OBA's Cabinet shuffle-de-doo

The first thing that struck me about the latest Government Cabinet swap-a-roonie:

That quote...
There are more important things to deal with in Bermuda right now, it seems, but it remains telling that all the hoopla about SAGE in the first place has turned into virtually nil. Another pile of reports and suggestions to gather dust somewhere.

Like everything else around this place, lather, rinse, repeat.


Scam from the World Bank, IMF, UN - must be legit

Clearly it *has* to be legit if the email is claiming to be from
big-name influential organisations... never mind that the sender is
from a completely unofficial-looking email address...

(OHCHR) has investigated why you have not yet received your funds

The World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have
issued an irrevocable payment guarantee in your favor today.read

[nice handy dandy PDF attachment for your review]

Go ahead, troopers, get your cash.


When germs strike

Yes, there's a ton of stuff happening in Bermuda. Legislating same-sex
unions, immigration bills, and even Corporation of Hamilton again
trying to sneak in parking fees for motorbikes...

But what really grinds my gears, has to do with large groups of kids
and parents and me now feeling under the weather. Thanks, School
Sports Days. I wonder if the PTA can suggest mandatory hand sanitizers
all over the grounds during these events?

I'm actually totally serious here.


OBA shooting themselves in the foot? Um, no kidding

Well, it now looks like everyone except the OBA inner circle and fervent unyielding online cheerleaders recognizes that their policies, approach and method of delivering messages, are going to lead to a (heavy?) defeat at the next general election.

The only thing funnier is that the online cheerleaders continue to make excuses or belittle the electorate, instead of finding out why the OBA suffers from a trust deficit.

It would take some massive changes in approach or results to change the political tide here. And no, this doesn't mean that suddenly the PLP has the trust of the majority of people. It's again just one of those 'lesser of two evils' things, unfortunately.


Of bulk shopping in Bermuda

Recently another warehouse-style shopping facility opened in Bermuda, and people flocked by the hundreds to scope out the goods for sale. Even though there was currently another facility within a mile, there seemed to be a market for another similar shopping experience.

How long will it last, who knows.

It's a bit interesting in this day and age, and the way the local economy has gone, that people are still content with the limited shopping paradigms here. You have your regular grocery stores and 'super' markets, and bulk shopping for when you want barrels of mayo or kool aid mix (and of course, more practical products like paper towels or diapers).

However I'm a bit surprised that nobody's yet floated the idea of a membership shopping place. Similar to your Costco, or Sam's Club, that particular business model seems like more of a sure thing than yet another bulk shopping facility.

Purely spitballing, of course.

It could very well be that our limited population and potential reluctance to trying new things out could already be a huge red flag to any potential investors, and current store owners may be content to stick with the status quo if they're earning tidy profits.


About beaches: Shelly Bay

I grew up in the Shelly Bay area, so have had keen interest in this project to restore the property at the public beach and park and create a viable business venture.

After wading through the usual politicking from the various political cheerleaders, it appears that it comes down to one main issue, that's the creation of a car park adjacent to the existing (public) playground. Middle ground is achievable, but will it happen or will one or the other parties at play get railroaded instead, derailing the project altogether?

Hope not, but I wouldn't be surprised. Come on, Bermuda. Get it together.


More important things in life

There are far more important things in life than political nonsense and pointless debates on easily solvable or unimportant issues...

Presenting Exhibit A.

I'm humbled, and blessed.

To my son, all I can say is that the world is yours. I'm going to do whatever I can to set you on a positive path.