Talk about going to extremes to be politically correct, there’s a Halifax city councillor who says he will no longer use the term “marijuana” because it is racist. Now that’s a new one. His rationale is that in the early 1900’s during the criminalization of cannabis in the U.S. “marijuana” was used to demonize marginalized communities, mainly Mexicans. I don’t know. Marijuana has been the word associated with the dried leaves and flowering tops of hemp plants containing THC and smoked or eaten for their intoxicating effects since I can remember, and I can’t think of anyone who believes the word has racist overtones.
Have you ever wondered what actors get paid? I’m talking about the ones we see on television and in movies. I did a quick check and it varies. One source states an actor in Los Angeles earns an average annual salary of about $71,000 (U.S.). Of course there is a wide salary disparity among actors and a large unemployment rate. There is a union called the Screen Actors Guild that mandates daily and weekly minimum rates of pay for actors working in film and tv. Daily and weekly rates vary depending on how long an actor works, whether it’s a half or hour long tv show, high or low budget movie. An actor playing a major role in a half hour tv show for example gets paid a minimum of about $5,000/week.
It seems that ever since I arrived in Saskatoon more than 34 years ago there has been a never-ending attempt to encourage more people to use public transit. Results have been less than stellar but as the population increases and more and more vehicles clog up our streets and roads the city seems to believe in the old saying, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”.
Well, it’s time once again for me to engage in a little pagination and write something palpable that won’t be an affront to our zeitgeist. Those three words that start with p are all real but sometimes it’s fun to take real words and change them just a wee bit to infer a different meaning such as intaxication, which is the euphoria you feel when you get a tax refund, until you realize it was your money in the first place. An innoculatte is when you want coffee intravenously because you’re running late. How about decafalon? That’s the gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you. Have you ever had an arachnoleptic fit? That’s the frantic dance performed right after you’ve walked through a spider’s web. The dopeler effect happens when stupid ideas tend to appear smarter when they come at you rapidly. Then there’s the bozone, the substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer shows no signs of breaking down unfortunately. And then there’s sarchasm (with an h), the gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.
Automated telephone answering systems can drive you up the wall. Last week I needed some information from a business so I called and of course no live human answered (perish the thought…how archaic). The friendly female voice sincerely welcomed me and started listing all the options: press 1 for this, 2 for that, and so on all the way to press 8 for operator which I did because none of the seven previous options were what I needed. When I pressed 8 the original female voice came back on sincerely welcoming me and started listing the options again.