Cheech and Chong created one of the most famous bits in comedy history — “Dave’s not here.” Edmonton’s own Tommy Chong, in a weed fugue, hears a knock at his door. It’s his buddy Dave (voiced by Cheech). And each time Dave asks to come in, with even more weed at the ready, Chong answers: “Dave’s not here.”
The thing is, Chong doesn’t open the door, no matter how hard “Dave” insists he’s really his friend.
There may be more than a few Tommy Chongs among us this coming election season. Not because we’re paranoid from smoking too much herb, but because we won’t be willing to answer our doors.
They are coming. The election candidates. Running for council, running for mayor, running for the school board.
In March, we asked Edify readers how they feel about door-knocking candidates in the time of a pandemic.
Of the more than 150 respondents, 47 per cent said that they won’t answer their doors at all. We’re ready to hunker down, turn off the lights and hide, just to avoid talking to candidates face to face.
Another 40 per cent said they’re willing to open their doors, but the candidate has to stay outside, and wear a mask.
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This article appears in the June 2021 issue of Edify.