As I noticed the growing pile of old milk cartons and apple juice containers in the back of my van, I had a thought. Yes, shocking, I know. A thought. From me. Yes. I'll give you a moment to recover. Now, I understand that Alberta is not unique in that in Alberta you are required to pay, at the time of purchase, a deposit on beverage containers. You know, milk jugs, pop cans, beer bottles, juice boxes, that sort of thing. We're even pretty good at it here - we've got an 81% return rate, which seems pretty good. I just think we can do better.

Physical Contact

OK. Seriously. What is with handshaking, anyway? Maybe I'm just weird, but I'd like to go on the record as being against it. These guys have the right idea. Personally, I've always rather felt that a good rule of thumb is that if I don't know you, I probably don't want to touch you. Also, stranger, if you're going to shake my hand, then mention that you are living outside (I was able to guess that one pretty accurately anyway), and also just got out of the hospital with pneumonia, uh... don't. Please. Also, it is very interesting that pneumonia feels like being stabbed. I can honestly say that that had not occurred to me. I mean, I've had pneumonia, but I've never been stabbed, so I just never made the connection. I think I'm okay with that.

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