July 13, 2008

Back In Black

Sorry for buggering off there, folks. Escaped to Haliburton to a friend's cottage for a day, and ended up staying for a two. It got the kids' fingers pried from their computers, and a couple of days on a dock was perfect.

I remembered how much I like driving, and how much I'm going to miss being able to do it whenever I want. The crunch has been ramping for a few years, but now it's painful. Remember as kids, going for a drive? We used to do that because we couldn't afford to actually go anywhere, or do anything. Now, the act of driving requires a serious investment at the pumps. My Dad must be staring down, quizzically.

The Jolie-Pitts have had their kids, every news source is informing me. Thanks for that, but, whatever. A wee bird just flew into my kitchen window, stunning himself. I went out to check on him, and when he finally up and flew away, I realized I cared more about the bird on my deck than some rich folks spawning.

Made the mistake of reading these next two pieces one after the other. You want to know what's wrong with the world, in a bit of a nutshell? Read this piece on Hummers in the Washington Post, then this one from A.A. Gill in the Times Online. There's much truth in the first - everything that matters about America is demonstrated in a Hummer - and much sadness in the other - the disparities in world economies will kneecap us all, eventually.

Okay, a little gloomy. Sorry and all that. I've lost two dear readers this week, a day apart. Joyce Sinclair and I have traded emails and visits for a couple of years, an older lady who followed my auto column though she'd never held a licence. I saw her just two weeks ago - she was ready to go, but selfishly, I wasn't ready to lose her.

Ron Bezant on the other hand, has fought his cancer bravely and noisily in the two years I've corresponded with him. A wonderful writer, his marvelous tales of his childhood always made me smile. You may remember last summer when I had the Mini Cooper I wrote about taking him for a ride in the back roads. This gentleman did not go gently, but he did go nonetheless. I will miss him.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to hope Mr. Ron was writing "tonque in cheeks" when he said America needs to keep the Hummer American. It is my opinion that GM hasn't made a stunning automobile since 1978 and I've driven many of their efforts. If Americans got off the sales toilet and did engineering the way Europeans and Asians have, they'd still be somewhere near the top. Instead they bought their own hype and overdosed on the throne in Michigan. Check the body for a pulse...

July 13, 2008 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jolie-Pitts: Yes, enough of the "rub your noses in it as you look at our wealth, look we had twins". This never happens in real life, the normal, get your own groceries, clean our own house without the help of an army of nanny troops? These misfits of the world in Hollywood burn my ass but maybe it is the media I should be pointing fingers at and asking for the ointment. Who really cares if they gave birth to a pair of monkies?

Lorraine: By the way, "how is the bird doing"?

July 14, 2008 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've noticed that you don't see too many Hummers these days. Not like before. I was out today and actually saw one - it was pulling into a gas station. I laughed.

p.s. RIP, Joyce & Ron

July 14, 2008 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your kind words ... Ron Bezant was my uncle; a very intelligent and colourful man. He will live on in his writing.

August 07, 2008 6:23 PM  

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