Nothing but the dead and dying …

… back in my little town.

ORILLIA CITY COUNCIL, in its infinite wisdom, and after spending several years fumbling away an intelligent and reasonable plan to build a new recreation centre within walking distance of the city’s downtown core, has finally awarded a contract to build a new twin-pad arena. At a location completely inaccessible except by car (or, perhaps, autogyro). On the wrong side of a major highway. Between a commuter-oriented university campus* and a planned industrial park**. And, to top everything off, has done so without any public consultation while ignoring calls for at least one international-sized ice surface and rejecting the recommendation of city staff in choosing the contractor.

I have given up all hope of my hometown ever getting anything right.

*Planned, and something that also should have been built downtown.
**Yes, this is what passes for “comprehensive planning” in Orillia. University? Check. Twin-pad? Check. Industrial park? Check. Well, that’s just about everything!


It’s the end of the world as we know it …


  1. Vancouver, and the entire lower mainland, have spent the better part of a week hidden behind a mysterious and, dare I say, malevolent fog;
  2. the Vancouver School Board has plans not only to build new schools in the neighbourhood, but to perform a seismic upgrade on our daughter’s school at almost the same time*; and
  3. the Arizona Cardinals, long the laughingstock of North American professional sports, are headed to the Super Bowl.

I feel as though I should be hoarding canned goods.

*And I have clearly become either less cynical, or less perceptive.  It had not dawned on me that this sudden promise of funding for improvements to our local schools might have something to do with an upcoming provincial election, coupled with a sudden availability of “infrastructure funding”.

Like a drifter, I was born to walk alone …

ONE OF THESE DAYS, I’ll figure out what I want from a blog.  I’ve taken a couple of stabs at the whole “blog” thing in the past, but never really been happy with how they’ve gone – I’ve usually ended up posting links to articles that either inspire or infuriate me, with a few quick comments (not unlike John Gruber’s Daring Fireball, but much more amateurish and poorly focused).  Of course, I can do that much more quickly on something like Facebook, so the (old) blog became neglected and fell into a state of disrepair.

I think this might end up being a sort of diary, but I’m not really sure.  In the interim, I don’t expect to post much – personal thoughts, maybe the odd political screed, recipes, that sort of thing. Hopefully I won’t end up affecting some odd formatting or grammar thing (I’m looking at you, Hodgman).