This is the front door of the building where my dentist has his office.
Here’s me in the waiting room. Notice the cycling pics on the walls.
Although my dentist has all those cycling pictures on his walls, he doesn’t ride a bike to work. I know this because he talks to me when my mouth is full of dental implements and I can’t possibly answer.
I wonder if some people become dentists because they like having a captive audience for their monologues.
Here’s the building across the street from my dentist’s office. As you can see, I had a bit of time to kill before my appointment.
I’m not going to tell you where this is. I’m sure you already know!
The election (Orange Crush)
How about that Jack Layton? He’s zooming up in the polls, poised to knock Iggy out of Stornoway.
(For my non-Canadian readers, if I have any: The Canadian socialist party, the NDP (New Democratic Party), led by Jack Layton, looks like it could surpass the Liberal party under Michael Ignatieff for second place in the coming federal election. Then the NDP would replace the Liberals as the official opposition in Parliament. The leader of the official opposition is provided with a residence called Stornoway. The NDP’s colour is orange. Some of us on the left find this pretty exciting!)
Outside of Quebec, where people are finally getting tired of the silly Bloc Québecois, I think the apparent rise of the NDP is based on fatigue among the voters– fatigue with the two leading parties, their gloomy leaders, their fear mongering, and their miserable attack ads.
And there, rising above it all… why, it’s that spunky cancer survivor Jack Layton! Striding into rooms on his crutch, friend of the little guy, optimistic, confident, forever smiling.
I like Jack Layton.
Most of the time I like the NDP too, although I’m getting a little tired of the unions and their endless money-grubbing. Don’t get me wrong, I get it about trade unionism and its place in the rise of the working class, but nowadays I don’t think they are doing much except feathering the nests of the middle class.
But never mind that. I’m all for an NDP official opposition, even if it means the left is so split that Harper gets his majority. Maybe that will teach the NDP and the Liberals to park their egos and merge into a new party.
You know, a coalition party of the left. Maybe they’d call it the Liberal Democrats. Sort of like how the Progressive Conservatives and the Reformers formed a coalition of the right, called it the Conservative Party, and rode it into power.
Anyway that’s what my dentist says.
I’m not sure if the polls are right though. I read in the Citizen about how pollsters have a hard time getting anybody on the phone nowadays. They don’t have numbers for cell phones, so all they can do is call land lines. It seems that the number of people they manage to contact who are willing to talk to them is much lower than it used to be. And it tends to be a particular demographic: older citizens who are at home and have an opinion they are willing to express. (You know, NDP supporters.)
A year ago today:
Hand of god
April 26, 2010
Two years ago:
April 26, 2009