As befits the weekend before Christmas, we attended two parties, one in a West Vancouver and one in Whistler. Both were well-stocked with people working in the mining industry. The short story that received the most votes for capturing the feeling of the current times was this one:
Have you hear about the pessimist, the optimist, and the miner? They all walked into the bar. On the counter was a half-empty glass of beer. The pessimist bemoaned the half-empty glass and the lack of a complete serving. The pessimist happily praised the glass for having good beer to drink. The miner called for a small glass, poured the contents of the half-full glass into the small glass and loudly proclaimed: “Now we all have a full glass.”
Like all stories that make the rounds, this probably started life in a Roman legion’s camp on the eve of an invasion of Gaul. No matter, the party-assembled miners liked it and stated that that is the way they feel. It snowed in Whistler and that seemed like a full glass. It rained in Vancouver and that was decidedly a full glass, for while snow is beautiful, in Vancouver it is disruptive.
We trust you had a good celebratory weekend and have a short work-week runup to a long weekend. And here are links to two sites with mining jokes: