WITH TONGUE PLANTED FIRMLY IN CHEEK, KEEPING CANADIAN WEATHER IN CANADA
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, after being slammed by another Polar Express coming down from the Arctic south through British Columbia, Canada’s Fraser River Valley, freezing everything from the Olympics in the west to the Cascades in the east and on past the Puget Sound toward Oregon, I have come up with an idea that would also really make me good friends with Donald Trump.
I’m writing Canada’s Prime Minister, registering my complaint about what is essentially Canadian weather invading my space. Canadians were born with skates on so frozen roads are like a walk in the park for them. What most Americans were born with is silver and wouldn’t even paddle a tea cup.
So there really is a need for a wall that has nothing to do with immigration. We need it to keep Canadian weather in Canada. And Canadians have the materials and technology and person power to build a wall across the Fraser River Valley. What they do not have is the money.
Not a problem. America’s President wants to build walls. He promised in his campaign to do that so he really doesn’t have a choice if he wants to get re-elected. So let the Canadians build it and America pay for it.
And I’m not worried about whether Donald Trump will figure out why we really need that wall. All we need to do is point out to him that at one time, there were at least 20,000 Canadians living and working in Seattle. And out of a total population of 38-million, 2.8 million Canadians live and work abroad, most notably in America, the United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong.
Then we blow a little more smoke up his sleeve about The Fraser River Wall being an outstanding example of hands across the border. I mean, if the wind can’t get across, right?
If anyone wants to join me in this little escapade, line forms to the right. And don’t worry if you can’t sign your name. An X will work just fine.
THE HAUNTING CRIES OF THE BIRDS OF THE RIVER MERSEY
Hi Rusty from Liverpool, the holy land for all Beatles fans:
‘Let It Be’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ all these classical songs came to mind as I strolled down the narrow lanes in the center of the city. Now it is easy to find all their songs on YouTube. But it was not that easy years ago in the country where I was born, a country where despite being hugely popular, they never performed. But the rumors about the impenetrability of the “Iron Curtain” of the USSR are a bit exaggerated.
In official broadcasts of radio and television, maybe one would not hear their music in Sixties and Seventies. But young Soviets had informal communication. They knew and listened to all popular bands from the West like the Stones, Smokey, Pink Floyd, etc. etc.
Just to get an actual vinyl LP record, we had to network with people we didn’t know sometimes, like on the black market but not exactly. And we made our own posters from photographs. It was not easy but my point is that bands from the West were popular among the PEOPLE of the USSR, even while being censured by the Kremlin.
My stay here in Liverpool was too brief to visit the little underground club where the Beatles first performed. It is called The Cavern Club It is 300 years old and the energy of the place is felt from first steps inside..
But the other little thing that will now forever remind me of Liverpool is the cry of riverbirds and the seagulls. Literally it was first impression I had stepping off the train at the railway station in town.
The haunting cries of the birds of the River Mersey will also be my enduring impression.
Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments on this please go here.
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