How many is too many? 
I'm curious here as to whether my sense of ethics is valid or whether I'm just a sucker.

When you're at a grocery store and they've got an express aisle for people with x items or less, how many items is it acceptable for you to stand in that line with?

Is x+1 ok? x+2? x+5? Where is the line drawn before the people behind you have the right to think you're an inconsiderate bastard?

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Monkey Cakes 
I just ate a little muffin thing shaped like a monkey.

It was like a gummy bear, but it was bigger and made of muffin and shaped like a monkey.

It made me happy. I'm not sure why.

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Just Leave The Poor Folks Alone! 
Day after day, I'm hearing new updates in the news about the sextuplets born to some people in Vancouver who don't want anyone talking about them.

So my question is this... why can't the press just respect their privacy and let it be?

What value is this story to the rest of society when the family doesn't want it to be news? It's not something important that affects the rest of us.

Sure, it's a little interesting, and if the family didn't mind then they could stand tall and proud and enjoy the attention, but they're obviously not that sort of people. If they want to be left alone, I think they should be.

It seems that the more they ask for privacy, the more the press seems to want to stick its collective nose it.

If ever I get the urge... remind me not to go having a whole litter of kids all at once.

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Christmas Cheer? 
I haven't had much to say around here lately. I wonder if maybe I'm just experiencing a bit of good will for the holidays?

I'm really looking forward to having Christmas dinner at my sister's place on Saturday. As usual, it's going to be a whole lot of driving but we really don't get to see each other all that often so it's worth the effort when we do.

Happy holidays, everyone! Hopefully your shopping is done by now so you don't have to deal with the hordes of rabid shoppers infesting the malls these days!

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It's not the Internet's fault. 
This morning on the Dean Blundell show, they were reading some emails from listeners. Of course, they were pretty much exactly what you expect from emails written by the general populace these days, rife with spelling and grammatical errors so thick you could barely make out whatever it is they were trying to get across.

Something occurred to me though.

I've read in the press about how email, instant messaging, and the Internet in general are ruining our children and killing any chance at literacy they may otherwise have had.

I have my own theory though.

I think that in the past, people were still idiots but simply had no venue to out themselves in. 15 years ago, when would the average barely literate person have had the opportunity to write down their thoughts for anyone else to read?

Back then, they just spewed it out of their mouths and most people couldn't be bothered to listen. Once it ended, it was over and nobody else needed to know that it had just happened.

The present is an entirely different story. Now they all participate in online forums and write emails. They're no dumber or less literate than they were 15 years ago. The difference is that now they're given a global slate to declare to the world how stupid they are.

We shouldn't blame the Internet. We should simply feel sorry for them that we've created a virtual hockey helmet that they put on and wear around the virtual malls so they don't hurt themselves. Previously, they'd have gone unnoticed with only their mom knowing they were somewhat "special". Now the whole world knows. Poor bastards.

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