Thursday, December 4, 2008
If anyone wants to stay informed on the current fiasco in Parliament I would reccomend visiting www.mapleleafweb.com. It is a website run by political science professors at the U of L and it offers a fairly non-partisan overview of all the events as they unfold. I think understanding all the aspects of the issue is the key to developing an informed opinion and this website will help you do that.
For those of you who aren't nerds like me and don't care about politics 99% of the time, I promise you this is exciting stuff. Love it or hate it, you should pay attention. 20 years from now when your children are in university and they take political science because that is what all the cool kids are taking (plus history of course), what is happening right now will still be discussed. History is in the making and you don't want to miss it.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Blue Pontiac Firebird a.k.a F-bomb (1987-2008)
The beastly blue machine passed into junkyard glory on November 22 after many years of suffering. The Firebird, affectionately nicknamed F-bomb, came into the Vanderberg family about eight years ago, winning us over with its sleek style and dazzling blue colour. Especially loved were the T-roof and the CD player...what more could you want? F-bomb was passed down to all four children, trying its best to serve them faithfully, bringing them tree planting,to basketball and volleyball games, and back and forth to school each day. However, signs of trouble began early. F-bomb kept putting its engine light on and would sometimes simply refuse to go, leaving us all stranded at various places and times(Middle of nowhere, highway to Taber, important first date). Over the years, its muffler gradually got louder and louder, subjecting it to the scorn of neighbours and embarassing its owners. Finally, one day its muffler simply fell off and F-bomb took a turn for the worse. It no longer wanted to turn on its headlights, make its windshield wipers work, keep the rain out or keep the seats locked in place. Often it would decide to stop driving in the middle of a busy road and a few pumps of the gas pedal was needed to convince it to keep on moving. However, F-bomb must be credited for its perserverance. After being near death for many years, it would somehow still find a little bit of energy to keep on going, although not always when you needed it to. Resilient to the end, F-bomb was able to make one last journey to its final destination. F-bomb is survived by George, Chris, Brad, Trevor, David and Lindsay. Though it is gone, it will never be forgotten. Being stranded late at night, driving in the pouring rain without windshield wipers, and having to turn on headlights by hand has only made us stronger and more aware of what kind of cars not to buy. F-bomb will forever remain the quintessential trashy car that most people only wish they could drive. Thanks for the memories. You will be missed...kind of.