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A Hard Pass

Posted on | May 8, 2019 | No Comments

One of the strangest awkward and daily experiences I have is with a homeless guy who lives on Bloor Street near Bathurst.

We used to have a really good thing going. I’d make eye contact and say hello and he would smile and say hello back. I’d pat myself on the back for being an okay dude. He would tolerate that.

Recently I got two super tasty eclairs and ate one and realized I only needed one. So I asked if he wanted one. He looked at me for a long time then said, “I’m going to have to take a hard pass on that.” I realized in the silence he was debating whether I might be attempting to poison him.

He is totally within his rights to refuse the eclair. And even to think I may have been attempting to poison him. It just took the shine of our hellos and it’s hard to be overly friendly with someone who debated whether you might be in the process of poisoning him.

We see each other, open our mouths to say something and then shut them. This is why I only buy one eclair now.

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    Michael Kimber is a 26-year-old journalist who suffered a nervous breakdown on November 3rd, 2009. On March 28th, 2010 when he recovered from mental illness, he began writing a blog called Colony-of-losers. About falling on your face to figure out who you are and the hilarious antics of a blond jew. What began with a few friends and his mother reading has become a cult phenomenon, averaging 10,000 views a week, receiving praise from Commonwealth Award Winner Shandi Mitchell and many others. On, November 3rd, 2010, the one year anniversary of his mental breakdown he signed with Anne McDermid and Associates, the largest literary agency in Canada. In a year he went from wearing pajamas, making his couch depression HQ to leaving his hometown for the Toronto, where he exclusively wears business suits and the armor of ancient Greeks. Don't worry, he's still choking on the feet he contently sticks in his mouth and making moments awkward just by being part of them. During these struggles he met other talented bastards and drew them into his circle. Peter Diamond became his illustrator. Patrick Campbell his video editor and part time photographer. He recently added the incredibly talented John Packman as Colony of Losers Toronto photographer. Without the support of the Colony of Losers, Michael Kimber would be nothing. Welcome to the losers and the success that comes from utter and complete failure. You aren’t alone. Follow him on twitter.com/colonyoflosersand twitter.com/quimbo. If you’d like to hire him for a public speaking engagement for mental health events in Toronto, like to arrange an interview, offer millions to publish his book or for another reason contact Michael please email him. And join his facebook Colony of Losers.

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