National Post

July 5, 2006

So, my normal newspaper now gets delivered to the cottage and the office subscribes to yours…it will take some getting used to. Page B9 says Game Day “Portugal v. France Today 3 p.m. TSN.” Would that be PST MDT EST or EDT? National Newspaper my ass.

Headlights

July 4, 2006

Years ago Greyhound did a trial and found persuasive statistics that daylight headlights were a statistically significant deterent to collisions. So significant in fact that manufacturers and legislators made all new vehicles bare their lights. Now, however, we have become accustomed to the look of headlights and sometimes do not notice the unlit vehicle bearing down upon us .  It is time to legislate the old or unfunctional vehicles to turn on their lights manually 24 /7 .

CBC Again

July 4, 2006

Did I say that Don Cherry was in Howie Meeker’s laundry bin? Woah; his note of the fact that everything you wanted to see in a Stanley cup final was there,  with two great teams,  and that mistakes would make the difference was right on.  And,  emphasized by the note, after our goaler gave the puck away behind the net,  by pointing out that there was another big mistake on the short handed goal when he put Meekers telestrator on Bergeron whose skates were stuck in the sand.

Edmonton’s management has a huge project at the blue line having to replace Pronger, Bergeron and Green in one off season

Juice in Baseball

June 1, 2006

Too bad that major leage baseball is not run by Canadians. MLB obviously deosn’t know that, although far worse, many of the queasy feelings we had when the first tower fell on 9-11 were reminiscent of feelings when we got the news that Ben Johnson would be giving back our gold medal.

Indeed the continuing saga gives rise to my first pangs of sympathy for Pete Rose. Even youngsters, when you attempt to explain that the only real difference is that for Pete there were rules already in place, scowl at the lack of wisdom or foresight of the rulemakers. Hopefully the Commish. and the owners have lots of shares in the company that makes astericks.

purple martins

May 31, 2006

Susan got a lovely new apartment for these creatures. Lot of work to assemble and guess who? Got stuck and had an interesting consult with Ms. Mckinon at the Purple Martin Conservancy-Canada. We digressed into conservation and she was unconvinced that Hunters and Fishers are the most active conservationists around. Something about Ducks Unlimited  having ulterior motives (Duh!). I countered that our wish to house a martin colony also had motivation such as the desire to reduce the mosquito poulation (more human tinkering with nature) and thought I had her cold only to be stunned by the revelation that it is an Urban Myth that those birds eat mosquitos. Must raise this issue with she who must be obeyed immediately. Why is it that I must run to the garage with hammer and glue between periods of every play off game? Good thing we already have two fully occupied bat houses because they do eat mosquitos.

Seriously though, these are great people doing great things and have a wonderful website:  dmckinon@telusplanet.net 

Construction Zones

May 31, 2006

I think I'm pretty safe and slow and actually have no moving violations in years and years though the camera's have gotten me a few times.  Cannot compain about the logic of  new enforcement rules in construction zones either, BUT 71 in a new 60 that I travel daily (100Ave Henday to 178 St.) is a bit much. If we as drivers are going to be hit upon (and this one might actually be a revenue grab) it seems about time that we also penalized the Contractors and Municipalities who continue to cry wolf by leaving their ridiculous speed restriction signs up when there is nary a trace of men or equipment  working. That after all is likely the main reason for the necessity of cracking down on speed in construction zones in the first place.

A prime example was the Town of Devon on Highway 60 S. bound on the Friday evening of the May long weekend.  Curiously this would be the same municipality from whom I received (and framed) that rare refund cheque for a photo radar ticket issued by and untrained official in an as yet incompletely marked slow down zone! 

Henday

May 31, 2006

We don't seem to hear much about when the Henday/16A interchange will be built.  In the meantime truck traffic Northbound is elevating and the designers have been very shortsighted in scrimping on less than 1/2 km. of grave/asphalt between 87 Ave and 100 Ave resulting in the roadway narrowing to two lanes and causing a daily morning traffic jam which is totally uneccesary.

Mud Flaps

May 31, 2006

Mike Atkiin does his own dealership Volvo ads and leans heavily on safety as has the manufacturer for decades. He must have been a bit dissapointed to see the Volvo tow vehicles (semi tractor rigs) at last year's inaugural Edmonton Champ Car Races (WEM) sporting Chromed mud flaps. Though pretty these are extremely dangerous to overtake at night on a two lane highway and equally distracting on a freeway and I understand are now illegal is several States. Since our legislature has adjourned until next year we'll have lots of time to lobby our MLA's for a similar ban in Alberta.

About good teams or athletes losing

May 31, 2006

Same as the reason we are sports fans; if you knew who was going to win it woudn't be worth watching.

What Makes Sport Great?

May 31, 2006

(From ABC) The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.