It didn’t take long for the Blacktop Blockheads to show their memories are short.
Snow and ice are starting to show up on the streets of Prince George (and I predict it will remain so for some months), but some drivers apparently still think it’s the middle of summer. Of course, that may be the last time they had a coherent thought of any sort, so it’s understandable they are still driving that way.
I saw a couple of vehicles bump into medians as they took corners at a speed higher than the conditions allowed; I saw at least one person slide halfway through an intersection when they decided the stopping distance was the same as when the roads were bare and dry.
In other words, we haven’t seen the first real snowfall of the season, and some of the Blockheads are already in mid-winter form.
• One form of Blockhead I don’t get a chance to see very often, living in the city as I do, was brought to my attention by James Loughery, who says there are some rural equivalents, such as all-terrain vehicles and (coming soon) snowmobiles.
“Riders feel they are entitled to take their machines anywhere they can physically access,” Loughery wrote. “We live near the Ferguson Lake Nature Reserve, which is a frequent host to these machines, whose riders enjoy excursions past the parking lot to tear up the grass and annoy visitors.”
I have to admit I always find it entertaining when you hear some of these vehicle owners talk about how they love to “get out and enjoy the great outdoors” while doing the best they can with their machines to destroy that great outdoors.
• The Prince George Spruce Kings may want to start dressing like Hawk and Animal, the old wrestling tag team known as the Road Warriors.
The Kings have played 15 of their first 24 games this season on the road, but have come out it on top of the Mainland Division. The Kings have eight wins, five losses and two ties in those 15 games, while they have five wins and four losses at the Coliseum. (OK, I’m lumping the showcase games in Chilliwack as a home game and a road game, and ignoring overtime losses, just because I want to keep things simple.)
These early-season road trips will pay off at the end of the year, when the Coliseum will see more action. Actually, for the rest of November, the Spruce Kings will have a chance to remember what Prince George looks like, since they play four of their five remaining games this month at home.
• At the Remembrance Day ceremony on Monday, it sometimes seemed like the organizers were herding cats (although very well-behaved cats).
With all the different groups taking part in the march from the Civic Centre, organizers sometimes had to get groups already in place to move a bit to allow the next group to get to where they were supposed to stand for the ceremonies.
The good news? All the groups consisted of people who are used to carrying out orders quickly, so the movement was made with a minimum of fuss and no questioning of “Why?”
It was great weather for the ceremony at the cenotaph, and it was nice to see so many people turn out to remember those, living and dead, who served our country.
The end of the ceremony was marked by the singing of God Save the Queen, and it occurred to me afterwards that Remembrance Day seems to be the one day of the year where we still sing that song.
O Canada is, of course, heard at many events, but God Save the Queen is not.