The View from The Niagara Guide

General observations and musings on how we can make Niagara a better place.

Looking Past Appearance to Find Value

Mark Kawabe - Monday, August 23, 2010

"You never get a second change to make a good first impression."

"Never judge a book by its cover."

Both sayings have their applications, but we all know that as a society, we tend to go by appearances.

I bought 42 peaches for $5 the other day. Despite the fact I went to the source - the farm - this was a bargain by any measure. The reason they were so inexpensive? They were "seconds".

What makes a peach a second? In this case, as far as I could tell, the only thing "wrong" with these peaches were blemishes. When we ate them that night, they were juicy and flavourful, firm and satisfying. Nothing "wrong" with them once they were peeled. The last time I checked, people peel their peaches before eating them, so there was no way to tell they were "seconds".

When it comes to the search for value, appearances can be deceiving. Something to think about as we slog through another Monday.



Does Driving an H3 Make You a "Bad" Person?

Mark Kawabe - Wednesday, January 27, 2010
While out and about I noticed a business person has chosen to drive an H3, complete with their contact information and company logo on it.

What do you think about people who choose to drive vehicles that are perceived to be environmentally unfriendly?

We live in an increasingly eco-conscious society and many people try to make "green" choices whenever possible. Going green is the hallmark of a responsible citizen is it not? So what about this businessperson? What could one possibly guess about their character, either positive or negative?

I'm curious about your opinion so I haven't put forward my own to see where the discussion goes.


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