A few thoughts to close 2011 with

The end of one year and the beginning of another is always a good time to think about how to make the next year better than the last.

In that spirit, here are a few favourite bits of good advice I still like to look over from time to time to put things into perspective. By posting them here, maybe they will help others in 2012:

  • “Keep Calm and Carry On” – Government advice to British citizens during World War II
  • “Whatever line of work you get into… make sure it’s something you love, something you enjoy doing. If you can accomplish this, you are bound to be successful.” – George Burns
  • “One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!” – Former British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill
  • “Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well find some way that is going to be interesting.” – Actress Katharine Hepburn
  • “One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore faith in yourself.” – Actress Lucille Ball
  • “The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy. I mean that if you are happy you will be good.” – Philosopher Bertrand Russell
  • “Man is a rational animal – so at least I have been told. Throughout a long life, I have looked diligently for evidence in favor of this statement, but so far I have not had the good fortune to come across it.” – Bertrand Russell
  • “Don’t get kicked out the back door. If you’re going to get kicked out, go out the front, with your dignity.” – Former Continental Airlines chief executive Gordon Bethune
  • “Don’t worry about things that you have no control over, because you have no control over them. Don’t worry about things that you have control over, because you have control over them.”  – Mickey Rivers, former baseball player.

A happy New Year to all!


The View from Seven 2011 stats and factoids

Total visits to Dec. 30: 39,239 (mostly from within Manitoba, though there are “regulars” from around Canada and the U.S.)

Busiest Day: 409 visits on Sept. 1 (Canada’s analog-to-digital TV transition day, when a flood of visitors arrived wondering why they had suddenly lost their TV signals, using search terms like “No more TV in Manitoba what to do”)

The seven most-read posts of 2011 (to Dec. 30): 

1. Your Guide to Digital TV in Winnipeg and Southern Manitoba (5,652 visits)

2. The World’s Best Governments (1,171 visits)

3. Diner’s Digest lets you see health inspectors’ reviews of local restaurants (972 visits)

4. Transair: A Look Back at Winnipeg’s Hometown Airline (895 visits)

5. Winnipeg’s Housing Market: Out of balance, nice and tight, or vulnerable to rate shocks? (866 visits)

6. Several Manitoba communities set to lose service after Digital TV switchover (600 visits)

7. Northwest soon to become yet another YWG ghost (596 visits)

Top seven specific traffic sources aside from search engines (to Dec. 30):

1. One Man Committee (595 visits)

2. Anybody Want a Peanut? (428 visits)

3. Winnipeg Love Hate (368 visits)

4. Endless Spin Cycle (366 visits)

5. Progressive Winnipeg (293 visits)

6. Slurpees and Murder (213 visits)

7. West End Dumplings (175 visits)

Most Commented Post:   Your Guide to Digital TV in Winnipeg and Southern Manitoba (110 comments to date)

Best reader anecdote: “I enjoyed reading about Transair. Back in the 1960′s I was involved in rocket flights out of Churchill had have fond memories of flying their DC-4, CF-TAW, that was only 4-years younger than I. There were stories of passenger participation in the operation. I myself asking the stewardess about 10 minutes out of Winnipeg whether the flaps should still be half extended. She said she would go up front to check. Within 30-seconds the flaps were fully retracted.” (By David Evans, June 11, 2011)

Most memorable search terms used to find this blog: Centreventure is evil, Will Princess Charles inherit the throne and Where to fuck in Belgium

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