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My 2 Sense

About Me

Boy Scout

I am a 66-year-old curmudgeon and, by definition, have no patience with incompetence, deceit and bullshit. I have been an advertising and marketing consultant and graphic designer for 45 years. I have also been a filmmaker, writer, producer, director, businessman, promoter, real estate developer and restaurant owner. Oh...and a boy scout.

I am a true Canadian generalist which is to say a jack of all trades and master of none. I am a social democrat politically; a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. I believe it is possible for individuals to affect change and for our system of governance to improve.

I am cynical about the will to do so for the simple reason that I suspect politicians and their motives for wanting to govern others. This is borne out by my opinions of our current crop of leaders as you will see elsewhere in this blog.

I was a hippie semi-socialist as a university student, and have been a small "c" capitalist and small businessman my whole life. I support the right of anyone to succeed in bettering and enriching themselves but not at the expense of others. In my opinion Marx was an idiot and Lenin was a hypocrite. So is Donald Trump and all other unfettered capitalists..

I have travelled around the world; lived on a nude beach in Mykonos, broke bread with Koochi tribesmen in Afghanistan, had an Iranian border guard put me up against a wall with a machine gun and threaten my life. I have also almost died in a hospital. I have raced Formula Fords in California and hobnobbed at Hollywood parties with stars, who believe it or not, are for the most part, just real nice normal folks. I've produced and co-produced music concerts with Muddy Waters, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper and Canadians, Bruce Cockburn and Harmonium. I have co-written and co-produced one feature film.

I have done most every recreational drug known to man, back in the day, and only ended up addicted to cigarettes. Now I smoke nothing but I see no significant reason for pot not to be legal.

I am a user of the health care system in that I have Crohn's Disease and C.O.P.D. I have nothing but gratitude to the Canadian medical system and in particular, St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. As well, I have incredible respect for the professions of psychology and psychiatry in helping those who have mental problems which may be the result of either birth or circumstance.

I am happily married after a lifetime of serial monogamous relationships interspersed with lecherous liasons. My wife is bi-polar, which means she can go from zero to crazy in 2 seconds. She can make menopause look like a transcendental state of bliss. My wife is also the bravest woman I know. She is my heroine.

I am a blasphemer having no respect for any organized religion and an enmity for a couple of particularly dogmatic ones. You know, the ones with hats. That said, I'm a student of spirituality and in some small personal way, practice my own spiritual path.

I believe that my purpose in life is to know myself and project love. How successful I've been with that would be for others to determine. I believe that each of us must strive to be an integrated personality; to do what we say and say what we mean, in short, be a standup guy or gal as the case may be.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken, opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright crude'n'rude.

Courtney Smith

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