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The Big Blue Paint Can

Posted on: August 8th, 2015 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

In Canada, in federal-level politics, the official colour for the Conservative Party of Canada is blue, the social-democratic New Democratic Party (NDP) uses orange, and the Liberal Party of Canada uses red.

We need to paint our Canadian House this fall.

We are now at the front door of a recommended paint store. “The best paint store in the world,” stated CES* the world’s most trusted paint advisor.

Inside the front door there are two glass doors.

Between the two doors, we read,

“Welcome to the world’s best paint store.”

Please look into the two rooms behind each of the glass doors.

After looking for a few minutes, you may, if you wish, enter each room separately.

It is not necessary to go into both rooms.

You must however make a purchase in one, and only one, of the two rooms

The door were made of glass, and it was easy to see what was in the room behind the door.

In the room to the left I could see various paint strips, bright, muted, complementary and contrasting colors . . . even different types of paint (inside and outside). And I could see over to one side there were strips of color for stains. I could see a separate section with all sorts of supplies; paints brushes, rollers, paint remover, gloves, plastic sheeting . . . everything needed and then some. As I stood by the door staring into this room on my left, a young married couple, together with whom assumed to be one set of parents, came into the store, excused themselves as they walked past me, opened the door to the left room and walked in.

They were greeted by whom I assumed to be salespeople, a man and a woman.

My spouse and I then look into the room on the right. The walls and the ceiling are a pale blue with a matching pale blue plush carpet on the floor.

There is a single item,a gallon paint can, in the middle of floor. There is no indication of the color inside the can. The color of the can is blue. Side and top (and probaby the bottom).

As we talked we watched people come into the store and tried to figure out why some went to the left and some to the right.

Those going to the left were rarely alone, while those going to the right were often alone.

Those going to the left spent before at least several minutes, and come out holding swathes of colors, talking with animation.

Those going into the room on the left went in for 1, maybe 2 minutes, and walked out with serious yet relieved look on their face.

I looked at my spouse, and shrugged my shoulders and mouthed “What’s going on?” And then, “Which door?”

The one on the right? Or the one on the left?

Blue Can

Can’t open

Pay with eye scan and the can is delivered to your home

Delivered can is different that the one in the store. it is more like a facsimile.

The sign beside Blue Can:

Contained in this can is all you need to paint your whole house inside and out.

No muss, no fuss.

One price

One can of paint

One paint color fits all

Red Room


Select Colors

Take home

Work with others to select best colors, paints or stains, inside or out, and with different application methods

You can go back and forth as often as you like.

Once every one painting their house this fall has chosen from either the left or right door and product(s) and process(es) within . . . if the majority have chosen the “Blue” nothing will happen for four months, but even at that time it is unlikely the Blue Can will be opened because there is nothing in the can but the same color that existed before the decision to paint your Canadian house.

However if you chose the product and processes behind the door on the left, you can immediately begin redecorating; using the colors uniquely suited for each room in the house as well as the environment surrounding the house.

This is just the beginning of this story.

Response to “We stay united, says Shaikh Saud”

Posted on: May 6th, 2012 by Tom Pattillo No Comments

I greatly admire His Highness Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

I was fortunate to live and work in Ras Al Khaimah for five years. I was honored to tutor two of his nephews. I met and became friends with people of all nationalities and religions.

While in RAK, I taught at the HCT Women’s College, started my own business, and was the corporate trainer for RAK International Airport.

As a Human Resources consultant and trainer, I prepared and conducted seminars for Ras Al Khaimah government and private organizations.

(The parents of a young Muslim woman ex-pat from Jordan allowed me to teach her how to conduct a 1-hour Motivation and Communication workshop. (Allow me to again offer a sincere thank you to government organizations in RAK who permitted her to conduct five workshops (for which she received my MacBook Pro!).

Those five years allowed me to experience the professionalism and friendship of the citizens with whom I interacted; the court, both hospitals, RAK Tourism, the Police, my Emirati sponsor (she and her family looked after me!) and all of the wonderful people at the RAK International Airport.

The one constant during that time was the leadership of Shaikh Saud. Echoing his many comments, I certainly support the commitment he, his family, and the citizens of Ras Al Khaimah, have made to protect their culture, their history, and their voice.

Justice Louis Brandeis (Dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928).) opined: (précis) All leaders must be on guard, regardless of how honest, sincere, loyal, and honorable, against the “insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.”

The United Arab Emirates must cease to listen to and follow the advice of those “without understanding.”

My greatest regret about my time in Ras Al Khaimah was my inability to help Emirati students overcome the UAE education system staffed by ex-pats “without understanding”.

The reality is that  “behind closed doors”, UAE citizens and their leaders were both denigrated and patronized. Sycophants promoting their own agenda are the bane of trusting and honorable leaders. My friends, my students, their parents, and RAK leaders deserve more.

A country must wrest control of their future from the experts (and consultants) who appear to be erudite and wise but are in fact unethical and immoral.

As the UAE continues to further trust its ability to analyze, choose and implement decisions, ways will be found to fulfill their commitment to preserve and protect their Arab culture.

I hope one day I may return to RAK to renew my acquaintances and to admire the changes and progress taking place.

Thank you to His Highness Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, for allowing me to experience a very meaningful five years.

(As an aside, please note: my daughter, using a picture I took in 2008, created the image (attached) of the RAK International Airport covered in snow. If this does not come through, please contact me and I will send separately.)