Thursday, October 30, 2008


We'll see if that title attracts a few extra readers.

On the drive up to Banff the other day we saw these fellas sitting by the side of the road. Very cool.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I saw this sign the other day while driving up to Banff:

There seems to be a flaw in the logic here.

If I was the kind of person who was not inclined to obey signs in the first place, is a sign telling me to obey signs likely to make me obey signs? Or am I likely to disregard it like I do all other signs?

(That last paragraph took a few attempts, but I think it says what I wanted it to say.)

A related thought - If this kind of thing does work, maybe media providers could run ads saying "Please obey advertising" and then charge advertisers a premium.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

about face

So, I guess I shouldn't delete my previous blog entry, even though that would be easier and less awkward than writing this one.

Early last week, a few days before I was to leave for Toronto to take the position at john st, I got a call from a contact at a Vancouver agency wanting to talk about a role there. In short, they wanted me to take on a senior role within their account group. After some serious consideration, I accepted. I will be starting with TBWA Vancouver as the Director of Client Services on Wednesday.

TBWA is a very good agency. Strong both creatively and strategically. And I'll be working with some people for whom I have a great deal of respect, including Paul Little, Andrea and Jim Southcott and Monica Buck. The challenge for me was in letting down the folks at john st, who had shown faith and confidence in me. They are a terrific shop and I was excited about working there, but in the end the opportunity to stay on the west coast and still work at a great shop won me over.

To anyone reading this from john st, I apologize or any inconvenience that I may have caused. To anyone from TBWA reading this, I'm looking forward to working with you.

A brief follow up - On Sunday, I went to a friend's birthday celebration at the local horse race track. For those of you who don't live in Vancouver and don't understand why people want to live here, here's a shot of the track. And this is on the east side, the supposedly less desirable half of town.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Moving on...

Big news. At least, for me it is.

I've taken a job in Toronto with an ad agency called john st. This of course means that I'll be leaving Vancouver and moving east.

It's a bitter sweet change for me. I'm thrilled with the job. The agency is terrific, the people are wonderful, and the role I've taken on is challenging. But at the same time I'm sad to leave Vancouver. It's home, where my family and friends are, and where I feel most at peace in the world.

But it's all a part of the adventure.

If you're in Vancouver reading this, I'll be having beers at Chill Winston from 5:00 to 8:00 tomorrow evening. Come on by. If you're in Toronto reading this, I'll be arriving on the 28th. 

Monday, October 6, 2008

KFC ends world hunger

I like this:

If I were a candidate, I'd probably make the comment about world hunger. Ten seconds of the debate to do something that's good seems like not a bad idea. But I'm sure my team would have a good discussion over it. After all, should a commercial enterprise such as KFC be able to impact the presidential debates, no matter what good cause they do it under.

If one of the candidates does make the comment, there will be a lot of press out there focussing on KFC. If I'm KFC I'd better make damned sure that I've got all my ducks in a row when it comes to my efforts to end hunger. And $20k is not a lot of money when it comes to UN efforts against world hunger.

Overall I like this idea. It leads to more thinking and discussion, which eventually leads back to addressing the real issue.