- The Olympics have begun. Exactly 20 years ago, I watched from the floor after a back attack. I was down there for much of two months.I have not had that kind of back attack since, but I do live with lingering effects. For example: I have not played one game of tennis since. For several years prior, I had played tennis most days during the summer.
- I just saw a sign at the liquor store, advising me to "Drive Careful". I approve the intent, but it causes the pedant in me to grind my teeth. Careful is an adjective. Adjectives modify nouns. Carefully is an adverb that modifies verbs such as drive.
- Just don't get me started about the "Eat Local" campaign. (more grinding of my pearly whites)
- One of my British Flickr contacts recently opined, "Your never ending snow must be tiresome ..." Dya think?! We are up to almost 3 months of continuous snow cover, with at least another month left to go and perhaps as much as 2 months. (my teeth are not disintegrating)
- Actually, I am not doing too badly, but my present low level of antsyness will soon begin to grow.
- Ottawa's annual Winterlude Festival has begun. I have never attended, but we have company coming next week, so we will get into the city to do something or other.
- I have never walked on the world's longest skating rink on the Rideau Canal. Maybe this will be the year. Apparently, one should have a beavertail while on the canal.
Here's a very short clip of skating on the canal for those who are wondering.
- While skating on it is out of the question it would be nice to walk it . . . and enjoy a beavertail.
- The beaver is a Canadian symbol. Beaver pelts were once a major export. They made fine hats back in Merry Olde England.
|Beaver Hat: The Height of Fashion|
- Now we just eat their tails.
- Haha. Fooled ya. It's just kind of fried dough pastry, hand stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail . . . or so they say.
- Beavertails can be purchased in various spots, including the Byward Market in downtown Ottawa.
- They can also be purchased directly on the canal when it is opened for skating, usually sometime in January.
So that's it. I begin by talking about the Olympics, grammar and winter and end up nattering on and on about Beavertails.