Winter is here. And grabbing us hard by the pipes! I turned on the heat tape wraps (around the exposed pipes) last night and that kept things flowing but the temperature is dropping and, once again, I rue my decision to having put off more insulation under the house when I had the time. You know how it is….‘Geez, maybe with global warming….?’
Next year for sure!
Actually, the winter winds had sucked all the heat from the house over the week we were away and heating the place up took much longer than usual as a result. Still not toasty. 18C. We are warm but dressed in more layers and the stove is still on full tilt! It isn’t even December yet! Typically, November is miserable and wet but not overly cold. Mind you, typically, Illinois does not issue a decades worth of tornado warnings within a few days either. So, I guess things are changing…………..
Sal’s off to work at the post office today. Intrepid worker that she is. That old saw: ‘…..through rain, hail, snow the postman makes his rounds….’ That reputation has for the post office pretty much gone the same way as the Mounties’ reputation but there are still a few members of both forces who work on the good side and Sal is one of them. The mail must go through!
It is minus ten for her in the boat I would estimate with the wind chill. The seas are a bit choppy. She is in a very small boat. There will be an empty, cold office to greet her. Then, a bit later, the plane will come in. She’ll have gotten the wood stove on in the meantime but will remain bundled up till quitting time and then, in the semi-dark, she will fire up the boat and head home. Her only link with anything being the running lights on the boat and her VHF radio. By the time she steps back in the house, she will be cold, it will be dark and me and the dogs will want dinner.
(Yes, I will do both dinners….I was only kidding….)
Intrepid and community-minded (the only reason she does it) thy name is Sally.
I’ll sit here in the meantime and write and eat bon bons. No sense both of us getting chilled now is there?
Today’s rant/topic: BC Ferries is going to cut services, raise fares and install slot machines. Prediction: watch that slot machine monster grow.
How is it that a transportation company that can’t break even but can break their actual working units (ferries, docks, designs), can’t make a profit but can break the bank with management bonuses, can’t run a system that – when they took it over – wasn’t broke but now is, think they can run a casino afloat?
I already know the answer: it is not BCF. It will be the Casino lobby connection to Christy running a piece of their business on the ferries. This is a sop to the corporate crooks the Libs hang with. They may eventually attempt to install slots in libraries, hospitals and Sky-Train, too……..what’s the diff? Why not install them in the lobbies of government services including the Liquor stores?
‘Do some shots, play some slots and soon we’ll sell you pots of pot’.
Well, hell.……… why ask such a stupid question? If there is another way for the government to screw up and screw the public at the same time, they will do it. Just remember: This government has been in deficit since they took over. This government does not sit in the legislature anymore (democratic debate, it seems, is not productive for them).
And this government has lost billions of dollars from ‘paying off’ Basi-Virk (chump change) to the Convention Centre (hundreds of millions dollars over), the Port Mann Bridge (even more over), the giving away of the Fast Ferries (a $500M expenditure sold for $19M of scrap value). And that ego parade that was the Olympics. This is the government of cutbacks for everyone but BIG industry. Christy Clark couldn’t manage a Kool-Aid stand and she is our premier.
I wonder who is really pulling the strings?