Aug 30, '09 : The end
Aug 28, '09 : Speechless
It was very subtle, actually, but the signal was there. Something about the man was a little off. Not the hat, it was fine. It was an old NHL hat, last season's design, but OK. It wasn't the windbreaker - we were on a boat, after all - and it wasn't the pants, although they were kind of big, and baggy, and not in the cool way. But I didn't notice that until afterwards.
After I had seen the subtle signal.
He smiled at me which was a nice enough gesture for me to forgive him for cutting in front of me in the line. Besides, I could tell he was traveling with friends who were already standing in front of me.
But. What made me do a double take was this:
The man had his shoes on the wrong feet.
Aug 24, '09 : Two hearts
He was lying on his side, supporting his head with his hand, stroking Wife’s hair gently. She was lying on her back, reading a magazine.
Aug 22, '09 : From A to Z
Aug 20, '09 : Caution: Headline mising
As long as I have known how to read, I have been wondering about one thing: Why are there so many spelling mistakes in signs people put up in public places. You know the ones. "Wet pant" and so on. I estimate that 85 percent of such notes are misspelled one way or the other.
Because they used to be handwritten notes, I always thought the reason was just that people were too focused on making them look good, so they were just a little too close to the paper or cardboard or whatever it was they were writing on. But these days everybody's making their notes on a computer so that theory doesn't hold up anymore.
OK, if you've lost your camera, maybe you're upset about it, so you type a note fast, print it out, and sprint back out to tape the notes onto trees. I guess you have other things on your mind then so mistakes happen.
And on the other hand, when you see a spelling error, it seems pretty petty to go up to somebody and point it out, right? Nobody has done it at the local library, anyway.
Aug 18, '09 : How I survived a recession
Aug 17, '09 : Housekeeping note
For hockey, go to Puckarinen.
For fake news clippings, see Risto Twist-o.
And for every day musings, writing exercises, observations and personal notes, stay right here at Home.
The same applies for my many Twitter accounts:
@puckarinen for hockey
@ristotwisto for fake (and funny!) news
@finnjewel for the real Risto.
Aug 16, '09 : Winner takes it all
The winner was already sitting in the booth when I got there. I saw the door with the sign, ďAnnouncer / head refereeĒ, at the end of the room. When I opened it, I saw her sitting in a special chair, smiling, and chatting with the said announcer, a legend in his field, mind you.
Aug 13, '09 : Ahead of the curve
When we also overrate our own childrenís abilities.
The result: We rush our kids into doing things.
Aug 12, '09 : This is where
Aug 11, '09 : Being Risto Pakarinen
And - naturally - the name.
Aug 09, '09 : Oh, brother
Then again, Iím an only child, so how should I know what it feels like to have a brother.
I never even had an imaginary friend, let alone an imaginary brother.
Aug 08, '09 : Sibelius, sauna, and sisu
For emphasis, that story was then followed by another one about Finnish UN soldiers in the Middle East, and how the first thing they did at their post was to build a sauna.
(For sisu, and sauna, see here.)
Aug 07, '09 : Priority one
The link took me to a site which I obviously hadnít ever visited - the Hunger Site which helps to feed the hungry in Africa - but which I just as obviously visited right then.