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Happy "May Long"

It was 12 years ago, believe it or not.  It doesn't seem like that long.  Many were outraged.  I didn't think it was fair for law-abiding adults.

It was the spring of 2006 when the provincial NDP government placed a ban on alcohol in provincial parks for the Victoria Day long weekend.

The decision was a reaction to history.  Many of our young people were out of control - partying, boozing and vandalizing on "May Long".  There was disorderly conduct and fighting.  We had to do something.

Well, it seems to have worked and so, the ban remains in effect in 2018.

Back when it was first announced and for some time after, I had visions of law enforcement officers going camper to camper and going through dad's cooler and mom's pantry looking for alcohol.  Generally speaking, from what I've gathered, that doesn't happen unless there's cause for concern.

So, happy Victoria Day.  Keep it real.  Keep it quiet.  And, remember, if you don't leave the booze at home, you might get sent home.

Eagles With Vince Gill

He's just a perfect fit in my opinion.  The Eagles added Vince Gill to the band about a year ago in the wake of Glenn Frey's passing.  They play Mosaic Stadium tomorrow.  

I've always liked Vince Gill, going back to his days with Pure Prairie League, but I found a new appreciation for his magnificent musicianship when I saw him perform with Keith Urban at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival some 5 years ago.

It was about a year after that a friend of mine was on a family vacation to Nashville.  We had attended Crossroads together and he was wearing the t-shirt while he waited for his luggage at the airport.  As he stood there waiting for the carousel to bring his bags, a guy behind him said "Hey, nice shirt."

My buddy looks back and sees Vince Gill.  He said, "Did you go to that show?"

And my friend said, "Ya, it was awesome."

Vince said, "I know."

And then, they just talked while they waited for their luggage.  No selfies.  No autographs.  They just talked.

Vince Gill is cool.  So is my buddy.

Careful What you Wish For

So, it was clear - the majority of locals did not like front, curbside collection for garbage and recycling.  That was confirmed with a $10,000 telephone survey.

City Council heard you.  Last night, they voted to increase collection fees from the proposed rate of $7.25 per month to $9.77 due to the cancellation of front, curbside collection.  

So, we post the story on the DiscoverMooseJaw.com Facebook page and they're on the attack.  Some continue to go after Council and City Hall and some are attacking each other.  

Maxine says, "This is unfair to me.  I have front street pickup and should not be penalized."

Mike replies, "This city has bigger issues than garbage, and the fact they separate these fees from the taxes is just another way of increasing taxes."

Sylvia says, "I'm ready to move away from this city."

And Kevin says, "You all complained that the front curbside wasn't working.  The system that saved $100,000-plus yearly.  Now that you got your way, those dollars have to come from somewhere."

Thanks, Kevin.  You said it.

112 Years Old?

I saw a story about him last year at this time.  Then, the other day, I saw him again.  

Richard Overton of Austin, Texas was in the news last year when he reached the age of 111.  Last week, he turned 112.  He's the oldest man in the USA.

He was in the army in World War II and then spent the rest of his working career in furniture stores and spent some time with the state government.

And what are his secrets to longevity?  He doesn't really know.  He simply says, "Just keep living.  Don't die."

It's interesting to note, Richard needs caregivers around the clock these days to help him move around but he still lives life.  He drinks a whiskey with Coca Cola and he smokes several cigars every day.

He drinks lots of coffee - three sugars in each cup.  He has waffles, pancakes or cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  He likes ice cream with peach cobbler and he enjoys a Dr. Pepper - every day.  And, he's 112 years old.

It reminds me of the guy who said, "Eat well, sleep well, exercise and drink plenty of water every day...and you'll die anyway."

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is this Sunday.  Have you made a plan yet?  You know, I've learned over the years, while some moms will tell you it's not a big deal, they don't really mean it.

So what do you do for mom?  What can you buy?  What does mom expect?

I can tell you.  I found a recent survey from a website called "APlaceForMom.com".

33% of those surveyed would like a meal out with the family while 21% would like a weekend get-a-way.

A framed, family photo, a spa day and a handmade gift round out the top 5.

Flowers, breakfast in bed, jewelry and chocolates also made the top 10.

So, you see, many of the traditional gestures and gifts are still popular.

The only other suggested gift in the top 10, by the way, is a smart phone or tablet.  3% of moms would like one of those.  And, the older your mom is, the more entertaining that could be.

Happy Mother's Day!

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