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Meanwhile, in nearby Mattawa…

Cold Winter Ahead

Just fifty-five degrees (13c) in Atlanta this morning and it’s only mid-September. Granted, it will climb to the low eighties (28c) but it looks like it’s ‘pert near time to break out my winter windbreaker.

Returning to Canada is appealing for so many reasons; snow and cold are not two of them, however.

They say, “originality is the art of concealing your source”, so I will try to keep it under wraps that my cousin Doug sent me this after my 55° post this morning…


It’s late fall and the native Indians on a remote reservation in Mattawa, Ontario asked their new chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild.

Since he was a chief in a modern society, he had never learned the old secrets of his ancestors.  When he looked at the sky he couldn’t tell what the winter was going to be like.

Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should start collecting firewood to be prepared.

But, being a practical leader, after several days, he got an idea.  He went to the phone booth, called the Weather Network and asked: “Is the coming winter going to be cold”?

“It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold”, the meteorologist at the weather service responded.

So the chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more firewood in order to be prepared.

A week later, he called the Weather Network again. ‘Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?’

‘Yes,’ the man at Weather Service again replied, ‘it’s going to be a very cold winter.’

The chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.

Two weeks later, the chief called the Weather Network again. ‘Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?’

‘Absolutely,’ the man replied. ‘It’s looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters we’ve ever seen.’

‘How can you be so sure?’ the chief asked.

“Because the Indians are collecting a shitload of firewood!” the weatherman replied.


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  1. Iceman Ogre  September 26, 2012

    You know, it may have only be 55 degrees in the morning, but it warmed up fast! The water on the lake is still about 80 degrees! So if you are too cold, drive up here to the lake and take a dip. I should feel like a hot tub.
    Also, is it true that all Canadians that migrate down to the U.S. join the polar bear club so they can feel closer to their mother country while living in the U.S.?
    I always wanted to join the Polar Bear club, I thought I could handle it when i was younger and living in N.J. But after experiencing these warm winters in GA, and never feeling the temperatures of what actual freezing temperaturs are anymore,I have become such a wuss when it comes to cold weather, I would turn into a humansicle!
    BTW, is that indian chief a picture of Graham Greene, the Indian Cheif Joseph from that movie Maverick with Mel Gibson? Looks just like him!

    • gordon  September 26, 2012

      Yes, that is Graham Greene, a Canadian Indian who lives on the Six-Nation Indian Reserve about forty minutes from Burlington, Ontario, my home when I got lost in Mont Laurier, Quebec.

      I had forgotten that he was in Maverick; that picture is from Dances with Wolves with Kevin Kostner, filmed in western Canada.

      I agree with you completely about getting used to the warmth of the South. “Cold” is for beer, not people.


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