Posted by: kwa0430 | November 18, 2008

For The Record

OK, let’s get something straight. Just because I’m Canadian, don’t assume I like the cold. Contrary to popular belief, Canada is not the frozen tundra that some seem to think it is. We do not live in igloos, dog sleds are not our main mode of transportation and we are not all born with a hockey stick in our hands.

I hate the winter. Granted that seeing a fresh snow on the pine trees in the backyard is a beautiful site, it does not even nearly make up for the havoc it causes on the roads. People have enough trouble driving without the added challenge of controlling a vehicle, talking on the cell phone, reading the GPS, applying makeup and stuffing a McMuffin in their mouth; all while keeping their car under control on a slippery road.

There is also the fact that the cold weather really interferes with my favorite way of starting off a weekend morning. It’s just not comfortable sitting outside on the patio sipping coffee when the temperature is in the 20’s or lower.  Having to chip ice off of the coffee before drinking it just takes all the enjoyment out of it.

As I write this, it is a mere 20 degrees outside. Apparently, this cold is being caused by a large area of cold air drifting down from ….Canada. So, on behalf of all Canadians, I apologize for the frigid morning air. If you don’t like it, maybe you can get it banned under NAFTA when President Obama reviews this. Now that I live her, I certainly wouldn’t mind if it all stayed north of the 49th.

On a more serious note, the one thing I truly hate about winter is the misery and hardship it brings to those who are homeless. Even with all of the agencies out there, it is still impossible to shelter everyone let alone feed them. With the current economic situation, I suspect there will be many more people facing the prospect of being without shelter throughout this winter.  The problem is compounded by the fact that the same economic situation that is forcing people onto the streets is also causing a reduced amount of support for the agencies trying to help them. I urge everyone to find an agency, whether it is a religious based organization or not, and give them some support. Maybe give up the latte every morning or find another way of freeing up some cash to help these agencies out.

Nobody knows what tomorrow may bring. Someday, it could be you or I that is in need of a helping hand.

Just do it.



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