Missing Link Found?

Back on October 28, 2010, National Geographic News ran an article they called, "Missing Link Found: New Fossil Links Humans, Lemurs?"

The article went on to say that the newly discovered fossil "bridges the evolutionary split between higher primates such as monkeys, apes, and humans and their more distant relatives as lemurs."

I don't know about such things as lemurs, but this new picture I discovered is probably the closest proof I've ever seen that the missing link between  orangutans and humans may have been found.

Perhaps Darwin was right after all.

Photo Source: Unknown

Sunday, 8 February 2015

The Other Side of Adoption

"Adopted. Big deal;
so was Superman."
(Chris Crutcher; Whale Talk)

Child adoption is a wonderful thing. I have family and friends who, for various reasons, have chosen to adopt their children as opposed to having biological ones. I'm sure we all know of such beautiful and selfless people.

Jodi Picoult in Handle with Care wrote, "Since I was five, I've known that I was adopted, which is a politically correct term for being clueless about one's origins."  On a more serious note, Bob Constantine said, "I have four children. Two are adopted. I forget which two." Someone else once said, "There are no unwanted children, just unfound families." Beautiful!

Sometimes when the children get a little older, the parents feel it is time to have that important chat an let their adopted child know that they are, in fact, adopted. It can be an emotional time, and sometimes the outcome can be anyone's guess.

I read of one such discussion going something like this:
FATHER: "Son, we have to talk." 
SON: "Sure, Dad, what is it?" 
FATHER: "Your mother and I feel that it's time we told you that you were adopted." 
SON: "What?! Really???" 
FATHER: "Yup. You had better get yourself ready; they'll be here to pick you up in half an hour."
Bet you didn't see that one coming. LOL. Doesn't that just bring a tear of joy to your eye? I wonder how many parents of teenagers haven't thought of having a parent/teenager talk like that a time or ten? Come on parents, admit it; you're imagining it too.

Well there you have it; The Other Side of Adoption. LOL.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The 20th Anniversary

A woman awakes in the middle of the night to find that her husband is not in bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him.

She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in front of him. He appears to be deep in thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee.

"What's the matter, dear?" she whispers as she steps into the room. "Why are you down here at this time of night?"

The husband looks up from his coffee and says, "It's the twentieth anniversary of the day we met." She can't believe that he has remembered, and she starts to tear up.

The husband continues, "Do you remember twenty years ago when we started dating? I was eighteen and you were only sixteen," he says solemnly.

Once again the wife is touched to tears. "Yes, I do," she replies.

The husband pauses; the words were now not coming easily. "Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?"

"Yes, I remember," said the wife as she lowered herself into the chair beside him.

The husband continued: "Do you remember when he shoved that shotgun in my face and said, 'Either you marry my daughter or I will see to it that you spend the next twenty years in prison for having relations with an under-aged child?'"

"I remember that too," she replied softly.

He wiped another tear from his cheek and said, "I would have gotten out today."

Photo Credit: Pedro Veneroso; Flickr Creative Commons
Story Source: Unknown

Canada's Best Beer

Like a TV commercial that plays the viewer for a fool, or the antics of the unscrupulous used car salesman only interested in the quick sale at any cost, I generally get a little skeptical when I see or hear anything being advertised as "best." At the very least I cannot help thinking that the "best" of anything has to be subjective. Fact is, we don't all have the same taste, and that's probably a good thing. Life would be pretty boring if we all thought alike.

Having said that, as I was looking through the various stouts in my favourite beer store the other day, I saw this "Sasquatch Stout" with a little green tag hanging around its neck that made me take a second look and say, Hmm. It boasted:
"Voted Canada's Best Beer at the 2014 Canadian Brewing Awards; stacked up against 916 beers in 38 categories!"
In my books, that's a pretty significant claim, not to mention one that begs to be sampled, if not challenged. Let's just say that it didn't disappoint. With its smooth notes of mocha, coffee and roasted barley - not to mention that beautiful pitch black colour distinctive of a good stout - here's a brew that has certainly found its way to my favourite list and one that I most definitely will be looking for again. I'm not surprised that, according to the clerk at the beer store, it sells well.

"Sasquatch Stout" is a hand-crafted product of Old Yale Brewing in Chilliwack, BC. If you're a beer snob like I am, tired of the run of the mill cesspool varieties of pseudo-beer out there, you owe it to yourself to check this one out! You will be glad you did.