June 17 – Nice when the world unfolds as it should

Always nice when the world returns to unfolding as it should.

Rotzy back on a roll again after a few bumps in his digital roadway.

Got My First ‘Scoop’….
….since we landed in Brant’s Ford Oct 1st this morning shortly after 6:00 as I was having a puff down front at the ‘Smokers Outpost’. There was nary a cloud to be seen, but as I glanced southbound I spotted a HUGE column of black smoke rising into the sky with a light wind moving it westward….about a mile south of 555 Harris Place, so I zipped up to unit #303, and with Miz. Jo sleeping peacefully I left her a note that I’d gone to check things out. Down the Wayne Grezky Parkway (WGP) and east onto Henry St into an industrial area….parked Norm The Truck and walked to within about 300 yards from the fire, learned it was Northwest Rubber (they make every type of rubber-backed mat imaginable) from two guys standing on the sidewalk who were working inside when the fire started just before 6:00 and originated where the finished products are stored outside the plant….it seems all employees were evacuated without incident. I’m not sure how many units from the BTFD FD responded but there numerous hoses trained on the blaze. *9:45AM Update* Just went down front and it looks like the firemen are gaining on it, but it’s a long way from being out. As to my ‘first scoop’ down here, it’ll be old news when this edition hits the newsstands Wednesday, but as always, Rotzy can’t control deadlines.**2:45PM Update…..fire still going strong.*Update…fire out just before noon.

Telephone City Road Rage Update
Well, I done got off pretty light this past week….only getting ONE horn blast that I recall….no rude hand jestures, and zero ‘F-Shots’….at least none that I heard. I DID raise some eyebrows at Zehr’s Market one or two days as I was leaving my parking spot, when, rather than having to back out (which I know is a roll of the dice) rather than take the long way around, decided to drive over a 4” high cement platform….just slipped Norm The Truck into 4WD, and Bingo!….home free!!! The thing that concerns me now is that news reports last week indicated Dougie Ford is gonna push for FINES for those driving too slow. So….SO….I’m trying to make some sense of what in hell he’s thinking? (did I say ‘thinking?’) and what in hell is next? Thus far, it appears certain to me, he wants to raise the current speed limits on certain highways, and it’s as obvious as the day is long (with June 22nd not far away) he wants to sell more beer, wine, and cetera….via ‘corner stores’ etc. etc. Well, lemme get this straight….he wants me/us to drink more, drive 10 km/h faster, and if we don’t he’s gonna fine me/us. Lovely Doug, just lovely. You know, I’ve got a long-tyme friend/reader/PC guy up north who’s been dumping on me about the Ont Liberals and the Fed Libs since forever. Provincially I voted for our Liberal candidate, Mike Gravelle….never for Ms. Wynne, or Dalton for that matter. And I voted for our federal riding candidate, Liberal Patty Hajdu….NOT Junior Trudeau! However, with yours truly not being the sharpest knife in the drawer, it just occured to me that my friend, as a staunch PC in Thunder Bay/Superior North riding….where the Conservatives haven’t won a fed or prov election in something like 40 years(!) so he must be suffering something awful! In fact, the only ‘PC tyme’ in that span was when Joe Comuzzi crossed the floor in The House of Commons into Harper’s welcoming arms. Yet I’m sure my friend was miffed that Miz. Jo and I got invited to that ceremony and not him! Hey….it is what it is, right?* By the bye, to update my Road Rage incidents….I had two extended horn blasts this week past….both on the WGP (Wayne Gretzky Parkway), neither with cursing and/or gestures, so I figure I got off light. Actually, I witnessed a major road rage incident following a big tyme crash at Zehr’s Market entrance/exit, involving a Ford F-150 and a Dodge Ram pickup….both vehicles barely missing an elderly lady who was waiting on a crossing light, in fact the Dodge rolled to a stop about three feet away from her walker. However, both drivers barely even acknowledged her as they were busy accusing each other….the Ford guy tossing F-shots out (to no one in particular) one after the other! From what I could gather from the tirade, I’m betting they BOTH ran a yellow light, which is one of about 75% of all drivers here in Brant’s Ford….maybe 80%? Anyway, it’s become a real source of funn/entertainment for this olde guy, sometymes shouting encouragement at them. *Don’t tell anybody but I actually tried one in Norm The Truck last week….well sort of….and found it quite exhilarating, altho methinks I’ll leave it to other more ‘aggressive’ drivers from here on and go back to being a spectator.

Heady Tymes In Hogtown!!
They did it!! The Raptors won the NBA Championship!! The first Canadian team ever to do so!! And they did it in style and very convincingly, taking the crown from the two-tyme defending champions Warriors from the Golden State. To say that ‘Toronto needed this’ is a gross understatement, when one looks at their other professional teams. The Blue Jays’ fall from grace has been a tough one, following their amazing back to back World Series wins under Cito Gaston in 1992 and ’93. A wonderful tyme to be wearing blue and white. Not so much so these days, tho Rotzy picked up a size 48 jersey on sale(from $75 down to $30) in the smoke shop on the Rez….with the name OSUNA emblazend on the back. Anyhow, back to the Blue Jays, where the Class of 2019 has just become ‘one of the worst four teams in Major League Baseball’….and it says here ‘do not expect them to escape this (rather dubious) list any tyme real soon’…..because there are just to many parts that need fixing and/or replacing, and the names at the top of the Heirarchy are the first that gotta go, and how likely is that to happen!!?? Regardless, I’ll don my new Jays MLB*t/m sweater and be yelling ”Go, Jays, GO!” when they face the Houston Astros today at 1:30!!!

*Thought Of The Day…You know that thing in your mind that tells you when something is a bad idea? How do I get me one of those?

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