Wildfire Evacuee Status

British Columbia wildfire season has been devastating, & the season has barely begun. Global warming, & extremely dry conditions have affected our forestry, the ranches, farms, & wildlife.

A province wide state of emergency was declared on July 7th/2017, & very quickly evacuations began. 46,000 have been evacuated from several towns, villages, & our city of Williams Lake was ordered evacuated July 15th. The smoke has been absolutely terrible, & many of the fires were lightning caused. The hectares burnt is unfathomable.

We got out on July 11th as we don’t drive, are disabled, & preferred to leave on the provided school buses to do so, rather than waiting to be ordered to leave within 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 2 hours, whatever.

This way we were able to pack some necessities, our pet carriers, food, & head north to Prince George, with our 2 kitties. Our son happens to live here so we had a place to go as many did not, but as we all had to register at reception centers, many found places to stay with Prince George residents, RV parks, & the remaining people are staying in the university gymnasiums, etc. We are also registered with the Canadian Red Cross. As of today, we are 10,000 in Prince George alone.

We are fortunate that the Red Cross & the people here in town have been marvelous with their out-pouring of care & offers for laundry services, entertainments, things for kids, pets stations, etc., free of charge. We have all been provided with vouchers for groceries/personal necessities, & the government has provided an allowance for our son to house us for the duration. Anyone caught short when leaving at the last minute have also been provided with clothing vouchers.

Rescue has been provided for pets lefts behind, & many with horse trailers have rescued horses. Thanks to the SPCA, & private citizens.

Today marks a full 2 weeks since we left home, & it finally looks like things are beginning to get controlled enough for us to perhaps get the news we could begin getting back to our lives. It will have to happen slowly as we can’t all go home at once, but we’re trying very hard not to get anxious.

On the lighter side, we have our 2 kitties with us, our son has 5 cats, & a dog, so its rather an interesting time, but better than having our cats in their carriers all the time. We have our own bedroom, & the cats “argue” with each other under the door, & the dog just barks.

Since fences have burnt, there are cattle all over the roads, so going home could be an interesting ride.

We want to whole-heartedly thank the city of Prince George, the Red Cross, the courteous bus driver who lifted me onto the bus because I couldn’t manage the steep stairs, & everyone who has been so helpful during this dreadful time.

Most of all, we especially want to thank our son, for driving us around on his days off work, providing us with a safe place, good food, & his usual fun company.

Patricia (mum) 

 

Addiction Crisis

We have a ”crisis” in our Canadian province, & elsewhere I’m sure.

Many are dying from overdoses of drugs laced with Fentanyl, a very dangerous drug. Its not just the homeless, or the ones who willingly use for recreation, or to get ”high”.

The trouble is, doctors are causing a lot of the addictions by over-prescribing opiate pain killers for people in agonizing, or sometimes not so agonizing, pain, then after a time, cutting the person off with no weaning. The person has quickly become addicted, & will go to the streets looking for relief. This makes no sense to me whatsoever.

Now government has alloted tax money to address this ”crisis” rather than spending it on adding more doctors, & operating rooms to repair the pain problems to start with!

I happen to be one of those people needing hip replacement, & in daily worsening agony, but I refuse the opiates, because I don’t choose to add addiction to my pain already. I have been in this situation steadily now for 4 years, & waiting for my surgery since formal diagnosis last September. I am 70 years old, & for some weird reason not getting any younger, & am fed up with spending my senior years waiting, with what’s left of my lifespan, for repair!

Frankly, I’m getting sick & tired of the government being in control of when we are allowed to have these fixable issues fixed!

We have very good insurance that we pay premium monthly rates for, but I can’t afford to pay for private surgery, & shouldn’t have to.

I should be bald soon…….from tearing my hair out!

………And no, running to a place of worship, falling on my arthritic knees, & praying to some non-existent deity will help, or change things!

*Screech!*

Ugly Suit

Ugly Suit
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When the store manager returned from lunch, he noticed his  
clerk's hand was bandaged, but before he could ask about the 
 bandage, the clerk had some very good news for him. 
 
"Guess what, sir?" the clerk said. "I finally sold that  
terrible, ugly suit we've had so long!" 
 
"Do you mean that repulsive pink-and-blue double-breasted  
thing?!" the manager asked. 
 
"That's the one!" 
 
"That's great!" the manager cried, "I thought we'd never get 
 rid of that monstrosity! That had to be the ugliest suit  
we've ever had! But tell me, why is your hand bandaged?" 
 
"Oh," the clerk replied, "after I sold the guy that suit,  
his seeing-eye dog bit me." 


Eye, You, and Donald Trump

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump listens to a question from the audience at one of the New England Council’s “Politics and Eggs” breakfasts in Manchester, New Hampshire November 11, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder – RTS6IWM

I think I found the source for Donald Trump’s approach to public speaking. There is a clear precedent for his approach to communication.

It’s Jane Elliot!

Jane Elliot is of course the Ohio grade-school teacher made famous for a classroom exercise in which she taught her students to discriminate against each other on the basis of eye-color. If you watch her in action, you can see the elements of Donald Trump’s rhetoric style unfolding before you.

It’s funny, because I’ve been thinking for some time that I have never seen anyone lie so readily, so easily, and in the face of such clear counter-evidence. Never have I seen anyone whose praise or whose censure…

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Online Posting

I like the internet for many things, shopping, reading library books, music, researching, some social sites, etc.

I am somewhat put off though that most people can’t/won’t put a sentence together without it being overloaded with foul language, rudeness, crudeness, & general unpleasantness.

I use the computer for entertainment as well as the other things mentioned, but this constant barrage of crude, filthy language is in no way ”entertaining”. I usually end up X-ing out, & staying with pages that don’t involve people posting!

Is it just me who has had more than enough of this? 

Something just crossed my mind…..

I am not a political type but can’t help hearing the news everywhere, and an odd thought crossed my mind last night. 

What with scummy Trumpeter’s insultingly rude, arrogant, blowhard, lying, backstabbing, name-calling, completely disgusting attitudes, calling on foreign hackers to get busy, etc., I half wonder if this isn’t a deliberate effort to throw the US election, to make sure a woman will be president.

It sure is beginning to look to me as if he is deliberately getting ruder, & more insulting by the hour, because I think the following he’s collected has been something not quite expected, so he’s making himself worse to put people off…………..just sayin’………….

Meow  >(^-^)<