Have you ever been driving along a U.S. interstate and off in the distance, peaking over the trees, you see a giant gas station sign that seems as tall as the CN Tower?
You think you’re only a short distance from the rest stop but it turns out its still miles away because the sign is as big as a house.
Mobile, Texaco, South of the Border, Stuckys home of the pecan log.
I remember on our annual car trip to Myrtle Beach us kids would try to guess how long before we would arrive at the location after spotting the sign.
Although it has taken decades for the city to come up with a Welcome to Hamilton sign it has taken no time for the Ticats to get going on the giant moniker that will tan the QEW from the Woodward Avenue treatment plant.
Since one of the major reasons they wanted a new stadium was because of a bad location no one could find, perhaps lighting the way will inspire those to finally travel into the residential area like moths to a bug zapper.
At one time we had no Hamilton signs, soon it will be a race to see which one is finished first.
We heard over the weekend the three bad guys involved in that daring Quebec prison escape have been recaptured.
They temporarily experienced freedom after a helicopter touched down within the facilities walls in a daring maneuver only seen in the movies, or Quebec.
We learned that the day before the break out a judge had ordered an easing of restrictions on the prisoners, removing their shackles when outside their cells the day before their escape, allowing them to run to the helicopter.
Apparently the judge was rewarding their good behaviour despite the trio’s charges of gangsterism and murder.
Even police warned them they had suspicion of a break out.
Detention centre guards could only watch as they are not armed.
This, again, raises the question of how we seem to give more rights to prisoners than we do the public.
Either these conditions are not strict enough or the corruption in the province is worse than we thought.
When the new ‘Welcome to Hamilton’ sign finally arrives on the outskirts of town, will it read, “Welcome to Hamilton, where pot is the new steel!”?
If the medical marijuana industry takes off like some think it will, it may very well be.
Health Canada is getting ready to award selected private companies the honour of growing the government’s bud, now that they have announced they don’t want you growing your own.
Of course, there is no money in that for them.
This means big tax dollars for Hamilton who has seen a few growers interested in the old industrial core buildings.
Wednesday council will vote to rezone the area, medical pot can only be grown in agricultural approved areas.
Lots are betting the farm on this thinking if it is eventually legalized, and sold to the public; this will be the method of production and distribution, very similar to the Beer Store or LCBO.
If that happens Hamilton could be a great position to strike gold.
Security officials say industrial areas are better than remote rural locations and pose no threat to surrounding neighbourhoods, noting there are factories in the area that produce way more lethal drugs.
So forget the Steel City, think more along the lines of, Hemp City!
There is no greater thrill in life then watching someone you have produced and nurtured, grow and reach their full potential.
It’s a never ending task that sometime comes with little recognition and lots of aggravation.
You have to be a role model, strong leader, teacher, supporter, provider, disciplinary, coach, confidant, driver ,hero, and I’m sure I have left out many other important duties.
Including sometimes being a mother.
Most importantly you have to be there for them 24/7 and provide the comfort and security for them to flourish and become contributing members of society, who will in turn, do the same for the next generation.
But in the end you have to get used to being last on the list ….as there are many other important issue that need tending to before you.
Father’s Day is the day when you get rewarded with the love and attention that sometimes gets lost in everyday life.
But that’s okay because most Dads wouldn’t have it any other way.