No snow? At least there’s Rudolph!


Brian Golden

It’s hard to believe tomorrow will be the first of December and there’s not a flake of snow on the ground, which really doesn’t bother me all that much (what with all the shoveling, scraping, slipping and sliding involved when there is), but I must say I’m hoping for a white Christmas. Then again, a couple more weeks of 50 degree-plus weather wouldn’t bother me a bit. A couple of inches of the fluffy white stuff on Christmas Eve and then right into spring … would also be just fine, thanks.

Speaking of Christmas, I had a chance to sit down with my favorite lady and the kids last night for the annual showing of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” last night, which I consider a must-see as the holiday season kicks into high gear. My favorite character? Yukon Cornelius, of course. “Oh, well, now I’m off to get my life-sustaining supplies: cornmeal and gunpowder and hamhocks and guitar strings …”

Classic.

On a more serious note, I took the liberty of addressing the insane issue of financial disparity between New York State school districts in this week’s column, and I’m hoping it does some good. It’s time for people to really press our state representatives on the inequalities inherent within our state’s educational system and – without a doubt – this is as important an issue as any out there. Smaller, more needy districts such as those in Chenango County are getting the short end of the stick, if you look at the numbers, and this is putting our students at a serious disadvantage. Let’s all work together and see if we can make a difference, our children deserve at least that much.

As for the rest of the week, let’s just say I’m going to be more-than-a-little busy, what with a trio of musical performances (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights) on top of my normal schedule. Which is just fine by me, really, what with Christmas right around the corner (hey, a little extra pocket cash never hurt anyone right around holiday time, right?). After all that, however, I’m looking forward to a nice, relaxing weekend … if such a thing exists. What can I say? So much to do … so little time …