Sunday, July 1, 2012

July 1st

In Montreal July 1st is moving day. Across the city, leases run out at midnight June 30th and new leases come into effect July 1st. Try renting a truck for July 1st if you haven't had the foresight to do so in May. If you're moving into a building and count on using one of the three elevators to get your furniture to the fourteenth floor, think about the tenants on all the floors between two and fourteen who hope to use the same three elevators to get their belongings out. Hope that when you get to your new abode, the previous tenant has already gone and you can get your furniture in.
If you're walking or out on your bike today, WATCH OUT for all those U-Haul trucks being driven by people who don't normally drive a truck. If you travel by car, good luck finding streets that aren't blocked by trucks and vans parked at obtuse angles.

Today also happens to be Canada Day, but much of what used to make me feel glad to be a Canadian has come into question with its new environmental policies, refusal to provide basic health care for refugees, not allowing federal Parks officials to criticize government decisions, etc etc, so I'll let that pass.

ps Just noticed on my calendar that July 2nd is marked as Canada Day. When was that decided?
pps Okay, I googled it and discover that when July 1st falls on a Sunday, the holiday is celebrated on July 2nd. It's not another flip-this-country-inside-out change introduced by evil Bill C-38. I obviously don't listen to the radio, watch TV or read the papers. I also don't wear a watch or carry a cell phone. I prefer to live unplugged.

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