Howdy boys & girls. Yer ol pal Uncle Scrub here. How u doin?
Dont ya hate when somethin so innocent... so innocuous.... so well intentioned.... comes back to haunt ya?
Check out this ad from 1999:
Yes kids. THIS makes me giggle.
Oh - before you send the hate mail... the whole oil thing doesn't make me giggle. The ad makes me giggle. We all good? Kewl.
So - what else we got goin on?
Well - for one thing - to Scrub's neighbours to the south in the good 'ol Red White and Blue - Happy Memorial Day.
Weird, eh? "Happy" Memorial Day. That's not right.
I hope ya'll have a good Memorial Day.
Nope - that's not quite right either, is it?
Perhaps... simply.... it's Memorial Day.
Here in the land of Red and White, eskimos and igloos, snow and pretty coloured money - we have something similar. It's not for a while yet though.
Here's what I got to say about it all:
Whether you agree with the fact that guys and gals who are neighbours, friends and family are off in some locale somewhere - beating heat, exhaustion and, more often than not, kids barely out of diapers playing with explosives instead of Tonka toys - whether you agree with it or not - days like today are not for complaining, protesting, demonstrating or generally bitching. Days like today are for honouring those who themselves have chosen to step up, step out and make what they believe is a difference for their loved ones and their country.
Everybody should go home at the end of the day. Ya know - you wake up. Shower. Go to work. Slug it out for a few hours. Then - go home. Grab a glass of water. Sit in the comfy chair. Complain about a customer or a co-worker. Eat some grub. Watch TV. Go to bed. Do it again the next day. The point is - you go home.
Days like today are for honouring those that didn't go home.
Days like today are to remind the families of those that didn't go home - that their loss wasn't for nothing.
Days like today are for hoping that one day in the future - we won't have days like today.
For now though - we do.
For now - we have people (more kids, really) - who have stepped up to make a difference.
Thank goodness they do because gawd knows - I wouldn't. Just don't have the balls. Know what I mean?
So - there it is.
Now - having taken a brief moment there - I shall now return to preparing myself for the coming thunder bumper storm and will now batten down the hatches.