Thursday 17 January 2013

Working in Montréal today --The art of quitting

Good morning folks,

I will be working in Montréal today.

Quitters.  The problem with quitting is that it rarely achieves the goal the Quitter had in mind.  This would include scoring a moral victory on your oppressors; to be called back on your terms; it does however leave you with some extra time on your hands.

I don't have much time today, but let's examine a few great Quitters.  Richard M Nixon, AKA, Tricky Dick. He resigned with his somewhat infamous "I am not a crook" speech.  Interesting enough, those are the only memorable words..  Actually come to think of it, he was a two time Quitter.  He lost an election in 1962 and parted company with the reporters with something like, "You won't have Tricky Dick to Kick around anymore, this is my last press conference."  Yeah, no.

Johnny Paycheck may have said it better with, "Take this job and shove it".

The lost generation may remember General MacArthur's resignation.. seems to me he wanted to invade China and Pres. Truman thought it best not to start another world war just while we still had some installment payments on the last one.  Mac left with, "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.."

And yesterday Toronto budget chief Mike Del Grande resigned shortly after Toronto's latest budget was passed.

Seems Del Grande was upset that City Council has passed a motion calling for additional transparency in the budget process.  I gotta say on the grand scheme of things that others may call for, that doesn't seem that bad for a public function.  I mean, Del Grande isn't practicing an art that involves arranging chicken bones, studying tea leaves and channeling fallen budget chiefs from the Roman Empire, so why not additional transparency, full transparency?

In the end, I think that Del Grande may regret his knee jerk reaction and I think Toronto will as well.  Interestingly enough, I hear the budget was agreed by all to be a very good one.

Have a good day, don't act rash.


  1. Always think twice before making any important decission... for a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

  2. But quitting feels good, doesn't it?

  3. Sure, feels good for that one endorphin releasing moment, till you go home and tell your wife..... Doh!