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After 22 years

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…in this house I encountered the dreaded ice damming which led to water leaking through the ceiling. The solution is to clear the 3 feet of snow and ice from my roof and gutters. This is beyond my ability. A call to Waterworks PEI solved my challenge. A promise to be here at 0830 on Saturday. To my surprise they were on time. 2 nice young men equipped with a mobile hot water washer. They cleared the snow and the removed ice from gutters and roof with pressure hot water. Two hours work and a reasonable fee. 

Highly recommended. 

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March 28, 2015 at 11:14 am

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From Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms (1880)

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  • Never exaggerate.
  • Never point at another.
  • Never betray a confidence.
  • Never leave home with unkind words.
  • Never neglect to call upon your friends.
  • Never laugh at the misfortunes of others.
  • Never give a promise that you do not fulfill.
  • Never send a present, hoping for one in return.
  • Never speak much of your own performances.
  • Never fail to be punctual at the time appointed.
  • Never make yourself the hero of your own story.
  • Never pick the teeth or clean the nails in company.
  • Never fail to give a polite answer to a civil question.
  • Never question a child about family matters.
  • Never present a gift saying that it is of no use to yourself.
  • Never read letters which you may find addressed to others.
  • Never fail, if a gentleman, of being civil and polite to ladies.
  • Never call attention to the features or form of anyone present.
  • Never refer to a gift you have made, or favor you have rendered.
  • Never associate with bad company. Have good company, or none.
  • Never look over the shoulder of another who is reading or writing.
  • Never appear to notice a scar, deformity, or defect of anyone present.
  • Never arrest the attention of an acquaintance by touch. Speak to him.
  • Never punish your child for a fault to which you are addicted yourself.
  • Never answer questions in general company that have been put to others.
  • Never, when traveling abroad, be over boastful in praise of your own country.
  • Never call a new acquaintance by their first name unless requested.
  • Never lend an article you have borrowed, unless you have permission to do so.
  • Never attempt to draw the attention of the company constantly upon yourself.
  • Never exhibit anger, impatience or excitement, when an accident happens.
  • Never pass between two persons who are talking together, without an apology.
  • Never enter a room noisily; never fail to close the door after you, and never slam it.
  • Never forget that, if you are faithful in a few things, you may be ruler over many.
  • Never exhibit too great familiarity with the new acquaintance, you may give offense.
  • Never will a gentleman allude to conquests which he may have made with ladies.
  • Never be guilty of the contemptible meanness of opening a private letter addressed to another.
  • Never fail to offer the easiest and best seat in the room to an invalid, an elderly person, or a lady.
  • Never neglect to perform the commission which the friend entrusted to you. You must not forget.
  • Never send your guest, who is accustomed to a warm room, off into  a cold, damp, spare bed, to sleep.
  • Never enter a room filled with people, without a slight bow to the general company when first entering.
  • Never fail to answer an invitation, either personally or by letter, within a week after the invitation is received.
  • Never accept of favors and hospitality without rendering an exchange of civilities when opportunity offers.
  • Never cross the leg and put one foot in the street-car, or places where it will trouble others when passing by.
  • Never fail to tell the truth. If truthful, you get your reward. You will get your punishment if you deceive.
  • Never borrow money and neglect to pay. If you do, you will soon be known as a person of no business integrity.
  • Never write to another asking for information, or a favor of any kind, without enclosing a postage stamp for the reply.
  • Never fail to say kind and encouraging words to those whom you meet in distress. Your kindness may lift them out of their despair.
  • Never refuse to receive an apology. You may not receive friendship, but courtesy will require, when a apology is offered, that you accept it.
  • Never examine the cards in the card-basket. While they may be exposed in the drawing room, you are not expected to turn them over unless invited to do so.
  • Never, when walking arm in arm with a lady, be continually changing and going to the other side, because of change of corners. It shows too much attention to form.
  • Never insult another with harsh words when applied to for a favor. Kind words do not cost much, and yet they may carry untold happiness to the one to whom they are spoken.
  • Never fail to speak kindly. If a merchant, and you address your clerk; if an overseer, and you address your workman; if in any position where you exercise authority, you show yourself to be a gentleman by your pleasant mode of address.
  • Never attempt to convey the impression that you are a genius, by imitating the faults of distinguished men. Because certain great men were poor penmen, wore long hair, or had other peculiarities, it does not follow that you will be great by imitating their eccentricities.
  • Never give all your pleasant words and smile to strangers. The kindest words and the sweetest smiles should be reserved for home. Home should be our heaven.

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March 23, 2015 at 6:44 am

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I am pissed

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This appalled me. Then I had cow for supper. Yes I am a hypocrite . I can live with that. 

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March 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm

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Weather watching

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An interesting collection of statistics.

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March 16, 2015 at 10:39 am

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Another reason to weep

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March 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm

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Vikings

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If you are a fan of this TV series you may have noticed the conversation between King Ragnar Lodbrok or Lothbrok and King Egbert.  Ragnar asks Egbert, “are you a good man?” and Egbert answers, “yes I am”.  Then Egbert asks Ragnar, “are you a good man?” and Ragnar answers, “yes I think I am”.  Then Ragnar asks Egbert, “are you corrupt?” and Egbert answers, “yes I am”.  Egbert then asks Ragnar, “are up corrupt?” and Ragnar answers, “oh yes I am”.

Why oh why did I think of a conversation between Ghiz and Sheridan?

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March 15, 2015 at 3:26 pm

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A bit of fun

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Here

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March 12, 2015 at 3:58 pm

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And so it goes

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He may no longer be the premier’s chief of staff, but Allan Campbell will not have to seek alternate employment.

Premier Wade MacLauchlan has appointed Campbell to his office as a senior policy adviser.

via The Guardian.

 

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March 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

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A cash economy

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Over the years, and due to the onerous tax structure, the cash economy has grown by surprising amounts. Otherwise honest and honourable people don’t blink an eye at evading taxes by paying cash for goods and services. Our overlords have not understood the law of diminishing returns. As envelopes of cash are passed the phrase “I feel like a Quebec politician” has been heard. Usually said with guilty chuckle (thus, with an admission of an illegal act).  

With the recent revelation in The Globe and Mail, how long will it be before Quebec politician is replaced by Prince Edward Island Liberal? Do the Sheeple care? Will the Sheeple have the grace to be embarrassed? As one of my friends said, “why do we let them get away with it?”.

And yet we do. There will be cynical annoyed comments. Then we will move on. Our overlords know this. 

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March 1, 2015 at 8:11 am

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A simple question

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February 28, 2015 at 8:55 am

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