How bad was it last week in Prince George?
I saw some people out jogging, and they didn’t have water bottles.
They did have oxygen tanks though.
Shall we amble?e
It’s been a while since I’ve done anything on Street Stupids, so I’ll throw a couple in from different categories. Let’s start with a Pedestrian Pinhead. I’m at a stoplight downtown and, because the light is red, I’m stopped.
I’m in the inside lane, with nobody beside me. As the light on the cross-street changes to yellow, I see a woman and a young child step off the curb to cross in front of me. The mother never even looked at the light before she stepped into the street.
The light changes to green, and, with the two of them right in front of my car, I wait. Another vehicle pulls up beside me, sees them and also stops.
But I’m thinking: What if that other driver had been like some Prince George drivers, saw the light turn green, and just went straight through? He probably would have hit them, and it wouldn’t have been his fault.
Yes, everybody would have blamed the driver, but it would have been the fault of the mother who decided she couldn’t wait 30 seconds to get across the street with her kid.
For our Blacktop Blockhead, we go to Fifth Avenue, just outside Spruceland Mall.
Our Blockhead is coming out of the parking lot, and wants to get over into the left-turn lane, so he moves out into traffic, can’t make it all the way into the lane, and sits there, blocking both of the through lanes on Fifth Avenue.
As I sat a few cars back in one of those lanes, I heard a siren. I was kind of hoping it was coming from behind me, since it meant our friendly neighbourhood Blockhead would shortly be getting a ticket for impeding an emergency vehicle.
Fortunately, it was coming from a different direction and was able to proceed unimpeded on its errand.
And to think, all the Blockhead had to do was come out at the back of Spruceland on Ahbau, turn at the light there, and have plenty of room to get into the left-turn lane.
As if we weren’t having enough trouble with all the smoke last week in Prince George, we also had to worry about sunburn.
I was watching the Weather Network on Thursday and they showed the UV Rating as being “high”, which had me wondering how bad it could be with all that smoke.
Then I remembered the Toronto-based station only worries about the UV rating in Vancouver, assuming either the rest of the province will be exactly the same or that nobody outside Vancouver would dare step outside for fear of being eaten by a bear.
And don’t get me started on the pollen index which uses species in Kelowna to tell allergy sufferers in Prince George what the situation is.
It seems hard to believe, but we’re in the last full week of August already. Didn’t summer just start (a sentiment echoed by many students, I’m sure)?
Oh, and just to really put you in a good mood, today marks four months to Christmas. Have you started your shopping yet?