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Carnie's Comments - OFFICE THEFT

It was the CHAB Pop Quiz that inspired today's story.


The question was about office theft.  The #1 item taken?  Sticky notes.


It reminded me of a time when I was 5 or 6 years old.  My Dad had some weekend work to do at the office.  He took me along.  As he worked and I played, I did a little snooping and I found money.  Yes, there were dimes, nickles and pennies in the drawers of several desks.


The temptation was too much.  I had visions of an ice cream cone from Ken's Confectionery.  They were 10 cents, 12 cents if for a chocolate-dipped.


After making the plan, I went ahead and took a nickle from one desk, a nickle from another and two pennies from a 3rd desk.  No one would miss a nickle or two pennies, would they?


The answer was "yes".  It turned out that petty cash was stamp money.  My Dad learned of the missing cash at the Monday morning staff meeting.

Later that night I denied it initially but the guilt was too much.  I admitted to the crime soon after.  I'll never forget the shame I felt.


Stealing 12 cents taught me an invaluable lesson.

Carnie's Comments - SICK DAY

A question for you.  Do you ever call in "sick" just because you feel entitled to a day off? Most of us have done it a time or two - some more than others.


Well, now we have some guidance, thanks to a new study that tells us what the best days are and what the best time of day is to call in sick and get away with it.


A market research firm called Attest polled 1000 employees from across the country to get the goods and they found Tuesday is the best day to call in sick.  You see, Mondays and Fridays "evoke suspicion" because, well, the boss can figure out you just want a long weekend.


So, they say, Tuesday is the best with Thursday coming in at number two.  


The top excuse to use is "stomach problems".  Why?  Well, because nobody really wants to know the details when you're having tummy trouble.


Oh, and the experts tell us the best time of day to call in sick is 6:38 am.  I don't know why but that's the time they came up with.


So, there you go.  Tuesdays at 6:38 am...the best time to call in sick.  Go ahead and give it a try.  Just don't tell 'em that I told you so. 

Carnie's Comments - Lorne Richardson

I was 8 years old in 1973 and, that summer, moved to Moose Jaw from Regina with my family.  I loved the Saskatchewan Roughriders, quarterback Ron Lancaster and running back George Reed.  We all did.


But, in '73, all the talk in Moose Jaw was about the homegrown boy, Lorne Richardson. He was a star for the Central Cyclones before moving south to play for the University of Colorado.


Richardson made an immediate impact with the Riders.  In fact, he was a CFL all star in each of his first 4 seasons.  He was fast and mean and tough - everything a coach could want in a defensive back.


He was one of my heroes.  I got his autograph in '75 and I was gob-smacked when I met him.  I couldn't even speak.


41 years later, here we are.  I'll be the Master of Ceremonies tonight when Lorne Richardson is inducted to the Moose Jaw & District Sports Hall of Fame.


How cool is that?

Carnie's Comments - Downtown

It is, according to Dictionary.com, "a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time...a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time."  


It is "nostalgia".


I get nostalgic when I see the photos of downtown Moose Jaw from days gone by on social media sites where Moose Javians and former Moose Javians post pictures from the past. They, we, tend to dwell on the past sometimes, don't we?


You know, we're turning the page and you can be a part of it.


The City of Moose Jaw, in case you haven't heard, has hired professional consultants to help us with a long range plan for our downtown.  We're all invited to take a look and offer our input at a public open house.  Our Planning and Development department, together with the consultants, will present what they're calling a "draft plan" for our review.


It's coming up on Tuesday, November 29th from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm with presentations at 3 o'clock and 7 o'clock.  I'll see you there.

Carnie's Comments - NAMES

I was so pleased with myself yesterday.  I was in downtown Moose Jaw on a mission to make a purchase.  I plugged the parking meter on Main Street and I was strolling happily down the sidewalk.


I was about to cross River at Main as a cheery, young woman crossed Main at River.  We would, in seconds, come in contact.  I knew I knew her and I remembered what is was she did for a living.  I also knew she had been to the radio station on a couple of occasions to promote her organization's events.  All of this flashed through my brain in seconds.  I know all sorts of things about this person...but do you think I could come up with her name?


She was coming closer.  I was anxiously trying to come up with her name.  She was smiling as she approached and said "Hello!", and I said




She said "How are you?"


And I said, "Happy now, because I remembered your name!"


She laughed.  We laughed.  I got it.  She got it.

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