The Big Day is almost upon the sleepy village of Frootloops, and the council has come together to plan the annual Christmas concert, featuring a skit by its members. Mayor Ken Kringle, newly elected to the job, takes his chair and prepares to preside.
KRINGLE: I call this meeting to order. We have a fulsome agenda to get through, unless there’s anyone here who’s contrary minded. Main topic is the annual Christmas skit. We can only increase the budget this year by 2.5 per cent. Mr. Tannenbaum, how much will that get us?
KRINGLE: Maybe we can kill some things off the wish list.
COUN. TINA TINSEL: Your Nutcracker, who’s going to play Santa this year, now that your predecessor Peter Fudgebar has gone missing somewhere in the back benches?
VOICE SEEMINGLY FROM NOWHERE: Me, pick me! I’d do an awesome job, for sure!
COUN. DIETER DICKENS: Where’s that voice coming from, Your Workshop?
KRINGLE: Oh, I forgot. Coun. Singalong is joining us by video-conferencing from Cambodia. I have him here on my iPad.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.