David Bouchier

David Bouchier’s weekly essays are full of unexpected observations and whimsical opinions. Listeners will relish his entertaining, enlightening, and sometimes exasperated commentaries on the routines that carry us through the year, the surreal rituals of politics, the unsettling experience of foreign travel, and the confusions and comedies of everyday suburban life.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Walking Alone

David Bouchier.

After what seemed like a long time crawling around on the floor I learned to walk at the age of about fourteen months, and I've been walking ever since. I liked walking from the start. It is more dignified than crawling, and faster, and allows us to see more things. Some medical authorities have even suggested that walking may be good for our physical health, although we should probably reserve judgment on that.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Perilous Planet

David Bouchier

Wednesday will be Earth Day. So what should we do? Back in the 1970s, when Earth Day began, the answer was fairly simple: plant a tree, raise consciousness, promote cleaner air and water. It was a ritual of purification and celebration, a feel good day.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Taxed To The Limit

David Bouchier

This is the week when it becomes clear that “Government by the people” actually means “Government paid for by the people.” In the shadow of April 15 we are all preparing to make our involuntary contributions towards another year of government, no matter what it costs, and of course we should feel wonderful about that.

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David Bouchier
12:34 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

The Real Working Class

David Bouchier

I always enjoy watching other people at work, especially if they know what they are doing and I don't, which is often the case. There is something fascinating about the interior mechanism of a dishwasher or the mysterious web of wires inside an electrical fuse box. We depend on these devices, and we ought to understand them, but usually we have to call in a technician of some kind when things go wrong. Competent technicians are hard to find and expensive to hire.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon March 23, 2015

How Am I Doing?

David Bouchier

The plumber came to our house the other day to do a small repair, and almost as soon as he got back in his truck I received an e-mail from the company asking us to rate our satisfaction with his promptness, his work, and his attitude (but not, I noticed, the bill). The house was not knee deep in water, and what more can you ask of a plumber? I gave him an A.

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