Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Last night was the R. Tait Mckenzie Awards dinner, which is like the Stanley Cup for high school students in Almonte who don't suck at life. Now, I may no longer be in high school, but I chose to attend for a couple of reasons:
1. Perianne Jones was the guest speaker - you really don't want to miss one of those speaking engagements.
2. Alison Aldred was nominated. For those who know the Aldreds, she is the little sister of both Luke and Rachel, and is a hybrid Aldred, and we're not talking the shitty Toyota that celebrities buy to make them feel better about destroying the environment. She is really tall like Luke, and a girl like Rachel, so she is obviously related.

After a few hours of speeching, some unnecessary, some very unnecessary, some edited by Kieran, we finally arrived at the culmination if the evenings activities - the handing out of the award. Which involves some congratulations, some medal or something, and 1200$ towards your post-secondary education. Not too shabby.
To cut a long story short - Alison won, which was pretty awesome. Congratulations Alison!

But that wasn't the real reason for this post. The real reason was that while standing around at the Civitan Hall in Almonte chit-chatting after the award was handed out, I noticed something a little odd. I was not carrying a camera, but this is basically what it looks like:

Basically they were attached to the wall in exactly that way. I was a little confused - is it implied that you need to sanitize your hands before defibrillation? Or maybe AFTER you defibrillate someone, its a good idea to use hand sanitizer? Or a third option - maybe you need to sanitize the guy you are ABOUT to defibrillate? I thought defibrillation was a highly time-sensitize activity, and the addition of this hand sanitizing station makes it unnecessarily complex in my mind. If you need to use a defibrillator in the Civitan Hall, I think making sure your hands are germ-free is should not really be an issue...


  1. I must point out that its Alison with one 'L'

  2. HAHA a real journalist intern wouldn't make that mistake.

  3. I didn't realize that Almonte was such a melting pot of Francophonie and whatever-you-call-yourself.