The end is near. 2016 – over and OUT! It cannot come soon enough. As Mom predicted, this Year of the Monkey was indeed light on good karma and at times, filled with shock and awe, even terror. Trump terror.
Where was the love?
I decided to dig deep. Here’s the good, the bad, and the greater good for December 2016:
The Greater Good
The Apology – Inspiration, admiration, motivation from Ms. Tiffany Hsiung, a star film maker in the making.
The Chris Haas Story – Pride, validation, admiration of a job well done by my client who started his journey with uncertainty and trepidation. He created a perfect gift out of his gift of good intention.
Rickshaw Bar – Creativity, curiosity, crafted by talented Chef Noureen. We’ve been to the same destinations near (Toronto & Chicago) and far (Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi). I started when I was 28. She is 28! Lucky Chef Noureen!
Flamenco -Style, stamina, sweat on stage where art, movement, and passion merge and showed aging can be beautiful, sometimes more than youth.
Non-Gig – Instinct, trust, belief – drawn from the past and this time, knowing what I don’t know. When values just don’t align, no matter how you cut it, so you sigh and walk away. quickly. confidently.
Learning – Ask, probe, ponder but ask good questions to the right people at the right time. Just ask, easy but hard.
Playing – Squash camaraderie, at times, competitiveness with comedy, and being injury-free after 4 long years…other than aging.
Eating – La Tazza Cafe, cheap and cheerful, heaping plates of chicken curry, chicken roti, butter chicken – lunch for 2 under $20 shared with my Toronto Bro, one of my fav people. Playa Cabana, celebrating my Toronto Sistah’s 60th birthday, mixing Mex with mirth! Barque, its bite(s) is better than its bark for an early Christmas dinner celebration with my techie best friends with ribs, brisket, pulled pork, wings … mountains of meat!
Travelling – By air this holiday season, delay upon delay, sandwiched helplessly for 4 hours, anxious about my carry-on full of gifts (which fits fine on any airline anywhere in the world EXCEPT for Air Canada) because ol’ Hawk Eyes at the gate wrestled it out of my hands and tagged it for cargo but will it reach Calgary?, not to mention the added wait at the carousel AND then we have snow, lots and lots of snow, day and night, night and day.
I’m ready to ring in the new year and the Year of The Rooster!
Latest Update: Air Canada made good with goodwill gesture of 20% discount on base fare. Thank you for listening and Happy New Year to you, Air Canada! Oh, and yes, my carry-on in cargo made it to Calgary…in time for Christmas.