Election Notes 2004 Sometimes it's easy to understand why people are cynical about
politicians. A recent joke on the CBC summed it up. "An elaction is like a police lineup in reverse. We're picking out the
guys who are going to rob us."
Just The Truth Please Is Gee W. Bush really a moron?
Do our Parliamentarians really hate those Yankee swine? Is Ernie (Slick) Eves as heartless as he says? Is it possible we've heard
too much of the truth from our politicians?
Winter Night It's
one of those raw mid-winter nights, when the crystalline snow crunches under your boots like brittle eggshells, strewn on
an arctic beach.
High Voltage Connection In the
big picture, it's scary to know how vulnerable we are on the grid. Some guy in Tonawanda shoots out a street light and for
the next week, half the microwaves in North America are blinking OO:OO.
The Counties At the northern edge of the county a high arched bridge,
like a gray rainbow, shuttles traffic north across the Bay of Quinte into Belleville and Hastings County
Trip Doug, Joey and I strap our canoe to the top of the car and head out to the lake Friday afternoon.
Easter Bunnies Fortunately dogs and cats are not as smart as rabbits
and you show the class how one student distracts them by hiding a treat under a stone in the backyard, or beneath the living
room couch, while the others slip in and hide the eggs.
Lottery Winner The story is about money. Most stories are these days. Usually with one or more elements tagging along-power
and money, violence and money, and of course sex and money.
Typecast One time, in Kingston, I stood outside all
day in the blistering sun until a casting person came out and picked out all the hairy guys with tattoos and ushered them
in. I heard later they were looking for inmates for a prison scene.
Word From the Couch Sometimes I lean close to them and whisper confidentially
that many of my ideas are passed on to me during late night interviews with dangerous looking foreign agents, disgruntled
with their day-to-day lives of betrayal and assassination.
Crash Test The people who make those little tin and plastic boxes, we
risk our lives driving around in everyday, recently unveiled their latest crop of cars, at the North American International
Auto Show, in Detroit Michigan.
TV Junkies In
a gesture, typically Canadian I threw a bottle of beer through the monsters glass eye.
This is Not the End! Well
we've almost made it through another year. I, for one, am grateful the planet is still here and we've been spared any plagues
of locust or Apocalyptic Horses.
Polite Canadians If hockey really is a Canadian sport, when the referee dropped the puck the players, lacking a door to hold
open for each other, would offer the puck to each other. "Go ahead and take it," one would say. "No, you first," the other
Paul lives in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
Most of these stories have appeared in Paul's Saturday
column LIFE bytes in the Belleville Intelligencer His work has appeared in NOW Toronto and he has been a regular contributer of sports and fitness stories in The Quinte Sports Review.
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Tour A good size crowd gathered on the docks at the foot of George Street as
time began to run out for the competitors. The sun broke through the clouds and the bay was smooth and slate gray as the boats
clustered off shore waiting to land with their catch.
Bon Echo One of the smaller kids playing at the edge of the water, looking for
minnows with a flashlight, was the first to see it. "Look she said." Pointing across Mazinaw Lake. "It's a UFO."
Lucy Goes Camping There were thin gray clouds in the sky, and a cool breeze wiped up small
waves on Crotch Lake, the day my buddy Doug and I got a small taste of what those on the Titanic suffered.
Couch Kids The kids are heading back to school, now that summer is over, and some
parents might notice that their sons and daughters are looking, well...a bit plump!
Terry Fox Marathon
of Hope Twenty-two year old Terry Fox stood on the beach near St. John's Newfoundland on April 12,
1980, as a cold spring rain washed over him.
Teen Smoking and
Breast Cancer A recent Canadian study
suggests that adolescent girls who smoke have a much higher risk of developing breast cancer later in life, than those who
Quinte Cabaret Revierw The Quinte Cabaret, performed recently at
the newly renovated Empire Theatre in the heart of Belleville's downtown Village, was a resounding success.
Treck Just two days ago I was shoveling snow in Ontario. Today it feels like the Guatemalan jungle
is a hot vise squeezing the breath out of my lungs.