Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday Bloggy Sunday

Swift Current Indians coach Joe Carnahan and I have resumed our NHL hockey on Xbox 360 rivalry. For the fourth consecutive summer, Joe's arrival in Swift Current has dropped the puck on a three and a half month long series of emotional EA sports action.

I dominated him on day one...Like any good coach he adapted to my strategy and has won several straight.

The SC Indians open the season this weekend on the road in Alberta, first home game is Monday June 2nd vs. Lethbridge.

There is a long standing rivalry between Swift and Lethbridge. The WMBL seasons tend to start slow and build in intensity as the months go on. This early matchup with Lethbridge will kickstart things nicely.

Not much else of blog substance today. I love kitties, and I know few regular readers to this blog do to. For some reason I found this video quite hilarious, so enjoy the YOUTUBE FILLER!!!



R$

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

School Board




Pictured above is Central School with a sheet of plywood over a hole that was made at 2am Thursday by a pickup truck.

The driver was going the wrong way up Swift Current's 1st Avenue North West at what was obviously a very high speed when he hit the school. The lone male occupant was airlifted to Regina for medical attention earlier today.

Here's a pic from the Leader Post's website that shows the damage from the inside...



Small town excitement!!! When I took the outside photo there was a line up of at least a dozen cars slowly driving by the survey the scene. People that wanted entertainment that didn't get in to Indiana Jones I suppose.

R$

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Almost Friday!



I hate garage sales.

Random WHL Post

Much of my traffic and readership comes from other WHL bloggers who have linked to this site. Thanks very much to all the other WHL media folks with blogs who have chosen not to big league my deep dark crevice of the web. If you're ever in Swift Current, YOU CALL ME AND WE'LL GO DRINKING!

Two things WHL peeps are talking about. The show of dominance by The Spokane Chiefs at the Mem cup and the $#!T show in Portland.

I know play by play dude Andy Kemper does a Winter Hawk blog, so if I'm off base with anything, keep me in check Andy.

There have been rumours all year long about the Winter Hawk organization going cheapo on equipment and not ordering players new sticks and such. RUMOURS. Enough rumours for the WHL to do an audit on the Winter Hawks. They where actually supposed to have finished the audit on May 14th, but I can't find anywhere on the web with the results. I'm guessing the league found something out of order and aren't exactly in a hurry to trumpet their findings. The WHL loves their positive PR and they aren't going to get much out of Portland these days.

I guess this is the point where I say I'm doing this on my own, and my views don't reflect that of the WHL organization I did color for or anyone I work with. If you're going to complain, my e-mail addy is at the bottom of this post. I know it doesn't look like anything to get worked up over, but some people look for an excuse to complain.

The Winter Hawks president, Jack Donovan has said that once they get new computer software they will be able to keep better tabs on their finances. They are assuming the worst and blaming THE COMPUTER!!!

All this and their ex-coach is suing them too. Mike Williamson is taking the organization to court for breach of contract. He was let go prior to this season and Portland finishing 11-58-2-1

There is a light at the end of the tunnel as former Hawks like Brendan Morrow and Marion Hossa are rumoured to be buying the team. One thing I have learned about pro-hockey players is they generally are VERY smart with their money.

UPDATE SINCE I FIRST POSTED THIS: Commish, Ron Robison has stated the audit by KPMG is still not over yet, and they'll announce results soon. READ GREGG DRINNAN MORE SWITZER!!!

There...now I feel justified to be linked on all those other WHL blogs.

Who are these people?

Pop culture can be tough to keep up with. Some people just can't be involved in conversations on the subject because they have no idea who celebrities are and how they got famous. You see stars on the cover of magazines while you wait in line at Wal-Mart and it befuddles you why they have the notoriety to grace the cover of "People" and "Us Weekly". Here are some celebs you may hear about and some facts that will help you keep up in conversations about pop culture.



Pete Wentz

Who is he? The mascara wearing bass player/lyricist for the pop rock group "Fall Out Boy".

Why is he a big deal in pop culture? This past weekend he married singer Ashlee Simpson who is famous for lip synching and being the sister of Jessica Simpson.

Fun Fact about Pete that will make you look smarter: He tried to kill himself in 2005.



Joel and Benji Madden

Who are they? Mascara wearing brothers who make up 1/2 of the pop rock group "Good Charlotte".

Why are they big deals in pop culture? Because of their famous girlfriends. Joel is the significant other of Nicole Richie and baby daddy of her offspring. Benji is dating Paris Hilton. No home movies yet.

Is there something about dudes in mascara that makes them irresistible to famous and wealthy women?



The Cast of The Hills

Who are they? Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge and Whitney Port, the stars of the reality series "The Hills" (a spin-off of Laguna Beach. This show documents the life of Lauren and her friends after leaving Laguna Beach.)

Why are they big deals in Pop Culture? Lots of people watch the show and the girls are good looking and naive. The same kind of fame as Jessica Simpson enjoyed during The Newlyweds.




Nick Cannon


Who is he? All purpose entertainer. TV host, actor, rapper, record producer and comedian.

Why is he big in pop culture? Out of nowhere he married Mariah Carey a couple weeks ago. He's 28, she's 37. He's probably bringing a few bucks to the equation, but she's a GAZILLIONAIRE and there was NO PRENUP!!!



John Mayer


Who is he? Singer/songwriter/guitarist who has had a steady stream of hit songs in the last five years. Heralded as one of the world's best guitar players.

Why is he a big deal in pop culture? He is dating Jennifer Aniston. Mayer has been accused of dating women for the sole purpose of upping his profile. He dated Jessica Simpson.

Fun fact about John Mayer that will make you look smarter: Rumour has it Mayer tips off paparrazzi as to his eventual whereabouts with his famous girlfriends. Jennifer Aniston's ex Vince Vaughn has accused him of this.



Adnan Ghalib


Who is he? A paparrazzi photographer.

That's it!?!?! Why is he a big deal in pop culture? Because he briefly dated Britney Spears. They where together long enough to make a VIDEO TAPE OF A NIGHT OF PASSIONATE LOVE MAKING which Adnan is now rumoured to be looking for a buyer/distributor for. 'nuff said.



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If that's true about John Mayer, the man is a genius! If that's true about Adnan Ghalib is he a genius or scumbag?

R$

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You've Been Warned!!!

To those of you who check the blog each day waiting for an update, THERE IS ONE ON THE WAY!!!

I'll get you something in the next day or two (it is 3:15 Wednesday the 21st as I blog this..I am at home EATING!!!)

Thanks to everyone who e-mailed me/talked to me at the gym about the Warrior blog entry.

More later!!!

R$

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Who is this man?/The Ultimate Blog Post!!!

CAUTION: This is a long winded post. Blog fodder is tough to come by these days. Blogs aren't getting updated as much, people are threatening to pull the plug...it's hard out here for a blogger right now. Here we go with a WRESTLING POST!!!

So, who is this?




You likely don't recognize the man pictured above. He was very famous in the late 80's and through the 90's.

He looked more like this...




Anyone who has known me for a long time knows that I USED TO BE the biggest wrestling fan in the world. I could tell you every gimmick every wrestler has ever used in any wrestling promotion/alliance/federation ever! Even in high school if given the choice between having sex and watching wrestling...I COULD NOT MISS MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!!

Times have changed.

I don't watch anymore...check that...I watch every now and then and that convinces me to not watch anymore.

I watched Smackdown last night.

The legendary Undertaker had a match against three other guys and the widow of Eddy Guerrero (who was in a wheelchair).

Seriously, that was the match. The Undertaker against three able bodied athlete's and a woman in her 40's who had some sort of injury that forced her to use a wheelchair. The Undertakers goal was to incapacitate the three other dudes, so he could have a chance to beat up the woman (the widow of the late Eddy Guerrero) who was already injured.

And The Undertaker was the "good guy"?!?!?!? The crowd wanted and cheered for him to attack a defenceless woman. Thousands of people thought it would be cool to see a 6'10 guy wearing mascara beat up a chubby widow.

So I changed the channel.

My point...and I do have one goes back to the man pictured above, the Ultimate Warrior. He is making a comeback. It is not finalized yet, but in wrestling..where there is smoke there is fire and the rumours are flying. The Warrior is likely returning to televised wrestling. Not WWE, but their competitor TNA (Total Nonstop Action) Wrestling. You know, the show with the six sided ring on Spike TV after CSI reruns and before the UFC show. First he will make his in ring return in Spain (a non-televised show for "the scouts" which will test how ready he is for a TV return, and then the comeback will be planned accordingly).

So what has the Warrior been doing in the meantime? Like all of us egotistic superstars who think they are geniuses, he has a blog (ultimatewarrior.com). He writes about things like Heath Ledger's death being a good thing?!?!?! (he calls Heath "Leather Ledger", and also takes a shot a Hulk Hogan)

Apparently, Leather Hedger had sleeping troubles and anxiety and dealt with terrible mood swings. So do soldiers but they don’t self-destructively f*** up their lives. In fact, they don’t sleep, handle anxiety and mood swings while dealing with whether or not they might at any moment lose their life. And they do this all the while they are dangerously protecting the freedom of others to f*** up their own. By the way, how many 28 (or older or younger) year old soldiers met their death yesterday? It’s not easy to find out. None of them made the headlines of any news.

By today’s standard, though, I do have to agree that he was a great father. Perhaps even greater then the father of the year, Hulk Hogan. After all, Leather Hedger did what it took to kill himself. His kid is without a father, yes, but the negative influence is now removed and his own child has the chance for a full recovery. Hogan, on the other hand, won’t go quite that far. He insists on sticking around to keep further ruining, and profiting off of, the parentally mismanaged lives of his own children.

It is sad and tragic….that we don’t demand attention be paid to greater things.


He does have a point on the soldier thing...In can case you haven't figured it out, Warrior hangs out on the RIGHT side of the fence.

He also has his thoughts on homosexuals (note the sixty second video you are about to see does not reflect the views of this blogger.)




There is a better chance of him getting hurt public speaking, then there is of him getting injured while wrestling. Good career move.

I watched the Warrior live at the Regina Agridome when I was 12. He is now pushing 50. I enjoyed the Rolling Stones, KISS, Clint Eastwood movies well past his "Good Bad and Ugly prime, why can't the Warrior still kick ass in his 50's. If he can pull it off, it will make the few grey hair I'm getting a lot less noticeable in the mirror.

I hope it works out for him

R$

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Friday, May 16, 2008



Pictured is my daughter and I at Oman School. This photo will embarrass her someday as I look like a creep

Lunch Date

The kindergarten classes at Oman School put on a lunchtime performance today. My daughter Eliza was among the performers . "Tony Chesnut Knows I Love You" and "Dickie Dinosaur" where among the selections parents where treated to. Great job by all involved.

More later...Sorry for how self centered this blog has become.

Actually, I'm not that sorry at all...but mass appeal stuff is on the way.

R$

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

On the way

Plans for the long weekend include:

-A trip to the dump

-Maybe a beer or two with friends

-maybe a stop at the Big Eye to see Dick MacInnis

-a sunburn

-chasing my kids around

-not gettin' any (and really that doesn't bug me any more...Just on special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries is fine with me...perhaps a funeral for my libido is in order)

-a blog update.

Speaking of Dick MacInnis, he's got some concert footage on youtube. I love this song...and so do the ladies by the looks of it.

Dick wrote it...it's a gem.



R$

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Sunday, May 11, 2008




Sunday, Bloggy Sunday Mom's Day

Today for Mother's Day Brunch we hit the Sundowner Cafe in Swift Current's Pioneer Coop. For people who love brunch and want to try something different, the buffet gets a five star rating.



You will be fed!

For people visiting this blog from Regina that claim they never visit this blog, let me describe the setting. It's really not unlike Brewster's except at the Sundowner there are no young attractive servers, omelet bars, big screen TVs, lounges or any elbow room.

Okay, so it's nothing like Brewster's.


Delicious Meat. The fewer vegetables in a brunch the better!

While the setting may lack the standard decor which has become the norm for today's restaurants, the Sundowner is old school. No gimmicks, fancy pictures or big screens.


This sign is mounted outside the bathroom should people be unsure of how to get back to the cafeteria. I'm sure there is an interesting story behind why this sign is necessary

Good brunch. Good company, and unlike the last time I went, NO ONE complained about the Trading Post program on CKSW 570. The Sundowner is officially into the restaurant rotation.

Like Making Sense/Cents

A lot of people read this blog who are former residents of Swift Current. Other visitors are people who have been to Swift but haven't seen it in awhile. Here are some pics I snapped today at some new things in the city limits.




Construction continues on the Living Sky Casino. The Teepee theme is becoming visible. When finished, 11 lights on the roof will illuminate the sky giving a bright teepee visible for miles. It will also give Swift Current the coolest looking teepee on the prairies. Take THAT Medicine Hat!!! TAKE IT!!!


The New sign along highway four just east of the Credit Union i-Plex. FYI, First Swift Current Indians Broadcast will be June 7th in Regina on the Eagle 94-1. At least SOMEONE from the radio media will be there... :)

Oh don't get all mad! All in good fun...Just harmless poking from "Booger Boy"

Mom's Day

Lots of great songs on the subject of Mom. To those of you who are fortunate enough to spend time with your mom today, breakfast in bed, chores, cards all that are great and mom appreciates that stuff. Make sure and just do something. Life is nuts, but even if it's just a phone call make sure you do something.

Come to think of it...you should do that as much as you can, not just on a Sunday in May.

This blog is my therapy for some things I still haven't reconciled in my life. Thanks for bearing with me.




R$

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Lunch Time Blogging

A quick update while I eat. It is my lunch break, the fact that I am updating this blog instead of playing Grand Theft Auto IV should show my level of commitment to you, the loyal reader. The blog updates will generally remain infrequent and unpredictable.

FEAR THIS BLOG!!!

GTA IV does kick serious arse. Some call it the best game ever. I won't disagree...but I've also never played any Halo games.

I've been tanning. I'm not trying to rock a totally dark look, but a little vitamin D is good for you, and I have a few white shirts that look better now.

Potholes around Swift Current! Do not take your eyes off the road. Our crews will be on top of it soon enough. In the meantime, where can I get a good wheel alignment?

'Cause I love the guy SHOUT OUT TO REGAN BARTEL! Gotta give love to Keener too. We where inseparable during the WHL season...now I see him in the hallway at work and we exchange hellos.

I'll have more later for you, for now BACK TO WORK!!!

R$

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Sunday Bloggy Sunday

Not much today. I want to update this blog on weekends...but nothing of substance will come today.

I am VERY hungover.

I took in the Rotary Lobsterfest lastnight...and drank A LOT of rye.

A lot.

I made some new friends and caught up with some old ones. Good times that culminated at the Big Eye. I have slo-pitch later today. The season opener for the "Cypress Snipers". Hopefully one of the girls will let me play back catcher...

R$

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