In a State of Sandra



A few years ago I went to see a highly regarded psychic and she blew my mind. She had it all: names, places, warnings, advice and more. When the consultation concluded, I was so tired I just wanted to sleep for three days. My “psychic space” had been tapped and reflected back to me and I wasn’t sure how to deal with it.

The word “invasion” may be too strong to describe my experience considering I invited the psychic into my great void, but there was definitely an intrusion of some kind. Truthfully, I’ve found comfort in some of my neuroses and when they were revealed as just that, well it was hard to continue to justify them. I’ve never gone back but maybe one day when I’m ready to do some work with what’s made manifest, I will.

On the lighter side of my encounter was a piece of advice the psychic gave me. “Watch out for a woman named Sandra at work.”

At the time I didn’t know anyone at my place of work named Sandra, so I just fluffed it off. Until… several years later I started a new job with a much bigger company and the chances of working with a Sandra increased. Well, how about three Sandras?!

It was kind of funny at first but as I started working with the Sandras, I realised two of them had the potential and attitude to do serious damage to me. So I had this hilarious internal dialogue/battle going on whenever I had to directly deal with them. The psychic warned that a woman named Sandra would misrepresent my actions in a negotiation or crisis situation. I made sure everything I worked on with them was complete and in good standing all the time. I didn’t let a thing slide.

Nothing catastrophic ever occured (personality conflicts here and there) and the two Sandras are now gone from the company. I just hope the third Sandra, the Sandra under the radar, isn’t the one I should really be looking out for.

Who wants to be in a state of Sandra?

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Julie’s Story revealed



Recently I wrote about an insulting commercial that encourages women to ask their doctor about “Julie’s Story” – Julie being the attractive, weight-conscious woman featured in said ad. The commerical insinuates that Julie needs to lose five pounds to be truly fulfilled.(As my huzbond says, “the jeans she bought in grade six just don’t fit anymore”.)

The Globe and Mail recently published a piece that eloquently echoes my anguish. BTW – Julie’s story is about peddling Xenical, a weight loss drug. Surprise, surprise.

Read “Drugs aren’t commodities to be hustled like cars and cookies…”

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This is how wars get started.



The following is an email exchange that I witnessed this week.

Spanning three countries and two continents, we’ve got a cry for help, a forgotten bartender, a reference to David Hasselhoff and more! It all started in the deep south.

The cast:

B – Southern belle
J – German philosopher
G – French trickster

* names have been changed to protect the identities of the guilty

Let’s begin.
[…]

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Creation of Man Turned Crime Scene



photo credit: Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News

“In a particularly philistine and backward act, artist Edward Stross was sentenced to prison last week for his mural depicting a bare-breasted figure on a building in Roseville, Michigan, in suburban Detroit. The artist was ordered by District Judge Marco Santia to serve 30 days in jail, do two years of probation and pay a fine of $500 for his variation of Michelangelo’s “Creation of Man,” illustrating a half-naked Eve. Stross was also mandated to alter the fresco, which he painted on the outside of his art gallery in 1997.”

Michigan artist sentenced to jail over mural nudity… read more.

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Why are people dickheads?



It all started last week when mr.hotmail account emailed me at work to dutifully inform me that someone had registered a URL with a name similar to one of our artists’. It’s an ILLEGAL DOMAIN, sir dickhead plead, you must do something about it…

Not caring about the URL in the least, but somewhat suspicious/curious, I investigated the registration record and sure enough, it was mr. hotmail himself who had registered the domain. What a dick!

Stupidly, I got into a bit of a row with him and he’s now retaliated by damning me to daily dispatches of smut.

So, if you need to increase the volume of your seminal fluid by 500%, I know just the trick.

Speaking of cultural contamination, I’m no fan of Paris Hilton’s, BUT in her defense I have to say that the anal pube who posted her Blackberry’s contents online over the weekend is a colossal dickhead. Admittedly, I did feel the urge to call Vin Diesel and ask him, dude you were good in Boiler Room… what happened?

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