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I'm Just Saying

I'm Just Saying

"I"m Just Saying..." was an editorial column by our first editor Darrell Hookey.  This column ran from 2005-2010


My computer cheats at Backgammon. Let's all ponder that for a moment. Pathetic, eh? But is it pathetic because I like to play Backgammon on my computer, whereas I could be conquering fantastical creatures in World of Warcraft? Or is it pathetic bec more

Humour

Hmmm, you know, I've always felt that my Mom and Dad did a good job of teaching me how to walk. Seventeen years later, their lack of follow-up and obvious lax standards were efficiently cleaned up by Sergeant Hannah. more

Yukon Active

These days, whenever I drive past Home Hardware, I throw my head back and laugh. You see, I am now a renter. Yup, most of my adult life, I have owned a home (well, the bank and I did) and, so, most of my adult life I have always needed to buy top more

Yukon Lifestyle

The atmosphere contains sufficient quantities of oxygen, but very little moisture. It is amazing that anything can grow here. The vegetation is as fantastical as anything I have seen on any other planet, with spears protruding from many of the variet more

Yukon Lifestyle

I met an expectant mother the other day and I asked if they had picked out a name yet. When she said, no, they haven't, I tried to be helpful by suggesting that a good name would be "Darrell". She received this assistance in the worst way ... more

Humour

It's a walking, talking paradox ... well, mostly it's a walking paradox: If wearing socks with sandals is so wrong, why do so many of us do it? I like to think it's because we Yukoners are soooo polite. If our tourists do it, whether it be from poor more

Humour

I have a tip, that is going to change your life. It is a game changer, it is revolutionary, you will wonder how you survived without knowing this, this ... – what shall we call it from here on? ... oh yes – tip. How much this tip will improve your more

Humour

It's time for Spring Cleaning. But what is a guy to do, when he isn't a pack rat and he keeps his few belongings well-organized? Well, everybody has that one place that is overstuffed with stuff. Consider it a "pressure release valve" if you will, s more

Humour

I can explain why I find it so fascinating: I don't play online games, I don't watch sports and I don't read fiction. Why would I need to, when this health care debate had it all – strategy, an interesting cast of characters, winners, losers, twists more

Health and Wellness

It was a very nice sink for the bathroom that would have felt neglected, if a bathroom had feelings at all, after heaps of praise were offered to our spa bathroom in "The Addition". Daisy had been in Home Hardware when she saw the sink ... more

What's Up Yukon Columns

That awkwardness reminded me of a conversation I had with someone last week. We chatted and then, an hour later, we bumped into each other again. And yet we started the conversation in the exact same way: "How are you? I am fine." more

What's Up Yukon Columns

The weight of Misty, our 20-year-old cat, curled up on my lap, has never been felt more. She loves the fact that I work from home and, other than being in front of the fireplace or sitting in one of three windows.... more

Yukoners Pets

I visited Germany once. My brother was stationed there with the Canadian Army and he was dating a German lady, Gabi, who is now my sister-in-law. Germany has the Autobahn, but she took us along slow, winding roads with achingly beautiful scenes.... more

Yukon Archives

I feel sorry for the screeners who work for airport security. And it's not just because they are forever in a no-win situation, where every commonsense decision to save someone hassle increases the danger on board the aircraft – "If we don't take kn more

Humour

As a young boy, I was sophisticated enough that, when given the choice of a chocolate bar or MacIntosh Toffee, I would always go for the "Mack." more

Humour

I could have sworn that it was just last month that we brought Wren home from the maternity ward. I remember, so clearly, holding her close as I tried to use scissors to remove her ankle bracelet. I must have double-, triple-, quadruple-checked ... more

What's Up Yukon Columns

Just as the metaphorical river is never the same after the water rushes past, you really can't go home again. more

What's Up Yukon Columns

And walking with our children is a chance for us adults to re-discover the wonder that this world is, and our children are more than happy to show us. Yet these opportunities are squandered by a parents talking on their cellphone. more

What's Up Yukon Columns

When the world thinks of Canada, they think of the Yukon. When Yukoners think of the Yukon, they think of Faro. more

Faro

I don't like to dance and I don't know why. For many years, I just assumed it was because I'm a guy. To dance, you must feel the music; you must express yourself. more

What's Up Yukon Columns

Recently, in my other life as a volunteer, I have been exposed to the inner workings of boards of directors and societies and such things. At first, I was overwhelmed with the complexity of it – every society has its own constitution and its own way more

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I just read about a report by Dr. Ephrem Cheng that clearly proves that the longer we work, the sooner we die. Boeing Aerospace was wondering why its pension fund was "over funded". So, Dr. Cheng looked into it and discovered that "late retirees" more

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