'At seven P.M. a main hatchway caved in; he said,
"Fellas, it's bin good t'know ya!"
The captain wired in he had water comin' in
and the good ship and crew was in peril.
And later that night when 'is lights went outta sight
came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.'
- Gordon Lightfoot song 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.'
The lyrics in the above passage were changed in 2010. I didn't know that. The amended line is 'At 7 p.m., it grew dark, it was then he said'. Of course, I'll always remember listening to the song with my now deceased mother and watching her cry as she remembered that fateful night 39 years ago today. She told me that she was related to one of the mighty FitzGerald's crew. I don't know which Sailor, nor will I ever know. But every year I do mourn the death of the twenty nine men. Every year I watch the same documentary. Every year I read the same book. Every year I look at the same painting by artist Chad Florence. As my mother passed on, her obsession became my own. I wonder how the greatest freighter of the day simply vanished. Of course, there's no doubt in my mind that the waves sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald. Still, 39 years later, here are plenty of theories.
Today we should just reflect. Reflect on how nature can be so violent sometimes. Reflect on the lives lost in such horrifying circumstances. Reflect on how these things just happen, and there's nothing anybody can do to stop it...
Long time, no talk, Sault Ste. Marie! I just haven't found the time nor the inspiration to start writing again. Some nights I would log on and stare at a blank screen for twenty minutes, thinking about what to type. Then I would type a sentence, sometimes maybe a paragraph, and then I'd be stuck, not knowing how to finish the post. But not today. Not now. There's so much to write about!
The most important news is that Winter has arrived in the Sault! For over a week, the snow has always managed to miss the city. Areas north, east, even some areas south of here, have seen snow.
Yesterday, we woke up, and there it was. The ground was white. Until noon. Then only the roads were white. Because of the salt that the City crews dumped. Yesterday evening I was going to write a post strongly condemning the Department of Public Works for dumping so much salt on the roads. There was next to no snow, and it was gone by 12:00 PM. What a waste of time and money.
Then the snow really started falling. And it didn't stop. In fact, as I write this, it is still snowing. I have shoveled the driveway twice. Once at 3:30 this afternoon, and again at 6:30. And it looks like I may have to shovel the driveway a third time before bed.
With the arrival of Winter, I have mixed feelings. I do hate the snow, it's a chore to shovel and then the roads look disgusting when car fumes and dirt and salt make the snow brown. But the snow is what brings me into the Holiday spirit. Those pesky Christmas commercials airing right after Halloween, and the stores have Christmas displays out on November 1, it annoys me to no end. Corporate greedy dirtbags have ruined the Holidays.
Snow, it just lightens my heart. I look out the window and see the snowmen and start humming "Frosty the Snowman," and I see children throwing snowballs, and I want to go out there and throw some too. Of course, after the first week of January, I start to really hate the snow and I want it GONE. But that's up to nature. Mother nature. And she hasn't been too kind to Sault Ste. Marie in the last two years. And if forecasts are to be believed, Mother Nature will be giving us another doozy of a Winter. Sigh.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.