Holidays sure aren’t what they used to be …

Guess I’m showing my age here, but I remember when statutory holidays, like Christmas and New Years and Easter and Victoria Day and Labour Day, were just that:  Statutory.  easter eggsEverything was shut down.  Banks, the postal service, schools, offices, grocery stores, all retailers in fact.  But now, at least here in Toronto, that’s definitely no longer the case.

This past weekend was Easter weekend.  I naturally assumed everything would be closed on Good Friday.  I know it used to be.  I remember in Montreal, where I’m from, you could have rolled a bowling ball down any major street in the city and it Continue reading

Day 285. They’re Off!!!

It’s a long weekend here, in Canada.  The first of the summer season.  Victoria Day.  In honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday.  She was born in 1819 and is the great, great grandmother of Britain’s traffic2current reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth.  A more interesting factoid is, Prince Philip (Queen Elizabeth’s husband) is her great, great grandson.

Which means Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are not just husband and wife.  They are also third cousins.

Not that the purpose of this post is to give you a history lesson.  Or get into the perils of in-breeding.

The truth is, I’m not sure what’s more significant about this, particular, long weekend.  The fact we’re Continue reading