perhaps not the best location

I took the boys for a walk yesterday afternoon to our local off-leash dog park. I let Yoshi off leash at the entrance, and Elliot was in the stroller. As we walked into the park, a woman in a blue uniform asked me if Yoshi was my dog. She was holding a German Shepherd on leash, and there was a guy standing down the path from them a bit. I replied yes, and she said they were doing some police dog training. I went to put Yoshi on leash, but she said to just keep going, which I translated to “get out of the way”.

Ten meters down the trail Yoshi did his regular poop in three different places, which meant I had to stop and pick it up, knowing they were still waiting for me to get out of the way. A couple of minutes later they left the park.

I was glad to see them go. To me, an off-leash dog park is a very inappropriate place to do police dog training. Especially when I’ve got my toddler with me. Even if the dog is well-trained, I don’t want my son seeing the dog attack a person. Elliot would have no way of knowing they are just “training”.

that’s a little too much “sharing” for my liking

Last year for Christmas, I donated a bit of money to the Canadian Wildlife Federation in my nephew’s name (at his request). Since then, I’ve received the odd piece of mail from the CWF addressed to my nephew.

In today’s mail, there was a credit card application addressed to my nephew. The only way this could happen is if the CWF sold their contact information to the credit card company, as the CWF has the only link between my nephew’s name and our address. I was shocked. I know this kind of thing goes on, but I was naive enough to believe that a non-profit organization such as the CWF would never do such a thing. But they did.

I did a search for “privacy” on their website, and found this:

As a supporter of CWF you may choose how often and in what way you wish to hear from us. You choose which material you would like to receive—just let us know. Also, from time to time, CWF may share lists of supporters with other like-minded organizations. If you do not wish to have your contact information exchanged please notify our membership services department.

So yes…they share information. With like-minded organizations. I sincerely doubt a credit card company is a like-minded organization.

They will not be receiving another cent from me.

useful vocabulary

Greg and I were playing Scrabble last night, which means we had the dictionary out. We don’t play by the official rules that include the ability to challenge your opponent on a word. Instead, we use the dictionary to check if a word we are thinking of is actually a word. We’re not allowed to peruse the dictionary, just look up specific words.

Anyway, after the game I was reading a few definitions in our brand new Concise Oxford English Dictionary, and I came across this term:

Belisha beacon: n. an orange ball containing a flashing light, mounted on a post at each end of a zebra crossing

Now, try incorporating that in every day conversation!

Wikipedia has some more information on the term. I didn’t even know they had zebras in the UK.

business suits?

Last week I was swimming and in the lane next to me I noticed two men talking to each other, just hanging on to the side of the pool. One guy was about my age and the other guy was about 10 or 15 years older. I’m not sure why I noticed them…maybe because they weren’t swimming. And maybe because they were talking for quite a while.

After my swim I headed for the hot tub, and the two men were already there. I couldn’t help hearing snippets of their conversation, and it sounded like they were having a business meeting. The younger guy was explaining something, and it sounded like he was describing a proposal of some kind. About five minutes later they stood up, and the older guy said he’d think about it and contact the other guy (or something along those lines). Then they shook hands and went their separate ways.

I was left wondering what they were talking about (obviously my eavesdropping skills need some improvement), and why did they meet in a pool, of all places?