Hodge: Bad luck image for 13 digit reinforced through history

This Friday the 13th will prove to be lucky for music fans wise enough to get themselves to the Bohemian Cafe.

I’ve always been a tad amused by folks who are nervous or upset by the number 13, finding the number somewhat foreboding.

There are a vast number of supposed explanations why 13 is unlucky, depending on your source of knowledge.

One of my all-time favourite journalist interviews was with a history/ancient studies professor discussing Halloween. I marveled at the man’s passion and arcane knowledge almost as much as I was fascinated by his incredibly bushy and stereotypical ‘professor-like’ eyebrows.

In the course of our conversation, he wandered into significant symbols and numbers, such as 13.

“The digit,” he lectured, “was contrived to be bad luck in ancient times due to its association with certain pagan rituals involving the sacrifice of the 13th member of a coven.

“While many speculate whether such action should constitute bad luck or not, it certainly seemed like an unfortunate turn of events for the individual whose life was literally cut short,” he surmised.

Irrefutable logic, I suggest.

Regardless, this Friday 13 will certainly prove to be lucky for music fans wise enough to get themselves to the Bohemian Cafe.

Tonight, a variety of the Okanagan’s top musicians are playing in support of their friend and guitar player Gord Brush, who is recovering from a recent stroke.

Brush and life/music partner Jane Eamon are well known in the Canadian music industry.

Leading the charge in the fundraisers is the Okanagan’s legendary roots band The Cruzeros.

Gord had his stroke on Christmas Day and is currently undergoing rehab. He is expected to eventually make a full recovery but the healing may take many months.

All the best Gord and Jane.


Happy Valentine’s wishes go out to many folks in Readerland, and especially to my personal heart-holder—Teresa.

I have no doubts that sharing her life with an unpredictable, off-the-wall sort such as me is rather taxing, so I can only imagine adding the additional stress of the recent election not to mention my hospital stay.

Thanks for being their consistently Tez, and for maintaining a sense of humour throughout the journey.


Speaking of winners, perhaps you know a few who deserve some recognition.

Nominations are now being accepted for candidates in the 40th annual Kelowna Civic Awards.

These awards are designed to acknowledge those in our community who make this a better place to live, work and play through their participation in volunteerism, the arts, school or work.

Award categories include the Sarah Donalda-Treadgold Memorial Woman of the Year, Fred Mackin Memorial Man of the Year, Young Male and Female Volunteer of the Year, Honour in the Arts, Volunteer Organization of the Year, Bob Giordano Memorial Award, and the Bryan Couling Memorial Award.

I had the pleasure of working with this committee for three years and know what a job it is to not only gather nominees, but to choose from the many wonderful candidates.

I encourage you to make a nomination for someone you know. Your participation is valued.

The awards gala event will be held Thursday, April 30, at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Tickets go on sale March 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the awards presentation start at 7 p.m. Nominations are accepted online and by email, and by hard-copy at the Parkinson Recreation Centre. For more information on the civic awards or for sponsorship information, please contact Amber Gilbert at 250-469-8967 or email agilbert@kelowna.ca.


With spring weather threatening, it is also time to make sure and protect your family and pets from possible pesticide exposure.

Make sure and join the City of Kelowna’s pesticide notification registry. Sign up time runs from Feb. 12 to March 13.

“The annual registry is for Kelowna residents who wish to be informed when pesticide spraying occurs on residential properties adjacent to their own. This registry is valuable for those who wish to minimize their exposure to pesticides,” said Todd Cashin, Kelowna’s subdivision, agriculture and environment services manager.

“Since certified applicators are still able to apply chemical pesticides, this allows residents to have the option of knowing when spraying in their area is taking place.”

Registrants are notified by commercial spray operators on the day before or the same day as the pesticide is applied to abutting residential properties.

The registry notification does not cover pesticide application on agricultural properties.

Folks may register online at kelowna.ca/environment.

Alternately, residents can register by calling the Commercial Pesticide Notification Registry Hotline at 250-469-8556.

Residents must sign up each year for the registry to be kept accurate and up to date. So those included in the 2014 registry must register again.

The city’s pesticide bylaw came into effect Jan. 1, 2009. It restricts the use of cosmetic pesticides by homeowners on residential properties.

Pesticide applicators who are provincially certified can apply to be exempt from the bylaw.

For more information about the city’s pesticide regulation bylaw or to learn healthy yard tips, visit kelowna.ca/environment. I encourage you to do so for your health and that of your pets and visitors.


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