• Brian Gallagher

Falling backwards


Calvin the disgruntled cat takes issue with Daylight Saving Time clock change.

“I don’t mind going back to daylight saving time. With inflation, the hour will be the only thing I've saved all year.” – Victor Borge

Okay beautiful people, at the risk of getting ahead of myself – “bah, humbug”… No, I’m not channelling my inner Grinch one month early nor am I getting a jump on growing my green winter overcoat. Daylight saving time is upon us. What madness. Did you know that the idea of resetting clocks forward an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in his essay, ‘An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light,’ which was published in the Journal de Paris in April 1784? Now according to Wikipedia, Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States as well as a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humourist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. Now I ask you… do you see ‘weatherman’ or ‘candle salesman’ in that long list of jobs?

I must say that I am not the only person in this household who is not a fan of Mr. Franklin’s daylight saving time. My six-year-old tabby cat ‘Calvin’ (whose brother is ‘Hobbes,’ naturally) vehemently disagrees with ‘DST.’ Since Sunday he has sat beside his food bowl at sundown and loudly protests that it is completely unacceptable that he must wait one more hour for feeding time. He relies and trusts solely on his stomach clock and apparently kibble-time never changes, never mind the season. I think ol’ Ben could have taken a few lessons from my fine furry scholarly friend and left us to our own devices and stomach clocks to tell us when to make dinner.

The Hudson Village Theatre is back in full swing this season with a full festive lineup of plays and musical events that are definitely worth checking out. My fave is coming up on November 29. Juno-nominated Canadian singers ‘The Good Lovelies’ are bringing their annual Christmas tour to Hudson and the opening act is the very talented local singer/multi-instrumentalist Becky Fletcher! Follow them on the Facebook or the Instagram and check out their website (villagetheatre.ca) for the full list of events coming up to close out 2018!

Here’s some local quickie reminders coming up this weekend for you. You’re welcome.

Theatre fans and all manner of cool people will enjoy the Fessenden Follies – A Steampunk Revue starting Thursday, November 7 at the Hudson Village Theatre.

For you closet singer-songwriters (and you know who you are) Restaurant Rube on Highway 201 in Rigaud hosts their monthly open mic night Sunday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Painting for a good cause? Check out The Square Foot Art Exhibit in benefit of the Old Brewery Mission on November 10 at 232 rue Senneville, in Senneville.

Art and food? Sign me up. On November 8 artist Lorelei Muller is hosting a vernissage at Chefs en Vedette, which in itself is a cool initiative in Valois village where guest chefs come in and cook up delicious meals for you. Go check that out at 123 Donegani in Pointe Claire.

Don’t forget to hit me up at kickinthearts@yourlocaljournal.ca if you have an event, gig or show that you think is a must-see. Thanks for the emails and shout outs that you good people are sending my way!

OK, I can’t take the protesting any longer and have to go feed Calvin – Sociable!