Author: The Plaidneck

The Great Outdoorsman

The other day, I saw the unfortunate image of the great outdooorsman (yes male)

I saw a vehicle pulling a trailer loaded with a side by side UTV

The vehicle was a crew cab Ford F 250. The added features that caught my attention were a wilderness scened full width mud flap. The picture depicted the bottom of a treeline and that treeline’s full reflection in a very still body (assumed it to be a lake or large pond) of water. It also had a back window decal of another wilderness scene. This one was a forest clearing with a couple of deer browsing on brush.

The trailer was decently built.

The trailer was carrying a sport model side by side Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV), which appeared to be a Kawasaki KRX. The trailer was built to the maximum width and the UTV took most of the available width.

It appears that the outdoorsman, for his recreation, drives to his the terrain of choice in a vehicle using 17.5 l/100 km (about 16 miles/imperial gallon). When there he fires up and drives his small engined machine as a means of getting around. Although small engines are improving, they still don’t have the pollution control of an automotive engine. When finished, he will then load up and drive back home.

I live close to one of the local ATV trails. These machines aren’t quiet. When walking a trail, skiing or snow shoeing (in season) it’s amazing how much you take in by listening. The din of recreational vehicles diminishes that enjoyment. I wonder how much natural sound gets in through the CSA approved helmet?

One of the recommended ways of maintaining a reasonable level of fitness is walking. The simplest MO. is to walk about 30 minutes a day, every day.

So our great outdoorsman ??

The Plaidneck

Remember Francis Fox



Back in the late 1970s a federal cabinet minister Francis Fox got into trouble.

He tried to assist a friend obtain an abortion. My memory is that the father’s signature was required, but that person wasn’t in the picture. Although Minister Fox was just a friend, he chose to be helpful and signed instead. He was caught.

Mr Fox resigned his position as a federal minister.

This was true parliamentary practice. Err, own up, resign the position and take your chances.

Mr. Fox wasn’t caught abusing his position. He didn’t gain from the action. He was trying to help a friend. He still took full responsibility for the action (I think it was considered forgery on an official document) and resigned.

In the end, his political career was slowed, but not damaged. He was again appointed to cabinet, and, I believe, maintained a good reputation. I tend not to vote Liberal, but consider him a worthy representative of his (riding’s) people.


We have lost this ethic. Our politicians make equally bad (if not worse) choices and do not take responsibility. They defend, deflect and in a term we used to use where I worked tap dance and cling to their position

Their leaders also defend, and tap-dance. No wonder we the voters/citizens have little respect for those who purport to represent us.

I respect Francis Fox. I am either losing or have completely lost respect for our “leaders” who tout one thing and blatantly do the opposite.


It is time for our parliamentarianss to return to the earlier more honourable ethic of conduct.


The Plaidneck

That Damn “I”

I just listened to a politician again say that is what “I” want for Canadians.

This was while speaking on behalf of our government.

People are diverse, government attempts to, hopefully through discussion and compromise/agreement, lead as a group, not via an individual.

The proper phrase would be what “we” want for Canadians. Maybe if our political leaders would use the “us” in their process and the rhetoric, we might not be (as it seems to be happening) devolve into leader lead cultism


Another part of this type of statement is the for “Canadians” bit – often prefaced by “all”.

I know that our government is for all and in order for a society to work properly, there must be a common law/rule before which we all are equal. I do; however, disagree with a politician intimating that her/his thoughts are mine. I’m enough of a contrarian to, at times, see things a bit differently. The politician may speak for us, he often doesn’t speak for me, there’s a difference.

My neighbours have a saying that is totally appropriate. “Vive la difference”

The Plaidneck

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