On Twitter, gov’t camping

I’m going to admit something to you that town council has been telling Ponoka residents for some time now.

I’m going to admit something to you that town council has been telling Ponoka residents for some time now.

I’m a Twit.

It’s true. I have been for quite a while but I’ve never had anything to say. Now I won’t let that slow me down.

On the seventh anniversary of Twitter, @georgeorgeorgeB decided to take the plunge. I’m following a few people I think should have something topical to say or whose opinions interest to me. I’m following @DalaiLama; just so I can say I’m following the Dalai Lama.

Canadian pop goddess Avril Lavigne is from my hometown of Napanee, Ont. We’ve never met; her family moved into my old neighbourhood a few years after I moved to Alberta. Between @AvrilLavigne and @georgeorgeorgeB we have 9,000,014 followers. Not bad.

I’m following @WilliamShatner and @Cmdr_Hadfield because who wouldn’t want to follow a Canadian starship captain and the Canadian commander of the International Space Station? Bill’s been in New Zealand and he and Leonard Nimoy recently celebrated birthdays.

The Commander posts amazing photos daily from his ISS-eye view.

I’ll be tweeting out news and views about people and events in Ponoka County and some personal stuff as well. Other staff will soon join the Twitterverse. Follow us.

Our Facebook page is being updated regularly and is a companion to our ponokanews.com website and the printed product. Check it out too.

Beans and BS Tour

Premier Alison Redford announced she and some of her cabinet colleagues will be caravanning their way across Alberta this summer. I expect it will be a less formal visit than those trumped up cabinet tours the government cobbles together shortly before an election. A classic scene from Blazing Saddles comes to mind: “How ’bout some more beans, Mrs. Redford?”

The premieress loves the Ponoka Stampede so we should expect to see her and her family decked out in their western finery tumbling out of a Winnebago in the Frank Mickey Campground — not the ditch former ag centre manager Chas Lambert was invited to sleep in.

“I was thinking about some of the work we get to do in the summer, go to the rodeo in Ponoka and stuff like that,” Redford told delegates to the AAMD&C spring convention. “Every time I go to the Ponoka rodeo, I think to myself: ‘I really want to come and spend a couple of days, because it’s a great-size midway, I could take (daughter) Sarah, Doug could take his boys, and we could let them go off and play like we used to when we were kids.’

Hopefully this holiday will prove more beneficial to Albertans and less costly than the sojourn to the London Olympics.

— OFF THE RECORD