Be careful

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Be careful

Fruit cakes seem to be abounding these days. Maybe it’s the snow, I don’t know.

A couple of weeks ago, a television clip said that the Wiarton Willie committee had a weekend in Wiarton for sale on eBay with a minimum bid of $700 plus.

Organizers were apparently surprised that no one had bid on a weekend of standing in the cold watching an albino groundhog forecast six more weeks of winter.

I wouldn’t spend a weekend in Wiarton in February if you paid me $700.

Willie saw his shadow Monday morning and says there will indeed be six more weeks of winter.

*In the U.S.A., the pipe major of an Ohio band, after years of service, was given a six-month suspension from his duties.

Why? When the pipe band marched by President Barak Obama during his inauguration, the pipe major nodded at the president. This is apparently a no, no, although I wonder if Obama even saw the nod.

Heart broken, the pipe major has quit the band.

*In New Brunswick, a school princiipal has banned the singing of O Canada each morning because a few parents didn’t like it being played. The principal wants all the children to feel they belong. The school must be “inclusive”.

Such a crock. The principal picks on the many to satisfy the few. The Canadian way, it seems.

*In Birmingham, England, city council is removing the apostrophe from all city signs, etc. as a cost saving measure. Sounds more like a measure to confuse.

When the councillors of that fair city don’t understand the use of the apostrophe or don’t care if it is abused, it tells you that the Birmingham education system has long been a failure.

*In Ottawa, the politicians are positively slobbering over the chance to throw money around. Deficits are the new world order and Canada doesn’t want to be left behind.

Something tells me not one of them has a clue as to how to get the economy going again.

*As I shovelled the walk in front of the office Thursday, a white object drove along and parked across my driveway. It was a car; the back window and passenger side windows were completely covered with snow.

After a couple of minutes, a woman got out of the car and I suggested she move her vehicle since I wanted out.

In a minute, she said, as she ran across the road to complete an errand.

Since she couldn’t see to the rear or the right, I hope she never ran into anyone after she left the neighbourhood.

Friday, someone else parked across my driveway when I wanted out, so I was stranded. I wonder what the reaction would be if I found where the culprits lived and parked across their driveway for an hour or two.

If I ever strike it rich, I’m going to buy one of those monster trucks that can drive over other vehicles. Then I won’t care if anyone is parked across my driveway.

*Finally, be careful. In the past week I’ve talked to too many people who seem ready to snap. It might only take another snowflake or two or someone parked across my driveway!

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According to Environment Canada, average temperatures, surprise, surprise, were three to four degrees below normal in southern Ontario in January. Coldest temperatures recorded in the province was -43 Jan. 14 in Fort Frances.

As for snow in January, it was “death by a thousand flurries” in southern Ontario, says Environment Canada.

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