A certain Canadian mayor, one who hails from my province of Ontario to be exact, has attracted a ridiculous amount of attention these last few months. His ongoing, seemingly-endless antics have simultaneously delighted talk-show hosts and political pundits while reducing some of his constituents – and family members no doubt – to tears.
This post is not about that civic leader.
Today I turn my blog over to a man I respect for his humor, humanity and moral compass, not just his ability to have my utilities shut off while raising my taxes high enough to induce a heart attack.
Meet Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati, Mayor Jim to us “everyday folks” who voted him in.
Mayor Jim is a good man, a term we often bandy about without considering the implications. Jim Diodati actually cares about the citizens of Niagara Falls. He goes out of his way to avoid letting his family members down when they turn to him for help – which they do quite often – and he never locks the front door and turns off the lights while huddling in the corner when they come calling unannounced.
As a student of human nature and a man obsessed with pop culture I’ve been watching the political meltdown in Toronto with particular fascination and I find my admiration and gratitude for Mayor Jim growing with every incident. Having a civic leader with his head on straight and any and all personal demons safely hidden away is an invaluable blessing, my friends.
I think I’m going to let Mayor Jim take over before this becomes a full-on bromance..
1) Favorite guilty pleasure: TV show?
Star Trek, Sci-Fi, Science-nature documentaries, or I once watched a show that was a dramatization of earth’s creation with great interest. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it! I love that kind of science-interest television.
2) Your best moment as mayor so far has been…
Watching Nik Wallenda do what everyone said we wouldn’t achieve, a sanctioned walk on a wire over the Niagara Falls! Nik’s mantra is “never ever give up” and I live that every day.
3) What do you love most about our wonderful hometown?
I love the dichotomy of living in a small city with a big international reputation and all of the exciting things that come with that!
4) Any unrealized ambitions you wish to share that may surprise people?
I think I have an un-ending bucket list. That’s what drives me, really. I’m always learning. I think at 90, if I live that long, I’ll be learning Spanish or something!
5) You spend most of your time in a suit doing the whole meet ‘n greet thing, what do you like to chill out in? And is there anywhere special you like to spend what little “Me Time” you get? (Okay, technically that was two questions, but I’m sure we can overlook that, right?)
After a long day, I can’t wait to get home and get in to my “cozy’s.” I love to hang out in my pajama pants and a sweatshirt at home. My favorite “me-time” is at home, with the fire on, when everyone is home, or when we’re out doing something active all together as a family; we love going skiing. I also love going to the gym.
Told you he was cool. I want to thank Mayor Jim for taking time away from his many mayoral duties – like planning the first annual “‘You’ve Been Hooked!’ Day” – to spend some quality time with us today.
See you in the lobby, kids…