Wednesday, July 12, 2006

I'm Back...

You know you haven't blogged in awhile when Blogger makes you log in afresh.

Starting up again after a lull is difficult, in a way.
Not difficult as in waging urban warfare in Iraq, or staffing the Tim Horton's in Kandahar, to be sure.
But difficult as in overcoming the Inertia (heh. Inside joke).
No, really. When you blog every day, or at least regularly, it's like a conversation. Especially when the blog is dedicated to a topic such as the recent Canadian election. At least that narrows down the choices of topic.
When you haven't blessed the world with your opinion in a couple of months, there is so much to choose from, it's, er, difficult to decide.
So.
With all that's going on in the world, the first thing I want to mention is, of course, the sad demise of yet another Canadian groundhog, poor Wiarton Willie the most recent.

It seems like only yesterday that I wrote this, in the predecessor to this blog:
The story of the groundhog scandal of 1999, which, like all good scandals, involved a cover-up that was worse than the original misdeed.
Groundhogs will die, after all, but to throw a surprise funeral instead of a party, and failing to acknowledge that the *thing* you were burying was not even the deceased but a stuffed facsimile, is beyond acceptable Canadian procedure.
Six years later, the replacement groundhog has now also departed, and I am glad to say that whoever is in charge of these things at least learned something from the debacle. This time it's all properly disclosed, media informed, funeral plans and all.
I suppose it helped that the creature died in the off-season.

In the interests of full disclosure (as they say on the financial websites) I must reveal that a groundhog died under my front balcony this spring. Or at least, crawled out from under it to die on the lawn which was, I thought, really decent of him/her. I can just imagine having to look around to figure out what was causing that smell.

So now that I've gotten past choosing that all important first-topic-back, keeping going should be a breeze.

Right?