I posted a photo of our beloved rescue mutt Ellie B attempting to investigate a hole in our neighborhood this week. Paul Curran commented that it jogged his memory. Indeed. Take it away, esteemed weekly Sunday guest columnist from Canada.
Welcome to the weekly coffee and tea garden. My name is Paul, I’ll be your barista today and I’m happy to be here at Mark Bialczak’s Little Bitty in Syracuse, New York. Please come in and go through to the living room. Mark, his wife Karen and their pooch Ellie B, have prepared a nice, warm, comfy place for us so I can tend to your needs for a cuppa, and sweets. The weather this morning is cloudy with showers and a high just over 50 F. As usual, I’d be pleased to bring a pot of whatever beverage you prefer – we have a wide range of teas and coffees to satisfy our worldwide readership and adult beverages for those who wish something stronger to warm up. We can relax with a cuppa while we discuss the affairs of the week both personal and/or worldwide. Ellie likes to be patted, so please indulge her when she greets you. How has your week been? Have a sweet – electronic sweets are all calorie free!
So today is May 1, and the students are all packing up here in Ottawa and headed home for the summer – to part-time jobs and family. Our street, just three blocks from the university, is lined with pickups, rental vans, trailers and trucks, all being filled with worldly possessions. For anyone staying, it is an ideal time to scoop up abandoned lights, tables, desks, and bookshelves. Since I hopefully will only be here a few more weeks before moving to Vancouver, I am refraining from looking. My good friend has appeared at my door a few times in the last days saying what a great furniture piece was here or there. Our new home in Vancouver is fully furnished and since all my possessions came from hand-me-downs, they shall return there, and I will travel only with a few pictures and clothes.
Would you like another cuppa? Perhaps a sweet? Mark published a post this week where he commented on the holes left over from the winter. I mentioned that I was a connoisseur of holes. Since I was very young, I’ve always been fascinated by holes in the ground. When I was about 7 years old, a friend and I dug a huge hole in a vacant lot next to the church. The picture at the beginning of this post looks very much like the hole we dug. While we were having lunch at my place the minister came by and asked that we please fill in the hole as his elderly parishioners crossed that yard to attend mass. All I could think of was a Monty Python skit where people were toppling over the edge of a hole.
My favorite hole of all time is the Grand Canyon. I just lose my sense of self when I stand on its edge – it seems to swallow me up. The worst hole of all time was the one under the puddle where I drove my truck and rolled it over down in Texas – many years ago. I still, to this day, feel compelled to investigate any hole in the ground that I encounter – be it construction, burrow, or natural. It is a fun characteristic that I seem to have been encoded with from birth – no clue why.
So, in the world I see that the residents of Iraq are staging demonstrations in the green sector of Baghdad today. They are protesting the government’s refusal to enact reforms to reduce graft and theft of funds and resources by the members of the government. It is comforting to see they are doing this with protests even though the protesters are tearing down walls and destroying property – they are not harming people and they are not using weapons. This is a major step up from previous violent protests. That said, they are all Shiites arguing amongst themselves, so that is likely a major factor.
That’s about all we have room for this week folks, so it’s time to settle in with another cuppa and pat Ellie B. Sweets anyone? Please join me in thanking Mark, Karen and Ellie B for their invitation to tea. We are all honored that you dropped by today to visit. I hope you’ve enjoyed yourself and the conversation and please look around at Mark’s other posts while you’re here. Have a great week.
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