The House adjourned without getting to a bill which would lower the meals portion of the Rooms and Meals tax from nine down to eight percent and without getting to the two speed limit bills which the Bouchard committee forced me to remove from the consent calendar.
Oh by the way Candy and Company, I think I'm heading up 89 some time tomorrow and you can be sure, I'll do the usual survey. Last time I went 65 (the day before Christmas) 57 people flew by me (thus speeding) and I had to pass not a single person (law abiders). In fact, when I told the Bouchard's committee this, a police representative virtually admitted my data is correct. When I challenged him to do a radar test and if in fact, fewer than 75 percent are not speeding, I will never file a speed limit bill again, he said it wasn't necessary. Almost everybody is in fact breaking the 65 mile an hour limit, he admitted, a fact one would never know by reading the report from Candace "Consent Calendar" Bouchard's committee. How one could not write such a thing in a report is beyond me...but then how one could simply put a bill on consent, after hearing a state police officer make such a confession, is truly beyond me.
If I can get to a computer in Montreal Friday, I'll release the results of the latest survey.
I was going to wait till next weekend to make the trek into the less snowy environs of northern Vermont and southern Quebec, but then when I heard the U.S./Canadian Olympic hockey game is Friday at noon, I thought, "What better place to watch it than amidst crazed Canadians, perhaps at the Peel Pub." I remember watching the Bruins lose a playoff game there several years back; I must have been the only Bruins fan there.
I'm also planning to do a bit more research on this working weekend break, stopping in to see how things are going at the Montreal Casino (recently renovated at a cost of $318 million; I liked it better before) and maybe even popping into a few head shops (High Times) to see how close Canada is to legalizing marijuana. When I posed that question a few years back, I seem to recall being told that U.S. government policy is inhibiting the Canadians from making the move. I wasn't high at the time, but maybe the person I asked didn't speak English all that well. I promise to make greater efforts to get an answer this weekend; of course, Googling the topic might in fact prove more productive, but then, that wouldn't give me an excuse to--to quote the B52s--"get out of the state I'm in".