Did You Read The Sign?

Dog walker

Out of Bounds

Don’t get me wrong, I like dogs. Okay, maybe not all dogs. Not overly fond of those little rat sized ones who bark incessantly in a ear piercing, high-pitched squeal while lunging to nip at your toes. Also not much of a fan of overly big pooches who can silently glare without blinking, all the while making you feel like their next meal. Usually give crotch sniffers a wide path too. Dogs with sissified names like ‘Fluffy’ or ‘Babykins’ who are ranked higher in the family than the two legged offspring leave me cold. But I really enjoy border collies and their closet relatives. Their go-go attitude can be inspiring.

However, I do wish owners – or the two legged Moms and Dads trailing behind on the leash – would respect areas where bylaws prohibit dogs entirely. Both east and west beach, along the White Rock waterfront, plus the walkway are plastered with signs restricting dogs even when on a leash. This restriction only covers about 2 kilometres. Further west another 3 kilometres of oceanfront is a virtual off leash dog heaven. Why the prohibited stretch. Mostly because dog owners tend to follow Pareto’s Law – the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent faithfully pick doggie droppings while twenty percent smirk at anyone watching and walk away from the steaming pile. So one, it comes down to a health matter with so many kids playing at the beach and on the grass. And two, most people are so busy looking out at the ocean they fail to watch where their stepping. Trying to clean the bottom of your footwear definitely detracts from the enjoyment of an ocean side walk.

I put the question to the passing border collie and he agreed, but the dense humans with him believed themselves special and above the law.



Race Oval

Years ago, I must have run across this word during a psychology credit but forgot to retain it in long term memory. That’s why you should always repeat a word three times to etch it in your brain; then again, it may only help you to summon Beetlejuice. Still, you have to hand it to the Germans for finding ways to collapse a long, involved English sentence into one hard to pronounce word. So here goes the definition: “A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to and interpretations of situations.”

The Water Jar Problem – Luchins 1942
Start with problem #1 and see if you can solve all 9.

Water Jar Experiment


Problems 2 through 6 can all be solved by filling Jar B, then subtracting Jar A once, then subtracting Jar C twice. This creates a “set” for solving the problems this way.

Problems 7 and 8 can be solved using the same method as the previous problems, but they could be solved more efficiently by starting with Jar A instead. The “set” for starting with Jar B often prevents people from seeing the simpler solutions.

Problem 9 can not be solved in the same way as problems 2 thru 6. You must break out of the set to find a solution.

In other words – people tend to rely on problem solving methods which helped in the past and brought solutions – but when faced with new problems tend to either ignore simpler solutions or get bogged down. Thus, you find yourself running in circles and always ending up back at the start line.

Once you understand the effect and can pronounce ‘Einstellung’, you’re ready to think Outside the Box