I’m not faulting them. I’m just stating a fact about people in general – we are almost oblivious to our surroundings. We have to teach ourselves to be aware, and I include me in that “we”.
So last night on The National, when Peter Mansbridge flirted on air with Claire Martin, as per usual, maybe she was a little flustered. Claire is Senior Meteorologist for the CBC. I really enjoy her two-minutes of fame every weekday evening. She was pointing out that Northern Ontario would be assaulted, for the third night in a row, by an overnight frost. And the coolest community (in a temperature sense only) would be Armstrong.
Armstrong. Guaranteed that 95% of my friends and neighbours have heard of the place – they know it is somewhere west of us. On the west side of Lake Nipigon. Ninety-nine point nine per cent of them have never been there, and have no immediate plans to visit.
Claire pointed out its location for the benefit of 99.99% of TROC (the rest of Canada). She located it between Timmins and North Bay, a long, long way east of us, close to the Quebec border.
Claire, I forgive you, and millions of your fans will too.
And Peter, shame on you. Let the poor woman do her job.
ORIGINALLY POSTED 27 MAY 2011
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