Pick Me Ups

A friendly picker upper for the perfect stranger.

6 word stories February 3, 2012

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 10:40 am

Dear Perfect Stranger,

I’ve always held some interest in the power of words and how powerful just a few words can be. Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” and he apparently called it his best work. The six words immediately launch a series of questions. Why are the shoes for sale? What happened to the baby? Was there ever a baby? Who is that mysterious person selling the shoes?

When asked to write similar, 6 word stories, writers had a plethora of ideas. Some of my favorites include:

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
Margaret Atwood

From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.
Gregory Maguire

Nevertheless, he tried a third time.
James P. Blaylock

Thought I was right. I wasn’t.
Graeme Gibson

Writing a 6 word story is harder than you’d think. I’m still working on mine.

Do you have any ideas that can be put into 6 words?


Your friendly picker upper 🙂


Seven Blunders of the World December 4, 2010

Filed under: Cards,Quotes — neepaparikh @ 7:17 pm
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Location: Thode Library balcony cubicle (McMaster University)


Dear Perfect Stranger,

There are many things that we as people have found to be wrong with our society. Non-violence activist and freedom fighter, Mahatma Gandhi, came up with a comprehensive list of these things called “Seven Blunders of the World”. What he came up with follows.

1. Wealth without work

2. Pleasure without conscience

3. Knowledge without character

4. Commerce without morality

5. Science without humanity

6. Worship with sacrifice

7. Politics without principle

I think those seven mistakes cover just about ever situation which we as a society find unfair. What do you think? Would you add anything to that list? Have you seen yourself affected by any of these blunders?

Have a wonderful day!


Your friendly picker upper 🙂


A Wolf Fight November 10, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 12:57 pm

Location: 1280 booth


Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you doing? While surfing the web, I came across this great story.

An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life…

He said to them “A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil – he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority and ego.

The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

This same fight is going on inside you, and insider every other person too.”

They thought about it for a minute, and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win, Grandfather?”

The elder simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Which wolf do you feed?


Your friendly picker upper 🙂


Insignificant October 23, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 11:17 am
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Location: University of Waterloo Tim Horton’s


Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you doing today? I hope that you are doing well and if not, I hope that this note serves as a little pick me up during your day.

I have a question for you. Have you ever thought about the world and our lives as segments of time? I mean have you ever noticed how insignificant our time on Earth is? The Earth is something like 4.5 billion years old. Of that, about 1 billion years have had multicellular life with humans only appearing in the last 200,000 years. The average human life span in Canada is 80.2 years. By any measure that’s nothing in comparison to Earth’s 4.5 billion years. Even if we compare how long humans have been on Earth to say fish (505 million years) or even birds (208 million years) we make up such an insignificant amount of time. So if we’re only around for an insignificant fraction of the world’s history, do our lives even matter?

Well here’s the thing, in the small amount of time humans have been on Earth, they’ve completely changed it. So who’s to say that you can’t be part of that change? Who’s to say that you don’t have the drive to make your life significant in some way. We all have the same opportunity to leave some sort of impact. Will your life be significant? I sure hope so. I hope I can make mine significant too.


Your friendly picker upper 🙂


First Year September 15, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 7:06 pm
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Location: Woodstock Hall 2-4 Lounge


Dear Perfect Stranger,

I hope that the person that picks up this card is actually a first year. Are you a freshman? How are you doing today? I hope that you are doing well and if not, I hope that this note serves as a little pick-me-up during your first few days of university classes. A lot of things must be going through your mind like “Can I do this?” and “What if it’s too hard?”. I’m here to tell you that yes, you can do it. University is one of those things that if you put in the effort, you’ll succeed in. So here are a few tips to success.

  1. Make sure you leave time for fun after finishing assignments and studying.
  2. Get to know as many different kinds of people as possible.
  3. Get involved in the McMaster community by joining a club, IRC etc.
  4. Pop the McMaster bubble and really learn about Hamilton.

If these tips don’t help, ask your reps or CA’s for help. They’d love to!


Your friendly picker upper


Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain August 27, 2010

Filed under: Cards,Quotes — neepaparikh @ 4:40 pm
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Location: Under a lunch bag


” Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain


Wicked or noble – Lemony Snicket August 18, 2010

Filed under: Cards,Quotes — neepaparikh @ 4:58 pm
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Location: Toronto Zoo – Front entrance


“People aren’t either wicker or noble. They’re like a chef’s salad, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.”

Lemony Snicket


Fantasy – J.R.R. Tolkein August 10, 2010

Filed under: Cards,Quotes — neepaparikh @ 11:03 pm
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Location: Mall change room


Dear Perfect Stranger,

How are you doing today? Well, I hope. I’d like to share with you a quote about imagination and fantasy which I find inspiring. I hope you will too.

” Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?… If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people as we can!”

– J.R.R. Tolkein

So please attempt to share your ideas and your fantasies. The workings of the mind are always worth sharing.


Your friendly picker upper 🙂


Species Advancement August 8, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 6:22 pm
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Location: GO Bus seat


How are you doing today? I hope that you are doing well and if not, I hope this note serves as a little pick-me-up during your day.

I’m not sure about you but I never really stop and take time to reflect on how far we’ve come as a species. I mean we live in such a different world than when our species first evolved or if you don’t believe in that, a different world than a few hundred years ago. It’s just that our species has progressed (depending on your view) so much that its mind-boggling.

Think about it. Just a hundred years ago or further, few people travelled more than a few hundred kilometers from where they were born. Few people left their countries of birth. Today, one can just hop in a plane and go from one side of the world to another in mere hours. Even when it comes to the number of people one meets in their lifetime, we’re lucky. Hundreds of years ago, chances were you wouldn’t meet more than about a hundred people over your lifetime. Today, we can meet than many people in hours using social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. And we can keep in touch with people all around the world.

So maybe not all of us have all of these luxuries but those of us in the developed world are extremely fortunate. We have come quite far as a species. I suppose congratulations are in order. So congrats humans!


Your friendly picker upper


Oh, The Places You’ll Go – Dr. Seuss August 7, 2010

Filed under: Cards,Quotes — neepaparikh @ 10:49 am
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Location: The Snooty Fox


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

– Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go