Carnie's Comments - New Mayor of Moose Jaw

We have a new mayor-elect in the City of Moose Jaw.  Lifelong resident Clive Tolley won the byelection last night. 

It may not have been fair to share this story pre-byelection.  It's OK today. 

This past weekend a friend of mine voted at the advance poll at city hall.  She and her husband had their youngest child with them.  She was curious about the process and had a number of questions, and she was miffed by the fact she was too young to cast a ballot. 

It was post-vote she asked her mom which candidate she had voted for.  Her mom said, "I voted for Tolley" and she asked her why. 

She said, "I think he's the best person for the job and I know him and I like him." 

Later in the day when the little girl was one-on-one with her dad, she asked him which candidate got his vote.  He said, "Clive" and she asked why.  

He said,  "I think he's the best person for the job and I know him and I like him." 

And the little girl said, "That's exactly what mom said except she voted for Tolley!" 

Carnie's Comments - Communication Boundaries

A local-area businessman took to Twitter yesterday with this, "I had a customer text me before 5 o'clock this morning then call when I didn't answer the text.  We had a polite but frank conversation about boundaries.  Don't do this." 

Oh, I get that.  We early risers know all about the late-night texting and phone calls.   

It takes me back to my childhood when all we had was the landline telephone.  Every once in a while, the phone would ring at 11:30 at night.  Everybody in the house would have their deep sleep disturbed and my dad would hustle to the phone and answer with a somewhat angry sounding "HELLO". 

It was his sister, my aunt Betty, calling to have a chat. 

She'd say, "George, what are you doing?" 

He'd say, "Sleeping, Betty.  We're all trying to sleep." 

And she'd say, "Well, were you not watching the national news?" 

She just couldn't understand why the whole family wasn't gathered in the living room to watch the CTV National News at 11:00.   

Like the guy said, "Don't do this." 

Carnie's Comments - Mayoral Math

The advance poll numbers are in and they indicate interest in tomorrow's mayoral byelection is high. 

380 people voted at city hall on Saturday and 1631 voted earlier in the week.  The latest numbers show our 18+ population is 26,600 in Moose Jaw.  It's likely some are ineligible to cast a ballot but, if all were, that's 7.5% of the local voting population who were eager to vote.   

Here's a few more numbers to contemplate: 

-Nine - The number of candidates who want the job. 

-Two - The number of candidates I'd never heard of before nominations closed. 

-Two - The number of candidates I'm pretty sure I've never met before. 

-One - The number of candidates I strongly believe has political aspirations beyond acting as our mayor. 

-Two - The number of candidates I suspect have similar political aspirations. 

-Three - The number of candidates I believe have our best interests at heart. 

-ONE - One Mayor of the City of Moose Jaw.  Find out who it is tomorrow night on 800 CHAB and DiscoverMooseJaw.com 

Carnie's Comments - Halloween Reunion

I had about a dozen kids come to the house for Halloween treats yesterday.  One group was pre-arranged - a growing family that used to live in the house next door to me.  We had a good visit. 

I told them, when they first moved in, I thought they'd be my worst nightmare.  The home was vacant for a short time and it was nice and quiet and then I saw them arrive.  There's the van.  There's mom and dad, two little girls and two little boys and then there was the big dog and then the cat.  It was like an endless stream of humanity and family pets arriving at the house.  It was alarming.  I thought our calm, peaceful, tranquil neighbourhood was about to be turned upside down. 

I was wrong. 

Oh, there was some noise when the kids were outside but it was all pleasant - mostly laughter.  Those kids were and are well behaved and polite and they get along so well.  Oh, and they've since added another little boy - five children in all. 

They moved to another area of the city four years ago now and I realized last night just how much I miss them. 

Oh, and they got lots of candy in their old stompin' grounds last night. 

Carnie's Comments - Facebook Friday

It's Facebook Friday.  I share the best of the best from some of the best people I know. 

Here's a local mom who shares, "As soon as you say 'my child would NEVER', here they come nevering like they never nevered before." 

This is a timely and perhaps relatable post, "Buying 100 small chocolate bars to hand out for Halloween...and eating them before Halloween." 

I like this one, "Went to the grocery store today.  Had to pay for food and then prepare and cook it myself.  Zero stars.  Would not recommend." 

On a related note, "Dear stomach, you're bored, not hungry.  Shut up." 

Here's a local dog owner who says, "I think my dog always follows me to the restroom because I always follow him outside and he thinks that's the way it works." 

A commuter posting this one, "I can't wait to retire so I can get up at 6 in the morning and drive around really slow and make everybody late for work." 

And one more, "There is no such thing as a grouchy old person.  The truth is, once you get old, you stop being polite and start being honest." 

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