Local Heroes Save the Day

Firetruck on the way

Firetruck on the way

A large fire has leveled the SporksChem facility on the outskirts of town. Despite the fact the the plant was completely destroyed in the file, 7 area men have emerged as heroes in saving important documents from the plant.

No one was hurt in the blaze which started in the packaging department around 7:00 p.m. A neighbour saw the flames and called 911.

By the time that the Huntsville Fire Department arrived the building was engulfed in flames and work was underway to contain the blaze and prevent neighbouring buildings from igniting. The president of SporksChem arrived and offered a $50,000 reward to anyone who would be able to retrieve the safe in the main office in the center of the building. “It has all our trade secrets,” he said. “SporksChem will be finished without them.”

However, the blaze was intensifying and despite raising the reward to $100,000 there were no takers. Finally, the chief called in some of the surrounding fire departments to help contain the blaze.

About 8:15 p.m. a wavering siren was heard and the Seguin Township Volunteer Fire Fighter’s aging tanker truck sped to the scene. Without even slowing down, the truck drove right into the middle of the inferno and the 7 elderly volunteers (all of whom are retirees) sprang into action.

Water flew everywhere and the men laboured with an intensity that rivaled the blaze itself as the other fire fighters watched in amazement. Within minutes the fire was out.

Covered with soot and ash, the 7 men strolled out of the now smoldering ruin. It was like the scene from Armageddon. The president of SporksChem rushed to them waving a $200,000 cheque. “You guys were amazing!” he shouted as he hugged each one of them. “You’ve saved this company and all the jobs at this plant. I’ve doubled the reward.”

As the Super Seven reclined on a cool patch of grass reporters converged around them. One thrust a microphone towards Fire Chief John Jacobs and asked, “What are you guys gonna do with that $200,000 reward?”

“Well,” replied Chief Jacobs, “I think the first thing we’re gonna do is get those damn brakes looked at.”

[I received this story in an e-mail and while I have changed it around some, the basic story comes from someone else. Unfortunately, I don’t know who, but thanks to that mysterious whomever!]

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Weather Poem

Posted In: Humourous Poetry by LoneWolf

When I was a child my grandfather taught me the following poem. Upon doing some research it appears to be part of a Nat King Cole song called Wild Is Love written by Dorothy Wayne and Ray Rauch. Unfortunately, my Cole CD set doesn’t have this particular song but apparently he recites this poem during the song rather than singing it.

It is rather simple, but it captures quite eloquently the relationship between us and the weather. In fact, I think it is a rather telling description of the human condition.

As a rule, man’s a fool.
When it’s hot he wants it cool.
When it’s cool he wants it hot,
Always wanting what is not.


My friend over at GolfBlogger has found that Calvin and Hobbes have explained the current finacial state of affairs.  How could a ‘man’ and his tiger be so wise?


It seems that Canada has it share of political intrigue and hot potato topics, but this recent parliamentary mash has me wondering ‘Why?’

Stephen Harper and the Conservative minority government have gotten themselves into hot oil.  It seems that the Liberals and NDP have banded together with support from the Bloc Quebecois to bring down the government and form a new coalition.  This Potato Dumpling Gang had a plan to bring a non-confidence vote within a week of the first session of parliament to do this.

In order to stop this, the Conservatives went to see the Governor General and asked for a parlimentary pierogi.  The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean graciously approved this and we have parliamentary pierogies until January!

Now, I understand that Mr. Harper and the Conservatives have a large support from the west of Canada, but I think that they made a mistake here.  I believe that the Bloc and other Quebecois could have been persuaded to support the current minority government if they had ordered poutine instead.