Friday, December 31, 2004

new years eve excitement

less than 5 and a half hours to 2005 and im excited already. going to churchill square in downtown edmonton to watch the fireworks. i havent seen the renovations yet. hopefully i'll be imressed with the fireworks more. it may be -20 with a possible windchill, but there will be a few hearty edmontonians that will show up downtown. meanwhile at the world waterpark at w.e.m. there will be a new years party there with fireworks as well. i rather freeze outside than spend new years inside sweating like a pig. maybe thats just me.

Thursday, December 30, 2004

canada vs finland

canada defeated finland 8-1 and got an automatic bye into the semi finals. who they will play is still to come.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

more world jr hockey

canada has just defeated germany 9-0. next game is thursday against finland. a win there gives them first place in the division and a bye into the semi finals.

Monday, December 27, 2004

world jr. hockey championships

canada has already played two games in the tournament and won them both. they beat slovakia 7-3 on christmas day and won 8-1 over sweden today. next game is tomorrow against germany. GO CANADA GO!

Sunday, December 26, 2004

boxing day madness

i hate boxing day. well, working it anyways. mass wall to wall shoppers looking for bargains. the kind of day that would make anyone working go mad. (hence how i got my mad man moniker. the sports part is my hobby). if i ever get a boxing day off (the rule for boxing day - everyone HAS to work), there is no way i'll ever visit a mall. i'd hide. just happy to survive it.

Friday, December 24, 2004

happy holidays

merry christmas to all this weekend. may it be a wonderful one.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

a chilly walk

just got back from a nice, but a little cold walk. not complaining though. a clear night, snow on the ground, the crunching of my footsteps on the snowy sidewalks - at least i heard them in between songs on my mp3 player, listening to trooper, and thinking this is the perfect christmas scenery. strange thinking that and listening to trooper. somewhere along the way i thought back to my childhood at christmas time and it was the same for me then too. it was an enjoyable walk tonight
a christmas classic

i am watching a christmas classic. i am watching "a christmas carol" starring alastir sim as scrooge from 1951. cbc is airing the movie in color. i have this very movie taped when global (formely itv) aired in 1996 in black and white. (thanks darren for taping it for me). anyways, its a classic and i always make a point of watching it every christmas.

Monday, December 20, 2004

typical alberta weather

we went from one extreme to another the last dayand a bit. heading to work yesterday morning, it was gorgeous. by the time i left west edmonton mall (where i work) it was blustery big time. even a few of the glass window in the pyramid roof of city hall was found cracked or completely blown out. city hall was obviously closed. plus we got a bit of snow and cold air overnight. it was windy and it had already quit snowing when i left for work this morning. the wind died down this afternoon. it was +8 yesterday. its around -15 now with a low of -17. drastic change in the weather.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

the apprentice

kelly perdew has just been hired by donald trump as the apprentice. he gets to pick one of two projects mr. trump has in mind. a luxury suite highrise in las vegas and trump place in new york. that project has a stretch of several buildings stretching down the hudson river. when they are done it would cover 13 million square feet. he has decided to go to new york. i thinke he'll do well.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

10 days to christmas

good grief. i cant believe were this close to christmas. before anyone knows it, it'll be 2005. getting scary. thats the crazy part. christmas comes so fast, by the time you realize it came, its gone. happens every year. my favorite time of the year too.

Sunday, December 12, 2004

survivor finale

chris daugherty is sole survivor of survivor:vanuatu islands of fire. he was literally last man standing with six women and SOMEHOW won one million dollars. talk about insurmountable odds. he deserves it.

Friday, December 10, 2004

the edmonton cracker-cats

edmontons new northern league team unveiled its name and colors this past wednesday. our norleauge team is the cracker-cats, and its colors are blue, black and white. the mascot even has a resemblance (even seeing the logo shows it. it's in yesterday's edmonton sun) of sylvester of looney toones. the team name is derived from an oil-related term used in fluid catalytic cracking or "cat cracking." they were to go with the latter, but they would have had issues with PETA. so cracker cats it is. the first home game is may 27 against the sioux falls canaries. mmmmmm baseball. cant wait

Thursday, December 09, 2004

survivor and the apprentice

the second to last episodes of the apprentice and survivor is tonight. (im watching survivor now). the 3 hour series finale of survivor is sunday night. (with reunion included). the apprentice finale is one week from tonight. that is also a 3 hour episode. (reuinion included). oh the fun.

Saturday, December 04, 2004

snowy saturday

it finally snowed, plus it cooled off too. i don't know what the temperature is, but the wind thrown in there makes it colder. curses the wind chill. well, at least it's looking like christmas. about time

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

a christmas feeling

im getting that christmas feeling. not much, but a bit. just walking around my neighbourhood and in northgate mall, i got it. come this weekend, it may look like it. supposed to be -6 saturday and -16 sunday and snow thrown in there. maybe a white christmas.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

TROOPER musings

here i am wasting a tuesday night listening to trooper and just doing a little head clearing. while doing this, i get a notion to check trooper.com to see which c.d's (unless they are still albums. i still want the c.d's) i'm missing. i have 6 of the 10 released. the four i need: trooper (self titled, relax), untitled (don't ask, i don't even know), money talks and ten. they wont be in any canadian stores, it is explained somewhere on their website. theres songs on those albums (or c.d's) i've never heard except for 2 from the trooper album. the 2 on that album i know. they are "baby woncha please come home" and "general hand grenade." who knows where the albums are.
end of november already

already the end of november. i still haven't figured out where it went. and no snow on top of that. december should be interesting. i'm not looking forward to boxing day (i wonder why) smd im looking forward to new years. new years day im off so im staying up new years eve.

Friday, November 26, 2004

a very unenergized day

i didnt have a great day. i felt so physically exhausted, i felt unmotivated to do anything at work. i almost had to force myself to work. even some of my co-workers noticed. once i started to head home after my shift, i got to relax. now that i'm home, i can relax some more. i've got my christmas lights on, which will help.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

christmas stuff part 2

the rest of my christmas stuffwent up last night. well lit room with all the lights. hmmm i wonder if i should add more to my room. hmmmm

Monday, November 22, 2004

christmas decoration attack part 1

my annual christmas room decoration has begun. just put the wraps on part one tonight. part two tommorow. christmas season has begun.
provincial election

ralph klein is returning as premier of alberta. th progressive conservatives have a majority in the legislature. they lost some seats, but still has over 60 seats going. most of the polls have been counted, yet its enough. another 4 years of ralph klein.
nascar season finale and grey cup

kurt busch is the 2004 nascar nextel cup points champion. he won it by finishing 5th in todays race (the season finale). he won by 8 points over jimmie johnson and 16 over jeff gordon. greg biffle won the final race of the year.

the toronto argonauts are the 2004 grey cup champions by defeating the b.c. lions 27-19 in ottawa today. the game was pretty close throughout. so two different seasons are over. now my sundays became a little more free (like talking to my girlfriend in delta b.c.)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

a sad day for air farce fans

john morgan has passed away. he was an original member of the "royal canadian air farce." (dont get it confused with air force). he was 74. some of his best known characters were "jock mcbile" and "mike from canmore." he retired from the show in 2001. roger abbott, luba goy and don ferguson are also on the show. i think there'll be an "air farce tribute" for john hosted by roger, luba and don.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

rememberance day (veterans day in u.s.)

remeberance day was observed today. memorials happened all over the city and the country. good to remember the sacrifices the vets made in the wars. i just hate working it. i know this is gonna sound cold, but it was just another wasted holiday that i had to work. any holiday that i work i consider wasted - except for christmas and new years. christmas is obvious. new years is the only time i can get away with stayng up half the night. until then...

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

the northern lights

wow. a late night blog. i was out with a friend and we ended up seeing the northern lights. i love the northern lights. they are so fun to watch when they light up the night sky and dance the way they do. neat.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

a man and his laundry

not much happening here. getting my laundry done and enjoyng a free saturday night and playing some tunes. so far ive played trooper and rebecca st. james. i just may decide to go to bed early tonight as well. with no nhl hockey happening, a free saturday sometimes helps. geez a strange thing to say coming from this sports fan, doncha think.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

u.s. election

george w. bush was re-elected as president of the u.s. i just hope he re-opens the border for our cattle. i doubt that will happen for awhile though. the results were announced this morning. i guess its okay. i just didn't know enough of john kerry to want to have him as president. i guess its bush for four more years.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

christmastime already?

i show up for work yesterday morning, and what do i see? christmas stuff hanging from the ceiling on both floors at west edmonton mall. personally, im not ready for it AT ALL!! i've even noticed some of the stores have their christmas stock out. (by the way the store christmas stock comes out at the beginning of october. i guess they need a head start to sell it). im not ready. there's like 3 nascar races left and a grey cup game on the 21st. well, let the christmas games begin.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

happy halloween

happy halloween to all. too bad i had to work it. i hated it. i would have preferd to hand out the candy than work. could have used a football game or two as well. what can ya do though.

Saturday, October 30, 2004

time change

tonight is the night to change our clocks back an hour. at 2 am most of north america changes their clocks. few places (such as saskatchewan) don't change their clocks at all. the upsude - an extra hour of sleep. mmmmmmm sleeeeeeep.

Friday, October 29, 2004

lunar eclipse

there was a lunar eclips wednesday night all over north america and parts of the world. its pretty cool when the moon goes red. here's one thought: this was the first lunar eclipse during a world series. this was during game four. an odd fact.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

red sox world series champions

the boston red sox have done it. they beat st.louis 3-0 tonight and swept st.louis in four straight. the curse is dead. this is boston's first world series in 86 years. no more "curse of the bambino." time to celebrate. now where's that champagne?

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

world series game 3

boston is one game away from "reversing the curse." they beat st.louis 4-1 and lead the series 3-0. what do i mean by "reversing the curse?" the red sox "sold" babe ruth to the yankees prior to the 1920 season. by that time boston had won 5 world series, the last in 1918. since then, the yankees won 26 world series and the red sox - 0. by the way, what boston did to the yankees in the a.l.c.s is still fresh in my head, so there's no way im relaxing here.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

world series game 2

boston won game two tonight. curt schilling pitched a great game, while matt morris kinda struggled. boston won 6-2 and goes up in the series 2-0. game 3 is tuesday in st.louis.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

world series game 1

this one was a seme-sloppy game - well, on boston's side. they commited 4 errors and STILL won 11-9. a few 3 run rallies for boston and st.louis. a slugfest for sure. game 2 tomorrow. curt schilling for boston vs matt morris of st.louis for the pitching matchup

Thursday, October 21, 2004

n.l.c.s. game 7

the st.louis cardinals are in the world series with a 5-2 victory over the houston astros tonight. the world series starts saturday in boston. boston and st.louis has met in the world series twice before (1946 and 1967) and st.louis won both times. st.louis last wrld series win was 1982 and last vist was 1987. bostons last world series win was 1918 and last visit was 1986. let the games begin.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

n.l.c.s game 6 and a.l.c.s. game 7

st.louis tied their series with houston, thanks to jim edmonds' walk-off 2 run homer that game them a 6-4 win. game 7 tomorrow.

in new york, the boston red sox has just beaten the new york yankees 10-3 and has advanced to the world series. the first team to come back from 0-3 down to win a post season series (l.c.s. or world series). they stuffed this down all yankee fans throats. good for the red sox.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

a.l.c.s game 6

this was some game. boston won tonite 4-2 and has tied the series at three and has become the FIRST team to come back from a 0-3 deficit to tie their series in baseball history. game 7 is tomorrow night. houston @ st.louis, game 6, is tomorrow afternoon

Monday, October 18, 2004

snow weekend and game 5 of a.l.c.s. and n.l.c.s

we got slammed with snow this weekend. it has been snowing of and on since saturday. talk about a winter wonderland here.

heck of a game in boston. boston was trailing 4-2 going into the bottom of the 8th. david ortiz hits a home run. they added another run later. the finish the 8th tied at four. it stayed that way until boston's half of the 14th. with runners on first and second, david ortiz sends home the winning run with a base hit. boston wins 5-4 in a 14 inning marathon that took 5 hours and 49 minutes to play. boston trails the yankees three games to two.

meanwhile in houston st.louis and houston went scoreless until houston went to bat in the bottom of the 9th. with two on, jeff kent hit a three run homer to win it for houston. they now lead st.louis three games to two. quite the night
a.l.c.s. game 4 and n.l.c.s. game 4

houston tied their n.l.c.s series with st.louis at 2 with a 6-5 win. meanwhile the red sox saved their season with a dramatic 6-4 win in 12 innings. boston tied it at 4four with a run in the ninth inning. and david ortiz won it with a two run homer in the 12th. that series is now 3 games to 1 for new york.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

a.l.c.s game 3, n.l.c.s. game 3 and car race

the n.y. yankees are one game away from making another appearance in the world series. they defeated boston 19-8 (not a typo). they're up 3 games to 0. meanwhile in houston, the astros got back in their series with st.louis after beating them 5-2. they trail st.louis 2 games to 1.

in charlotte jimmie johnson completed the charlotte sweep by winning the uaw-gm quality 500. he earlier in the season won the coca cola 600 in charlotte. there's your charllote sweep. last driver to win both races in charlotte was 1986, when dale earnhardt accomplished that feat.

Friday, October 15, 2004

a.l.c.s. game 3

tonites game 3 between new york and boston was postponed due to rain. damn. it will be made up on monday, if it gets that far. monday here would be game 5. tomorrow would be game 3 and sunday would be game 4.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

n.l.c.s game 2 and nba exhibition overseas

st.louis won game 2 tonite 6-4 on a drizzly cold night in st.louis (perfect october weather, doncha think). meanwhile in china darren is going to his first nba game, albeit exhibition game, in china. even bigger when hometown hero yao ming is playing for the houston rockets. hopefully he'll enjoy. i've been to an nba game in 1995 between the grizzlies and the celtics. it was also the same night the atlanta braves won their world series.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

a.l.c.s. game 2 and n.l.c.s. game 1

the yankees have won game 2 3-1 and is now up 2-0 in the series. an l.c.s. fact - no team trailing 0-2 in the series has come back to win. meanwhile in st.louis beat houston 10-7 and leads 1-0 in the series. houston and st.louis play game 2 tomorrow. boston and new york play game 3 friday. the playoffs continue.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

a.l.c.s game 1

this was some game. mike mussina of the yankees had a perfect game through 6.1 innings before boston started a rally of their own. at that time new york was up 8-0. by the wime both teams went through the 7th and 8th, boston was trailing 8-7. the yankees ended up winning 10-7. boy did the yankees get away with one here.

Monday, October 11, 2004

houston @ atlanta

the houston astros have beaten the atlanta braves 12-3. they will go to st.louis to play the cardinals starting wednesday night. could be an interesting series. i'm looking forward to watching the yankees and the red sox. heck of a rivalry. series should be fun.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

more ball

st.louis advanced to the n.l.c.s. by taking out l.a. 6-2. meanwhile atlanta tied their series with houston with a 6-5 win. the winner of the atlanta/houston game plays st.louis starting wednesday.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

another baseball night

the yankees took out the minnesota twins and is now in the a.l.c.s. against the boston red sox starting tuesday. l.a. beat st. louis 4-0 to stay in their series. they trail st.louis 2-1. houston beat atlanta this afternoon 8-5 and lead 2-1. a key day tomorrow, st.louis and houston could end up going to the n.l.c.s. which start wednesday.

Friday, October 08, 2004

baseball madness

baseball playoffs at its best here. boston eliminated anaheim earlier tonite. yankees beat minnesota 8-4 and is up 2 games to one in the series. they win tomorrow and they face boston in the a.l.c.s. starting tuesday. a st.louis win over l.a. tomorrow will put them in the n.l.c.s. atlanta and houston play game 3 tomorrow with that series tied at 1. an exciting baseball weekend.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

prairie pickin' fundrive

cjsr is having a fundrive that started on friday and i totally forgot about it until i started listening to prarie pickin' tonight. d-oh! i wanted to drop by too. by the sounds of it rob and doug are enjoying themselves (rob a little more though). sounds like fun.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

first day of m.l.b. playoffs

some beginning of the baseball playoffs. 2 day games and a night game. boston beat anaheim 9-3, st.louis beat l.a. 8-3, and tonite the twins beat the yankees 2-0. this one was a great ball game and well pitched. boston, st.louis and minnesota all lead their best of 5 series 1-0. more baseball tomorrow. good, its my day off too.

Friday, October 01, 2004

ichiro has done it

ichiro broke george sisler's hits record. he went 3 for 5 tonight to end the night at 259 hits (and counting). meanwhile anaheim beat oakland 10-0 to go up a game on them for the a.l. wast crown. anaheime wins tomorrow, its theirs. san francisco beat l.a. 4-2. they trail l.a. by 2 games in the n.l. west. an l.a. win, its over there as well.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

last day of september means...

geez baseball playoffs are almost here. final weekend of the season. starts tomorrow. ichiro had one hit and now sits at 256 hits. two more to break george sisler's record. geez an 84 year old record could be broken this weekend. an interesting october coming.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

ichiro and end of an era in montreal

ichiro suzuki had one hit tonight and is 3 hits away from breaking george sislers record of most hits in a season. ichiro now has 255 hits. george sislers record is 257. the last ever game in montreal was played tonight. florida won 9-1. montreal finishes the season at shea stadium versus the mets. they wiil start next season in washington. 36 seasons in montreal. its gonna be wierd not seeing a team in montreal when 2005 starts, unless somehow something drastic happens. i doubt it

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

baseball o' plenty - kinda

it was a baseball kind of day. barry bonds went hitless tonight, ichiro suzuki is now 3 hits from tying a 80 year old record. the record for most his was set by george sisler in the early 1920's with 257 hits. ichiro, after tonight's game, has 254 hits. four games to get four hits. it can be done. the montreal expos, after tomorrow's announcement, will start 2005 in washington. they are more than likely moving out of montreal. tha last time a team moved was after the 1971 season when the washington senators moved to arlington and became the texas rangers. official news tomorrow.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

barry bonds, busy sports day and aselin debison

barry bonds hit 703 this afternoon. not too far from "babe" ruth's 714. this all part of a busy sports sunday. lots of football and baseball. this time next week is the end of the baseball regular season. mmmmmm i can smell post season.

got to meet aselin debison. who's that? first time i heard of her, she had a special on cbc. she can sing pretty well. i ended up getting her cd afterwards, about the summer of '03. apparantly, i didn't know she was to be at the mall for today until yesterday when i was flipping through the edmonton sun. went to watch on my half an hour break thinking she would sing for an hour or so, so i left the cd at home. she sang for 20 minutes. at least i got her autograph - with a pic of her and her tour sked. better than nothing

Friday, September 24, 2004

#702

barry bonds hit #702 tonight, leaving him 13 hrs to pass babe ruth (12 to tie) for #2 on the home run list. with 8 games to go getting there this season might be pushing it.

Monday, September 20, 2004

olympic territory

check out these pics of my room with the olympics. very cool, eh?
this is by my room door. the greek and canadian flag, news clippings of "the last call at the phone booth," and the home run list top 3 (under small greek flag) Posted by Hello
1980 to present. plus torino 2006, beijing 2008 and vancouver 2010. i have the summer on the top and winter on the bottom Posted by Hello
this is 1976. even the olympic rings make an appearance Posted by Hello
more olympic posters, emblems and torches 1936-1972 Posted by Hello
the posters, emblems and torches 1896-1932 Posted by Hello

Saturday, September 18, 2004

home run roll

barry bonds hit another home run this afternoon.his 43rd of the season and career #701. only 13 behind "babe" ruth to tie and 14 to pass. who knows about tomorrow.

Friday, September 17, 2004

he's done it

barry bonds has done it. he's just hit his 700th career hr in the bottom of the 3rd inning joining henry aaron (755) and "babe" ruth (714). he hit his h.r. into the left-centre field seats. so someone has the specially marked baseball.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

no hockey

the c.b.a. is close to expired and the team owners aready decided to lock out the players. fine with me, i don't care. the owners are greedy, the players are greedy. all they are worried about is the money. the only people who gets shafted are the people who work the games and the fans. especially the fans. it deja vu from 10 years ago, and its the same issues. mostly the salary cap. if theres no season, so what. i just dont care.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

world cup of hockey final

canaada defeated finland 3-2 tonight in the world cup of hockey final. a great game tonight. this could end up the last we'll see of hockey for awhile. the collective bagaining agreement expires at 11:59 pm tomorrow. who knows when there will be hockey again.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

quite the night

where to begin here. barry bonds hit career hr 699 tonight. next game is tuesday when the giants face milwaukee brewers in milwaukee. first sunday of the nfl season went today. 13 games there. 2 cfl games this afternoon. montreal beat hamilton and winnipeg beat saskatchewan. this statistician was busy today. kansas city is playing denver at this moment. the score is tied at 24 late in the 3rd quarter.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

a great saturday night

some saturday night. canada beat the czech republic in the world cup of hockey semi final in overtime 4-3. jeremy mayfield won tonight's chevy rock and roll 400, which also decided the final top ten spots in the final ten races. gonna get exciting. plus laundry on top of that. tennessee beat miami 17-7. this game got moved to today with the threat of hurricane ivan. a great day.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

a productive evening

WOW! a great evening already. 2 hours of prarie pickin' tonite, of which i missed the first hour. not payin attention to the time there. first nfl regular season game is under way as well. indianapolis is at new england, and the score is 10-10 nearing the end of the first half. "the apprentice is on at 9:30 tonite on global and nbc. donald trump is gonna fire someone tonite.
snow day

now ive seen everything. woke up to see snow on the ground. well, it was cold enough for that to happen. good thing this is my lieu day. sure feels like october. ha ha ha.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

barry bonds and rainy weather

barry bonds, last night, hit career homer 698 against colorado. didn't hit one tonight. san francisco has a 3 game series against arizona next. maybe in arizona he hits 699 and 700. rain has been raising some hell lately. with hurricane frances wiping out ball games in miami and tampa bay, and rain the last couple of days in new york, detroit and pittsburgh, there's been some postponed games and double headers. milwaukee @ pittsburgh won't make up their game, kansas city @ detroit has a double header tomorrow, tampa bay @ n.y. yankees maybe has a double header, if it doesn't rain. they even lost a game when their double header today got rained on. little confusing there. philly @ atlanta got their double header in today after rain washed out their game yesterday. so ive grown a hurricane sized headache. this statistician is suffering.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

saturday night hockey

yep, a saturday night hockey game. canada vs russia in the world cup of hockey round robin game. canada won 3-1 and finished the round robin at 3 wins and 0 losses. russia and slovakia play their last round robin game tomorrow. the u.s. ended up 1 and 2. on the european side, sweden and finland tied for first with 2 wins and a tie. finland gets first seed with goals differential. the czech republic finish 1 and 2 and germany 0 and 3. the quarter finals: finland vs germany and sweden and czech republic. the russia vs slovakia game will decide the qf matchups on this side. this tournament could be the last hockey for awhile. all depending on the c.b.a talks.

Friday, September 03, 2004

barry bonds

barry bonds hit another home run tonight in a game thats so far gotten out of hand. san francisco is winning 18-5 in the bottom of the 7th, and bonds is done for the night. he's not hurt, hes getting a rest. he has now 697 hr's.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

a soggy end of an era

its an end of a baseball era. the edmonton trappers played their final home game - well played an inning. until the rain ended it. the rain came off and on until the las vegas half of the second started. then it started raining heavily to which the head ump got everyone off the field. the game got called off to soggy and unsafe conditions. the rain by that time let up. there was some fireworks to end the festivities. at least we have a northern league team to begin in 2005. the trappers played 24 seasons, had 7 million fans visit, 4 p.c.l. championships, and a 10 year old beautiful ball park - TELUS field. by the way - tonite (and all season) was "last call at the phone booth." TELUS field was nicknamed "the phone booth."

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

end of august and lori-ann muenzer.

good grief. end of august already. lots happened. my birthday, darrens visit, the athens games, and the world cup of hockey tournament began yesterday. canada played its first game today and beat the u.s. 2-1.

got to meet olympic gold medalist lori-ann muenzer today. very cool.got her autograph and got to check out her medal. its heavy. gourgeous medal. a once-in-a-lifetime chance and i fulfilled it. great end to august.

Monday, August 30, 2004

a great sunday night

what a night! the closing ceremonies happened in athens tonight, and it was fantastic. the u.s. finished the olympics with 103 medals, then russia with 92 and china with 63. canada finished with 12. next up - the winter games in torino, italy in 2006 followed by the summer games in beijing in 2008. meanwhile in atlanta, barry bonds hit 2 more home runs to bump his total to 696 career hr's. san francisco has a 6 game homestand against colorado and arizona from august 31 to september 5. he might hit the 4 hr's to make 700. then its babe ruth with his 714 hr's. there is a ways to go to the end of the season. he MAY get to babe ruth. well see.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

two more medals and night racing from bristol

canada picked up two more medals today. a silver from ross mcdonald and mike wolfs in sailing star class and a bronze from caroline brunet in womens k1 500m kayaking. very cool. we now have 3 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze.

great race from bristol, tenn. dale earnhardt jr won on the 0.533 miler. dominated the race and led the most laps. a great saturday for sure

Friday, August 27, 2004

how about a gold to go

adam van koeverden just picked up a gold medal. WOOOOHOOOO! that to go with his bronze at this time yesterday. wow. what else can i say? wow. we now have 10 medals. 3 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze. atta boy, adam.
a silver, a night at telus field and barry bonds

canada picked up a silver way earlier today (more like early this morning here). marie-helene premont in womens mountain bike cross country cycling. heard about it at 6:30 this morning.

went to watch the trappers at the ball park tonight. the trappers beat salt lake stingers 3-0. andres galarraga is with the stingers. anaheim angels signed him to a minor league contract. i hope to see him in the majors again. got his autograph too. a great night there.

barry bonds hit one home run against atlanta tonight. he has 694 home runs now. getting there slowly.
canada just got a bronze

adam van koeverden picked up a bronze in the k1 1000m finals. just happened 40 minutes ago. meanwhile steven giles finished 5th in the c1 1000m finals. lori-ann muenzer came home with her gold. she landed at the international airport at 10:52pm and got to meet up with family and friends. hopefully more medals.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

a golden greek moment

WOW! fani halkia of greece wins the womens 400m hurdles. a great moment for her and for greece. ive been pulling for any greek athlete. moreso when i get to watch on t.v. i turned to the cbc halfway through the race and iinstantly heard the cheering crowd. i instantly knew there was a greek up front, so i started rooing for her too. the greeks are celebrating (i think they still are - they are 9 hours ahead) and im happy for her. go greece.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

2 medals today

canada got 2 medals today. a gold from lori-ann muenzer in womens 500m sprint and a silver from alexandre despatie in the 3m springboard diving. great job guys.

Monday, August 23, 2004

a silver lining and october weather

canada won its third medal today. tonya verbeek won it in womens wrestling in the 55 kg class. way to go.

it sure felt like october today. rainy and windy on top of it being very cool out. got up to 11c. world series weather, and its only august. very unisual to wear a winter coat in the middle of august. obviously hasn't been much of a summer.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

a golden day and another home run

canada got its first gold today. kyle shewfelt wins it in mens floor exercise after, if i heard right, a complicated tie break. meanwhile in the mens 100m. it ended up the closest finish since 1980. the winning time was 9.85 seconds, won by an american. 2nd was 9.86 and 3rd was 9.87.

barry bonds, with one homer today, now has 693 home runs. i can almost smell 700 here.

Friday, August 20, 2004

another medal for canada and part 4

canada got their second medal in womens trampoline. cangrats to karen cockburn. that gives us 2 medals - a silver and bronze. track and field events begun today. hopefully more medals.

all the hacked up branches are gone. the cherry tree will be trimmed up tomorrow. by the end of the day, all the branches that got put on the truck today and the branches that'll go tomorrow will be buh-bye.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

barry bonds and a late back yard makeover part 3

barry bonds hit one homr run in the second game of their doubleheader against montreal. he had one at bat in a pinch-hitting role and popped out in the 8th inning in game one. his home run gives him 692 in his career. the giants next game is friday at home to the n.y. mets to begin a 3 game set.

the yard overhaul happened on sunday. the remainder of "the growth" between the sidewalk and the house is gone. there's a lot more room in the "forest" in the backyard. it's called the forest because it makes the backyard look like and reminds me of being at a campsite. lot less branches. the trees are still there - except the spruce tree is gone. the "crew" will be back friday. at least thats the plan. the cut up branches should be gone and the cherry tree will be trimmed. the whole yard should look good. part 4 to come soon.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

barry bonds, mark texiera, ray houghton and my 100th post

barry bonds hit 2 hrs tonight. he is at 691 career home runs. the giants play a double header tomorrow. meanwhile mark texiera of the texas rangers hit for the cycle. thats a single, double, triple and home run in the same game. he also drove in 7 runs in a 16-5 win over cleveland.

a good friend of myself and darren is heading for south korea in a matter of hours. yep ray is heading there to teach english as a second language (i think thats what he's doing). a 13 hour flight leaving at 6:25 tomorrow morning. ouch. how do i know? he just phoned me and told me so.

a great finish to my 100th post with these events. i already looked all that earlier info, so you dont have to. the countdown is at 0. let's go racing.

Monday, August 16, 2004

canada's first medal in athens

canada won its first medal. a bronze in women's 10m syncronized platform diving. congrats to blythe hartley of vancouver and edmilie heymans of greenville park, quebec. hopefully more to come.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

olympics and racing

day 2 of the olympics happened. puerto rico beat the u.s. 92-73 in mens basketball. ouch. got the car race at watkins glen going. the race was this morning, but with the olympics on, the race got taped and it is now being aired. what can you do?

Friday, August 13, 2004

a great opening and barry bonds

a wonderful opening of the 28th olympiad in athens today. 4 plus hours of coverage. 202 nations in this years olympics. made for a long night, but that doesn't matter. it's all about the athletes. it was worth watching and its on tape. hopefully the olympic games go well.

barry bonds hit his 689th career home run tonite. yes, only 11 more to 700. periodic updates will happen. he will get there.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

hours away from athens

yes we are hours away from the OFFICIAL opening ceremonies in athens. could be a very cool experience. they will begin at aprox. 20h athens time, which i figured out it is a 9 hour difference between edmonton and athens. i must tape the opening ceremonies. of course competition started already with womens soccer and archery. let the games begin.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

2 days to athens and 2002 memories

the olympics are close. little more than 48 hours to the opening ceremonies. im excited. im raring to go here. im excited now as i was in 2002 in salt lake for the winter games. at least the 2002 games i got to watch. of course that was helped when darren and i went to saskatchewan for his china farewell tour and my holiday from work. that was fun. great memories for sure. even darren watched some of the olympics. whether it was at his grandparents in north battleford or at his aunt's and uncle's in saskatoon, the olympics were on. quite the trip and quite the olympics.

Monday, August 09, 2004

major yard work part 2 and brickyard 400

more major work yesterday. the "mutated" bush in the front got cleaned out. no more dead branches, needles on the ground, and other growth - like another tree by the sidewalk. as far as the growth between the house and the sidewalk, bigtime eyesore is gone except for the bit in the corner. no bush either. some in the back dissapeared too. there WAS a tree growing there too, and now its gone. geex there sure are a lot of branches and bags. i dont know when they will be back. probably within the next day or two.

jeff gordon won yesterdays brickyeard 400 in indianapolis and yes the home of the indianapolis 500. what makes his win remarkable - it was his 4th brickyard win in the race's 11th running. added to that the fact that four drivers have won the indy 500 four times as well, and that race has been running since 1911 (interupted a couple of time by two world wars). the indianapolis motor speedway was opened in 1909 and the racing surface then made of tar an brick. and i looked it up, so you don't have to. the countdown's at 0. let's go racing. (a little bit fo nbc there. they are covering the second half of the nascar season, while fox covered the first half).

Saturday, August 07, 2004

a beginning of major yard project

a major undertaking began today, with help of some friends that we know here. a major tree removal started this afternoon. it was going when i got home from work. lot of dead branches removed from one of the trees in the front yard and the grass and bushes between the sidewalk and house going to the back also. more will be removed during the week. front tree made the front yard a little more wide open. looking forward to one tree in the back to come down. make more room and create more daylight. gonna look good.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

a bluegrass evening and unfinished business

3 hours of bluegrass tonite. yeehaa! not minister faust for "the phantom pyramid" so rob baker has 3 hours of bluegrass tonite. no doug richie tonite either. he is at the folk fest, so rob is going solo. hmm he probably feels lonely, ha ha. a wonderful thursday night

i got some "unfinished business" completed today after work. yesterday i STARTED mowing the lawn, but after two rain delays (and an attempt to mow the side lawn - wet) i decided to postpone it until today. good thing it was a nice day. otherwise i would not have been happy.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

san francisco evening

san francisco giants beat cincinnati reds 11-0, helped by barry bonds 2 hr's. he is up to 687 career hr's. getting closer to 700. after that milestone, babe ruth's 714. that may happen late this season or early next season. right now, we worry about 700.

Monday, August 02, 2004

a great birthday

today is my 30th birthday. the day i dreaded ended up being a pretty good one. got to hang with a few friends after work today, which made it even better. of course my co-workers made my birthday pretty good too, so i can't complain. almost time for bed though. i'm wiped.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

almost time to dread, baseball and car racing

aaahhh car racing. taped it while i was working and now i'm watching it. racing in pocono. my favorite track - its 3 sided. meanwhile im keeping an eye on st.louis and san francisco. barry bonds is 15 hr's away from 700. he may get there come the end of the season. i'm dreading tomorrow, being my, ugh, 30th birthday. i may or may not like it, who knows.

Saturday, July 31, 2004

THE LAST DAY OF JULY

final day of july already. hmmm lets see now. an interesting occurence happening today - a "blue" moon, which means a second full moon this month. doesn't happen that often, though. a sad tragedy 17 years ago today. july 31, 1987 will be forever remembered as "black friday." a pretty big tornado. my family and i left for our holidays that day (we were living in leduc at that time). started northest of leduc and made its way through eastern edmonton. by the time it was over 29 lives were lost.

Friday, July 30, 2004

WILD WEATHER, DISAPPEARING GOLF BALLS AND AN APOLOGY

wild weather again last night. thunderstorm rolled through last night and knocked out power here. i ended up asking one of my roomates to get me up this morning since he ended up with a battery operated alarm clock. by that time power came back.

what could be more challenging on a golf course than a few extra sand traps, water hazards and squirells running off with golf balls. yep, thats whats happening at riverside golf course. squirrels are running off with golf balls shot in the fairway, driving golfers nuts. squirrels are running off with the golf balls thinking that they are nuts. insane there.

an apology to darren for my rather uncalled for rant yesterday with him postponing. what else can i do? he had double booked himself and had to cancel someone. besides, there are other thursday nights we can go to cjsr and watch prarie pickin' live.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

what's a thursday night without prarie pickin'?  not much of one, if you ask me.  darren and i were SUPPOSED to go, but he couldn't make it, which was a total pain in the ass bummer because i was looking forward to going.  i ended up deciding to stay home.  not much else to do afterwards.  what else can i say for someone whos in the shits?

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

today is my sister's birthday.  cool.  she turned 25  today.  gee i almost feel old.  and my birthday is coming in a hurry too.  im just looking forward to the athens olympics - a mere 17 days away.  woo hoo.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

klondike days started thursday tight. i usualy try to make it a couple of times per year.  last year on opening night i went, along with a couple of friends, went to see trooper at the telus stage. i went home happy.  i like the fireworks too.  wont be a problem with those, since we got all that rain a couple of weeke ago.  its all good. i may go again this year. well see.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

hmmm, another fun day off today.after picking up my paycheck, i ended up paying the remainder of my july rent, my bills and my august bus pass.  the wierd part is leaving for the mall at 9:20 am to catch the bus to begin my trip.  usually im still snoozing at that time.  the upside is i got everything done by mid afternoon.  lately ive turned into "the mad branch hacker." ive been pruning trees here at home for awhile. it's getting almost bad. i have an already mutated bush in the front yard (its been like that since prior to me moving into this house, which has been over 9 years now). im almost tempted to just go mental on it, but we already have a pile sitting by the fence in the back yard and i dont want to add to it.  yet i find yas to add to it.  i guess its time to retire the tree clipper - for now.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

a rare sunday without a car race.  not much to do, except maybe take a nap, go to bed early, or both.  not sure yet.  nasty thunderstorm last night.  rained heavy, too.  if this keeps up, we could end up with a tornado like 1987.  geez, almost 17 years to the day on that one.  the conditions are ripe for nasty weather.  just gotta keep watching the skies.

Friday, July 16, 2004

geez!  the same storm that unloaded on edmonton ended up unloadin on peterborough, ontario yesterday.  even calgary got slammed on.  meanwhile it got to almost 30 here.  a little on the hot side for me.  a memory from 1976 montreal summer olympics.  bruce jenner winning the decathlon (10 events over 2 days).  he ended up being called the greatest athlete ever.  by the way, olympic stadium is now used for the baseball expos home games and the cfl's allouettes football team (for playoff time. even hosted a greay cup game in 1999 or 2000, cant remember).

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

day off today. a good time to relax and sleep in. 1994 winter olympics in lillehammer, norway. the first time that the olympics were held 2 years apart. since then its been alternating every two years between summer and winter games. the best olympics i ever watched too. well organized. i hope they host again.

Monday, July 12, 2004

what a nasty storm yesterday. the rain came down like you wouldn't believe. up to 125mm in the wastend. west edmonton mall had to evacuate after a pipe burst because of all the rain and hail. the ice palace (our ice rink) had to be our makeshift dam so all the people there could move the water into it. with all the hail that came down, snow plows had to move it to the side. rain rain go away. three major storms in a week, the ground is saturated, underpasses got swamped, and tornadoes near andrew and in grande prarie. all this rain is making me feel waterlogged.

Friday, July 09, 2004

grande prarie had an f1 tornado yesterday. and the nasty weather still lurks. as of 4:40 pm a weather statement was still here. so the potential still lurks. plus the rain still hanging around. i wonder if anyone else in edmonton feels waterlogged yet. hmmmmm.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

great finish to the toronto blue jays vs seattle mariners game tonite. bottom 9, 2 on, toronto trailing 8-7, carlos delgado at the plate, first pitch swinging, BYE BYE BASEBALL HOME RUN CARLOS DELGADO GAME OVER! that 3 run homer gave toronto a 10-8 win. i got over excited to the point where i could have waken the dead. and i think i did too.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

here is a thing to check out on msn. it's got a featur on cassini's ride around saturn (the planet not the car). the photos that were released were pretty cool. they showed pics of saturns rings and titan, one of saturn's moons. i havent done an olympic moment for awhile so here's one. 1980 winter olympics from lake placid.in the hockey semi-finals it was the u.s. vs the soviet union. the russians, it seemed, were unbeatable.next thing ya know, the u.s. pulled of the BIGGEST upset ever beating the russians 4-3 and later winning the gold. that victory as billed "the miracle at lake placid." how it was called the miracle - if you watch the tape of that game, you can hear al michaels (he called the game) say "do you believe in miracles? yes!" as the clock tick down to no time left. i saw that tape, and even though it was from 1980, it gave me chills. it was pretty cool

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

geez, were getting rain bigtime. got 12mm today and already had 62 mm a few days ago and possibly more to come. even manhole cover got blown off with the amount of water and pressure from the sewers. talk about yikes. can you say major ass clean up? i sure can. and i just did.

Monday, July 05, 2004

another monday night! 1924 winter games in chamonix, france. the i.o.c. staged "international sports week" in chamonix. it was such a success it was decided it would be renamed the first winter games. all was good there.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

great race in daytona tonite. jeff gordon wins the pepsi 400. end of the race got pretty good too. an olympic moment. 1896 - the summer olympics that started it all using some of the events that date back to ancient greece. hmmm if i could go back to 1896 to witness this. hmmm

Friday, July 02, 2004

pepsi 400 tomorrow night. looking forward to it. saturday night car racing at its best. hmm ther's something about racing under the lights in daytona. theres that mystique. another olympic moment from 1936 sumer games in berlin, germany. this was at the time adolf hitler was running the country. (thats another blog and i dont want to get too much into politics). in the 100m race, jesse owens, a black man, won it all and stuck his gold medal into hitlers face (figuratively speaking). to add insult to hitlers injury, owens made friends with a german, which was pretty cool there.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

bud pole qualifying for the pepsi 400 is happening. jeff gordon is sitting on the pole - for now. qualifying isnt done yet. 1976 summer olympics in montreal, at least i think, will have the great moment of those olympics. nadia comenici's perfect 10's in gymnastics. no one had done it before and i dont think noones done it since. i could be wrong on that. mmmmmmm the olympics.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

geez. the final post of june. canada day tomorow. pepsi 400 in daytona saturday night. hmm there's something about car racing under the lights. it's the mystique. its great. an olympic memory from 1980 summer olympics in moscow. it will be remembered for the jimmy carter led boycott. the only countries (it seemed like it) were the eastern bloc countries. theres one thing - politics and spotrs dont mix.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

olympic memory from 1988 in seoul, south korea. the summer games here will be remembered for the ben johnson scandal. he went from hero to zero in a couple of days. the hero part - he won the 100 metre dash in at that time a world record of 9.79 seconds. the zero - 2 to 3 days later it was found that he had annabolic steriods in him, which was a banned substance. his gold medal was taken away fron him and the world record was no more. that overshadowed everything good that happened. quite the memory for the wrong reason.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

another olympic memory. 1998 nagano winter olympics. tara lipinski became the youngest gold medal winner in winter games history when she won figure skating gold at 15 yrs old. great moment for her. she's my favorite. womens ice hockey was added and the u.s. beat canada in the gold medal game. nhl players were used in mens hockey for the first time and the czech republic won gold there.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

hmmmmm. saturday night. not much happening tonight besides football and baseball. eskimos are at home to b.c. tomite. they lost in montreal last week 33-9. tonite theyre trailing b.c. 25-17 at the half. with the olympic flame going around the world heading for greece, here's a memory! two of them, actually, from the 1988 winter olympics. the first - eddie "the eagle" edwards from great britain. great britain isn't known for ski jumping. so here is edwards, figuring he had nothing to lose, gave it a shot. he never won a medal, but him just going to the olympics to try is worth something. the other memory is the jamaican bobsled team. this is a true story made into a movie. jamaica is definitely not noted for snow. after immense training and getting used to the rather cold weather (none of them had experienced such weather. imagine how they felt). their first run - not great. their second run - fantastic. moved up to 8th (i think). their third run was going great until they ended up on their side. after coming to a stop and getting their bearings straight, they got out of their sled and carried it across the finish line. they were that close after their scary ride ended. the best memory from that time anyways.

Friday, June 25, 2004

here's an article i enjoyed. hopefully other people will like it. it is http://www.theonion.com/news/index.php?issue4025&n22

enjoy

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

euro 2004! yep im watching soccer. the euro 2004 soccer tournament is in progress. im watching germany and the czech republic. the 3rd game for both teams in pool d the other 3 pools have already played 3 games. so far 7 teams have made the quarter finals. they are portugal, greece, france, england, sweden, denmark, and the czech rep. the qf matchups - portugal vs england, france vs greece, czech rep, vs denmark and sweded vs group d 2nd place. that could be germany, netherlands or latvia. well find out in an hour or two. the gremany/czech republic game im watching, its 1-1 late in the first half.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

a better end to the dhl 400 today. compared to last week, no lengthy cautions and no bumper tag today. matt kenseth and kevin harvick got fined $25,000, lost 10 championship points and got put on probation until august 11. as far as cautions, no confusion as to which driver went where which caused the lengthy cautions the last couple of races. judging by today, that problem got solved. a good clean race in which ryan newman won. next week, the first of two road course races. this one in sonoma, california. more later

Friday, June 18, 2004

55 days to the athens summer games. looking forward to them bigtime! it will be interesting to see which sport im watching and at what time. doesn't seem that long ago the 2002 winter games in salt lake.ah the memories. not just from 2002, but, for me, as far back as 1988 in calgery (winter) and seoul, south korea (summer). at least the first memories. 1984 is more of a fog. though. oh well. hopefully more memories and olympic heroes. the fun will soon begin.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

DARREN IS COMING HOME!!!! yep, hes coming home from china on july 18. im looking forward to it already! he is already looking forward to the blueberry bluegrass festival from july 30 to august 1. id like to go, but with the summer tourist season coming at work (i work at THE mall - thats west ed. mall) its going to be tight to go. my supervisor is giong to need all the staff he can get. anyways hes looking forward to coming. besides the day after the bluebery festival is over, its my - ugh - 30th b-day. well, more soon.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

the nba finals are over! the detroit pistons are the nba champions. they win game 5 in a dominating fashion - 100-87. congrats to the detroit pistons. meanwhile, the cfl season started tonite. the toronto argonauts beat saskatchewan roughriders 21-10. great night tonight.

Monday, June 14, 2004

monday night. not much happening tonight with 3 baseball games playing. the pistons lead the lakers 3 games to 1 with game 5 tomorrow night. some car race in pocono yesterday. first half was only 3 cautions. second half had 7 cautions took fuel mileage out, via blown engines and accidents. jimmie johnson won. matt kenseth and kevin harvick, at the end, decided to play "bumper tag." kenseth bumped harvick to pass him. harvick, not happy and with 3 to go and under caution with jeff burton's blown engine, decides he didn't like that and spins kenseth. kenseth, ant the end, decides he doesn't like that, spins harvick. needles to say both drivers will be fined for "conduct detrimental to stock car racing. i like pocono because of the uniqueness. the only 3 sided track in nascar. cool, eh? more to come.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

lots of baseball. interleague play is happening. for 3 or 4 years it was always east vs east, west vs west, and central vs central. mlb decided to switch it around to where, lets say, the al east play the nl west, or the al central play nl east or whatever. that way interleague stays fresh and going. as far as the nba finals, detroit won sunday, the lakers won tuesday and detroit won tonight. so the detroit pistons lead the la lakers 2 games to 1. hard to say how long the series will go. a cool thing happened to me, too. trooper has a online trivia contest. going on. the recent contest that ended last week, i ended up winning the cutoff was june 2. i, obviously entered earlier, found out by email and i got an autographed cd entitled "flying colors" in the mail yesterday (after i sent them my mailing address).i was pretty happy. i think the winner (me) will be officially announced next week. ill find out eventually.

Monday, June 07, 2004

its over. the tampa bay lightning have won the stanley cup. they won game 7 2-1 and, obviuosly, the series 4-3. disappointment, yes. i'm still happy for the flame for getting to the stanley cup. oh yeah, my beard is now gone too. hockey season is done, the nba finals started last night (detroit won 87-75), and baseball is in major full swing. the cfl season is upon us as well. no such thing as an off season. or is there?

Saturday, June 05, 2004

game 6 just ended. it took two overtimes to decide it. tampa bay won it 3-2. game 7 is monday night. i'm pretty pissed about it. as far as the smarty jones triple crown went, birdstone won the belmont stakes. good thing monday is payday. pizza and hockey - a good combo. my beard WILL come off monday night. another saturday night.

Friday, June 04, 2004

slow night tonight. still getting used to getting back to work. game 6 tomorrow. my computer got fixed today. had a nasty virus. got to the point to where i couldnt get to my home page or do anything except check my favorites. watched "while you were out." great episode as usual. about a month or two ago (or maybe longer i can't remember) i started watching "in a fix." that's a show where a home owner starts a reno job and takes forever to finish tp the point where the spouse calls up the in a fix crew to help the owner to finish the reno in 3 DAYS. by the time they are done, the finished job looks great. one other sports bit, smarty jones could do something that hasnt been done in 26 years. win the "triple crown" of horse racing. the 3 races or "jewels" are the kentucky derby, the preakness, and the belmont stakes. (that is the order of the races, by the way). smarty jones has won the first two. will he win the belmont? find out tomorrow along with the result of game 6 between calgary and tampa bay.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

game 5 is over in tampa bay. the calgary flames are one win away from their 2nd stanley cup with a 3-2 o.t. victory. game six in calgary on saturday night. here's one stat: the team that wins game 5 wins the stanley cup 80% of the time. edge to calgary. GO FLAMES GO! the excitement builds.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

last day of my holidays is almost over. booooooooo! back to west ed. mall and earn money again. it was a much needed break from that damn mall. at least i wasnt bored. had my baseball, hockey, and basketball.people know about the last hockey game i saw. the lasat baseball game i watched was monday when the cubs beat the astros. i forgot the score of the game, though. it was fun though. especially when the cub fans get to sing in the 7th inning during stretch time (a wgn tradition at wrigley field anyways). its all good. cant wait till the next cubs home game.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

the nba finals have been decided with detroit beating indiana tonight. the pistons will play the la lakers starting sunday night. it wont effect the stanley cup finals much with the possibility of game 7 on monday. hmmm maybe pizza and pop. mmmmmmmmm

Monday, May 31, 2004

game 4 is over. tampa bay won 1-0. game 5 is thursday in tampa, and game 6 is saturday in calgary. hmmm i smell a seven game series here. getting closer to ditching my playoff beard. until thursday (or sooner) more to come.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

what a day. the indianapolis 500 ended up a rain shortened race. buddy rice won it when the race was shortened to 175 laps (i think that many) to rain. the race was delayed twice for over 4 hours. at least the coca cola 600 went accordingly. jimmie johnson won that race. not quite 1100 miles of racing. boy am i wiped.
calgary won game 3 3-0. after a sluggish first period (7 shots total), calgary played their game and shut down tampa bay after getting the first goal. i cant wait till sunday. the indianapolis 500 and the coca cola 600. 1100 miles of racing. robby gordon is going to drive both races. hes done it before. good thing theres a couple hour gap between the indy 500 and the coca cola 600. hopefully he will do well. lokking forward to a racing day. more later

Friday, May 28, 2004

a total reversal from game 1 happened last night. tampa bay won 4-1. they played better last night than game 1. they broke the game open with 3 goals in over 3 minutes in the third period. game 3 tomorrow night in calgary. boy, will the flames fans be pumped or what. this seires will be fun.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

game 1 of the stanley cup finals was last night and calgary won 4-1. yeehaa! game 2 is tomorrow in tampa bay. it'll be a good one. today starts my week off from work and already ive started cleaning out the cluttered storage room thats next to my room - well kinda started. ive been removing any cardboard boxes out and there has been quite a few. there's a lot of furniture and other stuff thats gotta go. im looking forward to it being empty so i can have my own nerf ball "hockey rink." thet is another blog for another time though.more to come later.

Saturday, May 22, 2004

what a night tonite! the nascar all-star race was run earlier. matt kenseth won the race and the million bucks. lost in all the car racing (the nextel open and the challenge) was game 7 between tampa bay and philadelphia in which tampa bay won 2-1. calgary and tampa play game one tuesday. come may 30, its the indianapolis 500 and the coca cola 600. oh boy 1100 miles of racing!

Thursday, May 20, 2004

the calgary flames are in the stanley cup finals. almost makes me want to go to calgary on my holiday and join the party. geez i hope they win it. they will be playing either tampa bay or philly. it all starts tuesday. once the finals are over, off comes my playoff beard. its gonna be fun.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

has it been 20 yeats? may 19, 1984, the edmonton oilers win their first stanley cup. the memories for sure. i'll never forget that night. tonite, the flames can advance to the stanley cup with a win. can be a great night

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

randy johnson of the arizona diamondbacks pitched a perfect game tonite. 27 batters up and 27 batters out. arizona beat atlanta 2-0. he became the 17th pitcher to pitch a perfect game. a rare feat indeed. great job, randy.

Monday, May 17, 2004

went to a trappers game tonight. we lost to albuquerque 4-1. oh well. it was a great night for baseball though.got to play "move of the night" sponsored by ted lelacheurs western moving and storage. my friend and i got "moved" from right field bleachers to behind home plate. even got to hang out in the lounge. saw some of the calgary vs san jose game. calgary won 3-0. one more win and they are in the stanley cup finals for the first time since 1989. go flames.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

saturday night short track racing from richmond, va. great racing so far. next saturday night - yes another saturday night race - nascar will be in charlotte nc for the nextel cup all star race. im looking forward to may 30. the indianapolis 500 an the coca cola 600. 1100 miles of racing. good thing i booked my holiday around then. gonna be a good day.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

thursday night hockey playoff action. tampa bay had already beat philly 4-1. calgary and san jose just started in calgary. the flames fans are just jacked. a calgary win and the series is 3-0 for them. tampa bay is up 2-1 in their series. meanwhile, the lakers are beating the spurs 65-63 with 7:07 to go in the 4th quarter. the only downer - i missed prairie pickin. not happy there. oh well. maybe next week. maybe.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

some freakish weather happening lately. not necessarily here. southern sakatchewan and manitoba got slammed with a bunch of snow. figures. the "freak may snowstorm" had to happen sometime and somewhere. meanwhile this past sunday, amber brkich was the sole survivor. she won survivor all-stars by beating rob mariano, or boston rob, 4 votes to 3. ravin and i started this survivor with 4 picks. by the merge he had one left - amber. i had 3 left. one of which was rob. i told him at this point the games not over yet, anythings possible. sure enough, he won our little bet. probably lunch or something. well decide something on our weekly sunday survivor meeting. geez cant wait till survivor 9 in the fall.

Friday, May 07, 2004

its friday and its payday. woohoo! good thing. its a while you were out party - at least it turned out that way. cant complain. pop, pizza and hot wings. mmmmmmmm. just need one more person. the only problem - i havent talked to her in a while. well talk one of these days. at least i hope.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

no hockey till saturday. even then i cant watch it. its on in the afternoon while im working, and im not too happy about it. 3 saturdays in a row without hockey isnt good. i smell conspiracy. saturday night hockey is a canadian institution thats being messed with. at least the calgary flames are still in the playoffs. they are in the conference finals. its them vs san jose. in the east its philly and tampa bay. until then its basketball and baseball. hmmm payday friday! time to plot. just dont give me ideas.

Saturday, May 01, 2004

geez. may 1st already. where did april go? i dont know. sure went through like a blur. may could get interesting. hmmmm playoff hockey, baseball, playoff basketball, football training camps. perhaps a freak may snowstorm. hey, its happened before, and it could happen again.we could use some rain too. farmers need it bad. we shall see though.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

how do lose 60 pounds in minutes? just shave a sheep. right about now im getting a "what the hell is he talking about" look. well, in new zealand thats what happened. apparantly, as the story goes, a sheep was avoiding getting its annual wooly shearing for 6 yrs. it finally came off and the wool is being put up for auction on ebay. which begs the question who needs wool? i dont know. interesting story, dontcha think?

Sunday, April 25, 2004

i think i found my happy outlet. while playing on the pogo website a few weeks back, i ended up striking a conversation with someone in a chat room. her and i became very good friends in the short time that weve known each other. despite our age difference, we like to talk - alot. she like to bug me too. courtney is truly a good friend. hopefully well meet face to face. until then well talk like the wind. laterz

Friday, April 23, 2004

geez, what a windstorm! we had gusts of 100km/hour around 8pm today. the wind took off a couple of roofs from a couple townhouses. even the almost 100 yr old christmas in leduc got toppled over. the tree was in a middle of a move to telford place and had just been planted and held up with cables when one of the cables snapped during the windstorm. the tree was moved to make room for a strip mall on the property from which the tree once stood. a lady living there has a sentimental value to it because her grandfather planted it in 1905 and prevented it from getting it chopped down. hopefully the 80 ft tree survives the move. well see.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

hmmm no hockey tonite. a little break. i have a basketball playoff game on. baseball on tap too. a nice day today when itoday off and its payday for me. hmmm, what should i order tonite? who knows.

Monday, April 19, 2004

2 playoff nhl games tonite. both games are game 7. montreal beat boston earlier and advanced. calgary and vancouver are paying now. scoreless so far. gotta love playoff hockey and game 7. one more game 7 tomorrow - that being toronto vs ottawa. getting exciting for sure.

Saturday, April 17, 2004

another saturday night. lots of hockey, lots of baseball, and the beginning of the nba playoffs. more sports and more games than i count on my fingers and toes combined. hmmm. geez thats alot of games. just need pizza and pop, and maybe hot wings. mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Friday, April 16, 2004

friday night hockey. we have ottawa at toronto. at 6 the yankees and the redsox renew their rivalry tonite for the first time since game 7 of the alcs last year. should be a good game. ill be flipping back and forth between these games. its gonna get good. more to come

Thursday, April 15, 2004

geez did edmonton get slammed with snow yesterday. i dont know how much, but it felt like a lot. the worst thing is shoveling the snow. wet, sticky and heavy. ouch. fun for hucking snowballs though. more hockey playoffs than one can shake a stick at. plus prairie pickin' and survivor. fun, fun, fun.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

good thing the trappers started their season in yuma, arizona, instead of here. edmonton got theier april snowfall today, and by the looks of the forecast, the snow wont go away until friday when it supposed to warm up. im still looking forward to the 24, when the trappers come home. gotta have my baseball kicks before they leave. we did get a northern league team to start in 2005. so we wons suffer without baseball after the trappers leave for round rock after this season.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

barry bonds has passed his godfather for career home runs. barry hit his 661st career hr, putting him in third on the career home run list. willie mays sits with 660. 2nd on the hr list is george herman "babe" ruth with 714. leading the list is hank aaron with 755. way to go, barry bonds.

Sunday, April 11, 2004

happy easter. all the chocolate people can eat. mmmmmmmmmm chocolate. watchin baseball. san francisco at san diego. 6-3 sf going to bottom of 9. more to come

Saturday, April 10, 2004

night 4 of the nhl playoffs. some pretty good games so far. 2 of them went into overtime. nhl record for playoff overtimes is 28. its the easter long weekend here. long weekend? pfft, whatever! gotta work all weekend. misery loves company. well almost true there. i wont let anybody near me - ha ha ha. just joking of course.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

the nhl playoffs have begun. 4 games tonite - montreal vs boston, calgary vs vancouver, nashville va detroit and dallas vs colorado. tomorrow has st.louis vs san jose, nyislanders vs tampa bay, new jersey vs philadelphia and ottawa vs toronto. i got all the m&ms i need. hmmm maybe i should order a pizza. hmm maybe....

Monday, April 05, 2004

baseball is in full swing today. finally! i have been waiting for this day for the last month. 5 games this afternoon and 3 tonight.looking forward for whats to come this basemall season. more to come.

Friday, April 02, 2004

its gotta be friday when..... i watch "while you were out." what's that you ask? w.y.w.o. has gotta be the awesomest home reno show ever. its when a person sends their loved one (spouse) or roomate out for two days while their room or bedroom or whatever gets totally transformed and remoddeled. quite the show. most of the time it comes down to the wire. andrew dan-jumbo - an awesome carpenter. jason cameron is a close second. leslie segrete - a very cool seamstress and sometimes helps andrew or jason with the carpentry. ali barone is pretty good too. john bruce is a very funky designer. his room designs is always an experiment in progress. chayse dacota - cool as a cucumber designer, yet a perfectionist. steven st. onge is a designer who brings a part of the world to the room being designed (italian or old world) evan farmer is a fun and witty host. i still miss teresa strasser. witty, gets her hands dirty, and very cute. very fun show.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

april fools day today. fun for me. torment my roomates hee hee! survivor, prairie pickin' and hockey. not necessarily in that order. just another thursday. just need the baseball regular season to start. the trappers pcl baseball team begins its (sob) last season here before moving to round rock, texas. hall of fame pitcher nolan ryan bought the team and moved the team there. the team name in round rock - the express. theres a chance edmonton may have a nothern league team in 2005. the northern league has been around awhile. its an independant league so no worries about call ups. we will see though. more to come.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

last blog of march. geez the month just flew by. exhibition and regular season baseball, ncaa tournament, the playoff stretch in hockey, and my blog beginning. can't forget the car racing. nascar is the way to go! it will be interesting to see what april will be like. by the way edmonton won in dallas tonite. the revenge from last week was a royal pain for dallas. hmmm if i remember an entry this time last week about revenge.....

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

baseball season started this morning - 3 am here - in japan. the tampa bay devil rays beat the new york yankees 8-3. the play again tomorrow morning befor coming home to finish their exhibition sked. i am ready for baseball now. geez i cant believe tomorrow is the end of the month. yikes

Sunday, March 28, 2004

i had a rough day. i had to deal with an upset stomach today. my nap earlier helped a bit. i think maybe early to bed tonite. later

Saturday, March 27, 2004

just another saturday night! of course hockey night in canada. throw in some laundry in there and its a productive night. found a couple of sites for one of my favorite shows - wkrp in cincinnati. even got the lyrics for the opening theme too. all i need to do is to print the episodes and im in business. i just need paper. hmm - the single life (hee hee hee).

Friday, March 26, 2004

wow. i ended up on darrens blog. its because of him that inspired me to start my own blog. by the sounds of his last email he coming home in august. he mentioned the fringe. he probably wants to see his family more. hmm im thinking holiday to saskatchewan or somewhere. that and baseball. mmmmmmm baseball.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

more ncaa tournament. conneticut has already moved on to the elite 8. pittsburgh and oklahoma st. is playing now. 2 games later today and four more tomorrow, 2 saturday and 2 sunday and well have our final four. prairie pickin' is on now as well.im getting my bluegrass kick.yeehaa thursday night fun in more ways than one here. geez if only i had some m&ms. mmmmmmmmmmmm m&ms.
damn! was at the oilers game tonite. great game too bad they lost in o.t. to dallas! hence the damn! came home dissapointed literally. payback is a pain though. a royal pain.

Monday, March 22, 2004

slow sports night. it helped in a way. had a lot of running around to do after work. watching my weekly racing show - inside nextel cup racing with michael waltrip, johnny benson and ken schrader and hosted by allan bestwick. the show reviews the weekend's racing, previews the upcoming race weekend, and has the hot seat feature. the hot seat is where someone in nascar (driver, crew chief or whatever) comes in and gets "grilled" by the "expert" panel of mikey, johnny and kenny. the show is on speed channel every monday at 5 & 9. there's even a speed fan q&a. very good show. more later.

Friday, March 19, 2004

what a crazy 3rd period. the oilers were trailing nashville 2-1 and end up winning 5-4. i've also been watching the ncaa tournament and back to the future part 2. fun night. all is good.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

a very busy thursday night already! the ncaa final four tournament is under way. 9 games in the nhl tonight. theres prairie pickin' on at 7pm with rob and doug. loads of fun already. more to come.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

i check out TROOPER's website today. talk about updated. left a very good impression on me BIG TIME. the website - at least to me - seemed more organized than it before. not that it wasnt organized in its old format, but i can find things better now. hmmm maybe i should send them an email and tell them how much i like it. i say that as im listening to trooper now. cant go wrong with canada's #1 party band. i got to see them last summer on the first night of klondike days. awesome night that was. more to come soon.

Monday, March 15, 2004

MARCH MADNESS IS COMING! to unconfuse what i just said (those who dont follow sports) march madness is another name for the ncaa final four basketball tournament. it all starts thursday on cbs. im taking duke bluedevils. ive liked duke since my early high school days.every year i hope they win. they won 3 times since i first started high school in 1990-91. geez that long? im old.

Saturday, March 13, 2004

ive almost beaten my cold. the last two or three days were rough. ive had to stop to blow my nose every few minutes at work. at least until i had neo citrin last night before bed. today i got rid of most of it. couple more cups of neo citrin may help (and a little prayer). taking the bus home today was a "cough free" trip home. thursday and friday coming home, all i did was cough. i would cough for a bit then silence, then cough some more. that kind of trip. last night i felt pretty wiped to the point, that i had to phone ray (darren knows him) to cancel our get together to watch trooper at reds. lousy cold. im okay now.hopefully better tomorrow. and thats that

Thursday, March 11, 2004

HOLY MACKINAW!!! 3 hours of prairie pickin' tonite. a great surprise. prairie pickin' is usually an hour long, between 7 & 8pm on cjsr fm88. tonie is of rarity since minister faust - the host of THE PHANTOM PYRAMID - couldn't be in tonite, so prairie pickin' is 3 hours. doug ritchie and rob baker are the hosts of this show (doug left after the first hour for a previos engagement). all is fun though. rob is still a great host. darren and i sometimes think robs on drugs or something during the show, hes gets that excited.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

my room is a marvel to look at - maybe. my room is lined with sports stats and pictures. championship winners and olympic posters and emblems (mini ones thats printable). even banners and licence plates on the ceiling. darren has seen it. more to come.

Sunday, March 07, 2004

survivor rocks. especially wheni have my weekly sunday discussions with the greatest "survivor tag team partner." all ravin and i talk about is the previos episode of survivor. were just that damn good. sure enough, we talked survivor today . different opinions, yes. nothing wrong with that. until next week, we await the next episode for our next meeting.all is good.

Saturday, March 06, 2004

ITS HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ON CBC. back to back games tonite with buffalo @ toronto playing now (buffalo up 1-0). at 8pm its montreal at los angeles. h.n.i.c. is a saturday night ritual during hockey season. looking forward to the playoffs. until then, the stretch run. back to some hockey.

Thursday, March 04, 2004

the most interesting (and possibly strange) thing i saw while watching global news @ 5:30. claire martin (our weather girl) showed the viewers an interesting "beer cooler" from nova scotia (they had a major snowstorm last month - got 95cm). in the doorway you could see beer cans and beer bottles in the snowdrift. the homeowners had decided totake advantage of the deep snow and "invent" their beer cooler. quite the sight. looking forward to prairie pickin' and survivor tonite. a fun thursday for sure.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

today i found myself watching "the red green show." great canadian show. only missing two things - 2L bottle of pop & a bag of m&m's. mmmmmmmmm tasty. the m&m's connection goes back to when the show first started. seemed like when red green was on, there was a bag of m&m's. hmm i could use a bag of m&ms right now.

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

MARCH 02 2004

Wow! My first post! This will be fun! Inspired by a very good friend, Darren. Here's to Darren. The summer olympics are coming in August. I'm looking forward to them. Got a hockey game between Edmonton and Phoenix on. Edmonton is up 3-1 in the 2nd period. More later.

chris