Friday, October 13, 2006
It snowed yesterday. There is still some of the white stuff on the ground this morning. It's October 13th!!! Bring back the sunshine and the warm air, please.
I remember a time when I actually didn't mind the snow and the cold weather, but those days are long gone. Now, I live from April through September and hibernate the rest of the year. That's an exaggeration, of course, but the fact is that I don't spend much time outside in our Canadian winters.
I have wondered, on occasion, what it may have been like had my parents emigrated from Germany to Brazil, like one of my aunts, instead of to Canada. It's warmer in Brazil. Of course, the country is a disaster in many ways, particularly economically, but did I mention that it is warmer there than here in Canada?
I'm not really unhappy about living in Canada. It is a good place to live in many ways. We are relatively safe here, the country is relatively prosperous, taxes are relatively reasonable, and we have relatively less-insane governments than some other places in the world. The common thread here is that Canada is not a place of absolutes. Everything is relative. Things are what they are until they change, and then they are different. I know, it doesn't make sense to me either. There is less attention to principled law and regulation than I would like, and more effort made to placate the demands of the 'something needs to be done, so let's get the government to do it,' agitators and malcontents. Much of the meddling results in laws and regulations that are simply ignored, because they are so silly. I'm sure that Canada isn't the only place in the world with that distinction. With thousands and thousands of pages of laws and regulations, who can possibly know and follow them all?
Canada isn't perfect. On the other hand, is there anyplace on earth that is?
I don't think so.
So, let it snow. When it does, I will simply retreat indoors with my guitars and books and wait until spring arrives again. Unless, of course, a law is passing making it mandatory to engage in winter sports, particularly hockey. Then, it might be time for me to consider leaving. Have you ever seen me skate? It's not a pretty sight. No, give me bare feet and a sandy beach any time.
I'll save a beach chair and a cool drink for you.