Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

One final post of 2009. This blog will be back better than ever in 2010. Expect a few small changes.

2009...I hope it was good to you.

Where did ten years go? What would the person you were in 1999 think of the person you are today? Who would you like to be in 2019?

If there is one lesson I learned in the last ten years it is "Never get too high after a win or too low after a loss". True words in sports...and in life.

Happy New Year.

R$

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Monday, December 28, 2009



5:45am at Tim Horton's December 24th, myself (right) "The Gentle Giant" Ken Audette left and Mailyn, in a pic Mailyn sent to her friends and family in the Philippines.


An Update

I'm off work for the most part this week. Someones NEEDS to be on location at Fine Furniture Oasis on Magic 97 tomorrow morning, so I will break from my holidays to tell you of great deals on furniture, matresses, appliances and electronics.

The MOST you will ever pay for a cab ride within Swift Current city limits is just under $22. Last night, my good friend Shane (owner of the Lowenblog, link on the right) and I hit BP's Lounge for some drinks. BP's is on the North East corner of Swift Current. My place, on the South West side of town, is at opposite ends of the city. There you go. One end of Swift, to the other is $21.80.

New Years resolution...to be nicer to everyone, to not to any shots at anyone on the air, on the blog, behind their back or to their face and to keep my words soft and sweet..because someday I may have to eat them.

Happy New Year...if I don't see you before then.

See you at the rink tonight! Broncos and Brandon. 7:30

R$

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009



God Bless Latvia!

Last night the Credit Union i-Plex hosted a IIHF pre-tournament game between Russia and Latvia.

That was a fun night at the rink!

About 2400 fans SOLIDLY behind the underdog Latvians where treated to some good back and forth action between the two eastern countries.

The teams played physical. The play was not as disciplined as the western style we watch every game. Lots of exciting scoring chances happened at both ends. Good goaltending.

NHL first round draft pick Nikita Filitov of the Columbus Blue Jackets scored off a sweet one timer in the 2nd period. He wasn't going at 100% by any means, but he started to play late in the 3rd period.

The Russians mailed it in...and they lost. They got 48 shots on goal, but weren't going hard after rebounds, crashing the crease and paying with much fire. Latvian goaltending was really good. Arturs Irbe good. The home crowd was brought to their feet when Roberts Bukarts scored the OT winner :14 seconds into the extra frame.

Latvia had some key penalty kills late in the game. Swift Current referee "favorites" Chris Savage and Devon Klein once again did their best to send Bronco fans home unhappy.

..and the music at the rink was awesome! Fans heard Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans" and Tupac's "California Love" all in the same game.

Was it in poor taste to play "Rasputin" though? Prolly not.

Did you know the world's first Christmas tree came from Latvia?

R$

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Monday, December 21, 2009

It Sure Is Monday

-As this post is being written Tiger Woods mistress count is up to 14.




The actual number has to be much higher than that. Seriously, that's 14 women who have hired attorney's to handle this situation or used their affair for publicity. Most women wouldn't want their 15 minutes of fame to include the word "mistress"...regardless of who the guy is. It's safe to say that Tiger couldn't leave the house without having some sort of encounter with an adult entertainer or "escort".

If you hooked up with a married guy, would you tell the world? Would you tell anyone? I would guess 99% of the female population wouldn't.

So if 14 have come forward...and 99% of his conquests haven't...

-If you are a Swift Current ex-patriot who visits this blog for memories of our "Sense Making" city, check out some videos of the locally known Riverdene and Elmwood Golf Course toboggan runs in posts below.

-Have you seen the 'Lights for Life' display in Swift Current?



It is a large collection of lights that is set to Christmas Music. It's also conveniently located across the street from Wal-Mart behind Canadian Tire. The light show runs every half hour and is clearly visible from the #1 highway on the east side of town. The whole production is very well done.



-I did brave Wal-Mart last night around 8pm. Pretty tame actually.

-Yesterday was a unique day for me. I spent the afternoon watching some NFL football with Swift Current Indians coach Joe Carnahan. Then just after supper I have the priveledge of judging Christmas lights with Swift Current Mayor Jerrod Schafer. His Excellance and I had to take a couple laps around the city and give some houses and extra look before finalizing our top three picks. While I won't give away any results here, 6th Avenue South East was easily the best decorated street in town.

I didn't write that last paragraph as a shameless excuse to name drop. When people ask me why I'm still doing radio in small market Swift Current, that's why. The friendships I've made and unique things that happen in my day to day life couldn't happen anywhere else.



(photo from tsn.ca)

Team Canada beat Sweden 6-2 in Regina last night. The team looked well. People are still ticked about the green jerseys. I enjoy reading comments from people who say "every kid dreams of putting on a red and white jersey to represent Canada, not a green one."

Spoken like a true armchair coach.

I'm sure a player like Cody Eakin would glady wear a purple jersey with yellow dots if it meant playing for Team Canada. Let's chill out and realize it's a jersey that they'll maybe wear once more. We're not altering the national flag here.



If you need a website built, I recommend Wide Mouth Media. They have been working on the website for my voice over business. I'm hoping to launch everything in the next few weeks. Joanne and WMM did an excellent job of taking the site from my brain and putting it on the internet.

In 2010, I would like nothing more than to be the voice of your on hold messages, store announcements...or ANYTHING that requires a voice.

Time to get back to work on the radio.

R$

ryanswitzer@hotmail.com

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Swift Current Sled Runs...Part TWO!

Yesterday's video of Riverdene was fun. Today I shot some footage of the famed 4th tee box at Elmwood.


video

R$

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Beauty of a Winter Day!

December 19th may go down as one of the best winter days in Swift Current's history. Snow on the ground, about -5 degrees (celcius).

With aspiring NHLers on the Riverdene outdoor rink in the background, here is footage of a tube run down Swift Current's Riverdene Hill.


video

R$

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Top Swift Current Newsmakers of 2009

Here is the list in one place...to make it easy for you to read.



10. Bryan Tallon/Barbara Walter...Swift Current Host Committee co-chairpersons for the 2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championships. While Tallon and Walter are not household names in our city, the event they're helping bring to town put them into the spotlight. The 2010 World Women's Curling Championships is a big event that will pump millions of dollars into the local economy, but the announcement of the event triggered hostility from the Swift Current Broncos...who will be forced out of the Credit Union i-Plex for round one of the WHL playoffs. Tensions have since evaporated. This blogger can only hope this event means the return of Canadian curler Jennifer Jones to Swift Current.



This Blogger with a sweet mustache...and World Curling Champion Jennifer Jones




9. Ryan Plewis Swift Current went to the polls in late October to vote in an election of change. Plewis, the young lawyer, collected the second most votes of any candidate running for city council in Swift Current. It was his first time on the ballot. First timers normally don't get elected...or they just squeak in finishing 5th or 6th.







8. Cody Eakin The Swift Current Broncos are a HUGE part of Southwest Saskatchewan, and will have a presence on this list. The Winnipeg born Swift Current Bronco forward currently is leading all the CHL in goals after signing a six figure deal with a Washington Capitals in the off season...something that doesn't happen often for an 18 year old. Eakin is about the try out for Team Canada's World Junior Hockey team. Should he make the squad, he would be the first Bronco since Ian White in 2003 to represent the Swift Current Broncos at the tournament.


7. Lionel Tootoosis General Manager of The Living Sky Casino. Like Bryan Tallon and Barbara Walter, Tootoosis may not be a household name, but he is the man in charge of a news making facility. The Living Sky Casino is about to end it's first year of operation in Swift Current. After years of debate, a plebiscite and construction of the 30+ million dollar entertainment facility, Lionel Tootoosis and his crew can boast large cash payouts, expensive vehicle giveaways, and a string of popular acts coming to Swift Current. Wayne Newton, Nazareth, Terri Clark, Emerson Drive and other acts that would not include Swift Current on their tours in the pre-casino days made stops 'Where Life Makes Sense. '




6. Sandy Larson. The now ex-mayor of Swift Current quietly ended her tenure after the 2009 election. Larson chose not to run in 2009. Under Sandy Larson's watch the city saw a new hospital, renovated the Credit Union i-Plex and witnessed the teepee of lights at the Living Sky Casino among dozens of other projects. In the six years Swift Current had Sandy Larson in the Mayor chair, Swift Current saw it's most significant growth since the 70's. Just before leaving the chain of office at City Hall, Larson endorsed current mayor Jerrod Schafer as "the only choice" in the 2009 Civic Election.


5. Mark Lamb. The job of head coach and general manager of the Swift Current Broncos is as high profile a position as one could get in Swift Current. After 6 seasons in Dallas as an assistant coach with the Stars, the Swift Current/Cadillac/Ponteix (all three places lay claim as his hometown) returned to Southwest Saskatchewan from Texas to run the Swift Current Broncos. With the season almost half finished, Lamb has made a splash with some significant trades and an "old school" coaching style. Lamb took over the head coach GM job from...





4. Dean Chynoweth. After five seasons behind the Swift Current Broncos bench, Dean Chynoweth went to "the show" accepting a job with the NHL's New York Islanders as an assistant coach. In his five seasons, Chynoweth was in charge when the Broncos missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, played their first game in a renovated Civic Centre (later to be christened The Credit Union i-Plex), had several "town hall" type forums in the Canadian room to be accountable for a struggling team and helped bring the ADT Canada/Russia challenge came to Canada's smallest CHL market. He helped his staff move on to bigger and better things in their careers, including Dave Hunchak securing his first WHL head coaching job. Many of his former players moved on to play pro. In the 07-08 season he celebrated a first round upset over the Regina Pats. He was loved...and at times vilified by the Bronco Internet fan base. With controversy surrounding the status of his contract for the 2009-10 season, he accepted a job with the NHL's New York Islanders...ironically, a week after local product Marc Habscheid took a job with the WHL's Chilliwack Bruins to take himself out of the running for the local position...but that's another story.



3. Jerrod Schafer. After gathering the most votes of any candidate running for City Council in 2006, Alderman Jerrod Schafer took a run at the Mayor chair in 2009. With Outgoing Mayor Sandy Larson endorsing Schafer in 09, Schafer cruised to victory with more than 60% of the popular vote. The 32 year old financial planner became the youngest mayor in Swift Current's history. Schafer was front and center representing the city during a time of crisis this year...more on that shortly...







2. The Saskatchewan Roughriders. While they are not a local team per se, no other team dominated coffee talk like the green and white did in 2009. Controversy surrounding the General Manager, an up and down season punctuated with a Grey Cup appearance in Calgary...green was the color of choice in Swift Current in 2009 despite the unconventional end of the season. Swift Current had two official Rider visits in 2009. Chris Szarka was a guest speaker at the Swift Current Indians Field of Dreams Dinner, and Jason Clermont spoke at the Special Olympics Power Breakfast. Many fans would say that Clermont and Szarka were both under utilized in the Rider offence in 2009. The Swift Current Curse?




Rider fullback Chris Szarka's Grey Cup ring on my girlish hand.



Me and Rider slotback Jason Clermont. Clermont gives me rabbit ears in this fuzzy pic taken by Bronco Media Guy Keegan Goodrich.


...and the number one Swift Current news maker of 2009 was....

1. Don Robinson/RATS!



Regardless of what your Chinese calendar says, 2009 was the Year of the Rat in Swift Current. Don Robinson positioned himself front and center of the controversy...holding City Hall accountable by organizing a town hall meeting. Robinson also lit up the phone lines inviting out of town media to Swift Current for pieces like the one above. He was front and center...in every paper, and the radio and on TV newscasts telling Canada of the problem and the City of Swift Current doing "precious little" to stop it. The City has since put aside several hundred thousand dollars to battle the rodents. Robinson would take the media momentum from the rat issue and run for mayor in October...finishing second place to Jerrod Schafer. While Robinson finished second to Schafer in October, he is tops here for South West Saskatchewan's biggest news maker in 2009.

R$

ryanswitzer@hotmail.com

Friday, December 18, 2009

All I Want for Christmas...

Is to have a certain someone re-enact this music video with me. I'll be Jon Bon Jovi...you be Cindy Crawford. I have a Santa hat already, or you can bring your own.

This is all I want. Forget about a new tie, a new dress shirt, a sweater, a bottle of Bailey's or The Hangover on DVD. I live in an 800 square foot apartment. Materialistic stuff will only clutter it.

Now you know...



R$

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Top Southwest Saskatchewan News makers...THE FINALE!!!

Here is numbers 5 through til number one! Who did this blogger think was the top headline grabber of 2009 in Swift Current? Read on!

a recap of 10 to 6:

10. Bryan Tallon/Barbara Walter...Swift Current Host Committee co-chairpersons for the 2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championships.

9. Ryan Plewis, Lawyer and now Alderman in Swift Current.

8. Lionel Tootoosis, GM of the Living Sky Casino.

7. Cody Eakin, Swift Current Bronco forward, Washington Capital Draft Pick and Team Canada hopeful.

6. Outgoing Swift Current Mayor Sandy Larson


and now the conclusion...



5. Mark Lamb. The job of head coach and general manager of the Swift Current Broncos is as high profile a position as one could get in Swift Current. After 6 seasons in Dallas as an assistant coach with the Stars, the Swift Current/Cadillac/Ponteix (all three places lay claim as his hometown) returned to Southwest Saskatchewan from Texas to run the Swift Current Broncos. With the season almost half finished, Lamb has made a splash with some significant trades and an "old school" coaching style. Lamb took over the head coach GM job from...





4. Dean Chynoweth. After five seasons behind the Swift Current Broncos bench, Dean Chynoweth went to "the show" accepting a job with the NHL's New York Islanders as an assistant coach. In his five seasons, Chynoweth was in charge when the Broncos missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, played their first game in a renovated Civic Centre (later to be christened The Credit Union i-Plex), had several "town hall" type forums in the Canadian room to be accountable for a struggling team and helped bring the ADT Canada/Russia challenge came to Canada's smallest CHL market. He helped his staff move on to bigger and better things in their careers, including Dave Hunchak securing his first WHL head coaching job. Many of his former players moved on to play pro. In the 07-08 season he celebrated a first round upset over the Regina Pats. He was loved...and at times vilified by the Bronco Internet fan base. With controversy surrounding the status of his contract for the 2009-10 season, he accepted a job with the NHL's New York Islanders...ironically, a week after local product Marc Habscheid took a job with the WHL's Chilliwack Bruins to take himself out of the running for the local position...but that's another story.



3. Jerrod Schafer. After gathering the most votes of any candidate running for City Council in 2006, Alderman Jerrod Schafer took a run at the Mayor chair in 2009. With Outgoing Mayor Sandy Larson endorsing Schafer in 09, Schafer cruised to victory with more than 60% of the popular vote. The 32 year old financial planner became the youngest mayor in Swift Current's history. Schafer was front and center representing the city during a time of crisis this year...more on that shortly...







2. The Saskatchewan Roughriders. While they are not a local team per se, no other team dominated coffee talk like the green and white did in 2009. Controversy surrounding the General Manager, an up and down season punctuated with a Grey Cup appearance in Calgary...green was the color of choice in Swift Current in 2009 despite the unconventional end of the season. Swift Current had two official Rider visits in 2009. Chris Szarka was a guest speaker at the Swift Current Indians Field of Dreams Dinner, and Jason Clermont spoke at the Special Olympics Power Breakfast. Many fans would say that Clermont and Szarka were both under utilized in the Rider offence in 2009. The Swift Current Curse?




Rider fullback Chris Szarka's Grey Cup ring on my girlish hand.



Me and Rider slotback Jason Clermont. Clermont gives me rabbit ears in this fuzzy pic taken by Bronco Media Guy Keegan Goodrich.


...and the number one Swift Current news maker of 2009 was....

1. Don Robinson/RATS!



Regardless of what your Chinese calendar says, 2009 was the Year of the Rat in Swift Current. Don Robinson positioned himself front and center of the controversy...holding City Hall accountable by organizing a town hall meeting. Robinson also lit up the phone lines inviting out of town media to Swift Current for pieces like the one above. He was front and center...in every paper, and the radio and on TV newscasts telling Canada of the problem and the City of Swift Current doing "precious little" to stop it. The City has since put aside several hundred thousand dollars to battle the rodents. Robinson would take the media momentum from the rat issue and run for mayor in October...finishing second place to Jerrod Schafer. While Robinson finished second to Schafer in October, he is tops here for South West Saskatchewan's biggest news maker in 2009.

That's the way I saw it. Please feel free to comment. Honorable mention to 24 million dollar woman Jean Canning of Beechy, Swift Current Indians home run record breaker Nik Gumeson and Mayor Candidate Stacy Ellertson.

R$

ryanswitzer@hotmail.com

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Help Wanted

I'll have the remainder of the Top 10 Swift Current newsmaker early next week.

BE PREPARED!

In the meantime, please help.

Anyone know anybody in Swift who can fix an XBox 360? Got no picture...and have replaced the cables...still nadda. I have sound. The interent suggests "the towel trick"...which looks like a creative way to destroy the thing.

Or you could just get me a new one for Christmas. :)

R$

ryanswitzer@hotmail.com

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

2009's 'Most Talked About People' in Swift Current

The end of the year is a time of lists. Top stories, top people, most fascinating people and such. For better or worse, here is this blog's list of 2009's "Most Talked About People" in Swift Current. This is purely my opinion. If you disagree...that's what the comments section is for...





10. Bryan Tallon/Barbara Walter...Swift Current Host Committee co-chairpersons for the 2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championships. While Tallon and Walter are not household names in our city, the event they're helping bring to town put them into the spotlight. The 2010 World Women's Curling Championships is a big event that will pump millions of dollars into the local economy, but the announcement of the event triggered hostility from the Swift Current Broncos...who will be forced out of the Credit Union i-Plex for round one of the WHL playoffs. Tensions have since evaporated. This blogger can only hope this event means the return of Canadian curler Jennifer Jones to Swift Current.



This Blogger with a sweet mustache...and World Curling Champion Jennifer Jones




9. Ryan Plewis Swift Current went to the polls in late October to vote in an election of change. Plewis, the young lawyer, collected the second most votes of any candidate running for city council in Swift Current. It was his first time on the ballot. First timers normally don't get elected...or they just squeak in finishing 5th or 6th.







8. Cody Eakin The Swift Current Broncos are a HUGE part of Southwest Saskatchewan, and will have a presence on this list. The Winnipeg born Swift Current Bronco forward currently is leading all the CHL in goals after signing a six figure deal with a Washington Capitals in the off season...something that doesn't happen often for an 18 year old. Eakin is about the try out for Team Canada's World Junior Hockey team. Should he make the squad, he would be the first Bronco since Ian White in 2003 to represent the Swift Current Broncos at the tournament.


7. Lionel Tootoosis General Manager of The Living Sky Casino. Like Bryan Tallon and Barbara Walter, Tootoosis may not be a household name, but he is the man in charge of a news making facility. The Living Sky Casino is about to end it's first year of operation in Swift Current. After years of debate, a plebiscite and construction of the 30+ million dollar entertainment facility, Lionel Tootoosis and his crew can boast large cash payouts, expensive vehicle giveaways, and a string of popular acts coming to Swift Current. Wayne Newton, Nazareth, Terri Clark, Emerson Drive and other acts that would not include Swift Current on their tours in the pre-casino days made stops 'Where Life Makes Sense. '




6. Sandy Larson. The now ex-mayor of Swift Current quietly ended her tenure after the 2009 election. Larson chose not to run in 2009. Under Sandy Larson's watch the city saw a new hospital, renovated the Credit Union i-Plex and witnessed the teepee of lights at the Living Sky Casino among dozens of other projects. In the six years Swift Current had Sandy Larson in the Mayor chair, Swift Current saw it's most significant growth since the 70's. Just before leaving the chain of office at City Hall, Larson endorsed current mayor Jerrod Schafer as "the only choice" in the 2009 Civic Election.


There you have the first half of the list. Numbers 1 through 5 coming up soon. Who should be on there? Who shouldn't be? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

R$

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Garbage Day Tuesday Brain Dump

If you choose to leave a comment, you will have to go through word verification. I'm getting spammed like loco! Not a big deal. You can still comment anonymously and take shots at me if you like...now you just have to type an extra word to do so.

Today I will visit Waldeck school. I have been asked to chat with the Grade 1, 2 and 3 class about being a radio guy. I get the same couple questions from kids every time I do a class room tour. "Who is the most famous person you ever met?"

Garth Brooks.

"Who is the most famous person you ever interviewed?"

Howie Mandel...and the exchange was AWFUL. It was last minute, I didn't have my A-game that day...and Howie didn't make it any easier for me.

Yesterday I blogged about Melville Millionaires coach and governor Garnet Keller and his stiff penalty from the WMBL. He had his wrists slapped HARD by the league for using an ineligable player towards the end of the 2009 season. I made an educated guess as to who the player was, and within an hour I was asked to remove the player's name from the blog. I guess I was right.

I did so out of good faith. Anyone with a semi developed sense of logic who is capable of deciphering baseball stats can figure out who it was. Issues I won't get into prevent me from saying more. Anyone with a sports blog knows what I'm talking about.

I would love to be a part of the 2010 season and go on the road with the Swift Current Indians as a play by play voice/media guy in some way shape or form. Even if the radio station doesn't pick up the broadcasts for Indians baseball, I'd be open to webcasting. I hope I'm still welcome in some parks. This blog...It's only my opinion guys. Nothing personal. I love the league, I love WMBL baseball, I love all the people in Seaman stadium in Okotoks, all the way to Pirie Field in Melville. I only hope someone capable of managing this great league and it's issues is in the commish's chair for next season.

Someone named Harv Martinez.

It's Christmas time at the station. That means it's time to read LOTS of commercials.

R$

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Monday, December 07, 2009



Pictured above, Garnet Keller.

Wow!

Just got my hands on this press release from the WMBL league meeting.

WESTERN MAJOR BASEBALL LEAGUE
NEWS RELEASE
Weyburn, SK – December 6, 2009

The Western Major Baseball League announced today that as a result of actions related to the use of an ineligible player, the league has issued the following suspensions:
Garnet Keller, 2009 Melville Millionaires Governor and Coach has received a life suspension as a Governor of any WMBL franchise as well as a three year suspension as a coach in the WMBL.
Mike Green, 2009 Assistant Coach of the Melville Millionaires, has received a one year suspension as a coach in the WMBL.
The WMBL has given the Melville Millionaires the opportunity to reorganize with the full support of the Board of Governors. It is hoped that this long standing and valuable franchise in the WMBL will be able to restructure for the 2010 season.
The WMBL had its most successful season in 2009 as attendance increased overall and the competitive balance in the league is at its highest point in league history. The entire Board of Governors of the WMBL are excited about the 2010 season which will open in under seven months.
Due to Melville’s use of an ineligible player, the Okotoks Dawgs are declared the 2009 League Champion.
For further information on this matter please contact Merv Ozirny, League President.

ozirnym@hotmail.com


R$

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It Sure is Monday

This blog has been de-railed like a train near Spy Hill! HIYO!

A busy weekend has kept me away from the lap top and crackberry. I haven't even tweeted or updated my facebook status in a couple days. Blasphemy! A short roadie to Regina for a Christmas Party and time with the kids severed me from technology.

I only bought a few Christmas presents while in Regina. Fear not local merchants, I will keep it real for our LOCAL economy.

I FINALLY found a good use for Twitter.



I snapped this photo from my 24th story room at the Delta Regina on Saurday morning at 9:30am. Why are people lined up in -25 degree weather first thing on a Saturday morning? What is this place? I posed those questions to my followers on Twitter. Thanks to Scott Nicholls from Jack FM Regina for promptly tweeting the info. People were lined up at Bushwakker's Brew Pub to get a taste of a new beverage called Blackberry Mead.

What is Blackberry Mead? Is it the New Bud Lite Lime?

16 shopping days 'til Christmas. 7 days 'til our next paycheque. 24 days til New Years. What are you doing for New Years Eve? As of right now, I'm a man without a plan for Dec. 31st.

There is a new business in Swift Current called Renaissance Body Contour. This Thursday, I'll be getting a Universal Body Wrap on the radio. It'll toxify me, shed inches and drop me a few dress sizes. Thanks to Lori and Janice for the invite.

Alright, time to focus on the radio show...

R$

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Lowdown

Trying to make sense of the Tiger Woods accident? What happened? How did a fight with his wife cause him to hit a pole and injure him? A Chinese news agency has a animated breakdown of the events below. You don't have to speak Chinese to get educated and entertained. Thanks to Mitchell Blair for sniffing this out on youtube.



R$

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Stuck in the Middle Wednesday

Greetings from the frozen tundra of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Winter has arrived. -9 with blowing snow as I type this...and not getting any warmer in the near future.

I'm a dollar short and a day late blogging about the Riders and their Grey Cup loss. The too many men blunder will live on forever in TSN Top 10 list immortality. Nothing more I could say. You could blame the head coach, the special teams coach, the extra guy on the field, the guy in the end zone who didn't count the players...You could point the finger at anyone...and no one. Given the temperature in Southwest Saskatchewan, I'm just looking forward to snow melting, longer days and the start of next football season. Opening day I'll still buy a new Rider jersey and over the next twenty weeks it will get punished by beer, July sweat, chili, green face paint and pregame action on the practice field.

I managed to configure my Facebook news feed to only show my friend's status updates. I am not notified every time a sheep wanders onto some one's Facebook farm. A little thing that makes each day better. I wish I could remember how I did it. The things one can accomplish after a cab ride home from the Akropol at midnight.

Do you use Facebook more or less than you did a year ago? Are you on Twitter? How often do you tweet? Business consultants and people who get paid to come up with ideas are unanimous in saying social networking sites are taking over EVERY ONE'S life. Companies are being encouraged to market accordingly. Don't be surprised if you find yourself being friend requested and "poked" by Ronald McDonald in 2010.

Have voice...will travel. The Novice Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Classic will be held in Prince Albert at the Carlton Comprehensive High School on April 10th, 2010. This event was in Swift Current in 2008. I MC'd it when it was in Swift. The plan now is to hit the road and do the show in Prince Albert. There are a few people from Swift Current training for this event. Our Sense Making City will be very well represented up north. Chameleon Productions is putting the event on. An April weekend in PA...what kind of fun things are there to do?

Back to the radio show...Have lots to get done around the radio station before I broadcast from Nutter's later this morning. It's Power Wednesday, you know. 20% off everything.

R$

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