August 28, 2020
by Chris Sorrenti
Joe has decided to postpone the get-together at his cottage. Maybe September. It’s mainly because when the guys get together, so do the girls…at another cottage. They’re concerned that where they wanted to meet isn’t big enough for physical distancing. In any case, though slightly disappointed, I’m actually glad. Don’t mind waiting till next year, when hopefully things have improved.
Although I’m mainly stuck at home, it’s been a productive month, creatively speaking. Several new poems, with more old ones inputted and revised. Although it’s some of my best work, been good to get away from the COVID stuff, even if for a couple of weeks. Problem is, everything keeps changing so quickly, so I don’t want to fall behind. I finally addressed the nursing home issue (The Horror), and am now working on one for back to school. Meanwhile, I continue sorting through and digitalizing my parents' photo collection.
Touch wood, but the problems with my cable/Internet provider seem to have finally been settled. It took almost two months of continuous interrupted service, phone calls every two or three days, a new modem installed. They gave me a $40. discount on my bill for the troubles, which was a nice gesture. My son and I were almost at that point of switching companies, although I’ve heard bad things about the other major provider, and I didn’t relish the thought of trying one of the smaller companies, knowing nothing about them.
The Conservative Party finally elected a new leader, Erin O’Toole, so interesting politics ahead. Although he doesn’t speak much French, at least not yet, I was surprised that a poll in Quebec have many giving him high marks. A good sign if the Conservatives want to win the next election.
Regardless of the party, I always give each new Prime Minister a chance to see where they truly stand on issues, and prove their worth. Justin Trudeau was no different, but almost immediately I began to see things I didn’t like. The pettiness of canceling certain projects, the previous Conservative government, under Stephen Harper, had approved. Not the least of which was a new Civic Campus for the Ottawa Hospital. Out of partisan spite, the Liberals started messing around with the chosen location on Carling Avenue, across from where the current Civic is. At one point they wanted to move it down to Tunney’s Pasture, which everyone else agreed would have been a disaster.
After that, it was one thing after another with Trudeau; the failed Phoenix pay system, embarrassing diplomacy in India and China, three major breach of ethics violations with resulting and various other scandals.
Combined with the pandemic, it all reminds me of that old Chinese expression, “May you live in interesting times.” Believe it or not, it was intended as a curse.
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