Uvalde School

It is a sensitive subject to write about, and indeed a dreadful tragedy to lose so many young lives. Today parents are attending the funerals of their children, an ordeal too difficult for most of us to imagine. To lose one’s child is just the worse thing that could befall any parents. The US doesn’t appear to have evolved from the days of the Wild West, fast guns, gun fighters, shoot outs in the streets. Guns have gone wild in the US. I shudder to see citizens in bullet proof vests and automatic weapons hung across their chests walking the streets. Surely if one was to walk done any public street armed like described, they would or should be arrested. But that doesn’t appear to be the case in the US. Having said this, one might wonder if the parents of the massacred children are also gun owners? 

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Tighten your Belt

A very interesting article in todays Guardian on page A8, authored by Penny Smith, “ Tighten your Belt” I have already blogged on this issue, however, could not resist adding from the very good article from Ms Smith. The most interesting part for me was regarding the PC party fund raising. As she advises if someone from the party fundraisers call asking you to buy a ticket for a dinner, golf tournament, or other events, just say no. When looking at the list of contributors to the PC party, guess what? You will not find the names of King, Myers, Hudson etc, and certainly not Darlene Compton. If the members of the PC government won’t donate to their own party fund raiser, why should you? Of course Darlene might explain it like this, I’m just tightening my belt???
If we have to tighten our belts do so by cutting out any political support.
God Bless and keep reading

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PEI Antique Car Show

I cannot recall if I have ever missed a show since we first held one in the Kensington Rink back in the late 1970s. If I did I would have had a very good reason, like the time of my quadruple bypass surgery perhaps.  I look forward every year to this show, to see the newly restore additions, talk shop with so many of my old friends and fellow gear heads. My last sentence made me realize, “old friends” yes indeed like me they are old too. For the last two years there was no show due to Covid. This year the show was back in business and for many weeks I worked hard getting my car ready. By last weekend it was already, polished to a brilliant shine, tires and wheels cleaned. Even had a new sandwich board prepared for today. I missed nothing in my preparation for the Austin. However, what I didn’t consider was my health, alas I have had a few days of less than stellar health. This morning (Sunday 29th May) I just wasn’t able to get my act together. Sitting in my chair writing this blog, I’m feeling sad and somewhat depressed, but there it is, we get old just like our cars. Nevertheless, I count my many blessings knowing there will be other shows to come. I would really hope some of those to attended today, will share their photos. 

God Bless and keep showing.

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Weekend Funnies

Jewish Modesty 

A Catholic, a Protestant, a Muslim and a Jew were in a discussion during a dinner.

Catholic: “I have a large fortune… I am going to buy Royal Bank!”

Protestant: “I am very wealthy and will buy General Motors!”

Muslim: “I am a fabulously rich Prince… I intend to purchase Microsoft!”

They then all wait for the Jew to speak… The Jew stirs his coffee, places the spoon neatly on the table, takes a sip of his coffee, looks at them and casually says:

“I’m not selling”

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Rookie Drill Instructor

A rookie drill instructor escorted his first batch of new recruits to the mess hall. He told them, “There are three rules in this mess hall: Shut up! Eat up! Get up!”

Checking to see that he had everyone’s attention, he asked, “What is the first rule?”

Much to the amusement of the other instructors, 60 privates yelled in unison, “Shut up, Drill Sergeant!”

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Earl and Shirley.

Earl knocked on the front door, which was answered by Shirley.

“Is Bud in?” he asked.

Shirley didn’t like Earl, Bud’s friend, so she wasn’t friendly.

“Yes, but he’s in the shower. What do you want?”

“Oh, nothing, Shirley. How ya doing?”

“As I said, what do you want?”

Earl wasn’t deterred by her chilliness. “You know, Shirley,” he said, “I’ve wanted to do something for a long time.”

“What’s that?” Shirley asked, with an icy stare.

“I’ve wanted to give you a kiss,” he said, “and this seems to be a good opportunity. I’ll give you $100 for a kiss on the lips. How about it?”

“You’ll pay me $100 for a kiss on the lips?” Shirley asked him.

“Yes,” and he pulled out a 100-dollar bill and gave it to her.

“I knew you were a loser, Earl, but I didn’t know you were so desperate. Okay, I’ll do it.” She looked up and down the street to see that nobody was looking and she leaned over and gave Earl a nice, little kiss on his lips.

“Oh, that was good,” Earl said. “But I have another proposition. How about a real kiss with your arms wrapped around my neck? I’ll pay you $400 this time.”

Shirley didn’t want to go through this again, especially with Earl, but she knew she could use the money.

She considered the proposition for a moment and then said, “Okay. I’ll do it but I want the cash first.”

“Sure,” Earl told her. “Here you are.” He handed her four 100-dollar bills, puckered up, and closed his eyes with anticipation.

Shirley, not wanting to fulfill her promise but wanting the easy money, then wrapped her arms around Earl’s neck and planted one of the best kisses on his lips that she’d ever given any man.

“Wow, that was great,” Earl told her. “Thanks, Shirley. Tell Bud I dropped by.” With that, he walked away.

After tucking the money into her pocket, Shirley walked into the kitchen where she met Bud, who asked her, “Who was that at the door?”

“It was your friend, Earl,” she told him.

“I wish I had answered the door,” Bud said. “That guy owes me $500.”

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 Go stand in the corner.

It’s 90 degrees

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Sleepless Accountant

An accountant got out of bed one morning and complained that he had not slept a wink.

“Why didn’t you count sheep?” his wife asked.

“I did, and that’s what got me into trouble,” the accountant replied. “I made a mistake the first hour, and it took until morning to correct it.”

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Military Accounting 

When I was a young recruit in the Army, I lost my 303 rifle. I told my Sergeant Major and he replied “That will cost you $2,000 son”.

So. I asked him how much would it cost if I lost an Armed Personnel Carrier?

“$3 million”, he replied. Then I asked how much if I lost a Chieftain Tank?

He said: “$7 million”

My reply….”No wonder Captains go down with their ships!”

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Two rabbinical students were caught by the Rabbi gambling and drinking in the company of undesirable characters — even before the sun set on the evening of the Sabbath. The Rabbi called them into his study the next day. Both confessed to having given in to weakness, and admitted that they deserved punishment.

The Rabbi thought and then went into his kitchen and brought back two bags of dried peas. “Put these in your shoes,” he told them, “and walk on them for a week, to remind yourself how hard life can be when you turn away from the Law.”

A few days later the two students met. One was limping terribly, had dark circles under his eyes, and looked very tired. The other seemed much as he had been the week before.

“Hey,” said the first. “How is it that you are walking so freely. Didn’t you do as the Rabbi told us and put the peas in your shoes?”

“Of course, I did,” said the other. “How could I disobey the Rabbi?” He started to walk away, paused and then said, “But I boiled them first.”

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Health Care or Lack There Of!

I read that the King government is riding high in the polls. I must confess I’m utterly confused, as to why this government is so popular? Have any elected government members visited the emergency departments at our hospitals? If they are open, and in the case of Alberton and Montague they rarely are. One can expect to wait at lease for six-eight plus hours before seeing a doctor. If you are like me, sitting in an emergency room seat for six hours plus, is all but impossible. More than two thousand islanders do not have a family doctor and that number grows daily. Walk-in clinics are same as emergency rooms, crowded with long waits times, if indeed you can get an appointment. Our health care system is in a crisis. Yet all the health minister can say is, “we are looking at the problem”. We have gone from imaginary medical hubs to imaginary medical homes. Imaginary indeed, because we have no medical professionals to staff them. We have lost more doctors in the last few years than recruited new ones. In fact we have completely failed to replace those lost doctors. I would like this government to explain why our health department cannot keep doctors? There must be a reason. I have heard differing views, but it must all be work related. I have heard it is mainly due to government interference, and those are my thoughts too. So it is baffling to hear the PC government is riding high in the polls. I can only surmise the polls are not being conducted in the emergency rooms or walk-in clinics.
God Bless and keep healthy!

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Racism on PEI

I’m not an islander although I have lived here since 1969. I often hear how friendly and helpful islanders are. How kind and gentle and who make all our many visitors feel welcome to our lovely province. For the most part I would agree, considering having lived and raised a family here over the last fifty plus years. I love the serene beauty and peace, the summers vibrant foliage’s and the winters snow fields, drifts and storms. The unmatched beaches of golden sand and the sparkling oceans. We are mostly a sleepy province of people who accept the political mayhem and patronage without complaint, at least! most of the time. However, although I’m an immigrant, I do not wear a turban, nor have a darker shade of white or speak with a strange accent. Well, unless my Irish accent is considered strange! It is so very disappointing to hear locals, especially many older people who should know better. They object to people wearing turbans (Tignish Legion as example). Show distain to those immigrants struggling with the language, sometimes muttering, how stupid they are. The dreadful racist comments aimed at the young Halifax hockey goal keeper. This latest incident in a local hotel elevator by a young boy calling a lady a n—ger. This eleven-year-old is also a hockey player. I doubt it’s the boy’s fault, ask him where he learned or heard this offensive term. Hardly a word heard on the streets of our cities, towns or villages. I believe it must come from parents, who else would it be??? In my youth it was unfortunately commonplace to hear such offensive remarks. However that was a long time ago when we didn’t know any better. There is no excuse in this modern World.

God Bless and keep reading

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Austin Electrics!

Well I haven’t lost my touch! We took the Austin out for a short run on Sunday. It was just to make sure everything was working as it should. The car hadn’t been out since September 2021, We are going to Charlottetown next Sunday for the Antique Car show at Superior Sanitation grounds. For a mile or so the car purred along fine, I was keeping an eye on the oil, temp and gas gauge. Suddenly the gauges all went to zero? I was fairly sure it was nothing serious. On the way back I noticed the signal lights not flashing. This is a common problem on many British cars from that era. The fuse block controls almost all the ancillary units, example,  horn, indicators, brake lights, gauges etc. Today I cleaned all the connections and checked the fuses, ten minute job, now everything is working fine, just a little electrical corrosion over the winter months. No big deal, although these days I find all jobs big and small, a big deal. However when I think back to my time in the auto trade I sometimes laugh. How many times have I see a car half stripped by someone because the horn or one of several other things aren’t working? Just a wiggle of a connection or fuse and voila! everything starts to work. The back yard mechanic stands back, a wee bit red faced and naturally, amazed at skills. 


God Bless and keep tinkering.

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The Monarchy!

There was quite a discussion on the radio yesterday (Sunday 22nd May, Victoria weekend) regarding the Queen and whether Canada should continue with her as our head of state. There were many in favour and wanted the Monarchy to continue in Canada. There was a group who wanted the Queen to apologize for the residential schools. They claimed the crown authorized and or approved of these infamous schools. Then of course there was a group who wanted to break away completely. Some suggested it should be done when the Queen is gone. A new King Charles did not receive much enthusiasm, his consort hardly mentioned. I’m not sure where I stand on this issue, and frankly it does very little to affect my day to day living. If we had no Monarch we’d have a president (hopefully elected) and replacing Lt Govs we’d have Governors. Sounds like we would become a republic along the same lines as the US. The same question has been raised in Australia, not sure about New Zealand. Perhaps we are better off to just remain as we are. I would imagine if we did change from Monarchy to Republic, it would cost tax payers a lot of money. What do you think. I’d like to hear the views from my readers.
God Bless and keep reading
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Weekend Funnies

First Salute

The first salute received by a freshly commissioned Second Lieutenant is always significant. It’s symbolizes authority and prestige.

When I pinned on my new Air Force gold bars and stepped out to face the world, I encountered a staff sergeant.

He gave me a snappy salute and said, “Good morning, Lieutenant. Your hat is on backwards, sir.”

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The Irish 

Paddy & Mick find three grenades, so they decide to take them to a police station.

Mick: “What if one explodes before we get there?”

Paddy: “We’ll lie and say we only found two.” 

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How to get an A in psychology Class. 

It was a practical session in the psychology class. The professor showed a large cage with a male rat in it.

The rat was in the middle of the cage. Then, the professor put a piece of cake on one side and put a female rat on the other side. The male rat ran towards the cake and ate it.

Then, the professor changed the cake and replaced it with some bread. The male rat again ran towards the bread.

This experiment went on with the professor changing the food every time.

And, every time, the male rat ran towards the food item and never towards the female rat.

Professor asked the students: This experiment shows that food is the greatest strength and attraction, do you agree?

Then, one of the students from the back rows said: “Sir, why don’t you change the female rat? This one might be his wife!”

The professor stood straight up, his finger pointing towards the student and said “You just got an A.”

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Church Elders

A pastor wanted to find out how the children were coming along in their Bible classes. So he visited one of them to ask the children a few Bible related questions.

“Billy, tell me who tore down the walls of Jericho?” asked the pastor. Billy replied very seriously, “Pastor, I don’t know who did it, but I sure do know I didn’t do it!”

The pastor left the room stunned. It troubled him so much that he decided to tell one of his best elders what Billy said.

The elder thought for a moment and said, “Well, pastor, let me tell you. I know the boy and his family real well. If he said he didn’t tear it down, you can be assured he didn’t do it. I say we forget the whole thing and use the money in the miscellaneous fund to rebuild it.”

Sounds like the Elder should have been a politician!!!

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Today’s world 

The 5 stages of buying petrol.

1. Denial 2. Anger 3. Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance …

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Blanco????(A Trip Down Memory lane)

Who knows what Blanco is??? Certainly sailors from my era and earlier will. When I joined the Navy in March 1955 we wore black caps in the winter and white caps in summer.

There were no such thing as plastic cap tops back then, we had to whiten our caps with white Blanco. It is best described as a white paste that we painted on the top part of the sailors cap. We also used blanco on our white web belts and gaiters. I remember when it rained, which was often in the UK, the Blanco ran and dripped onto our blue uniforms. The belt and gaiters left a white residue on bell bottoms and the tunic waistline. Around mid 1956 the Navy changes the rules and we wore white caps year-round. Caps belts and gaiters were made a newer plastic type material and could be kept clean simply by washing the items. The days of Blanco were over, and we sailors could not have been happier. Other uniform parts changed too, replacing the skin tight uniform jacket that we struggled to pull on and off, indeed often needing help to get it off, suddenly had a zipper. The scratchy blue wool sweater (sea jersey) we wore in winter ceased at the same time as the black caps and was replaced with a white front (gun shirt). Uniform material also improved from thick woolly serge, to a lighter smoother material.  Life became much easier! I recall shipmates trying to shave the old serge uniforms to make them appear more like the more expensive Doeskin cloth. Those were indeed the days, a time when it seem the Royal Navy was far behind the other Navies of the World. We envied the RCN with their modern zippered easy to wear uniforms, and even the Yanks with with their loose fittings uniforms. Both had that amazingly fast and convenient zipper fly.  You probably don’t want to hear of the difficulties we encountered when needing to pee.  I will not draw you a picture, suffice to say after a few too many pints, peeing seemed to become an ever-increasing emergency trying to undo too many buttons and flaps etc. Nevertheless, I still look back on my time in the Royal Navy with fond memories, and in case you are thinking, no! I always managed to pee without wetting myself, but it was sometimes close!!!

God Bless and keep reading


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