I may have to go off the political commentary for a while. It’s just getting me furious and there’s no point any more. I did what I could â€” more than most, I suppose â€” and it’s up to others to take on the fight. With any luck, Pam and I will have avoided the coming crash. Already I’ve seen some ominous signs of the US National Debt starting to appear in the news again. It’s unfortunate that Canada is still so dependent on the US as a trading partner, but even they are wising up and increasing oil exports to China, who I no longer have any doubt will be the dominant superpower in the coming decades. In the meantime, I am going to have to just shake my head and hope that my family and friends are able to dodge the bullets as well.
You know that the holiday season has gained a larger footprint when people start naming the period between Christmas and New Year’s Day. With Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, Boxing Day fell on Monday. That meant that the entire rest of the week would be a down-time for a lot of companies (including mine), and stores are running post-Christmas/Year-end closeout sales to take advantage of so many people who now have time to shop. The result is that Boxing Day has become an entire week. We’ve even seen signs on merchant windows around town that say ‘Boxing Week Sale’ on them. I suppose that’s one way to avoid the crush of people all trying to take advantage of a one-day event.
A US Visit
Tomorrow, Pam and I are going to venture back into the US. While I’ve already done this a few times since we moved here, Pam has not. I wonder if I’ll start to notice more differences between the US and Canada. It will also be interesting to use our passports and my work permit when we re-enter Canada. I’m not expecting any trouble, but it will be yet another first.