Whether we really wanted to be or not most of us were likely glued to the T.V. last Tuesday evening watching the ongoing results of the hotly contested and often wild and wicked 2016 United States election campaign.
Of course by the next morning everyone here and there and throughout the universe knew and were vigorously chatting about the unbelievable results, but whether they like it or not that extremely flamboyant entrepreneur, billionaire, businessman and occasionally controversial character, Mr. Donald Trump is now the new President-elect of the United States of America.
A total of 131.7 million frustrated Americans turned out to cast their ballots this time around, which is close to 60 per cent of the eligible voting force, and it is fabulous to see that the ‘freedom of choice’ is still passionately alive and well for everyone to exercise. Of course there will be many Hillary Clinton supporters who are not happy with the results, but that occurs after every election, and unfortunately a lot of those disgruntled taxpayers likely didn’t even vote?
Whatever the case, Donald Trump will soon become the oldest President of the United States at age 70, and will be joined at the White House by his delightful First Lady Melania Trump, who is 46. But enough is enough. Like so many of you I have had my fill of all this very expensive ‘election conundrum’ for quite a while, and the political future of the beleaguered United States, it’s great Canadian neighbours across the border, and the rest of the world will now most certainly become ‘A WAIT AND SEE’ day-to-day adventure that we can all look forward to watching unfold for the next four years, and counting.
What about this balmy November?
For those of us who have been hanging around central Alberta for lots of years, I am sure that it will be tough to remember a more balmier stretch of Indian Summer than what we have enjoyed through the end of October and way into November? It did get chillier at night to get rid of most of the pesky bugs, but during the day after some magnificent sun-rises the temperatures zoomed into double-plus figures and several times reached plus 20s, which were all-time record highs for this time of the year. An old timer once told me, ‘Forget about the weather forecast..when the geese go it will soon snow.’
It was great for everyone to get outside amongst the leaves, and then hardly believe our eyes when we saw so many frolicking around in shorts and T-shirts, convertibles with the top down, and the bikes coming out for one last cruise on the pavement.
On one glorious day a couple of weeks ago Sunshine near Banff was opening their ski-runs up in the Rockies, some were out water-skiing on Sylvan Lake, and in several cities the ‘swing fanatics’ were still playing golf. Hopefully through all that sunshine and warm winds the farmers were able to get their crops off and into the bins, and those working on outdoor jobs and construction were able to finish off their projects and get a step ahead of the onslaught of Old Man Winter. Yes dear, we will (or should) get out this week and put up the outdoor Christmas decorations, clean up the yard and garage, and winterize the old jalopy and service the snow-blower before the first major blizzard and deep-freeze hits, which we know will always be just around the corner. There will still be lots of time to move your warm woolly winter outfits and boots to the front of the closet, to get your free flu shot, to start Christmas shopping, and to have a really great week, all of you.