Should I just roll with it? My 19-year-old and I were on our way home one day, coasting along the Cape Spear highway between St. John’s and Petty Harbour. It was a “large day” as we say in these parts: sun in the sky, not a cloud in the eye. We were alone in our dream-like appreciation of the drive—until a single vehicle passed us headed in the other direction. Seconds later, I became aware of the strangest sickly-sweet odour. It seemed familiar, but I couldn’t place it.
“Pete” is not pleased with me. Actually, “a little peed-off” is how he put it in his email (his tone hinted that he was “a lot peed-off”). He didn’t want me to print his comments, which is why you won’t find his full remarks printed in Chatterbox. It’s also why I’m not using his real name. I am, however, paraphrasing his comments (and quoting them judiciously) to find out if Pete is an outlier—or not.
I wasn't fussy about meeting with Burf (Burford Ploughman, if you want to be formal about it). Nothing against the man, but I've been so darned busy that I wasn't sure if it was worth yielding a precious hour to talk about an idea that had been covered many times before.
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Selecting a term
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