Toronto's, erm, bon vivant mayor Rob Ford is out of rehab and back on the campaign trail. But if he was expecting to ease back into life at City Hall on a wave of public sympathy, he got a nasty shock as he was confronted by every politician's worst fear - a member of the public who won't shut up.
It's all go in Stafford, where mayor James Billington has been tweeting away about life in the borough, from meeting the oldest woman in Doxley to cutting the ribbon for the opening weekend at Alton Towers.
If David Waddell wanted to ensure his resignation as a councilman in Indian Trail, North Carolina, did not go unnoticed then mission accomplished. In a bravura display, he quit on New Year's Eve. In Klingon.
A life in local government means being ready for anything - but even the hardy souls who embrace this rollercoaster existence are sometimes flummoxed by the queries, requests and demands that come their way.