A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE – Quite the scene at the library

We are heading for a Christmas season pileup as people plan more and more events over the coming week.

I was at the Midway library last week when Jennifer Macfarlane was doing one of her Stampin’ Up! demonstrations. This is a line of products that provide the tools and materials to make your own paper crafts, such as handmade Christmas cards.

Over against the wall behind the demo area there was another table where a woman was getting a lesson in how to use her computer or the Internet or something. I wonder if the woman on the computer was learning how to compose and send her own holiday message from one of those electronic greeting card sites. That would have been irony.

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The play put on by Midway and Beyond Little Theatre last weekend was a great event. Not as big as the original robbery of the gold bars back in 1896 necessarily, but times have changed and we all have to moderate our expectation— especially after 2008.

What happened in 2008 was so bad it was named The Great Recession. You know things have taken a turn toward the extreme when they start capitalizing the words in the title.

But we needn’t worry, the price of gas has come down; and so has the Canadian dollar. So it’s full speed ahead for the Canadian economy towards whatever is going to become of us when our carbon footprint comes down on our heads.

That’s the definition of the Canadian economy—they give us work, but not a wage that will buy anything.

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Everybody keeps cramming things into my calendar the closer it gets to Christmas. Lately folks have even started scheduling stuff on Monday nights. I always have a date on Mondays—a council meeting in either Midway or Greenwood.

It got so bad this week that there was a council meeting in both communities last Monday. In a couple of weeks I have three events all starting within an hour of each other, including the usual council meeting. One is in Rock Creek and the other two in Midway. Sure hope the roads are good.

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This is the time of year when we get a lot more mail asking for financial support from all kinds of charities.

This boggles me brain, simply because there is a good chance that a fair number, if not the majority of us, are spending what we take in as fast as we’re taking it in already.

So along comes Christmas, when we all desire to make it the best one ever for our kids and other loved ones.

This is the time of year that charities put out another appeal. It makes you wonder if there is some kind of collusion going on between the charities and the credit card companies.

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I screwed up big time last week when I went to buy some cat food. I bought the wrong product again and the crazy animals won’t eat it.

That wouldn’t be so much a problem except for the biggest cat in the house was rescued from starvation in the cold, cold month of January. He’s never gotten over that experience and if his bowl is empty or if the food being offered isn’t up to his high standards, he will get in front of your face and stay there until you give up and correct the situation.

So I went out on a limb and bought a different kind of food today. Huge bag of it though—it came in only the huge size. Wish us luck.

 

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