Bob Christie

Bob was born in Toronto and began his financial career as a trader on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He relocated to California and became SVP and CFO of a $multi-billion diversified financial entity. He served on the board of many companies in Canada and US. An avid yachtsman, he owns a twin diesel ocean going vessel once featured in Architectural Digest magazine. He maintains a hockey web site. "" and currently resides in Sausalito, California.

Most Recent Articles by Bob Christie:

About That Unpaid Bill We’re Leaving Behind…

Apr 12, 2018 — Bob Christie

Seriously into genealogy I have a genuine regard for generations past, present, and future. Our family tree is approaching 17,000 folks, almost all with substantial documentation to verify their existence and relationship to me. Birth, marriage and death records go back hundreds of years. On occasion, obtaining data for the project meant traipsing through the rain in muddy Scottish graveyards, searching for and photographing barely readable, time-worn headstones. Admittedly, solace and bodily warmth for this effort was soon sought in nearby distilleries and hospitable pubs! This to set the stage for my thoughts about responsibilities with respect to typical historical time separations within families.

What Was That All About Last Week?

Mar 25, 2018 — Bob Christie

Time to man up here
Last Tuesday evening I penned an essay that appeared on this site early Wednesday morning March 21 (see Situational Awareness May Save You: Be On The Lookout). The purpose of that piece was to encourage readers to think about a thing or event that could severely affect one’s wellbeing. Of course I was thinking dollars and cents and stock markets. But here’s an analogy to consider.

Situational Awareness May Save You: Be On The Lookout

Mar 21, 2018 — Bob Christie

Situational Awareness May Save You: Be On The Lookout
Aware people never stop looking for it.

“It”, in this instance, is a black swan, AKA “an unpredictable or unforeseen event, typically one with extreme consequences”.

Of course the extreme consequence could be a good thing . . . like winning a $multi-million lottery. No ticket purchaser actually expects to win the big prize so it can legitimately be referred to as unforeseen . . . definitely an outlier. But the color black (properly an absence of color) is commonly associated with something sinister, and like that horrid creature lurking under a child’s bed or in the darkened closet a black swan is legitimately something to be feared.

Here’s the real sordid skinny on the FBI

Feb 17, 2018 — Bob Christie

Here's the real sordid skinny on the FBI

In a recent column published in Canada Free Press “This Is Your FBI”, I posited the notion the FBI enjoyed an undeserved favorable reputation fabricated by the entertainment media that produces fanciful stories for public consumption attesting to spectacular exploits of its agents. It’s all BS! The truth is the FBI has since its founding been mostly a political institution with a sideline of fighting crime.

“This Is Your FBI”

Jan 28, 2018 — Bob Christie

This Is Your FBI

(Given the current news it seems like a good time to review a prescient column I penned several months ago that seems even more timely as we await release of the US senate intelligence committee memo covering the Trump dossier.

And how ironic that fired former FBI chief Comey is teaching a course in ethics at William and Mary. Ya gotta be kidding me!

I borrowed the title for this essay from a very popular weekly radio show (over 400 episodes) of the exact same name, broadcast during some of my growing up years 1945-1953. Before television became the focus of our attention we listened to radio, usually as a family gathered around the one piece of furniture providing our in-home entertainment. The show cited above was a favorite because it was exciting and reinforced our teachings from other sources (parents, schools, churches, the friendly constable on the beat) about distinguishing right from wrong. We came to accept the FBI as the world’s leading crime-fighting organization. We applauded its existence and personnel, were assured it could do no wrong, and even wondered how we could join up. A seemingly impossible dream.

Pricing Perspectives on Money, Monsters . . . and a Good Man

Jan 13, 2018 — Bob Christie

Pricing Perspectives on Money, Monsters
Regular readers at CFP may have stumbled upon one or more of my essays, and maybe lingered long enough to learn two of my lifelong interests are economics and hockey. A recent event caused me to reflect on those interests and put some perspective to the pricing of goods and services.

My early introduction to economics came in my pre-teen years when I began to collect stamps. Not for financial gain . . . just for fun. I enjoyed the variety of colors, pictures, emblems, and shapes like any child would. One in my possession was a German stamp circa 1923, not very colorful as I remember it, but interesting in that it was priced at 10 million marks! Looking back on it gives a different meaning to the phrase “going postal”! I knew we could send a letter in Canada for 3 cents and the difference was confusing. A million of anything was incomprehensible to me then. And inflation was something I associated with balloons. Much later in life I would learn that real inflation affects the price of everything. And out of control inflation was something to be feared, kinda like the monster Godzilla.

Something(s) Is Going Wrong

Dec 24, 2017 — Bob Christie

Unraveling of Society

Earlier this week a friend of several decades sent me a book review on the subject of guns, gun laws, mayhem in the US, etc. The reviewer took issue with Trump’s comment made while visiting Japan that “nothing can be done to stop mass shootings”. Trump’s remark followed the recent church massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The reviewer went on to compare gun deaths in Japan that “rarely exceed 10 per year while we hover around 30,000.” He finishes the thought with, “Clearly Japan has figured something out that we have not . . . or that we don’t want to.”


Nov 7, 2017 — Bob Christie

Politicians representing both parties are routinely issued talking points to be disseminated via whatever media is convenient. It is standard operating procedure. The words used are likely prepared by lawyers to stretch the mantra just far enough. The notion is to prevent presenters from going off script and betraying themselves as just ordinary fools.

It is easy to recognize talking points because they are almost never related to the topic at hand or the questions from an interviewer requiring an appropriate answer. The presenter is required to maintain a Cheshire cat grin while dispensing the party line, further confusing the audience. Those that excel at it can plant more seeds than a multi-acred farmer. The question of course remains: “Is the crop presentable enough to be saleable?”

Believe Me!

Oct 28, 2017 — Bob Christie

Hillary Clinton, Martha Stewart
It is acknowledged by honest reporters (and how few they are!) that Trump is hell bent to deliver on all his campaign promises. Prominent among those commitments is his laudable intention to “drain the swamp!” The process to do that has begun. Swamp critters, comfortable in fetid dankness now smelling the fresh air in the wind, have begun to crawl away. Too bad the swamp doesn’t have a door to smack the departing asses of Senators Corker and (well-named) Flake.

Definition: “A swamp is wet spongy land, often having a growth of certain types of trees and other vegetation, but unfit for cultivation.”


Oct 5, 2017 — Bob Christie

Last night I probably watched my last movie for awhile. The NHL regular season begins tonight and will occupy my evening viewing for the months through mid-June next year.

What flick did I see . . . again? The James Bond movie “Die Another Day” starring Pierce Brosnan. An early reel features a scene with several hovercraft engaged in a bumpercar-like skirmish. The heavily militarized craft involved were designed to float above a sea of land mines, thereby escaping a potential disastrous blow-up. Good fun to watch. But unlike the carnival rides we’ve all enjoyed, dangerous to be a participant. Not for our hero though. It’s all in a day’s work. He manages to survive, fulfilling the film’s title and promising another profitable sequel.

I’ve Had It Up To Here! And I’m Gagging!

Sep 28, 2017 — Bob Christie

The subject for discussion is “racial inequality”. I have heard that phrase for the umpteenth time over the past few days. And it is infuriating!

While the phrase is not new it is now ridiculously over-used to describe the reason why some NFL players refuse to honor the nation’s flag and anthem. Black players, mysteriously accompanied by a few sympathizing white players, “take a knee” during the traditional patriotic presentation occurring before every NFL game. These dolts (the best insult to describe jocks, among other neanderthals) refuse to stand respectfully still and silent as dictated by the league’s rules. Stunned fans in the stadiums and watching on TV, are asking, “Why are they doing that?” More crudely, some are screaming, “WTF?!”

What Will Be Her Final Answer?

Sep 26, 2017 — Bob Christie

Lady Justice, in her many forms and materials of construction, is prominently displayed and appropriately revered in dozens of locations around the world. She is a tourist attraction everywhere and prayerfully perceived as a dispenser of truth and fairness, regardless of geography and culture. She is sometimes shown blindfolded, sometimes not. She is sometimes standing authoritatively, sometimes reservedly seated. She carries a set of scales in her hand illustrating the reason for her existence is to determine, pronounce, and see that justice is delivered. And she is accompanied by a sword demonstrating her judgment is final and will be dealt with if challenged, and may be severe.


Sep 9, 2017 — Bob Christie

I’m sure many readers have their own version as to which is the really big lie, and rightly so. There are many to choose from. My peeve this time is the phrase “EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW”. In fact, it doesn’t exist.

What prompted my outrage this time? The announcement from the Department of Justice (now there’s a misnomer) that Lois Lerner will not be prosecuted.

“It All Depends On Whose Ox Is Being Gored”

Jul 29, 2017 — Bob Christie

Here’s what the above idiom means. If something awful happens to someone you don’t know, or perhaps dislike, you are likely to ignore it in the first instance, or may even applaud it in the latter instance. If something awful happens to you or your loved ones, well, that’s a different story altogether. There will be no applause from you; there will be scorn and retribution if you can make that happen.

Suppose a fence-jumping, wall-scaling illegal immigrant entered your home and horribly mutilated and murdered a member of your family . . . or maybe even your entire family. Unfortunately this has happened in the US on too many occasions. After the fact collective anguish on the part of American voters contributed to the election of Donald Trump who promised to build a wall to keep such perpetrators away from you and your family. Further, Trump has directed authorities to wage an all out war against the notorious gang of illegals from Central America known as MS-13. They number in the thousands and their activities are too horrific to describe in this civilized publication.

I’m Fed Up Enough To Write This

Jul 15, 2017 — Bob Christie

Like most readers on this site, I ingest, willingly or otherwise, a virtual flood of written and orally delivered media articles dissing our POTUS. Enough already! Its not warranted! He’s not out to get you! Well, not most of you anyway.

I think I can explain why some Americans detest and/or fear the Trump presidency. In their own minds, rightly or wrongly, they have legitimate reasons for their feelings. Others are more difficult to figure out. Maybe they’re just plain stupid, an unfixable affliction.

Let’s begin the explaining exercise by citing the elements of the Trump platform that got him elected POTUS. In no particular order (you may prioritize differently), here are the major planks in that platform.

Who Has Half A Brain?

Jun 29, 2017 — Bob Christie

In an earlier essay published in Canada Free Press (see An Issue For Debate: Universal Suffrage, March 13, 2016) I made the case for limiting the right to vote to citizens who had “skin in the game”, meaning they had reached a stage in life where they had something of value at risk. With certain exceptions, those with skin in the game are generally mature persons who have acquired tangible assets such as real estate. Mature in this case usually refers to age, although it is acknowledged that many older people may not themselves have acquired such assets. But what age is “mature”?

Persons who disagree with my thesis are likely to state something like, “Young people who haven’t lived long enough to acquire tangible assets are regularly enlisted in the armed forces, voluntarily or via conscription, and may be required to put their lives at risk protecting those who have been around long enough to acquire tangible assets. They should be entitled to vote in national elections where electees may be involved in decisions that lead conscripts into armed conflict”. A fair argument as far as it goes, but it could very well be specious.

What A Difference A Year Makes: And Who Is Asking

May 18, 2017 — Bob Christie

A year ago, half the populace was demanding an orange jump suit and iron bars for Hillary Clinton. Then POTUS Obama felt a compulsion to come to her rescue and try to save her derriere. Obama made several public TV appearances on her behalf, one of which is printed below.

Chicago shooting victims

May 1, 2017 — Bob Christie

This data is compiled from reporting done by the Chicago Tribune Breaking News staff and is typically updated more than once per week. Therefore, the most recent shootings may not be displayed immediately.


  • JAN. 1, 2017 - MAY 1, 2017—947 shooting victims;
  • JAN. 1, 2016 - DEC. 31, 2016—4,368 shooting victims

Event Promoters? Anyone? Listen Up!

Wordplay: Where Are We . . . and Where Are We Going?

Apr 28, 2017 — Bob Christie

An essay in the opinion section of the NY Times dated 4/28/17 and titled “America, From Exceptionalism to Nihilism”, set me thinking and suggested the title I assigned to my essay in response, the one you are now reading.

According to my admittedly feeble look-up, there is no precise antonym for the word nihilism. (Until dictionaries publish that currently unknown word let’s use “X” as its substitute.) But I’m pretty sure it’s not exceptionalism. There are many synonyms describing the extremes. At the favored end (in my opinion anyway) are: belief, optimism, faith, and hope. At the less desirable end (again, in my opinion) are: anarchy, atheism, lawlessness, terrorism, and mob rule. (Look it up! I didn’t make up those descriptions of proposed opposites.)

A Blood Boiler

Mar 19, 2017 — Bob Christie

An article in the March 18 issue of the Toronto Star, a left-leaning publication, got my blood boiling! It is titled “Buying their way to the front of the health-care line.” That is followed, in large bold lettering, by the question, “Should the wealthy be allowed to buy their way to faster health care at private clinics?”

My question to the authors is: Who the hell are you to deny me better health care if I can pay for it?

Uncritical and shallow thinking readers of the Star article will immediately assume the “their” persons referred to in the intros must be bad people. And they will read on to find out how bad they really are, and perhaps learn what they can do to stop them. And stop them they must!