Shane had a link to this site up on one of his old blogs for the longest time and it amused me so I figured I’d fiddle around and see what I could see. I honestly can’t remember if I ever posted the link to it before though (and I’m too lazy to check the archive). I know I had intended too, I just can’t remember if I ever got around to doing it or not.
Anyways, here are some of the places I want to go in the world fictional or otherwise.
Now. With that wackiness out of the way, here’s the gist of things. Since I’ve been back, I’m definitely noticing the economic boom we’ve got going on here in Alberta. I have *pauses to check the machine* Wow! Six messages from companies wanting to schedule interviews with me. That’s up from the three that were there this morning when I left for the two interviews I already had scheduled. I’ve got more interviews lined up and more job requests to date than I’ve ever had at one time in my life before. It’s insane. *channels Sally Field for a brief moment* “You like me, you really like me!”1
Here’s hoping that something solid will come from this.
Now I’m off to grab lunch and then I’m heading out into the breach once more my friends.
1She actually never said in her oscar acceptance speech, but it has since slipped into the public collective memory and it is what we remember. What she actually said was “I haven’t had an orthodox career, and I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!”
I really need to get off my arse and change this blogger template to something that is both fancier and elegantly simple at the same time. This current one has really worn out it’s welcome with me. *Le sigh*
I guess that’s my cue to finish updating the website template as a whole as well. *Snort!* Yeah, we all know that’ll happen sometime just after the Vogons stop by to create a hyperspace bypass. *hrrm* I’d better pack a towel then.
*dons a pair of peril sensitive sunglasses and wanders off aimlessly, leaving you with the choice of listening to Vogon poetry for eternity or letting your lower intestine throttle your brain to put you out of our misery*
I know I’ve griped about lack of decent hockey coverage in the states on a number of occasions in the past, and I’m sure that 99.9999% of you could give a rats arse about this but as I’ve also said in the past, it’s my blog and you can find a sharp stick and sit and spin if you don’t like what I blather on about.
Anyways, back to me.
I never truly realized just how much I missed the seeing hockey games until the Oilers / Detroit game came on the TV tonight. I’m not the biggest hockey fan on the planet to begin with but I do enjoy watching a game now and then. And I will be fair and say that there are hockey games on tv in Texas so it’s not like I haven’t had a anything to watch for the past year (not that I’d want to watch the Stars to begin with but that’s a horse of a different colour and the basis for another rant entirely). It wasn’t the fact that it was on tv, though I really enjoyed listening to Ron & Don and the rest of the CBC crew again.
My realization about how much I missed it came solely from the cultural identity that surrounds the sport. Hockey is very much an integral part of who we are as Canadians even the ones that don’t care for the sport. To the general populace in the states (specifically the south) it’s just another sport that tends to take a back seat to the holy trinity of Football, Baseball & Basketball. Here, people look forward to games. They rearrange work schedules if possible to see the games (sorry Colin). They are genuinely excited about their team making the playoffs and there is a noticable positive vibe that pervades a city when the team is doing well. Even if, as an individual, you’re not a hockey fan, the glow coming from those that are can cheer you and give an unconscious moral boost.
Now I’m not trying to make this a Canada is better than the states rant <sotto voce> It is 😛 </sotto voce> I’m just commenting on why I missed hockey here. It wasn’t the coverage. It wasn’t the teams. It simply was the social and cultural impact that the sport has on us as Canadians. It’s almost as if it’s a Force of Nature. Hrrm, I wonder if all it takes to win the cup these days is 4 green and 2 colourless?
Anyhow… the Oil won tonight, as did the Sens and Flames and that’s all that really matters in the grand scheme of things. Here’s hoping that Lord Stanley’s Cup doesn’t summer south of the 49th!
G’nite *wanders off bemusedly while humming random verses from The Arrogant Worms “We Like Hockey” and Stompin’ Tom’s “The Good Ol’ Hockey Game”*
This is amusing and addictive. If you remember the game where the yeti bashed the penguin with a club to see how far he’d fly, then you get the gist of this one as well only this time it’s hamsters. There is something absolutely cathartic about launching a small furry rodent through the air.
My current best total record is 393, 506, 547 ft with my personal best distance of a single hamster toss of 235 ft.