Smoke is bad. Half a km visibility. I can taste it. NOT good. Fewer boats, of course. Less outside time for doing anything. Nothing like a visit from one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse to get your attention.
Bad guys went by in a boat the other night. Fired maybe twenty rounds of automatic, heavy caliber fire in the general direction of our house. Smidge shocking. I did not take it personally. It was just bad guys. But NOT just naughty boys…but real bad guys. They are known to authorities.
The RCMP are all over them all the time (or so they say). But – for us – we had our first visit from the ‘madding/zombies crowd’ and the ‘drive-bys’ and our response (similar to our neighbours in town I guess) was a bit odd….“Yikes! what’s that?” Or, “Sounds like gunfire…no? Must be fireworks, eh?” My closest neighbour ran to the top of his property to get a good look but immediately assumed the low-profile position when it became obvious what it was. “Geez, my first response was to present a target!” Take-away: we are not accustomed to the usual evil in the world and had very little in the way of a proper response.
That may have to change.
Book club invited me (and Sal but she is already a member in attendance) to talk about our book. Thirty-something women. And me. One room. I lasted about half an hour, maybe forty minutes. It was fun. They were very nice. Supportive of our effort and all. But book club is a concentration of estrogen and I am more like a stain on a white shirt there. Be polite. Smile a little. Thank them. And get out. Still, our community is very good that way. They support our efforts and it was very nice. I like them.
Maybe in fewer numbers…….
Health clinic work is still going on. We are meeting and politicking and strategizing and juggling logistics since everyone is a volunteer with a busy life attached. Every day with the emails and the phone calls. Funny, really. Being a volunteer is a costly and time consuming hobby. I figure approximately $50.00 a visit for a meeting or something. And we are twice or more a month right now…one way or another. Maybe six to eight hours a week with emails…? Crazy hobby.
Is it just me? But there is a our boy, Justin marching in Gay Pride. All smiles and pink shirts and all. Fine. No problem. You go, guy. But then, a week later, there he is again marching in yet another gay pride thing. I am not sure but I think he marched in three (Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto). Maybe more. Is that the way our Prime Minster should spend his time? Marching in pink shirts smiling and waving? One is fine. Shows inclusiveness and all. But flying across the country covering Gay Pride events? C’mon….that’s silly. One is good. Two is too much.
And the proposed national holiday for the victims of Residential Schools? I do not think that is a holiday-type thing….if you wanna ‘celebrate’ our First Nations, find something positive and uplifting…..I dunno….it could be me….getting a bit tired of all the apologizing and moping over history…..sorry, maybe I am bad…..but I do not think statues of John A McDonald should be taken down either. That he was inclined to be genocidal in his policy making is nothing to be proud of but history is history and, to make it right, you just add a bronze plaque to balance the message.
Or am I wrong again?
Speaking of WRONG……..I have a horrible feeling the Donald is gonna get a pass. NO QUESTION Manafort is dirty. Conviction or not, the evidence at his first trial showed tax evasion at the very least and likely treason to boot. But that exposure was to be expected. I didn’t have the evidence but the circumstances were enough to guess that outcome. BUT NOTHING else crawled out of that pile of slime!!?? There are Russians crawling all over Mar-a-Lago, Trump Tower, the Trump campaign, Trump accounts, Trump beauty pageants and all the Trump cronies – not to mention the internet being trolled by Russians for the election…..but something BIG and UGLY should have been presented by now. I think. Maybe I am just being impatient?
Or as Alberta John might say, “Hey! The guy is totally innocent! Lilly white. It’s a witchunt on a really smart and stable guy!”