Monday, December 29, 2008

The Husband Store

A store that sells new husbands has opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:

You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you CANNOT go back down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads:

Floor 1 - These men Have Jobs.

She is intrigued, but continues to the second floor, where the sign reads:

Floor 2 - These men Have Jobs and Love Kids.

'That's nice,' she thinks, 'but I want more.'

So she continues upward. The third floor sign reads:

Floor 3 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are Extremely Good Looking.

'Wow,' she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.

She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 4 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and Help With Housework.

'Oh, mercy me!' she exclaims, 'I can hardly stand it!'

Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 5 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, Help with Housework, and Have a Strong Romantic Streak.

She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor, where the sign reads:

Floor 6 - You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.


To avoid gender bias charges, the store's owner opened a New Wives store just across the street.

The first floor has wives that love sex.

The second floor has wives that love sex and have money and like beer.

The third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors have never been visited.

Friday, December 05, 2008

The Reason for Saying "Eh!"

I was reading a blog about the Toronto Raptors hiring of Jay Triano. He will become the first Canadian-born coach to run an NBA team tonight. He used to coach the SFU (my alma mater) men's basketball team from 1988-1995.

In this blog by Mike Ulmer of, I found it intriguing as to why many Canadians use the word "eh" in their conversations. I felt compelled to quote him in my blog because it makes sense to me.

"Americans often tease about the Canadian habit to end sentences with the word "eh." I like 'eh.' It is an invitation to agreement or at least more dialogue. I've always felt it was better to end a sentence with a question mark than an exclamation point. One piece of punctuation invites input. The other silences it. It's a key distinction that really speaks to who we are." - Mike Ulmer

I've always used the word "eh" in my conversations and never thought it was a bad thing. It's another thing that identifies us as proud Canadians next to our love for hockey.