Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday Brain Dump

A couple random meandering thoughts...

I always thought teachers didn't care about money.

As I blog this The Saskatchewan Teachers Federation and the Provincial Government are embroiled in a conflict over $$$.

My mom was an STF councillor back in the day. I grew up around teachers. If there is any job in the world that deserves better pay, it's being a teacher.

...but the STF is not winning the PR war. Opinions on teachers are dropping faster than my average in grade 11. I don't like it, but I have yet to talk to anyone, who isn't a teacher, who thinks they're doing the right thing with their job action.

I do hope this ends with teachers getting some sort of a raise. Mom was the first teacher at Irwin School every morning and the last one to leave...usually around 5pm. I've never seen Disneyworld.

(pictured; my fro and Theo Fleury)

Swift Current has been good to me. I've been able to MC events featuring some amazing speakers. Dennis Hull, Walter Gretzky, Sam Richardson, Jason Clermont, Chris Szarka, Danny Barret, Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire and Scott Schultz come to mind.

If you ask me which one I felt was the best...Theo Fleury now goes to the top of the list. Dennis Hull is the best speaker of the bunch, but Theo Fleury has the best speech.

...and I liked Pierre McGuire and Gord Miller's presentation. They were in town a few years ago for a Midget AAA Legionnaires fundraiser. There is no sports announcer in Canada that gets haterized on the internet more than Pierre McGuire. He's a good guy...and I'm sure he loves the attention. Good, bad or otherwise.

By the time you read this, it is likely that an announcement has been made that The Atlanta Thrashers are moving to Winnipeg. I'm sure a team based out of Winnipeg will have HUGE fan support in Manitoba...but calling the team anything other than 'The Winnipeg Jets' seems like an early fail. Some think the team should have "Manitoba" in the name to capture province wide marketing magic similar to The Saskatchewan Roughriders. That doesn't have to happen in Manitoba. I lived in Brandon for two years. Winnipeg is far and away the biggest center in Manitoba. People resepct Winnipeg. Manitoba doesn't have the Dog River/Wollerton type rivalries that the 306 has. Winnipeg Jets...make it happen.

Congrats to local tattooed jacked man Trevor Koot for capturing the Provincial Bodybuilding title in Lloydminster last weekend. A lot of hard work, chicken breast and tuna went into that physique.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

RIP Macho Man

I used to love wrestling. Randy "Macho Man" Savage was a big reason for that. Randy Savage was the perfect wrestler. He could do it all. He was a GREAT athlete. His matches were memorable and exciting. His top rope elbow was just one of the daredevil moves he used on a regular basis that were ahead of their time. When wrestlers were jacked up bodybuilders pretending to punch and kick each other, Randy Savage took it to the next level.

Outside the ring his interviews were legendary. Back before "If you smell what the Rock is cooking" and "That's the bottom line 'cause Stone Cold said so", Savage had kids everywhere saying "OOOOOH Yeah" and "Dig it!" in raspy voices.

...and who else had the range to be both a conniving villian and white hat wearing hero the way Savage did? If he wasn't using sneak attacks to injure "the good guys" or hiding behind Miss Elizabeth, he was Hulk Hogan's courageous wingman.

We could always overlook the bad things Randy Savage did, because we wanted to love him.

So often in life, we look for reasons to dislike people. We point out faults and quietly celebrate other's shortcomings and mistakes. We always rooted for the Macho Man...even if we weren't supposed to.

This is my favorite Macho Moment. This was a Career vs. Career match from Wrestlemania 7. The Ultimate Warrior vs. Savage. The loser was forced to "retire". Randy Savage began the match as the "bad guy". Up until this point in the match, the story was that the Warrior had thrown everything he had at Savage, but couldn't successfully put him away...

WWE Wrestlemania 7 - Randy Savage vs... by Joe81425


Friday, May 20, 2011

End of the World?

There is a man in California claming that world will end tonight (Friday) at midnight. I'm not sure if that is Mountain or Pacific time.

Most people are writing this man's prophecy off. Saying he is a "religious quack".

I'm one of those people. But let's pretend for a second he's right. What if this is our last day?

This is my blog. In case the apocalypse is here...

-To my friends that have moved away. I wish I would've come to visit you more often than I did. You're truly not that far away. If we survive tomorrow, expect company.

-To the people I see everyday at work...Thanks for the ways you have cheered me up. I hope I've done the same for you. Teasing me, showing me the latest viral video, going for subs at Subway, laughing at my unfunny jokes, telling me your personal stories and letting me share mine with you made each day great. Thank you.

-To people I'm not on speaking terms with. I spent part of each day wishing our situation was different. I could've been more understanding. I know you don't understand some of the choices I've made. Some I honestly regret. Our falling out has made me cherish the relationships I still have...so it has made me a better person. I hope, if we make it through tomorrow, things can be like they were.

-To my friends. Everytime my blackberry lit up with a message from you, part of me smiled. We had some great talks, got each other through some tough times, made some memories that are best kept secret (good thing the world is ending before some of those stories came to light). I loved it when we were together, spoke fondly of you to everyone and only gave you shit because I cared about you.

-To my critics and anonymous bashers. Thank you. You may not have ever given your name, but you were honest and provided me with counter points when I needed them. You helped me see the big picture. I learned from you, and you thickened my skin when I needed it.

-to the people who listen to me on the radio. Thanks. Walking into a grocery store and hearing someone quote back to me something I said on the radio never got old. There were times when I could've used the airwaves to do more for the community or to better entertain you. Sometimes I "mailed it in" and didn't do as good as I could've. You deserved better. If we survive, I'll try to better entertain you...and probably do something dumb to cause me to get fired.

-To my family, my Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. I should've been in more family pictures. When Mom passed away in 98, I promised myself I'd visit more often. That didn't happen...and the reasons I didn't visit, in retrospect, weren't worth it. If the world doesn't end...see you at Whitney's grad next month!

-To the people of Swift Current. Most of you are indifferent to me, some of you like me, some of you hate me and a very small % of you love me. I love this city. If the world ends, I'm glad this spot on the map will be my eternal resting place and I'm glad I'll be among you. This is a great city which I was always proud to represent.

-to my ex wife. We made some great kids. Between all of our faults and good parts, we're lucky they got the combination they did. If this is the end, they made their mark and it was a good one.

-To Christina, if this is Amrageddon, you made my last days awesome. It's cliche, but we were taking on the world and I think we were winning at the end. If there is an afterlife, I really hope you're part of it.

-To Ethan and Eliza, It's my night with you tonight. If the world ends, it will end happily for me.