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MILLION(AIRE) TO ONE ODDS

By | Neil Morrison, News

A successful author has been studying the habits of the wealthy and has come up with some interesting finds. Over 4 years, the author spoke with 233 wealthy individuals. He asked each of them the same 144 questions. He then compiled the data and released his, ‘Rich Habits Study.’ The main thing he learned was how they actually created their wealth. All of the wealthy people he interviewed followed one of three predominant paths to get rich. 1.The ‘saver-investors’ The “saver-investors” all had zero debt, and the passive income generated by their invested savings was enough to meet or exceed their standard of living. 2.The ‘virtuosos’ These rich people were virtuosos in their career, industry, or profession. They were among the best at what they did. These individuals either worked for large, publicly-held corporations, in which a significant portion of their compensation was stock-based compensation or they were entrepreneurs/small business owners with enterprises that were highly profitable. 3.The ‘dreamers’ The “dreamers” were by far the wealthiest group in the author’s study. Approximately 51% of them were individuals who pursued some big dream and were able to turn that dream into a reality. Their dream eventually provided them with an enormous amount of income, profit, or gain. You may not be rich yet, but if you fall into one of those three categories you just may be one step closer.

A TASTE OF HEAVEN

By | Neil Morrison, News
According to readers of the Vancouver Sun, Uli’s restaurant on Marine Drive in WR has the best burgers in metro Vancouver. Not just South of the Fraser, but the entire LM. That’s a very impressive feat. I’ve been going to Uli’s for years, and I will tell you, their burgers are something else. But know this if you are going to head down there to try one, it’s not only the taste that will blow your mind, but it’s the passion behind the scenes as well. Owner Tyson Blume wants his food to be the best it can possibly be. Therefore most of the food he uses to create your meal is made from local ingredients. It’s very important to him that the staff know just how to explain to the customer the love that is put into every single meal they make. If you aren’t happy, they’re not happy. When it comes to their burgers specifically, before you take the first bite, ask your server to speak to Tyson or Jenny the GM and listen to what they have to say about how that burger is prepared. You’ll understand why the burger is the best burger in all of metro Vancouver. It is truly made with passion and commitment.  Take that first bite, and then get ready for the taste of heaven. Oh, and don’t forget the Frites (thin french fries) on the side. Enjoy.
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RED LIGHT CAMERA ANXIETY

By | Neil Morrison, News

Is it just me, or have you become anxious when approaching intersections now that the red light cameras are in effect 24 hours a day? (Previously they only ran during the morning and afternoon rush hours- 6 hours in total per day) In case you were unaware, get caught going thru a red light in one of the many – and I mean MANY – cameras that are set up on practically every intersection on every main street thru Surrey, you will be mailed a ticket for $167 and it will cost you 2 points. Nothing to say ‘whatever’ about. The problem I’m having is a little anxiety when approaching a light and I can see the pedestrian sign is at the red hand stage. If it’s a light that has no advanced flashing lights nor a countdown clock along with the hand, when do you know if and when it’s going to change? Perhaps you have already gone thru an intersection when the light was yellow and wondered, ‘Did that just cost me $167?’ It’s happened to me a few times now. Practically every main intersection on every main thoroughfare South Of The Fraser has a red light camera now . And don’t forget, turning left on an advance that’s gone red is also considered running a red light. That said, the fine police should make a killing at the intersection of Highway 10 and 152nd alone. 

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“TICKETS! GET YOUR TICKETS HERE!”

By | Neil Morrison, News

The province is going thru another particularly brutal fire season. We don’t see a lot here other than the odd grass fire caused by – among almost nothing else – a discarded cigarette butt. Despite all the campfire bans in place in BC thanks to bone-dry conditions, some people still don’t get it. BC Conservation Officials handed out 42 tickets for unlawful campfires last weekend alone. Most of the tickets were handed out to people in the Squamish area, although others in the province also were handed a fine of $1,150. They could also be out of pocket another $10,000 in ‘administrative penalties’ and could face a year in jail. Get caught causing a forest fire and you could be looking at a fine of  $100,000 and ten years in prison. But that’s not all. Causing a fire can get you all of that, and charges to pay for firefighting costs as well. 42% of all fires are human caused. Many more to come unfortunately. *5555 to report any fire you see. 

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BURIED TREASURE?

By | Neil Morrison, News

When I was a kid I remember friends and I burying a, ‘time capsule’ in one my friends backyard. I had totally forgotten about it until recently when I read a news story out of Saskatchewan. A village in Saskatchewan called Alvena recently unearthed a capsule that had been in the ground for 50 years. And when they did what they saw, and felt, was bitter disappointment. They had expected it would contain coins, newspapers – mementos of what like was like in rural Saskatchewan in 1968. What they found was a broken stubby beer bottle and some inconsequential paperwork. Bummer. This village had been talking about this time capsule for a full years before it was dig up. It was big news for the community. Builder had told the mayor a wall – or Cairn as it is known to some – contained a capsule, and in that box was money, a local paper from 1968, and some other valuable items. Well, someone didn’t tell 1968 that that’s what 2018 was expecting. What they ended up with was a brick wall demolished, and a useless time capsule. As for those who may find (or have found our time capsule) they will surely feel the same, but they may find a couple of cool vintage hockey cards and perhaps a marble or too. Hey those Boulders and Smokies were big back in the day!

 

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Rainbow Warriors

By | Neil Morrison, News

For the second time since it was painted at Five Corners in White Rock, the rainbow crosswalk walk was vandalized in again last night. Not sure exactly what was written, but it does prove one thing. Ignorance is very much alive, and very much lives to upset those who believe in tolerance and acceptance. WR Mayor Wayne Baldwin worded it very well when he said, “People are forgetting that it’s a symbol of the LGBTQ community, but more than that, it’s a symbol of acceptance for everybody, including persons with disabilities, First Nations, and anybody who has been – at one point in time – marginalized. That’s really what’s so disappointing about it, what a shame.” What a shame indeed. What s shame that there are people living among us that can’t just let people be. That their lives are so incredibly empty that the only thrill they get is doing damage to others and what other people tolerate and believe in. This isn’t the first crosswalk to be vandalized. Surrey’s was as well, so was Fort Langley’s and the list goes on. A small group who believe that doing stupid things like vandalizing property will do anything but strengthen our tolerance and acceptance. It makes those who accept our fellow human beings no matter what their preference, ethnicity, colour, or religion – it makes us stronger and them weaker. No matter what they try and do, they know, deep down, that they can’t win. And it tears them up inside knowing it just makes those who believe in equality, just a little bit stronger as a collective voice. In turn, it makes them look just a little more ignorant and dumb. By 11am city crews had the graffiti cleaned off. Now, we’re just waiting for Karma to do it’s thing.  

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Why Does Thursday Feel Like Friday?

By | Neil Morrison, News, Uncategorized

The one thing my co-workers and I all agreed on today, that is today feels like Friday. Not sure why it feels like a Friday. Perhaps it’s because everyone around here has their plans set for the weekend. Perhaps it’s because this weekend is the BC Day long weekend. Perhaps it’s because it’s been almost a whole month since the last long weekend ( but you’ve had the kids all day so…) I thought, ‘let’s look into this,’ so I googled, ‘Why Does Thursday Feel Like Friday?’ And you know who’s to blame? Tuesday and Wednesday. According to medicaldaily.com, ‘Researchers asked participants to list the words they most strongly associated with days of the week. They found that more words were listed for Mondays and Fridays as opposed to the middle weekdays, giving the beginning and end-of-the-week days a stronger identity. Mondays were labeled with negative words, as one would expect, like boring, hectic, and tired. Fridays were labeled with positive words like party, freedom, and release. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays carried less meaning, which allowed them to be more easily confused.’ So if we focus more on Tuesdays and Wednesday and what day they actually are, perhaps Thursdays will no longer seem like Fridays. Or, wine. There is always wine. 

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Is It Time To Say Goodbye To The 9-5?

By | Neil Morrison, News

Yesterday’s Pulse Poll on our twitter feed (@pulse1077) asked the question, ‘What would your ideal work week be?’ Overwhelming, 83% said they would like to see longer hours, but a shorter work week. 13% said the way it is now is just fine. An informal poll yes, but clearly people want a change from the traditional 9-5. Before we move forward let’s go back. Just where did the traditional 9-5 workday come from? For that answer we have to go all the way back to the year 1810. Yes, 1810. That’s when the concept was originally thought up. It wasn’t until 1938 when the United States considered it, ‘legal standard’. Presumably that’s when 9-5 became the norm. Not sure about Canada but let’s assume it was around the same time. That said, it’s 2018 – does it make any sense to continue with a 9-5 workday? Perhaps you can remember back to when everything was closed on Sundays except churches. We were a far more christian based society then. We are not anymore so Sundays changed and stores were allowed to be open. So what about the traditional 9-5? The Pulse Poll yesterday showed that 83% of you want a new system. And that system could be one of two things: The first plan could be a 10 hour work-day for 4 days a week and three days off. The other possible system that gets brought up once in awhile is the system of staggered work hours. Most factories already do it. First responders and those in the health care use that system too. Wouldn’t we be much more productive if everyone had different shift times? Think about it – no traffic jams, less stress, more family time. In 2018, it just makes sense. It’s time to step away from 1938 and into 2018. The sooner, the better. 

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Don’t Judge A Zebra By It’s Stripes

By | Neil Morrison, News

A Zoo in Cairo, Egypt is making news these days for all the wrong reasons. A form of false advertising if you will. A recent tourist visiting the Zoo noticed something didn’t seem quite right when he went to look at the Zebras. He took a picture with one of the animals that’s gone viral and now the argument is on regarding the species. Some who have seen the picture say it’s a Zebra, while others – many others – say it’s a painted Donkey. Here’s the link courtesy of the BBC: (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-44968509) What do you think? This isn’t the first time a zoo has tried to pass off an animal as another species. In Gaza in 2012 they put stuffed animals on display because of shortages. A zoo in China dissipated visitors by proclaiming they had penguins when they were in fact blow-up penguins, and another zoo in China tried to pass off a type of dog – A Tibetan Mastiff – as a Lion. Word is they glued the mane on the dog. That’s nothing, recently on a trip to the Greater Vancouver Zoo a couple tried to tell me their pet monkey was their child. When I called them on it, the father punched me and stole my banana. 

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Another Step Closer To The Accord

By | Neil Morrison, News

By no means do I consider myself a wine Connoisseur, but what happened to me after I turned 45 can only be described as some kind of, ‘metamorphosis’. I was always a guy who liked his beer. Again, not a beer snob but appreciated the flavour of various beers. From Guinness to a good light Pilsner, it was all about the beer. (Perhaps it had something to do with a magnum of wine when I was 16 years old at a park party that saw me in the ER for alcohol poisoning) When I turned 45 I remember a friend asking me to pick up some beer for a party we were going to. I remember thinking, ‘too many beers just bloat me now, I’m going with wine.’ I never looked back. Sure, I like to have a beer or two (or three, or five…) around a campsite, but when it comes to dinner parties, or the odd date (‘odd’ the key word here for the most part) I have now transformed into a man who prefers a good red, to a good Pint. And that leads me to ponder what’s next… Early Dinners? Driving 20k below the speed limit? Sandals and Socks? Cardigans? A White Honda Accord? 

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