Who is that Masked Man?

Blanche has learned a few lessons from her last post about the closing of the seniors drop in center located, last time we looked, in the Cavendish mall in Cote St. Luc.

The first lesson is that when politician’s buttons are pushed they jump. Really high. The second is that when we write a news story that does not reflect well on them, well ladies and gents, we had to bring out Blanche’s protective helmet as the flinging of ‘how could yous’ was staggering.

The bottom line of the many emails we received: It’s not our fault. Bring out the tissues. Guess what? It’s also not Blanche’s fault. Nor is it Uncle Harry’s fault. Or Auntie Mimi’s fault.

Everyone knows the provincial government is cutting their budget like we slice and dice a cucumber. We are in debt up to our eyeballs and for that we can thank the PQ, princess pauline, the charter and of late, the brilliant Pierre Karl Peladeau who will most likely be the new leader of the separatist party tomorrow. Their insistence on being master of their own house has chased away most investors. Never mind. Writing this is like banging one’s head against a brick wall.

In today’s paper there was a nice long column about the drop-in closing. Missing from the text was the name of the person who might actually have the ear of the health Minister – the local MNA David Birnbaum.

Where is that dude anyway? Wait, maybe he thinks that if he acts like Zorro who tried to hide behind that black mask, no one will find him. Ask him yourself: David.Birnbaum.DMG@assnat.qc.ca.

There’s a new scam coming your way and you best know about it. Consumers book 480 hotel rooms per minute online. Dat’s a lotta rooms Blanche. A majority of those online bookings are done through reputable OTAs—Online Travel Agencies—such as Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, and Kayak.

Here’s the part you need to know: There are a growing number of bookings made on confusing third party websites that sound legitimate, but aren’t. These websites pop up when you’re searching for a hotel. They look may look legit but are a total scam. The images on the website look like a brand such as a Hilton. But if you study the top of the ad, the number listed is not for the hotel, but rather for the third party website. So you may think you’re calling the hotel, but in reality, you’re not. Most likely you are calling a lowlife in Pakistan sitting in his basement in his underwear taking down all your credit information.

You can guess the rest. You get to the hotel and they have no record of your reservation or that you have paid for at least one night. The solution: Before booking on any site other than the biggies, call the hotel directly and see if the site you are on is legit. Simple as dat.

Montreal is a city with many religions but in April and May when the hockey playoffs begin, none is more intense than following the Montreal Canadiens aka the Habs. After a long, dark winter people are looking for something to cheer about. Enter the Habs. They got into the playoffs and won their first round against Ottawa. Then they had to face Tampa Bay whose number they just couldn’t get all year. They still don’t have it as Tampa won the series 4 games to 2.

What ticked us off royally was the coach Michel Therrien saying after they lost the other night that the team was ‘tired and exhausted’. Is he kidding?

These are professional athletes who get paid gzillions of dollars to get in shape and stay in shape. They were tired? What would have happened if they won and had to go to the next round? Two weeks in a spa until they rested up?

Blanche, go git dose skates and make sure dere sharpened. We gotta practice dat dere skating business. Ya never know if the Habs are gonna call.

Here we go again. Yet another drone crash landed on the White House lawn in the middle of the night. What’s up with the secret service? Do they not know that their own defense department has drones that are loaded with weapons and kill people? Sounds like the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. Or if they do, are not sharing the information.

Good Shabbos,

We’ll talk…

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