Old Friends

The last few months Craig and I have had a great time reconnecting with long-time friends. There is a certain comfort you feel when you spend time with a person who knows and understands you, who has shared experiences with you in the past. Not to say we don’t enjoy our newer friends because we do, but it’s a different type of relationship, filled with questions and discovery, it’s new.

Old friends matter because they fill the need to feel connected. In an old relationship, within moments you find yourself falling into a familiar pattern of conversation, times experienced together and remembered, history. These are the experiences that have shaped us and made us who we are. They know how to make us feel good and we know how to make them feel good. They accept us as we are, or they wouldn’t come to visit!

It’s like a favourite pair of jeans. They’ve softened and fit like a new pair never will. They are comfortable even though they are becoming frayed and thin in the bum! They trigger memories of experiences enjoyed together keeping us in touch with our past.

Craig and I have moved quite a bit over the years and each time we move we clean out our closets. But, there are a few pairs of “jeans” we hang on to. It takes effort to make sure there will be a space for them but it is well worth it!

There is nothing like old friends.


A bad example

Really, at my age. I need to be singled out as a person of bad behaviour? Well it appears so.  I recently got off a flight from Saskatoon. It was a typical flight that I make many, many, many times a year. It was the last flight home and I was tired. The plane landed and I turned on my phone as I have done many times in past.

The flight attendent came to my seat (5D to be precise) and said “sir, I noticed you turned on your electronic device when we landed before we had cleared the active runway, which I explicitly said in my instructions.

I said, “huh?” She said” You are not allowed to turn on your electronic device until we have cleared the active runway!” I said, “I thought I could look at it as soon as I landed, I have done it or seen it done on every flight I am on.” She said” Transport Canada would never allow that!. I said, “I’m very sorry and I won’t do it again. She said ” It is a very dangerous time in the flight, as the plane is landing and on the active runway. I said” I’ve never heard the term active runway before. Again, I’m sorry.”

She went back and sat down and less then 30 seconds later she was back, and told me again and said they may allow this in the US but never in Canada. Maybe on Westjet but not us. The active runway is a very dangerous time to have on your electronic device. (Really? My phone will make us crash? Or signal enemy aircraft to blow us off the tarmac? Or the pilot would turn the plane the wrong direction and we end up driving on Hwy 2 up to Edmonton?) Then out loud I said, ” As I mentioned before, I’m sorry.”

The gothically attired girl beside me said ” Whao, intense.”

I guess the flight attendant needed to make an example of someone, and this day, it was me. My advice? Don’t turn on your electronic device until the plane is off the active runway! Whatever that is. Sigh!



Tories Going Down? – Alberta Provincial Election Post 1

For 41 years, the Governing Party of Alberta has been PC. For 36 years prior to that it was Social Credit. It looks like what was old is new again and the So Cred’s  reincarnation is the Wild Rose Party of Alberta and they are about to shake up Alberta politics, big time.

No party has been a serious contender to the Tories since they took power in 1971. But considering Alberta’s electorate, it is logical that the first real threat to their power is from the right.

Right now, many people think that the PC’s are too liberal and that they have squandered the great prosperity that this province had. The Wild Rose, with dynamic leader Danielle Smith, have given right wing Albertans another legitimate choice and it seems they have hit a home run.

The polls vary a lot, and have the PC’s and WRP neck and neck or 7% either way, but suffice it to say that the political landscape will be greatly changed.

Almost every Albertan I have spoken to says they are voting Wild Rose. I haven’t decided. In all I have seen and heard from them, I think I know what they are against but its hard to pin down what they are for.  Anyway, lots of interesting days ahead.

Albertans want change. But be careful what you wish for.


Wow is this a snoozer – US Election post #7

I haven’t posted for awhile because I haven’t had anything relevant to say. But that won’t stop me today. The Republican Primary season is brutal. Its April and Mitt Romney, although leading by a lot , will not wrap up the nomination for at least 6 weeks and perhaps not until the convention this summer.

Rick Santorum can’t close the gap and Newt and Ron Paul refuse to get out. I guess it beats working.

Along with the other candidates and the Democrats, the late night talk shows are beating on Mitt.

What the GOP seems to miss, is that as long as they beat themselves up, independent voters, dissatisfied with the current administration slowly forget what they are dissatisfied with and drift back to the incumbent.

I might be wrong, but unless something major happens, the President gets re-elected.

But Santorum is the front runner in for 2016. Maybe that has been his plan all along.