Hello, and merry x-mas to you all. Don’t you just love this time of year – the nostalgia for childhood that it elicits, the parties, the x-mas cheer, the raising of glasses – and the relaxed, easy-going manner of most folk, the genial smiles, the close embraces, and the firm handshakes, and the genuine gaiety that abounds.

In fact, I was saying to an acquaintance a day or so ago that if x-mas didn’t exist we’d have to make it up. It’s just such a welcome interruption to everyday life, coming when it does in late December in this dark, cold, snowy land. And, then, I reminded myself that it is made up.

But, what a fabulous story, even if it’s genesis is an elaborate concoction of Roman and Hellenistic and Jewish cultures and traditions.

Fortunately, the purported virgin nativity phenomenon has not yet hijacked the joy and bonhomie of this secular occasion and is no impediment to commercial enterprise and family reunions and the excitement and anticipation of young children, and the feeling we have of belonging to a greater community – as neighbours, and total strangers alike, greet each other on the street, at the LCBO and in the grocery shops, and myriad disparate places with jovial salutations of Happy Holidays, Merry X-mas, Joyeux Noel, and Happy New Year.

It’s amazing and wonderful. All, just because it’s a lovely pagan mid winter festival. Perhaps, good cheer is at work, too. That’s my two-cents worth anyway.

Ask yourself, where else would you rather be on December 25 than adding to your fatty bits by sitting down to a welcome feast with good friends and close family?

Okay, just to remind you that within the month we’ll be registering for the 2019 RLCT:

https://www.ottawabicycleclub.ca/rlct/regnow

Regarding the Manifesto (Rules of the Road), it’s on ice for now for lack of interest and participation.

What I’m listening to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhMfd-NhCeo   Bob Seger

Okay, Stay fit, fine, firm always! Bye-bye, ac.

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“If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” – AE

Dear Mr Einstein: Why are we alive?

Dear Miss Block: The question ‘Why” in the human sphere is easy to answer: to create satisfaction for ourselves and for other people. In the extra-human sphere the question has no meaning. Also, the belief in God is no way out for in this case you may ask “Why God”. AE

Champlain Parkway just west of Black’s Lake