Last Friday (July 28, 2017), a good friend of mine (John), who lives somewhat North West of Kingston Ontario, and I met by Motorcycle in a Small Vacation Town on the St Lawrence River, called Gananoque, made famous as a 1000 Islands Resort Town, where only the River Separates Canada from the USA (Ontario and New York State).
I live about 150-Miles to the East of Gananoque, my Friend John lives about an away Hour in the Opposite Direction. So for me, this is a Nice Ride on a Beautiful Day, following the River all the way, where once we meet at our destination, we enjoy each other’s company, speaking about some past Adventures, Travel, RV’s, BIKES and Politics.
AS IT TURNED OUT . . . In keeping with the last Editorial About Italians and the “MOOCH”, we made-up to meet in Gananoque at a Restaurant called MILANO’S, which used to be the BEST Italian Pizza, Chicken and Hamburger Joint EVER, which unfortunately was sold by the Family a couple of years ago.
We didn’t go to Milano’s often, more like a few times a year every year, when we met by BIKE at Gananoque, but every time John and I went, we had a wonderful Experience with the FAMILY, who Loved that we both came from a substantial Distance to Eat their Food, which also INCLUDED the Treatment we ENJOYED just from being there.
I say UNFORTUNATELY, because the new owners, who weren’t Italian, couldn’t hold a candle to the Flair and Taste of the Milano’s. So I wasn’t interested in eating there, since my experience with the food served by the new owners, who were nice enough and tried hard, simply didn’t merit a second visit.
But, since this restaurant is so well positioned, John and I agreed to meet at Milano’s, and from there we’d find a different place to eat.
When I arrived at the Restaurant a few minutes before John, I really needed to use the bathroom, so I shut down the BIKE, and ran inside, ONLY to see the Original Owners behind the Counter . . . AND THEN IT BEGAN!
AND I YELLED OUT IN THEIR CROWDED GREASY SPOON . . . “The Band’s Back Together”. And from behind the counter someone YELLED-OUT in that Distinctive English/Italian Way Of Speaking . . . “Where’ve you been, and where’s your friend”?
There Were Plenty Of Handshakes & Banter . . . But I really had to go to the Bathroom. And while coming out of the bathroom a moment later, I heard more Happy Screaming, recognizing my Friend John’s Voice . . . “YOU’RE BACK”! And the Great Hellos Started all over again.
John and I had an incredible meal amongst Famiglia, for a Fraction of what the cost would be for an INFERIOR Meal anywhere else, and promised each other and the Family, that we will be Back before the Riding Season comes to an end.
FROM MILANO’S . . . We Rode A Few Miles East To A Restaurant That Makes It’s Own Pies:
While Sitting At This Hole-In-The-Wall Restaurant, also near the St Lawrence River in the Heart of one of Ontario’s Great Tourist Areas, we were speaking about many things, which included the Political Mess Canada finds itself in today, when we heard a woman’s voice, who was seated behind me, who said . . . “WE LOVE YOUR COUNTRY”.
So I turned around to see a Retired Couple, older than John and I (who is my age given a few months apart), smiling at our conversation. So I asked where they were from, to which they answered Connecticut, which should have already told me everything I needed to know about them.
AND THE WOMAN WITHOUT PROVOCATION SAID . . . “And we LOVE your Prime Minister”, to which I replied . . .
“Even though our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau PAID a Moslem Terrorist, who MURDERED an American Serviceman, and Partially Blinded another American Serviceman in Afghanistan, who was Fighting for the Taliban, whose Father was a Key Financier for Bin Laden . . . a Cool $10.5-Million Tax Free Dollars, because Canada didn’t do enough to help him while he was Imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay”?
“Trudeau Issued An Official Apology To The Terrorist”.
“HE DIDN’T DO THAT SHE SAID”. To which I added . . . “Oh Yes He Did, & It Happened Just Within The Past Week & A Bit”.
“Well . . . I Have To Check That For Myself She Retorted”. And then she went on to LAMBASTE President Trump for a Myriad of Things . . . INCLUDING – Selling 20% of America’s Uranium Mining Stockpile to the Russians, to which I quickly said . . .
“I think you’re somewhat confused – Because 20% of America’s Uranium Stockpile was indeed SOLD to the Russians, but it wasn’t because of President Trump, but rather, it was through Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was serving under Barrack Obama, whose Husband (Bill Clinton) was later Rewarded with a HUGE Speaking Fee in Russia, and only God Knows How Much Money Was Sent To The Clinton Foundation As A Result”?
HER RESPONSE TO ME WAS CLASSIC . . . “I don’t Know Where You Get Your News From . . . ” – and before she could finish her Statement, I said – “NOT FROM THE SAME PLACE YOU GET YOUR NEWS”.
John and I were well dressed-enough, but we were Wearing BIKER Stuff, which I guess Diminished us somewhat in her eyes . . . so I said to her – “Please Let Me Introduce Ourselves Properly”.
“My Friend John & I are somewhat Retired, except . . . more or less, I still write Professionally. John, up until recently, used to be a Senior Vice President of Canada’s LARGEST Radio and Television Broadcast Network, known in the USA as Mainstream Media, akin to your ABC, NBC and CBS”.
“I on the Other Hand, was one of Canada’s Newsmakers of the Year, one of Montreal’s Most Listened to, and most Successful Radio Talk Show Hosts in English Montreal, and the UNDISPUTED Leader for Freedom of Expression in Canada, vis a vis the Fight for English Language Rights in the Separatist Province of Quebec – And Amongst Other Things . . . I Write A VERY Popular Socio/Political Blog, Read Mostly By Americans”.
“Before Retiring and spending a great Deal of your Summers, Vacationing in Canada, what did you do for a Living”? To which she responded . . . “TEACHING”.
Last Friday Was A Really Good Day.
Some people who have Commented on the last Editorial seem to think that I am really down on Jeff Sessions. I have no idea where they got that information, because I’m NOT.
I do think that Sessions should have NEVER RECUSED HIMSELF from the Russia Investigation, especially WITHOUT First Informing his Boss, the President, which would have been the right thing to have done, SPECIFICALLY before he was Sworn-In as President Trump’s Attorney General.
That doesn’t mean Sessions should be ousted from the Cabinet. But I do believe that Jeff Sessions should be moved to another Cabinet Post, such as Homeland Security, where I’m certain he would do a great job, as did General Kelly, which is being Bandied-About in the Media.
President Trump Is Surrounding Himself With Street-Fighters . . . Which Is What He Also Needs In Justice – Jeff Sessions Is Not A Street Fighter.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov