Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 1/10/2008 (3097 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Here's a travel tip for all those of you who occasionally have to take business trips. Don't book flights that leave before 7:30 AM. Just do the math.If you leave at, say, 5:30 AM (which I did this morning flying from Regina to Calgary) then you have to be at the airport at 4:30 AM and that means getting up at 3:30 AM (shower, shave, dress, put gas in the rental car, drop off the rental car, scarf a roast beef sandwhich instead of real breakfast). So, why go to bed? That's the question I have been asking myself.Anyway, I'm in Calgary. I thought it would be delightfully contrarian of me to go to Alberta when none of the national media spends anytime in Alberta. That is because it isn't much of a race in Alberta. Too bad, cause it's very interesting here. (But more on that in later days when I file my full dispatch).On to the debates. Didn't catch the French language debate, but early reports indicate that it was a real piling on affair, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the bottom of the pile. Harper held his own, or so the reports indicate, but his decision to allow an extra bit of time to debate the economy could be a bad one.He is an articulate economist, of that there is no doubt. But driving around in Calgary today I heard about a mild wave of bank foreclosures of overpriced Calgary real estate. The report, on CBC radio, noted that banks are quite busy foreclosing on those properties where people have had trouble making payments, rather than renegotiating, because of the creeping fear of the US credit crisis.I don't know about you, but Harper should be careful about singing the "Don't Worry, Be Happy" song too many times on the campaign trail. People are going to start noticing that we're not all that happy.-30-