It’s time to change the government when…

My Dad can be a comedic old crank sometimes. In an old crank kinda way. He’s always been like that… smiles, jokes, laughs and wise-ass remarks!

Many of my memories growing up are of my Dad doing or saying something which, at the time, seemed to be completely un-cool or just plain drove me crazy.

Example – he used to wake my brother and I up in the morning by whistling that tone that sailors use when on deck.. you know the one… it starts low and then hits a shrieking pitch before falling low again. I think they used it on Star Trek too.

Anyways, it drove me freakin’ CRAZY!

So I was on the phone with my Mom last weekend and we were talking (as we always do) about the weather, which was really sucky that day in Ottawa. Dad was in the background – and I said to my Mom: “Remind the old man what he used to say when the weather was uncooperative, he would say that “it was time to change the government.”

My Mom passed it on to my Dad and he had a good laugh.

So what’s the point of this?

Well, I’ve come up with a non-exhaustive list of “when to change the government”… feel free to add more if you’re so inclined.

  • When it snows in April, it’s time to change the government.
  • When the Habs look like they might make another deep playoff run, it’s time to change the government.
  • When gas hits $1.28 / litre, it’s time to change the government.
  • When candidates running for the ruling party can’t be bothered to go to all-candidate meetings, it’s time to change the government.
  • When I nick my head while shaving it, it’s time to change the government.
  • When the street sweeper wakes me up at 2 am, it’s time to change the government.
  • When my ulcer gives me a harder time than usual, it’s time to change the government.
  • When newly purchased BBQs come with assembly instructions that would be incomprehensible to a mechanical engineer, it’s time to change the government.
  • When I step into some dog poop that some moron didn’t bother to scoop, it’s time to change the government.
  • When I bash my knee on the dashboard when getting into my new car, it’s time to change the government.
  • When my son bewilderingly has a hissy fit on the way to daycare because he wants the old minivan back, it’s time to change the government.
  • Finally, when the governing party turns to jingoistic, American-style appeals to patriotism in a last-ditch effort to appeal to voters, it’s time to change the government.

Any others?

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2 Comments to “It’s time to change the government when…”

  1. Allan Rowell says:

    When the Maple Leafs get into the playoffs — then it’s time to change the government.

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