IT'S MY WORD ON THE STREET FRIDAY BLOG and this week prepare for what may just become a rant.
She asks me what I'd taken for the constant sneezing & runny nose I've had recently?
I reply that I've taken an occasional antihistamine, but that I don't like taking medication.
"Well, what do you want ME to do about it?" (assume the sarcastic tone implied)
I reply: "DIAGNOSIS THE CAUSE!!!" (assume the word 'MORON' bitterly implied)
Yes, the appointment went downhill from there.
It's one of those places Mayor Peter Kelly bandies about when talking about the vibrant downtown where new and old coexist in harmony when he's trying to attract WORKING PEOPLE to move downtown -- But who is this downtown public he'd like to see move here anyway?
He claims that part of revitalizing downtown includes WORKING PEOPLE who chose to live closer to the center (the kind who pay taxes as I do).
Well, many of these WORKING PEOPLE (those fortunate enough to have jobs) - have to be at work around or BY 8 A. M. - which is precisely the hour the PUBLIC GARDENS open. A great time for tourists and retirees, but NOT the WORKING PEOPLE.
These types can't go for an early morning jog or enjoy a luxurious cup of coffee near a gurgling fountain. We must gaze through those iron bars at what could be.
I had to go for blood tests this morning so I tested my theory. On my way back, I sat on a bench in the PUBLIC GARDENS and watched those people who could walk or jog through the gardens on their way to work. Here's what I saw & heard:
Smiles. Singing birds. Fountains gurgling. Pebbles crunching underfoot as workers walked by, a jaunt in their step. Some even whistling a tune to themselves.
"Good morning," I said to passersby and we exchanged smiles.
SO JUST OPEN THE GARDENS EARLIER WILL YA??!!
7 AM AT LEAST, 6 AM BETTER!!!
We have a short season and limited amounts of sunshine & with the amount of municipal taxes we fork out we deserve access to our green spaces.
Install a proper spot for bicycle commuters to park their bikes.
If Ottawa can make skating to work in -50 appealing I think Halifax can compete!!
In an earlier blog I wrote about my second novel: "It's about an ordinary woman from Cape Breton, who, for a brief moment in time, believed she was meant for an extraordinary life".
We need a mayor for this great city who believes with passion that Halifax may be an ordinary city to an outsider, but she believes (as do those of us who know her intimately) that she is meant for an extraordinary life.
Less Manicuring!! More Access!!
Have a great weekend everyone & why not take a stroll in the Gardens.
It's a great spot for writing too!!