Word on the Street

Ben jingles some bells and recounts the sweet music they play.

By Ben Bull
Published November 28, 2005

Word On The Street

Well, it's that time of year again, folks! That's right: the time of year, in November, when for some reason everybody is talking about Christmas.

Yeah, I know. Crazy, isn't it? But Hey - if you complain about it you're miserable, and if you're not a Christian, well, you probably don't care either way - right?

For what it's worth, I fall into the "scrooge" category. I've got four kids watching endless Christmas commercials all day - I can't take it any more!

But what the hell. In keeping with our new and improved upbeat RTH format, I've decided to be artificially jolly and full of Christmas cheer for this entire edition of WOTS!

It won't be easy. I've still got pumpkins on my porch for crying out loud, but hey, I'll give it a shot!

So, ho-ho-hold on to your winter hats folks (how's that for starters?) as we run through another list (and check it twice) of Made-In-Hamilton goodies, for our latest edition of the Word On The Street!

Let's start with that mysterious package from Uncle Mac. Well we know it contains 150 HHS workers who are going to be relocated downtown, but where?

We took a little peek inside the box and it looks like they'll be going into 31 King East! That's the former Employment Services Building at Gore Park.

OK, so that's that mystery solved. Let's put that one back under the tree and pretend we never opened it...

Under the Tree

What say we spoil all the surprises and dive straight into Santa Jason's sack? Time to find out what else will be coming down our chimneys this year:

Nog These Eggs

OK, let's get with the real Christmas cheer and break open the damn liquor cabinet. Yup, it's time for another Eggnog (or three) of Events Listings!

OK, now let's head back into Santa Jason's workshop and see what his little downtown elves have been working on these days:

OK that's it for this issue folks! Time to put your feet up, watch "The Ten Commandments" (again), and listen to Aunty Elsie snoring in front of the fire (don't you just love Christmas?).

But hold up! The truth is, of course, there is still a long time to go before Christmas. And I assure you that we (Jason) will have many more tangerines and trinkets to stuff down our socks before the next few weeks are through.

So keep with the festive spirit, folks, and tune in next time for another edition of ... the Word On The Street.

Ben Bull lives in downtown Toronto. He's been working on a book of short stories for about 10 years now and hopes to be finished tomorrow. He also has a movie blog.


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