That's Life - August 1, 2018

And in the blink of an eye, the August long weekend is upon us. Just the phrase, “Long Weekend” seems to turn many into maniacs. Highway speeds increase, traffic injuries, and fatalities increase. It’s bumper to bumper traffic on Friday and Monday afternoon while Saturday and Sunday seem relatively calm.

Many of you remember my ramblings about our years spent at Buffalo Lake. We spent 25 years of our lives as part-time residents of, “The Lake”. I know, I know, it’s hard to believe that anyone would want to holiday in the same place for so long. Well, we loved it there. We’ll never forget it. We became active in practically every aspect of the community (I can’t help it, that’s just the way I am).

One thing that really stands out in my memory are the long weekends. That became the only time of the year when I was happier at home in Three Hills. You see, long weekends turned our summer village into a place that I really didn’t care for. You couldn’t move during the day and you couldn’t sleep during the night. The largest number of long weekend guests seemed to be there for “a good time, not a long time”. I mean, we had people cutting through our yard, parking in our driveway and I won’t even mention the chaos on the water. My quiet, calming fishing area became filled with slalom water skiers. So, we just decided it wasn’t worth the trouble and just stayed at home.

Remember, if you’re heading out on the highways this holiday weekend, please take it easy. There will be check stops in place and if you break the rules of the road you will have to face the consequences.

If you are visiting our many lakes, rivers and campsites, please have more than a little respect for those around you. Believe it or not, some people are actually trying to enjoy some rest and relaxation.

Monday evening we were reminded that Mother Nature doesn’t always play nice in the sand. I haven’t heard thunder like that in a while. Neither has our cat, based on her reaction. What amazes me is that we had no warnings on any of our “devices”. We’ve had lots of “severe thunderstorm watches” where northing ever happened but Monday evening happened and with no warning.

I know we all like to stand at a window to watch for lightning. Don’t do that. Stay away from doors, windows, electrical appliances, fireplaces and anything else that conducts electricity. Do not use your sinks, tubs or showers during a lightning storm and avoid using your landline telephone, plugged in computers or devices plugged in for charging.

No place outdoors is safe during a lightning storm. Get indoors and put as many walls as possible between you and the great outdoors.

If you do have the luxury of a warning, unplug your computers, radios and television sets.

You might shrug your shoulders and say, “What’s the big deal?”, but lightning kills approximately 10 Canadians and injures up to 150 others each and every year.

The weather forecasts do call for more lightning storms over the next few days. Be prepared. Stay safe. Keep an eye on the sky.

That’s Life.